INNOPOWER Minority Business Week presented by Eleven Fifty Academy and JPMorgan Chase

Jun 14 - 18, 8:00 AM (EDT)

About this event

InnoPower, LLC and Recorder Media Group will host the 2021 edition of their annual conference on June 14-18. The expanded InnoPower Minority Business Week will feature five days of in-person and virtual programming that aim to address the societal and economic gaps COVID-19 amplified.


Introduces participants to paradigm-shifting knowledge of the landscape of regional economic Competitiveness and the framework that establishes conditions for success and prosperity in a region. In other words, the IMBW delivers an understanding of how the economic game is played at the regional level and how to compete and win at each level of the game successfully: i.e., education and training, and entrepreneurial startup, existing small business owner, growth-stage business.


From the 1970s to the present day, Black entrepreneurship has skyrocketed exponentially, yet the productivity outcomes of such high activity have been meager. Today, Census data show that all Black-owned businesses nationwide produce less than 1 percent GDP. The IMBW is designed to benefit Black entrepreneurs and business owners through unprecedented exposure to contextual knowledge of their regional innovation ecosystem, a critical missing ingredient in the educational infrastructure cultivating Black entrepreneurial talent.


The week will offer new insights and connections to people, organizations, and institutional drivers within the regional economic infrastructure and across the nation who support and champion the development and growth of the Black business productivity. 


Indiana Minority Business Week will focus on five specific themes for personal, community and economic development.


Diversity makes our workforces more competitive. By 2044, the Nation’s prosperity will rely even more on minorities. Companies that attract and retain a diverse range of talent today will see an increase in innovation, customer loyalty, and brand strength tomorrow. We must build a more equitable ecosystem for innovation, because everyone deserves a seat at the table.


  • Create an environment that cultivates successful minority-owned firms to foster economic activity in local communities
  • Close the wealth gap and increase wealth creation that secures personal and family well-being
  • Position minority leaders and minority-owned firms to perform in high growth industries, emerging markets, and corporate supply chains
  • Demonstrate the minority business community as a vibrant and growing business sector


For more than a generation, we have focused on improving the education of poor and minority students. Real gains have been made, but many gaps still exist. To increase the achievement levels of minority and low-income students, we need to focus on what really matters: high standards and visionary school leaders. Our education system is ripe for disruption and innovation.


  • Entrepreneurship: teaching education entrepreneurs how to start and scale their programs and schools
  • Social Innovation: championing new practices that meet student needs better than existing solutions
  • Recognition: celebrating the education entrepreneurs that are positively disrupting the system 


Entrepreneurship is the key to economic growth for global and local economies. Yet, too many people still face significant, systemic barriers to entrepreneurial opportunity. In a time of changing demographics in the United States, it is important to include diverse communities in all economic development strategies. The local entrepreneurship ecosystem should mirror the diversity in the community that fosters it. Inclusion of communities of color in the entrepreneurship ecosystem is especially important because of the power entrepreneurship has to create jobs and close the racial wealth gap.


  • Entrepreneurship: teaching essential skills and frameworks for starting and scaling a business
  • Finance: developing avenues that lead to better access to capital for minority businesses
  • Innovation: increasing access to and knowledge of new and creative methods for problem-solving
  • Social Impact: embracing new practices to meet community needs better than existing solutions


The nature of work is transforming rapidly in our ever-changing world. As community leaders and organizations choose the path forward, it is imperative they rethink deeply held orthodoxies in order to shape a more inclusive future of work. Decades of systemic racism and many structural challenges underscore the underlying economic fragility of underrepresented groups, including the Black and Latinx communities. Generating innovative pathways to employment for marginalized populations has never been more critically needed by so many.


  • Skills: expanding people's capabilities and employability for a rapidly changing economy
  • Equitable Working Environment: improving personal lives, hiring practices and personnel development
  • Social Capital: creating infrastructures that help minorities connect to people and resources
  • Politics: leading change to create thriving communities for all


The old narrative of an Africa disconnected from the global economy is fading. A wave of transformation driven by business and modernization is thrusting the continent from the world's margins to the global mainstream. On day 5 of Minority Business Week, InnoPower's Going Global Summit presented by Business Africa Online, in partnership with Afrigrants, intends to amplify, connect, and support emerging leaders in Africa and beyond who design, launch and scale businesses making an impact across the world. Ticketing for the Going Global Summit is separate. Learn more and register for free HERE.


  • Amplify: enabling emerging African leaders and businesses
  • Entrepreneurship: providing African entrepreneurs with access to resources, training and finance
  • Connection: introducing US-based businesses and service providers to Africa's innovators
  • Advocacy: increasing the viability of Africa as a region for economic development partnerships

For more information about InnoPower and our areas of focus, please visit


  • The Honorable Todd Young

    The Honorable Todd Young

    State of Indiana

    U.S. Senator

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  • The Honorable André D. Carson

    The Honorable André D. Carson

    U.S. House of Representatives

    Indiana's 7th Congressional District

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  • The Honorable Eric J. Holcomb

    The Honorable Eric J. Holcomb

    State of Indiana

    51st Governor

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  • The Honorable Joe Hogsett

