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Wayne Sutton is a serial entrepreneur and founder of the Icon Project. The Icon Project mission is to build emotional intelligence to advance the success of Black and Brown men in tech. Wayne is also the co-founder of Change Catalyst and its Tech Inclusion programs. Change Catalyst builds inclusive tech ecosystems through strategic advising, startup programs and resources, and a series of events around the globe. Sutton’s experience includes years of establishing partnerships with large brands to early-stage startups. As a leading voice in diversity and inclusion in tech, Sutton shares his thoughts on solutions and culture in various media outlets where he has been featured in TechCrunch, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. In addition to mentoring and advising early-stage startups, Sutton’s life goal is to educate entrepreneurs who are passionate about using technology to change the world.

Wayne Sutton is a serial entrepreneur and founder of the Icon Project. The Icon Project mission is to build emotional intelligence to advance the success of Black and Brown men in tech. Wayne is also the co-founder of Change Catalyst and its Tech Inclusion programs. Sutton’s experience includes years of establishing partnerships with large brands to early-stage startups. As a leading voice in diversity and inclusion in tech, Sutton shares his thoughts on solutions and culture in various media outlets where he has been featured in TechCrunch, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. In addition to mentoring and advising early-stage startups, Sutton’s life goal is to educate entrepreneurs who are passionate about using technology to change the world.

Wayne has over 14 years of experience in technology, design and business development. Wayne has been recognized as one of the Silicon Valley 100 coolest people in tech, one of the 52 hottest new stars in Silicon Valley, one of the 46 Most Important African-Americans In Technology by Business Insider and one of the Top 100 most influential black people on social media in 2014.

In 2014 Wayne co-founded BUILDUP, a non-profit designed to support an inclusive ecosystem of entrepreneurs through educational workshops and fellows program for underrepresented tech founders. In 2011, Wayne co-founded the NewMe Accelerator, the first minority-led startup accelerator/incubator in Silicon Valley which was featured in CNN Black in America 4. Prior to NewMe he worked in media in Raleigh, NC for NBC17 and the News and Observer. In 2009 Wayne was the co-founder of TriOut, a mobile location-based startup in Raleigh, NC which exited. Wayne has worked with large brands, Inc 500 companies and advises several technology startups. With a passion for community, Wayne has organized Social Media Conferences, tech meetups, and hackathons such as the world’s first Food Hackathon, which assembled leading food innovators, chefs, developers, designers and entrepreneurs to collaborate on solutions in the food ecosystem.

Wayne has been featured on CNN, BBC, USA Today, TechCrunch, Mashable, Black Enterprise, and various online media outlets. Being an early adopter Wayne was one of the first 1000 users on Twitter which as lead to a loyal following not only on Twitter but Facebook and Google+. His blog SocialWayne.com has been ranked as one of the 50 best technology and social media blogs in the world over the years.

Wayne is a past TED attendee in 2012. With a passion for education and storytelling, Wayne has spoken at several universities and major internet and technology-focused conferences such as Stanford, UC Berkeley, Duke, UNC, NC State, TEDx, World Wide Web(WWW) Conference, O’Reilly Web 2.0 Expo, South By South West (SXSW), DockerCon 2015 and for the U.S. Embassy Jamaica during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015.

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Joshua Tree mood! Can’t believe I’ve never been here before until past Saturday. I’ve been to Death Valley like 5 times since I’ve started riding again in 2018. Must return with @changecatalysts when it’s not 104 degrees 🧐. Death Valley is my vibe but Joshua tree is a close 2nd or 3rd for future annual trips.
What’s your favorite annual moto destination?

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I’m not sure if there’s a more greater risk than to stand in the middle of cactus 🌵 while it’s 104 degrees in full motorcycle gear and snap a selfie in your first time in Joshua Tree but here we are. 😂. I didn’t know Joshua Tree had such cool views. I get it and now want to go back when it’s cooler. The @revit_adventure Sand 4 and cargo pants was in perfect element . Sadly I can’t say I left this spot without being pricked my cactus 🌵. Cactus 2(hand and foot) Wayne, 0. Still, worth it! Yolo!

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RSVP: https://ally.cc/BookLaunch⁠

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Please join me for the “How to Be an Ally” book launch party!⁠

I'll be speaking with my friend Melinda Briana Epler, Founder & CEO of @changecatalysts, about her allyship journey and the launch of her new book.⁠

Join us for this important conversation — full of lessons learned and insights from the book — on Tuesday September 14th at 5pm PT (8pm ET). RSVP: ally.cc/BookLaunch⁠

These amazing DEI leaders will also join the conversation:⁠

Wayne Sutton - Founder of Icon Project and Co-Founder & CTO of Change Catalyst⁠

Tiffany Yu - CEO & Founder of Diversability⁠

Rachel Williams - Head of Equity, Inclusion & Diversity at X- The Moonshot Factory⁠

For more about the book, visit melindabrianaepler.com.⁠

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#SANFRANCISCO!!! Our September event announcement. Invite all your pals and come kick it with us at @TheMotoSocial.
👉 #TheMotoSocialSANFRANCISCO.

EVENT DEETS:
WHEN: Tuesday. September. 21st from 7-9PM
WHERE: District Six, @districtsixsf - 428 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

EVERYONE’S WELCOME!
EVERYONE’S INVITED!
BIKE OR NO BIKE!
GOOD VIBES ONLY!
#DontBeADudBeABud

@aquamans_lens, @changecatalysts, @alvin_dizon and @waynesutton are your local community hosts, so even if you come alone you'll automatically have a few new friends to chat with.

THIS IS A FREE EVENT / Rain or Shine ☀️/ 🌧
It doesn't matter what you ride or whether you ride at all. We're more about the people and motorcycles are the common thread. Ride down, walk down, cycle down, skate down, kite-surf down, or rollerblade down - it doesn't matter. Just come, find a legit place to park, grab a coffee and a snack and chat it up with all your new pals.

WE’RE STOKED TO HANG WITH YOU ALL!
Bring your friends!
Bring your kids!
Bring grandma and grandpa!
Bring your neighbours!
Bring your dogs!
Bring everyone you know!!!

ONCE A MONTH
3RD TUESDAY
7PM - 9PM
MAY - SEPT
SAME TIME | DIFFERENT PLACE | EACH MONTH

For more info 👉 www.themotosocial.com
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Adventure #mood now I just need everything else to cooperate. Hope everyone is well and safe.

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Some Friday sun and news: my 🏍 “The EK208” Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE has been selected to showcase at the Outliers Guild Custom Moto show @ogmotoshow on Saturday Sept 18th in LA . See you all there! #modsforthewin
#OutliersGuilld #OGMotoShow #OGMS4 @triumphamerica @officialtriumph

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Adventure gear testing while escaping @karlthefog crossing the #goldengatebridge with @changecatalysts last week. The @gopro is mounted with @dango_design so it’s easy to remove. Loving the @revit_adventure Sand 4 . It’s light with vents! Also have my @kriegausa water pack. Didn’t need it for this ride but I want to start getting used to riding with it. This setup is inspired by @itchybootstravel . Planning to do some motovloggjng along the journey. Had to fix my helmet mic first though as it popped out … hence the testing 😎🤷🏾‍♂️

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The mood when you get from behind the computer and off the 🏍 and walk through a hidden forest. A few weeks ago @changecatalysts spotted LandPaths Grove of Old Trees on google maps and was like let’s ride there! It was a nice walk in nature to fuel the spirits. Go outside humans!

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