Bobsled | USA
Aja Evans is a Bobsled Olympian who represented Team USA at the 2014 Sochi Games and the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. Throughout her childhood and into college, Aja was a star track and field athlete. While at the University of Illinois, Aja was a Big-Ten Champion (3x); First Team All-Big Ten (3x); and, All-American (5x). In 2008, she represented Team USA at the NACAC Championships and competed in the Olympic trials that same year. In 2012, Aja’s bobsled career began after her college track coach encouraged her to tryout for the sport. That following season, Aja was named USA Women’s Bobsled “Push Champion” and “Rookie of the Year”, setting global track records and finishing second in the World Cup. Aja took Bronze at the 2014 Sochi Games. As an Olympic medalist, Aja quickly became an ambassador for Team USA and for the sport of bobsled. After suffering a torn ACL and enduring two subsequent surgeries, Aja returned stronger than ever in 2016. She again won the title of Women’s Bobsled “Push Champion” and won first overall with her driver, Jamie Greubel Poser, in the World Cup. The two were honored as the USA “Team of the Year” for 2017. She was a brand ambassador for Polo Ralph Lauren during the 2018 Pyeongchang Games and her story has been featured as part of Proctor & Gamble’s Thank You Mom and Love Over Bias campaigns.
Co-Founder | Code Fever Miami
MENTOR | IWF Florida
Felecia Hatcher is on a mission to rid communities across the globe of innovation deserts by working with local leaders and government officials to create an inclusive and diverse tech/startup ecosystem. Felecia is Co-Founder of Tribe Co-Work and Urban Innovation Lab, Code Fever, and BlackTech Week. Code Fever is a multi-function initiative connecting minority led startup founders to capital through a VC-in-Residence program and offering technical skills training for African American and Caribbean youth and young adults in the areas of technology and entrepreneurship through full stack development coding boot camps, in school programs, and an annual week-long emerging technology summit, BlackTech Week. In 2018, the Tribe Co-Work and Urban Innovation Lab was launched to create innovation hubs in black communities. As an author, social entrepreneur and the former "Chief Popsicle" of Feverish Pops, Felecia was named one of the “Empact 100-Top 100 Entrepreneurs under the age of 30” by the White House and Kauffman Foundation in 2011. She has been honored as a 2014 White House Champion of Change for STEM Access and Diversity; a Ruth Shack Honoree in 2015; a 2017 Comcast/NationSwell Tech Impact Allstar; and an Echoing Green Fellow. Felecia was named a TechConnext Game Changer in 2017 by Black Enterprise and was named by Essence Magazine as a Tech Master.
She has been featured on the NBC Today Show, MSNBC, FORBES, INC, The Cooking Channel, and Grio's 100 African Americans Making History. For seven years, Felecia was known as the "Chief Popsicle" and ran Feverish Pops, a Miami-based gourmet popsicle manufacturing company. The VC backed company had an impactful social mission and donated to build community programs, including Code Fever in 2012. Before launching Feverish and Code Fever, Felecia worked as a marketing manager at experiential marketing agencies for technology and gaming companies, including Sony, Nintendo, Wells Fargo 2nd Life video game, and the NBA as the front office Marketing Manager with the Timberwolves/Lynx during its championship winning year. Felecia is a globally sought-after keynote speaker and has presented engaging talks at Walmart HO, Google, the White House Young America Series, Girl Scouts of America, SXSW, Coca-Cola HO, TEDxJamaica, and countless startup events at colleges and universities. She is also the author of six books.