Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund 20th Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit

Celebrating 20 years: “Strengthening and Redefining Inclusion and Equality in the Corporate Marketplace”
The Wall Street Project was founded in 1996 by Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., and the Citizenship Education Fund; it was officially launched by Rev. Jesse Jackson and prominent minority business owners on January 15, 1997, Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. The Wall Street Project challenges Corporate America to end the multi-billion dollar trade deficit with minority vendors and consumers, while working to ensure equal opportunities for culturally diverse employees, entrepreneurs and consumers.




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Makola Abdullah

Virginia State University

Maximiliano M. Abeme

Telecom, Transport, and Technology

16 February

Damon Arnold

Medical Director
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
COL (USAR-Ret.) Damon T. Arnold, M.D., M.P.H., M.A., CMT currently serves as a Medical Director II at Blue Cross – Blue Shield of Illinois. After earning his Bachelor of Science Degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., he went on to obtain both his M.D. and M.P.H. Degrees from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Dr. Arnold completed two Residency programs (Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine) at Cook County Hospital. He has also completed a formal training at the Chicago School of Massage Therapy and training in holistic medicine. He recently completed a Master of Arts degree in Homeland Defense and Security Studies at the Naval Post Graduate School (NPS) War College in Monte Ray, California.

He was appointed by the Governor, as the 16th Director for the Illinois Department of Public Health on October 1st, 2007 and served four years in this capacity. He operated an Agency of approximately 1200 employees with an annual budget of over six hundred million dollars. The agency was responsible for the public health legislative policy concerns and the welfare of the approximately 12.5 million residents within Illinois. This also included the millions of annual travelers to the State of Illinois.

Dr. Arnold also served for 26 years in the Army National Guard, achieving the rank of Colonel. He rose to become the Commander of the Joint Medical Task Force Command and Illinois State Surgeon General for over 14 years. Colonel Arnold is also the first African American Flight Surgeon in the history of the Illinois National Guard. He completed combat missions in Iraq and Kuwait and multiple over-seas missions, which included locations in Africa, Central and South America, Europe and the Middle East. He was awarded the highly coveted Military Legion of Merit Medal by President Barack Obama for his military achievements. Dr. Arnold also was awarded three Army Commendation Medals and two National Defense Service medals for his service and wartime contributions in over 90 battlefield and flight operations in Iraq and Kuwait.

He is a member of numerous societies and has published many articles and authored and contributed to several books over the years. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois, College of Medicine and School of Public Health. He lives with his wife Sharon Johnson-Arnold, an accomplished computer instructional designer, in Chicago, IL.

16 February

Barbara R. Arnwine

Founder & President
Transformative Justice Coalition

17 February

Mark Attanasio

General Motors Asset Management

16 February

Clayton Banks

Silicon Harlem
Clayton Banks is the Founder, President and Executive Producer of Ember Media
Corporation. He has been a pioneer in the cable and communications industry for
over two decades. He leads the vision for Ember Media, a development group that
builds digital solutions and interactive applications for top brands and nonprofit
organizations, across multiple platforms.

Banks is also the Founder and CoExecutive Producer of Silicon Harlem. The
mission of Silicon Harlem is to transform Harlem into a Innovation and Technology
Hub. Silicon Harlem is designed to galvanize the community, collaborate with
anchor institutions, and work with the political infrastructure of Harlem to attract
investment, coworking spaces, incubators, startups, and technology companies.
Known as a pragmatic visionary, Banks has developed and deployed leading edge
technology and applications for network cloud, gaming consoles, social media,
augmented reality, interactive TV, tablets, mobile apps and over 100 interactive
website properties.

Banks has implemented multiplatform strategies for MTV, ESPN, Budweiser,
Essence Music Festival, Urban Latino, Prudential, New York Institute of
Technology, United Technologies, Denny’s, Scholastic, and other top brands. He
has produced multimedia and broadband content for Discovery Networks, HBO,
Pepsi, Bloomberg TV, Showtime Networks, Bermuda tourism, the British Tourist
Authority, Monaco Tourism, and countless other companies and organizations
around the world.

Banks has worked with former President of the United States Bill Clinton to publish
a firstofitskind interactive college guide series called "The Key", that targets
underserved communities and features Historically Black Colleges and Universities
and Hispanic Serving Institutions. The Key was featured on CNN, NY1, Univision,
and several other media outlets around the country.

Banks spent over 10 years in the cable and entertainment industry. Prior to Ember
Media, he served as Vice President of Affiliate Relations for Comedy Central.
While at Comedy Central, he was part of the launch of South Park, the Daily Show
with Jon Stewart, and the Upright Citizens Brigade. Banks established the New
York and Chicago Affiliate Relations offices, recruited, hired, and managed a
senior sales team and was instrumental in the successful launch of the animated
series South Park.

Prior to Comedy Central, Banks served as Senior Vice President of Sales and
Marketing to launch Sega Channel. Sega Channel was the first interactive cable
service available to US subscribers. In his capacity at Sega Channel, Banks
collaborated with all aspects of the product including technical infrastructure,
product content, and distribution. Banks negotiated affiliation agreements for
distribution of the service with the top cable companies in the US. Including
Comcast, Cablevision Systems, Time Warner, and Charter Communications. Sega
Channel has been credited by many media experts for moving the cable industry
toward interactivity.

Prior to Sega Channel, Banks served as Regional Director at Showtime Networks,
where he was responsible for launching The Movie Channel in New York City and
overseeing overall growth of Showtime Networks among assigned multiple system

Banks served as the President of the National Association of Minorities in
Communications (NAMIC) from 19961998
and was instrumental in working with the FCC to include Minority owned business incentives in the 1996 Telecommunications Act. As NAMIC's President he championed programs such as the Patrick Mellon Mentoring Program and the NAMIC chapter leadership forum to increase the number of minorities in senior management in the Cable Television business. Currently, Banks serves as a Board of Director for the Armory Track and Field Foundation, a board member for the Academy of Innovative Technology High School and is an active participant in the Principal for a Day program in New York City. He has published several white papers on the interactive experience and participates as a moderator and speaker at several industry events.

Banks has received many awards for outstanding creative and corporate awards
including an I.D. Magazine Award, a Davey Award, Promax, @dtech award,
Creativity Award, Astrid Award, Ten Awards, the Communicator Award, a Boli
Award, Harlem Business Alliance Business Person of the Year, and most recently
inducted as a HistoryMaker in the United States Library of Congress.

Banks attended California State University at Fullerton, where he received degrees
in Business Administration and Speech Communications. Banks also completed a
CTAM/NAMIC sponsored Executive Management program at Harvard Business

15 February

Kenneth J. Barrett

Global Chief Diversity Officer
General Motors
Ken Barrett, became General Motors’ first Chief Diversity Officer in 2012.He has 14 years of executive experience, including five years of award-winning performance as the U.S. Navy's Diversity Director, where he achieved historic levels of minority and female officer additions and transformational work-life balance initiatives. Before joining GM, he served as the Under Secretary of Defense’s Acting Director, Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity. He began his career with the U.S. Navy in 1984, and after commissioning through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, he held positions in engineering and operations.

16 February

Lezli Baskerville

President & CEO
National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education

15 February

Cerita Battles

Senior Vice President and Diverse Segments National Sales Manager
Wells Fargo
Cerita Battles is a Senior Vice President and Head of Retail Diverse
Segments for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Cerita and her team are
responsible for the development, implementation andexecution of
national strategies to increase and sustain homeownership among
low-to-moderate (LMI) income and minority borrowers and communities. Those strategies include, but are not limited to, sourcing real estate practitioners and builders doing business in LMI and minority communities; recruitment and retention of diverse sales staff; partnering with non-profit agencies to provide homeownership counseling; and facilitating activities to increase awareness about products and programs to help families achieve and sustain the dream of homeownership. Cerita has been in the financial industry for over 28 years and 21 years specifically dedicated to mortgage. Cerita has held several leadership positions with Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America within Sales, Product & Program Development, Strategic Partnerships and Diverse Segments. Cerita is a graduate of the University of Phoenix where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. She is a member of several trade, member and civic organizations both nationally and locally. Cerita resides in St. Augustine, Florida with her husband, Ronald and their beautiful 13-year old daughter, Myka Renae.

15 February

David L. Beckley

Rust College

Travers J. Bell Jr.

Daniels & Bell, Inc

17 February

Crystal I. Berger

Afiliates Coordinator
Fox News Radio and Black Enterprise
CRYSTAL I. BERGER author of “Be Extraordinary: Claiming a Life of Purpose, Passion and Prosperity” is a motivational speaker and host, producer/writer for the FOX News Channel and FOX News Radio in New York. Crystal hosts Extraordinary, an inspirational podcast on FOX News Radio that is distributed to over 1,000 FOX affiliates nationwide. She is a contributor for Black Enterprise Magazine and writes for FOX News Opinions and is a contributor for FOX News Magazine which reaches 7 million readers monthly. Additionally, Crystal is one of 40 individuals appointed as a corporate representative for News Corp in 2013. As a journalist, Crystal has interviewed countless history makers and influencers on how they have developed their passions purposefully. She also fill-in host for Joy In Our Town on the Trinity Broadcasting Network—a global network reaching over 100 million homes internationally and the 3rd largest broadcast group in the United States—surpassing FOX News. In August 2013, Crystal was awarded the NAACP Freedom Fighter Award for her work in journalism and in the community. Crystal takes pride in knowing her work has inspired thousands via interviews with celebrities, athletes, authors, political leaders and agents of social change.
Crystal spent a number of years developing her knowledge interning/volunteering with the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission, the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, and Progressive Sports and Entertainment Alliance. Crystal is the founder of the Community Empowerment Initiative. Her accolades include winning the NAACP Freedom Fighter Award for her work in journalism and the community. She is a proud member of the Association of Women in Sports Media, the National Association of Professional Women and the National Association of Black Journalists. Crystal is also a proud graduate of the Ailes Apprentice Program. Prior to writing books and hosting segments, Crystal was a high school English teacher, mentor and co-founder of a non-profit organization in the Baltimore/Washington Metropolitan Region.

