Equity & Excellence Solutions Showcase: Closing Gaps to Fill the Pipeline

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 3:00pm to Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 3:45pm


Black Learners Matter proudly presents the first “Equity & Excellence Solutions Showcase: Closing Gaps to Fill the Pipeline.” Join us on August 19th at 4:00 PM ET for a 1-hour, live webinar, followed by a 30-minute bonus round and power networking session, and celebrate a select group of equity-focused founders that are addressing everything from the Digital Divide to the COVID slide.

If the work these innovative companies are doing is successfully scaled, then many more Black learners will become Black leaders in tech, finance, energy, healthcare, and every other world industry. For organizations that genuinely want the most diverse pool of educators, executives, and entrepreneurs to draw from, we invite you to help close the equity gap and open the opportunity pipeline by supporting these founders.

The event will open with an Equity in Education discussion moderated by Dr. Grant Muhoozi Warner, Co-Founder & COO at ConnectYard, and led by Peter Cohen, President at the University of Phoenix and Michael Conner, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools at Middletown Public Schools. The Solutions Showcase will follow with a panel moderated by Tiffany Norwood, CEO of Tribetan and Global Serial Entrepreneur (7 StartUps + 2 IPOs + Patent), and include guest panelists Tonika Cheek Clayton, Managing Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund; Deborah Quazzo, Managing Partner at GSV Ventures; Troy Williams, Managing Director at University Ventures; Erica Duignan Minnihan, Founder at 1000 Angels & Reign Ventures; Matthew Leavy, Executive Vice President Education Publishing at Wiley; and Joe Brumfield, Senior Director at ASCD.

Guest hosts for the bonus round session include Qiana Patterson, VP of Strategic Development at HopSkipDrive; Jason Carter, National Executive Director at ETS; Stefan Lallinger, Fellow and Director of the Bridges Collaborative at The Century Foundation; Ron Mitchell, Founder at Virgil Holdings; and Dr. Trina Coleman, STEM Thought Leader, Radio Personality.