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Natalie Cofield

Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Changemaker; Former President of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce

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Natalie Cofield Biography

An award-winning entrepreneur, philanthropist, political appointee, and economic activist, Natalie Cofield has provided some of the nation's most prominent CEOs of billion-dollar organizations, executives of global brands, senior advisors to the White House, mayors of leading national cities, and community activists and leaders with inspiration, insight and advisement.

Her efforts have been responsible for supporting the deployment of more than $200 million in funding to eco-systems and entrepreneurs throughout the country. As a presidentially-appointed Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration, she advised on the deployment of $1.2 trillion in funding and was directly responsible for architecting programs that distributed $200 million in funding to ecosystems throughout the country during the greatest economic crisis in modern history.

As the former head of the Office of Women’s Business Ownership at the U.S. Small Business Administration, she funded the largest expansion of the Women’s Business Center network in the history of SBA, with a total of 146 centers located in every state in the US, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Cofield is the founder and former CEO of Walker's Legacy, the most prestigious digital platform to empower women through entrepreneurship, and its adjoined nonprofit arm, the Walker's Legacy Foundation, where sheestablished a $25,000 funded scholarship for enterprising women at her alma mater, Howard University.

In 2019, Cofield was named the inaugural Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the District of Columbia leading Mayor Muriel Bowser’s 202Creates Program providing entrepreneurship advice to creative economy businesses within the District of Columbia.

An honors tech graduate (where she was mentored by CIOs of two of America's leading Fortune 500 companies) Cofield leveraged her coding experience to build a career centered on empowering businesses, entrepreneurs, women and underrepresented communities.

Her work has been featured on and by Inc, Time, CNN, NYTimes, Fast Company, Forbes, Entrepreneur, BusinessInsider, Black Enterprise, Essence, and EBONY, among others.

She was named a Champion of Small Business by the Association of Enterprising Opportunity, was selected among 137 cover-story business leaders and entrepreneurs from across the nation for her response to COVID-19 where she graced Entrepreneur Magazine’s July/August 2020 edition cover. She has also been named as one of the 100 Most Powerful Washingtonians by the Washington Business Journal.

Speaking Topics
  • DIVERSITY

    Companies who do take the time to understand power of diversity and how to harness through their labor force and customer base will struggle through growth over the next decade and beyond. Through this featured speaking engagement we will discuss how value propositions of gender, ethnic and age diversity, among other areas, that have demonstrated positive implications for business performance and operations.

  • WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE

    The 21st century belongs to the woman. Women represent more than 70 percent of consumer spending and represent roughly 50 percent of all college graduates yet account for less than a third of all management level roles within major Fortune 500 companies. Breaking the glass ceiling requires initial corporate strategy, meaningful programs and policies and an awareness of how women lead. Through this keynote we will explore significant entrepreneurial and/or corporate examples of women in leadership and strategies for engagement and advancement.

  • ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    More than 90% of the US Economy is comprised of the contributions of entrepreneurial small business leaders. Through this keynote we will explore common challenges faced by entrepreneurs • strategies to overcome them • as well as key trends and advancements across industry that are helping companies to rapidly scale.

  • THE BOOTSTRAPPING ENTREPRENEUR: HOW TO START A BUSINESS WITH NO INVESTMENT CAPITAL

    Where you may be seeking a traditional business loan or venture investment, access to capital is one of the most difficult challenges faced by entrepreneurs. In this keynote we will discuss strategies for building a business on a budget, using your own capital, and still achieving success. We will also look at examples of highly successful entrepreneurs who have leveraged practices to grow their companies with limited funds, their philosophies and how you can leverage these principles for your own company.

  • MEET THE NEW UNICORNS: UNDERSTANDING CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINORITY WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS A

    African American women represent 56.9% of all Black-owned businesses in the US. They also saw a 322% increase in total number of firms from 2007 to 2012. Latina firms saw a 186% growth during this same time period. Making them the fastest growing entrepreneurial segments in the nation. Who are these new ‘unicorns’? What industries are they building businesses in? What opportunities and challenges do they face? This keynote aims to shed light on an oft under-tapped but high potential segment of entrepreneurs: minority women.

  • THINKING LIKE A CEO

    When I was a child I thought like a child… now that I am the CEO I think like a boss. Going from employee to CEO mindset can be a challenge for new entrepreneurs. You are now responsible for every aspect of the business. Every decision you make • or don’t make • has financial implications. Are you thinking like a CEO or an employee? In this session we will discuss how focusing your energy on strategy, growth, partnerships and understanding operations are the most optimal uses of your time as head of household.

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  • How do I book Natalie Cofield to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Natalie Cofield for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Natalie Cofield, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Natalie Cofield or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Natalie Cofield

    Speaking fees for Natalie Cofield, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Natalie Cofield are $10,000 - $20,000 for live events and under $10,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Natalie Cofield, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Natalie Cofield speak about?

  • Where does Natalie Cofield travel from?

