This event features an incredible selection of panelists, moderators and presenters to discuss topics such as business, technology, education, politics, art and entertainment.
By Megan Reed
The second annual KolorCon will take place on February 5, and this year’s event will focus on productivity, collaboration and service. Like the inaugural KolorCon, held at View Park in 2020, the Kolor Society will bring together local Black Millennials and Gen Xers who work in business, technology, art, entertainment and many other areas.
This event will feature main stage sessions, panel rooms, a business grant competition sponsored by Innovative Entrepreneurs Hub and the Black Cooperative Investment Fund will be on hand to discuss local business financing.
One of the reasons the Kolor Society and KolorCon were formed is that many black entrepreneurs in Los Angeles rarely cross paths. Zaneta Smith worked to change that. She created TEDxCrenshaw, which is a community-hosted TED-style event designed to spread ideas, spark conversation and address changes affecting black people. Attendees at these events were looking to connect more, so Smith created Kolor Society, a members-only social club that features business and tech mixers, quarterly member-run events, and quarterly brand camps. Soon after, KolorCon was created.
“Black people asked for this,” Smith said. “The reason we held KolorCon in 2020 is that we have so many people who wanted to do a lot of different things, but we just didn’t have enough time to plan separate events. So we put everything people wanted to do in one event. We had vendors, coffee tastings, and events organized.
One of the main goals of this event is to create networking opportunities so that black professionals can collaborate with each other.
“Our goals are to increase connections and increase partnerships,” Smith said. “Our networks are so big. I know ‘so and so’, you know ‘so and so’, but ‘so and so’ might not know each other. So the idea is to bring people into the room to increase those connections and partnerships. “
Most of the Kolor Society events take place in Black Quarters, as they have hosted events at Mingles Tea Bar and Sip & Sonder, both in Inglewood, and the Metaphor Club in Leimert Park.
“When we started the Kolor Society, we researched Millennials and Gen Xers and asked them what areas did they want things to happen,” Smith said. “And all of the areas they named were south of Highway 10. Our commitment is that the majority of our events will take place south of Highway 10 because that’s what our community wants, and that’s what our community wants. is where the blacks are. There are a lot of great companies that have sprung up in the last three to five years where we can organize events. The goal of Kolor Society was to have our events in black owned spaces.
This year’s KolorCon will be held at All In Coworking, owned by Black, in Inglewood, located at 11011Crenshaw Blvd. Suite 102, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.kolorsociety.com