Thursday 9/28

11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Meet the Experts


Meet the Experts: Navigating the New Way of Working
Navigating the New Way of Working
Sponsored by Pitney Bowes


Meet the Experts: Work Full of Life – Where Innovation and Service Intersect
Hear a panel of representatives from Chick-fil-A who represent both Corporate Staff and Franchisees, discuss their decision to join Chick-fil-A, and how they are able to enjoy life by fulfilling their business goals and their passion to serve their community… at the same time.
Moderator: Oscar Shepard, Senior Regional Director of the Southeast Region, Chick-fil-A
Panelists: Brandon Gibson, Operator, Chick-fil-A, Frieda Marroquin, Gina Tucker, Felipe Vega
Sponsored by Chick-fil-A


Meet the Experts: The Elephant in the Room – The Courageous Yet Uncomfortable Conversation
It’s not easy or comfortable for most of us to talk about our differences but it’s something we should not avoid. If we are to make any progress on this national issue, we must talk about it openly. As “the keeper of the conscience” for diversity & inclusion, we have a particular responsibility and a unique opportunity to be courageous in leading the conversation. Join us for a frank open conversation.
Panelists: Tim Atwell, Maurice Coleman, Ayanna Stephen
Sponsored by Bank of America


Meet the Experts: Leading with Heart: Delivering Innovation that Improves Lives
CVS Health is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health. A commitment to innovation is one way we’re putting our purpose into action. Another is by attending the NBMBAA conference to recruit talented, creative and driven professionals with a passion for improving lives. Bring your ingenuity to CVS Health and help us change the face of health care.
Moderator: Becky A. Davis
Panelists: David Casey, Casey Leonetti, Emmanuel Kolady, June Young
Sponsored by CVS Health


Meet the Experts: A C-Suite Master Class: Lessons in Leadership
Ever wondered what it takes to successfully climb the ranks of a Fortune 68 corporation? Is performance by itself enough? Or, what is it that differentiates the good from the great?
Panelists: Brad Davis, Mia Hairston, Ramon Jones, Gale V. King
Sponsored by Nationwide


Meet the Experts: Passion, Pivot, Perform: Break Out and Break In
What if you start out in one successful arena – and an unforeseen change causes you to pivot and start a new journey? Instead of feeling overwhelmed, find a renewed optimism.
Sponsored by Northwestern Mutual


2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Risk vs. Reward: High Stakes Decision Making
Correctly assessing the risk/reward relationship is critical to favorable business outcomes. The impact of this evaluation process is highlighted at the poker tournament table - where every decision is made in the context of the expected value of return. Learn how lessons from the poker table apply to the business world.
Panelists: Chris Carr, Jesse Ferrell | Moderator: Kimberly Reed
Sponsored by Starbucks

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Doing Business in Africa: Entrepreneurship Meets Social Investment
There has never been a greater opportunity in an emerging market than the current climate of the African private sector. Learn how you can take advantage of this historic opportunity.
Panelists: Michael Obi, Hon. Alfred Vanderpujie, Chris Whitfield | Moderator: Shantel Gilbert

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Private Equity 101
Could private equity be the right career path for you? Learn the ins and outs of this attractive field to decide if it makes sense for you.
Panelists: Jon Grosier, Mark Johnson, Euclid Walker | Moderator: Ralph Cook

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Taking the Franchise Route
Franchises can offer a big upside for aspiring entrepreneurs, including the weight of a big-name brand. Dive into the details of opening and operating a franchise.
Panelists: Tonya Brigham, Christopher Conner, Dr. William Pickard | Moderator: James W. Haile

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
The Business Implications of Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence has already begun to affect the business landscape. AI like machine learning, task automation, and robotics are already used in businesses around the globe. How can companies harness these disruptive technologies and what implications do they have on the future of business? This session explores the state of technology now and in the future.
Panelists: TBA | Moderator: TBA

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Coalition Building - The Power of Partnership
Panelists: Lateefah Butts, Astrid Chirinos, Deborah Frutos-Smith | Moderator: Doug Harris

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Marriott Ownership Session: Investment and Ownership Opportunities in the Hotel Industry
Join Marriott leaders for a brief presentation on the hotel industry and discuss the opportunity to build long term wealth through hotel ownership.  Overview of the business, ownership structure, and financial commitment, as well as how to get started and what’s important to succeed.
Presenters: Julius Robinson, Christie Patterson






Conference Schedule


Wednesday 9/27

Thursday 9/28

Friday 9/29