Black Entrepreneurs in Tech and Media will lead ABC’s Next Speaker Series Session

Associated Black Charities (ABC) is pleased to announce the next installment of their newly renamed Diane Bell-McKoy Equity First Speaker Series will take place on September 29th. The virtual session will feature Baltimore-based tech leader Luke Cooper and Baltimore-born media entrepreneur Crystal Berger. Free tickets will be available online.

The upcoming session will have a new format as well as a guest host. The interview will feature Luke Cooper, Founder and CEO of Latimer Ventures. In 2021, Mr. Cooper founded Latimer with the aim to elevate the experience of Black tech entrepreneurs, provide training curriculum and advisory services to BIPOC founders, and facilitate strategic connections between investors, Fortune 1000 acquirers, and high growth companies.

Mr. Cooper sold his previous venture, Fixt, to Assurant for more than 11x revenue. He grew revenue >400% year-over-year, raised over $6MM in Series A funding, and delivered an Enterprise SaaS product used by millions of end users. He is only the second Black tech entrepreneur to see a company through to a successful exit in Baltimore. He is passionate about building a diverse & inclusive culture and looks forward to a “robust conversation” in ABC’s upcoming session. “Until we can define inclusive pathways for Black and brown faces to participate meaningfully in the tech revolution – and every other business revolution happening – so we can change our own narrative arc and access to wealth, I won’t be satisfied,” Mr. Cooper shared on a recent call with ABC.

Former FOX News Channel host and producer Crystal I. Berger will serve as guest host for the interview. Ms. Berger has been a featured speaker and host at the United Nations, Business Insider, the Congressional Black Caucus, AMC Networks and more. She is published in Black Enterprise, Mediabistro and on FOX News. Ms. Berger’s upcoming book, “Commanding Confidence”, set for release in September 2022 is the playbook for commanding confidence in business and in life. She is also the founder of EBO, an on-demand expert matching engine that makes it easy for media outlets to discover, vet, and book on-air talent.

While planning the upcoming session ABC’s Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships, Anike Neverdon Edmonds Coates, shared about the heart of the on-going virtual conversations. Equity First seeks to not only highlight individuals across many different fields of work and their personal work towards equitable workplaces, but more importantly was created to “specifically address how to make workplaces in Baltimore more equitable so we can improve economic outcomes for Black people.”

At the time of this release the 2022 Equity First sponsors included Wells Fargo, Johns Hopkins, and Whiting Turner, with the AFRO News as exclusive Media Sponsor for ABC. Free registration for the event, along with the opportunity to give towards ABC’s operations and programming, may be found on



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