FIRST BLACK WOMAN WITH “UNICORN” STATUS TECH COMPANY; CO-FOUNDER & CEO OF PLANET FORWARD; CO-FOUNDER OF ZUME PIZZA
In 2015, Julia Collins co-founded Zume Pizza, Inc. with the mission of feeding the world while protecting the planet—beginning with pizza. Just of three years later Zume has launched such innovations as trucks that cook food en-route to the customer, robotic pizza kitchens, and award winning compostable pizza packages that are actually good for the earth. In 2018, Julia became the first black woman to found a unicorn company after Zume was valued at $2.25 billion.
Sitting at the forefront of responsible automation, Zume Pizza has built a technology platform that is poised to tackle the challenges needed to feed the estimated 9.7 billion people that will inhabit the planet by 2050. At Zume, Julia's mission was to solve the logistical problems bogging down our food supply chain so that every company in the food industry could benefit from Zume’s technology.
This year, Julia kicked off a new business project with the mission of reversing global warming through food. Her new venture, Planet Forward, where she serves as CEO, aims to be the first food regenerative food brand.
Food has always been a part of Julia’s identity. As an entrepreneur, Julia focuses her energy on providing access to healthy affordable food while also protecting the earth's natural resources. In 2010, Julia partnered with two friends to build Mexicue -- a Fast Casual restaurant concept that began as a food truck and has blossomed into a growing restaurant group.
Julia also led the management team of Harlem Jazz Enterprises as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Her team won Best New Restaurant in America in 2014 for The Cecil. Julia received her BA from Harvard College in 2001 and her MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2009. She lives in San Francisco with her partner Tremayne and their 20-month old son Mosi. She enjoys angel investing with a special focus on funding women and people of color.
RECLAIMING OUR SPACE: EXPLORING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF PEOPLE OF COLOR IN TECHNOLOGY PAST AND PRESENT
Have you ever heard of James West? How about Mark Dean? Probably not. Without James your phone wouldn’t have it’s microphone. Mark helped to develop the IBM PC, and holds one third of IBM’s original patents. When we talk about the development of technology, it’s rare that we discuss the past contributions from minorities or explore what it means for organizations such as Black Girls Code and other advocates who seek to create a more inclusive innovation space. In this brand new talk, Kimberly Bryant traces the history of how minorities have shaped our technological culture and the importance of amplifying their innovations of the future.
TIME TO COME OUT OF THE BOX
Kimberly Bryant the founder of social movement Black Girls CODE will share her journey as what she calls an “accidental social entrepreneur” and the lessons learned along the way in shaping a new paradigm for women and girls of color in the technology industry. She will explore how recognizing our innate power to become change agents in our own lives and the lives of others by pushing through traditional boundaries and perceived limitations can help us drive change in our world.