15 February

Lori George Billingsley

Vice President, Community Relations
Coca-Cola North America
Lori George Billingsley has 28 years of public relations experience in developing and implementing breakthrough programs that meet organizational goals, target audience needs and produce results.Currently, she is the Vice President of Community Relations for Coca-Cola North America.In this role, she oversees community giving and engagement for North America.

She has been in the Public Affairs and Communications (PAC) department of The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) for the past twelve years in a variety of positions, including Director of Community and Multicultural Communications and Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President of Coca-Cola North America PAC, Director of Regional Communications, Director of Issues Communications and Director of Shareowner Affairs.

Prior to joining TCCC, Lori had her own public relations consultancy, LG Communications.The consultancy provided communications solutions for corporations, nonprofit organizations, associations, foundations and public relations firms.She was a vice president at Porter/Novelli, a leading public relations firm, where she managed a number of nationally acclaimed public education campaigns for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and National Cancer Institute.She co-founded the firms alliance building and multicultural communications practices and serviced clients, including federal agencies, Fortune 500 corporations, associations and nonprofit organizations

Lori joined Porter/Novelli from the District of Columbia Government where she was a senior public affairs specialist.In that capacity, she wrote speeches, promotional materials, coordinated events, publicity and community outreach efforts for the Office of Human Right and Minority Business.

She was an associate professor of public relations at Ohio Dominican College in Columbus, Ohio, and also taught classes as an instructor and lecturer at World Harvest Bible College in Columbus, Ohio, and Howard University in Washington, D.C.

She is a member of Leadership Atlanta’s Class of 2008.Lori is a member of the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Georgia Chapter and has served on the Executive Committee for PRSA’s Multicultural Communications Section.She also serves on the Advisory Board of Hosea Feed The Hungry & Homeless in Atlanta, Georgia.

Lori was a founding member of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Black Public Relations Society.She has also served on several national and local boards and committees; judged national communications campaign competitions; received numerous awards for her work; authored papers, publications and reports; and has conducted workshops and presentations on a variety of issues.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in public relations at Howard University and her Master of Arts in public communications at American University, both in Washington, D.C.Lori is an ordained minister and published writer.

16 February

Michael Blake

Assembly District 79
New York

17 February

Bill de Blasio

City of New York

15 February

Sharon Y. Bowen

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Sharon Y. Bowen was sworn in as a Commissioner of the U. S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on June 9, 2014 for a five year term.
Ms. Bowen was previously confirmed by the U.S. Senate and appointed by President Obama on February 12, 2010 to serve as Vice Chair of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC).She assumed the role of Acting Chair in March 2012.Prior to her appointment to the CFTC, Ms. Bowen was a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins LLP.Ms. Bowen’s broad and diverse corporate and transactional practice of almost 32 years began in 1982 when she started her career as an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell.She joined Latham as a senior corporate associate in the summer of 1988 and became a partner January 1991.

Ms. Bowen’s practice has included corporate, finance and securities transactions for large global corporations and financial institutions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, securities offerings, strategic alliances, corporate restructurings, leveraged finance, securitizations, distressed debt and asset acquisitions and venture capital financings.

Ms. Bowen served in several leadership positions in her firm, including co-chair of the Diversity Committee, co-chair of the Diversity Hiring Subcommittee and co-founder and head of Latham’s Women Enriching Business (WEB) Task Force, whose mission is to create broader networks and productive business development relationships for women.

Ms. Bowen has been involved in numerous pro bono, educational, diversity and civic matters throughout her career and has received many awards in recognition of her contributions.She has served as a member of the Board (formerly Executive Committee and Chair) and Emeritus Board of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Inc., the Boards of New York City Economic Development Corporation (formerly Executive Committee), Northwestern University Law School (formerly Executive Member and Chair), and Public Education Needs Civil Involvement in Learning (PENCIL) (formerly Executive Committee).

Ms. Bowen is one of America’s “Top Black Lawyers” according to Black Enterprise Magazine.She is a recipient of the 2011 Diversity Trailblazer Award of the New York State Bar Association, and was selected as the New York City Bar Association 2007 Diversity Champion and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association 2006 Lawyer of the Year.

Ms. Bowen was born in Chesapeake, Virginia.She received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia, MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.

17 February

Muriel Bowser

Washington DC
Muriel Bowser serves as Washington, DC’s seventh elected Mayor. Sworn in on January 2, 2015, she pledged to bring a fresh start to the District of Columbia, create pathways to the middle class for residents, and foster a culture of inclusion, transparency and action.

Mayor Bowser expanded opportunity across all 8 Wards of DC by strengthening job training programs, and by attracting and retaining jobs in the District. As of the first quarter of 2016, there are burgeoning projects across the city that will eventually deliver 32,000 new jobs. Washington, DC is the economic engine of the metropolitan region, and has one of the strongest local economies in the country.

Mayor Bowser is committed to producing, protecting and preserving affordable housing. In her first budget, she devoted an historic $100 million to the Housing Production Trust Fund, putting an unprecedented number of affordable housing units into the pipeline. She also made historic investments in education to accelerate the pace of education reform. DC has the fastest improving urban school district in the nation.

The Mayor is committed to making sure every Washingtonian gets a fair shot, including its most vulnerable residents. When she came into office, she pledged to end homelessness. She has taken bold moves to deliver on that commitment, including releasing a plan to replace the city’s largest family shelter with small, dignified family housing.

In everything she does, the Mayor puts District residents first, and ensures that the city’s priorities match the peoples’ priorities. She holds community engagement forums to solicit public input prior to finalizing her fiscal year budget. She is creating a more transparent and open government through a cutting edge open data policy. She championed the successful launch of one of the largest, most transparent body worn camera programs in the nation, to enhance trust between the community and DC’s metropolitan police department. And she launched an inclusive technology program to support startups and entrepreneurs offering products and services to underserved communities.

Prior to her time as Mayor, Bowser served as the Ward 4 councilmember of the DC Council – first elected in a special election in 2007, and re-elected in 2008 and 2012. As a Councilmember, Bowser served as the Chairwoman of the Committee on Economic Development which created more than 5,000 units of affordable housing, passed legislation to build a new soccer stadium and secured from the federal government the best portion of the Walter Reed campus for DC. Bowser led her colleagues to pass comprehensive ethics reform and increased transparency in government contracting.

Bowser also served as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in the Riggs Park neighborhood. A native Washingtonian, Bowser earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Chatham University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from American University.

16 February

17 February

Gwendolyn Boyd

Immediate Past President
Alabama State University

15 February

John Boyd Jr.

National Black Farmers
John Wesley Boyd, Jr. (born September 4, 1965) resides in Baskerville, Virginia with his wife Kara Brewer Boyd. He is a fourth-generation farmer, civil rights activist and the founder of the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA). He owns/operates a 300-acre farming operation growing soybean, corn, wheat and produce in addition to raising beef cattle, American Guinea Hogs, Nigerian Goats & Chickens. For 14 years Boyd was a chicken farmer in a Perdue Farms breeder program. He was also a tobacco farmer for many years. He formed the NBFA, a Virginia-based non-profit organization, in the early 1990's. In his role with the NBFA, Boyd has worked closely with national leaders in government, agriculture organizations and rural groups nationwide as well as internationally. Boyd was appointed by then-Virginia Governor-elect Tim Kaine to serve as co-chair of his Policy Committee on Agriculture and Forestry during the transition period. In 2000, Boyd was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on his administration's tobacco commission. Prior to that, he was appointed by then-Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore to serve on the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission. In 2000, Boyd was the Democratic nominee for election to Virginia's 5th congressional district. He was an early supporter of Senator Barack Obama during the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries and played an important role organizing African American voters in the critical South Carolina primary. During the primaries Boyd also organized supporters and spoke at events in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Texas and Mississippi. On July 7, 2008, Roll Call newspaper reported that Boyd was instrumental in "securing the biggest Congressional victory in history for black farmers, a $100 million line item in this year’s farm bill that effectively reopened the government’s discrimination settlement with black farmers." After leading public rallies and an intensive NBFA member lobbying effort, Congress approved and President Barack Obama signed into law in December 2010 legislation that set aside $1.15 billion to resolve the outstanding Black farmers cases. Boyd attended the bill signing ceremony at the White House. Boyd told CNN.com "This is about justice."
Boyd was quoted in the national press numerous times on the Cobell Native American trust fund case. His work on that case, which was resolved when it was grouped with the Black farmers legislation, helped lead to a $3.4 billion legal settlement. He told National Public Radio in November 2010 that "This has been just a long struggle for the black farmers and for the Cobell case as well."
Boyd was named ABC World News Tonight's Person of the Week on Friday, November 21, 2003. The next year he was featured in the CBS Evening News Eye on America report. And he has appeared on CBS's 60 Minutes, Nightline, CNN and other television networks. He has been named one of the "100 Most Influential Black Americans and Organization Leaders" by Ebony magazine several times. He has been featured in Jet magazine numerous times. Boyd was vetted to be a contender to serve in President Obama's Cabinet as Secretary of Agriculture. The Congressional Quarterly (CQ) reported some members of the Congressional Black Caucus supported Boyd. However, the position ultimately went to Tom Vilsack of Iowa.

