Jessica Averhart

Executive Director

Jes realized her true passion for leadership development and women’s empowerment while leading partner engagement at the American Underground, a Google for Startups Tech Hub (aka, the “Startup Capital of the South” by CNBC). During her tenure, she had the unique opportunity to manage relationships with Google, Fidelity Labs, Wells Fargo, Coastal Credit Union, Lincoln Financial and others. Her time spent immersed in the startup scene also inspired her to co-found Black Wall Street Homecoming, a nonprofit aimed at closing the funding gap for Black and Brown tech founders.

Earlier in her career, Jes launched a boutique event production company. She specialized in providing professional event management services for the likes of the Cincinnati Bengals & Cleveland Browns (NFL), Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA), the Procter & Gamble Company, Pepsi Cola North America, as well as a growing number of companies based in the Research Triangle Park.