Friday 9/29


10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Keep the Torch Lit: Leading with Relevance and Cultural Authenticity
As a leader, you're in the position to mentor and create opportunities for those following. Learn not only the "why" of helping the next generation of minority leaders but also the "how" of leaving institutionalized practices that will exist after you're gone.
Panelists: Jesse Tyson, Thomas Savino, Clint Wallace | Moderator: Latifa Lyles
Sponsored by Sanofi

10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Success in a Sharing Economy
Uber… Airbnb… What's next? Utilizing excess capacity is the next great revolution. How can you and your company leverage and engage in this state of sharing economy?  
Panelists: Les Mathews | Moderator: Rich Winley

10:45 am - 12:00 pm
So, You Want to be an an Ex-Pat?
Do you have a desire to work abroad? Then this session is perfect for you. Learn how to position yourself to earn a foreign assignment and how to navigate the complicated compensation packages of ex-pats.
Panelists: Tim May, Usha Pitts | Moderator: Elise Grace

10:45 am - 12:00 pm
How to Retire by 40
You don't have to hit the lottery or sign a large athletic contract to retire by 40. Learn how to invest wisely and make the right decisions to retire early and rich.
Panelists: Lazetta Braxton, P. David Bramble | Moderator: Rob Wilson

10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Getting a Job Offer through Non-Traditional Means
Employers have increasingly high expectations of new hires. Learn how to build the right skills and stand out in the workforce to present yourself in the best possible way for job offers in management and above.
Panelists: Kerry Chandler, Laura Gomez, Ousman Jobe | Moderator: Tevie Monk

10:45 am - 12:00 pm
How to Make Your Side Hustle Your Main Hustle
If you find yourself spending more time on a passion project than your full-time job, maybe it's time to make the switch. Learn how to create a transition plan for being your own boss.
Panelists: Brandon Anderson, Demetria Lucas D'Oyley | Moderator: Tara Reed

12:10 pm – 1:45 pm
Business of Sports
The panelists composed of sports business executives will reflect on their success as well as their failures, lessons learned and moments of triumph. Navigating the twists and turns of their careers, they will discuss the next-level adjustments needed to succeed in the business of sports.
Panelists: Mark O’Brien, Keisha Taylor, Dr. Kenneth Shropshire, Lara Price
Moderator: Kevin Blackistone - ESPN Commentator

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Leadership in a Difficult Climate
The past year has seen an increase in the hostility towards minorities, both here and abroad. How can a minority professional be an effective leader in this hostile climate?
Panelists: Dr. Miguel Quinones, LaKerri Jackson | Moderator: Symone Sanders

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
BRIC: Capitalizing on Burgeoning Markets
Brazil, Russia, India and China (i.e., BRIC) will by 2050, become the world's dominant suppliers and users of manufactured goods and services. It's time to capitalize! Learn the ins and outs of becoming a BRIC player.
Panelists: Dr. Brent Smith

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Mastering the Career Pivot
New employees will have more than 21 jobs in their life. Just about everyone will have to go through career changes at some point in their life. Learn how to repurpose your career no matter your age.
Panelists: TBA | Moderator: TBA

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
The Art of Negotiating
From getting a higher salary to managing high stakes partner relationships, negotiating is a key part of a person’s successful business repertoire. But negotiating is as much art as science. Learn the tricks of an effective negotiator.
Panelists: Keith Millner

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Embracing Intrapreneurship
Intrapreneurship is the act of behaving like an entrepreneur while working within a large organization. The workplace can always benefit from intrapreneurs and their innovative ideas. This session will provide strategies on how to embrace this process in your organization.
Panelists: Beth Brady, Dr. William Pickard, Jamila Payne, John Kirk | Moderator: Erica Dotson Bennett

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Am I My Sister’s Keeper?
Diversity has taken center stage around Women, but women of color aren’t being elevated at the same rates. Is there enough discussion around the challenges experienced by women of color or enough focus on building the right sponsorship and pathways for women of color to succeed in today’s climate?  Am I my sister’s keeper?
Sponsored by Bank of America


Conference Schedule


Wednesday 9/27

Thursday 9/28

Friday 9/29