Our mission is to address mental health and professional development needs for Black and Brown Men in Tech.
The Icon Project was founded in 2019 by entrepreneur Wayne Sutton. Wayne experienced the benefits of therapy and professional development coaches while living through his own challenges of depression, anxiety, and imposter syndrome as a Black man working in tech. These experiences led him to advocate for mental health awareness, as today humans worldwide – especially Black and Brown men – are experiencing a mental health crisis. In response, Wayne launched the Icon Project.
The Icon Project consists of the following efforts: A mutual aid fund to access mental health services through our partner networks, a fellows program launching this fall, along with storytelling and community networking opportunities.
Ariyah Chambers April
Director of Marketing
Finance & Operations Analyst
Director of Engineering
Partner at Touchlab
Co-Founder and COO at Studio HQ.
Coach-in-Residence at High Output
Founder & Principal at Founder Mental Wealth
Maurice Wilkins Jr.
Director, Inclusion and Diversity at Fastly
Director, The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health & Founder & Host, Going Digital: Behavioral Health Tech
Melinda Briana Epler
CEO & Co-Founder Change Catalyst
Strategic Partnerships, Community & Startup Engagement at Equinix.