• AAFF SPONSORS

      Our next African American Footwear Forum event:

      Saturday, August 10, 2019 // Portland Art Museum // 1119 SW Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon

       

      Keynote speaker Bobbito Garcia is an award-winning filmmaker and freelance creative who has put an indelible footprint on multiple urban movements. Join us for:

      • Unlocking The Industry // 12:00 – 4:00 pm
      • The Footwear Forum // 6:00 – 9:00 pm
      • AAFF Mixer // 9:00 – 11:30 pm

      * View Detailed Agenda HERE *

      REGISTER FOR THE AUGUST 2019 AAFF EVENT NOW

       

      Preferred Event Hotel: The Hoxton // 15 NW 4th Ave, Portland, Oregon // 15% off Discount Code is KICKIT

       

      The AAFF enhances access, education, and awareness for African Americans who are seeking opportunities to influence, lead, and impact the global footwear industry and consumer culture. Join brands, passionate industry professionals, representatives from historically black colleges and universities, athletes, entrepreneurs, and influencers for periodic events exploring and celebrating how diversity drives innovation and creativity drives global competitiveness. "Unlocking the Industry" provides insights into career pathways for aspiring professionals by highlighting the journeys of prominent leaders within the footwear industry.

    • Who Attends Our Events?

      Brands

      Industry

      HBCUs

      Athletes

      Entrepreneurs

      Influencers

    • About the African American Footwear Forum

      Our August 2019 Forum & Celebration invites footwear industry professionals and supporters to share stories and ideas and to create a dialog around the influence, leadership, and passion provided by African Americans in the global footwear industry. We will explore ways to collaboratively establish industry goals in the development of African American talent at all levels.

       

      Surrounding the Forum are additional events including a Career Day networking opportunity that gives an inside look into the various roles and career opportunities within the footwear industry, an organized ice breaker enabling AAFF attendees to break barriers between brands, and Connecting Conversations for footwear brands to share concerns and solutions to help shape the conversation while bridging the gaps across the industry.

       

      REGISTER FOR THE AUGUST 2019 AAFF EVENT NOW

    • Media

      African American Footwear Forum news and podcast series

      Your Diversity Is ‘Your Secret Weapon’ — and Other Powerful Advice From the First-Ever African American Footwear Forum

      In what has been cast as an unprecedented moment for the footwear industry, dozens of African-American professionals from across the shoe sector convened at Howard University in Washington, D.C., for the inaugural African American Footwear Forum. read more

      FN’s Black History Month Spotlight

      Jasmine Pendergrass of FDRA Is the Marketing Director of Footwear’s Most Influential Trade Organization. She talks about getting her foot in the door — and staying in. read more

      African American Footwear Series Podcast Episode #143

      In the first installment of Shoe-In Show’s African American Footwear Series, footwear designer extraordinaire and PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy founder D’Wayne Edwards walks Matt, Andy and Jasmine through his inspiring story from his younger days as a kid from Inglewood to the peak of his career at NIKE to the launch of PENSOLE in Portland. D’Wayne is just getting started as he works to provide greater opportunity for youth and speaks out on the need to drive diversity within the footwear industry. listen now

      African American Footwear Series Podcast Episode #144

      In the second installment of Shoe-In Show’s African American Footwear Series, footwear designer extraordinaire and PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy founder D’Wayne Edwards is back to continue exploring effective ways to drive diversity throughout the footwear industry. listen now

      African American Footwear Series Podcast Episode #145

      Shoe-In Show’s African American Footwear Series continues with Geoff Green, Vice President of Talent Acquisition at Foot Locker. Geoff shares with Jasmine, Andy and Matt his shoe story and how he got started as a recruiter. Diversity is key in every level of an organization, so listen to hear some of the challenges and strategic ways Foot Locker drives diversity within the company. listen now

      African American Footwear Series Podcast Episode #146

      Ending Shoe-In Show’s African American Footwear Series with Drew Greer, Co-Founder of BRAND I AM. Matt, Andy and Jasmine not only get to hear about Drew’s shoe story, working at some of footwear’s biggest brands but we also get the unfiltered experience of being a black African American male in the footwear industry. This is one you don’t want to miss! listen now

    • Contact Us

      To learn more about the African American Footwear Forum, please contact jpendergrass@fdra.org