The Fintech Cultural Event of the Year Returns

November 30th - December 2nd, 2022

3 Days of: Speakers/ Conversations / Information / Excitement

Fintech BLK Decoded information

*Free for Students w/valid .edu email


Wednesday Nov. 30th (Online Only)
Dec. 1 - Dec 2, 2022 (Live + Virtual) 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Virtual & Online (3 days) 11/30 - 12/2

In-Person (Dec 1 - 2, 2022)
Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs (RICE) 504 Fair St. SW,


Hear some of the most inspiring, exceptional and exciting thinkers, business leaders, and creative minds exploring what’s next at the center of the FinTech Industry. 

It’s 3 days of conversations, content, tools and masterclasses, designed to prepare individuals, companies and communities for the potential and possibilities when FinTech is Decoded.

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Accelerant for understanding FinTech, Web 3, FinTech, cryptocurrency, metaverse, DAOs, and blockchain technologies


Embrace new career pathways. Apply strategies to reduce the technology talent capacity and education gap


Engage new thinking around wealth generation and financial empowerment strategies through education, careers and entrepreneurial thinking

HBCU Focused Conversations & Masterclasses

Sponsored by UNCF

Experience our curated HBCU focused sessions in partnership with UNCF as we explore pathways that bridge economic, technology, and educational gaps.

In  collaboration and partnership between UNCF | HBCUs and powered by Bond & Play, the HBCU FinTech BLK Decoded Sessions are designed to:

  • Create a world-class FinTech education curriculum 
  • Address the underrepresentation of Black students in FinTech 
  • Drive new career pathways, start-up culture and a diverse and inclusive tech industry.
  • Advance the next generation of education services through immersive experiences


Every FinTech BLK event brings some of the most culturally iconic speakers and well-versed business leaders from FinTech, Web 3, Blockchain, Design and Pop Culture to share the stage in-person and virtually.  More to come. 


Teddy Pahagbia



Tracey Bowen

Founder, H.E.R. DAO + Civic Tech Entrepreneur


JoAnn Holmes, Esq

IP & Digital Assets Attorney



Lead Product Designer, Global Conversion, Netflix


Erikan Obotetukodo

Founder and Managing Partner Audacity



Digital Futurism Artist, Music Producer


Marlon Williams

Founder at Starter Labs, Atlanta Blockchain Center


Jihan Johnston

Co-Founder, BeatBotics

Justin-Thomas Copeland

Justin Thomas-Copeland

President & Chief Executive Officer DDB North America at DDB WorldWide.


Kamilah Sanders

Web 3 Marketing Strategist


Jay Bailey

President and CEO at H.J. Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs


Ola Gardner

Game Design & Development Georgia State University


Florcy Morisset

Metaverse Business Strategist


CJ Simmons

President, Atlanta Chapter, National Society of Black Sports Professionals


Mark Scott

Staff Partner Engineer at


Patrice Brown

Director, Strategy and Business Operations, Turner Sports


Tyler Bradley

Creative + Art Director


Omari Henderson

Co-Founder & Partner, ZuCot Gallery


Onaje Henderson

Co-Founder & Partner, ZuCot Gallery

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Muhsinah Holmes Morris, Ph.D

Director of Virtual Reality Project at Morehouse College


Christine Lewis

Founder of YOG8 DAO


Eric Lance Guthrie, Esq.

Partner, The Cogent Law Group | Author, Blockchain or Die, Amazon #1 Best Seller


Xander Simms

CEO + Founder Digital Storytellers Inc


Avery Coleman

Head of People Experience, Binance.US

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Jeremiah Long

Founder: Wedge Inc, 


Alana Whitaker

Digital Greenbook, CEO


Rickie Taylor

Regional Director, Retirement Plan Consultants


Sean Young

Wildenfree World, LLC · Self-employed


Asante Bradford

Digital Entertainment, Media & Technology

Jonathan Weston

Vice President at Salesforce – ISV


Nequosha Anderson

Attorney, Anderson Law Firm PLLC


Alonzo Sexton



Ansylla Ramsey



Rusty Fields

Co-Founder RHouse


River Fields

Co-Founder RHouse


Hanifah Walidah

Founder, B909 Creative


Mike Kasdan

IP Partner, Wiggin and Dana LLP


Kimberly Marsh

Head of Corporate and Technical Recruiting, Binance


Zac French

Web 3 Host, General Counsel,

Chris Powell

Crypto Ed Courses, LLC


Alfred Edmond Jr.

