Education
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Darlisa Diltz

Hardworking, Entrepreneurial, Energetic, Passionate, Ethical, and Creative are just a few words to describe me. I take pride in delivering effective strategies with regard to business development, strategic planning, and Entrepreneurial growth. I am dedicated to rendering effective outcomes and helping individuals reach their desired goals. I am seasoned in areas of leadership, stewardship, and guidance to all those of whose path I cross. Building solid relationships and impacting change is what I do best.

Retail
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Matt Alexander

Matt is the co-founder and CEO of Neighborhood Goods.In his spare time, amongst other things, Matt is co-founder of not-for-profit retail concept, Unbranded, co-host of Bonanza! on Relay FM, a member of SMU’s Dedman Executive Board, and advisor to a number of startups and accelerators.Matt has been fortunate to be named as one of Monocle’s Top 25 Entrepreneurs, D CEO’s Most Influential Leaders, FGI’s Rising Stars, PaperCity’s New Establishment, and more. Meanwhile, Neighborhood Goods has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, Chain Store Age’s Breakout Retailers, IAB’s Top 250 brands, and more.Born and raised in London, Matt now resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife, Emily, son, Aidan, and dog, Bob.

AI & Automation
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Thomas Bispham

Thomas was the CEO of Virtual Control, which he co-founded in 2017 – a Hong Kong based startup with the mission to solve real world problems in the supply chain and compliance world by integrating AI and machine learning applications seamlessly into existing workflows. In Q1 2022, Virtual Control’s test lab business was acquired by Agilent Technologies, a market leading manufacturer of laboratory test equipment, and where Thomas currently serves as the Associate Vice President, Analytical AI/Machine Learning. Agilent provides a unique platform to launch new AI solutions that will interact with a wide spectrum of industries from biotech, life sciences, and pharma to oil & gas, specialty chemicals, and even cannabis and environmental testing. Prior to founding Virtual Control, Thomas was the Head of Strategic Market Development for Bureau Veritas, Consumer Products & Automotive Division based in Hong Kong and has spent most of his career working in Asia in various roles with a focus on commercialization. Thomas got his start in supply chain and factory management and has worked with products in range from furniture and home décor, to motorized medical products and read out integrated circuits for the US Army. Although born in New York City, Thomas grew up in Hong Kong before getting his BA from the University of Pennsylvania. Thomas has recently moved to Austin, TX and is excited to be part of the Texas startup community!  

Coding
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Jimmy Ouyang

Jimmy Ouyang leads product development and operations for KINTO US, Toyota’s mobility brand.  Jimmy joined to KINTO in early 2020, where he guided the team through the onset of COVID, major product changes, and rapid growth. In his 9 years at Toyota, Jimmy has held various roles in project management, process improvement, robotics automation, and startup incubation.

Jimmy grew up in Georgia and studied finance at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He started his career at Capital One as a Project Manager, where he led strategic call center initiatives. In 2010, he moved across the country to Los Angeles to pursue his MBA at UCLA. After graduation, Jimmy served as a consultant for Point B, was staffed at Toyota, and became a Toyota Team Member 2 years later.   

Disrupt Dallas
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Candace Sweat

Candace Sweat is a North Texas native who joined the NBC 5 team in April 2019 as a general assignment reporter. She focuses largely on telling stories in the City of Dallas and Dallas County.

Her love for storytelling has taken her to Florida, Alabama and North Carolina before returning home. Over the last decade, Candace covered a range of big, breaking news stories, including Hurricane Florence, the Charlottesville protests, and the toppling of Confederate monument “Silent Sam” at the University of North Carolina. 

Candace is the recipient of numerous awards from the Associated Press and the Radio Television and Digital News Association. In 2017, she was part of a team of journalists that received the National Association of Broadcasters “Service to Community Award” for the documentary “Black and Blue,” which explored the relationship between local law enforcement and black communities.

Candace earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a graduate degree from Florida State University.

As a self-proclaimed “adventurer,” Candace is always looking for enriching experiences, delicious food and interesting people in her community.

Franchising
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Zak Wallace

Zak Wallace is an Atlanta native and restaurateur with roots in the music industry. He is committed to improving the plague of illnesses and lack of exposure to information within the Black community. He turned his passion for health, family, and philanthropy into the Local Green Atlanta food truck. Now with a brick-and-mortar restaurant, and food truck at Walt Disney World Resorts, Local Green provides fresh and flavorful cuisine to underserved, minority-dominated areas.

Zak, a married father of four, enjoys being able to serve and educate his community while maintaining a commitment to tasty food.

Corporate Startup Innovation
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David Kang

Head of Data Insights at Capital One, advancing machine learning capabilities. Credit Officer. Former Marketing, Credit, Product lead. Prior experience as consultant to the commercial air travel, hospitality, and logistics industries, with focus in digital, pricing, and distribution strategy; turnarounds; sales stimulation; cost reduction; M&A due diligence; and merger management.

Corporate Startup Innovation
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Trey Bowles

Trey Bowles is currently the Managing Director of Techstars Physical Health Fort Worth. Trey is also the CoFounder and President of InnoCity Partners LLC, a boutique consulting firm focused on supporting cities/municipalities, corporations, and innovators working to develop innovative solutions for their communities that support and create the best place for their citizens to live, work, and play. Trey cofounded and is now the Executive Chairman of the Dallas Entrepreneur (DEC) Center where he recently stepped out of his role as CEO. Bowles cofounded and launched the Dallas Innovation Alliance, a public partnership to develop a Smart Cities initiative for the City of Dallas. Bowles is cofounder and Chairman of the Mayor’s Star Council which is created with City of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to engage culturally diverse and civically minded group of young professions to make impact on the city. Trey launched an entrepreneurship department at SMU in the Meadows School of Arts where he still serves as an adjunct professor and most recently Bowles helped relaunch the next stage of the Startup America Partnership as the Startup Champions Network. SCN is national network of professional ecosystem builders working together to support entrepreneurs in their local regions. Most recently Bowles was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) as a special government employee by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. Bowles, a serial entrepreneur, having built numerous organizations in both the for-profit and non-profit space, lives in Dallas, TX with his bride and three kids.

Corporate Startup Innovation
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Marissa Horne

Marissa Horne

VP, Financial Services, Technology Strategy & Governance

As the Vice President of the Financial Services Technology Strategy and Governance organization, Marissa’s responsibilities include the Cyber, Tech, Data and Risk program; the Risk Operations & Control team; all technology operations, governance, labor strategy, employee engagement, learning and development and communications. Marissa is also the Accountable Executive for Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging and the DFW Voices business resource group. Additionally, Marissa serves as a Strategic Advisor for the enterprise Blacks in Tech business resource group.

Before joining Capital One, Marissa spent almost a decade at a large aviation company leading teams in a wide range of areas, including technology leadership, human capital, financial management and strategy development. Marissa oversaw all employee-facing HR systems and played a key leadership role in improving the company’s end-to-end recruitment process in order to diversify the candidate pipeline across all job levels.Marissa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Amherst College and an MBA from Harvard University. Additionally, Marissa is engaged in many civic activities throughout the Dallas area. She serves on the Board of the Dallas Arboretum as well as the Center for BrainHealth. Marissa was also instrumental in the 2012 launch of the Dallas Chapter of The Links STEAM Academy, a non-profit organization that is focused on increasing interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and math among middle- and high-school girls. Marissa received the Dallas Business Journal’s 2022 Women in Tech Award, Texas Women’s Foundation Young Leader Award, was recognized as a 40 Under 40 Honoree by the Dallas Business Journal, and was named a Top STEM Influencer by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).