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A community of multicultural changemakers

June 9-10, 2021
10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Changing times call for a change in how we collectively build, innovate and transform our society. As we enter our third year, SPECTRUM is excited to introduce year round offerings that focus on justice, equity and action. 

Creating more touch points for the community to connect, learn and do together is the goal for 2021. Instead of just one event we want to create multiple events ranging from half-day to full-day virtual engagements. In between events SPECTRUM will host monthly dedicated networking events, special programming and other community engagement to connect in smaller groups. 

Join us!


Virtual Events

SPECTRUM will host three virtual events rooted in collaboration and action. 

March 24: I’m Speaking 

Join us as we hear from women and men who are on the frontlines of creating a more inclusive and equitable society where all of us can thrive. A half-day discussion focused on how women model new paradigms of leadership and power.

June 9-10: SPECTRUM Virtual 2021

A two-day, interactive convening featuring multicultural changemakers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, cross-sector practitioners, and investors determined to build an inclusive, impact economy. 

September 22: The Color of Money 

A half-day event on the importance of finance and race with a range of conversations focused on the need to diversify fund managers, a call for more investment in Black and Brown entrepreneurs and closing the wealth gap. 




Months of programming





Price Structure 

Virtual events allow for more access and inclusion to incredible speakers, the community and perhaps your next collaboration partner. 

Join us for just events by purchasing an individual ticket. Or for year-round engagement dedicated networking and special programming choose the SPECTRUM pass. 

SPECTRUM pass benefits – go beyond the event!

All three Virtual Events

Including recordings and access to the community post event.


Engaging networking events that inspire and encouragement while connecting founders with investors and experts. 

Founders of Color Spotlights 

Interactive highlights featuring SPECTRUM’s 20 dynamic Game-Changing Founders of Color who are on the frontlines of innovation and creating companies with bold purpose.

Content Corner

Innovative ideas, thought-provoking articles, inspiring resources that focus on the needs and interests of the SPECTRUM community. 

Since our launch, we have been inspired by the SPECTRUM community’s fresh thinking and insightful ideas. We hope you will join us throughout the year as we continue the work to transform industries, reshape systems and build a more equitable society. 

Let’s build a bigger tent together! 

Past Speakers

Stacey Abrams


Fair Fight & Southern Economic Advancement Project

Jessica Stago

Co-Founder & Director of Business Incubation

Change Labs

Frederick Hutson

Co-Founder & CEO


Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Vice President and Artistic Director of Social Impact

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Erika Alexander

Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer

Color Farm Media

Cynthia Muller

Director, Mission Investments

W.K.Kellogg Foundation

Debra Schwartz

Managing Director, Impact Investments

MacArthur Foundation

Lakesha Cash


Impact America Fund

Marissa Guananja

Program Officer, Family Economic Security

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Pamela Alexander

Director of Community Development

Ford Motor Company Fund

Ellen McGirt

Senior Editor


Joey Womack


Amplify 4 Good

Confirmed Speakers for SPECTRUM21: Access-Inclusion-Action

Kim Folsom

Founder & CEO

Founders First Capital Partners, LLC


June 9-10, SPECTRUM21 Virtual, now in its third year will bring together a community of multicultural stakeholders for action. We will deliver conversations and engagements that ensure action is integrated into everything we do big and small. 


People of color are the fastest-growing population of entrepreneurs across America. Though their ideas and innovations are plentiful, the opportunities and access to capital for leaders of color are not. Content will focus on ways the SPECTRUM community can help ensure that communities of color gain equal access to resources, services, and opportunities.


An inclusive economy ensures that resources are fairly distributed across communities and opportunities are created for all to thrive. We will identify ways to build inclusive networks that disrupt dominant negative narratives and empower people to share ideas and collaborate. 


Closing the racial wealth gap is an economic and moral necessity. How do we recognize and support people of color who are on the frontlines designing solutions through businesses, investing, and creating a positive impact within their communities?  Highlight what is working locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. How are we sustaining collective action? 


Investment Partner

Innovation Partner

Pitch Partners

Media & Network Partners

What people say about SPECTRUM

“I was really pleased and encouraged that the range of speakers and panelists promoted these newer narratives. ”
SPECTRUM attendee
“It was the first conference I have been to that I felt like I could approach anyone and they would welcome the connection and discussion.”
SPECTRUM attendee
“The networks were powerful. I interfaced with people I would not traditionally have access to.”
SPECTRUM attendee

Join Us!

SOCAP21 & SPECTRUM21 Pass Bundle

This ticket is non-refundable.   It gives access to all SPECTRUM 2021 events and to SOCAP21, October 18-22

$500.00 $275.00

SPECTRUM21: June 9-10 Event Ticket

This ticket is non-refundable and allows access to the online SPECTRUM event on June 9-10 only, and its recordings.



This ticket is non-refundable and allows access to three online SPECTRUM events March 24, June 9-10 and September 24.  It will also give access to the recordings of those events. SPECTRUM Pass includes many benefits that go beyond these three events! Scroll up for more information.


Refund policy

Tickets are non-refundable.  Discount codes cannot be applied retroactively.

About Hopin, our online platform

If you are attending an online conference, you will receive a link to access Hopin, our conference platform, 7 to 10 days before the conference. If you are buying your ticket within a week of the conference, the link to access Hopin will arrive shortly.

Check all the emails that you might have signed up with.  The email comes from [email protected]  Check the spam folder, and filter to inbox

If you were issued a comp ticket and have not registered, you must first register for the event using the code that was provided to you via email. Once you have that email, follow the link, register for the event, the Hopin magic link should arrive shortly, click on the “magic link”. Once you have clicked on the link you should be able to join immediately.

If you still can’t find the email containing the magic link, contact us at mailto:[email protected].  We can tell you which email address you used, and help you correct typos in your email address if needed.

We recommend that you use Chrome (Here’s the link to download Chrome.)

Company-issued computers may have tight security settings, and may not let you access all of Hopin’s capabilities.  It might be best to have a personal company at the ready, in case Hopin is buggy on your work computer.

Click on sign-in on, enter your email address & password. If you have forgotten password, click “forgotten password”, this will send the link to reset your password to the email you registered previously with Hopin. If you can not see this email, it may have gone into your junk folder. Please check this.

Look for the original Hopin email that came from [email protected] If found in junk, move it to your main inbox and allow all future emails from Hopin.

Yes.  You can find the link to download the app and learn more about it here.

Other FAQs

Unfortunately, no.  You will need to come back to the website to consult the full agenda.

In Hopin, within the chat, there is a People tab where you can click Event or Session. Event will show the user a list of everyone attending the event. The user can message someone by clicking on the attendee name. The attendee must have completed their profile for various information to be visible. This same Event list can also accessed via the Envelop icon next to the user’s profile icon at the top right of the Hopin page.

The list is not downloadable.

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