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CASEY ARIEL'S BIO

Eradicating Barriers.

Casey Ariel Thobias is a published author, tech founder, and management consultant who advances Black women entrepreneurs. Casey spent a decade in finance with Bank of America, where she was Vice President managing a $20Bn portfolio of term and intraday credit exposures for pre-IPO, middle-market, and large corporate technology clients.

Even before embarking on entrepreneurship, Casey was passionate about creating + holding space for Black and Brown minorities who are too often overlooked and underserved. She won the Bank of America 2019 Global Diversity & Inclusion Award, served as the Communications Chair of the Northern California Black Professional Group, was a Council Member on the Global D&I Council for the Wholesale Credit organization while at Bank of America. Within the Silicon Valley community, Casey coached Black and Latinx Employee Resource Group (ERG) leaders on “Gaining and Maximizing Executive Sponsorship.”  

In the wake of the global cry for racial equity and systemic justice during the second half of 2020, Casey left Corporate America. She'd grown tired of the absence of Black women on deal teams and on the receiving end of capital distribution. In December 2020, she created Blaze  Group to bring familiarity to pathways of economic success for Black women. BLAZE means Building Leaders and Accepting Zero excuses. It is a tech company that creates worlds of ease for Black women entrepreneurs, aiding them in becoming as limitless as they feel. 

 

Casey is the author of Pain Unseen: The Truths That Lie Beneath My Strength, a beautifully raw memoir that aims to break the cycle of silent suffering. Her book is available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook on Amazon, iTunes, and Audible. 

Casey graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina Honors College with a major in Corporate Finance. A native of Gadsden, SC, she now resides in Nairobi, Kenya.

 

Press: 2023 Webby Awards HonoreePodia2022 Webby Awards Honoree | Pretty Women Hustle |  Shoutout Atlanta | USC Magazine | Blaze Group

HIRE ME TO SPEAK

FIRESIDE CHATS

I love vulnerable conversations about navigating entrepreneurship as a Black woman, excelling with mental health challenges, and overcoming obstacles.

KEYNOTE SPEECHES

Hire me to be the keynote speaker at your next conference, summit, or company event. Attendees are sure to leave supercharged for the road ahead.

WORKSHOPS

I conduct interactive teach-ins with audiences in the areas of business funding, business planning, business automation, leadership development, etc. 

ASK ME ANYTHING (AMA)

A fan favorite! Let's bring fun and engagement to any event by allowing the audience to pick my brain on the fly. 

SPEAKING APPEARANCES

2024

MARCH 20 •  BLAZE: Advancing Women with AI, Women's History Month Series, DC Black MBA Association

MARCH 15 •  Virtual HERStory Alumni Panel for Women's History Month, SC Honors College, University of South Carolina

MARCH 8 •  You're Up Next, Sis: Pull Up and Pitch, International Women's Day Event hosted by BLAZE x Beauty & Brains Organization x DC Black MBA Association

FEBRUARY 26 •  Breaking Barriers: Leveraging AI to Advance Black Women Entrepreneurs, Kiva US

2023

NOVEMBER 25 •  Rebuilding Your Life After Devastating Trauma, Bold Fearless Confidence Podcast

OCTOBER 26 •  Growing Through Vulnerability, Permission to Pivot Podcast

AUGUST 26 •  5th Annual Women's Symposium - Money Management Panel, DC Chapter of the National Black MBA Association

AUGUST 24 •  Secure the Bag: From Home to Retail Webinar Event, Blaze Group & Blk + Grn

JULY 28 •  Raising Capital as a Founder, Hube Know's Best Podcast

JUNE 23 •  Closing Keynote Speech, Blaze Virtual Summit | Summer 2023

MAY 11 •  The Backbone Screening & Discussion: Women Leading from Where They Are, Blaze Group & The Literacy Lab

APRIL 29 •  Georgetown Africa Business Conference 2023 - AgriTech Panel, Georgetown University

MARCH 30 •  Women of Color in Leadership Webinar, The Literacy Lab

MARCH 08 •  International Women's Day Event: The Road Less Traveled, Blaze Group and Beauty & Brains Organization

MARCH 02 •  A Room of One's Own: Featured Authors Panel Discussion, KOFISI, Nairobi, Kenya

