Kurt Merriweather, Head of Products at The Diversity Movement and a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE), is an accomplished product strategist and marketing executive with a passion for helping leaders and organizations identify and implement growth strategies. 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.
While pursuing a degree in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University, Kurt served as chapter president of the National Society of Black Engineers. He then went on to attend Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he earned an MBA focused on strategy, marketing, and entrepreneurship, and was the co-president of the Black Business Students Association, which supports the academic, personal, and professional development of its members.
Kurt actively advises and mentors entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds in education technology and media & entertainment. As an avid speaker and workshop leader, he has led sessions at Google for Startups – Black Founders Exchange program, Internet Summit, and several industry association events throughout the southeast.
Why DEI? I am passionate about giving underestimated and underrepresented groups a voice in the businesses and organizations that they are a part of. Diversity and inclusion not only benefits folks that have been left out of the conversation, but I believe that the collaboration among a diverse set of people also leads to richer dialogue, deeper learning, and breakthrough business ideas.