Issae Rae brilliantly reminded me and the world that instead of focusing on networking “up” we should focus our energy on networking and building across. There are so many great people doing trailblazing work, and most importantly building others up as they climb, yet the same folks get acknowledge every year. We can’t wait for Forbes or anyone else to validate us, we NEED to affirm each other! Rather than complain I took action and present #30notunder30killingit .A list of professionals killing it in their respective fields REGARDLESS of age. Thank you to everyone who nominated. Happy Kwanzaa. And now I proudly present to you the first class!

Ty delivers educational content to help marketers stay on top of the latest in digital marketing strategy with a bit of humor! In particular, she teaches and writes about B2B marketing, inbound marketing strategy, content marketing as well as leadership, diversity and inclusion. She is the Lead for Agency and Partner Education for the Marketing Solutions group at LinkedIn and the President of LinkedIn’s Black Inclusion Group (BIG). She was a contributing author in the recently published book “The Professional Black Woman” and full author of “Marketer’s of Tomorrow: A Step by Step Toolkit for Inbound Marketing”. Also proud to be a two time Olympic Trials qualifier in track and field for the 800 meters in 2004 and 2008. Ty loves reading science fiction, having brunch and writing. http://tyronaheath.com/
Jessicah Pierre, a public relations professional, political blogger, and social entrepreneur born and raised in Boston, MA. Growing up in a Haitian-American household, her interest in politics was sparked at a young age from listening her family’s debates around Haitian and American politics. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, she decided to her interest in politics, and writing skills as an avenue to educate young people on social issues and how we can use civic engagement as a means for creating change. Her overall mission is to get young people and urban professionals to focus more on social issues and less on social media.
Geronimo, a designer and social entrepreneur with experience tackling challenges from personal finance for millennials to agricultural systems in rural Kenya. He blurs the lines between business strategy and creativity — helping clients across sectors bring new offerings and ventures to market. He previously worked on projects in international development, healthcare, education, and hands-on making both domestically and abroad. His focus is to create positive impact and meaningful experiences between people and the products they use. In his spare time he is a facilitator for the StartingBloc Institute where he coaches social entrepreneurs on how to apply rapid prototyping and design thinking to their projects. But the true key to his heart is through an invitation to surf, tacos, or conversations about diversity + inclusion.
Minda holds a Bachelor’s in Communications and a Master’s in Business Administration. She has more than a decade of fundraising and sales experience and has been part of successful fundraising campaigns at The University of Texas at Austin, UCLA, and Duke. Minda is the founder of The Memo LLC, a career development company for women of color. In 2016, she was nominated as a Change Maker at The White House State of Women Summit. Minda is a member of the New York Junior League and volunteers at women’s shelters across NYC; helping women enhance their resumes and interviewing skills. Additionally, she serves as a mentor at General Assembly in New York City. Minda conducts workshops and keynotes at corporations like Time Inc., The Campaign For Black Male Achievement, and The New York Public Library. You can also hear Minda speak at Universities like NYU Stern, North Carolina A&T, and Western Illinois University. She has been featured in Forbes Magazine, Essence Magazine, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post. Take a sneak peak to hear some of the topics that are important to Minda.
Willie Jackson is an inclusion strategist who empowers thoughtful organizations and the leaders who run them. He is the founder and publisher of Abernathy, President and CEO of Equity Impact Group, and a frequent writer and speaker on the topics of workplace equity, global diversity, and multicultural millennial leadership. From 2015 to 2017, Willie served as Technical Lead of Seth Godin’s altMBA program, a 4-week online workshop for high-performing individuals who want to level up and lead. Previously, Willie served as the Director of Web Optimization at W3 EDGE, a Boston based interactive web development and marketing agency. In this role, he supported users of products such as W3 Total Cache, a popular web performance framework for WordPress. Before W3 EDGE, Willie relocated to Buenos Aires, Argentina and spent five months immersing himself in a foreign culture in order to challenge himself and his assumptions about life outside what’s familiar. Much to the relief of his dear mother, he did not find himself stranded and destitute at any point during the adventure. In 2011, Willie served as the CTO of The Domino Project, a publishing company in New York City started by bestselling author and marketing guru Seth Godin. In its year-long lifecycle, The Domino Project published twelve books, all of which became bestsellers, and redefined the way books are created, published, and shared.
Datrianna graduated with her MFA in Interaction Design program at SVA. She is a Senior Product Designer at Spotify and came to design from a background in business and a stint in strategy consulting. She is passionate about problem solving and helping develop the next generation of tech leaders. When she not exploring the city, she enjoys CrossFit, Improv, and writing. She is always excited to grab a coffee and chat about design or writing, so get in touch if you’re interested.
