Nadiyah Johnson, Founder and CEO of Jet Constellations based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Nadiyah is passionate about creating a strong startup ecosystem in the City of Milwaukee and branding the city as The Milky Way Tech Hub. Currently pursuing her doctorate, she is diligently working to increase diversity in STEAM and entrepreneurship, and is often involved in various pitch-outs, workshops and tech festivals. Her software firm functions as an incubator and works to ensure Milwaukee’s tech scene mirrors its diverse population. In 2020, Jet Constellations launched a $50 million fund to invest in Black-owned tech startups. The fast-growing software company provides technology solutions in the medical, financial and socially responsible industries. Nadiyah believes that an inclusive tech scene in Milwaukee will help the city reach its full potential as a tech hub made up of creators and innovators that are representative of its population. To learn more, visit the company's website at:
Eric Meredith, Founder and CEO of Afro Vegan based in Chicago, Illinois. Eric is a classically trained chef, Registered Dietitian, and Certified Personal Trainer who specializes in helping people transition to a vegan lifestyle in a fun and evidence based way. His experience within the Health and Wellness industry as a nutrition and fitness expert spans more than 13 years. As a media spokesperson, Chef Eric Paul has represented brands and health-oriented organizations by appearing on various local television and radio shows including ABC, CBS, ESPN, FOX, and WGN. Through Afro Vegan, Eric will offer the following services: online courses on African food, nutrition and exercise science; weekly and monthly vegan and vegetarian meal planning support; virtual health coaching with a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer; recorded cooking demonstrations and live cooking classes. Look for Afro Vegan on the following platforms:
Syovata Edari is the Founder and Owner of CocoVaa Chocolatier based in Madison, Wisconsin. Pivoting from being an accomplished trial attorney to an international award winning chocolatier is no easy feat unless your name is Syovata Edari. Specializing in the creation of unique fine chocolate and confections, Syovata is a fine chocolate artisan with a passion for chocolate and flavor creating. Her passion served as a hobby for decades then suddenly turned into a small side business in 2014. Her fascination with the chocolate arts has taken her to places such as L'Hermitage, France in 2016 where she was trained at Valrhona. She received her professional training through E'cole Chocolat and master chocolatier training in France and at ICAM in Lecco, Italy. Shortly after training, Syovata went on a quest to create the perfect pairings and bring forth the best taste experiences possible in order to stimulate all her customers' senses and feed their souls. Her goal is to introduce everyone to flavors of the world in small, unforgettable bites from saffron infused truffles, or white peach mint caramels, to single origin chocolate mousses. To learn more or to place your holiday gift order, visit her website at:
Dr. Theresa Price, Founder of the National College Resources Foundation (NCRF) also known as The Black College Expo is based in Los Angeles, CA. NCRF began its service to underserved and underrepresented students in 1999 in response to California Proposition 209, which banned affirmative action policies at state colleges. The following year, NCRF hosted the First Annual Black College Expo™, an event that highlights Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) and other post-secondary institutions to provide admissions and scholarship information to students, parents, and other visitors in attendance. National College Resources Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit educational enhancement organization. Its mission is to curtail the high school dropout rate and increase degree and/or certificate enrollment among under-served, underrepresented, at risk, low resource, homeless and foster students. The vision of the NCRF is to close the gap in achievement, workforce and economic disparities with the goal to end racism and racial inequality.
Fields Jackson, Jr., Founder, CEO and Chief Cheerleader of Racing Toward Diversity Magazine based in Cary, North Carolina. He was recognized by Diversity Best Practices as one of the Top Diversity Thought Leaders on Twitter bit.ly/2c8CjAK Fields has also been identified by Onalytica, London, England, who helps run Inﬂuencer programs for some of the largest brands in the world as #13 of the top 100 global Inﬂuencers focusing on Gender Equality and Diversity. http://bit.ly/2HD46LD Hive Learning recently recognized Fields as one of the Most Influential Diversity & Inclusion Leaders – 2019. According to Hive - "Fields Jackson is an influential Diversity & Inclusion advocate and expert who publishes Racing Toward Diversity Magazine." In addition to his role and duties at the magazine, Fields is the Cary, NC, President, of the College Diversity Network and Executive Director of the HBCU Business Dean Roundtable.
Attorney Verona Swanigan, also known as "The Law Lady", is the Owner of The Swanigan Firm headquartered in Little Rock, AR. Attorney Swanigan is licensed to practice law in Arkansas, Texas, Nevada, California, Illinois and Wisconsin. Additionally, she is licensed in federal court in the Eastern District of California and the Eastern District of Wisconsin and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a strong community advocate for education and children's rights and practices in the areas of personal injury, motor vehicle accidents, criminal litigation including State and Federal drug cases, domestic violence, DUIs, assault, etc., civil litigation, civil rights litigation, entertainment law, business development, financial restructuring/bankruptcy, catastrophic injury and police abuse/misconduct.
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university in Washington DC. The university is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. To date, Howard has awarded more than 120,000 degrees in the arts, the sciences, and the humanities. To learn more about the storied history of this prestigious HBCU, please visit their website at:
Our initiative is proud to have the law firm, Husch Blackwell, as a valued national partner. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, with over 700 attorneys in 19 offices, Husch Blackwell believes the diverse dimensions of its attorneys, professionals and staff all assist in leading its clients forward. As a team, Husch Blackwell is unified by its enthusiasm for client success.
Inclusion is an important value of how the firm does business and an integral part of its outreach efforts, operations and strategic plans, including a supplier diversity initiative.
"The Best Lawyers in America" recently listed 170 Husch Blackwell lawyers, across the US, in its 2021 edition, including 12 attorneys who have been named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas. To learn more about the law firm, please click here: Husch Blackwell