On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Natalie Madeira Cofield, President & CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, located in Austin, TX; Founding President of the Austin Black Technology Council and Founder of Walker’s Legacy a national women in business collective.
As president and CEO of the chamber, Cofield travels domestically and internationally promoting Austin for business recruitment and establishing relationships with corporate partners throughout the region.
In 2011, Cofield was named among the 20“30Something’s to Watch” in Austin by Austin Monthly and in 2006 she was named a “Top 30 Under 30” by Ebony Magazine. Her work has been featured in Black Enterprise, Ebony, C-Span and the BusinessInsider, among others. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the Howard University School of Business where she earned a degree in information systems and was named a Top 40 under 40 at the School of Business 40th Anniversary. Cofield also obtained her M.P.A as a Pi Alpha Alpha and magna cum laude graduate of the National Urban Fellows at the Baruch School of Public Affairs in New York.
Founded in 1982, by eleven community, political and business leaders in Austin, The Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, then the Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce, was established to bring awareness to the enormous amount of money generated from African American consumers in the form of travel and tourism within the goal of providing economic prosperity for African-American businesses and the general Greater Austin region.
The Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce - promotes the development of African-American businesses and the expansion of the Greater Austin business community by providing resources, technical assistance, and leadership on policy issues that enhance economic growth and by promoting convention and tourism.