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Natalie Cofield      

Entrepreneur, Former President of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce

Natalie Cofield has provided some of the nation's most prominent CEOs of billion-dollar organizations, executives of global brands, senior advisors to the White House, mayors of leading national cities, and community activists and leaders with inspiration, insight and advisement.

An honors tech graduate, Cofield has leveraged her experience coding to build a career centered on empowering businesses, entrepreneurs, women and underrepresented communities.

From Google to the National League of Cities, Cofield's speeches, courses, and advisory services have helped to shape programs and efforts of some of the most regarded global brands, educational and government institutions.

Cofield previously served as the youngest Chamber President for a Top 15 City in the nation when she was appointed to the position of President & CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, a post she held for roughly five years.

Previously, Cofield also held roles as Special Assistant to the General Manager of Community Development for the City of Los Angeles and as Director for Industry & Business Development for the Washington DC Economic Partnership where she was responsible for developing the first $100,000 business plan competition on behalf of the District of Columbia.

Cofield began her professional career working on Wall Street as a Management Consulting Analyst with JPMorganChase.

Once inspired by reading the business plans of her mother when she was 11, today, Cofield is the founder of Walker's Legacy, a digital platform to empower women through entrepreneurship, and its adjoined nonprofit arm, the Walker's Legacy Foundation, which was established to empower income limited women through financial literacy and economic security.

As an advocate, Cofield has served as the youngest person to testify before the US Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship and is a sought-after expert for government and corporations on topics of diversity and inclusion. Her work in this space of diversity and inclusion resulted in her serving on the founding advisory board of the Google Supplier Diversity Council. She frequently is asked to provide testimony before Congress about entrepreneurship challenges for small, women and minority led firms.

Cofield has taught on topics of entrepreneurship for Zumbi Dos Palmares University in Sao Paulo, Brazil and has conducted numerous trade missions to countries including Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Brazil, and England, among others.

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