Kalimah Priforce runs Qeyno Labs, which works with local partners and schools to bring technology-enabled career discovery into under-served classrooms using game-like rewards and mentorship from real-life professionals. Qeyno focuses on making “career day” an every day experience for the millions of students that can’t afford private college and career guidance.
He is passionate about innovation that transforms children’s lives in and outside the classroom. At 8 years old, he held a successful hunger strike against his Bedford-Stuyvesant group home to add more books to its library. At 14, a chance meeting with Dr. Lorraine Monroe, a world-class educator in Harlem NY, sowed the seeds of his dream to be an innovator. Starting his first computer company at 17, it wasn’t until October 1st, 2000, when his 18 year old younger brother was shot and killed behind their childhood elementary school that he formed a lifelong commitment to transforming education for under-served kids.
For the past twelve years, Kalimah’s progressive and inclusive “our kids, our future” approach to youth development has stood at the intersection of technology, equity, and the classroom, and has made him a favorite among K-12 youth, parents, teachers, technologists, and private to public partnerships as a highly regarded speaker and presenter.
He recently co-founded the Pitch Mixer Entrepreneur Forum that provides a platform for under-represented innovators to pitch their startups to an open forum of peers and experts and is based in the San Francisco East Bay Area.
He has held several key positions in the non-profit and corporate world before venturing on his own at 22 when he co-founded the Thurgood Marshall Club of America, a youth-led startup between the Gallup Organization, the CUNY Institute for Virtual Enterprise, and the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund that focused primarily on student capacity-building through leadership incubator programs.
He holds a CUNY BA degree in Global Business Strategy & Urban Youth Studies that has included coursework from Shanghai University, Universita per Stranieiri, and University of Oxford.