"Individuals are at their best when they identify with a community and communities are only at their best when they identify all of their individuals."
James Felton Keith is an award-winning engineer and economist who was the first Black LGBTQ person to run for US Congress. He lectures at New York University in the Big Ideas Course Series. As an author and activist, his Data Unions redefined the labor movement and personal-data as the natural resource driving all corporate productivity. As an entrepreneur, he established the first international standard certification for corporate diversity & inclusion and the first insurance policy for a lack-of-inclusion based on an "inclusion score".His bio-political philosophy, Inclusionism is at the forefront of Human Rights advocacy and International Relations and each week he hosts the WHCR 90.3 FM radio show, Inclusionism, from NYC.
JFK has incubated the data industry via his founding of The Data Union and Personal Data Week conferences. He and his institutions have either written, consulted on, or influenced all of the global cyber policy during the 2010s. A serial entrepreneur, he has founded multiple companies across the InsurTech FinTech and AdTech sectors. Most notably: Slay TV, Accrue.com, and Cyberfense. His expertise is in the ethnography of technology, or the study of the culture of tech. Over the past 20 years between 4 continents, he has been obsessing about economic inclusion, and how to get equity in the hands of the people who have increasingly less, while the world becomes more productive from their input.
Working between government and business he regularly says “it’s necessary to have the mind of a CEO and the heart of a Social Worker to solve real people's problems”. His career transitioned after founding an LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the "Pride Nights" at the four Big Box American sports franchises: NBA, NHL, MLB, & NFL. James has been appointed to the cabinet of Elected Officials, taken over for and advised CEOs, Academics, Governments, and Non-profiteers.
He currently advises boards at Rutgers University, the $DATA crypto network, Black & Latino LGBTQ Coalition, Copenhagen 2021 World Pride, the Democratic National Committee, and is an elected member of the New York County Democratic Committee. JFK advises multiple governments and is a frequent keynote at global venues like the United Nations, Future Tech Congress, Data Protection World Forum, Money 20/20, and Hope Global Forums to name a few. He has been honored as one of the UN's International Young Leaders Assembly members, the United Kingdom’s Technology & Investment Financial Technology Delegation, an IBM Global Entrepreneur, the US Department of Homeland Security, and multiple 40 under 40 or notable notices.