Brit brings nationally-recognized leadership experience to organization’s growing national team
Walker’s Legacy, the most prominent digital platform for professional and enterprising multicultural women, has announced Brit Fitzpatrick as the Managing Director of National Entrepreneurship Programs.
In this capacity, Brit will oversee and expand the organization’s accelerator and entrepreneurship programs and will manage the strategic expansion of regional hubs, special events, and initiatives related to innovation.
“I first connected with Walker’s Legacy in 2014 while building my first business. For the past 13 years, Walker’s Legacy has been a recognized ecosystem leader and thought leader shaping how communities support and grow women of color-led businesses. It’s the ‘Forbes’ for women of color,” she said.
“Our work is paramount to the success of our communities and the broader national ecosystem. Black and brown women are among the fastest growing groups of entrepreneurs in the U.S. Their success will shape the future of our small business and innovation economies,” she adds.
Brit brings her deep experience as an entrepreneur, ecosystem builder, and operator to this role. Most notably, she served as Founder & CEO of MentorMe, a SaaS edtech company. She’s a current Venture Partner at REFASHIOND Ventures, an early-stage venture fund investing in startups shaping the future of a sustainable global supply chain. She’s raised $2.5MM in equity-based and non-dilutive funding through her entrepreneurial ventures. She’s also a former Techstars Entrepreneur in Residence and Black Venture Institute Fellow.
Most recently, she led interim people operations for an accessibility tech startup. There, she created inclusive policies for a fully-remote global team of 23 employees. Before that, she launched and led a regional entrepreneurship hub in the Greater Cincinnati region and helped form an incubator for Black-owned small businesses in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
Brit has spoken on inclusive ecosystem building, the role of network capital in creating equitable entrepreneurial communities, and tech-driven social innovation at more than 30 events and conferences across the U.S. — including INBIA, Dreamforce, TEDx, and White House Demo Day. She’s also been profiled as an entrepreneur and entrepreneurial community builder in national media outlets — including GOOD Magazine, Essence, Inc., Business Insider, and FastCompany.
In 2022, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo appointed Brit to the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (NACIE).