Kurt Merriweather (he/him) is an accomplished product strategist and marketing executive with a passion for helping leaders and organizations identify and implement growth strategies. He is a Certified Diversity Executive and thought leader on building teams through the integration of DEI and technology.
Before co-founding The Diversity Movement, Kurt was VP of Strategy and Transformation at Walk West where he was responsible for leading the consulting and strategy practice and developing new business concepts and ventures. His approach to advising clients and developing strategy blends a unique combination of creative thinking and data analysis. With over 20 years of experience, Kurt has worked for global brands like Discovery, AOL, and Procter & Gamble, where he developed technology products and solutions, created go-to-market strategies, led multidisciplinary teams to spinout new ventures, and received a patent for developing a streaming media application. Kurt holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Kurt advises startups through Google for Startups Black Founders Exchange and mentors students at UNC and SKEMA Business School. He also serves on NC TECH’s Board of Advisors. Kurt is a frequent speaker including presentations to trade associations including the Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC) and keynotes at conferences such as Just Brands. Kurt is a father, son, husband, sports enthusiast and jazz pianist.
Why DEI? I have a passion to uplift the underestimated and underrepresented. Not just because it’s the right thing to do. I also believe a life-changing and perhaps history-making concept is waiting to be birthed by an unlikely group of people who learned how to work together in extraordinary ways.