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South by Southwest (SXSW): Aftermath

  • BIN 1301 1301 U Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20009 United States (map)

Didn't make it out to Austin for the festivities this year? No worries, we're bringing it you!

Mastermind Connect is proud to bring three dynamic panelists to Bin 1301 Wine Bar, to give you the scoop on all things Bossy, Techie, and Startup-y, from homegrown heavyweights.

As a follow up to the most recent South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference an Music Festivals, we wanted to give DMV area residents an opportunity to soak in some game from locals who not only attended, but were direct participants on various panels.


To bring a confluence of ideas and energies as the weather heats up, and we kick into festival season.

To highlight locally grown talent, in a locally grown venue.

To encourage a continuation of info/energy exchange locally.


Participants will get an opportunity to share their field(s) of expertise, along with what they spoke on at SxSW specifically. They will each go in order, and the crowd will get a chance to ask questions about inspiration, methodologies, and takeaways.Regularly scheduled entertainment will follow.


Shelly Bell / Investing In Black Women Businesses

Shelly Bell is a system disruptor and business strategist who moves ideas to profit while empowering people to live more authentically. As a cultural translator, she connects entrepreneurs, investors, and corporations in order to diversify their talent pipeline, increase equity and grow their brands.

A Computer Scientist with a background in performance poetry, K-12 Education and IP Strategy, she is what best-selling author Daniel Pink defines as “A Whole New Mind.” Named Entrepreneur of the Year (2017) by Technically DC and acknowledged as A Rising Brand Star by Adweek, She is among the nation's most sought-after Ecosystem Builders and transformational speakers in the Washington, DC Metro area. Shelly has been featured in Forbes, The Washington Business Journal, NewsOne, The Afro, and People of Color in Tech. Her organization, Black Girl Ventures (BGV) is a social enterprise that creates access to social and financial capital for Black/Brown women founders. BGV travels the country with a disruptive pitch competition that shifts the power dynamics in funding by combining crowdfunding and pitching. Google recognized Shelly’s ability to engage an audience from grassroots to government. As a result, she serves as the Google Digital Coach for DC working to bridge the digital divide for Black & Latinx business owners.

Kezia Williams / The Journey of The Black StartUp

Kezia M. Williams is the founder of The Black upStart - a national initiative to train African-American entrepreneurs. She has over ten years of experience training millennials to crowdfund grants benefiting small businesses. She has managed initiatives for two national nonprofit organizations that serve African-American donors and entrepreneurs.

Currently, she leads United Negro College Fund's (UNCF) national entrepreneurship initiative. This program - funded by a $25 million grant - teaches African-American undergraduate and graduate scholarship recipients how to start successful and profitable businesses. Williams designed the program and led the effort to launch it by recruiting and awarding the inaugural cohort, developing a curriculum that taught scholars how to overcome entrepreneurial obstacles specific to African Americans, and led the effort to create an online learning community connecting scholars to mentors. She also co-organized UNCF's inaugural Young, Black and Innovative event which connected 600 Black consumers with 10 African-American startup organizations.

Prior to UNCF, she led Capital Cause, a nonprofit organization that involved a network of 5,000 mostly African-American young philanthropists in funding grants to start-up nonprofit organizations.

As part of the Black upStart team, she uses her network to find the most qualified thought leaders, industry experts, entrepreneurs and academics to ensure quality programming for all involved.

Michell C. Clark / Keeping it 100

I love rapping Jay-Z’s “Shiny Suit Theory” verse word for word, picking up heavy objects in gymnasiums, designing my own websites, and getting spicy in the comment section. I can gas you up and roast you simultaneously.

I believe that empathy facilitates cultural connectivity, cultural connectivity makes us more informed individuals, and more informed individuals improve society.

I’ve built a career for myself as a versatile writer with an adaptive approach, an eye for aesthetic, and an insatiable appetite for evaluating real world case studies.

I believe that social media is a powerful vehicle when we emphasize lifelong learning, value our personal narratives, and de-prioritize algorithmic obsession.

I wrote a 33-page e-book to help you build a successful long term social media strategy. These aren’t the latest “tips and tricks.” This is the mental framework you must develop to win on your own terms.

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