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thu08apr12:00 PM1:30 PMVirtual EventMake Your Supplier Diversity Work For YouPresented by the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Categories:NetworkingAges:All Ages


Join us to learn from industry professionals on how to grow your business.

Event panelists include Eboni Edwards from Tesla Inc., Kim Folsom from Founders First. Tahjar Roamartinez will lead to discuss how to leverage LGBTBE certification and strategies.

Tahjar “Tee” Roamartinez
Cyber Warfighters Group, Inc

Tahjar Roamartinez is recognized as a thought leader in global defense and cybersecurity. She served in the U.S. Army with distinction and retired as an Army Signal (Communication) Officer. With her passion, experience, and training, Tahjar achieves proven results in innovative and robust cybersecurity solutions. As an Army Officer, Tahjar designed and implemented enterprise services, reporting tools, policies, and processes for the Department of the Army that military personnel continue to benefit from today. Tahjar is the President, Co-Founder, and Chief Executive Officer for CEHT, LLC (joint venture) and Cyber Warfighters Group, Inc an IT/cybersecurity consulting, customized training, and solution firm. She is also the Chair for Austin LGBT Chamber Supplier Diversity Committee.

Eboni Edwards
Tesla Inc.
Senior Supplier Diversity Partner

Eboni Edwards is currently the Senior Supplier Diversity Partner at Tesla Inc.  She previously was the Manager of Supplier Diversity for Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities (LG&E and KU).  She continuously works to provide growth opportunities for diverse businesses across the United states.  Her goal is to provide diverse suppliers with equal access to purchasing opportunities.  Her work includes nearly 15 years of procurement experience at the May Company/Macy’s Midwest, the Department of Defense, and Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Eboni was on the board of Louisville Visual Arts, an organization that works to improve lives through visual arts education, community outreach, and artist support.  She co-founded the Community Engagement Council for WHAS Crusade for Children.  And one of her proudest endeavors was helping to create the 502 Dreamchasers for young students at the Parkland Boys and Girls club. In 2020, Eboni was listed as a 40 under Forty recipient in the Louisville Business Journal for her work empowering diverse businesses and for her investment of time and talent in the Louisville community.

Kim Folsom
Serial Entrepreneur, Investor, Founder for Founders First

Kim Folsom is a high-tech executive and serial entrepreneur who has been founding, leading and growing innovative companies for more than 25 years. Kim Folsom is the founder of Founders First Community Development Corporation (fka. LIFT Development Enterprises, Inc, small business growth accelerator, and founder and CEO of Founders First Capital Partners, the largest minority and women owned direct investor of revenue-based funding and advisory support, as well as the first online community for fueling underserved small business expansion. Our mission to is to fund and growth and advocate for diverse founder led, underserved, revenue-generating employer-based micro small businesses ($50K to $5M), secure funding and achieve exponential growth. As a social entrepreneur, Ms. Folsom is dedicated to leveraging the power of market forces and sound business practices to address disparities in revenue and job growth among businesses led by underrepresented founders. She has raised more than $30 million in institutional venture financing, and has founded or served as a key executive for multiple successful ventures, including showUhow (acquired by Sellpoints), DriveCam (now Lytx) and Seminarsource. Before devoting her energies to entrepreneurship, Ms. Folsom was an executive at National Dispatch Center, Luce Forward, Alltel Systematics and Great American First.

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Austin LGBT Chamber of 3007 N Lamar Blvd, Austin TX 78705