Young, Black and Innovative Reception, Tuesday September 15th, 2015

Young, Black and Innovative

Each year the Congressional Black Caucus host its Annual Legislative Conference in D.C. – an event which convenes the best and brighest of Black minds.  This year celebrate this annual occassion by joining the natino’s entrepreneurs, innovators, young philanthropists, and trend-setters at an unforgettable socially conscious reception, peppered with innovation stations and mixed with Ted-style talks. The following organizations have partnered to host this event:


  • UNCF
  • Capital Cause
  • General Assembly

Organization Hosts: 

  • Thursday Network Young Professionals – Greater Washington Urban League
  • National Society of Black Engineers – Washington, DC – Alumni Extension
  • Black Public Relations Society


  • Motivational Ted Style Talks
  • Innovation Booths
  • Networking and Incubation of ideas
  • Open Bar, Live DJ, Networking Social

Ted Talks will cover:

  • Entrepreneurship in the African-American Community
  • Tech Inclusion
  • Black Women in Tech
  • Design Thinking For Business


Special Guests Include:

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Glennette ClarkSenior User Experience Designer, UX Immersive Instructor,
GEICO, General Assembly

Glennette Clark is a designer, connector and entrepreneur. She has a broad range of UX experiences as a designer, developer, project manager and researcher. Glennette is passionate about creating human-centered and innovative digital experiences that align with business goals and objectives. As the Founder of UXCamp DC and MobileUX Camp DC, she brings together UX design professionals across the globe to connect, collaborate and explore new ideas.

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Kendrick JacksonAudience Development Producer,
General Assembly

Kendrick Jackson is General Assembly D.C.’s audience Development Producer. He began his career in digital media and building online audiences. Throughout the years he has learned how to use data to tell engaging stories that grow users and audiences throughout the globe.

As a serial entrepreneur, Kendrick specifically enjoys helping early stage startups harness their expertise to rapidly test and grow various audience groups to help scale their business. Kendrick has taken companies from being a stand alone tumblr site to a full one wordpress site that generates 3 million unique visitors on a monthly basis.

At General Assembly, Kendrick produces an average of 30-40 classes and workshops a month at GA’s DC campus and is in charge of arranging close to 100 independent instructors. Class topics range from programming, design, digital marketing, data science and mobile. Recently, GA has began to focus on personal development and branding workshops with industry leaders in those areas. Classes have focused on career transitions, networking and linkedin profile development and how to crush it on twitter. Kendrick is also a student at GA in the Product Management Course. Never stop learning.

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Adeleke OmitowojuCo-Founder, CFO,
Ghost Note Agency

Adeleke Omitowoju is co-founder and Chief Financial Officer at Ghost Note Agency, a creative agency based in Washington DC. His firm develops and executes digital campaigns to that build bonds between brands and audiences. Passionate about the fusion between the digital and material world, he spends most of his time working with clients to develop new media strategies. His clients include banks, not for profits, and universities. He believes that technology plays a crucial role in transforming the way business is done and how people connect with each other.

Prior to co-founding Ghost Note, he worked as a cyber security consultant for International Business Machines, in his role, he helped clients develop automated systems to protect sensitive healthcare data. Before entering the world of technology, Ade worked as a private equity financial analyst in Delhi India where he lead financial due diligence operations for investments in India, Dubai, and West Africa.

He attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University where he acquired his undergraduate degree and Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in finance. He is a native of St. Thomas and lives in Washington DC with his son Ajani and wife Sandhya.

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Tyrone GrandisonPresidential Innovation Fellow,
Department of Labor

Tyrone Grandison is a Presidential Innovation Fellow working on Data Innovation initiatives at the Department of Labor. Tyrone is a computer science researcher and entrepreneur. He is CEO of Proficiency Labs and managing partner at METIS Inc. Tyrone has co-founded a number of ventures, including, Hipaantrepeneurs, the Di-PaSS series, WonderWomenHacks, and HacksforHumanity. He holds positions at the University of Technology – Kingston, Jamaica and the University of the West Indies – St. Augustine, Trinidad. Tyrone received his Bachelors in Computer Studies from the University of the West Indies in 1997, his Masters in Software Engineering in 1998 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine in London (2003). Dr. Grandison is an ACM Distinguished Engineer, an IEEE Senior Member and a HIMSS and BCS Fellow. He also received the IEEE Technical Achievement Award in 2010 for “pioneering contributions to Secure and Private Data Management”. He has authored over a 100 technical papers, co-invented over 47 patents and written several books.

