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Ryann Richardson  is a tech marketer-turned-founder and Diversity & Inclusion leader spent 10 years building brands then made history when she became the 50th Anniversary Miss Black America

Her work earned her a spot as the youngest honoree on Savoy Magazine’s list of Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America and set her on the path of discovering her unique purpose as a champion for underrepresented voices.

She’s credited with directing the company’s marketing presence at the 2016 Democratic National Convention and later developed Uber’s first comprehensive multicultural marketing strategy.

After experiencing the negative effects of the company’s, now-infamous, toxic culture Ryann co-founded Uber’s employee-led Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, a grassroots team dedicated to social and policy change within the organization.

Ryann was previously Vice President and Head of North American Marketing for UK-based private aviation marketplace app, Victor, and early in her career, worked on the national expansion of the MetroPCS wireless brand after T-Mobile’s acquisition of the then-regional company.

Today, Ryann is a Keynote Speaker and host. Through her national speaking tour, she's reached thousands of people of color, women, marginalized people, and allies with talks on social equity, representation, and culture.

Ryann Richardson

Her TED Talk on the Politics of Beauty and Power comes to TED.com in early 2020 and she stars in the upcoming feature documentary, Subjects of Desire, exploring the evolution of American beauty standards and the appropriation of Black cultural aesthetics.

Now in her second act as a founder, she's building the Ellington Lafayette Co., a new type of tech incubator, focusing exclusively on startups that drive social equity for women, people of color, and other marginalized communities.

Ryann also leads the TAKE UP SPACE MVMT, a social action campaign focused on building social, political, and economic power for historically marginalized communities through educational programming, grassroots activism, and commercial and non-profit partnerships.

In 2020, Ryann endorsed and became a national surrogate for Pete Buttigieg's Presidential campaign.

She travels to key battleground states stumping for the former Mayor and advocating policies with specific impact on the lives of people of color.

Keynote Topic #1

Take Up Space: Our Right, Our Responsibility, Our Rebellion

"Your job is to take up space." How a childhood sports lesson shaped her impact on Uber and evolved into a life's devotion. Ryann recalls stories of humor, heartbreak, and heroism to deliver this motivational call-to-action for marginalized people everywhere.

Keynote Topic #2

Power and Duty in Our New Innovation Revolution


In October 1908, Henry Ford's Model T introduced the mass market automobile to America and with it, a whole new world of possibilities. The Model T, like so many other products of the Second Industrial Revolution, fundamentally changed the way of life for average Americans. In this talk, Ryann argues that our modern innovation economy represents the next great Industrial Revolution and that in it, for the first time in American history, people of color (or women) have the unique opportunity and responsibility to fundamentally change the way of life - break the cycle of marginalization - for our communities.

Keynote Topic #3

The Truth About Beauty and Power


For years, Ryann hid her secret life in the beauty world from colleagues, clients, and prospective employers out of fear that the social stigma around "frivolous" beauty (and women who invest in it) might undermine her professional credibility.  In this talk, Ryann challenges conventional wisdom by highlighting the sociological basis for regarding beauty as the ultimate tool for power and makes the feminist case for women stepping boldly into dual roles that reject the requisite binary decision between beauty and intellect.

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