16 February

Contessa Brewer

A National Emmy-Award winning journalist, Contessa is a widely-recognized anchor, host and correspondent. She's known for her marathon on-air coverage of breaking news and big political stories. Contessa hosts MSNBC's long-running, prime-time series "Caught on Camera," and contributes to CNBC. She’s also anchored and reported for CBS News and its digital network CBSN, WNBC, NBC News and MSNBC, where she’s covered (in no specific order) presidential elections, debt ceilings, government shutdowns, hurricanes, terror attacks and celebrity shenanigans, viral videos and dogs up for adoption. Contessa is a Remembrance Scholar and magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication and Honors Program. Contessa also is a highly-regarded public speaker, panel moderator and the narrator of several audiobooks. She resides in New York with her husband and twin sons.

16 February

Granger Browning

Ebenezer AME Church

15 February

Joseph Bryant Jr.

National Sports Director
Rainbow PUSH

15 February

Kimberly Bryant

Founder & CEO
Black Girls CODE
Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to “changing the face of technology” by introducing girls of color (ages 7-17) to the field of technology and computer science with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts.
Kimberly has enjoyed a successful 25+ year professional career in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries as an Engineering Manager in a series of technical leadership roles for various Fortune 100 companies such as Genentech, Merck, and Pfizer. Since 2011 Kimberly has helped Black Girls CODE grow from a local organization serving only the Bay Area, to an international organization with seven chapters across the U.S. and in Johannesburg, South Africa. Black Girls CODE has currently reached over 3000 students and continues to grow and thrive.
Kimberly serves on the National Champions Board for the National Girls Collaborative Project, and the National Board of the NCWIT K-12 Alliance. Kimberly and Black Girls CODE have been nationally recognized as a social innovator and for her work to increase opportunities for women and girls in the tech industry. In August 2012 Kimberly was given the prestigious Jefferson Award for Community Service for her work to support communities in the Bay Area. In 2013 Kimberly was highlighted by Business Insider on its list of “The 25 Most Influential African- Americans in Technology” and was named to The Root 100 and the Ebony Power 100 lists. A highlight of 2013 for Kimberly was being invited to the White House as a Champion of Change for her work in tech inclusion and for her focus on bridging the digital divide for girls of color. In 2014 Kimberly received an American Ingenuity Award in Social Progress from the Smithsonian along with being given the Inaugural Women Who Rule Award in Technology via Politico. She has been identified as a thought leader in the area of tech inclusion and has spoken on the topic at events such as Personal Democracy Forum, TedX Kansas City, Platform Summit, Big Ideas Festival, SXSW, and many others.

15 February

Gerrard P. Bushell

President and CEO
Dormitory Authority for State of New York
Gerrard P. Bushell was appointed President & CEO of DASNY (Dormitory Authority) by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo. Under Dr. Bushell’s leadership, DASNY became the nation’s number one issuer of municipal debt in 2015.

Dr. Bushell comes to DASNY as an accomplished investment advisor in money management. He was a Senior Relationship Advisor in BNY Mellon's alternative investment management businesses. Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Gerrard served as: Director in the Client and Partner Group at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR), Managing Director in Business Development at Arden Asset Management, and the Head of Institutional Sales at the Legg Mason affiliate, ClearBridge Advisors.

Dr. Bushell previously served as a key advisor to the former New York State Comptroller H. Carl McCall. A graduate of Columbia University, Dr. Bushell received a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Sciences.

17 February

Harvey Butler

Global Head of Diversity
Barclays Banks
Harvey Butler is Global Head of Supplier Diversity at Barclays, responsible for developing and executing the firm’s strategy to expand its utilization of diverse suppliers within the international geographies it operates. Since 2013, Harvey has introduced signature events such as Supplier Diversity Day in London, Johannesburg and New York offering matchmaking with procurement decision-makers and banking and finance master classes.He recently launched a UK-first Second Tier Conference – expanding opportunities for diverse suppliers across the Barclays supply chain.
Harvey’s career spans more than twenty five years, having led supplier diversity functions at JPMorgan Chase, Nabisco Foods Group and Eastman Kodak, serving as a cost accountant and sr. financial analyst at Eastman Kodak and Nabisco and CEO of Butler Management Group, LLC -- a certified, minority boutique management consulting firm.

He is a current board member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council and a past board member of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Procurement Council. As Chairman of the NMSDC Financial Services Roundtable, he helped it reach prominence by introducing firsts such as the Chief Procurement Officer Summit and Capital Summit.

A native of Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, Harvey holds an MBA in Finance, Corporate Accounting and Entrepreneurship from the University of Rochester, a BS from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio and is a graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School.

16 February

Karen Caldwell

Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President
New York City Housing Authority
Karen Caldwell was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) in January 2016. In this capacity, she is responsible for all financial planning, accounting, payroll, insurance, energy, and treasury activities of the nation’s largest public housing authority, with an annual operating budget of $3 billion and a capital budget of $4 billion. In addition, Ms. Caldwell oversees cross functional teams that identify and evaluate initiatives to improve the financial performance of NYCHA’s properties, and develops financing innovations.

Ms. Caldwell is an innovative leader and business builder with expertise across finance. She has built several highly profitable businesses as well as restructured unprofitable businesses in complex global and regional organizations.She most recently served as President of Hanseatic, where her charge was corporate and marketing strategy.Prior to that, Ms. Caldwell managed investment analysis, diverse financial trading and portfolio management, treasury functions and financial analysis at Amundi investments LLC, ABN AMRO/LaSalle Bank and Chase Bank.

Ms. Caldwell holds a Bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is a CPA and most recently served on the Chicago Public Housing Authority’s Audit Committee.

17 February

Dennis Carey

Vice Chairman
Co-Leader Board Services Practices
Dennis Carey is a Vice Chairman and Co-Leader of the Board Services Practice of Korn Ferry. Dennis advises and recruits for Board of Directors, CEOs, and their direct reports. Dennis has recruited for Board of Directors and CEOs of over 75 Fortune 500 companies.

Dennis founded several forums for Chairman, CEO’s and C-Suite Executives including The Prium, G100, the CEO Academy® _and Academies for CFOs and CHROs of Americas best managed enterprises.
Dennis has published four books and over 50 articles. His most recent book, Boards that Lead, (HBR Publishers 2014) was cited as book of the year by Directors & Boards Magazine. He is currently working on his 5th book. His articles have been featured in journals including HBR and McKinsey Quarterly. Dennis is frequently quoted in all major business publications from The Economist to The Wall Street Journal. Dennis teaches Corporate Governance at the Wharton Business School.
Dennis has served on both public and private boards.

He holds a PHD in finance from the University of Maryland and was a fellow at Harvard's JFK School and the Princeton Theological Seminary.
Dennis swam the English Channel in 1980, and is on the Board of the Swimming Hall of Fame.

16 February

Mae Ya Carter

15 February

Thomas H. Castro

El Dorado Capital, LLC
Tom Castro is the Founder and CEO of El Dorado Capital, a Houston-based private equity firm that partners with a select number of growth companies. In his three decades of entrepreneurship, Castro has founded and managed four companies in the media and energy export sectors, and raised more than $350 million of capital for his businesses, which have operated throughout the U.S. and in Latin America.

Castro serves as an advisor to the senior executives of Nielsen, the global media and consumer consumption measurement firm; is a member of the US Advisory Board of IESE, the Barcelona, Spain-based business school; and, is an Advisory Trustee of the Environmental Defense Fund, New York.

Tom serves on the boards of: YES Prep Charter School Network in Houston; Spelman College in Atlanta; Professor Michael Porter’s Institute for a Competitive Inner City in Boston; Teach for America in New York City; the Latino Donor Collaborative in Los Angeles; Southern California Public Radio in Pasadena; and, Media Matters for America in Washington. For ten years Tom was a director of Time Warner Cable up until its recent merger with Charter.

Tom is active nationally in Democratic Party politics and education reform. He is married to Jacqueline Diaz of Bogotá and are the parents of two teenagers.

17 February

Bheki Cele

Deputy Minister
Agriculture, Forestry, & Fisheries, South Africa
From July 2009 until October 2011, General Bheki Cele was the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service. In 1994, he was elected to the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature as the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Safety and Security. He was later appointed as Chairperson of Chairpersons in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature.
From 2004 to 2009, he was a member of the Executive Committee for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison in KwaZulu-Natal. In this capacity, Mr. Cele distinguished himself in a number of areas, including: finding solutions to the taxi conflicts in the province, leading successful anti-crime campaigns, and promoting road safety on provincial roads and highways. He has also championed rural development, through prioritizing road infrastructure development to previously neglected communities.
General Bheki Cele was a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress. He is a founding member of the National Education Union of South Africa and has vast experience in the field of education.
General Cele is currently the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

16 February

Gerald Chertavian

Founder and CEO
Year Up

15 February

Alex Cicogna

Assistant Vice President/Program Manager
Wells Fargo
Alex Cicogna is the Relationship Manager for the Wells Fargo @ Work Program for the New York/LI market place.
As a Program Manager for Wells Fargo , Alex is responsible for managing the Wells Fargo @ Work process, developing the market place, targeting and developing potential clients, supporting internal partners, and working closely with the retail unit to develop a strong supporting sales strategy for sales success. He also delivers presentations and seminars for many institutions and clients across the enterprise.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Alex worked in many roles including:
* Developing and selling strategic sales and market development processes for financial sales forces.
* As a motivational and sales training seminar speaker at many corporations and not for profit organizations
* Manager of sales teams as a Director of Sales.
* Senior Account Manager and New Business Development Strategist for major multinational companies selling financial contract to commercial and Fortune 500 clients.
Alex earned his B.A. in history from Manhattanville College and a Masters Degree in International Business from Webster University in London, England.
A native of Paris France, he is fluent in two languages, French being his native tongue. He has lived in France, Belgium, Switzerland, England and the United States.
He currently resides in Rye, New York with his Labrador retriever.