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Kezia WilliamsSenior Program Manager,
United Negro College Fund

I am a public servant, with nonprofit management and government consulting experience. I’ve used my skills to benefit charitable organizations and associations in DC, New York City, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Chicago and Atlanta.

I currently serve as Executive Director of Capital Cause, a DC-area grant-making organization that trains young philanthropists to give their time and financial resources to support start-up nonprofits. Over five years, I’ve worked with a talented Board to grow the team from five vested members to over 5,000 millennial young philanthropists. Key team accomplishments have included: developing a metrics-based grant-making initiative, implementing a Giving Circles program which leverages the skills and financial resources of millennial donors, and management of an innovative dinner series designed to train the next generation of millennial donors. Capital Cause is revolutionizing how young people define philanthropy, and is at the forefront of identifying best practices on how to engage the millennial generation in maximizing their charitable impact.

My past leadership positions have included serving as the youngest member on the City of Alexandria’s Human Rights Commission (2005-2008), the first Director of Political Engagement for the Northern Virginia Urban League (2005-2007), a prolific fundraiser for the 2008 Obama for America campaign raising $250,000 (2008-2009), and Deputy Lead for National Day of Service for Obama’s 57th Presidential Inaugural Committee (2013).

Past awards include: Top 40 Under 40 by Envest Foundation (2010), Kiwanis Club Excellence in Community Service Award (2012), Black Enterprise Changemaker (2013), empower Player (2014), Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2014), and Top 40 Under 40 VLI VA Leader (2014),

Ms. Williams is also a proud alum of Christopher Newport University, and a native of Richmond, Virginia.

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Anthony EgbuniweFounder and Technical Account Manager,
AthleTECH @ Microsoft

As an adolescent, Egbuniwe was exposed to numerous sports-oriented camps where he learned the lifelong lessons of teamwork, dedication and leadership. His love for the athletics pushed Egbuniwe to play at the collegiate level. His team and coaches saw both skill and most importantly leadership in Egbuniwe that lead him to being selected as Captain of the Georgia Tech football team. After graduating from college, Egbuniwe chose a career in technology where he saw several parallels in the skills he learned beginning in elementary sports camps. Egbuniwe learned of the dwindling talent pool needed to fill our nation’s careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and he was sparked to start AthleTECH. AthleTECH has developed a model that allows for a fun and meaningful integration between technology and entrepreneurship.

About Our Partners




UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. UNCF provides operating funds for 37 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), scholarships and internships for students at about 900 institutions and faculty and administrative professional training.




Capital Cause

The idea of Capital Cause originated in September 2009 by a group of five dynamic women who met during the 2008 presidential election. It was during this time that a new way of giving was introduced that revolutionized the way people thought about getting involved. Instead of believing it took a large contribution to make a big difference, people realized that small contributions – when pooled together – could make a similar impact. All five women were involved and inspired during this time and by this movement. Capital Cause was founded on the idea that the small contributions of like-minded young philanthropists can affect change. Our focus of targeting volunteer hours and awarding micro-grants speak to this concept, and we hope that through our efforts we are able to build a new generation of donors committed to giving back over the long term.

AthleTECH @ Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in devices and services that help people and businesses realize their full potential. At Microsoft, we’re motivated and inspired every day by how our customers use our products to find creative solutions to business problems, develop breakthrough ideas, and stay connected to what’s most important to them.

AthleTECH is a non-profit organization that integrates professional experiences, to train interpersonal soft skills within Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) based careers. Our goal is to close the wealth, achievement, and skills gaps in the United States by giving access, awareness, and entrepreneurial opportunities (to Generation Z; birth years 1995-2010) from end to end. Our mission is to integrate the immensely growing dynamic of virtual communication to coach young entrepreneurs through project-based internships, and skills-based apprenticeships.



The mission of Technoir is to showcase, fund, and celebrate diverse companies and ideas. We do this through economic empowerment, creative social events, and valuable programming that can help get new ideas out to the world. We believe that often the only thing holding back new innovators is a lack of the kinds of support and resources needed to turn great ideas into reality. Join Technoir in our commitment to helping to change that.




Have questions about Young, Black & Innovative Reception?Contact UNCF, General Assembly, Capital Cause