    The Honorable Joe Hogsett

    City of Indianapolis

    49th Mayor

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  • Tracy Barnes

    Tracy Barnes

    Indiana Office of Technology

    Chief Information Officer

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  • Tyrance Billingsley

    Tyrance Billingsley

    Black Tech Street

    Tyrance Billingsley

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  • Oseye Boyd

    Oseye Boyd

    Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper


    See Bio
  • Jeff Butts

    Jeff Butts

    M.S.D. of Wayne Township


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  • Dr. Lorenzo Esters

    Dr. Lorenzo Esters

    Ivy Tech Community College

    Chancellor, Indianapolis campus

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  • Mike Green

    Mike Green

    The National Institute for Inclusive Competitiveness

    Chief Strategist

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  • Karrah Herring

    Karrah Herring

    State of Indiana

    Chief Equity, Inclusion and Opportunity Officer

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  • Michael Huber

    Michael Huber

    Indy Chamber

    President & CEO

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  • Scott Jones

    Scott Jones

    Eleven Fifty Academy

    President & Founder

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  • Todd Khozein

    Todd Khozein



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  • Evelyn Magley

    Evelyn Magley

    The Basketball League


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  • Jimmie McMillian

    Jimmie McMillian

    Penske Enmtertainment

    Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Corporate Counsel

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  • Fred Payne

    Fred Payne

    Indiana Department of Workforce Development


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  • Adrianne Slash

    Adrianne Slash

    Community Consultant

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  • Dr. Shawn Smith

    Dr. Shawn Smith

    MSD of Lawrence Township

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Panelists


    • Stephanie Bothun

      Stephanie Bothun

      Ascend Indiana

      Vice President and Co-Founder

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    • Leslie Bowles

      Leslie Bowles

      Women's Fund of Central Indiana

      Senior Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement

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    • Thresette Briggs

      Thresette Briggs

      Performance 3, LLC

      Chief Performance Officer

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    • Kristin Burton

      Kristin Burton

      Purdue University Northwest

      Assistant Professor

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    • Angela Cain

      Angela Cain

      Angela Cain Communicationsq

      President and Founder

      See Bio
    • Al Carroll

      Al Carroll


      University Activation Senior Manager

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    • Ebony Chappel

      Ebony Chappel

      Leadership Indianapolis

      Program & Communications Manager

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    • Tina Cosby

      Tina Cosby

      Radio One Indianapolis, AM 1310, 92.7 FM & 95.1 FM The Light

      Host, Community Connection & Community Affairs Director

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    • Tamara Cypress

      Tamara Cypress

      Black Onyx Management, Inc

      CSR Lead and Founder of Indy Black Businesses Matter and Indy Accompliceship

      See Bio
    • Kiahna Davis

      Kiahna Davis

      Mind Your Business Accounting and Consulting Services

      Founder and CEO

      See Bio
    • Roni Ford

      Roni Ford

      Office of United States Senator Todd Young

      Field Representative and Minority Outreach Liaison

      See Bio
    • Angela Freeman

      Angela Freeman

      Barnes & Thornburg LLP

      Partner and Intellectual Property/Patent Attorney

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    • Jasmin French

      Jasmin French

      Cummins, Inc.

      Senior Manager Ethics and Compliance

      See Bio
    • Eddie Gill

      Eddie Gill

      Wise Financial / Northwestern Mutual

      Lead Advisor

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    • Andrea Hutchins

      Andrea Hutchins

      Thomas P. Miller & Associates

      Vice President

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    • Molly Martin

      Molly Martin

      New America

      Senior Fellow and Director

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    • Joy Mason

      Joy Mason

      Optimist Business Solutions LLC

      President, Senior Business Strategist

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    • Alicia McKoy

      Alicia McKoy

      Peak Mind

      Founder & CEO

      See Bio
    • Blake Nathan

      Blake Nathan

      Educate ME Foundation, Inc.


      See Bio
    • Doneisha Posey

      Doneisha Posey

      Ivy Tech Community College

      Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Belonging

      See Bio
    • Emily Scott

      Emily Scott

      LISC Indianapolis

      Senior Program Officer

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    • Shondria Seaton

      Shondria Seaton

      Eli Lilly and Company

      ELITE Global IDS Program Manager and Consultant

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    • Taylor Simpson

      Taylor Simpson

      Halo App


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    • Jamal Smith

      Jamal Smith

      The FLOWens Group


      See Bio
    • Karen Vaughn

      Karen Vaughn


      Director of Operations / Talent

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    • Shannon Williams

      Shannon Williams

      The Mind Trust

      Senior Vice President

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    • Berthran Ugeh

      Berthran Ugeh

      International Marketplace Coalition

      Board Member

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    • Decatur Webster

      Decatur Webster

      Eli Lilly and Company

      IT Leader

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    • Marshawn Wolley

      Marshawn Wolley

      Black Onyx Management Inc

      President & CEO

      See Bio


  • Emil Ekiyor

    Emil Ekiyor


    Founder & CEO

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  • Robert Shegog

    Robert Shegog

    Recorder Media Group

    President & CEO

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  • Rupal Thanawala

    Rupal Thanawala

    Trident Systems

    Managing Director

  • Alaba Ayinuola

    Alaba Ayinuola

    Business Africa Online (BAO)

    Founder & CEO

    See Bio
  • Thelma Ekiyor

    Thelma Ekiyor

    Afrigrants Foundation

    Founder & Chairperson

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  • Trey Hester

    Trey Hester

    HICO Solutions

    Owner / Branding Expert

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  • Marlon Llewellyn

    Marlon Llewellyn

    Marian University

    Coordinator, Academy for Teaching and Learning Leadership

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  • Brandi Sasore

    Brandi Sasore

    Buzzworthy, LLC

    Co-Founder and Chief Branding Officer

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  • Jason Williams

    Jason Williams

    InnoPower LLC


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  • Presenting Sponsors

    Platinum Sponsors

    Silver Sponsors