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Find Your Tribe.
Grow Your Network.
Navigate the City.
Have Fun.


Summit Overview

The inaugural ‘How to Boston While Black’ Summit is 3 days of workshops, panels, and experiences to align Boston’s Black leaders, community, and our allies on the solutions and strategies to create the city we all want to live in. You should attend if you are seeking access to culturally-relevant experiences, information and resources to navigate the city, and an authentic personal and professional network.

Day 1 will focus on how we build a thriving and connected Black tech and life sciences ecosystem across the region.
Day 2 will feature the information and opportunities needed to navigate Boston’s personal, professional, and civic landscapes.
Day 3 will be opportunities across the city to experience Boston's social and nightlife culture.

Our mission: Shaping a city where Black professionals, students, and entrepreneurs want to live and work because you have the spaces, tools, and relationships to Find Your Tribe, Grow Your Network, Navigate the City, and Have Fun!

Day 1: Apr 28, 2022

Building a thriving and connected Black tech and life sciences ecosystem in Boston.

Day 2: Apr 29, 2022

Workshops, panels, and discussions on navigating Boston’s personal, professional, and civic landscapes.

Day 3: Apr 30, 2022

Gatherings, experiences, parties that highlight Boston's social, cultural, and nightlife options.

Keynote Speakers

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Sheena Collier

Sheena Collier is a super-connector, convener, and planner with over 15 years of experience in community organizing, partnership building, strategic event planning, and program development. As Founder and CEO of The Collier Connection (TCC), she designs innovative diversity, equity, & inclusion initiatives and events to help companies engage employees, customers, & suppliers of color.

In 2020, Sheena founded Boston While Black (BWB), the first membership network for Boston-based Black professionals, entrepreneurs, and students who are seeking connection and community. Through programs, events, and a digital community, BWB connects Black people who are active in their local neighborhoods, working at the most innovative companies, building the businesses of the future, attending the area’s universities, and shaping the culture of the region. Boston While Black is creating a city where Black people want to live and work because they have the spaces, tools, and relationships to find their tribe, grow their network, navigate the city, and have fun.

Sherrell Dorsey

Sherrell Dorsey is the founder and CEO of The Plug—a digital news and insights platform covering the Black innovation economy. Her work has been featured in VICE, The Washington Post, Seattle Times, The Information, and more. Sherrell has been a contributing writer for notable publications like Columbia Journalism Review, Fast Company, Black Enterprise, and others. In 2018, she was named an inspiring woman in tech by CNet, and most creative people in business by AdWeek in 2021.

Prior to launching The Plug, Dorsey served as a marketing manager for companies like Uber and Google Fiber. She holds a Master's degree in data journalism from Columbia University.

She is the author of Upper Hand: The Future of Work for the Rest of Us published by Wiley.
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Featured Entertainers

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Oompa

Poet, Rapper, Educator

Boston Rapper named one of NPR’s 2020 Slingshot Artists to Watch. Her engaging, interactive performing style won her the Boston Music Award for Live Act of the Year in 2019, following her 2018 Unsigned Artist of the Year victory among an unprecedented 12 total nominations. Her latest album, Unbothered was released independently in October 2021. 

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Amanda Shea

Poet, Artist + Educator

Amanda Shea is a multidisciplinary artist & educator focused in poetry, public speaking, healing & liberation throughout Boston. She has performed spoken word poetry at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Museum of Fine Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art, hosted the Boston Art & Music Soul Festival & the Arts Equity Summit. Shea was recently named one of WBUR The Artery's Top 25 artists transforming the cultural landscape.

DJ WhySham

DJ WhySham

Your Community DJ

Dorchester native, the visionary behind ‘The Social Justice Trap Movement' and the creator of 'Boston Got Next,' an entertainment resource for artists and local community residents. She was recently nominated for the 2021 New England Music Awards ‘Producer of the Year’ and is a 3x ‘DJ of the Year’ Boston Music Award Nominee.

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Courtney Leonard

Summit MC

Experienced Assistant Program Director & on-air talent with a demonstrated history of working in the broadcast media industry. Strong media and communication professional skilled in small business and nonprofit organizations. Youth advocate and community activist inspired by career opportunities that have social impact and meaning. Visionary.

Purchase Your 1 and 2-Day Tickets Today

(Saturday ticket go on sale in April)

 

1-DAY ACCESS

Black in Tech
Ticket

1-Day Access (Thursday)

$115

  • Access to all conference sessions April 28th
  • Continental breakfast, plated lunch, and refreshments April 28th
  • Gift bag
  • Additional perks will be announced

Navigate the City
Ticket

1-Day Access (Friday)

$115

  • Access to all conference sessions April 29th
  • Continental breakfast, plated lunch, and refreshments April 29th
  • Gift bag
  • Additional perks will be announced

 

2-DAY ACCESS

Welcome to Boston
Pass

2-Day General Admission

$225

 
  • 2-day all-access pass to conference sessions
  • Continental breakfast, plated lunch, and refreshments April 28th and 29th
  • Gift bag
  • Additional perks will Be announced

Grow Your Network
Package

2-Day Exclusive Access

$350

 
  • 2-day all-access pass to conference sessions
  • Professional headshot
  • Reserved area seating
  • Q&A period with speakers
  • Access to exclusive 'Find Your Tribe' Lounge
  • Continental breakfast, plated lunch, and refreshments April 28th and 29th
  • VIP swag bag

Corporate Retreat Package

2-Day Team-Building

$2025

  • Admission for 10 team members
  • 2-day all-access pass to conference sessions
  • Continental breakfast, plated lunch, and refreshments April 28th and 29th
  • Gift bag
  • Additional perks will be announced

FAQs

When is the summit taking place?

April 28-30, 2022.

When will tickets for Sat Apr 30th go on sale?

Saturday tickets will go on sale in April.

Where is the summit being held?

The Westin Copley Place, Boston
10 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

Is this an “in-person” event?

This is an in-person event experience.
We will continue monitoring the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 positivity rate to make necessary adjustments.

For additional questions:

Please send an email to Summit@BostonWhileBlack.com

Health and Safety

Boston While Black launched at the onset of the pandemic as a digital network and grew into a thriving community of professionals, students, and entrepreneurs. While we enjoy our in-person events, public health and safety is our priority. We look forward to the ‘How to Boston While Black’ Summit as an in-person experience this Spring. However, we will continue monitoring the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 positivity rate in order to make any necessary adjustments.

 

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