Antwanye E. Ford is President & Chief Executive Officer of Enlightened, Inc., a leading Information Technology and Management Consulting firm founded in 1999. Enlightened serves federal, state, and local government agencies, and provides cyber security, software development and integration, management consulting and business process outsourcing services. As co-founder of Enlightened, Antwanye has led the Company’s growth from a start-up business to a diverse organization with over 200 employees. He continually leads the Company’s corporate vision, strategic planning, and innovation efforts.
Prior to Enlightened, Antwanye served as Director of Applications Support for INTELSAT, leading the business unit’s development of applications, consulting projects and document management infrastructure. He served as a Development Project Manager at MCI where he was responsible for the design, build and delivery of systems that invoiced over $20M per month, and as Product Manager for the Company’s Flagship Friends and Family product.
Antwanye Ford is the Vice Chair of the US Black Chambers, Inc. and Board Chair of the District of Columbia Workforce Investment Council (WIC). In March 2019, Antwanye was appointed to the Board of the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) and serves as a founder and the President of The Greater Washington Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (“GWBCC”). Antwanye also serves the Board Chair of the – CyberSecurity Education & Research Center at Howard University.
An advocate for community investment, youth mentorship and corporate philanthropy, Antwanye’s personal philosophy is “To whom much is given, much is required”. He spends much of his personal time mentoring youth and overseeing the management of a robust and award-winning internship program at Enlightened. He has authored several chapters in business books on leadership and life’s challenges.
A native Washingtonian, Antwanye earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Information Systems Technology from The George Washington University with honors. In June 2019, he obtained a MS., Divinity, Lancaster Bible College, June 2019 (Summa Cum Laude).