CEO Ascend Ventures
Meet Kimberly Bryant, a visionary and renowned leader in the technology industry. As the Founder and CEO of ASCEND Ventures, she's committed to creating opportunities for marginalized founders to build impact-driven companies in fields such as Web3, climate change/sustainability, ag tech, and femtech. With her flagship Black Innovation Lab, Kimberly is taking her vision of creating the next generation of tech innovators even further to cultivate a pipeline of leaders who will use technology to build new innovations that make a societal impact and create pathways to equity and generational wealth through entrepreneurship and ownership. Before ASCEND Ventures, Kimberly founded Black Girls CODE, a social change organization aimed at introducing girls of color aged 6-18 to technology and computer science with a focus on entrepreneurial concepts. Under her leadership, Black Girls CODE grew from a grassroots initiative to an international organization with chapters across the US and in South Africa, reaching over 100,000 students. Her dedication to increasing opportunities for women and girls in technology has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including being named to Business Insider's "The 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology," The Root 100, and the Ebony Power 100 lists, as well as receiving a White House Champion of Change award and an Ingenuity Award in Social Progress from the Smithsonian Institute.