Defying the Odds Through Innovation and How Leaders Can Adapt to Change
In this talk, Morgan breaks down the behind the scenes of building Blavity and encourages entrepreneurs of all ages to ignore the statistics or the naysayers. If not you… then who? If not now… then when? Morgan uses her story to show what’s possible—inspiring small business leaders to seek out ways to contribute to both positive and sustainable innovation and personal growth amid an ever-changing climate. Morgan shares lessons from her signature WorkSmart program to give entrepreneurs implementable tools for growth.
Women in the C-Suite: How to Break Free of Self Doubt
At the age of 25, Morgan DeBaun made history as one of the first 20 Black women to raise over a million dollars in venture funding, defying the odds of a dying publishing industry by unapologetically following her gut. She has since acquired and scaled multiple brands. In this session, Morgan shares her story of overcoming internal doubts and external doubters by tapping into her natural talent - launching and growing successful businesses. What does it mean to truly live life unapologetically? The takeaways from this chat will be applicable for life and business - take charge and claim your space!
Leading with Purpose: Diversity and Inclusion in Technology
The growth of STEM jobs has outpaced the growth of overall employment in the country. Of the 25% of women in tech roles, only 3% are Black women. While diversity, equity, and inclusion in other sectors is slowly growing, the tech sector is still lagging behind.
Join Morgan DeBaun for this honest conversation about the future of Black women in tech. How has the current social climate changed the conversation around diversity in the highest-growing career field in the US and what should tech companies do to attract and retain multicultural talent? As a CEO and a Black millennial woman, Morgan will share her tech world experiences from working in Silicon Valley as a new graduate to leading the top media company for Black millennials.
RESILIENCE PROGRAMMING: Blavity Founder & CEO Morgan DeBaun on navigating the challenges of growing a business and leading the conversation about diversity in tech
MORGAN DEBAUN made history at the age of 25 as one of the first Black women to raise over a million dollars in venture funding. As Founder & CEO of Blavity Inc., the leading media company created by and for Black millennials, Morgan has spent years mastering the challenges that face all growing companies: funding, acquisition, and scaling, and sharing her insight to help other entrepreneurs thrive. Now, she advises other small businesses on how to overcome these obstacles.
A keen business mind and brilliant innovator, Morgan knows how to adapt and defy the odds while building teams that lead with purpose. She talks about using resilience to adapt to change, and shares lessons from her signature WorkSmart program to give entrepreneurs implementable tools for growth. At TechCrunch's Disrupt 2020 conference, Morgan shared details of her journey to show audiences what’s possible and encouraged entrepreneurs of all ages to face new challenges head on.
While diversity, equity, and inclusion in other sectors are slowly growing, the tech sector is still behind. Morgan fosters honest conversation about the future of Black women in tech: How the current social climate has changed the conversation around diversity in the highest-growing career field in the US and what tech companies should do to attract and retain multicultural talent.
Morgan DeBaun is the Founder & CEO of Blavity Inc., the leading media company for Black culture and millennials.
Since launching Blavity Inc. in 2014, Morgan has led the company to successfully acquire Travel Noire, a travel platform for Black millennials, and Shadow And Act, a Black entertainment news site. Under her leadership, Blavity has launched several leading consumer summits including Summit 21 for Black women creators and Bay Area’s AfroTech, the largest tech conference for Black innovators and founders. While scaling the company, Morgan has raised 11 million dollars from top Silicon Valley venture firms such as GV and Comcast.
Morgan is also the founder of M. Roze Essentials, a natural skincare line, and WorkSmart, her signature advising program that teaches small business owners how to scale their business.
Morgan graduated top of her class from Washington University in St. Louis with a major in Political Science and minors in Entrepreneurship and Education. A native of St. Louis, she now resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Morgan has a following of over 300,000+ entrepreneurs, founders, and creators she consistently engages with via her social media accounts and her private email list. She is passionate about entrepreneurship, tech & media, and online activism.