“I believe I have been successful in helping others to develop and expand their dreams because I know what it is like to be a part of the media, an engineer, and on the other side of working side-by-side with teams at large corporations, retailers and nonprofits. These experiences have truly helped me to bring the best possible skills to our clients. I’m passionate about the success of others; it’s my purpose and my joy.”
– Ebony Vaz
Ebony Vaz is the Founder and CEO of Above Promotions, a marketing technology, and public relations company in the Tampa, FL area. She is also the author of “Because You’re Small: Effective Marketing Strategies for Immediate Implementation” and a marketing instructor.
Ebony interweaves her engineering background and government research with her public relations and marketing expertise to help implement science and technology into storytelling for public awareness campaigns, growth strategies, new products, and in-person events.
For over 15 years and 100+ brands, she has worked on campaigns for AT&T, AAA, AOL, Cold Stone Creamery, and Verizon Wireless to smaller national and international organizations and public-funded organizations, like the University of South Florida. She has brought her depth of knowledge to campaigns and projects with budgets ranging from four to seven figures leading clients to increased revenue and higher returns on investments. She has been successful in helping create compelling messaging, engaging, fresh stories, and increased leads for organizations. She also positively affects internal teams and processes, leaving clients with a healthy and high-performance work environment.
As a diversity and tech contributing writer and speaker, Ebony has educated those in business worldwide with her insights and is well-respected in her field. She was featured on MSNBC.com, Food and Wine, Social Media Today, Food Fanatics, BizBash, AdWeek, PR Daily, Yahoo.com, the Retail Customer Experience, Business 2 Community, NewsOne.com, and other publications and panels. Awarded as one of the Top 50 Black Marketers on the Rise by AAMA, she is frequently invited to speak on emerging technology for marketing and public relations strategies, crisis communication issues, emphasizing cybersecurity, consumer psychology, research, marketing trends, startup ecosystems, and STEM and diversity. Ebony leads colleagues across the U.S. through online groups focused on crisis communication topics and creative services for the business community.
She continuously gives back to her local community as the Founder of A Few Creatives, Board Director for InfraGard Tampa Bay, Impact Board Member for Synapse Florida, serves on the Pasco EDC Global Coalition Committee, Advisor for Pasco County Career & Technical Education, USF College of Education Cybersecurity Advisory Board member, Soaring Cities Advisory Committee, Small Business Development Center Expert Consultant, Tampa Bay Smart Cities Alliance member and a member of the Tampa Bay Organization of Women in International Trade.
Ebony is a graduate of Goldman Sachs One Million Black Women Black in Business Cohort One, Venture Deals Kauffman Fellows Academy, and Techstars participant and judges startup pitch competitions throughout the year.
Keep up with Ebony’s column on diversity and tech for Moguldom.com here.
“I love hearing her speak! Ebony is a professional, intelligent and knowledgeable speaker. She knows her stuff and she is able to explain it in a way that is engaging and interesting.” – Andrea Parker, eXp Realty
Topics for Workshops, Training, Panels, Interviews and Fireside Chats:
- Emerging Technology - Computer Vision, Virtual and Augmented Reality, and Machine Learning
- Crisis Communications for Cyber Security Incidents
- Consumer Psychology and Research
- Marketing Technology, Analytics and Trends
- Startup Ecosystem
- STEM and Diversity