You’re Invited to The Root Institute 2023

Speaker details are now live for The Root's annual gathering of America’s greatest Black minds. Join us for full day of conversations in our nation’s capital.
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For the second year in a row, Washington DC will serve as the illustrious backdrop for The Root Institute in September. This time, The Root newsroom will team up with Howard University to host our yearly symposium known for bringing together America’s greatest Black minds, from Stacey Abrams and Misty Copeland to Ava DuVernay and Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II.

Reserve your spot at this exciting event now.

Taking place at one of the country’s most prestigious HBCUs, our team of editors and writers will share the stage with Black luminaries from every corner of the nation as we focus on the state of Black America and devise a blueprint for an even better one.

Leaders from the worlds of activism, public service, culture, and academia will come together at the Howard’s Armour J. Blackburn University Center for a full day of thought-provoking panels and lectures, exploring arts, business, advocacy, and legislation.

Event details

Wednesday, September 20, 2023
10 am to 5 pm ET
Armour J. Blackburn University Center at Howard University
2397 6th St NW, Washington, DC
General admission tickets | $5
Student admission tickets | free
Presented by Amazon Black Business Accelerator
With support from Google and CareQuest Institute for Oral Health
Additional speakers and sessions will be added to the agenda ahead of September 20.

Confirmed speakers

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  • Stephen Benjamin, Assistant to the President, Senior Advisor to the President, and Director of the Office of Public Engagement
  • Jamila Smith-Loud, Research Manager of Responsible AI at Google
  • Brandon Andrews, Casting Consultant for Shark Tank, Cofounder of Gauge, an AI-driven market research platform, and chairman of the DC Commission on National and Community Service
  • Oriaku Njoku, Executive Director of National Network of Abortion Funds
  • Antjuan Seawright, Founder and CEO of Blueprint Strategy, a public relations and political consulting firm, and CBS News political contributor
  • Denene Millner, New York Times-bestselling author and host of A Seat at the Table talk show and Speakeasy with Denene podcast
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  • Gbolahan (Femi) Olanubi, Senior UX Researcher at Google
  • Dr. Wendy Osefo, assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Education, founder and CEO of the 1954 Equity Project, author, progressive political commentator, award-winning researcher, and star of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Potomac
  • Keisha Lance Bottoms, former Mayor of Atlanta 2018-2022
  • Jotaka L. Eaddy, Founder and CEO of Full Circle Strategies, LLC, a social impact-focused consulting firm, founder of the #WinWithBlackWomen movement, and former Senior Director for Voting Rights for the NAACP
  • Jordan Emanuel, star of Bravo’s Summer House: Martha’s Vineyard, former Miss Black New York, podcast host of Amplified, and co-founder of Women With Voices
  • Jaime Harrison, Chair of the Democratic National Committee
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  • Mutale Nkonde, founding CEO of AI For the People
  • Cynthia Bailey, model, actor, entrepreneur, women’s health advocate, television personality, alum of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta
  • Orlena Nwokah Blanchard, Managing Partner of Seven Elements Group
  • Melonie Parker, Global Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at Google
  • Lisa Crooms-Robinson, Interim Dean of the School of Law at Howard University
  • Jacqueline Jones, Dean of the School of Global Journalism & Communication at Morgan State University
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  • Danyel Surrency Jones, Head of Amazon’s Black Business Accelerator and Founder and CEO of Powerhandz
  • Dr. Greg Carr, Associate Professor of Afro-American Studies at Howard University and Adjunct Professor at Howard School of Law
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Join us September 20 in Washington DC for a discourse guaranteed to educate and inspire. Reserve your spot at this exciting event now.

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