Elevate Conference

Connecting The Black Business Community

April 6, 2019

Evolution of innovation Panel

The Evolution of Innovation Panel will explore the perspectives from people of color throughout every stage of the start-up lifecycle, from first idea to IPO and beyond.


Dzidzoli Quist

Global Content Partnerships Manager at Twitter

Dzidzoli Quist is a partner manager within Twitter’s Global Content Partnerships team. In this role, he plays a pivotal part in working with Twitter’s top Music & Entertainment content publishers, including Complex, Live Nation, The Oscars, and The Grammys. As a partner manager for Music & Entertainment, DZ drives innovative executions that deliver reach and incremental revenue to partners, ranging from live streaming concerts to real-time highlights. These partnerships introduce new and engaging content to Twitter, and DZ is responsible for bringing them to life. He is also tasked with leading performance analyses and assisting in renewal negotiations.

DZ is also a member of Twitter’s Blackbirds employee resource group. As a member of Blackbirds, he focuses on diversity recruiting and community outreach by creating internal support and structure for hiring members of the African diaspora at Twitter. He started his 6-year media career as a planner at Ogilvy. After a year at Ogilvy, he transitioned to the Digital Media team at Live Nation where he successfully built and managed over $50 million dollars worth of digital media sponsorships and on-site activations for hip hop, rock, and EDM festivals.


Ryan Wilson

Co-founder & CEO of The Gathering Spot

Ryan Wilson is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Gathering Spot, an invitation-only private membership club based in Atlanta, Georgia. Ryan leads a team that has assembled a diverse membership community in one of the most dynamic cities in the country. Ryan and his business partner raised north of three million dollars of private capital from investors to open their first Gathering Spot. The club in Atlanta is now home to over 1,500 members and has established itself as a home for Atlanta’s creative class, business professionals, and entrepreneurs. Responsible for the club's overall management and strategic vision, Ryan is currently leading the club’s expansion to Washington D.C and Los Angeles as well as the company’s interest in the A3C Conference and Festival.

Ryan has been recognized as the Small Business Person of the Year by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, has been named as one of the country’s most influential African-Americans in The Root 100 and the Ebony Power 100, and has been listed among “Atlanta’s 500 most powerful leaders” by Atlanta Magazine. Ryan has also been featured in notable publications such as Forbes, Inc, Black Enterprise, and The Huffington Post. He has given keynote presentations at some of the nation’s most prestigious business schools including Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University, and The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

A native to Atlanta, Ryan is currently an active participant in several Atlanta civic and community organizations. He most proudly serves on the board for Hands on Atlanta, The Atlanta Business League, and Peace Preparatory Academy. Ryan graduated from Georgetown University and Georgetown University Law Center.


Jennifer Richard

Senior Associate at Cross Culture Ventures (CCV)

Jennifer Richard is a Senior Associate at Cross Culture Ventures (CCV), where she spends her time sourcing and evaluating companies that are capitalizing on emergent cultural trends to build the future of technology.  Prior to CCV, she was a founding member of three technology-enabled startups and saw two of them through successful acquisitions. She was responsible for building e-commerce platforms from the ground up and ultimately expanded company reach to over 30 countries worldwide.  Her expertise revolves around supply chain operations and technical product management, especially as they relate to international business operations. She has a BA from Emory University and is currently finishing her MBA at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.


Bruce Lincoln (Moderator)

Co-founder of Silicon Harlem

Bruce Lincoln is the Co-Founder of Silicon Harlem. The mission of Silicon Harlem is to transform Harlem and Upper Manhattan into a technology and innovation hub and to then use this model as a means to stimulate sustainable technology-driven socio-economic advancement in other urban centers.

Bruce is a Senior Fellow at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information at the Graduate School of Business and from May 2008 until June 2011, he was the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Center for Technology, Innovation and Community Engagement (CTICE), Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.


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