Announcing our exciting lineup and powerhouse honorees for 2024 #BlackStarsExperience

BY Nii Ntreh June 19, 2024 11:12 AM EDT

The action-packed celebration of culture, talent, and innovation will take place in New York City, November 6-9.

PanaGenius, the leading media company dedicated to amplifying the voices and achievements of the Black Diaspora, has announced the honorees for its prestigious annual awards, BlackStars!

The exceptional 2024 honorees, selected from a competitive pool of over 1,000 nominations, include globally recognized leaders and titans across tech, finance, media & entertainment, healthcare, sports, and more, who are driving significant change and transformation within their fields.

“BlackStars was established not only to recognize the outstanding talent and innovation within the Black Diaspora community but also to create a supportive and culturally relevant platform for learning, connections, and inspiration,” said Sandra Appiah, Co-founder of PanaGenius. “We are thrilled to welcome our new class of honorees, who embody the collective power of Black talent in shaping the industries of today and tomorrow, our communities, and the world at large.”

Some of the esteemed 2024 honorees include:

  • Rose Kirk, SVP & Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer at Verizon
  • Aaron Walton, Co-Founder & President of Walton Isaacson
  • Lakecia Gunter, Chief Technology Officer and VP, Global Partner Solutions at Microsoft
  • Roger G. Arrieux, East Region Market Leader and New York Managing Partner at Deloitte
  • Quita Highsmith, VP and Chief Diversity Officer at Genentech
  • Ronke Ekwensi, Chief Data Officer at T-Mobile
  • J. Ofori Agboka, VP, People eXperience and Technology, Global Operations at Amazon
  • Rick C. Wade, SVP, Strategic Alliances and Outreach at United States Chamber of Commerce
  • Kori D. Porter, SVP & Head of Business Operations, National Basketball Association
  • Akinyemi T. Akiwowo, Global Chief Operating Officer, Litigation at Morgan Stanley

View full list of honorees and their bios here.

The 2024 honorees will be celebrated at the prestigious BlackStars Awards Gala during BlackStars Experience, the action-packed four-day celebration of culture, talent, and innovation, taking place November 6-9 in New York City.

Building on last year’s success, which brought together nearly 1,000 attendees, the 2024 BlackStars Experience promises to be a landmark event with an expanded program including a full-day summitexhibition and recruitment opportunities, networking, and the closing awards gala honoring the 2024 honorees.

BlackStars Experience 2024 is supported by Morgan Stanley, Verizon, Deloitte, T-Mobile, Henry Schein, Webster Bank, Per Scholas, Capemay Properties, and more.

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About PanaGenius 

PanaGenius is at the forefront of connecting, informing, and empowering a new generation of African-Americans who embody the rich cultural diversity and experiences of today’s global Black community. Through initiatives like the BlackStars, PanaGenius continues to amplify the voices and contributions of the modern Black Diaspora, fostering a stronger, more connected global Black community.

Join Us 

Mark your calendar for November 6-9, 2024, and join us in New York City for the BlackStars Experience. This event promises to be a powerful gathering of professionals, leaders, innovators, and change-makers dedicated to advancing the Black Diaspora. For more information and to register, visit our event website.