Take a look back at the 3rd Annual National HBCU Braintrust!
On behalf of Honorary Host Rep. Alma S. Adams, Ph.D. & the inaugural HBCU Braintrust Student Cohort, we wish to send special thanks to Wells Fargo, AnitaB.Org & American Airlines for powering the 2019 National HBCU Braintrust. 

Your support allowed the National HBCU Braintrust to host three days of substantive dialogues, powerful networking and scholarship giving for our nation's 102 HBCUs!


Click the graphic for an important message from our Student Cohort!


HBCU Partnership Challenge Luncheon hosted by Microsoft

This 3rd annual luncheon showcased the HBCU Caucus’s landmark HBCU Partnership Challenge (Challenge).  

The Challenge consists of entities that have made a public pledge to ensure that HBCUs are an equitable part of their diversity and inclusion efforts.  

Challenge participants convene quarterly with Congress and HBCU leaders to help forge deeper relationships and establish best practices for creating real and strategic partnerships with HBCUs and their students. Together, we are powering diversity and inclusion within our workforce.

Thank you Microsoft for being a part of the Challenge and for hosting us once again!

Moderator: Gina F. Adams, FedEx Corporation (HBCU grad)
Host & Welcome Remarks: Frederick J. Humphries, Jr., Microsoft (HBCU grad)

Partnership Presenters:

  • Partnership One: SAP.iO (Margot Goodson, North America Diversity & Inclusion Lead) & Goodr (HBCU grad Terrance Smalls, HBCU & VP of Business Development)
  • Partnership Two: Intel Corporation (Norberto Salinas, Senior Counsel) & Plexo Capital (HBCU grad Lo Toney, Founder & Managing Partner)
  • Partnership Three: Spelman College & 645 Ventures (HBCU grad Aaron Holiday, Co-Founder & Managing Partner)
Thank you Reps. Alma S. Adams, Ph.D., French Hill & Ted Budd for providing remarks and encouragement to our students!
Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus, Intel, Lyft, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, SAP SE, Dell, GM Financial,, Regions, Pandora, Nielsen, Amazon, Airbnb, Duke Energy, Adtalem, Microsoft, Wells Fargo, Spotify, Ally Financial, Live Oak Bank, SAS, Bank of America, BB&T, SunTrust, IBM, Visa, Twitter, Allstate, Zillow, GlaxoSmithKline, McDonald’s, Accenture, JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, TIAA, Adobe, and the National Society of Black Engineers.


Historical Tour of Black Innovation at the African American History Museum

Thank you to the Smithsonian for hosting the National HBCU Braintrust Student Cohort!
Did you know that Rep. Adams is a two-time graduate of THE NC A&T State University!

Nearly 40% of the Members of the Congressional Black Caucus attended an HBCU!

Dinner with Facebook & Rep. Terri Sewell

Major thanks to Chris Randle of Facebook for providing the welcome dinner for the National HBCU Braintrust student cohort.  Students were exposed to careers within tech policy. 

It is imperative that we have diversity of thought and experience at the table as we continue shaping tech policy, especially within emerging technologies.
Thank you Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL), HBCU Caucus Vice Chair, for helping expose our students to careers in politics and policy.  We think the next great Member of Congress from the state of Alabama is in our student cohort!

Did you know that in 2018, the Brookings Institution predicted that the next Mark Zuckerberg is at HBCU? That same year, Black Enterprise found her - a current senior at Florida A&M University!  

The Association's Salute to Diverse Innovation

This landmark event brought together major technology and telecom associations for a collective salute to diverse innovation honoring both the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus. 

The Association's Salute benefitted the Advancing Minorities Interest in Engineering (AMIE) Foundation and served as a welcome event for the inaugural HBCU Braintrust student cohort!

National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the BSA Foundation, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), CTIA, and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)

These leaders showcased the technology & telecom industries' commitments to diversity & inclusion

Thank you to Reps. Alma S. Adams, Ph.D., Ruben Gallego, Nanette Diaz Barragan, Bradley Byrne, Marc Veasey, Bobby Scott, Al Lawson, G.K. Butterfield, & Mark Walker for helping salute to AMIE and our National HBCU Braintrust Student Cohort! 

