Morgan DeBaun began her career working on product management and business development at Intuit. She decided to leave her corporate job in part because she wanted to be more connected with “what was really going on on the ground”.

She also felt that she and other black millennials were not represented by mainstream media. Since launching Blavity Inc. in 2014 she has led their company to acquire Travel Noire, a travel platform for black millennials and Shadow And Act, a black entertainment news site.

She has launched several profitable consumer summits, including Summit 21 for black women creators and entrepreneurs and Bay Area’s AfroTech, the largest tech conference for Black innovators and founders.

DeBaun is one of few African-American female founders that have raised more than $1 million in venture capital. She also founded a skincare line, M. Roze Essentials.

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