Beyond the Ball was founded in 2019 by Erica Molett – mom of two teen boys and serial entrepreneur, based in Dallas, TX. Inspired by her own son’s love affair with basketball and science, Erica was determined to prepare him, and other boys of color, for success beyond the game through STEM, career exploration and sports.
Throughout her 15 year career in finance, local government and workforce development, Erica gained national recognition from the Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Texas State Senate, and the White House. Former Assistant Secretary of the DOL, Bill Spriggs, stated, “Erica is one of the nation’s leaders in integrating dollars across federal agencies with local programming.” Erica found her passion in aligning the interests of the public and private sectors to support the sustainable growth of cities, underserved communities, and the business community.
As Erica transitioned into entrepreneurship in 2017, her mission was simple – leverage the passions of today’s youth to prepare them for the innovative jobs of the future. She has tackled this goal at the institutional level through Expansion Solutions Consulting, within communities through Beyond the Ball, and within gaming and entertainment through her edtech startup Kandake Tech. Through her companies, Erica has garnered collaboration and support from companies including Nike, Jordan Brand, Converse, Warner Bros, Microsoft, FaZe Clan, Epic Games, NBA, Dallas Mavericks and many more.
Erica holds a BBA in Finance from Texas Southern University, is a Certified Economic Development Financial Professional, and pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.