The Future Of Black Tech Leaders – 2/15 NY Panel with AOL BUILD

It’s a sad truth that African-Americans are extremely underrepresented in the tech industry. Many of today’s top tech companies have a workforce that is less than 5% African-American, and only 2% of venture capitalists are black. African-Americans influence the world's culture; they lead conversations on Twitter and Facebook, and they are part of a diverse population that tech companies should be focusing on to stay relevant in the innovation economy.

My life's mission is to educate and inspire entrepreneurs who are passionate about using technology to change the world—especially [...]

Call For Speakers Now Open For The Ability In Tech Summit and Technology Showcase

The Ability in Tech Summit will break down the barriers between people with different physical and mental abilities through workshops, panel discussions and simply having a safe space to learn meaningfully and connect. The summit is partnership between Computer Technologies Program (CTP) and Change Catalyst/Tech Inclusion.

As technology continues to affect every sector of business and innovation, there’s a growing concern for the lack inclusion across the tech ecosystem: from the pipeline to the boardroom to Capitol Hill. While we work to correct through the increasing focus on [...]

Will 2016 Be The Year Of More Inclusive Tech Conferences?

Today the 2016 Oscar Nominates was announced and from a diversity stand point it was actually worse than last year. Not a single Black/African-American actress, actor or director was nominated. The nominations seemed more of a slap in the face or we don't care by the nomination committee or just plain ignorance bias especially when 2015 had numerous diverse actors and actresses to choose from. This outrage created another series of press articles and just like last year #oscarssowhite has been trending on Twitter with many calling it #oscarssowhite 2.0.

Like the Oscars the "can't find or [...]

2015 In Review: Hundreds of Entrepreneurs, A New Tech Conference, Diversity Progress, Awards & Good People

The first Monday of 2016 is almost over. As I think about 2015, many would say it was a great year for me personally and professionally. Personally I would say yes, I'm healthy, Melinda and I are happy, my family is well back in NC and my son will be five years old this year. Professionally I would say last year was a building and growth year. At BUILDUP we achieved one of our main goals that we set out to accomplish when we first started in 2014 and held our first fellows program with 6 startups. BUILDUP also held two fireside chats, hosted a month long entrepreneurship workshop series and a [...]

Next Stop… Speaking in Jamaica and Puerto Rico Kicking Off Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015 is November 16th – 22nd and I'm excited to share that Melinda Epler and I will be sharing our entrepreneurship lesson learned, successes, failures and our passion for inclusion in all areas of tech entrepreneurship in Kingston Jamaica for the U.S. Embassy and in Puerto Rico for the H3 Tech Conference.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, [...]

Announcing The BUILDUP Technical Workshops Series with Google, Twitter, UBER, Galvanize and TechCrunch

Over the past year BUILDUP has held several events focused on entrepreneurship, tech culture and venture capital but as Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area tech companies reflects staggeringly low representation of employees and tech founders across gender and racial categories in contrast to the diverse population of the world, we wanted to do more.

Today BUILDUP is excited to announce a five week, six series technical workshop series with Google, Twitter, UBER, Galvanize and TechCrunch starting May 26th. The BUILDUP Workshop Series is designed to educate and prepare individuals [...]

New Dates and Ticket Pricing For Tech Inclusion Conference


One of the key visions behind the Tech Inclusion conference is to create an event that allows tech companies/startups, individuals, consultants, diverse communites/organizations and thought leaders to share their solutions, lesson learned and case studies around tech diversity and inclusion. We originally set an ambitious date of June 12-13th. We opened call for speakers and reached out to key speakers and sponsors who we knew that were already doing amazing work. Since our original call for speakers, we have received over 90 call for speaker applications and continue to receive positive [...]