Morgan DeBaun, CEO and Founder of Blavity, Inc., headed to Silicon Valley fresh out of college to learn from the best and brightest about product management and design. The St. Louis native became a growth hacker and small business advisor to aspiring entrepreneurs. In 2014, she launched Blavity—the largest media startup and lifestyle brand for black millennials. Under her leadership, Blavity has successfully acquired 2 companies, raised over $9 million in venture funding, and reaches millions of readers a day.
Today, Morgan manages a team of over 65 employees and 100 contractors with offices in LA, ATL, SF, and NYC. Morgan is one of the first 15 American women to raise $1 million in venture funding. Her list of accolades includes: The Root Top 100 Most Influential Black Americans, Ebony 100, Black Enterprise Founder of the Year, Forbes 30 under 30, Silicon Valley Top Women in Tech, and she has been profiled in Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, WSJ, Forbes, and many more. Morgan is also the founder of M. Roze Essentials a natural skincare line. Morgan DeBaun graduated top of her class from Washington University in St. Louis with a major in Political Science and minors in Entrepreneurship and Education. She was the youngest student body president elected at Washington U. and is a recipient of the John B. Ervin Scholars Program.