Scholarship presentation moderated by Tiffany Moore
Senior Vice President, Political and Industry Affairs at Consumer Technology Association!
Thank you to WHUR for broadcasting live from the Association's Salute to Diverse Innovation.

You don't want to miss this broadcast! 
You'll hear from Members of Congress, industry leaders, HBCU presidents, students & grads! 

Together, they make the case for the Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus, the National HBCU Braintrust and make it clear that HBCUs are the incubators of diverse talent & innovation! 

This broadcast is not to be missed!
Wells Fargo, AnitaB.Org, T-Mobile, IBM, Adobe, SAP, FICO, NAB, Regions Bank & Ally Financial for providing scholarship support for AMIE.
AMIE is the umbrella organization for our 15 ABET accredited HBCUs.  This foundation, spearheaded by Veronica Nelson, provides support to engineering students and deans of engineering at our HBCUs.
Click here to learn more about AMIE

To American Airlines, GM & Kapor Capital for making it possible for AMIE students to participate in this year's National HBCU Braintrust.  The inaugural student cohort was the heartbeat of the Braintrust!


Click the image for an important message from Honorary Host, Rep. Alma S. Adams, Ph.D. - Chair & Founder of the Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus

All videos produced by HBCU Student Cohort member, Darrell Hill of Go Fetch!

PANEL I: HBCU Presidents & Chancellors

  • Moderator
    • Hadiyah Mujhid; Founder of HBCUvc
  • Panelists
    • Dr. Harold L. Martin, Sr.; Chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University
    • Dr. Lily McNair; President of Tuskegee University
    • Dr. Larry Robinson; President of Florida A&M University
    • Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover; President of Tennessee State University
    • Dr. C. Reynold Verret; President of Xavier University of Louisiana
Thank you Bowie State for setting the tone for the Braintrust Panels!

PANEL II: Industry Leaders Powering Diverse Innovation

  • Moderator
    • Dotcy Isom; Vice President, Human Resources--Employee Career Development at T-Mobile
  • Panelists
    • Valinda Kennedy, Global Academic Programs Manager, IBM
    • Vanessa Liu, Vice President, SAP.iO Foundries North America
    • Joe Briggs, Counsel, NFL Players Association 
    • Marcelino Ford-Livene, Managing Director, Portfolio Management & Head of the Executive-in-Residence Program, Intel Capital
    • Dr. Nashlie Sephus, Applied Science Manager, Amazon Web Services
The National HBCU Braintrust extends our deepest appreciation for all of our HBCU Presidents, Chancellors and leaders for your steadfast commitments to educational excellence.  It is our honor to be your advocates!

President Aminta Breaux of Bowie State University had her school out in full force!
 Bowie made it clear, the National HBCU Braintrust is our HBCU Homecoming at CBCF ALC!
Braintrust Panel Sponsors
Facebook, Duke Energy, Wells Fargo, P&G & GSK

Session I: Model Congress with the Congressional Black Associates

Thank you to Capitol Hill's Congressional Black Associates for powering a dialogue on the need for greater diversity within federal policy!  Exposure to careers on the Hill is key to building a more inclusive Congress.

Special GuestsChancellor Harold L. Martin, Sr. (NC A&T), Paul Brathwaite (Federal Street Strategies), Mike McKay (Empire Consulting Group)

Strategy Session II: Navigating Careers in Tech with Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officers

Strategy session with tech executives that helped students prepare for careers within corporate America and within the tech sector.

Participants: Monica Poindexter (Lyft) Damien Hooper-Campbell (eBay), Wendy McSweeney (SunTrust)Wendy Lewis (McDonald’s) Clara Landry (Accenture Federal Services)

Moderator: Troy Clair (Amazon)

Special Guests: Latasha Gillespie (Amazon Web Services)

Strategy Session III: Preparing for Entrepreneurship and Careers within Venture Capital

Strategy session with leading tech entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.  This session helped students begin preparing to become future employers.