    Natalie Cofield generally travels from Washington, DC, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Natalie Cofield’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Natalie Cofield for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Natalie Cofield for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Natalie Cofield or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Changemaker; Former President of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce

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Natalie Cofield Biography

An award-winning entrepreneur, philanthropist, political appointee, and economic activist, Natalie Cofield has provided some of the nation's most prominent CEOs of billion-dollar organizations, executives of global brands, senior advisors to the White House, mayors of leading national cities, and community activists and leaders with inspiration, insight and advisement.

Her efforts have been responsible for supporting the deployment of more than $200 million in funding to eco-systems and entrepreneurs throughout the country. As a presidentially-appointed Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration, she advised on the deployment of $1.2 trillion in funding and was directly responsible for architecting programs that distributed $200 million in funding to ecosystems throughout the country during the greatest economic crisis in modern history.

As the former head of the Office of Women’s Business Ownership at the U.S. Small Business Administration, she funded the largest expansion of the Women’s Business Center network in the history of SBA, with a total of 146 centers located in every state in the US, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Cofield is the founder and former CEO of Walker's Legacy, the most prestigious digital platform to empower women through entrepreneurship, and its adjoined nonprofit arm, the Walker's Legacy Foundation, where sheestablished a $25,000 funded scholarship for enterprising women at her alma mater, Howard University.

In 2019, Cofield was named the inaugural Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the District of Columbia leading Mayor Muriel Bowser’s 202Creates Program providing entrepreneurship advice to creative economy businesses within the District of Columbia.

An honors tech graduate (where she was mentored by CIOs of two of America's leading Fortune 500 companies) Cofield leveraged her coding experience to build a career centered on empowering businesses, entrepreneurs, women and underrepresented communities.

Her work has been featured on and by Inc, Time, CNN, NYTimes, Fast Company, Forbes, Entrepreneur, BusinessInsider, Black Enterprise, Essence, and EBONY, among others.

She was named a Champion of Small Business by the Association of Enterprising Opportunity, was selected among 137 cover-story business leaders and entrepreneurs from across the nation for her response to COVID-19 where she graced Entrepreneur Magazine’s July/August 2020 edition cover. She has also been named as one of the 100 Most Powerful Washingtonians by the Washington Business Journal.

Natalie Cofield Speaking Topics

  • DIVERSITY

    Companies who do take the time to understand power of diversity and how to harness through their labor force and customer base will struggle through growth over the next decade and beyond. Through this featured speaking engagement we will discuss how value propositions of gender, ethnic and age diversity, among other areas, that have demonstrated positive implications for business performance and operations.

  • WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE

    The 21st century belongs to the woman. Women represent more than 70 percent of consumer spending and represent roughly 50 percent of all college graduates yet account for less than a third of all management level roles within major Fortune 500 companies. Breaking the glass ceiling requires initial corporate strategy, meaningful programs and policies and an awareness of how women lead. Through this keynote we will explore significant entrepreneurial and/or corporate examples of women in leadership and strategies for engagement and advancement.

  • ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    More than 90% of the US Economy is comprised of the contributions of entrepreneurial small business leaders. Through this keynote we will explore common challenges faced by entrepreneurs • strategies to overcome them • as well as key trends and advancements across industry that are helping companies to rapidly scale.

  • THE BOOTSTRAPPING ENTREPRENEUR: HOW TO START A BUSINESS WITH NO INVESTMENT CAPITAL

    Where you may be seeking a traditional business loan or venture investment, access to capital is one of the most difficult challenges faced by entrepreneurs. In this keynote we will discuss strategies for building a business on a budget, using your own capital, and still achieving success. We will also look at examples of highly successful entrepreneurs who have leveraged practices to grow their companies with limited funds, their philosophies and how you can leverage these principles for your own company.

  • MEET THE NEW UNICORNS: UNDERSTANDING CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINORITY WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS A

    African American women represent 56.9% of all Black-owned businesses in the US. They also saw a 322% increase in total number of firms from 2007 to 2012. Latina firms saw a 186% growth during this same time period. Making them the fastest growing entrepreneurial segments in the nation. Who are these new ‘unicorns’? What industries are they building businesses in? What opportunities and challenges do they face? This keynote aims to shed light on an oft under-tapped but high potential segment of entrepreneurs: minority women.

  • THINKING LIKE A CEO

    When I was a child I thought like a child… now that I am the CEO I think like a boss. Going from employee to CEO mindset can be a challenge for new entrepreneurs. You are now responsible for every aspect of the business. Every decision you make • or don’t make • has financial implications. Are you thinking like a CEO or an employee? In this session we will discuss how focusing your energy on strategy, growth, partnerships and understanding operations are the most optimal uses of your time as head of household.

