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Black Tech Week 2023 Announces Issa Rae as First Keynote Speaker

Black Tech Week happily announces that Issa Rae—writer, producer, entrepreneur and founder of HOORAE—is headed to Black Tech Week 2023, or BTW23, to share her energy, experiences and insights. Issa Rae is best known for her groundbreaking work as the creator and star of the hit HBO series “Insecure.” Beyond that, she is also a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. Issa Rae has a special commitment to supporting and amplifying Black and female voices in the space.

“We’re looking forward to hosting Issa Rae as our keynote speaker for BTW23,” said Candice Matthews Brackeen, CEO, Lightship Foundation. “Her dedication to promoting diversity in the tech industry along with her remarkable achievements in entertainment, truly embody the spirits of solidarity and success so central to the BTW experience. It’s going to be an inspiring and unforgettable event!”

BTW is an annual conference driving innovation, connection, and collaboration across Black tech culture. Guests attend and participate in panel discussions, workshops and presentations. These sessions are all led by industry trend spotters, brand experts, providers of professional services and more. This year, BTW decided to host in Cincinnati from July 18 to July 20.

Get more information about BTW23, view press credentials and purchase tickets at

About Lightship Foundation

Lightship Foundation is an impact-driven organization serving remarkable entrepreneurs & ecosystems across the US. By leveraging corporate partnerships, specialized programming and capital investments, Lightship drives sustainable growth within the minority innovation economy. Since 2017, the organization has guided over 200 companies led by women, founders of color and those representing the LGBTIQ and disabled communities to more than $150M in venture funding across the US with programming and events including Lightship Boot Camp and Black Tech Week.

About Black Tech Week

Black Tech Week began as a culture-driven experience empowered by community and corporate collaboration. Now, BTW connects investors, entrepreneurs, tech professionals and creatives across several days of curated content, social events and incredible energy.

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