Forbes, the global media company known for its authoritative journalism and rankings of the world’s wealthiest and most influential people, has launched a new initiative called ForbesBLK. ForbesBLK is a global community of African entrepreneurs, professionals, leaders, and creators who are driving systematic change in business, culture, and society.
ForbesBLK was born out of the success of Forbes’s culture initiative created in 2019 by two Forbes Under 30 alumni, Rashaad Lambert and Vinasia Miles, to empower young African professionals and entrepreneurs. ForbesBLK aims to expand on this vision by providing a platform for African excellence and impact across all industries and generations.
According to its website, the mission of ForbesBLK is to champion a global community of African entrepreneurs, professionals, leaders, and creators that are driving systematic change in business, culture, and society. To achieve this mission, ForbesBLK offers its members various benefits, such as:
– Networking and mentorship opportunities with other like-minded professionals across a variety of organizations.
– Invitations to member-only platforms where they can engage in 1:1 conversations with community members and Forbes leadership.
– Early/discounted access to a wide variety of Forbes virtual and in-person events, including the Forbes Under 30 Summit.
– Access to informative content from leaders across industries via its dedicated Forbes YouTube platform.
Additionally, ForbesBLK has announced an official advisory council that consists of diverse and influential voices who will help shape and advance the community. The advisory council members include business leaders, former NBA players, Grammy award-winning artists, journalists, educators, philanthropists, and more.
ForbesBLK is not only a platform for African professionals and entrepreneurs in the US, but also a global community that celebrates and supports the achievements and aspirations of African people around the world. Africa, as the continent with the largest population of African people and a hub of innovation and creativity, is a key part of this community.
ForbesBLK recognizes the potential and importance of Africa as a market, a source of talent, and a driver of social change. In fact, one of its upcoming events is the inaugural ForbesBLK Summit in Atlanta, which will convene a global community of African entrepreneurs, business leaders, and creators on October 8-11, 2023. The summit will feature speakers and panelists from various African countries, such as Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, and more. The summit will also showcase the best of African culture, music, art, and cuisine.
Moreover, ForbesBLK aims to foster collaboration and connection between its members across different regions and sectors. By providing access to resources, opportunities, and networks, ForbesBLK hopes to empower its members to achieve their personal and professional goals, as well as to contribute to the development and prosperity of their communities.
ForbesBLK is not only a platform for African excellence and impact, but also a movement for African empowerment and inclusion. By amplifying the voices of African entrepreneurs, professionals, leaders, and creators, ForbesBLK hopes to inspire the next generation of African innovators and change-makers.