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A Look Back

Follow the evolution of Black Diamond Weekend and the incredible speakers,
experiences, connections, and impact we've fostered through the years. 
Year SEVEN | 2022


Diamond University: (MBA) Make Business Amazing!


  • Over 50 Classes with 5 different tracks in addition to a Pitch Competition

  • Over 400 attendees attended BDW 

  • Featured Celebrity speakers Kim Coles and Palmer Williams Jr.

  • Featuring Nicky Saunders, Black Wealth Renaissance, The Fuzz Band, DJ Mad Skillz and Dj Scandalez.

Keynote Speaker

Kim Coles, Palmer Williams Jr, and  Micah Bam Bamm White delivered an engaging fireside chat sharing an inside look at what it means to build and sustain profitable businesses. 

Year SIX | 2021


Diamond University: It's A Different World Powered by Dominion Energy


  • Over 30 Classes with 3 different tracks in addition to a bonus Tech Track

  • Over 400 attendees attended BDW as a hybrid event for the first time

  • Featured Celebrity Guests Daryl Bell and Tempest Bledsoe

Keynote Speaker

Angel Rich delivered an inspired keynote complete with golden tips on building wealth with purpose and perseverance. 

Year Five | 2020


Pressure Makes Diamonds: Sparkle. Fire. Brilliance powered by Cox Communications


  • 26 Classes with 3 different tracks

  • Over 400 attendees attended virtually for the first time

  • Fashion Show at Norfolk City Zoo

Keynote Speaker

Les Brown delivered a riveting keynote on how to leverage the power of our stories. 

Year Four | 2019