San Antonio Black Entrepreneurs, Experts Who Can Speak at Your Next Event

What will it take to improve diversity at conferences?

We know diversity in teams is the key to innovation and makes us smarter. This panel with Tiffany Haddish discussed ways to incorporate diversity into conferences and other public events. 

We must acknowledge the systematic barriers holding back people of color from being recognized as experts.

It has long been evident that we are not doing everything we can to ensure that discussion panels, keystone speakers, and conference sessions reflect the full spectrum of talent in our communities. Too many events lack racial diversity, so we’re taking steps to help change that.

La Juana Chambers Lawson worked diligently to assemble this curated list of Black professionals who have shared their expertise and views at events. 

When you scan these names, don’t only look for experts by title. Many of these speakers have both professional expertise and unique experience in community service.

Sourcing speakers outside your traditional networks means adding differences in experiences and points of view. That’s why we’ve included thought leaders, public servants, and other experts in addition to entrepreneurs.

This list can help you bring in people with valuable experience, whether it’s from running a business or by working on an issue from within a community organization.

We encourage you to look at these LinkedIn profiles for more information on each person’s background and to connect. These 100-plus names are only the beginning.

We’ll do our part by maintaining and updating this unranked, alphabetized list as submissions come in. If we missed anyone or need to correct an entry, please let us know here.

