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5 Influential Black Tech Leaders to Follow


In honor of Black History Month, we're highlighting some of the most influential Black leaders in tech today. We value diversity and innovation at KellyMitchell, and the work and drive of these individuals inspires us to think outside the box. Follow these leaders on Twitter or LinkedIn to learn more about their work!

Ruben Harris

CEO of Career Karma | Twitter

Ruben Harris is a name to watch in the tech industry. The CEO of Career Karma, an online platform matching people with job training, Harris started his career by landing a job at a start-up only three weeks after he moved to San Francisco. He received messages from people asking for career tips, which prompted him to start his “Breaking Into Startups” podcast and eventually, Career Karma. Harris and his team recently raised $40 million in funding to expand into the Higher Education and Enterprise sectors.

Stacy Brown-Philpot

Former CEO of TaskRabbit and current Board Director at Noom, StockX, and Nordstrom, and Adviser at Softbank | Twitter

Stacy Brown-Philpot boasts an impressive tech resume, with positions such as Senior Director of Global Consumer Operations at Google, and most recently, CEO of TaskRabbit, a company offering a popular platform that allows people to find same-day services. Now, Brown-Philpot is bringing this experience to her leadership on boards for HP, Nordstrom, Noom, and StockX, a Detroit-based global e-commerce platform. She also oversees SoftBank’s $100 million Opportunity Growth Fund, a new initiative that aims to foster diversity in venture capital and startups.

Chrisfino Kenyatta Leal

Executive Director at Next Chapter | LinkedIn

Chrisfino Kenyatta Leal’s work serves as an inspiration to all. Kenyatta is a founding member of The Last Mile at San Quentin, a program that prepares incarcerated individuals for successful reentry through business and technology training. In 2021, he assumed the role of Executive Director at Next Chapter, an organization that helps transform the tech industry by creating sustainable employment pathways for people leaving incarceration.

Nadiyah Johnson

CEO and Founder of Jet Constellations | Twitter

As CEO and Founder of Jet Constellations, Nadiyah Johnson oversees a fast-growing software company that offers tech solutions in industries including Medical and Financial. Johnson also leads The Milky Way Tech Hub, an initiative that promotes STEM education in inner city Milwaukee by providing community workshops, panels, talks, hackathons, and thinking sessions.

Kai Bond

Partner, Courtside Ventures | Twitter

Kai Bond started his career at Microsoft before spending a decade founding startups in the gaming industry. His third gaming startup, Pixie, was acquired by Samsung. Now, Bond oversees Courtside Ventures, a VC firm that partners with early-stage founders in the Sports, Digital Media, Fitness, Wellness, and Gaming + ESports industries.

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