CO-CHAIRS AND HOSTS

Each year, leaders and influencers in technology, entrepreneurship, investment, higher education and government come together to make HBCU@SXSW an overwhelming success. Our co-chairs and hosts are committed to ensuring that as many high potential students are able to experience all that SXSW has to offer, including the opportunity to connect with recruiters for summer internships, apprenticeships and full-time work, startup organizations for entrepreneurial resources and access to vetted investment opportunities. This is the path to multi-generational wealth creation.

2019 CO-CHAIRS

Shanterria Sampson
Cofounder
Kingonomics

Rodney S. Sampson
Executive Chairman & CEO
Opportunity Hub

Barbara Furlow-Smiles
Global Diversity Manager
Facebook

2018 CORPORATE HOSTS

Mark Mathewson
Managing Vice President, Technology
Capital One

Keisha Ebbesen
Senior Recruiter
Microsoft

Maurice Wilkins
Program Manager, Inclusion
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

X Jernigan
Head of North America
Spotify

Chimere Faison Barnard
Diversity + Inclusion Talent Lead
MailChimp

Rodney Bullard
Vice President of Community Affairs
Chick-fil-A Foundation 

Tania Webb
Director
Deloitte & Touche

Kent Bazemore
Founder & CEO
Arms Foundation

Wayne G. Davis
SVP Human Resources, Technology
Comcast 

Barbara Furlow-Smiles
Global Diversity Manager
Facebook

Cheryl Wade
Head, Diversity & Inclusion
Booz Allen Hamilton

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