SMAART #8 Using Sales Strategy & AI To Transform Black Houston


Do you recall the first time you heard advertisements for the Million Man March? Or the first time you heard Martin Luther King? Can you recall how you felt after witnessing Barack Obama become president in 2008?
Each one of these moments are special, special because they represent moments that transformed black history in America. Since the reconstruction blacks in Texas and across the country have been fighting a never ending war for respect and equality.  

After almost 150 years of being freed from chains, our people still feel the stings of income and racial inequality daily. Our leaders within and without the NAACP have made valiant efforts at trying to win this war, but have repeatedly come up short.

Now, this year in 2017 we stand at the dawn of an unique opportunity to achieve what they couldn’t.  Never before has the fruit of victory been so ripe and within our grasp. Using technology harnessed from the cloud and the new mobile economy, we have finally leveled the playing field. The deck is no longer stacked and the jar is without a lid. 
This Sat in honor of Juneteeth, we will unveil to you, the NAACP and all of Houston a powerful new platform. A platform that will challenge they way you think, shop and support black.

SMAART's 1st Annual Juneteeth Talk

Event Agenda: Sat June 17th  - 7:30pm to 9pm
Location: 2002 Wheeler, Houston, TX 77004

This Saturday we will be introducing new strategic partners, KGEDC (Aka SMAART Pearland), our first product project and more. Here's our official agenda:

1. Theme Presentation. First 25 mins will be devoted to a short presentation on "Get More Clients, Make More Money: 4 Steps to Find a Sustainable Client Base" by Kali Cole, of Sales Fix, LLC. 

2. SMAART Pitch Session. 25 mins will be dedicated to entrepreneurs pitching new concepts and ideas to the SMAART community. Each entrepreneur will be given 2 mins to present their business concept to the group.

3. Junteenth SMAART Talk: 10 min. Creating The Black Google: The Need For Black Ownership, Identity and Power in A Digital World, given by Khufere Qhamata, SMAART Co-Founder and Lead Strategic Adviser for Leap72.

4..Community Dialogue / Networking. 25 min open group discussion and networking. This event's group discussion will center on the question; What should Serena Williams do? After being refused the same service as white shoppers at Gianvito Rossi, should she speak out or protest european fashion brands?

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Khufere Qhamata, is the founder of the SMAART INCUBATOR, a serial entrepreneur, and dedicated futurist. He is chief executive of Leap72, a strategic innovation consultancy advising corporations on how to use startup economics to grow and compete for the future. He is also a co-founder and board member of Academy M, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit specializes in the mentorship and career development of millennials. You can follow him on Linkedin.