Natalie Cofield Videos

  • Women's History Month: Assistant Administrator Natalie Cofield
    Assistant Administrator for the Office of Women's Business Ownership Natalie Cofield talks about Women's Business Centers and other resources to help...
  • Walker's Legacy Latinx Women Entrepreneurs Summit
    This Session Features: Natalie Madeira Cofield, Founder & CEO, Walker's Legacy.
  • NWC Intentional Conversation with Dr. Nika White and Natalie Cofield
    Recording of the Intentional Conversation from May 2, 2020 with Natalie Cofield discussing minority business growth strategies, especially ...

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  • How do I book Natalie Cofield to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Natalie Cofield for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Natalie Cofield, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Natalie Cofield or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Natalie Cofield

    Speaking fees for Natalie Cofield, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Natalie Cofield are $10,000 - $20,000 for live events and under $10,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Natalie Cofield, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Natalie Cofield speak about?

  • Where does Natalie Cofield travel from?

    Natalie Cofield generally travels from Washington, DC, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Natalie Cofield’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Natalie Cofield for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Natalie Cofield for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Natalie Cofield or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Natalie Cofield is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as DIVERSITY, WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, THE BOOTSTRAPPING ENTREPRENEUR: HOW TO START A BUSINESS WITH NO INVESTMENT CAPITAL, MEET THE NEW UNICORNS: UNDERSTANDING CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINORITY WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS A and THINKING LIKE A CEO. The estimated speaking fee range to book Natalie Cofield for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Natalie Cofield generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jasmine Crowe-Houston, Kristie Kennedy, Bola Sokunbi, Sylvia Acevedo and Stacy Brown-Philpot. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Natalie Cofield for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Natalie Cofield Speaking Topics

  • DIVERSITY

    Companies who do take the time to understand power of diversity and how to harness through their labor force and customer base will struggle through growth over the next decade and beyond. Through this featured speaking engagement we will discuss how value propositions of gender, ethnic and age diversity, among other areas, that have demonstrated positive implications for business performance and operations.

  • WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE

    The 21st century belongs to the woman. Women represent more than 70 percent of consumer spending and represent roughly 50 percent of all college graduates yet account for less than a third of all management level roles within major Fortune 500 companies. Breaking the glass ceiling requires initial corporate strategy, meaningful programs and policies and an awareness of how women lead. Through this keynote we will explore significant entrepreneurial and/or corporate examples of women in leadership and strategies for engagement and advancement.

  • ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    More than 90% of the US Economy is comprised of the contributions of entrepreneurial small business leaders. Through this keynote we will explore common challenges faced by entrepreneurs • strategies to overcome them • as well as key trends and advancements across industry that are helping companies to rapidly scale.

  • THE BOOTSTRAPPING ENTREPRENEUR: HOW TO START A BUSINESS WITH NO INVESTMENT CAPITAL

    Where you may be seeking a traditional business loan or venture investment, access to capital is one of the most difficult challenges faced by entrepreneurs. In this keynote we will discuss strategies for building a business on a budget, using your own capital, and still achieving success. We will also look at examples of highly successful entrepreneurs who have leveraged practices to grow their companies with limited funds, their philosophies and how you can leverage these principles for your own company.

  • MEET THE NEW UNICORNS: UNDERSTANDING CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINORITY WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS A

    African American women represent 56.9% of all Black-owned businesses in the US. They also saw a 322% increase in total number of firms from 2007 to 2012. Latina firms saw a 186% growth during this same time period. Making them the fastest growing entrepreneurial segments in the nation. Who are these new ‘unicorns’? What industries are they building businesses in? What opportunities and challenges do they face? This keynote aims to shed light on an oft under-tapped but high potential segment of entrepreneurs: minority women.

  • THINKING LIKE A CEO

    When I was a child I thought like a child… now that I am the CEO I think like a boss. Going from employee to CEO mindset can be a challenge for new entrepreneurs. You are now responsible for every aspect of the business. Every decision you make • or don’t make • has financial implications. Are you thinking like a CEO or an employee? In this session we will discuss how focusing your energy on strategy, growth, partnerships and understanding operations are the most optimal uses of your time as head of household.

Natalie Cofield Speaker Videos

  • Women's History Month: Assistant Administrator Natalie Cofield
    Assistant Administrator for the Office of Women's Business Ownership Natalie Cofield talks about Women's Business Centers and other resources to help women entrepreneurs to start, grow, and expand...
    Walker's Legacy Latinx Women Entrepreneurs Summit
    This Session Features: Natalie Madeira Cofield, Founder & CEO, Walker's Legacy.
  • NWC Intentional Conversation with Dr. Nika White and Natalie Cofield
    Recording of the Intentional Conversation from May 2, 2020 with Natalie Cofield discussing minority business growth strategies, especially ...
    Power Boost: Capitalizing Underrepresented Techpreneurs - YouTube
    Natalie Cofield, Founder and CEO, Walker's Legacy - Christopher Gray, Founder and CEO, Scholly - Jessica Norwood, Founder, The Runway ...
  • CEO of Urban Co-Lab Natalie Madeira Cofield Speaks About the ...
    1. As the Founder and CEO of Urban Co-Lab, Natalie Madeira Cofield and her team believe that if you empower communities through ...

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