SVP, Executive Editor-at-Large, Black Enterprise


Mika Black

Founder, Anuu Way Inc.


Enrico Moses

Futurist // NFT Architect & Consultant


Russell Ballard Jr

Founder & Chief Vibe Officer @ 40 Acres DAO


Dedren Snead

Creative Technology Consultant 


Melvin M. Coleman

Executive Director, Atlanta Black Chambers, CEO Essential Wealth Mgmt.


Online Access
$ 0
  • Free w/valid .edu email
  • 3 Day virtual attendance
  • Includes Masterclasses
  • 6 Months on-demand content
Online Only


In-Person + Online Access
$ 19
  • Requires valid .edu email
  • 3 days virtual attendance
  • 2 days in-person (12/1-12/2)
  • Includes Masterclasses
  • 6 months on-demand content
Live & Online


Online Access
$ 39
  • 3 days virtual attendance
  • Includes Masterclasses
  • 6 months on-demand content
Online Only


In-Person + Online Access
$ 69
  • 3 days virtual attendance
  • 2 days in-person (12/1-12/2)
  • Includes Masterclasses
  • 6 months on-demand content
Live & Online

2022 Schedule

Day One
(Wednesday, Nov.30, 2022)

Virtual/ Online Only

10:00 am - 10:10 am

Introducing FinTech BLK Decoded

Host: Imari Oliver

10:15 am - 10:55 am (Fireside Chat)

The Business of FinTech, Web 3, the Metaverse and the Digital Economy*

The stakes are high as the world rapidly moves to the next version of the digital economy fueled by Web 3, FinTech, the Metaverse, blockchain, etc. It’s important no community is left behind and this session explores what you need to know?

Featuring: Teddy Pahagbia, Erikan Obotetukudo, Chris Powell

11:15 am - 12:00 pm (Fireside Chat)​

Game Development: Fuel for the Digital Economy*

Game design and development is quickly becoming the must have skill across industries. This session explores the tools and how gaming is literally changing how we view the world and creating a new generation of designers and developers.

Featuring: Ola Gardner, Kermit Mitchell, Xander Simms

12:00 pm - 12:55 pm

Virtual Lunch, Networking and Recap

1:00 pm - 1:35 pm (Fireside Chat)

RHOUSE: Next-Gen Community Entrepreneurship & Innovation*

20 and 23 year old brothers, Rusty and River Fields launched their first Black Residency Hacker House in their Brooklyn Hometown. Understanding the need to address the widening racial technology gap, they set out to create a dynamic community for black engineers, developers, tech enthusiasts and creators to live and work with each other as they build and launch Web 3 startups.

Featuring: Rusty Fields + River Fields

1:50 pm - 2:35 pm (Fireside Chat)

Web 3 Business, Blockchain and Metaverse Models for the Culture

The Intersection of Art, Technology, Culture and Business is where the future of creating generational wealth and financial legacy will exist. What are the emerging business and education models and platforms that will drive exciting potential and possibilities?

Featuring: Anyslla Ramsey, Dayo Adeosun, Hanifah Walidah

3:10 pm - 3:50 pm (Fireside Chat)

Creating & Protecting Your Digital IP and Assets in the Creator & Tech Economy*

Web 3, the Metaverse, NFTs, Blockchain has created countless opportunities for entrepreneurs, investors and creators looking to capitalize on new markets. However, what should you know to protect your creator and digital assets, NIL (name, image & likeness)  interests and rights in this transformational economy

Featuring: Russell Ballard, Enrico Moses, Nequosha Anderson

4:10 pm - 4:45 PM (Workshop & Masterclass)

Monetizing your Creativity in 2023

The Creator Economy is driven by businesses built by over 50 million independent content creators, technologist, and creatives around the world. This is truly a hands on session. 

