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Felecia Hatcher

Felecia Hatcher

CEO - Black Ambition

Felecia Hatcher is on a mission to rid communities across the globe of innovation deserts by working with corporations, community leaders, and government officials to create inclusive and diverse tech/startup ecosystems that transform communities into magnetic forces for attracting talent, resources, and opportunities to thrive within the innovation economy. 

Prior to Black Ambition, Felecia Co-Founded Black Tech Week and The Center for Black Innovation. Hatcher’s transformational work has been honored as a 2014 Obama White House Champion of Change for STEM Access and Diversity, Harvard Young American Leader, 2017 Comcast/Nationswell Tech Impact Allstar, Echoing Green Fellow, a Black Enterprise 2017 TechConnect Game Changer, and 2016 Innovator of the Week, Essence Magazine Tech Master. She has also been featured on the Today Show, Forbes, Bloomberg, MSNBC, and Grio’s 100 African Americans Making History. Supporters of her work include Knight Foundation, Comcast/NBC Universal, Morgan Stanley, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Ford, and others. 

Hatcher’s work in building inclusive innovation ecosystems has been featured in two Harvard Business School case studies. 

Hatcher is the author of 5 books and is also a top requested consultant and speaker at Google, Ernst & Young, Walmart, DoorDash, Target, Yale, Spotify, and countless foundations, corporations, and educational institutions. 

Prior to making the leap from the cubicles of corporate America, Felecia worked as a marketing executive as the front office marketing manager spearheading the 10th-anniversary campaign for the Minnesota Lynx/Timberwolves, and as an experiential marketing/brand manager for Sony, Nintendo, and McKee Foods. 

Books/Publications:
Execution is Personal, Start a Business on a Ramen Noodle Budget” (Petersons), “Focused”, and “Genius Journey”. 

White Papers: 

  • The Deficit framing of Black Entrepreneurs in Media, Corporations, and Foundations. 
  • Ridding Black Communities of Innovation Deserts 
  • Frameworks for Defining, Assessing, and Developing Black Tech and Startup Communities 

50 years from now, as a result of the work we are doing today, my hope is that we will no longer have to fight for the respectable amount of funding for Black and Latinx founders. The value and the ROI are clear.