“I became inspired by the role of minority businesses in under-served communities as a teen while working as a mail clerk, administrative assistant and printing aid for an industrial company listed as a Black Enterprise 100.” -Natalie Madeira Cofield
Natalie Madeira Cofield is a millennial serial entrepreneur, diversity champion, and award-winning executive. Cofield began her career working three jobs in high school, attended college at age 16, started her first company at 26, and later went on to become a three-time CEO by age 30.
Walker’s Legacy, a Google partner firm, is an organization she created to inspire, equip and empower professional and enterprising women which boasts a network of more than 14,000 women and growing. The organization has been named by Inc Magazine as one of the ’25 Companies Determined to See Women Succeed’. The global women in business collective, which currently operates in more than twenty cities across the country, also has an adjoined nonprofit arm, Walker’s Legacy Foundation, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which was founded in 2016.
Urban Co-Lab is a social impact and inclusion incubator in Austin, Texas which was awarded one of the Top 10 Co-Working Spaces in Austin by CultureMap within the first two weeks of its opening in 2015. The organization is noted for producing and publishing the first Startup Diversity Report for the City of Austin.
As an advocate, Cofield has served as the youngest person to testify before the US Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship in 2009 and is a sought after expert for government and corporations on topics of diversity and inclusion.
Her work has been featured in CNN, NYTimes, Inc, Fast Company, Forbes, BusinessInsider, Black Enterprise, Essence and Ebony among others. She has be the cover story of both Black Enterprise and Austin Woman. In 2015 Cofield was named one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans in the America by The Root 100. In 2013 Cofield was named the Technology Diversity Evangelist of the Year by Google and one of the Top 10 Black Innovators by MVMT50, an initiative of South by Southwest. In 2013 she was featured on the cover of Black Enterprise, in 2015 she was featured on the cover of Austin Woman Magazine. In 2016 Cofield was selected as an Ashoka Changemaker Fellow by Ashoka.
Cofield is an honors graduate of Howard University, where she was in the inaugural class of the Bill Gates Millennium Scholars Program and the Baruch School of Public Affairs. Cofield has spoken for global technology companies including IBM, Dell, Applied Materials, Google, and Facebook among others.
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