Wednesday 9/27

10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Presenting Data Effectively
Creating effective communication visuals will separate you from the competition. Understand what it truly means to use effective visuals to convey your data by creating a message that reaches and motivates your audience to action.
Panelist: Dr. Stephanie Evergreen | Moderator: Marcie Braden

10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Female Leadership & Breaking the Glass Ceiling
The 2016 election promised to be the opportunity for women to break the final glass ceiling. What does Hillary’s loss mean for women in our country? Will women ever break the ultimate glass ceiling?
Panelists: Beth Brady | Moderator: Melani Walker

10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Tapping into Your 401k for your Next Business Venture
Learn how to leverage your 401k to better plan for your next business venture. This session dives into the how to's as well as the tax implications of accessing your retirement funds.
Panelists: Richard Snow, Dallas Kerley

10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Community Impact: Leveraging Foundations
Foundations and non-profits that work with their community have greater overall impact. How can foundations leverage the power of the communities in which they operate? This session features prominent non-profit leaders that can speak to community engagement.
Panelists: Myla Calhoun, Dr. Jacqueline Del Rosario | Moderator: Stephanie Brown

10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Government Money Isn’t What It Used to Be
A lot has changed in the world of government contracts. Learn the new ins and outs of winning competitive bids at the local, state, and federal government level for massive multi-million dollar contracts.
Panelists: Cassius Butts, Angelo Salandra, Lonnie Thomas | Moderator: Pam Rich Wheeler

10:45 am - 12:00 pm
The Key to Building a Real Estate Empire
We all know real estate is a hot investment vehicle, but what exactly do you need to know and do to start your investment portfolio? In this session we’ll discuss identifying opportunities, diversifying your risk and creating an enviable real estate empire.
Panelists: Michael Russell, Tyrone Rachal, Don Sutton | Moderator: Robert Jones

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Leading with Purpose
What's the difference between a manager and a leader? A leader is someone who inspires those around him/her towards a common goal. Create a driving purpose in your leadership to truly motivate your peers and employees.
Speaker: Damon A. Williams, PhD

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
How to Boost Your Social Media Followers
Having a large social media footprint can do wonders for your business ventures if you have the right followers. This session shares the top tricks to build your social media following and turn followers into dollars.
Panelists: Stefan Frank, Zanibel Melo | Moderator: Rakia Reynolds

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Overcoming Your Fear of Entrepreneurship
Historically, startups and other entrepreneurial endeavors have lacked in diversity. Making the leap from a steady paycheck to start your own business can be a terrifying concept. In this session, we'll cover the best practices to ensure you're setting yourself up for the best chances of success to help overcome your fear and make the jump.
Panelists: Jason Feifer, Ahmad Islam, Cynthia Rubio | Moderator: Garrett Melby

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Bitcoin & the Blockchain: The Future of Money
What is the blockchain and its significance in the future of global financial systems? Demystify the decentralized technology and understand the implications of using it in your business.
Panelists: Taariq Lewis, Reggie Middleton | Moderator: Dan McArdle

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Beyond Out: Corporate Leadership and LGBT+
As social norms shift, companies have begun to understand the business case for inclusion as they vie for market share, yet internal culture doesn’t always follow. Studies by the Human Rights Campaign show that more than half of LGBT workers hide their sexual orientation at work, and transgender workers experience unemployment rates twice as high as the population as a whole. This session looks at LGBT workplace concerns and how to find and create inclusion as well as long-lasting opportunities to lead.
Moderator: Eric Guthrie, Esq.
Panelists: Jonathon Lovitz, Rosanna Durruthy, Matt Kidd

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Coalition Building: The Power of Partnership
Studies of national and international corporations have shown that increased diversity correlates to better innovation and improved financial performance. Achieving inclusion, however, is often messy and can cause discomfort. This conversation focuses on the power of partnership, beginning with the African American and Hispanic communities, and how to design the processes for deeper transformation.
Panelists: TBA | Moderator: TBA





Conference Schedule


Wednesday 9/27

Thursday 9/28

Friday 9/29