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Meet the local woman who brought Black Tech Week to Cincinnati

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Meet the local woman who brought Black Tech Week to Cincinnati

by Haadiza Ogwude via

Black Tech Week has become a beacon for Black technology professionals.

Founded by Felecia Hatcher and Derick Pearson in 2013, thousands of people from different industries, backgrounds and experience levels gather together each year to learn from and network with other technology professionals.

Historically, Black Tech Week has occurred in Miami, Florida, but two Cincinnatians acquired ownership of the event and brought it to the Queen City this year.

Candice Matthews Brackeen, founder and CEO of Cincinnati-based economic development organization Lightship Foundation, and her husband and business…

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