Participants: Lo Toney (Plexo Capital) Ulili Onovakpuri (Kapor Capital), Sevetri Wilson (Resilia), Rodney Williams (Lisnr), Marlon Nichols (MaC Capital Investments)

Moderator: Adeleke Omitowoju, 1863 Ventures

Thank you to Accenture, Accenture Federal Services & Amazon for providing this unforgettable career strategy session for our students.  Students were exposed to careers in venture capital/entrepreneurship, financial services, food services & tech!

Exposure is step one to strengthening pathways towards greater opportunity.



Breakfast Powered by McDonald's & the National Football League Players Association 

McDonald's Chief Diversity Officer, Wendy Lewis provided insights on the various career opportunities within the food sector.  Did you know, McDonald's has a growing AI operation? 

Joe Briggs of the NFLPA joined the effort to help expose our students to the careers within sports, beyond the gridiron.  Did you know the NFLPA has an active business accelerator program to help power diverse innovation?

Who's House? Our HBCU House!

HBCU House was a showcase of Black innovation!  The House was the spot for career networking, substantive dialogue and scholarship giving!
Convo I: Marlon Nichols (MaC Capital Investments), Lo Toney (Plexo Capital), Charles Hudson (Precursor Ventures), Ulili Onovakpuri (Kapor Capital); moderated by Damien Hooper Campbell (eBay)

Convo II: Melissa Hannah (Mahmee) & Rodney Williams (Lisnr); moderated by Candi Castleberry Singleton (Twitter)

The Amazon Pitch: Jibril Jackson (HYVE) & Olumide Longe (Blademy)

Thank you Amazon for providing $3,000 dollars in Amazon Cloud Credits for participants of the Pitch!
Thank you to our Black owned & led venture capital funds and our Black tech founders for making the trip to Washington for the inaugural HBCU House!   True workforce diversity and inclusion is not solely of a question of who we employ, but it  includes who we empower to become employers!
Thank you to our fantastic sponsors for making HBCU House possible!

Summa Cum Laude
  • Google
  • AnitaB.Org
Magna Cum Laude
  • eBay
  • Lyft
  • Capital One
  • Intel Corporation
Cum Laude
  • Amazon
  • Charter Communications
  • Duke Energy
  • FedEx Corporation
  • FICO
  • Nvidia
  • PayPal
  • Suntrust Bank
  • T-Mobile
Friends of the House
National Association of Broadcasters, Regions Bank, Samsung, Twitter, Visa, Kapor Capital & Procter & Gamble
The generosity of our sponsors enabled HBCU House to provide over $200,000 in support to the HBCUvc Foundation.  This powerful initiative was launched by Hadiyah Mujhid (graduate of Maryland Eastern Shore). 

HBCUvc hosts a yearly fellowship program that exposes HBCU & HSI students from all across the nation to careers in venture capital.

Click here to learn more HBCU.VC
Track I: Students had an opportunity to hear from and connect with Black tech entrepreneurs & venture capitalists. 

Track II: Students also had a chance to learn about career opportunities at major companies.  Thank you Duke Energy, Intel Corporation, Nvidia, Regions Bank & Amazon for hosting stations during HBCU House's career showcase!
In 2017, Lyft became the second entity to take the National HBCU Partnership Challenge!  Our Morgan State Bears thoroughly enjoyed the Lyft Lounge.
Thank you to Morgan State University Drumline for setting it off at HBCU House!

Intel Images with Inaugural HBCU Braintrust Student Cohort!

Did you know that Intel Corporation was the first entity to take the HBCU Partnership Challenge?  Thank you for your partnerships with our nation's HBCUs!
This was just the beginning...
HBCU House was a transformative experience for our National HBCU Braintrust student cohort.  This House allowed Members of Congress, industry executives and HBCU leaders to come together, working in concert, to expose our students to the multitude of career paths available.   

This was just the beginning!  The National HBCU Braintrust is committed to growing our HBCU House initiative.  We remain committed to working with you to continue our collective push towards empowering every student to succeed in the 21st century economy!
Next stop...SXSW!
Thank you for being a valued part of the 2019 National HBCU Braintrust!  

March 2020
HBCU STEAM Day of Action & HBCU House @SXSW

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