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  1. Born Logic Allah, Owner, 9Logic video production company
  2. Margaret Wilson Anaglia, founder Al’s Gourmet Nuts, and Port San Antonio board member
  3. Jada Andrews-Sullivan, District 2 Councilwoman for City of San Antonio
  4. Sherrika Arch, President, Straight Line Management  construction management services
  5. Ada Babino, Video Producer, Jezebel Filmworks and San Antonio Black Film Festival 
  6. Dianna Burns Banks, President, South Texas Center for Pediatric Care
  7. Staci Beane, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Founder, Tekgration
  8. Kamilah Beltran, Founder and CEO, ADO Digital
  9. Nicola Blaque, Chef and owner, The Jerk Shack
  10. Iman Blyther, Owner, Neatly Done San Antonio
  11. Stephanie Boyd, Judge, 187th Criminal District Court, San Antonio
  12. Nancy Brewington, CEO and RN, Hands N Harmony
  13. Monica Brite, CEO, B Rite Family Finance and financial literacy speaker
  14. Karla Broadus, President, Commonwealth Computer Company
  15. DeAnna Brown, Sheago Cosmetics Better Life Consultant and FwdProgress A&E Center nonprofit organization
  16. Celeste Alana Brown, Advocacy Manager, KIPP San Antonio Public Schools 
  17. Lester Bryant, Financial Professional, OPES ONE HILL COUNTRY
  18. Marcae Bryant-Omosor, USAA software engineer and Culture & Equity-Diversity Advocate, Cybersecurity Leadership Change Agent
  19. Sha-Rone V Buggs-Reyes, government contracting and small business expert, board member of ThruProject, former 1st Vice Chair of the Alamo City Black Chamber of Commerce
  20. Willie Burroughs, Chief Operations Officer (COO) at San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD)
  21. Tommy Calvert, Jr., Bexar County Commissioner 
  22. Tommy “TC” Calvert, Sr., VP of Marketing and Advertising, KROV FM San Antonio Community Radio, Chair at Fair Contracting Coalition and President of Neighborhoods First Alliance
  23. Nicole Carr, Black Feminism Scholar and Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University-San Antonio
  24. Paula A. Chaison-Monroe, Founder of PAM Media Outreach Urban Communities Teen Summit
  25. Chawanna Chambers, Director of Academics, Compass Rose Public Schools
  26. Karen Chattum, Owner, Poetry In Motion Publishing
  27. Neka Cleaver, Owner/Personality of Tha1Radio Hub
  28. Brandi Coleman, University of the Incarnate Word Adjunct Professor and Founder/CEO of The Lemonade Circle
  29. James Cooper, Jr., Business Development, Project QUEST
  30. Julian Dais, CEO of The Green Lab, a cannabis business development agency
  31. Steven Darby, Creative Director, HeavyHeavy
  32. Beatrix Davis, CEO, The Legacy Firm
  33. Cheryl Davis, Dr. Cheryl Davis Family Dentistry
  34. Brian Dillard, Chief Innovation Officer, City of San Antonio 
  35. Angelica Docog, Executive Director at the Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC) of the University of Texas – San Antonio 
  36. Harriet Dominique, Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs at USAA
  37. Raven Douglas, Deputy Director, Project MOVE
  38. Tracie Edmond, CEO, CAVALRY and Professor, University of the Incarnate Word
  39. Anthony Edwards, African American Arts advocate and civic leader, board member of the Witte Museum and San Antonio Museum of Art
  40. Tiffany Edwards, Owner, T.C. Fitness and a NASM Certified trainer and nutriion specialist 
  41. Deyla Elliott, Program Specialist at UT San Antonio, Certified Health Coach, and FemCity San Antonio Collective Leader
  42. Ashley Evans, Professional photographer
  43. Erika Forbes, Founder and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Culture CrossOver, entrepreneurial culture for women
  44. Erik Ford, Digital Director, HeavyHeavy
  45. Ivory Freeman, Financial Services Professional, NYLIFE Securities
  46. Mikala Gibson, Actress (Fear The Walking Dead, Dawn, and more)
  47. Charles Gentry, Professor of African American Studies, UTSA and Founder and Director of Programs and Administration, Teatro Anansi
  48. Barbara Gervin-HawkinsTexas House of Representatives District 120
  49. Paula Gold-Williams, President and CEO, CPS Energy
  50. DW Goodloe (Dat Mayne DeeWayne), Filmmaker and Owner of Good Visualz Productions
  51. Demetrius Gordon, CEO and Founder, Jamaica Jamaica Cuisine
  52. Billy Gordon, President, Bexar County Buffalo Soldiers Association
  53. Jackie Gorman, Senior Partner at Allen Austin and Managing Partner and CEO and Ivy Consulting
  54. Karen Grace, CEO, Grace Star Media Group
  55. DL Grant, Manager at the San Antonio Public Library Carver Branch, and San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum Research Committee Chair
  56. Tiffany Grant, Chief of Staff at SAISD
  57. Tracey Groomes, President, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, San Antonio Chapter and Scrum Master at Brit Incorporated
  58. Glen Guyton, Keynote Speaker on Diversity and Inclusion
  59. Nias Harris, globally recognized pan-African scholar
  60. Rosalind Harris, Entrepreneur Coach and Independent Consultant for Start-up Nonprofits and Grant-writer
  61. Erynn Haskins, Development Manager, City Year San Antonio
  62. Rachel Hathaway, Vice President and Community Relations Manager,  Bank of America
  63. TJ Haygood, founder, CEO and SVP of Sales & Marketing for Get Inclusive Vacations and expansion coach and marketing representative for PlanNet Marketing
  64. Christopher C. Herring, Sr., Executive Director, Global Chamber of Commerce San Antonio
  65. Ben Hodge, CEO and Product Owner, EEVET, Inc.
  66. Charles Hood, Fire Chief, City of San Antonio
  67. Paul Hoskins and motivational speaker Michelle Hoskins, Owners, Urban Air Adventure Park 
  68. Yolanda Huff, Judge, County Court 12, San Antonio
  69. Adrian Jackson, Subject Matter Expert (SME) on crisis communications and Director of Marketing and Strategic Communications, St. Philip’s College
  70. Gylon Jackson, Chief Idea Architect, Big G Labs digital media firm
  71. Deborah Omowale Jarmon, Executive Director, San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum
  72. David E. Johnson, Owner/Principal, TranformEd Consulting
  73. Marcel Johnson, Vice President for Business Development, Port San Antonio
  74. Naomi Sumthin2Say Johnson, founder of the San Antonio Kwanzaa Commission
  75. Tiffany Jones-Smith, CEO, Texas Kidney Foundation
  76. Tuesdaé Knight, President and CEO, San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE)
  77. Antoinette Lakey, Founder and Artistic Director, Teatro Anansi and Community Partnership Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA
  78. Delores Lenzy Jones, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of CPS Energy
  79. Kelly Lampkin Principal Consultant, FUNMISE IT consulting services and Vice Chair of The Boardroom Project
  80. La Juana Chambers Lawson, CEO and founder, Tacit Growth Strategies and former president and chair of the Alamo Project Management Institute (Alamo PMI) board of directors and San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum (SAAACAM)
