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SPEAKER and LECTURER

A sought after subject matter expert, Kathey is a frequent keynote speaker, panelist and workshop facilitator at conferences and events focusing on supplier diversity, small business development/entrepreneurship, women's entrepreneurship and empowerment and diversity and inclusion and has addressed audiences at EY, Interise, Inc Magazine’s Inc 5000, ESSENCE Festival, The Conference Board, MBDA and US Department of Transportation, to name a few.

 

An adjunct business instructor with over a decade of diversified teaching experience, Kathey has lectured at several universities and colleges including the University of Florida, Virginia Tech, Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), Savannah State University, etc. where she has taught various undergraduate and graduate courses including Leadership, Professional Writing, Marketing, Public Relations, Intro to Business, Management, Entrepreneurship, Communications

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SMALL BUSINESS STRATEGIST AND SUPPLIER DIVERSITY EXPERT

Kathey is a small business strategist and supplier diversity expert with experience spanning nearly two decades in marketing, small business development, supplier diversity and entrepreneurship. She draws on her years of experience in supplier diversity, small business development, procurement and consulting across a variety of industries including local/state government, higher education, K-12, corporations and the federal government, helping numerous small businesses win millions of dollars in contract opportunities to successfully support clients.  

She was appointed to the State of Florida Advisory Council on Small and Minority Business Development which advises the governor on issues impacting small businesses in Florida and was recognized as Advocate of the Year - Supplier Diversity by the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC).  

Kathey was previously a marketing executive in the multicultural beauty industry working for organizations such as Revlon Professional/Colomer USA and Carson Products Company (acquired by L'Oréal) where she was responsible for new product development, in-market activation (advertising, promotions, sales) and financial management.   

 

A proud HBCU alum, Kathey received her BBA from Savannah State University, MBA from Georgia Southern University and is a Master of Science (MSE) in Entrepreneurship candidate at the University of Florida. She received her Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD) credentials from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM)

AUTHOR AND CONTRIBUTOR

Kathey is the author of 50 Billion Dollar Boss: African American Women Sharing Stories of Success in Entrepreneurship and Leadership, which was a #1 new release on Amazon and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Non-fiction and Implementing Supplier Diversity: A Driver of Entrepreneurship, both published by Palgrave Macmillan.

She is a contributor to several local and national platforms including OPEN Forum (American Express) and has been featured in numerous media outlets including Ebony, Black Enterprise, The Huffington Post, Sirius XM, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Fox 5-DC. She's frequently appeared as a small business expert in ESSENCE magazine

ENTREPRENEUR

Kathey is the founder and CEO of two successful businesses, Porter Brown Associates (PBA), a certified veteran-owned, woman-owned professional services and management consultancy, with clients and partnerships across a number of industries including the federal government, corporations, higher education institutions, K-12 and hospitals

BusinessFAB™ Media, LLC, an entrepreneurship lifestyle brand providing content, customized training and experiential events for small businesses including the podcast Becoming BusinessFAB™... Fearless, Awesome, BOSS! and BusinessFAB™ Academy, an online training platform

Select speaking engagements and audiences include:

Interise Conference 2020

Boston, MA

 

INC 5000 Conference & Gala

Phoenix, AZ

 

The Conference Board 15th Annual Women's Leadership Conference

New York, NY

Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC) 34th Annual Business Expo

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Inspiring Women Leaders Conference - University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

African-American Small Business Forum

Jacksonville, FL

 

The Conference Board Procurement 2019 and Beyond Conference

New York, NY

The Conference Board 14th Annual Strategic Sourcing & Supplier Relationship Management Conference

Chicago, IL

University of Florida Inspiring Women Leaders Conference - University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

Black Tech Week

Miami, Florida

National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) Annual Conference

Chicago, IL

 

Black Women's Expo

Chicago, IL

 

Office of Supplier Diversity - Supplier Diversity Exchange

Jacksonville, FL

 

National Association of Educational Procurement

Sanford, FL

 

2016 ESSENCE Festival

New Orleans, LA

NOBEL Women Annual Legislative Conference

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC) 32nd Annual Business Expo

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Ernst & Young Women's Entrepreneurship Event

Atlanta, GA

Ernst & Young Women's Entrepreneurship Event

New York, NY

Women Who Mean Business Summit

Richmond, VA

The Conference Board 19th Annual Conference on Diversity and Inclusion

New York, NY

Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC) 31st Annual Business Expo

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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