15 February

Henry Cisneros

Partner at Siebert
Cisneros & Shank, LLC
Henry Cisneros is Chairman of the CityView companies, which work with urban homebuilders to create homes priced within the range of average families. CityView is a partner in building more than 60 communities in 13 states, incorporating more than 7,000 homes with a home value of over $2 billion. Mr. Cisneros is the Chairman of the Executive Committee for Siebert, Cisneros, Shank, & Co., L.L.C a municipal finance firm and a top corporate underwriting firm in Wall Street.
Mr. Cisneros’ community-building career began at the local level. After serving three terms as a City Councilmember, in 1981, Mr. Cisneros became the first Hispanic-American mayor of a major U.S. city, San Antonio, Texas. During his four terms as Mayor, he helped rebuild the city’s economic base and spurred the creation of jobs through massive infrastructure and downtown improvements. In 1984, Mr. Cisneros was interviewed by the Democratic Presidential nominee as a possible candidate for Vice President of the United States and in 1986 was selected as the “Outstanding Mayor” in the nation by City and State Magazine.
After completing four terms as Mayor, Mr. Cisneros formed Cisneros Asset Management Company, a fixed income management firm operating nationally and ranked at the time as the second fastest growing money manager in the nation.
In 1992, President Clinton appointed Mr. Cisneros to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. As a member of President Clinton’s Cabinet, Secretary Cisneros was credited with initiating the revitalization of many of the nation’s public housing developments and with formulating policies which contributed to achieving the nation’s highest ever homeownership rate. In his role as the President’s chief representative to the nation’s cities, Mr. Cisneros personally worked in more than 200 U.S. cities in every one of the 50 states.
After leaving HUD in 1997, Mr. Cisneros was president and chief operating officer of Univision Communications, the Spanish-language broadcaster which has become the fifth-most-watched television network in the nation. Mr. Cisneros currently serves on Univision’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Cisneros has served as President of the National League of Cities, as Deputy Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and is currently an officer of Habitat for Humanity International. Mr. Cisneros remains active in San Antonio’s leadership where he is former Chairman of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, and BioMed SA. He is currently on Univision’s Board of Directors and a member of the advisory board of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Mr. Cisneros has been inducted into the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) “Builders Hall of Fame” and honored by the National Housing Conference as the “Housing Person of the Year.”
Mr. Cisneros has also been author or editor of several books including: Interwoven Destinies: Cities and the Nation. His book project with former HUD Secretary Jack Kemp, Opportunity and Progress: A Bipartisan Platform for National Housing Policy, was presented the Common Purpose Award for demonstrating the potential of bipartisan cooperation and Casa y Comunidad: Latino Home and Neighborhood Design was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Silver Medal in the category of best business book of 2006.
Mr. Cisneros holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Texas A&M University. He earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, studied urban economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, holds a Doctorate in Public Administration from George Washington University, and has been awarded more than 20 honorary doctorates from leading universities. He served as an infantry officer in the United States Army. Mr. Cisneros is married to Mary Alice P. Cisneros, who from 2007–2011 served on San Antonio’s City Council and they have three children – Teresa, Mercedes, and John Paul – and four grandchildren.

17 February

Kenneth L. Coleman

Saama Technologies
Ken Coleman is chairman of Saama Technologies, Inc. serving the Data Analytics market. He was the founder, former chairman and CEO of ITM Software. Previously, he was EVP at Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI) and previously served in executive positions at Activision and HP. In addition to his role at Saama, Ken serves on the boards of directors of CSAA Insurance Group, Entertainment Partners and Procura. He serves in the role of Special Advisor to both Andreessen Horowitz VC Firm and Carrick Capital Partners PE Firm. He is also an advisor at Pinterest. Previously, he was Chairman of two public technology companies, MIPS Technology and Accelrys and was a board of director at City National Bank. Mr. Coleman is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Ohio State University Distinguished Service Award and School of Business Distinguished Graduate Award, the Black Chamber of Silicon Valley Spirit of Excellence Award in Business, as well as being inducted into the Global Silicon Valley Hall of Fame. Ken earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from The Ohio State University. He also served as a captain in the United States Air Force.

15 February

Maurice L. Coleman

Senior Vice President
Maurice Coleman is a Senior Vice President and Senior Client Manager for the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Commercial Banking team focused on Community Development Banking (CDB). He is responsible for delivering both debt and tax credit equity financing for affordable housing, retail, charter school and community development real estate projects in the metro New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania markets.
Mr. Coleman joined the Bank of Boston in 1999, where he served as an Investment Officer with the BankBoston Development Company (BBDC) and later, Fleet Development Ventures (FDV), a $250 million private equity and mezzanine finance boutique focused on investing direct and indirect equity in women and/or minority owned companies operating in emerging markets nationally. In 2004, Maurice was promoted to Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Fleet National Bank’s Community Investment Group (CIG) where he managed a regional team focused on private equity, small business lending, retail banking and community development in New York City and northern New Jersey. In 2006, he was appointed as the New York Market Manager for Bank of America and Senior CRA Compliance Officer overseeing the Bank’s OCC regulatory compliance initiative related CRA service, lending, investing, corporate governance and community outreach.
Throughout his career, Maurice has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognition including the Crain’s New York “40 under 40” Rising Stars Award, the Urban Financial Services Coalition Executive of the Year Award, the Black Enterprise “Lincoln Motor Company” Award, the Network Journal Achievement Award, the Boston Herald Most Influential in Business Award, the Boston Chamber of Commerce Ten Outstanding Young Leaders (TOYL) Award, the Bank of America Merrill Lynch “Spirit of Excellence” and “Diverse Leaders” Award. He is also a member of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Commercial Real Estate Leadership Council.
Mr. Coleman serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of three national Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) -- the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) New York, TruFund Financial Services, and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ) Business Resource and Investment Services Corporation (BRISC). For the past 10 years, Maurice has taught classes and offered lectures on entrepreneurship, small business lending, venture capital, real estate finance, and social enterprise investing at Rutgers, Columbia, Darden, Yale and Harvard Business Schools, and he also serves an advisor for the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School.
Maurice received his BA in History and Economics from Columbia University, MSF from Columbia Business School and MPA from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Maurice completed Credit and Capital Markets Training at the Bank of Boston and is an alumnus of the Venture Capital Institute (VCI).

15 February

15 February

Lester Coney

Executive Vice President
Mesirow Financial

Rev Dr. Kevin W Cosby

Senior Pastor
St Stephen Church

15 February

Helen Crawley-Austin

Owner and CEO
Beyond Consulting Solutions, Inc

15 February

15 February

Chuck Creekmur


15 February

Rudolph F. Crew

Medgar Evers College

Benjamin Crump

Parks & Crump
Distinguished lawyers whose names are on the pages of American History books are not there because of their pedigree, their alma mater, or even their affluence. It is because of the landmark cases they won and how their success has changed jurisprudence. Attorney Benjamin Crump and his legal prowess and success have created a significant legal legacy that ensures that the promise found in our nation's constitution is indeed real in every state, municipality and neighborhood. His legal acumen as both a litigator and advocate has ensured that those most frequently marginalized are protected by their nation’s contract with its constituency. The conspectus of his constitutional battles at both the local, state and federal levels will be the textbook most frequently referenced by this and future generations of civil rights law and the protection of constitutional freedoms.
Benjamin Crump was nationally recognized in 2014 as a NNPA Newsmaker of the Year, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers and Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 Most Influential African Americans. He was also bestowed the American Association for Justice Johnny Cochran Award, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Eleanor Roosevelt Medallion for Service, the NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award and the SCLC Martin Luther King Servant Leader Award. In 2016, he was designated as an Honorary Fellow by the University of Pennsylvania College of Law. Attorney Crump serves on the Innocence Project Board of Directors, was the first African American to chair Florida State University College of Law’s Board of Directors, and served as the 73rd President of the National Bar Association. He has represented and recovered millions of dollars for their clients in some of the most high profile cases in the United States, like Trayvon Martin who was killed in Sanford, Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer; Michael Brown who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson Missouri; the precedent setting Robbie Tolan U.S. Supreme Court case; and 10 Black women who were the victims in the Holtzclaw Oklahoma City Police rape case in 2015. He also served as Board Chairman of the Legal Services of North Florida. Attorney Crump and his law partner, Daryl Parks, donated $1,000,000.00 to the organization’s Capital Campaign to ensure that poor people would continue to have quality legal representation and access to the courts.
Attorney Crump understands that the practice of law is a privilege that carries with it certain responsibilities and obligations to our society and to our democracy. He gives freely and unselfishly of his time and legal talent to represent the poor, the powerless, the defenseless and the oppressed among us. He strives through his work to fulfill the promise of equal justice for all. He is married to Dr. Genae Angelique Crump and is the proud father of Brooklyn Zeta Crump.

17 February

Sulaiman Damazio

Diasporah Development
Brazilian Entrepreneur
Founder and Partner of DIASPORAH DEVELOPMENT

Sulaiman Damazio is a founder and partner at Diasporah Development, dedicated to the development of business and partnerships in enterprises in the key sectors of infrastructure, agro-industry, foreign trade, investment and participation in the Brazil-Africa axis.
Through studies, original projects and collaborations with some of the leading research and consulting institutions in Latin America - FGV, Diasporah collaborated in the creation of new business models aimed at social development, expansion of foreign trade and strengthening of the internal market of the countries.

Son of political activists - mother entrepreneur and father sociologist - Sulaiman lived part of his childhood in Spain and, in his youth, he completed his industrial design degree at the Presbyterian Mackenzie University, specializing in international business years later by the Institute of International Relations of the University of São Paulo (USP).

He has attended with key companies in the engineering sector in Brazil, having been head of marketing and business development for Trends Technology Group (GTT). In his career, he has accumulated large experience in leading urban projects related to transit and transportation sector, technological integration for public management and metro-rail transport in Brazil and Latin America.

