Entrepreneur, scholar and music industry veteran, Abran Maldonado is the CEO and Founder of the tech startup NuSkool, an online learning platform that converts pop culture and entertainment media into relevant curriculum for the classroom. He has spent over a decade addressing the needs of underserved youth as a developer of new learning technologies, public speaker and educational researcher. After several years in the entertainment industry, Abran decided to further explore digital media and its impact on the advancement of 21st century education. Abran is a Gates Millennium Scholar, an award given to future leaders in the community. He is currently completing a Ph.D. at New York University where he is working on a study on diversity in tech and the lack of Black and Latinx representation in the tech industry.
GRADY SPIVEY III
Grady Spivey III is the CEO and Founder of Full Surface Management, an innovative marketing and consulting firm. As a digital and social entrepreneur, Grady has worked with brands such as Reebok, Under Armour, Nike, HBO, 20th Century Fox, Moet Hennessy, BET, MTV and more. Grady, has defined the careers of many multi-platinum recording artist, working along side his friend and business partner, grammy award winning producer Swizz Beatz. Grady served as Vice President of A&R for Full Surface Records, working with everyone from Kanye West, DMX to Mariah Carey. Grady currently works with artists, entrepreneurs and corporations on branding and marketing strategies and is also very active in the community, working to help bring new opportunities to underserved populations.