Check out my latest publications, presentations and television/podcast features


Atkins, Asheli S. “Is Gentrification a Detriment to Predominately Black and Latinx Communities: Affirmative.” In Contemporary Debates in Social Justice: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Eds Farrah G. Cambrice and Marco Robinson. Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Atkins, Asheli S. “Black Restaurant Week is a Platform that is Shining Light on Your Soon-To-Be Favorite Black Eateries.Blavity.                                      

Atkins, Asheli S. “Fenty Beauty to Supa Cent’s Crayon Case, Black Female Founders are Setting The Trends And Forcing Change.” Blavity.

Atkins, Asheli S. “After Hurricane Harvey, Black Organizations can be a Life Raft for Black-Owned Businesses.” The Texas Tribune.           

Article Features

Beyond slogans: A path forward for Houston’s Black business community. Houston Chronicle.

Meet Asheli Atkins of Houston Black-Owned Businesses. Voyage Houston


Feed the Soul Foundation & Gumbo Social. The Kelly Clarkson Show. 

Cultural Importance of Black Panther. Fox 26 Houston.

Podcast Features

Episode 14. Women Acquiring Assets.

Episode 89. Startup Masters.

Young, Black, & Ambitious. Soulfilling Podcast.

About Her Black Businesses. Blk In Grad School.

In the Pursuit of Higher Education. Networking with Michelle.

Academic Conference Presentations

Southern Sociological Society . “The Unbearable Lightness of Teaching: Navigating Course Prep, Personal Research, and Student Support as Graduate Students & Women of Color.” Jacksonville, FL  2020

Southern Sociological Society. “Black-Ownership Identity: Altering the Public’s Knowledge Through the Construction of Organizational Strategies.” Atlanta, GA  2019

Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference. “Black-Owned: Organizational Strategies for Current Black Entrepreneurs.” Charlotte, NC  2018

Texas A&M University Sociology Colloquium. “African American Entrepreneurs & Organizational Strategies.” 2017

Public Presentations

Panelist, Aroma National Culinary Conference, Black Restaurant Weeks, LLC. Virtual (October) 2020

Speaker, National Association of Real Estate Brokers, The Sociology of Homeownership. Virtual (April) 2020

Speaker, National Association of Black Accountants & Emancipation Park Conservancy, Bridge the Gap Webinar. Virtual (April) 2020

Presenter, Greater Houston Black Chamber, 85th Annual Meeting & 3rd Edition of Buy Black Kickoff. Houston, TX (January) 2020

Speaker, Women’s Inflection Point, It’s Me Time Conference. Las Vegas (November) 2019

Speaker, Emerging 100 Houston, Youth Entrepreneurship Symposium: Generational Hustle. Houston, TX (May) 2019

Speaker, Women’s Inflection Point, It’s Me Time Conference. Houston, TX (April) 2019

Speaker, Dallas Fort Worth Urban League of Young Professionals, Leadership & Development Conference. “Self-Actualization & Entrepreneurship”. Dallas, TX (March) 2019

Keynote Speaker, Dallas Fort Worth Urban League of Young Professionals, 2019 Leadership & Development Conference Kickoff. “Strategies for Black-Owned Businesses.” Dallas, TX (February) 2019

Speaker, Cubicles to Cocktails, Money Talks: Black Women’s Equal Pay Day Seminar. Houston, TX (August) 2018

Keynote Speaker, Texas A&M Mosaic Flowers: Student Organization. Annual End of Year Program “Brutally Soft: Black Women in PWI.” College Station, TX (May) 2018

Speaker, Lone Star Community College, Black Student Union. “African American Entrepreneurship & Buying Black Seminar.” Cypress, TX (February) 2017

Panelist, The Collective Generational Mentoring Foundation. Annual Conference. “Mentoring Master Class Panel.” Houston, TX (July) 2016