We are excited to welcome Kimberly Bryant of The Black Innovation Lab as our special guest for Startup Grind Women's Month. There could not be a more fitting way to end Startup Grind Women's Month and Black Innovation Month than with such a visionary leader.
About Kimberly Bryant.
Kimberly is a renowned technology industry leader, visionary and founder of ASCEND Ventures. As the CEO of ASCEND Ventures, Kimberly is committed to creating opportunities for marginalized founders building impact-driven companies. With her flagship Black Innovation Lab, she cultivates and invests in a pipeline of leaders who use technology to make a societal impact while creating pathways to equity and generational wealth through entrepreneurship and ownership.
Before ASCEND Ventures, Kimberly founded Black Girls CODE, a social-change organization aimed at introducing girls of color aged 6-18 to technology and computer science, with a focus on entrepreneurship.
About The Black Innovation Lab
At the Black Innovation Lab, we nurture innovative ideas to create pathways to equity and generational wealth. We go beyond providing resources and opportunities to empower marginalized founders, offering a nurturing ecosystem where dreams blossom, collaborations flourish, and visions take flight.
Our mission is clear: unleash the immense potential within Memphis’s marginalized communities. We believe in breaking boundaries and fostering transformative ideas from unexpected places. Experience the power of innovation at the Black Innovation Lab.
Diversity and Inclusion in Tech: Bryant sheds light on the importance of diversity in the tech industry and the benefits it brings to innovation and problem-solving. She shares insights on how organizations can cultivate inclusive environments and create pathways for underrepresented communities to thrive.
Building Stronger Communities through Technology: Bryant emphasizes the transformative potential of technology to address societal challenges and uplift communities. She highlights the importance of technology education as a means to promote social justice, economic mobility, and equality.
Overcoming Challenges and Breaking Barriers: As an African American woman in a predominantly male and white industry, Bryant has faced numerous challenges throughout her career. She shares her personal journey and the lessons she has learned along the way, inspiring others to persevere in the face of adversity.
Empowering the Next Generation of Technologists: Bryant's work with Black Girls CODE provides her with unique insights into empowering young girls and encouraging their interest in STEM. She shares strategies for engaging and supporting young minds, equipping them with the tools and skills necessary for success in the digital age.