Bringing design & tech to UNICEF, Bianca Nasser is a Los Angeles-based community centered producer, multimedia strategist, and documentarian. Bianca is currently working on an interactive achieve of mixed race & queer Americans, teaching as an adjunct instructor in the Product Design department at the Art Center College of Design, and organizing as a co-founder of the Antiracist Classroom, an initiative to counteract racism and white supremacy in design education and practice. (http://antiracistclassroom.com/)
Camille is currently a Black student from Boise, Idaho that has found her way not only to Google but to Google X as an intern in robotics. She comes from a school where only 18% of Black student graduate in 4 years. Seeing that she pivoted and is in the process of embarking on a new journey, transferring to a California school to complete her degree but not without paying it forward. She has been able to volunteer for a couple of organizations including Black Girls Code and Girl STEM Stars and have mentored several young Black girls. Camille has also written and published some popular articles in the past few months on cultural bias in AI and a piece on where to find stock photos with people of color. She is intentional about passing resources and information to her fellow sisters in tech, specifically sharing tips on how to gain traction on social media to break down barriers and gain incredible opportunities.
Erika Slocumb is an intersectional artist based in Massachusetts, she works collective paintings with people of different ages in Springfield while doing her master in African American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. http://wmasswc.org/teams/erika-slocumb
An international basketball player turned business Entrepreneur. With his father being a Yale business graduate and his mother holding a doctorate from Zoe University, Michael is no stranger to hard work. Even as an athlete growing up, Michael always had a strong interest in technology. He was always focused on sports but his curiosity for technology and art could not be denied. He taught himself how to code in one year and is a vivid reader of authors like Tony Robbins, Tim Ferris, & Laura Vaanderkam. Soon after playing basketball in Italy, he started his own company which led him to attending the Forbes under 30 summit in Boston of 2016.
Diamond Greer creates people-centered solutions for organizations and individual visionaries across sectors and passions. As a people & design strategist, she customizes inclusive experiences driven by intention and resulting in meaningful impact. She oversees all things Let’s Vibe, including its strategy and direction. Diamond advocates for education, inclusion, and parity for those with untapped potential. Diamond completed her degree in Education & Social Policy focused on Learning & Organizational Change and African American Studies and is pursuing her Master’s degree in Product Design and Development at Northwestern University.
Nikita T. Mitchell speaks and writes about why CEOs need to think beyond the bottom line. She is the creator of Above the Bottom Line, a newsletter dedicated to keeping you informed of how the world’s most influential companies are taking a stance on social, political and environmental issues. Cited as Diversity MBA Magazine’s Top 100 Under 50 Executive & Emerging Leaders, Nikita is an infinitely curious business strategist and keynote speaker. Nikita received her M.B.A from UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business where she was a Principal of the Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund, a $2.5M student-led investment fund. She was named a Top 50 MBA by Poets & Quants (2015), a recipient of Forte Foundations Edit Hunt Inspiration Award (2015), and the Berkeley- Haas MBA Association’s first Black female president.
Samantha is a wife, mother, finance professional, social good advocate, social media addict, networker, and story teller. She has a million passions, but particularly loves the authentic writing and media that aims to transform and the way folks think about the world around them. As the creator of Raising Self, a candid analysis of career, marriage, motherhood, and millennial life she captures her audience with her creativity.
Angelica Coleman launched Reboot America, civic tech lab committed to creating equality, opportunity, and solutions for all Americans. Built 12 public safety prototypes across 4 months and publicly launched BuyBlack, a chrome extension that redirects people to black-owned shopping sites based on the site they are currently browsing, to support black wealth. Shares weekly news and insight on race-relations across the world via Race Matters newsletter. Angie is working tirelessly to build a new America by bringing together everyone working towards a better society.
Carl served as a soldier in the US Army with the goal to serve his country and go to college. He did four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, was injured from a roadside bombing, and almost lost both of his legs. Upon returning to the US and multiple surgeries later, he learned to walk again. He got a full scholarship to Carnegie Mellon under their Architecture program when a professor saw a news story about Carl on CNN where Carl shared his dreams of one day becoming an architect. Carl graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a Bachelors and Masters in Architecture but went on to work in the tech industry as a UX designer and he has been in the tech industry every since. He is now a Sr. User Experience Designer PayPal, and the design lead of P2P Payments and Gifts. CNN Video: https://youtu.be/5__1tIY17JI WTAE-TV Video: https://youtu.be/O9Fcy4r1ud4
Joymarie is a marketer with a penchant for design, travel & great food. Inspired by everyday conversations with friends, family and coworkers, she launched Joblogues as a forum for young professionals to discuss work, life & everything in-between. Connect with her @heymissparkerr.