Featuring: Erikan Obotetukudo

Day Two (2)

Thursday Dec. 1, 2022

Live @ Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs

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10:00 am - 10:10 am

Welcome to FinTech BLK Decoded

Host: Imari Oliver

10:15 am - 10:45 am (Fireside Chat)

Emerging Trends in Technology, sports and Financial Services

A quick look at whats’ trending in culture and its impact on the growth of the digital economy 

Featuring: CJ Simmons, Rickie Taylor

11:00 am - 11:35 EST (Fireside Chat)

Immersive Game thinking for Next-gen learning and cultural experiences.

How does the acceleration of emerging game technologies and design create opportunities to build a new engagement models across industries. 

Featuring: Muhsinah Holmes Morris, PhD, Dark Mythst

11:45 pm - 12:30 pm (Fireside Chat)

The Collision of Disciplines to Reshape Business

Every industry has its own tools and best practices.  This panel explores a world where entertainment, blockchain technologies and business collide creating a wave of disruption. 

Featuring: Asante Bradford, Mark Scott, Melvin Coleman

12:30 pm - 1:10 pm

Lunch, Networking and Recap

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm (Fireside Chat)

Powering a Culture of Blockchain, Web 3, FinTech, Hackathons, and Strategic Partnerships

What are business and legal best practices and considerations for launching a new wave of next-gen business concepts and technology platforms

Featuring: JoAnn Holmes, Tracey Bowen, Jonathan Weston, Mike Kasdan

2:20 pm - 3:00 pm

Impact of the Crypto Bear Market on Employment Decisions

Prior to the crypto bear market, the lack of diversity in the Web 3, blockchain and related spaces were a topic of discussion in many communities.  This panel discusses  trends, new career pathways and thinking to build  an inclusive economy regardless of market conditions. 

Featuring: Avery Coleman, Kimberly Marsh, Zac French

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm (Fireside Chat)

Changing the Game Live: One-On-One with Jay Bailey

An exclusive conversation with the President & CEO of the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs and it’s goal to create the next generation of Black Entrepreneurs

Featuring: Jay Bailey

4:30 pm - 5:10 pm

Embracing a New Human Operating System (OS) for the Emerging Economy

Web 3  and the emerging technology has changed everything.  This panel explores how they had to embrace a new way of thinking and operating in  order to capitalize on this moment.

Featuring: Kamilah Sanders, Sean Young, Tyler Bradley

Day Three (3)

Friday Dec. 2, 2022

Live @ Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs

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10:00 am - 10:10 am

Welcome to FinTech BLK Decoded

Host: Imari Oliver

10:15 am - 10:45 am (Fireside Chat)

Anatomy of NFTs & Tokenomics: Tools for Economic and Social Justice

We’ve barely scratched the surface of NFT utility and rarely do we discuss tokenomics in a meaningful way.  However, imagine them as business models and growth drivers for community redevelopment and social justice.   

Featuring: Dedren Snead, Jeremiah Long , Christine Lewis, Eric Lance Gutherie, ESQ

11:30 am – 12:15 pm (Fireside Chat)

Blockchain: Time to understand a game changing movement

Blockchain, crypto, smart contracts, cybersecurity are the businesses of tomorrow and have the potential to change everything — from education, entertainment, news, and financial transactions. Do you want to run the Block?

Featuring: Marlon Williams, Alonzo Sexton, Eric Lance Gutherie, ESQ

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm (Fireside Chat)

Collaboration & Community Partnerships Remixed

Case study into the business of art and resetting the idea of strategic business partnerships as it becomes the  secret sauce for business and economic transformation.

Featuring: Onaje Henderson, Omari Henderson, Patrice Brown

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Lunch

Lunch & Networking

2:20 pm – 2:35 pm

The Legacy of Reginald Lewis

A pre-recorded conversation led by Black Enterprise’s SVP, Editor-At-Large, Alfred Edmond Jr. 

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm (Fireside Chat)

Design, Culture & Community

The importance of human centered design and community based thinking planning to create new platforms and application that are thoughtful and useful to audiences is often overlooked. The next iteration of Web 3 should include a thoughtful dialogue of design and community.

Featuring: Fonz Morris, Jihan Johnston

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

The Future is Right in Front of Us

Culture, technology and the pillars of Web 3 are moving at a speed that is filled with opportunities and uncertainty. This conversation is designed to create context around the acceleration and considerations to “future-proof” involvement.  

Featuring: Alana Whitaker, Florcy Morisset, Mika Black

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