Ryann Richardson is a tech marketer-turned-founder and Diversity & Inclusion leader spent 10 years building brands then made history when she became the 50th Anniversary Miss Black America

Her work earned her a spot as the youngest honoree on Savoy Magazine’s list of Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America and set her on the path of discovering her unique purpose as a champion for underrepresented voices.

She’s credited with directing the company’s marketing presence at the 2016 Democratic National Convention and later developed Uber’s first comprehensive multicultural marketing strategy.

After experiencing the negative effects of the company’s, now-infamous, toxic culture Ryann co-founded Uber’s employee-led Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, a grassroots team dedicated to social and policy change within the organization.

Ryann was previously Vice President and Head of North American Marketing for UK-based private aviation marketplace app, Victor, and early in her career, worked on the national expansion of the MetroPCS wireless brand after T-Mobile’s acquisition of the then-regional company.

Today, Ryann is a Keynote Speaker and host. Through her national speaking tour, she’s reached thousands of people of color, women, marginalized people, and allies with talks on social equity, representation, and culture.

Her TED Talk on the Politics of Beauty and Power comes to TED.com in early 2020 and she stars in the upcoming feature documentary, Subjects of Desire, exploring the evolution of American beauty standards and the appropriation of Black cultural aesthetics.

Now in her second act as a founder, she’s building the Ellington Lafayette Co., a new type of tech incubator, focusing exclusively on startups that drive social equity for women, people of color, and other marginalized communities.

Ryann also leads the TAKE UP SPACE MVMT, a social action campaign focused on building social, political, and economic power for historically marginalized communities through educational programming, grassroots activism, and commercial and non-profit partnerships.

In 2020, Ryann endorsed and became a national surrogate for Pete Buttigieg’s Presidential campaign.

She travels to key battleground states stumping for the former Mayor and advocating policies with specific impact on the lives of people of color.

Topics

  • Take Up Space: Our Right, Our Responsibility, Our Rebellion
  • Power and Duty in Our New Innovation Revolution
  • The Truth About Beauty and Power
  • Build Stuff that Matters [Workshop]
  • 2020 Vision: It’s Time We See an Actual “Black Agenda
  • Pressure Makes Diamonds: Finding purpose and a new path in a time of crisis.
  • The Art of the Pivot: Re-assess, Re-define, and Re-direct

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Ryann also leads the TAKE UP SPACE MVMT, a social action campaign focused on building social, political, and economic power for historically marginalized communities through educational programming, grassroots activism, and commercial and non-profit partnerships.

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