Michal “MJ” Jones is a Black queer, and non-binary trans writer, activist, educator, and musician living in Oakland, CA. MJ is deeply committed to liberation struggles, youth empowerment, intergenerational movement building, and anti-oppressive education. Their writing has been featured on Everyday Feminism, Black Girl Dangerous, and Wear Your Voice Magazine. MJ’s work is deeply open and vulnerable, reflects life living at the intersections of identity, and puts on display a unique and genuine sense of self-awareness. MJ believes in the power of vulnerability, creativity, artistic expression, and music to radically transform individuals and connect community.
CEO & Founder of DOPE (Dont Oppress People Education), shaping the lives of youth by education and empowerment Always thriving to help others in anyway possible and eager to change the world, Ms. Stephenson has expanded DOPE’s mission to the Jamaica, Ghana, and Ivory Coast. She is on a global mission to ensure that marginalized groups are equipped with the resources they need to be successful despite various systemic and institutional hurdles.
Sheila is the co-founder of multiple ventures and a proud full-time third generation woman-entrepreneur. With a love for young people and Entrepreneurship , Sheila co-founded DC Youth Corps, a youth entrepreneurship program in partnership with Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper, DC Department of Small and Local Businesses and DC Department of Employment Services. She is Global Speaker teaching girls to turn on the power within them also teaching Fitness bootcamps at her local gym!
A first-generation college graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, making an impact in the world by supporting people to reach their highest potential is Shantae J. Edwards’ mission. She is passionate about opportunities for exposure, education, branding, storytelling, philanthropy and college access for youth and young adults. As member of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, though this, she, along with young leaders worldwide implement sustainable projects impacting communities that create a better future through education, environmental, social entrepreneurship and the arts locally and globally. Shantae is a “Certified Passion Pusher” and inspirational speaker, using self-expression and empowerment to change the world one high-five at a time.
Since graduating from Howard University, Michael has worn many hats. He was a web producer, then started blogging about cars and technology before becoming a consultant; but what he has always been is a writer. Michael has created content for Bloomberg, Ford, Google, and a myriad of clients as an internal writer, communications lead and consultant. He continues to lead conversations across outlets including Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, Fusion, Very Smart Brothers as a contributors.
Harold Moore provides data, digital and training services to social good companies and organizations like Seventh Generation, the American Heart Association, the Skoll Global Threats Fund and more. He built his business after getting stuck in his career and frustrated by not seeing and able to get the job he wanted. He is now bringing in revenues in the 6 figures.
Akil King born and raised in Brooklyn, NY where he developed a love for technology, basketball and hip hop music. After receiving both a B.S. in Business Administration and an MBA with an emphasis in Marketing from Hampton University, Akil went on to start his career in technology in Apple’s Worldwide Product Marketing Organization. As a member of Apple’s Worldwide Developer Relations Group, Akil focused on working with developers to bring world class experiences to Apple’s platforms, and after working in Developer Technical Support and App Review, he moved on to become the Partnership Manager for the Kids, Books and Reference Segment. Here he helped developers build Reference, education and “Edutainment” apps for iOS at a time when the iPad was changing the way children, parents and educational institutions interacted with Technology. Currently, Akil is working on some personal projects, traveling and iOS consulting. You can follow him at akilandtheakils.com, @akilandtheakils.
Jordan Howard is a social good strategist. With a decade of experience bridging gaps between youth, nonprofits and corporations, Jordan has pushed brands to think differently around engaging the next generation. Using innovative ways to educate, engage and activate the next generation by developing initiatives and advising strategies. With a focus on program development and marketing & storytelling, the intersections of her work are in environmental sustainability, education, health and wellness and politics. From working with U.S. State Department, Intel, Warner Bros., Hulu, Global Citizen, Creative Artists Agency, and Casey Family Programs, her work to bridge the gaps that prevent brand engagement based on authenticity and culture has only just begun.
Darell is a startup founder & tech industry influencer who is the master at cultivating relationships & helping others to get ahead. In addition, Darell has been dubbed the ultimate silicon valley startup hustler that built up Bluurp’s presence in Silicon Valley without a prior networking base based on his $10K equitycrowdfunding campaign early in 2017.
Bethany co-founded GIRLS RULE, an empowerment program for underserved girls, ages 12–18, from Greater Roxbury. Its vision is to enhance girls’ educational, career, and personal skills, and to equip them with the tools and resources they need to make wise choices. Through mentoring, workshops, skill-building activities, and exposure to new educational, career, and lifestyle possibilities, girls learn principles and strategies that will place them on paths to success during critical years of their young lives.
