20 Black Leaders to Follow for Career Inspiration

Jesse Owens said, “We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” The individuals chosen for this list inspire the FindSpark Community with their hard work and professional accomplishments.

Angela Fisher

Title: Founder and CEO of AMF Entertainment

Angela Fisher

Major Entrepreneurship Alert: Angela founded AMF Entertainment a little over six years ago, and her company has already gone on to work with clients like Bravo TV, CBS, NBC, National Geographic, The Shorty Awards and so many more. With AMF Entertainment, Angela provides these and more amazing brands with successful Influencer Marketing, Celebrity Booking, and Digital Marketing services. 


Celeste Thompson

Title: HR Business Partner/Talent Leader at Eileen Fisher

Celeste Thompson

Celeste supports over 300 people in her current role at Eileen Fisher and has an amazing list of accomplishments in her 14 years in this position. Outside of Eileen Fisher, she worked for Google as a Senior Recruiter for Creative Maximizers.  


Desiree Rogers 

Title: Chairman of Choose Chicago

Desiree Rogers

How many people can say that they’ve repositioned the White House under the Obama administration to promote diversity and inclusion? Desiree can! She’s also served as the President of Allstate Social Network, Director of the Illinois Lottery, and currently serves as the Chairman of Choose Chicago where she works to secure contracts with big names like the NFL and World Series and brought over 54 million visitors to Chicago. G.O.A.L.S.


Donte Ledbetter

Title: Marketing Manager at Stash Invest

Donte Ledbetter

Leading an overhaul of an email campaign strategy for over 3 million users at Stash Invest might just be another line on Donte’s wow-worthy marketing portfolio, but we can all agree this is no small task. Besides his time at Stash Invest, Donte has experience with agency work at Braze and Decisive.


DuVale Riley

Title: Regional Representative at Peace Corps

Duvale Rogers

DuVale is leaving an impact on the world with his work at nonprofits like Just in Time for Foster Youth, Corporation for National and Community Service, and currently Peace Corps. Outside of his impressive resume of nonprofit work, DuVale also worked as a loan officer for Wells Fargo bank.


Faith Cummings

Title: Editor, VS Mobile App at Victoria’s Secret

Faith Cummings

Ready to launch a career in fashion? Ok, get ready for some major inspiration. Faith has worked on creating content for a huge list of fashion companies and media outlets including Glamour Magazine and currently as an editor for Victoria’s Secret Mobile app. Check out the article that Faith wrote for our very own FindSpark blog: https://www.findspark.com/first-job-tips-faith-cummings/


Joi Weathers

Title: Account Executive at FBC Chicago

Joi Weathers

Just a few million people see the campaigns that Joi has worked on for AT&T, McDonald’s, and MillerCoors and she’s interview 2Chainz. No biggie right? Besides an amazing portfolio of marketing work, Joi also has worked in production for NBC and Live Nation.


Jasmine Wideman

Title: Human Resources Manager at LiveNation

Jasmine Wideman

Jasmine currently works  Human Resource Manager for music powerhouse Live Nation but has an incredibly diverse portfolio working in the insurance agency with Liberty Mutual and Allstate and marketing agencies while also staying committed to maintaining positive relations with employees in fast-paced environments.


Juliette Austin

Title: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategist

Juliette Austin

Buzzfeed. Canon. Ernst and Young. OK we’re impressed! Juliette has worked as a manager for Diversity and Inclusiveness manager for all of these huge names and currently boasts almost 1000 followers on LinkedIn.


Lance Banks

Title: Programming and Corporate Development at SuperFly

Lance Banks

Working on producing iconic festivals like Bonnaroo and Outside Lands with SuperFly as Programming and Corporate Development Manager is no small feat, and Lance is doing this job flawlessly just a few years out of college.


Lynmerie Paris

Title: Senior Talent Acquisition Manager of Marketing at Macy’s

Lynmarie Paris

Lynmerie’s career has included everything from fashion buying to Human Resources. She has experience working with Macy’s, Caribbean Ideas, and Kenneth Cole Productions and also founded a swimwear line. 


Natalie Archibald

Title: Senior Integrated Marketing Manager at OZY Media

Natalie Archibald

Natalie knows marketing and has used her skills to grow communities at non-profit organizations like Women Who Will, major publications like the Wall Street Journal, and currently works as Senior Integrated Marketing Manager at OZY Media which brings diverse and timely news.


Randy Ellis

Title: Lead User Experience Designer at DigitasLBi

Randy Ellis

With an eye for User Experience Design, Randy has spearheaded several teams including General Assembly, Eight Bit Studios and currently DigitasLBi. In addition to User Experience Design, Randy also started an online marketplace for local and handmade goods called LocalLux.


Rajiv Lahens

Title: Freelance Art/ Creative Director

Rajiv Lahens

Rajiv boasts a long list of marketing and creative experience since his graduation from Temple University, including arranging the memorable campaign between Urban Outfitters and Calvin Klein when he was Director of Brand Experience.


Shaton Winston

Title: User Experience Consultant

Shaton Winston

Shaton currently uses his talents to work as a consultant for User Experience Design, but his portfolio also includes working in content and strategy for IBM and copywriting for major brands like Gatorade, Pepsi, Mountain Dew,  Ford, Home Depot and the United States Marines. He’s also now co-founder of a new communications startup, OpenMessage, which allows users to easily design, launch and manage their own SMS campaigns.


Sylvia Wandahwa

Title: Product Development and Data Analyst at Revlon

Sylvia Wandahwa

Not only is Sylvia a science whiz, she’s also a business bad*ss! She has degrees in Data Analytics and Chemistry and has used them to work in product development for Colgate Palmoil, RB, and most recently Revlon.


Taylyn Washington-Harmon

Title: Associate Social Media Manager at Self

Taylyn Washington Harmon

Taylyn is one of the youngest members on our list, but has already accomplished so much in her career including a recent viral post for Self Magazine called “Not My Pussy Hat.” Taylyn has also done a fellowship with Google News Lab and finds time to give back to FindSpark Community members by serving as a mentor at Hustle Summit and speaking at Find Spark events.


Tony Triumph

Title: Senior Brand Manager at The Triumphant Group

Tony Triumph

Collaborating with brands like PUMA, SONY, Wix.com, Ketel One, Intelligent Nutrients, Hyatt Hotels, Hotel on Rivington, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, The Women & Fashion Film Fest + More? Yep, Tony founded the company that does that. In addition to this, Tony also has worked as a contributor at the Pulitzer Prize-winning news site Huffington Post and also as producer at Wix.com.


Terry Oppong

Title: Head of Partnerships & Sponsorships + USA-Africa Business Development

Terry Oppong

Not just anyone could provide partnerships and growth strategies for big names like Vogue, TED conferences, and Ghana Tourism Authority. Terry has tackled all of this and is currently pursuing an MBA in Digital Entrepreneurship under the tutelage of former COO and President of Buzzfeed.


Zuley Clarke

Title: Co-Founder at Sightworthy

Zuley Clarke

Zuley is another amazing entrepreneur who founded Sightworthy which is video editing service that turns videos designed to go viral on social media. Besides starting a kick*ss company, Zuley worked Shutterstock and The Economist for User Design, Showtime Networks in Interactive Media, and developed educational games for kids. What can’t she do?

 

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