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Ashlee Ammons and Kerry Schrader    

Mother-Daughter Black, Female, Tech Team

Kerry Schrader and Ashlee Ammons are a dynamic Mother/Daughter duo who are in the new wave of entrepreneurs re-imagining daily life; creating services that make work and play simpler, better and more satisfying. Without formal tech backgrounds, they’ve blazed trails in the male-dominated tech startup space with their company, Mixtroz which creates community where 25 or more are gathered increasing engagement and collecting data.

Following remarkable progress in 2017, Team Mixtroz kicked off 2018 with a bang joining the 2nd Cohort of Birmingham, Alabama’s prestigious Velocity Accelerator and starring in an episode of A+E networks investment series “Rooster & Butch”. On May 9, 2018 the duo was selected to pitch to AOL Co-Founder Steve Case during the Rise of the Rest tour stop in Birmingham, AL and Team Mixtroz won securing a $100,000 investment from Cases’ Revolution Fund. The team went on to close a $1M round of funding making them the 37th and 38th black females to ever close a million dollar round of funding.

Kerry Schrader, Cofounder/CEO of Mixtroz, holds a BBA, MBA from Kent State University and has held both the SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications. Kerry has more than 25 years' experience positively impacting the human assets of large companies including Ford, Alcoa, and Sears Holdings Corporation. Mrs. Schrader has vast experience developing programs that engage workforces with results that increase productivity and bottom-line profitability. Residing in Birmingham, AL Kerry serves on the Board of Albuquerque based Creative Startups as well as Corporate Treasurer for a Nashville-based investment group. In addition, Mrs. Schrader is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Black in Tech Nashville and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. One of her passions includes volunteering for programs that support the education and development of girls and underrepresented children.

Ashlee Ammons, Co-Founder/President of Mixtroz, holds a BA in Mass Communications and Public Relations from Baldwin Wallace University. Notably, Ashlee was hired as the 1st intern to NBA Star LeBron James. Following graduation, Ashlee moved to New York City and established a career as an Events Producer working with an impressive list of A-Listers including Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jay-Z as well as large brands like Moet Hennessy and Coca-Cola. Much of Ashlee's passion for Mixtroz comes from her vast knowledge of events and the integration of technology into the landscape in an effort to track analytical data while optimizing consumer experiences. Ashlee serves on the Boards of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and Tech Birmingham and is involved with community initiatives such as Black in Tech Nashville and Girls to the Moon.

Speech Topics


The Unlikely Tech CEO: From Senior HR Leader to Tech Startup CEO

In this talk, Kerry speaks about the ebbs and flows of her career. From managing a McDonalds, to landing the dream job at Ford Motor Company as a single mother. She then digs into her experience working toward a Master’s degree while working full-time and building a new family. In the second part of her talk, Kerry talks IPO and subsequent sabbatical and how that led her to take a deep dive into Entrepreneurship with her daughter leaving a 6-figure corporate salary behind while remaining primary breadwinner. Not long after beginning the entrepreneurial journey, Kerry was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, fought back and defeated it through a combination of Faith, Family and Focus on Mixtroz. Mrs. Schrader finishes with her experience as a Black, Female, Tech founder and the steps taken to successfully raise capital while growing a tech startup.

Approach Anything Like It’s Everything

In this talk, Ashlee speaks on how the power of face-to-face communication has been a constant theme throughout her life. From a conversation with a student peer in undergrad that led her to a position as LeBron James’ first intern to Cofounding a tech startup around the same thesis: Face-to-face drives the most electricity. The talk serves as reminder to audiences everywhere that Network = Net Worth.

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