Diversity & Inclusion

Recognizing Black Innovators at CES 2021

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Overview In celebration of Black History Month, CES® recognizes the Black entrepreneurs, innovators and visionaries who are helping shape the future of the consumer technology industry.

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, owner and producer of CES®, believes that for innovation to meet its fullest potential, different voices, backgrounds, genders ethnicities and perspectives must be included into the workforce.

Every year at CES, we are proud to welcome a global audience and worldwide network of luminaries and revolutionary tech dreamers from different backgrounds who are setting the stage for technology.

In honor of Black History Month, we'd like to highlight a few of the many Black founders and industry leaders who joined us at the first-ever, all-digital CES 2021.

On-demand programming from the all-digital CES 2021, including all below sessions, is now available for all to view. The industry-changing insights and announcements shared by tech visionaries at CES 2021 are key to the continued growth and advancement of your business and our tech ecosystem. With that in mind, we’ve opened the CES sessions to everyone.


Adrienne Lofton, Vice President of North America Marketing, Nike

As Nike’s vice president of North America marketing, Lofton is responsible for inspiring and serving athletes through brand storytelling, communications, integrated media, and digital and physical consumer experience. She also champions the importance of supporting consumers and communities through tangible actions.

See her in Entertainment Transformed, a CES 2021 keynote presentation.


Chana Ginelle Ewing, Founder and CEO, Geenie

Geenie is a curated beauty marketplace that enables consumers to discover, shop and share indie beauty brands that embody their values. Founder Chana Ginelle Ewing has soared as a leading voice of diversity for the beauty industry. She has also led marketing campaigns for Emmy award-winning and Oscar-nominated documentaries.

See her in the full session of Can Technology Answer the Call of Societal Ethos?


Dawn Jones, Acting CDIO, Director of Social Impact and HR, Intel Corporation

Dawn’s philosophy that leadership is driven from any seat has propelled her from administrative assistant in 1997 to Public Affairs where she managed community and education investments, to now leading Intel’s Global Diversity and Inclusion strategy. She also oversees Intel’s investments and programs that deliver positive global impact.

See her in the full session of Keys to Success: How D&I Helped Us Survive 2020.


Julian Mitchell, Co-Founder, IQ Labs

Julian Mitchell is an award-winning marketer and multimedia journalist. He has spearheaded content and campaigns for brands such as Wells Fargo, Amazon Studios, and Beats by Dr. Dre. IQ Labs aims to make people, brands and culture smarter through media, marketing and education.

See him in the full session of Connected Cities: Only as Good as Their Connectivity.


Kenny Mitchell, CMO, Snap Inc

Mitchell has a star reputation for building iconic brands and driving industry-leading performance through award-winning marketing programs. Prior to joining Snap, Mitchell was a leader at globally renowned brands, including McDonald’s, Gatorade and NASCAR.

See him in the full session of Consumer-Driven Demands on Next-Gen Tech.


Lauren Love-Wright, Vice President of Network Partnerships, Verizon

In her role, Love-Wright is responsible for the development of negotiation strategies, deal evaluation tools and process improvements to support the Verizon network build. Love-Wright is integral in leading partnerships to improve time to market for new market build.

See her in the full session of Connected Cities: Only as Good as Their Connectivity.


Maverick Carter, CEO, The SpringHill Company

As LeBron James’ longtime business partner and CEO of The SpringHill Company, Carter has greatly impacted the sports, entertainment, and business sectors, changing the game with a focus on empowerment through every endeavor. The SpringHill Company owns notable brands, including athlete empowerment brand UNINTERRUPTED and the More Than movement.

See him in Entertainment Transformed, a CES 2021 keynote.


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