16 February

Roslyn Daniels

Founder and Publisher

16 February

Theodore R. Daniels

Founder & President
Society for Financial Education & Professional Development

15 February


Alphonso David

Counsel to the Governor
State of New York

16 February

Janet Derrick

Certified NFL Financial Advisor
Janet L. Derrick, CEO of Derrick Walker International, Ltd, (DWI) is a 31-year securities industry professional and pioneer among women in the investment business.Her mission of reducing financial malfeasance and increasing transparency in an ever -evolving investment landscape starts with an educated client.Financial literacy/wellness is therefore, a top priority. It promotes a “knowing more doing better” understanding of the need for appropriate capital preservation, appreciation, and distribution strategies.All within the framework of a Behavioral Finance approach of which (DWI) was early to embrace.Ms. Derrick is trained to ask the hard questions, clear up financial misconceptions, spot and eliminate monetary parasites, and provide solutions. She does so using goals based consulting. Dr. Paula Moore, Clinical Psychologist, is a research partner with Ms. Derrick in this area.

Ms. Derrick holds FINRA Series 7, 24 licenses
Illinois Insurance License
State securities series 63
Broker Dealer:Voya Financial Advisers LLC

15 February

Cynthia D. DiBartolo

New York Chamber of Commerce
Cynthia DiBartolo, Esq. is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tigress Financial Partners. She guides the overall strategy and direction of the firm where she has parlayed her extensive corporate and securities experience into a new generation of financial services firms. Cynthia has 30 years of accomplishment-laden practice working in finance aligned with Fortune 500 companies, driving achievements in revenue growth, brand expansion and new offerings. Her ability to set the overall vision and strategy for a company propelled her career at Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, Citigroup and Bear Stearns.
After battling head and neck cancer in 2009, she founded Tigress Financial Partners, a woman owned and operated Financial Services Firm. Tigress is a fully licensed investment bank, broker dealer and registered investment advisor.Tigress offers Proprietary Research, Investment Banking, Sales & Trading, Asset Management and Wealth Management services.
Cynthia was recently profiled by Forbes in their CEO Series in an article entitled “A Tigress in a Shark Tank”. Forbes described Cynthia as "one tenacious Tigress…her father’s words inspired her to pick herself up from tragedy and start a business. Both the woman and her story are unique, amazing and forcibly inspiring.”

Cynthia serves as Chairperson of the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce representing more than 30,000 businesses and is a Business Leader to the White House Business Council and Executive Board Member of the Business and Labor Coalition of New York, as well as to the Senior Advisor to Global Innovation Initiative, United Nations, for Project Service China

Ms. DiBartolo earned a Juris Doctorate from Villanova University, School of Law. Ms. DiBartolo holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 66, 99 and a New York State Life & Health Insurance license. Ms. DiBartolo was admitted to the Connecticut, New Jersey and New York State Bars.

16 February

Derek T. Dingle

Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief
Black Enterprise

16 February

16 February

Georgette Dixon

Vice President
Wells Fargo
Georgette “Gigi” Dixon is a Senior Vice President and Director of Strategic Partnerships for Wells Fargo, where she and her team are responsible for managing a portfolio of 15 national nonprofit relationships that deliver advocacy, programs, and services for low to moderate income communities and diverse groups. Through collaboration with internal partners, Georgette and her team develop strategy, provide consulting, and structure funding recommendations to build community brand and corporate reputation while facilitating cross enterprise engagement with national partners. Strategic Partnerships is part of Wells Fargo’s Government and Community Relations group, which includes philanthropy, community development, diversity & inclusion, volunteerism,
government relations and environmental affairs. The group focuses on strengthening customer relationships and improving economic prosperity and quality of life for everyone in the communities Wells Fargo serves. Since joining Wells Fargo in 1994, Georgette served as marketing manager for Wholesale Banking, Small Business Banking, Commercial Banking, and as Director of Emerging (multicultural) Markets. She served on the Corporate Diversity Council for 6 years. In 2005, Georgette was recognized as one of U.S. Banker magazine’s Most Powerful Women to Watch.
She currently serves as a Trustee for the NAACP Foundation, Chair of the Opera Carolina board of directors, Ambassador for the Women’s Intercultural Exchange and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and the Charlotte Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. Gigi has a Bachelor of Science, With Distinction from Tennessee
State University in Speech Communications & Theater. She has a Boston College certificate in Corporate Community Involvement and resides in Charlotte, NC with her family.

15 February

Nikki D

First Female Hip Hop Artist
Def Jam

15 February

Cheryl Davenport Dozier

Savannah State University

Tashni-Ann Dubroy

Shaw University

Michael Duggan

City of Detroit
Mike Duggan was elected as Detroit’s new Mayor on November 5, 2013 and took office on January 1, 2014. As Mayor, he governs the city of his birth and where he spent the previous 32 years of his career collaborating with others to solve some of the city’s most vexing issues.

During his career prior to becoming Mayor of Detroit, Mr. Duggan took on challenges and untangled problems that directly impact the quality of life of Detroiters, including access to health care, public transportation, crime, blight, expanding recreational opportunities in the city, job creation and more.

As Mayor – working closely with his partners on City Council, in Lansing and Washington, D.C. – he has continued and expanded this work.In less than two years, the city has installed more than 50,000 new LED streetlights in neighborhoods across the city.It has removed more than 7,000 dangerous buildings and launched an extremely popular home auction website – BuildingDetroit.org – to get hundreds of solid vacant homes into the hands of new families that are fixing them up and moving in.

Under the Mayor’s watch, Police and EMS response times, which had been unacceptably high for years, have been cut more than in half.With 80 new buses and over 100 new drivers, the city’s Department of Transportation is now routinely putting enough buses on the street to meet its published schedule – something it hasn’t done in as many as 20 years.

The city also recently produced its first balanced budget in more than a decade and receive significant bond rating increases.

These improvements in the city’s financial and operational management has helped to spur a wave of new investment in the city, from home renovation to major commercial, industrial and residential projects that are bringing thousands of new jobs and employment opportunities to long time Detroiters.

Duggan and his wife, Lori, are the proud parents of four adult children, Mary, Eddie, Carolyn and Patrick.

17 February

Jerry Duplessis

Grammy Award Winning Producer
Jerry ‘Wonda’ Duplessis is one of the most successful and musically-adept producers to emerge from the hiphop era since the 1990s. With an illustrious career that spans over 30 years, he is renowned for his extensive discography that includes producing, songwriting, performing and composing. Outside of the studio, he is known for his philanthropy and charity work.
Born in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, Wonda was heavily influenced by the music of Bob Marley and Quincy Jones. He picked up a bass guitar at the age of 14 and immediately knew he had found his calling. He also taught himself to play the guitar, congas, and drums.
Wonda is all about the sonic – finding and perfecting the sound of the effect in a song. His passion for the sonic helped to forge his reputation for creating the right sound for every artist he works with. His strong musical foundation paved the way for his illustrious career across every facet of the music industry.
Wonda’s greatest achievements include his work with The Fugees, who struck platinum in 1996 with their album The Score, which went on to become one of the best-selling hiphop albums of all time. The Score earned three Grammy Awards, including Best R&B Vocal Performance, Best Rap Album, and Album of the Year. In 1999, Wonda co-produced Supernatural, musical icon Carlos Santana’s masterpiece. The album sold over 15 million copies and was nominated for 8 Grammy Awards, including Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group for ‘Maria Maria’, which held the number one position in the charts for over 10 weeks.
In 2001, he established Platinum Sound Recording Studios in Times Square, New York City – right in the creative and cultural heart of the city. He began the next phase of his career with the launch of Wonda Music, a new production company that is all about the sonic. It was established as a creative commune in which artists, songwriters and producers flow freely through each room, sharing melodies, lyrics and ideas. Everyone who walks through the doors of Wonda Music shares a common goal �� to create the right sonic for the project they are working on. Admired for his passion and natural ability to bring a range of elements together to create a smash hit, Wonda Music continues to attract top artists from around the world, as well as fresh new talent, to carry on his musical legacy.
When he’s not hard at work in the studio, he travels all around the world absorbing local cultures and creative styles, adding their influence to his ever-expanding musical repertoire. He also plays bass guitar as part of Melissa Etheridge’s touring band.
As a producer, Wonda is truly one of the greats. His productions have launched careers and created legacies all over the world. Wonda is all about the sonic – the sound of the effects within a song. Every beat he makes is specially tailored to the vibe of the artist. He places utmost importance on finding and perfecting the sonic. His passion, dedication, and energy ensures nothing but the highest possible standard of recording, driving him to create international smash hits.
Wonda boasts a publishing catalogue of more than 300 titles, with a diverse range of records in the genres of hip hop, R&B, pop, rock, reggae and soul. With over 200 million copies sold, he has garnered over 15 Grammy nominations, and won 3 Grammy Awards, including multi-platinum offerings for musical icons Michael Jackson, Black Eyed Peas, Bono, Quincy Jones, Alicia Keys, Mick Jagger, Whitney Houston, Carlos Santana, Mary J. Blige, Beyoncé, Lauryn Hill, Tom Jones, and Shakira.

15 February

Randall R. Eley

President & Chief Investment Officer
The Edgar Lomax Company
Randall R. Eley is chief executive officer of The Edgar Lomax Company, an investment advisory firm which he founded in Northern Virginia, in 1986. He graduated from Yale University in 1974 with a B.A. degree in Political Science and received a J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1977. Previously, Mr. Eley practiced corporate bond law with the Omaha, Nebraska-based firm of Kutak Rock, and was a partner from January 1, 1982 through August 1986. He has received a number of honors, including his selection by The Wall Street Journal in January 1990 to be a contestant in the nation's best known stock competition at the time—called the "dartboard" stock-picking contest. Mr. Eley won this contest (the story appears in the February 7, 1990 Wall Street Journal) and was a repeat winner in June 1990. In addition, he has made repeat appearances on CNN, CNBC, Wall Street Week and The Nightly Business Report. Mr. Eley was also the subject of articles in Barron’s magazine on April 1, 2002 and the March 21, 2005 issue of Fortune magazine.