FEBRUARY 18 •  Black Honors Caucus Panel, University of South Carolina Honors College, Columbia, South Carolina

FEBRUARY 10 •  The Backbone Documentary Film, Featured Film Character, University of South Carolina

JANUARY 4 •  Blazing Trails for a Global Network, Amplify Ambition Podcast, Hosted by Kristen Edwards

2022

NOVEMBER 29 •  Shades & Layers Podcast: BLAZE, Hosted by Kutloano Skosana Ricci

OCTOBER 26 •  Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging – From Commitments to Action, Wellbeing at Work Summit, South Africa

OCTOBER 18 •  Comma Convos Podcast featuring Casey Richardson, Hosted by Dricka Carter

JUNE 19 •  Closing Keynote Speech, Blaze Virtual Summit | Summer 2022

JUNE 09 •  How Black Women Can Blaze Their Own Path to Freedom, Other the Podcast, Hosted by Raphie Wagner

APRIL 2 •  Radio Interview, Love Da Beat Radio, London, England

APRIL 1 •  In Position to Win with Web 3.0, Table Talk with Tottie Podcast, Hosted by Natasha Weston

MARCH 18 •  International Women's Day Event: Women Making Power Moves, Amazon, Inc.

FEBRUARY 25 •  Sister Circle Forum 2022 | Lunch & Learn, University of Kentucky

FEBRUARY 17 •  Black History Month Series: Black Coaches, Anasa Law Firm

FEBRUARY 2 •  Creator's Corner: Routable with Podia's Most Successful Community Creators, Podia Labs, Inc.

JANUARY 24 •  Stepping into Entrepreneurship Early (Young Teens Discussion), God's Butterfly Effect Nonprofit

JANUARY 06 •  YNG BLK HR Podcast, Hosted by Honest HR Consulting

2021

DECEMBER 30 •  Innovative Ways to Automate Your Business, SIS Table Talk, Sisters Inspire Sisters

DECEMBER 19 •  Misconceptions of Domestic Violence, ABevy + The Choose TRUE Project

DECEMBER 05 •  Closing Keynote Speech, Blaze Virtual Summit | Winter 2021

OCTOBER 12 •  Special Podcast Show Guest, Anamolous Black Woman

JUNE 22 •  Loans & Grants 101 Workshop, Everybody E.A.T.S. Nonprofit

MAY 6 •  Panelist: Beyond Banking – FinTech and AgTech, Tuck School of Business (Dartmouth College)

APRIL 22 •  Feature in AHA! Magazine, published by the University of South Carolina Honors College

MARCH 26 •  PAYG Product w/ Hello Tractor, Wharton Fintech: Africa Trek, Wharton School of Business (University of Pennsylvania)

MARCH 18 •  HERStory Alumni Panel, University of South Carolina Honors College

FEBRUARY 22-28 •  BlackCEO Iconic Conference Keynote + Workshop Facilitator, National Virtual Conference

FEBRUARY 16 •  “Black Women in Business: Blazing Trails” Panel Discussion Moderator, Virtual Event

JANUARY 29 •  Levels of Self-Love by K. Marie, Virtual Broadcast

JANUARY 10 •  Mental Health & Movement Virtual Event, Brooklyn

2020

JULY 14 •  “Black Women Speak: Marginalization within the Margins” Moderator, San Francisco

JUNE 19 •  NorCal & SoCal Juneteenth Celebration Moderator + Singer, Virtual

MARCH 25 •  Bank of America Book Club Debrief, San Francisco

MARCH 15 •  Diva Discussions Book Club Debrief, San Pablo

FEBRUARY 25 •  Brwn Girl Talk Spotlight, Charleston

FEBRUARY 16 •  Book Launch Event, Oakland

2019

DECEMBER 9 •  Bank of America Global Diversity & Inclusion Award Winner, Charlotte Headquarters

OCTOBER 3 •  Bank of America Global Credit Executive Summit, Featured Life Event Panelist, Charlotte

AUGUST 23 •  Our Collective ERG Summit Workshop: Gaining & Maximizing Sponsorship Relationships, San Francisco

JUNE 19 •  Bay Area Juneteenth Celebration Organizer w/ Bank of America, Twitter & Airbnb, San Francisco

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