Founder & CEO of Walker’s Legacy
Natalie Madeira Cofield is a millennial serial entrepreneur, diversity champion, and award-winning executive. Today, Cofield is the Founder & CEO of Walker’s Legacy and the Walker’s Legacy Foundation. Walker’s Legacy is an organization she created to inspire, equip and empower professional and enterprising women which boasts a network of more than 14,000 women and growing. The organization has been named by Inc. Magazine as one of the “25 Companies Determined to See Women Succeed.”
Her work has been featured in CNN, The New York Times, Fast Company, Forbes, Business Insider, Black Enterprise, Essence , and Ebony , among others. In 2015, Cofield was named one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans in America by The Root 100 and featured on the cover of Austin Woman Magazine . In 2013, Cofield was named the Technology Diversity Evangelist of the Year by Google, one of the Top 10 Black Innovators by MVMT50, an initiative of South by Southwest, and featured on the cover of Black Enterprise .
Description: Startups created by people of color and women currently receive less than three percent of all venture capital in the United States. This discussion will examine the challenges of securing capital for underrepresented techprenuers and how some are choosing to solve the problem by creating their own platforms.