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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

1st Annual #BlackTechMatters Influencer Awards Was a Huge Success in Washington, DC

* 150 guests were in attendance celebrating innovation in STEM
* 5 awards and 1 Lifetime Award given to top influencers that helped propel tech inclusion

Black Tech Matters Influencer Awards

Attendees and honorees at this year’s Black Tech Matters Influencer Awards in Washington, DC

Washington, DCWealthy Life and #BlackTechMatters recently recognized 6 honorees from tech and STEM innovation at Ben’s Next Door on the 27th of November. Each of the honorees were awarded a “BlackTechMatters Influencer Award” courtesy of Wealthy Life and participating sponsors – AT&T, Mastercard, Ben’s Chili Bowl, BlackPR.com, Lee’s Flowers and the Charter School Development Corp.

Celebrating a diverse spectrum of talent in technology and STEM, the honorees included:

* Nasir Qadree, Associate Director of Social Investments, AT&T
* Adam Rubinson, Public Sector Client Relationship Executive, Mid-Atlantic
* Chanelle Hardy, Strategic Outreach and Public Policy, Google
* Thierry Lindor, Founder, Influence Orbis
* Deon Graham, Digital Director, Combs Enterprises
* Thomas Nida, Senior Vice President & Regional Executive, John Marshall Bank

Keynote speaker Thierry Lindor of Influence Orbis, traveled all the way from Canada to discuss changes in the digital divide, current challenges for inclusion in STEM innovation, the need for more investments in diversity and the best practices for all companies. Speakers included Tamika Tremaglio (Greater Washington Managing Principal, Deloitte), BK Simmons (Co-Founder, Wyzerr), and Mary Blackford (Founder of Market 7).

The BlackTechMatters Awards convened innovative leaders from across the nation that share one bold message, “Representation Matters.” BK Simmons, who delivered The State of Black Tech Matters speech recounts: “We celebrated honorees who have demonstrated a strong commitment to diversity; opening doors for people of color to build products, get jobs, and generate wealth with technology. Collectively, the room represented some of the finest pioneers who are changing the diversity conversation from one of social impact to a focus on the economic impact that is redefining our communities and changing lives for generations to come.”

At the show, guests enjoyed a red carpet tour and history lesson, delivered by Dr. Bernard Demczuk, Ph.D who has taught and studied African American culture for over a decade. Afterwards they were able to network and mingle to the sounds of DJ O’s Cool, while enjoying the show. Entertainment for that night included performances from Kid Soul, Sage Salvo,
Patrice Live, and Leonitis.

While the event overall received excellent media coverage on a local and international level, Wealthy Life also received great coverage on social media.

Angel Rich, named “the next Steve Jobs” by Forbes, comments, “We will continue to highlight areas of success within our community and opportunities for us to continue emerging in the tech and STEM industry. We look forward to an even greater awards show next year!”


About BlackTechMatters
#BlackTechMatters is a social impact organization. They develop creative engagement campaigns focused on diversity in STEM. They help your organization build partnerships with HBCUs, K12 Schools, governments, and non-profits. They help transform your vision into global influence, grow your audience demographics, and magnify the significance of your impact. For more details about the founder, Angel Rich, and her company, visit www.getwealthylife.com


Blair R. Walker
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