Shaw University is excited to welcome Everette Taylor as the 2019 Spring Commencement keynote speaker.  Taylor has gained success as a serial entrepreneur, marketing executive, and public speaker.  The speech will take place on May 11th at the Red Hat Amphitheater in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina at 9:00 am.

Taylor’s entrepreneurial journey began at the age of 19 when he started an event marketing technology company EZ Events which he successfully sold 2 years later. Since then, Taylor has become a leader in the world of entrepreneurship and marketing, building several multi-million dollar brands all before the age of 30. As CEO of ET Enterprises, Taylor oversees a diverse portfolio of companies that include PopSocial, MilliSense, ArtX, Southside Fund, Hayver, and GrowthHackers. He helped lead successful acquisitions of both Qualaroo (acquired by Xenon Ventures) and Skurt (acquired by Fair), oversaw growth for new mobile apps for Microsoft China, and led e-commerce company Sticker Mule to unprecedented growth as their youngest executive ever.

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“We are looking forward to Mr. Taylor’s address, as his example of resilience, vision, and seizing opportunities will inspire everyone, regardless of age or circumstance. He is truly an American success story,” said Shaw University President Dr. Paulette R. Dillard.

Taylor has been called a “marketing genius” by Forbes, a “marketing star” by Fortune Magazine, and “an innovator who’s changing the consumer marketing game” by Black Enterprise. Most recently he was named one of the “100 Most Influential African-Americans” by The Root and Forbes 30 Under 30.