WAATBP 2023 Keynote Speaker Announced!

Everette Taylor

WAATBP 2023 Keynote Speaker

Everette Taylor is CEO of Kickstarter, the world’s premiere crowdfunding platform for creative projects. Under Everette’s leadership, Kickstarter was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Companies due to the company’s global impact in the creator economy and being trailblazers for the future of work.  

Before joining Kickstarter, Everette most recently served as the CMO of Artsy, the largest online marketplace for buying and selling fine art. During his time at Artsy, he was recognized by Business Insider as one of the World's Most Innovative CMOs and named by Forbes as one of the World's Most Influential CMOs due to the business seeing all-time record revenue growth and brand awareness.  

As a marketing executive and CMO, he helped lead both on-demand rental car company Skurt and B2B software company Qualaroo to successful acquisitions. He also led growth and co-founded GrowthHackers.com, the largest community for growth marketers and established Taylor as one of the most sought-after marketers in the tech industry. Everette’s other marketing roles include becoming the youngest CMO ever for the popular e-commerce company Sticker Mule and overseeing growth strategy for new social products for Microsoft.

As a founder, Everette started his first company at the age of 19 called EZ Events which was successfully acquired in 2011. He then went on to establish ET Enterprises in 2013, a diverse portfolio of companies that includes PopSocial, MilliSense, ArtX and GrowthHackers. As CEO of PopSocial, he was recognized as Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2018 for his innovation in the social media marketing space and Forbes 30 under 30 All-Star in 2019 for exponentially growing the company.

In 2019, Everette received an honorary doctorate degree from Shaw University upon recognition of his “meritorious contributions to human society and welfare for humanity.”

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Keynotes & Panels

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Workshops & Sessions

We seek to inspire action with sessions that provide professional development advice and experiential learning for all attendees.

A Dose Of Black Joy

We are excited to announce that this year, we are teaming up with A Dose of Black Joy & Caffeine, the inspirational podcast hosted by Justin Adu! This podcast is known for its conversations with Black creatives, marketing, PR, and tech professionals, focusing on Black joy, as well as what keeps them going.

A new seventh season begins this Monday, September 18, with each week featuring a different WAATBP guest discussing their professional and personal journey.

Adrienne Lucas

(Head Of DEI And Strategic Partnerships)
The One Club

Learn more about this preeminent diversity conference and career fair, pushing back against the ad world’s diversity deficit. This year's event is on Thursday, October 26 and Friday, October 27 in downtown New York City. Don't miss out on this great conversation with Adrienne Lucas! Tune in to hear more about the conference's journey and what's next for the industry.

Everette Taylor (CEO)
Keynote Speaker

For Season 7, we kick off the series with an outstanding guest: Everette Taylor, CEO of Kickstarter. Under his leadership, Kickstarter was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential Companies. Taylor's impressive career includes serving as CMO of Artsy - the largest online marketplace for buying and selling fine art. We are honored to have had him on the podcast and can't wait for you to hear the rest of the exciting episodes we have lined up for you!