A'lelia Bundles, American Journalist, Producer & Author

"Build that capital. Build that wealth. Empower others, and stay politically engaged and active" - BlackTech Week Fireside Chat 2021

Author and journalist A’Lelia Bundles writes biographies about the amazing women in her family: entrepreneur Madam C. J. Walker and Harlem Renaissance icon A’Lelia Walker. On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker is a New York Times Notable Book and the non-fiction source for Self Made, the fictionalized four-part Netflix series starring Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer that premiered on March 20, 2020.

Starex Smith, Sr. VP for CFBI; Michael Simkins, Director of Simkins Foundation, Steve Case Chairman and CEO of Revolution (left to right).

"More capital to back more entrepreneurs with more ideas from more places, in a more inclusive way" - Rise of the Rest Roadtrip, at the Center for Black Innovation, 2019

Steve Case is one of America’s best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs, and a pioneer in making the Internet part of everyday life.

Spectacular Smith, CEO of Adwizar and Member of Pretty Ricky R&B Group

"Black Tech Week is where I met my first mentor Jeff Hoffman, the co-founder of Priceline” - The Hungry Black Man Media Morning Show

Spectacular is an American entertainer, keynote speaker, entrepreneur, television personality, author, and philanthropist. He is the Chairman and CEO of Adwizar Inc and founder of the record label Mula Music Group.

Jeff Hoffman, CEO of Priceline

"Every smart kid should look at a career in tech because it’s a great way to build a great future” - BlackTech Week 2016

Jeff Hoffman is a successful entrepreneur, proven CEO, worldwide motivational speaker, published author, Hollywood film producer, and a producer of a Grammy-winning jazz album in 2015.

Starex Smith Sr. VP for CFBI, Sheila Johnson, Co-founder of BET, CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, Oliver Gilbert, Miami-Gardens Miami-Dade County Commissioner District 1 (Right to Left)

"Technology is the best when it brings people together" - DA Dorsey House Miami, FL.

Shelia Johnson is an American businesswoman, co-founder of BET, CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, and the first African-American woman to attain a net worth of at least one billion dollars.

Oliver Gilbert III is an American politician and current Miami-Dade County Commissioner for District 1. He is also the former mayor of Miami Gardens.

Mayor Francis X. Suarez, Mayor of Miami

"We’ve gotta create this ecosystem in a meaningful way so that there are multiple paths to success. Black Tech Week- [is] super important" - Cafecito Talk with The Center for Black Innovation

Mayor Suarez served as Miami Commissioner for District 4 during eight years; winning 86 percent support from Miami residents.

Randal Pickett, CEO, Chairman & Co-founder of BCT Partners

"Black Tech Week is a one-stop-shop on how you go from idea to growth and every step in-between" - BlackTech Week 2016

Randal is the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of his fifth venture, BCT Partners, a multimillion dollar management, technology and policy consulting firm in Newark, NJ, a partner in Blackwell-BCT, a joint venture with Blackwell Consulting Services, and spokesperson for the Minority Information Technology Consortium.

Michael Seibel, CEO of Y Combinator

"Good founders can give me a picture of the future that I can believe, and the second that I believe your version of the future, you have leverage" - BlackTech Week 2017

Michael Seibel is a Managing Director at Y Combinator and co-founder of two startups – Justin.tv/Twitch and Socialcam. He first joined Y Combinator in 2013, advising hundreds of startups, and has been active in promoting diversity efforts among startup founders.