17 February

Christopher Emdin

Associate Professor of Science Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
Dr. Christopher Emdin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University; where he also serves as Director of Science Education at the Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education. He is also the Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is an alumni fellow at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University, and currently serves as Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the U.S. Department of Energy and the STEAM Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State. Dr. Emdin is a social critic, public intellectual and science advocate whose commentary on issues of race, culture, inequality and education have appeared in dozens of influential periodicals including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. Dr. Emdin holds a Ph.D in Urban Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Masters degrees in both Natural Sciences and Education Administration, and Bachelors degrees in Physical Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry. He is the creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement, and a much sought-after public speaker on a number of topics that include hip-hop education, STEM education, politics, race, class, diversity, and youth empowerment. He is also an advisor to numerous international organizations, school districts, and schools where he delivers speeches, and holds workshops/ professional development sessions for students, teachers, policy makers, and other education stakeholders within the public and private sector. Dr. Emdin provides regular commentary on Al Jazeera and the Huffington Post; where he writes the Emdin 5 series. He is the author of the award winning book, Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generation and For White Folks Who Teach In the Hood and the Rest of Ya’ll too, which is currently on the New York Times best sellers list.

15 February

Herman Felton, Jr.

Wilberforce University

15 February

Tricia Francis

Vice President Customer Experience Services
GM Financial
Tricia Francis is the Vice President of Customer Experience Services at GM Financial, the global captive finance company for General Motors. In her current role, Tricia has responsibility for developing and leading strategic initiatives to support customer experience and promote brand awareness, including the recently launched KEYS financial literacy initiative. Tricia has 15+ years in auto finance including progressive positions within the Consumer Services, Operational Compliance, and Corporate Servicing areas.

Tricia is a member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Fort Worth, Texas where she has served as a Director of the Board since December 2015. She has also previously served on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Cancer Society, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes, and has served as the community chairperson for the Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis.

15 February

George C. Fraser

Chairman and CEO
FraserNet, Inc

16 February

Michael W. Frerichs

State of Illinois

Gilbert A. Garcia

Managing Partner
Garcia Hamilton Associates
Gilbert Andrew Garcia, CFA Managing Partner Mr. Garcia received a B.A. in Economics from Yale University. After graduating in 1985, he joined Salomon Brothers in New York City where he became a Vice-President specializing in mortgage-backed securities. In 1990, he joined former Mayor Henry Cisneros to build Cisneros Asset Management Company, ultimately becoming its President. In 2002, he joined Garcia Hamilton & Associates and is the firm’s Managing Partner. Under his leadership, the firm has reached over $7.8 billion (November 2016) in fixed income assets under management.

GH&A has received numerous industry recognitions including 2009 Core Fixed Income Manager of the Year by Emerging Manager Monthly and 2014 Fixed Income Investment Grade Manager of the Year, 2015 Intermediate-Term Fixed Income Manager of the Year, and 2016 Intermediate-Term Fixed Income Manager of the Year by Institutional Investor. Additionally, GH&A is proud to announce that it was recently recognized by Pensions & Investments as one of 2016’s Best Places to Work in Money Management.

Mr. Garcia has spoken at numerous galas, conferences, and awards dinners, and has appeared on several radio and television shows. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Sanchez Energy [NYSE:SN] and on the Board of Directors of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), a non-profit providing summer internships on Wall Street for minority undergraduates. At the 2015 Annual Awards Dinner, Mr. Garcia was awarded the SEO Alumni Leadership Award alongside other honorees, including the former mayor of New York City, Michael R. Bloomberg, and Co-Founder & Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, David M. Rubenstein.

Previously, Mr. Garcia served as Chairman of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Houston Downtown Management District, a member of the Board of Directors of the Yale Club of Houston and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Houston Municipal Employees Pension System. In addition, he is a Class X graduate of Leadership Houston. Mr. Garcia is married with four children and enjoys martial arts and coaching youth sports.

Hermene Hartman
President and CEO
Hartman Publishing Group, Inc.

Hermene Hartman is one of the most significant and influential Black women in American publishing. She serves as President and CEO of the Chicago-based Hartman Publishing Group, Inc.

Her flagship publication, N'DIGO, was founded in 1989, has the largest African-American newspaper circulation in the nation and the largest alternative newspaper circulation in Chicago. The weekly publication has an audited circulation of 155,000 and a readership of 625,000.

In 1995, N'DIGO PROFILES was established as a special annual publication, with a targeted insert in the Chicago Tribune and Crain's Chicago Business Magazine with a circulation of 325,000.

Ms. Hartman is Founder and President of N'DIGO Foundation, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which began in 1995.It sponsors an annual Black Tie Gala, for the sole purpose of raising funds for educational purposes.

In 2004 Ms. Hartman became the President of the Alliance of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE), a business group, dedicated to entrepreneurial pursuits with 70 members with revenues of nearly one billion in collective annual revenues.

Hartman received a M.B.A. from the University of Illinois, a M.A. degree in Sociology and MPH with Honors from Roosevelt University and a B.F.A. from Roosevelt University. She has received over 200 awards for outstanding achievement in media, business, community services, education, and communication.

17 February

Nancy Glassman

First Vice President
Wealth Managment
Nancy helps her clients achieve their personal and financial goals. Primarily working with Closely held businesses, wealthy individuals and families, she grows her clients’ net worth And portfolios, tailoring plans to their income and retirement needs and planning for wealth Transfer to the next generation. She crafts portfolios that focus on downside protection, safeguarding what they’ve built over the course of their lives.
Part financial interpreter, counselor, Nancy prides herself on really getting to know her clients. At UBS for 23 years, she’s worked with 3 generations of families, providing continuity of service and deep knowledge of their financial histories. She’s helped families work through different spending and investment philosophies.
Nancy was awarded the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) designation and nominated to participate in UBS’s prestigious wealth advisor program. Before joining UBS, Nancy worked in corporate accounting in commercial real estate. She earned a BA in Visual Arts and Anthropology with a minor in Art History from SUNY New Paltz.
Nancy resides in Short Hills, NJ with her family, where she is active in local organizations, including her temple. A little known fact is that she used to give specialty tours at the American Museum of Natural History

16 February

Glenda Baskin Glover

Tennessee State University
Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover began serving as President of Tennessee State University on January 2, 2013. She has advanced a five-point vision that includes: (1) academic progress and customer service, (2) fund raising and partnerships, (3) diversity and inclusion, (4) shared governance, and (5) business outreach.

Dr. Glover was formerly the Dean of the College of Business at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., where she led the College of Business throughout the accreditation process, and spearheaded the implementation of the nation’s first Ph.D. in Business at an HBCU. She is a certified public accountant, an attorney, and is one of two African American women to hold the Ph.D.-CPA-JD combination in the nation.
Dr. Glover's educational development began as a student at Tennessee State University, where she majored in mathematics. After graduating with honor with a Bachelor of Science degree, she pursued the Master of Business Administration at Clark Atlanta University. She then completed her doctorate in business from George Washington University, and later completed her law degree from Georgetown University.

Prior to joining Jackson State University, Dr. Glover served as Chairperson of the Department of Accounting at Howard University. Her past employment also includes positions as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of an engineering firm, a tax manager at a major public utility company, and an accountant with a Big-Four CPA firm.

Dr. Glover has been a corporate board member of three publicly traded corporations. These include Citigroup-Student Loan Corporation, Pinnacle Financial Partners and First Guaranty Bancshares. She served as a member or chair of the Audit Committee on each board, or as the board’s financial expert.

Dr. Glover is the author of more than one hundred articles and papers, and is regarded as one of the nation’s experts on corporate governance. She is a member of several professional, civic, and non-profit organizations, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. She is married to Charles Glover, and they have two adult children, Attorney Candace Glover and Dr. Charles Glover II.

15 February

Ed Gordon

Journalist & Host
Bounce TV
Ed Gordon is known for interaction with newsmakers from the worlds of politics, entertainment and sports. Gordon is host of the nationally syndicated program Conversations with Ed Gordon where Gordon gets up-close and personal with celebrities and newsmakers. He hosts “Ed Gordon”, a quarterly news magazine program seen on Bounce TV and the syndicated radio program, Weekend with Ed Gordon. Gordon is heard twice a week on The Steve Harvey Morning Show.

16 February

Earl Graves

President & CEO
Black Enterprise
Earl G. Graves Jr. (Butch) is President & CEO of BLACK ENTERPRISE. He joined the company in 1988 after earning his M.B.A. from Harvard University. During his tenure at BLACK ENTERPRISE he has served in many positions, including VP of Advertising & Marketing, and Chief Operating Officer. In 2006 he was promoted to his current position.
Under Butch’s guidance BLACK ENTERPRISE has grown from a single-title publication into a robust multimedia company. Today, the company delivers content across five platforms, including magazine publishing; two nationally syndicated television shows; professional development events; digital and social media.
In 2000, he co-founded the Black Enterprise/Greenwich Street Corporate Growth Fund. This unique private equity firm seeks to finance the growth of established minority-owned or -managed businesses across various industries. Mr. Graves is also a Managing Director of the Pinnacle Minority Supplier Development Fund.
Butch received his B.A. in economics from Yale University in 1984, distinguishing himself both academically and athletically. As a four-year starter and captain of the Yale basketball team, he graduated as the school’s all-time leading scorer and the second leading scorer in Ivy League history. He was drafted in the third round by the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers in 1984 and enjoyed a brief professional basketball career with the Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers.
In 2002 Butch was inducted into the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Hall of Achievement. In 2006 he was awarded the Jack Avrett Volunteer Spirit Award from the Boy Scouts of America, and in 2009 he was honored with the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award.
Butch serves on the board of directors of AutoZone, Bermuda Tourism Authority, and is a Trustee for The Committee For Economic Development. In addition to serving on numerous non-profit Boards, Mr. Graves is a strong national advocate for the importance of education and athletics, and has served as an AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) head basketball coach for more than 10 years.

