Jopwell, a career advancement platform for black, Latinx and Native American students and professionals, is launching Jopwell Talks, a conference the company is holding in New York City. CBS This Morning anchor, Gayle King, is slated to speak at the event.

CEO and co-founder of Jopwell, Porter Brawell says the event is to help students and professionals “thrive in their careers and beyond.”

“Creating moments for our community to connect in-person is an important part of that mission and has been a priority for us from day one,” he further stated via a press release. “We are so excited to build on the success of the smaller-scale events we’ve hosted over the years to host our first summit. We are looking forward to bringing together hundreds of members of our community for an inspirational day of conversation and connection.”

Gayle King is an incredible “get” for Jopwell and speaks to the startup’s weight in the tech and career spaces. King is hot property–she recently negotiated a contract at CBS worth $11 million. Well-known as Oprah’s BFF, King is one of the most powerful women in media. Her fame reached new heights after her interview with Robert Kelly (“R. Kelly)–after she maintained professionalism and calmness while Kelly launched into a tirade about sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Gayle King

Gayle King and R. Kelly (Photo Credit: CBS News)

Other speakers at Jopwell’s event will include Michael Lomax, president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund; Antonio Lucio, global chief marketing officer at Facebook; and Miguel McKelvey, co-founder and chief culture officer at The We Company.

In 2016, Jopwell raised $3.25 million in seed funding. Its investors included Magic Johnson Enterprises, Andreessen Horowitz, Kapor Capital, Omidyar Network, and Valar Ventures .

“Jopwell is in high demand because it fills a critical need,” said Earvin “Magic” Johnson, chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises at the time of the fundraising. Johnson said that the Jopwell founders “created Jopwell to give employers access to the best candidates from historically underrepresented minority groups” and “I believe in their vision and am excited to work with them.”

Jopwell Talks will take place at the Brooklyn Museum on Tuesday, October 15 and will focus on diversity and inclusion, mentorship, personal branding and other career-oriented topics.

For additional information on the summit, click here.




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