Few understand the disparity in resources, networking and job opportunities for the HBCU community compared to privileged Ivy League students like Nicole Tinson, who founded HBCU 20x20 to close the gap.
The contrast between attending Dillard University and Yale University inspired Nicole Tinson to create HBCU 20x20, a platform connecting Historically Black Colleges and Universities students and alumni to professional networks, internships and job opportunities. Her diversity and inclusion company has successfully placed more than 1,200 Black professionals at over 200 major companies like Accenture, Netflix, Estee Lauder, and AT&T. Tinson shut down corporate excuses about the difficulties of finding qualified and diverse talent. As a leader, she doesn't just bet on Black talent; she prioritizes Black people's well-being in these halls of power. At the end of 2020, she walked away from a partnership with Google because of how the company treated and fired diversity recruiter April Christina Curley. Tinson's trailblazing work of diversifying corporate America earned her spots on HBCU Buzz's Top 30 Under 30 list, Dillard University's 40 Under 40 list, and Forbes' lists for 30 Under 30.