Serena Williams announced as keynote speaker for Black Tech Week conference


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If you’re black and love both tennis and technology, you’re bound to salivate over this nugget of news. The queen of the court herself, Serena Williams has been appointed keynote speaker for the upcoming Black Tech Week Conference. The annual event, scheduled to take place July 18-22 in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been bringing together black tech founders, influencers and innovators since 2016. The conference will host sessions such as “Getting Acquired By A tech giant. “Eliminating Fundraising Bias” and “Mergers and Acquisitions”.

“Black Tech Week is a movement in support of the success of ecosystems built by black founders,” Williams said in a statement. “I look forward to joining this strong community of talent, connecting and impacting the future of technology.”

The tennis superstar has proven she’s no trick pony, having dabbled in tech and venture capital for years now. Williams runs his own venture capital firm, Serena Ventureswhich focuses on supporting minority and women-owned businesses, as well as other marginalized communities.

For nearly a decade, Williams has worked off the court to support business owners and entrepreneurs like her.

“We need people like me and people like Alison and like our team at Serena Ventures to write the big checks, to change this narrative so we’re not forgotten,” Williams said, referring to Alison Rapaport, vice – president of the company. Chairman who joined the fund in 2018.

Williams and Serena Ventures recently made headlines in March for raise $111 million in an inaugural fund.

In response to the NY Times articleOf the news, Williams tweeted, “No matter how far we come, we’re reminded that it’s not enough. That’s why I raised $111 million for @serenaventures. To support founders who are overlooked by entrenched systems woefully unaware of their biases. Because even I am forgotten. You can do better, @nytimes.

According to Revolt TV, other Black Tech Week conference panelists include Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code, Arlan Hamilton, founder of Hire Runner and Backstage Capital, Janeen Uzzell, CEO of the National Black Society of Engineers and more, with a total of 60 events in total.

Black Tech Week will also run alongside the Cincinnati Music Festival headlined by none other than Janet Jackson, featuring other black music superstars such as Charlie Wilson, Ari Lennox, Fantasia and BJ The Chicago Kid. Hopefully our daughter Serena will get a tech break to enjoy the extra festivities!

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