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Kezia M. Williams      

Chief Executive Officer of The Black upStart

Kezia M. Williams is the Chief Executive Officer of The Black upStart — a nationally recognized company serving African-American innovators interested in starting successful and profitable, job creating small businesses. Through the administration of an incubator program, the Black upStart administers a culturally-sensitive, pioneering curriculum that integrates experiential learning methods, lean startup methodology, and business case studies. To date, the organization has trained nearly 500 entrepreneurs in the District of Columbia, New York, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Southern Africa. Black upStart graduates have launched ventures in 12 different states and have been featured on Netflix, ABC’s Shark Tank, the Washington Post, Essence Magazine, and Black Enterprise Magazine for their innovative businesses.

Recently, Kezia launched SkillHouseU: Classrooms for the Culture, an online school that provides necessary skills and training for entrepreneurship and wealth creation. Since the launch of SkillHouseU in March 2020, nearly 5,000 people have enrolled in over 22 classes facilitated by 12 recognized financial experts. Her Live-Classrooms sessions regularly reach 100,000+ viewers. With nearly 500,000+ followers on her personal and business Instagram pages, Kezia’s national influence continues to grow and disrupt traditional notions of education and entrepreneurship.

Kezia has been recognized by the Huffington Post, Slate’s The Root 100, Madame Noir, the Black Enterprise Magazine and Madame Noir and is regularly a speaker at national conferences and symposiums across the nation. Kezia is the proud daughter of Gail Elaine Davis and a native of Richmond, Virginia.

Speech Topics


CREATING BLACK JOBS WITH CORPORATE BUSINESS IN BLACK BUSINESS (VIRTUAL)

A leader in entrepreneurship and wealth creation in Black communities, Kezia M. Williams has trained over 5,000+ Black entrepreneurs and wealth creators through her traveling popup school and online courses across the nation and in Africa. Kezia has also partnered with Fortune 500 companies and community development financial institutions to advise their financial and marketing support of Black businesses and nonprofits to ensure intentional financial investment. Kezia’s depth of knowledge and understanding of the “Black Consumer”, Black businesses and the “Black Dollar” makes her an essential voice to understanding the growing and challenging landscape of Corporate Social & Financial Equity plans.

THE FUTURE OF BLACK WEALTH

Kezia M. Williams is an entrepreneurial rockstar. In 2019 she was listed on The Root’s Top 100 influential African Americans list. She is the CEO and founder of The Black Upstart which is an organization that trains entrepreneurs and wealth creators to become job creators and asset owners. Since 2016, her company has trained 5,000 inspiring adult learners through her popup school and online courses. A remarkable 41% of them are still in business and 50% now employ staff. Kezia’s culturally relevant, history informed, Black wealth blueprint helps individuals understand how to break generational patterns of poor financial decision making and establish paradigms of profit generation and wealth acquisition.

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