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Issa Rae, Keynote Speaker At Black Tech Week July 2023

June 14, 2023 | By Kali Girl

Issa Rae’s unwavering support for the Black community extends to areas where they have historically faced significant underrepresentation, reports Essence. Her latest endeavor serves as an example of this commitment.

In a recent statement, it was revealed that Rae will be delivering the keynote address at Black Tech Week, an annual conference dedicated to promoting equality in the tech industry.

“We’re looking forward to hosting Issa Rae as our keynote speaker for Black Tech Week 2023,” said Candice Matthews Brackeen, CEO, Lightship Foundation in a statement. “Her dedication to promoting diversity in the tech industry along with her remarkable achievements in entertainment, truly embody the spirits of solidarity and success so central to the Black Tech Week experience. It’s going to be an inspiring and unforgettable event!”

Rae, a staunch supporter of equity in Black business ownership, continues her efforts through this keynote, further amplifying the cause of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In 2021, she collaborated with American Express and the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) to enhance the ByBlack initiative by introducing a nationwide certification program exclusively for Black-owned businesses.

The Lightship Foundation, established in 2017, has facilitated over 200 minority individuals in securing $150 million in venture funding.

The event was established by the Lightship Foundation, the philanthropic division of Lightship Capital, a venture fund established by Brian Brackeen, which specifically aims to empower Black-owned enterprises.

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