CES 2019: 29 People To Watch For At This Year's Conference
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CES 2019: 29 People To Watch For At This Year's Conference

Startup founders, journalists, CEOs, and some of the largest tech companies will descend upon Las Vegas this week for CES 2019, a weeklong showcase of the latest gadgets and trends in technology. Along with a behind the scenes look at voice assistant software, virtual reality headsets, and driverless cars, several leaders will take the stage for discussions on using tech for good and creating pathways into the industry.

Last year, the trade show came under fire for the lack of diversity, and while this year’s keynote lineup noticeably includes more female speakers, it also noticeably excludes Black and Latinx tech executives.

In 2018, we wrote about Black women making waves in the venture capital world, and covered Backstage Capital’s move to launch a $36 million fund to support “underestimated founders.”

Here’s a list of the Black innovators, leaders, and journalists taking the stage during CES 2019. Check them out:

Ruth Chandler Cook, CEO, HireHer

Arlan Hamilton, Founder and Managing Partner,  Backstage Capital

Catherine E. Pugh, Mayor, City of Baltimore

Caroline Wanga, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, and VP, Human Resources, Target

Brian Brackeen, CEO, Kairos

Daniel Cherry, Chief Marketing Officer, Activision Blizzard Esports League

Bernard Coleman, Global Head, Diversity, and Inclusion, Uber

Sherrell Dorsey, Founder, BLKTECHCLT, and ThePLUGDaily.com

Demetrick Ferguson, Founder, The Bitcoin Podcast Network, LLP 

Dr. Knatokie Ford, Founder, and CEO, Fly Sci™ Enterprise

Anthony Foxx, Chief Policy Officer, Lyft

Dr. Chris Gibbons, Founder, and CEO, The Greystone Group, Inc.

Martin Gilliard, Head of Industry, Retail Superstores & Groceries, Facebook

Andre Hentz, Undersecretary, Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology

Jemele Hill, Staff Writer & Journalist, The Atlantic

Dhani Jones, EVP Business Development, Rock Ventures

Sarah Kunst, Managing Director, Cleo Capital

Steve Harvey, Entertainer, Media Magnate and Investor, Steve Harvey Global

Kay Madati, Global VP and Head of Content Partnerships, Twitter

Jason Mars, CEO, and Co-Founder, Clinc

Georges Massing, Director User Interaction & Software, Mercedes-Benz Cars Research & Development

Julian Mitchell, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Beats by Dre

Tiffany Moore, SVP, Political and Industry Affairs, Consumer Technology Association

Shawn Outler, EVP, Chief Diversity Officer, Macy’s, Inc.

Rene Quashie, VP, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Consumer Technology Association

Elena Richards, U.S. Minority Initiatives & Talent Management Leader, PwC

Patrice Samuels, Sr. Analyst, Parks Associates

Bill Taylor, VP, Outreach & Partnership Development, NAF

Bari Williams, VP, Legal, Policy and Business Affairs, All Turtles