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Morgan DeBaun          

Founder & CEO of Blavity Inc.

Morgan DeBaun is the Founder & CEO of Blavity Inc., the leading media company for Black culture and millennials.

Since launching Blavity Inc. in 2014, Morgan has led the company to successfully acquire Travel Noire, a travel platform for Black millennials and Shadow And Act, a Black entertainment news site. Under her leadership, Blavity has launched several leading consumer summits including Summit 21 for Black women creators and Bay Area’s AfroTech, the largest tech conference for Black innovators and founders. While scaling the company, Morgan has raised 11 million dollars from top Silicon Valley venture firms such as GV and Comcast.

Morgan is also the founder of M. Roze Essentials, a natural skincare line & WorkSmart, her signature advising program that teaches small business owners how to scale their business.

Morgan graduated top of her class from Washington University in St. Louis with a major in Political Science and minors in Entrepreneurship and Education. A native of St. Louis, she now resides in Los Angeles, CA.

Morgan has a following of over 300,000+ entrepreneurs, founders, and creators she consistently engages with via her social media accounts and her private email list. She is passionate about entrepreneurship, tech & media and online activism, and enjoys tending to her plants and watercolor paintings.

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Leading as a Woman Executive in a Male Dominated Industry

As a young Black woman, successful executive, and serial entrepreneur, Morgan DeBaun has navigated the ins and outs of what it takes to launch a diverse business from scratch and how to achieve work-life balance in the process. In these empowering and candid remarks, she shares her advice, tips, and motivations, providing audiences with both practical lessons and big picture inspiration.

From breaking free of "imposter syndrome" to pushing through doubts and insecurities, cultivating a support system, and handling the critics, DeBaun opens up about her own triumphs and struggles juggling her vision for her business and growing a nationally-recognized brand + business.

Living in Your Purpose and Defying the Odds Through Innovation

For many people – especially young women – examples of large accomplishments are ubiquitous in popular culture through headlines and press. Yet, the stories behind these accomplishments are not very accessible. Morgan breaks down the behind the scenes of building Blavity and encourages people of all ages to ignore the statistics or the naysayers. If not you… then who? If not now… then when?

A firm believer in your personal purpose being shaped by struggle, Morgan uses her story to show what’s possible—inspiring audiences to seek out ways to contribute to both positive and sustainable innovation and personal growth.

How to Work Smart and Adapt to Change

In this session, Morgan DeBaun teaches entrepreneurs how to take advantage of the current business environment, while also preparing them to succeed in an ever-changing climate. Her focus is to help small businesses and entrepreneurs scale - sustainably and repeatedly.

With the rise of the Internet and the power of the common consumer, businesses now have an opportunity to meet their customers online with solutions. Morgan will share lessons from her signature WorkSmart program to give entrepreneurs implementable tools for growth.

Don’t Ask for Permission - How to Live Life Unapologetically

At the age of 25, Morgan DeBaun made history as one of the first 20 Black women to raise over a million dollars in funding, defying the odds of a dying publishing industry. She has since acquired and scaled multiple brands.

In this session, Morgan shares her story of overcoming internal doubts and external doubters by tapping into her natural talent - launching and growing successful businesses. What does it mean to truly live life unapologetically? The takeaways from this chat will be applicable for life and business - take charge and claim your space!

Women in the C-Suite: How to Break Free of Self Doubt and Take Up Space

As a young Black woman, successful executive, and serial entrepreneur, Morgan DeBaun has navigated the ins and outs of what it takes to launch a diverse business from scratch and how to achieve work-life balance in the process. In these empowering and candid remarks, she shares her advice, tips, and motivations, providing audiences with both practical lessons and big picture inspiration.

From breaking free of "imposter syndrome" to pushing through doubts and insecurities, cultivating a support system, and handling the critics, DeBaun opens up about her own triumphs and struggles juggling her vision for her business and to grow a nationally-recognized brand + business.

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