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Ernest Green

Matrix Advisors

James F. Haddon

Managing Director
Head of Strategic Marketing

17 February

Logan Hampton

Lane College
Logan Hampton was named the 10th President of Lane College by the Lane College Board of Trustees on June 12, 2014. Since assuming his presidency, Dr. Hampton led the campus to strengthen its brand and Christian ethos, approve associate degrees, expand online course offerings, establish a more conventional student residential community with a robust first year experience program, and improve the arts, recreation and athletic facilities. These efforts contributed to increases in the following areas: Total student enrollment, 13 percent; first-time Tennessee students, 61 percent; first-time student retention, 31 percent and overall retention, 15 percent; and donations to the College, 158 percent.

Dr. Hampton has a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). His dissertation topic was "Predicting Graduation at a Metropolitan Institution with Selected Student Characteristics and Performance Indicators". He earned a Master of Arts in Student Personnel Services from Northwestern State University in Louisiana where his thesis topic was "Minority Student Leadership on Predominantly White Campuses". He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology (minor in math), Arkansas Tech University.

Prior to joining Lane College, Dr. Hampton served in numerous student services capacities at UALR, University of Central Arkansas, Texas A&M University and Texas Christian University. At UALR he served as Vice Provost for Student Affairs, the chief student affairs officer, and as an adjunct faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership, College of Education. While at UALR, Dr. Hampton was chosen by the students as Administrator of the Year and Staff of the Year. He was also presented the Brother’s Keeper Leadership Award for his work in co-founding the African American Male Initiative.

Active in the college, community and church, Dr. Hampton serves on the Board of Directors for National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), the General Connectional Board of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and the Board of Trustees for West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation, Jackson, TN. In addition to working as a higher education administrator, Dr. Hampton is an ordained elder in full connection of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. He served twenty-four years as a pastor in the Arkansas Region of the First Episcopal District.

He and his wife, Susan, are the parents of three adult children: Elise, Crystal and Logan III.

Rick Hancock

CEO President, & Co-Founder
MyMobile Lyfe
Rick Hancock is an award-winning multimedia communicator and entrepreneur. Rick is currently CEO and co-founder of MyMobilelyfe, LLC (MML). MML is a technology driven digital marketing and advertising agency newsroom for brands. Mobile content, mobile solutions for today's "mobilelyfe."
Previously Rick served as an Assistant Managing Editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and oversaw the launch of MyAJC.com.
Prior to the AJC Rick served as Digital Platform Director for CT1 Media, New England's largest multimedia company (CT1media.com). He managed day-to-day and long-term digital initiatives for Hartford Courant and Fox CT's websites, mobile and social media platforms &delivered on-air, tech reports for The FoxCT Morning News.
Prior to CT1 Media, Rick was CEO of Potpourri Media, LLC a full service digital multimedia consulting company. Clients included leading media companies, trade organizations and non-profits.
From 2008 to 2011 served as an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Department of Journalism at the University of Connecticut where he created the department's first social media and entrepreneurial journalism courses.
From 2006 to 2008 Rick served as a Dean in the School of Communications and a Professor of Digital Journalism at Quinnipiac University. In 2003, he was selected as a Western Knight Fellow for Specialized Journalism participant.
Rick has been a trail blazing advocate for digital media for more than 20 years; he's worked in “legacy” media as a news anchor/reporter in Washington, DC, Baltimore, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut. Earned a MS in Interactive Communications from Quinnipiac University and a BA in Political Science from Howard University.
An evangelist for interactive digital media he's a sought after speaker on hot topics surrounding the Internet. Presented at international and national conferences including Yale University, the Online News Association and National Association of Black Journalists. He's been quoted in national publications including the New York Times and Broadcasting and Cable.
Specialties: Interactive and digital media.

16 February

Hermene Hartman

President and CEO/ Publisher
Hartman Publishing Group Inc and N'DIGO
Hermene Hartman is one of the most significant and influential Black women in American publishing. She serves as President and CEO of the Chicago-based Hartman Publishing Group, Inc.,

Her flagship publication, N'DIGO, was founded in 1989, has the largest African-American newspaper circulation in the nation and the largest alternative newspaper circulation in Chicago. The weekly publication has an audited circulation of 155,000 and a readership of 625,000.

In 1995, N'DIGO PROFILES was established as a special annual publication, with a targeted insert in the Chicago Tribune and Crain's Chicago Business Magazine with a circulation of 325,000.

Ms. Hartman is Founder and President of N'DIGO Foundation, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which began in 1995.It sponsors an annual Black Tie Gala, for the sole purpose of raising funds for educational purposes.

In 2004 Ms. Hartman became the President of the Alliance of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE), a business group, dedicated to entrepreneurial pursuits with 70 members with revenues of nearly one billion in collective annual revenues.

Hartman received a M.B.A. from the University of Illinois, a M.A. degree in Sociology and MPH with Honors from Roosevelt University and a B.F.A. from Roosevelt University. She has received over 200 awards for outstanding achievement in media, business, community services, education, and communication.

16 February

Stephen Hightower

President and CEO
Hightowers Petroleum Co.
Stephen L. Hightower leads a $300 million business enterprise consisting of five national and international businesses, all providing energy solutions. A self-made entrepreneur since 1979, Mr. Hightower grew his national wholesale fuel supply company into an energy solutions enterprise covering the entire energy value chain, from petroleum supply to energy efficiency and power generation.
A seasoned international businessperson since 1983, Mr. Hightower has been active in the development of clean power generation in sub-Saharan Africa, with a recent focus on South African waste-to-energy projects. He is currently active in oil-related projects in Nigeria and Kenya, and natural gas producing projects in multiple regions around the world.
Hightower serves at the pleasure of the President with two appointments; the Department of Interior, National Park Foundation and Department of Energy, National Petroleum Council. He received the 2016 SE Ohio MSDC Legacy Business of the Year Award, 2014 National MED Week Award, and 2013 Black Enterprise Industrial/Service Company of the Year among many others. Other memberships include:
* National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Board of Directors
* Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Cincinnati, Board of Directors
* Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Board of Directors
* Wright State University Foundation, Board of Trustees

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Alon Hillel-Tuch

Partner and Managing Partner
Dreamit Capital, Stacked Venture Builder
Alon was the co-founder and the Chief Financial and Technical Officer of RocketHub, one of the world’s largest alternative finance platforms, acquired in 2015. Alon is a founding member of the Forbes Technology Council, and a board member of the Crowdfunding Professional Association.Alon has twice testified in front of U.S. Congress on equity crowdfunding and financial innovation, co-authored three acclaimed whitepapers on the JOBS Act, and was selected to lead FINRA’s Capital Markets Series on the JOBS Act, for which Alon received an award. He also hosted the White House’ JOBS Council at his offices. The U.S. Department of State named Alon’s previous firm a top 12 global partner for 2015, a partnership he led.

Alon has participated in large speaking engagements such as TEDx, Make Innovation, Campaign Summit, World Finance Conference, CrowdEconomy, OPEN Innovation, and others. Alon has worked on partnerships with the White House, U.S. Department of State, Fulbright Foundation, Cisco, Microsoft, Chrysler, Wieden+ Kennedy, Ovation TV, A&E Networks, and others.Several partners have received awards while working with him: Cannes Bronze Lion (W+K), Emmy (A&E).

Alon earned his M.Sc in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University and was named a fellow of the Earth Institute's Advanced Consortium of Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity; he specialized in genocide prevention and social network theory. Alon speaks English, Dutch, Chinese, and some German.

Alon Bullet Point form:
•Alon is a technical founder with high-profile partnership and branding expertise; he founded and sold one of the world’s top crowdfunding platforms (CFO & CTO).
•Industry voice on the JOBS Act, testified twice in U.S. Congress, and led FINRA’s Capital Market Series XVII.
•Special Situations Head, BCMS Corp.; Interim CTO & Advisor, PlayerNet; Board Member, Crowdfunding Professional Association; Founding Member - Forbes Technology Council.
•MSc, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Columbia University, Earth Institute Fellow & BA, Hamilton College, Phi Sigma Iota.

16 February

Tricia Hoffler

Edmund Firm
Tricia “CK” Hoffler is a named partner with Edmond, Lindsay & Hoffler LLP, an Atlanta-based law firm that generally specializes in representing plaintiffs in medical malpractice, wrongful death catastrophic personal injury, and commercial litigation. Ms. Hoffler is licensed in 5 states including Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Dc and Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Edmond, Lindsay & Hoffler, Ms. Hoffler was a partner at Willie Gary’s office in Stuart, Florida and ran his commercial litigation practice. To date, Ms. Hoffler has tried and/or settled cases totaling over $800,000 million dollars.

Ms. Hoffler was educated in some of the finest schools in Switzerland (College du Leman, University of Geneva), Canada (Branksome Hall) and the United States. She received her law degree from Georgetown University and her undergraduate degree from Smith College. She has been counsel to Reverend Jackson and related organizations for the past 28 years.

