2015 Speaker Series

Inspiring budding entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into great products and their products into great companies.

Tiffany Norwood

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tiffany Norwood was one of the pioneers of digital satellite radio. She was responsible for a Series A raise of nearly $1 billion to launch WorldSpace and XM Radio. An active social entrepreneur, Tiffany was the co-founder of NetworkE, a non-profit responsible for opening a clinic in Addis Ababa that provided OB/GYN and pediatric services to 4,000 low income women and children, as well as a healthcare facility in Dukem that continues to treat many more. 

Malik Mbaye

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Malik Mbaye founded Tribal Customs while he was a junior in high school. As a current Howard University student, he is still running the company. Tribal Customs is a handmade-to-order clothing line with a social component.

Jon Halpern

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Jon Halpern became the founder and CEO of Athlete Trax while still enrolled at George Washington University. Athlete Trax is a cloud-based online sports team and league management solution.

Dr. Grant Warner

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dr. Grant Warner is the director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the HU College of Engineering, Architecture, and Commputer Science (CEACS) and managing director of the "HowU Innovate" Lab, a co-working and maker space on Howard University's campus.

Dr. Legand Burge

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dr. Legand L. Burge, III is the chair of the Systems and Computer Sciences department of Howard University, with a track in success of developing and deploying large-scale, distributed systems. He is also the director of the Distributed Systems Research Group at Howard University.

Eden Full, Owner of SunSaluter

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Eden Full became the founder and CEO of SunSaluter while still enrolled at Princeton University. Sunsaluter is an intuitive, gravity-powered device that helps solar panels follow the sun, while providing clean water. The SunSaluter supports impoverished communities in meeting their needs for both electricity and clean water.

Carl Dorvil, Owner of Group Excellence

Wedenesday, March 25, 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Carl Dolvin became the founder and CEO of Group Excellence while enrolled at Methodist University. Group Excellence is not a tutoring company that mentors. It is a mentoring company that tutors. The mentors at Group Excellence do not just claim to teach at students; they work with them as their guides and role models.

William Michael Cunningham, Creative Investment Research

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mr. Cunningham is Founder and CEO of Creative Investment Research, Inc., Blackcrowdfunding.net and MinorityFinance.com. He is the author of The JOBS Act: Crowdfunding for Small Businesses and Startups, published by Apress Books.Add News Story here

Dr. Gary Harris, Howard University

February 25, 2015 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Dr. Gary Harris is the Associate Provost of Research and Graduate Studies. He also serves as Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Director of the Howard Nanoscale Science and Engineering Facility.

Melissa Bradley, Georgetown University

February 25, 2015 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Melissa L. Bradley has more than 20 years of entrepreneurship, investment and leadership experience. She is a Professor of Practice at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University where she teaches impact investing, social entrepreneurship, P2P economies and innovation. Melissa also serves as a faculty advisor for the Social Venture Lab and runs experiential learning opportunities for students across the entire University.

Michael Soileau, Comcast NBC Universal

February 25, 2015 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Michael Soileau is the Senior Vice President of Innovative Communications, overseeing public relations, government affairs, sales and marketing, TV2 and international operations, among other areas. In laymens terms - he is the Innovation Guru for Comcast.

Brent Cuirlino, Small Business Administration

February 25, 2015 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Brent Cuirlino is the Director of the Office of Credit Risk Management in the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). He specializes in advising small, minority business loans and the promotion of internship opportunities.

Eric Hammond, National Science Foundation

February 25, 2015 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Eric Hammond is a Legislative Affairs Specialist for the National Science Foundation (NSF). There he employs a variety of tools to  engage the general public and selected audiences including Congress, the news media, state and local governments, other Federal agencies, and the research and education communities of NSF grants and opportunities.

Nancy Negron

February 25, 2015 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Nancy Negron is the Chief External Affairs Officer for Opportunity Finance Network. This venture capitalist firm is unique in its mission, as it is the leading national network of community development financial institutions (CDFIs) investing in opportunities that benefit low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged communities across America.

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