  81. Elexus Liggins, Moki and Outreach Coordinator, School’s Out Hackathon
  82. Brandon Logan, President, Rotary Club of San Antonio
  83. Monique Long-White, Economist and Project Manager, UTSA Technology Commercialization Center
  84. Adena Loston, President, St. Philip’s College
  85. Michelle Lugalia-Hollon, Director of Initiatives and Partnerships, Kronkosky Charitable Foundation
  86. Baba Aundar Ma’at, Owner of Melaneyes Media, Ma’at Marketing and KuumbaNia, filmmaker and writer
  87. Shalonda Mack, Founder, LVES Sexual Trauma Recovery Program
  88. Jordan Maney, CEO and Chief Creative Officer, All The Days
  89. Mario Marcel Salas, Civil rights leader for over 30 years, author, and former City Councilman District 2, City of San Antonio
  90. Diamond Mason, writer and performance artist
  91. Cornelius Massey, Real Estate Agent, Redefy Real Estate
  92. Bijo Mathew, Director, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development and Associate Regional Director at South-West Texas Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network
  93. Nakita McClure, Life enrichment assistant at Autumn Leaves Memory Care and poet
  94. Renee Joy McGhee, Alamo Colleges Workforce Development Instructor and Owner of King’s Glory Enterprises Inc – IT~N~TeleCare – Inspirationally Yours
  95. B Michele, CEO and Branding Coach, B Michele Branding Agency
  96. Lou Miller, Chief of Staff, Councilwoman Jada Andrews-Sullivan and past president of the African American Chamber of Commerce of San Antonio
  97. Taylor Mobley, Lifestyle Producer, WOAI and KABB
  98. Jeneea “The Fire Starter” Moore, poet and host of The Fire Starter Show
  99. Kevin Nabors and Kela Nabors, founders and owners, Organically Bath and Beauty, a line of vegan beauty products
  100. Shokare “Sho” Nakpodia, Owner of the Mighty Group and founder of DreamWeek
  101. Shetigho Nakpodia, Founder, Pastor, and Owner of Redeemer’s Praise Church and The Love Community Center
  102. Nadia Noel-Anglade, Founder, the Networking Embassy and professional speaker
  103. Sierra Parker, CEO and Founder of Queening in MY Purpose Women’s Nonprofit Organization and Host of Tea Time with Q.i.M.P.
  104. Cassandra Parker-Nowicki, Executive Director, Carver Community Cultural Center
  105. Christian Reed-Ogba and Uchennaya Ogba, Founders of EHCÜ Public Relations
  106. Bonita Owens, CEO, Founder of the Amazing Women Network and speaker, trainer, coach, author
  107. Alicia Perry, and Walk Development Specialist at National MS Society and SAISD Board member
  108. Keely Petty, Founder and CEO of Kick-Start Your Life Coaching and professional keynote speaker
  109. Rita Phillip, Managing Director, Business Diversity and Workforce Development, Texas High-Speed Rail
  110. Aaronetta Hamilton Pierce, Texas Women’s Hall of Fame, African American art advocate, and civic leader
  111. Tia Prescott, Owner, Tia’s Beauty Supply
  112. Katherine Pruett, Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Ethical Style Journal
  113. Jason Pulliam, U.S. District Judge at Fourth Court of Appeals
  114. Gloria Ray, lifelong D2 resident and native of San Antonio
  115. Margaret Richardson Taylor, Professor of Government at Alamo Community Colleges District – San Antonio College (SAC)
  116. David Robinson, Jr., Founder, Blueprint Local community investing firm and Admiral Capital Group
  117. Mills Carnell Rodgers, author and speaker for schools and first-generation programs
  118. Shantana Robinson, Owner, MFAD Creative Group management consulting
  119. Walter Rogers, Transition Coordinator, U.S. Goverment Warrior Transition Battalion
  120. Dorinda Rolle, President, Rolle and Associates
  121. Vicky Romero, Learning and Development Leader, Plumquest, LLC and President-Elect 2020 Association of Talent Development (ATD) San Antonio
  122. Mycheryl Russ, Owner and Chief Creative Officer, Chak Therapy vegan product line
  123. Mecca Salahuddin, Strategic Planning and Performance Excellence, Alamo Colleges District
  124. Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson, San Antonio Poet Laureate, musical artist/healer and poet
  125. Lawrence Scott, Executive Director of the Community for Life Foundation, Founder, Strengthening Educating Navigating Developing SEND and Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University
  126. Michelle Garcia Shaw, Associate at Curney Farmer House Osuna & Jackson, P.C.
  127. Will “Cruz” Shaw, Associate Judge,  436th Judicial District Court, San Antonio
  128. Tracie  Shelton, Founder, Alamo Kitchens and Senior Business Advisor at the UTSA SBDC
  129. Liz Simpson, executive coach, professional speaker, and owner of Stimulyst, B2B Sales Coach for Women
  130. Jacqueline Smith, CEO, The Jacqueline Smith Foundation
  131. Tamara Smith, philanthropist, basketball player, CEO of Children Core Connection
  132. Ya’Ke Smith, Film Director at Exodus Filmworks and Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at The University of Texas’ Moody College of Communication
  133. Rockie Gilford Stepter, Community activist and Fellow at New Leaders Council – San Antonio
  134. Danielle Campbell Steans, Director, San Antonio Ballet School and San Antonio Youth Ballet
  135. LaShawn Stewart-Baylor, President and CEO, Integrated CM Solutions
  136. Kirsten Thompson, Creative Director, celebrity stylist, serial fashion award winner
  137. Laura Thompson Owner and General Manager at The African American Network (TAAN TV)
  138. Jordan Mischel Thomas, Project Manager, The MightyGroup and Community Development, Family Service Association of San Antonio
  139. Grace Uzomba, Judge, County Court 2, San Antonio
  140. Renee Watson, Director, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Department – Bexar County
  141. Tracy Watts, Grant Director at St. Philip’s College, Board Member of the San Antonio Area African American Community Fund (SAAAACF) and the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum (SAAACAM)
  142. Morjoriee White, Homeless Administrator, City of San Antonio Department of Human Services
  143. Tivy Whitlock, President, Nobles Institute
  144. Antonio Wicks, Financial Literacy Coach and  Distribution Advocate
  145. Dorian Williams, Learning and Development Manager, San Antonio Area Foundation
  146. Maria Williams, Owner, Majestic Events by Maria and former 2nd Vice-Chair Alamo City Black Chamber of Commerce/Former Carver Community Cultural Center Board Member 
  147. Frederick Williams, author, retired Adjunct Professor, UTSA 
  148. Derrick Wilson, Founder and owner of the Lion’s Den and Power Factor Entertainment Group  
  149. Malii Watts Witten, Founding Principal, Trainer and Management Consultant at EngageBetween
  150. Veronica Shields Witter, McDonald’s Franchisee
  151. Bria Woods, Executive Producer of Digital KAVU-TV and Founder of Glo App

