Diverse Disruptors

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Join us May 4 for ‘Diverse Disruptors: Ask the Experts’

Diverse Disruptors host, Tarik Moody, is taking our conversation to the next level by asking the experts.

On Tuesday, May 4th from noon-1pm, Tarik will be having a conversation with Co-Managing Directors Precious Drew and Derrick Raphael of Northwestern Mutual Black Founders Accelerator and entrepreneurs selected for the first cohort.

During this conversation, we will learn the basics of the tech industry, why diversity in tech is important, how Milwaukee layers into the field, and the ins and outs of the program.

Find registration information here.

The staggering underrepresentation of people of color and women in the tech, startup, innovation and entrepreneurial spaces has been well-documented. Large companies promise they’ll do better, but still struggle to attract and retain diverse talent.

Diverse Disruptors is a podcast from 88Nine Radio Milwaukee about those leaders who found their own way to innovate and did so with inclusion and accessibility at the forefront.

The full first season of Diverse Disruptors debuts March 1, 2021, featuring guests from Undock, Blue Studios, Black Innovation Alliance and more. 

Diverse Disruptors is presented by Northwestern Mutual and United Way’s Techquity, with support from Carthage College.

Episode 1 – Dorsh Deans, Founder of AIXA

Host Tarik Moody chats with Dorsh Deans, a musician turned UX architect. He is the founder of the AIXA — pronounced “Eye-Eesh-Uh” — an AI chatbot that “provides answers to common (and obscure) UI dev and UX design questions” while simultaneously challenging stereotypes of who holds knowledge.

Episode 2 – Arlan Hamilton, Founder of Backstage Capital

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Arlan Hamilton founded Backstage Capital to invest in companies led by underestimated founders, including women, people of color and LGBTQ+ founders. In a little over five years, the firm has invested in over 150 companies. Host Tarik Moody talks with Hamilton about the racial wealth gap, imposter syndrome, the future of crowd investing and her new book, “It’s About Damn Time.”

Episode 3 – Nash Ahmed, Founder of Undock

Host Tarik Moody talks with Nash Ahmed about his unique journey to raise $1.6M to launch his startup, Undock. Ahmed’s platform allows users to instantly schedule, host and document meetings in their networks. He explains how he beat the odds with fundraising and shares one critical piece of advice for founders.

Episode 4 – Lita Mallett, Milwaukee Excellence Charter School

At Milwaukee Excellence Charter School, every student in its middle and high school grades learns about computer science. Host Tarik Moody speaks with Founding High School Principal Lita Mallett to learn about her goal of quadrupling the number of Black students who take — and pass — the AP Computer Science exam in Wisconsin.

Episode 5 – Ryan Johnson, Founder of Cxmmunity

Ryan Johnson founded Cxmmunity to eliminate barriers to entry and underrepresentation in esports. He shares with host Tarik Moody how, through a unique partnership with Twitch and a growing list of HBCUs, his nonprofit provides underserved communities access within the gaming industry by sharpening STEM and business skills.

Episode 6 – Kelly Burton and Erin Horne Mckinney, Black Innovation Alliance

The Black Innovation Alliance is on a mission to ensure that Black ownership is increasing through equitable participation in the innovation economy. On this season one finale of Diverse Disruptors, Host Tarik Moody speaks with BIA Executive Director Kelly Burton, PhD, and Erin Horne McKinney, CEO of WomenVenture and founding member of BIA, about how this idea got started and why this alliance is so important now.

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