Headshot of Wayne Sutton, a bald Black man with a trimmed goatee, glasses, and a charcoal button-down looking at the camera with a white background
Co-Founder & Advisor, Empovia

Wayne Sutton


About Wayne

Wayne Sutton is a serial entrepreneur and founder of the Icon Project (501c3 non-profit) and the co-founder of Empovia (formerly Change Catalyst). Wayne’s experience includes years of establishing partnerships with large brands to early-stage startups. As a leading voice in diversity and inclusion in tech, Wayne has been featured in TechCrunch, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. In addition to mentoring and advising entrepreneurs, Wayne’s life goal is to advocate for the awareness of humans to address their mental health.

Wayne is a past TED attendee in 2012. With a passion for education and storytelling, Wayne has spoken at several universities and major internet and technology-focused conferences such as Stanford, UC Berkeley, Duke, UNC, NC State, TEDx, World Wide Web(WWW) Conference, O’Reilly Web 2.0 Expo, South By Southwest (SXSW), DockerCon 2015 and for the U.S. Embassy Jamaica during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015.