For more listings of Black-owned businesses in San Antonio, please consult the following resources:

Did we miss someone? Know a Black entrepreneur in San Antonio who is a great speaker and should be on this list? Please let us know here or post a comment below. We’ll update this list with your additions.

Guest author La Juana Chambers Lawson is CEO and founder of Tacit Growth Strategies and former president and chair of the board of directors of the Alamo Project Management Institute (Alamo PMI) and the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum (SAAACAM).   

Featured image is of an African American entrepreneur reading a business publication. Photo by Adeolu Eletu on Unsplash.

 

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6 thoughts on “San Antonio Black Entrepreneurs, Experts Who Can Speak at Your Next Event

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    June 5, 2020 at 12:50 pm
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    As a D&I professional, I would love to be included on this list.
    Glen has made it his mission to help organizations and individuals understand how to navigate the complex nature of culture. Whether you’re an organization looking to improve profitability and productivity or an individual trying to navigate the culture in which they live, Glen can help you evaluate your goals and increase your cultural competency. You’ll improve profitability, increase productivity, lead with innovation and value the dignity of all people.

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      June 9, 2020 at 9:29 am
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      Added, thanks for letting us know!

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    June 5, 2020 at 8:03 pm
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    Morgan Shannon Taplin should be on this list as well.

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      June 9, 2020 at 9:30 am
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      If you would please send me more information, I’d appreciate it, I couldn’t find this person on LinkedIn, thanks!

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    June 9, 2020 at 12:50 am
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    The problem with this list is people believe it to be a good list outside of the African American community. We developed and continue to produce the National Award Winning Blackbook Directory and Yearbook. The largest and most comprehensive directory in South/Central Texas. http://www.blacksinsantonio.com. The investment has been made in the community long before some of theses people considered starting a business. Please don’t miss represent our people! We will hold you accountable! #Blackvideonews #Blacksinsanantonio #BlackMedTexas #BlackChurchesinTexas #BlackImpactSAB #BlackbookStudiosInc

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      June 9, 2020 at 9:29 am
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      This article was never designed to be a business listing or directory. Our intent was to provide a speaker list of thought leaders and experts. We firmly believe that:

      “Sourcing speakers outside your traditional networks means adding differences in experiences and points of view. That’s why we’ve included thought leaders, public servants, and other experts in addition to entrepreneurs.”

      Thank you for letting us know about the Blackbook Directory and Yearbook, we can add a working link (this link is broken) to the list of four other black business directories already included in this article.

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