AFROTECH Executive is back!

On Sept. 22, AFROTECH Executive is taking place in Brooklyn, NY, at The William Vale. During the final stop of 2023 for the multi-city series, attendees will have the opportunity to network and collaborate with some of today’s industry leaders and executives. 


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Focused on wealth, finance, and innovation, the event is set to hold conversation-starting discussions including a fireside chat with Abim Kolawole, chief audit executive at Northwestern Mutual, moderated by Dennis Cail, founder and CEO of Zirtue, about corporate’s responsibility in closing the wealth gap. In addition, there will be a chat between Wemimo Abbey, co-founder and co-CEO of Esusu, and Ollen Douglass, CEO of Hanover Street Advisors, on investment in fintech.

To close the event out, there will be a networking reception presented by Remitly.

Grab your tickets here. 

Ahead of the event, AFROTECH wanted to highlight Black women executives creating impact across Brooklyn who should be on your radar.

1. Blondel Pinnock

In 2022, Blondel Pinnock made history after becoming the first woman president and CEO of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (BSRC), according to a news release. She secured the role thanks to having over 25 years of private and public sector experience.

“In many ways our mission to reduce the racial wealth gap and achieve equitable economic growth in Central Brooklyn has only become more urgent over the past two years, as Black and Brown neighborhoods have borne the brunt of the Covid-19 crisis,” Pinnock shared in a statement.

2. Lindsay Greene

Lindsay Greene serves as the president and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Her previous work history includes chief strategy officer of the New York City Economic Development Corporation and chief strategy officer for Economic Development & Housing in the New York City Mayor’s Office, according to Brooklyn Navy Yard’s website.

Greene’s efforts at Brooklyn Navy Yard are “investing in the jobs of the future and creating pipelines for underserved communities to fill these jobs.”

3. Bernell K. Grier


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Over at IMPACCT Brooklyn, Bernell K. Grier holds it down as executive director. One of the community development organization’s major feats was raising over $1 million in funding to help Brooklyn recover from COVID-19, per its website. Overall, the mission is to provide services and information to local residents.

Previously, Grier was the director and vice president of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York and their Affordable Housing Program operations.

4. Jocelynne Rainey

Jocelynne Rainey has served as the CEO of the Brooklyn Community Foundation since December 2021. Prior to her appointment, she was the CEO of Getting Out and Staying Out (GOSO), a nonprofit serving justice-individuals across New York City, per Rainey’s LinkedIn profile. What’s more, the executive has more than two decades of leadership in the New York City nonprofit sector.

5. La'Shawn Allen-Muhammad

La’Shawn Allen-Muhammad is an executive director at the Central Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation. In this role, she guides the organization in following its mission and reaching financial goals while spearheading the creation of novel innovations to guarantee viability in an ever-evolving business landscape.

“As someone born and raised in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, I am dedicated to playing a pivotal part in the rejuvenation of my hometown and similar communities across the nation,” Allen-Muhammad expresses on her LinkedIn profile.

She continued, “Throughout the last ten years, I have exerted continuous effort to establish connections and strategic collaborations with the aim of generating the impetus needed to bring about community transformation.”