CEO | DISRUPTION NOW
Rob Richardson is the host of disruption Now Podcast and the owner of DN Media Agency, a full-service digital marketing and research company. He has appeared on MSNBC, America this Week, and is a weekly contributor to Roland Martin Unfiltered.
We believe innovation and change happen when more people step up, ask questions and demand more. We want to ask the questions that others won’t and give a voice to those who have none. All of us are disruptors in our own way, coming from different backgrounds and striving to make real change. We’re convinced innovative thinking is needed in our government, our economy, and our society at large now more than ever. This podcast is an invitation for others to join us in the conversation and work towards building a better future.
Founder and CEO of Disruption Now Media, a platform that connects black and brown entrepreneurs, artists, and leaders through interactive events, educational content, podcasts and virtual summits.
While serving on the University of Cincinnati’s Board of Trustees, Rob established innovative and collaborative hubs to spark groundbreaking ideas, using his leadership to disrupt the status quo from the very start. Since then he has championed reforms to the University’s police policies during racial relations, established the first student chapter of the NAACP and received the University of Cincinnati Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence.
Rob has been the Keynote Speaker at events such as the University of Cincinnati Commencement, the National Society of Black Engineers region Four Conference, Global Entrepreneurship Week, the University of Cincinnati College of Law and the Ohio MBE awards to name a few.
THE FUTURE OF DISRUPTION
The Disruption Now podcast is simply the beginning. From here, we seek to connect black and brown disruptors to bring positive change to every industry, political policy, and educational avenue. Only through our collective efforts can we provide our community the means to change the status quo forever.
THE FUTURE OF BUSINESS
TECHNOLOGY AND OPPORTUNITY
PRODUCER | CO-HOST
James Keys III is the founders and sole member of The Keys Law Firm, PLLC. James is a Registered Patent Attorney who received his Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.S. in Systems and Computer Science from Howard University.
PRODUCER | CO-HOST
Tunde Ogunlana is the founder of Axial Family Advisors. As a Family Wealth Advisor, Tunde focuses on serving client families in all areas of their financial lives. For his career, Tunde has earned numerous securities registrations, earned the designations of Certified Fund Specialist (CFS), and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER Practitioner.
Carlton Washington is a healthy lifestyle enthusiast with a passion for the anti-aging industry. He has a well-rounded background in professional banking, insurance, and real estate sales and acquisition. His diverse business experience helps 4Ever Young stay dynamic and keeps us at the forefront of anti-aging em
Ameshia Cross is a leader in advocacy, public policy and progressive politics. Currently a liberal commentator for the Sinclair Broadcast Group, Cross writes and produces her own show, Cross Point, featuring daily commentary on hot button political issues.
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Clarence Wooten is a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur with a track record of success spanning back to 1999 when his debut Internet startup, ImageCafe.com, was acquired for $23 million by Network Solutions (Nasdaq: NSOL) just 7-months after it launched. As an encore to his early success, Clarence founded and scaled Groupsite.com, where he now serves as Chairman, to more than 50,000 customers. Most recently, in June 2018, Clarence’s fourth startup, Progressly Inc., an enterprise software startup that turns business processes into visual repeatable workflows in the cloud, was acquired by Box (NYSE: Box). In tandem with leading Groupsite, Clarence is the founding General Partner at Revitalize. Revitalize a venture studio focused on transforming the complexion of tech by building break-out software startups led by diverse teams.
Entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist, and innovator , Monique Idlett-Mosley is well known within both the entertainment and tech industries as a woman who positively impacts lives through her work. For her entertainment career, Monique was CEO of Mosley Brands and Mosley Music Group, with former husband Tim “Timberland” Mosley for over fourteen years. In 2017, she founded Reign Venture Capital, an early stage investment firm that focuses on women and minority led startups. Working with companies like the award winning technology innovator LISNR, and Appy Couple, Reign Venture Capital is changing the VC world. She is also the star of Undercover Billionaire on Discovery.
Leigh Radford is the Senior Vice President and Founder of P&G Ventures, an early-stage startup studio that creates and grows brands and businesses by building win-win partnerships with entrepreneurs, visionaries, and startups. Under her leadership, Leigh has step-changed the P&G’s development and launch of new brands. Leigh has a talent for taking small ideas with promise and turning them into proven global brand success. Her accomplishments have been recognized across the industry including: Brand Innovators’ Top 100 Women to Watch, OTC Marketer of the Year and Ad Age Top 50 Marketers. Leigh is also a Harley Procter Award recipient given to only the Top 1% of marketing innovators at P&G.
Candice Matthews Brackeen
Candice Matthews Brackeen is a General Partner at Lightship Capital, a first-of-its-kind $50 million venture fund for underrepresented founders in the Midwest. Candice is also the Executive Director of the Hillman Accelerator, the first accelerator in the Midwest for underrepresented founders.
Robert Richardson is a resolute leader with a breadth of experience in labor law, civil rights, digital marketing, branding, labor-management relations and public service. Passionate about challenging the status quo, he’s been the voice for the under-represented and disadvantaged. His vision and expertise in workforce development, labor practices, entrepreneurship and crisis management have influenced law enforcement policy, systemic inequities and private/public partnerships that led to reforms, new opportunities and an inclusive, more innovative economy.