Founder and Creator of L’union Suite, a Haitian-American lifestyle, tourism, culture, society and entertainment blog site on the Internet. The site features exclusive interviews, the latest music, red carpet events and up-to-date information on Haiti, Haitian community leaders, entertainers, humanitarians and business and more. Since launching in 2011, L’union Suite has attracted over 1 million visitors from all over the world with 100,000 subscribers via Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter. Her ultimate goal is to inspire others and leave a legacy of hard work, dedication, and change within her communities.
Shadavia is a connector at heart — she enjoys connecting people to each other and to new experiences. Whether it’s bringing womxn together for an empowerment brunch, rallying the office around volunteer and fundraising initiatives throughout the year, or adopting new Black-owned businesses and products early on — Shadavia sees and advocates for the community in everything. A User Experience & Customer Experience professional by trade, Shadavia helps companies obliterate bad user experiences on the wen and in-store. From Customer Success to UX Research, she’s engaged and consulted with some your favorite brands. #OldBrooklyn native turned Georgia Peach, you can either find her on the foodie scene in Atlanta or traveling the globe in search of new cultures & traditions.
Courtney uses Black feminist theory to transform the world of group fitness and personal training. In 2015, she left a career in higher education to create Jump at The Sun Fitness and bring Black women’s brilliance to the gym. She runs a group for fat positive fitness instructors, is currently developing a fat instructor mentoring program, and sponsors scholarships for gym memberships and fitness certifications. She loves chronicling her adventures as an obstacle course racer, CrossFitter, powerlifter, and Zumba instructor. In addition to AFAA certifications in group exercise and personal training, she holds a PhD in English and teaches at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH.
A city councilwoman from Holyoke, MA, Jossie is a proud Puerto Rican, advocate for MELANIN, LGBTQ+ issues, and those who are still in the process of finding their voice. She not only talks a hell of a talk, but she walks it everyday. Her day job is a College Advisor at our local community college, but on her free time, she does all she can and more to ensure the needs of her community are met. Holyoke is a unique place in that it has the highest concentration of Puerto Ricans per square mile outside of the mainland, so many of her constituents identify as Boricua.
Tyree Boyd-Pates is a history curator, professor, writer, speaker, and influencer, with a passion for Black history, social justice, and community organizing. Boyd-Pates received his Master’s Degree in Africana Studies with an emphasis in Religion from Temple University. An avid lover and proponent of Black culture and digital engagement, Tyree founded his own radio show, The Corner, and launched his blog, TyreeBP.com, fusing his love for race, faith, culture, and politics. He has written for publication such as The Huffington Post, Yes! Magazine, Fusion and has been featured in the LA Times, Ebony Magazine, and more. Tyree is currently the History Curator and Program Manager for the California African American Museum, where he recently opened No Justice, No Peace: LA 1992-an in-depth exploration of the historical events that led up to the 1992 LA Uprising. He’s also the co-founder of the start-up Black Book LA.
A community catalyst and connector Bianca (B. Laurie) helps industry executives, innovators and technologists manage their impact with intention. Her work has touched a variety of industries such as — consumer technology, nonprofits, venture capital and government. She’s the Founder of The CE Suite — a boutique consulting firm and community resource hub. She is the creator & producer behind initiatives like SourceRoad Summit, TechKickback, and Celebrating Excellence: Black Women in Tech Series. She also served as a co-producer for the OpenHouse Summit. She’s worked alongside talented leaders and innovators at companies like Pinterest, Andressen Horowitz (a16z) CODE2040, LinkedIn, Startup America and The White House: Office of Presidential Correspondence. Her work has driven growth, brand equity and transformed social capital. Bianca L. St.Louis
Bie is the creator of #30NOTUNDER30KILLINIT. As a member of the founding team of HBCUvc, Bie focuses on talent and curriculum development. Bie’s passion for helping people of underrepresented groups achieve their goal stems from her belief that as technology continues to consume our global economy, it is crucial that underrepresented minorities (URM) have a role in the creation of technologies and not simply consuming them. As a career changer herself, it is this personal experience that informs the empathy she demonstrates with each of the individuals she coaches. Technology has awarded her with an opportunity to upward mobility financially, and she is passionate about ensuring that other URMs experience whether this in technical or non technical roles. Bie’s work at Dev Bootcamp as a Career Developer and at UC Berkeley as Director for the African American Theme Program, has equipped her with unique skills to be able to work with traditional and nontraditional students, establishing their confidence with interpersonal skills such as giving and receiving feedback, or hard skills like salary negotiations. Having worked with 700+ students from a variety of racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, Bie is able to personalize her approach, and understand the unique needs of each individual she works with. Bie holds a Master of Education in Social Justice Education from University of Massachusetts. She received her undergraduate degree from University of New Hampshire, where she majored in Political Science and Women Studies.

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