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Everette Taylor to Deliver 2019 Shaw University Commencement Address

Raleigh, NC – April 15, 2019 – Serial entrepreneur, marketing executive, and public speaker Everette Taylor will serve as the keynote speaker for Shaw University’s 2019 Spring Commencement exercises, to be held at the Red Hat Amphitheater in downtown Raleigh, on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.

Taylor’s entrepreneurial journey began at the age of 19 when he started an event marketing technology company EZ Events which he successfully sold 2 years later. Since then, Taylor has become a leader in the world of entrepreneurship and marketing, building several multi-million dollar brands all before the age of 30.

As CEO of ET Enterprises, Taylor oversees a diverse portfolio of companies that include PopSocial, MilliSense, ArtX, Southside Fund, Hayver, and GrowthHackers. He helped lead successful acquisitions of both Qualaroo (acquired by Xenon Ventures) and Skurt (acquired by Fair), oversaw growth for new mobile apps for Microsoft China, and led e-commerce company Sticker Mule to unprecedented growth as their youngest executive ever.

“We are looking forward to Mr. Taylor’s address, as his example of resilience, vision, and seizing opportunities will inspire everyone, regardless of age or circumstance. He is truly an American success story,” said Shaw University President Dr. Paulette R. Dillard.

Taylor has been called a “marketing genius” by Forbes, a “marketing star” by Fortune Magazine, and “an innovator who’s changing the consumer marketing game” by Black Enterprise. Most recently he was named one of the “100 Most Influential African-Americans” by The Root and Forbes 30 Under 30.

ABOUT SHAW:  Shaw University, located in North Carolina’s vibrant Downtown Raleigh, was founded in 1865 and is the first historically black institution of higher education in the Southern United States. Shaw’s mission is to advance knowledge, facilitate student learning and achievement, enhance the spiritual and ethical values of its students, and transform a diverse community of learners into future global leaders. Learn more at www.shawu.edu.

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