CoBiz Richmond ‘Great Diversity Series’ spotlights trailblazers

CoBiz Richmond 'Great Diversity Series' spotlights trailblazers
Photo courtesy of event organizers.

Michael Starghill, a Houston-based commercial and editorial photographer specializing in portraiture, sports and documentary photography, is set to tell his story at CoBiz Richmond’s new “Great Diversity Series” on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at noon.

Starghill clients have included ESPN, the New York Times, the Obama Foundation and Nike, to name a few.

He’s among a diverse group of movers and shakers, from lawyers to CEOs to barbers and educators, talking about their experiences in achieving their career goals in a series that aims to enlighten and embolden local minority students, entrepreneurs, professionals and creatives.

Due to the pandemic, the program is operating virtually, with each session composing of rapid Q&A and 10 minutes of attendee Q&A. 

Kembdi Ebi, CEO and co-founder of Enterfive, kicked off the series on Oct. 1. On Oct. 20, the series will feature Candace Gomez, partner at law firm Bond, Schoeneck, & King, followed on Oct. 7 by Ransford Hyman, a machine learning engineer at Adobe. 

Rukayatu Tijani, partner, trademark attorney and founder of Firm For The Culture, is slated to participate on Nov. 5, while Michael Purnell, developer advocate at Zoom, and orthopedic specialist Dr. Oludare “Dr. O” Ogunsola are set to speak at dates that have yet to be determined.

“There is absolutely no shortage of great diverse talent and it is time to highlight that truth for our aspiring students, founders, professionals, and creatives,” said Wesley Alexander, co-founder of CoBiz. “The one thing that is true about this world is that the world is built on diversity.” 

To fetch tickets, go here.

CoBiz Richmond, Inc. is a tech-forward 9,000 square foot co-working space and business incubator in downtown Richmond. CoBiz is a project of the Chevron Richmond Refinery’s eQuip Richmond initiative, a multi-year $10 million investment that funds strategies to fundamentally improve communities by encouraging small business development, workforce development, and pathways to sustainable, living wages and careers in growth industries.

For more information visit CoBiz’s website, here.