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Tawana Bain

Tawana Bain is an entrepreneur on the move known for the growing and thriving Derby Diversity Week, The minority and gender inclusive meeting/celebration designed to open up Derby Season in Louisville for everyone. It's a business conference by day and series of festival experiences by night, held during the week leading into Derby Day-the first Saturday in May. With a goal to attract 600 attendees daily at the Kentucky International Convention Center and over 1000 at night at various event locations, DDW is a unique experience that offers individuals and companies the opportunity to showcase and connect to grow awareness around diversity and establish equity for all. Tawana is perhaps equally recognized as owner of Black Jockeys Lounge, an elevated Louisville Restaurant, rich in history named to honor the forgotten original Black riders in the early Derby races, and as the founder of GEDDI, a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation seeking donations to afford its fund development arm the ability to make grants to nonprofit and for-profit recipients focused on building economic wealth for the Black community. GEDDI began operations in August 2020 and is continuing to build its capacity to become the leader in funding Black business development. The foundation is 100% Black-founded and predominantly Black-led.