Speaking Engagements

Shawn D. Rochester

Awards and Recognition

  • Featured as a Black History Maker by Amazon Corporation
  • Prominently featured expert in both the Inside the Racial Wealth Gap series by Business Insider which was nominated for the Editorial Campaign of the Year
  • Prominently featured expert in The Cost of Inheritance – a documentary that explores the complex issue of reparations in the US
  • Received citations from the New York City Council and the New York State Assembly for community impact and economic development
  • Recipient of the difference maker award for leadership in economic development from the Urban League of Greater Kanas City
  • Recipient of the Pinehurst Invitational Leadership Award
  • Recipient of the Blacks on Wall Street (BOWS) Dick Rowland Award for Outstanding Service
  • Recipient of the HORD (Helping Others Reach their Dream) Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award

Community Impact

  • Led a Connecticut based nonprofit to help transform life outcomes for economically disadvantaged youth in Danbury Connecticut by providing them with a great education through its private all boys middle school, after school & summer school programs and formal mentoring programs.
  • Worked with another Connecticut based nonprofit to award over USD $2,000,000 to Black students pursuing a college education.

Executing P.H.D Economic Framework

  • Strategic advisor to Cisco corporation’s $50 million African American Partner Community initiative
  • Board member of the FedPropel Institute whose mission is to assist 5,000 minority and veteran businesses secure over $7 billion of federal contracts by 2030
  • Senior advisor to FundBlackFounders whose mission is to help close the capital gap by utilizing crowd funding coupled with matching grants to provide non-dilutive early stage capital
  • Strategic advisor to Lockstep Ventures which makes equity and equity related investments in consumer facing businesses that reduce inequality and issue in economic and social justice 
  • Former Advisory board member of Silicon Valley Bank’s Access to Innovation Initiative to increase representation and funding of underrepresented groups in the US innovation system

Corporate Impact

  • Served as a trusted advisor to a General Manager responsible for USD $10B within the Global Communications Sector

  • Drove the strategic planning process for a $1.2B portfolio of businesses which helped to provided incremental growth opportunities for 17 businesses within the IT and Datacom marketplace

  • Developed the acquisition strategy and executed $500M of deals globally which included target identification, business case development, due diligence, deal structuring, negotiating definitive agreements and integration at the group level and across a portfolio of business units

  • Managed the Strategic Planning process for the 17 Emerging Businesses Opportunities (EBOs) contributing over $10B of revenue and ensured that each business received the requisite investment to achieve the revenue projections for the following year

  • Managed multi-billion dollar foreign exchange hedging programs within the treasury group of a Global IT firm

  • Developed a deep understanding of the global competitive landscape having spent 6 years travelling extensively to 25 cities in 10 countries across Asia and Europe in pursuit of new organic and inorganic growth opportunities

Past Speaking Engagements


  • University of Rochester
  • Cornell University
  • Syracuse University
  • Hofstra University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Maryland College Park
  • State University of NY at Brockport
  • Hampton University
  • Post University

Technology/Media/Finance Companies

  • Google
  • Viacom
  • Amazon
  • Microsoft
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • HSBC
  • PNC Bank
  • Silicon Valley Bank
  • AllianceBernstein
  • Nestle USA
  • BlackRock
  • Panasonic Corp of North America
  • UPS
  • Stelantis
  • TV One
  • Oracle
  • Pivotal Software

 US Based Organizations

  • New York City Department of Small Business Services
  • Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA)
  • US Coast Guard Pacific Command
  • Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
  • Harlem Business Alliance
  • National Credit Union Administration (NCUA)
  • African America Credit Union Coalition (AACUC)
  • National Urban League
  • Metro United Way
  • One Hundred Black Men (NYC)
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., (Western Region, Eastern Region, Nationals)
  • YoungLife
  • National Black MBA Association (New York Metro)
  • City of Bridgeport (Largest City in Connecticut)
  • Connecticut chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
  • Queens Central Library
  • Oak Bluffs MA, Public Library

International Organization

  • The United Nations
  • The Executive Leadership Council
  • Business Insider
  • The Tony Elumelu Foundation

Online Presentations on The Black Tax

Google CHQ

Google NYC

Hofstra University


‘The Black Tax’ and Tech: A Conversation at AfroTech 2019

‘The Black Tax’ and Tech: A Conversation at AfroTech 2019

Source: https://afrotech.com/the-black-tax-and-tech-a-conversation-at-afrotech-2019 The Black Tax — defined as the financial cost of discrimination against Black people in the American economic industry deserves its time in the spotlight. This theory developed by...

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Featured Conversations

Brooklyn Savvy Online with Host Toni Williams


  • Shawn D Rochester – CEO of Good Steward LLC, Founder of PHD Enterprises and The IDEA Institute
  • Maria DeLongoria PhD – Interim Executive Director, Caribbean Research Center, Associate Professor Of History
  • Phyllis Thorne – Faculty Consultant at The Sanctuary Institute
  • Colvin Grannum – President & CEO of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

The Black Tax: Video Interview w/ Jamila Souffrant & Shawn Rochester

A History of Anti-Black Bias in America and the Financial Impact of the Black Tax with Shawn D. Rochester

Feb. 18, 2020

Get Your PHD and Bridge the Wealth Gap with Shawn D. Rochester

March 10, 2020

Changing the Trajectory Podcast

Changing the Trajectory is a podcast hosted by James Seth Thompson Senior Vice President and Head of Diverse Market Strategy at AllianceBerstein that seeks to inspire and empower meaningful generational planning and legacy building through intentional and deliberate action. Featuring roundtable discussions that highlight multicultural markets and communities as breeding grounds for success and change, we offer fresh perspectives on responsibility and investing

Ross Files with Dave Ross Podcast

Broadcast legend Dave Ross, winner of multiple Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in journalism has been getting emails about the current protests: emails saying that the civil rights movement is behind us, and justice has already been achieved. That things aren’t that bad.
So why is the average net worth of a white family nearly 10x greater than that of a Black family?

To help address the comments raised in those emails, Dave invited Shawn Rochester on his Podcast The Ross Files to discuss the Wealth Gap in America and provide a brief history of economic inequality in US. It was a robust and powerful conversation.

Shawn Rochester, A Brief History of the Black Wealth Gap in America

Jul. 29, 2020

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