Black Enterprise Magazine has been a staple among Black households since its initial publication back in the 70s. Founded by Earl G. Graves Sr., the publication of Black enterprise came at a time when the Black community needed to learn more about the economy and entrepreneurship. With a mission to enlighten our community on investing and owning businesses, Black Enterprise has continued to preserve while adapting to the changing times.
Now, the publication is set to host one of the largest gatherings of Black entrepreneurs with its Disruptor Summit. Taking place in Atlanta, Georgia from June 2 - June 4, the conference is tailored to Black entrepreneurs, investors, creatives and innovators. The summit aims to equip business-minded leaders with the necessary tools, access, and expertise to drive economic change within their communities and bridge the racial wealth gap. Over the course of three days, the event will help leading innovators and creatives think outside the box, establish million-dollar brands and disrupt their respective industries.
"Black Enterprise has been dedicated to Black excellence," Deputy Digital Editor Selena Hill says about the media company. "We continue to connect with younger generations and highlight the next generation of new Black leadership." That dedication has led Black Enterprise to evolve with the inaugural Disruptor Summit.
The three-day conference hosted by Nationwide will feature speakers, panels and workshops on various topics, including building wealth through real estate, using AI to grow your business, raising capital, marketing and more. Highlighted speakers include the Founder and CEO of Slutty Vegan, Pinky Cole; Founder and CEO of Kaleidoscope Hair Products, Jesseca "Judy" Harris-Dupart; Earn Your Leisure Co-Founders, Rashad Bilal and Troy Millings.
"This is the year that we wanted to reimagine it, we wanted to rebrand it," Hill talks about the evolution of Black Enterprise's Entrepreneur Summit. "We wanted a different feel and to be intentional," she continues in our exclusive interview.
With Black male-led businesses on the rise, Hill expressed the importance of having attendees in the audience that reflect the communities they come from.
Watch our interview below and find out why Atlanta was the perfect place for this year's summit, why Black men should attend and what the audience can expect.