She speaks French fluently and is proficient in Spanish and Portuguese

Maya Horgan Famodu

Exec. Director
Maya Horgan Famodu is an ecosystem architect, driving growth and development in Sub-Saharan based startup ecosystems.
She is Founder of Ingressive, an investment group that backs top African tech and leads corporates and venture capitalists to do business and successfully navigate West Africa ("Tour of Tech").
She's brought companies including Y Combinator, 500 Startups, New Relic, USAID, GitHub, and Techstars to Nigeria to meet local tech ecosystem, then invest in deals. Their last event convened over 500 top tech founders and global investors, many of whom went on to invest in or officially advise companies they met that week in Lagos. She has been featured in Financial Times, CNBC Africa, BusinessDay, Inc, Huffington Post, Bella Naija, ThisDay, The Guardian, and many others.
Maya attended Pomona College after completing the Cornell University Prelaw Program, and worked within the banking sector of JPMorgan Chase. Before starting Ingressive, Maya conducted extensive emerging market economic research in Southern Africa and LatAm, taking students with her to explore keys to sustainable economic development. She also worked in private equity research, consulting with businesses looking to enter the West African market.

16 February

Keith Horton

General Counsel
Office of State Treasurer, Illinois
Keith Horton is General Counsel for the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office. As chief legal officer, Mr. Horton advises Treasurer Michael Frerichs on legal, compliance, and procurement issues impacting the office’s $25 billion investment portfolio. Additionally, Mr. Horton is a member of the Investment Policy Committee, which sets and implements the Treasurer’s investment strategy.
Mr. Horton’s prior public sector experience includes serving as Deputy General Counsel for the Illinois Governor’s Office, as well as positions with the Illinois Capital Development Board and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Previously, Mr. Horton worked in the private sector as a litigator for national law firms and as a management consultant for the financial services industry practice of a Big 4 consultancy.
Mr. Horton graduated from Yale University (Bachelor of Arts, Economics) and the University of Illinois College of Law (Juris Doctor). He holds a Certificate in Public Treasury Management from the National Institute of Public Finance and the Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management.

17 February

Adrienne Irmer

Legislative Coordinator
Cook County
A proud native of Chicago’s South Side, Adrienne Irmer has been a passionate champion of social causes for over 16 years; her professional work has crossed all sectors, including electoral campaign work at all levels of government. Adrienne currently serves on the legislative staff of Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle, in the Cook County Bureau of Asset Management and is both thrilled and humbled to join this year’s line-up of esteemed panelists.
Adrienne received her bachelor’s in Biology from MIT (2004), and, as a National Urban Fellow (2014), Adrienne received her MPA and served as Special Assistant to the City Manager for the city of Beverly Hills, CA. Although a Biologist (by undergraduate degree), Adrienne has applied her highly-tuned critical thinking and analytical skills to the study of the dynamic and complex systems that are communities, in the arenas of public policy, community & economic development, advocacy/activism, and community & government affairs. Adrienne is a 2017 Political Partner with the Truman National Security Project, 2017 Fellow of the Chicago Urban League IMPACT Leadership Development Program, and sits on the Executive Leadership Board for New Leaders Council, Chicago. Adrienne’s civic leadership includes: the Junior Executive Board for South Central Community Services, Inc. and the Advisory Board to the Chicago Ideas Week YOU(th) Program.

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Rev Jesse Jackson Sr

Founder and CEO
Rainbow PUSH Coalition

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David Jefferson

Metropolitan Baptist Church

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Jimmy R. Jenkins Sr.

Livingston College
Dr. Jenkins most recently served as President of Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida from 1997 to 2005. During his tenure, the College expanded its faculty and broke ground on its first new building in decades while reducing its debt from $8.5 million to $500,000 in three years and growing its enrollment from 300 students to 1,300 students. Recently, Edward Waters named this new building after Dr. Jenkins as a tribute to the tremendous progress made under his leadership.
Prior to his tenure at Edward Waters College, Dr. Jenkins served as a chancellor of Elizabeth City State University from 1977 to 1995, becoming the first alumnus to serve as its Chief Executive Officer. While there, he secured the support of the State Legislature of North Carolina for construction of six major buildings on campus. He also launched a $5 million capital campaign, completing the fundraising a year ahead of schedule. He was honored to have the then newly constructed Science Building named in his honor.
Dr. Jenkins earned a Bachelors degree in Biology from Elizabeth City State University, teaching certification in Biology from Howard University, and a Masters degree and Doctorate degree in Biology Education from Purdue University. He is married to Dr. Faleese Moore-Jenkins, and they have three children: Dr. Lisa Lopez, Attorney Ginger Cartwright, and Jimmy Jr., a graphic artist and college lecturer.

15 February

Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.

Senior Managing Partner
Lazard Ltd

Alex Jordanov

Award-Winning Journalist and Filmmaker

15 February

Olivier Kamanzi

African Global Chaber of Commerce
Olivier Kamanzi is International Financial Sector Development Consultant, Capital markets expert, and Philanthropist. Currently, he is President & CEO of Africa Global Chamber of Commerce headquartered in Chicago. He is Founder and CEO of Globrock Financial Group Inc., a global management Consulting and investment advisory firm established in 2010 with its headquarters in Chicago downtown. Kamanzi is also owner of Africa Infrastructure Investment Group based in Dakar, Senegal. He is former Deputy Executive Director of Capital Market Authority Rwanda, former Senior Investment Specialist of Citigroup and Executive employee at JPMorgan Chase. He is Founder and Chairman of The Olivier Kamanzi Foundation – a public charitable organization.
Mr. Kamanzi assisted in establishment the Rwandan capital markets industry – a national project completed successfully and the creation of the first in kind of the Rwanda Stock Exchange. He initiated different policies and program including East Africa Financial Sector Integration including Member of Financial Task Force that developed and implemented successfully the Payment System in East Africa (Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, and Uganda). Assisted in Regional Capital Markets harmonization and integration policies, Rwanda Privatization Policy through Capital Markets. Mr. Kamanzi holds MBA in Finance from Ashford University, the Forbes School of Business in Iowa and a bachelor degree in Business Administration from University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He fluently speaks 6 languages including English, French, Russian, Swahili, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, and basics in Germany.

16 February

Arben Kane

Managing Partner
Stacked Venture Builder
A serial founder and experienced entrepreneur with over 17 years of experience in technology, Arben started four companies still operating today. He is currently Chairman and President of the award-winning Kontur Labs, a Geo Location/Analytics focused Software engineering company that designed & developed the current global DisasterAWARE platform. He also founded Ozolio, a live HD webcam streaming service that increases consumer engagement with brands; FlikMedia, which develops and designs video applications for mobile platforms; iRAPP, which was the first Citrix for Mac Terminal Services solution with top Fortune 100 enterprise clients.

Arben has also served as the CTO or Senior VP of Engineering for several companies, including the App first location-mapping company EchoEcho, crowdsourced disaster management app UBAlert, Paradise Television, and Fresh Island Fish Co. He is an experienced venture investor, as an angel, as an Operating Partner at Pegasus Capital, and as Founder and General Partner of mBloom.

Arben received a B.S. in Logistics from Berufsakademie Stuttgart and a B.S. in Computer Science from Fachhochschule Darmstadt. He holds four US patents in interactive video viewing and media data processing.

Arben Bullet Point form:
•Entrepreneur, tech visionary & startup shrink. An arbiter in the world of technology and a relentless challenger against the limitations of the human condition.
•His advanced technical foundation underpins all of his entrepreneurial efforts, and his business skills made a resolute mark in the industries of: map and data visualization, leading to his work in disaster management, data analysis, solution strategies, media distribution, and travel and hospitality around the world.
•He was the founding CEO/CTO of Kontur Labs, Ozolio, EchoEcho, Flikdate, and mbloom Ventures.

16 February

Yoon Kane

Yoon Kane is a Manhattan-based psychotherapist, founder and director of a group psychotherapy practice, Mindful Psychotherapy Services and CEO of an remote digital therapy platform, everbliss. Yoon's leadership and psychotherapy approach is the product of 16 years of mindfulness meditation, intensive study and experience as a Yale-trained practitioner and entrepreneur. Yoon is passionate about empowering individuals and groups to achieve their highest purpose. In addition to her clinical and business pursuits, she presents and trains nationally on the topic of group psychotherapy and women leadership.

16 February

Ronnie Kaymore

Kaymore Sports Risk
Ronnie Kaymore a professional football player who retired in 2006. Attended Washington State University by way of Nassau Community College (Garden City, New York). Ronnie Kaymore spent most of his professional football career between NFL tryouts and the Arena Football League. Upon Retiring in 2006, Ronnie began to work in banking. It was there he developed a passion for the world of finance and insurance. Ronnie left banking in 2008 and worked as an insurance advisor with New York Life. At the conclusion of being the number 1 sales rep of his hiring class Ronnie wanted to focus on athletes and insurance. Ronnie Kaymore became an independent insurance advisor in the year of 2009 as CEO of Kaymore Sports Risk Management and currently holds the same position. Ronnie has worked with well over hundreds of athletes serving in various areas of insurance. Ronnie Kaymore is a Top of the Table MDRT (Million Dollar Roundtable) insurance advisor. Ronnie is Married to Monique Kaymore and have three children Kirtsten,Kayla and Caleb Kaymore. Ronnie also serves as Youth Pastor under the leadership of Pastor Eddie Douglas Anderson at the Tabernacle of Jesus located in Newark New Jersey.

15 February

Duane Kinnon

Kinnon Consulting Group
Duane Kinnon has over 20-years of experience transforming communities through education initiatives, youth development, sports and recreation. Through his executive management positions at the Salvation Army and the Boys & Girls Club of America and programmatic roles with various foundations and government agencies, Duane became a nationally recognized change agent—developing innovative community solutions, setting new fundraising records for vital programs and becoming a highly sought after organizational “problem-solver.” His high-impact youth development and sports initiatives have touched over 100,000 youth while giving him a unique understanding of the challenges and dynamics surrounding effective management of nonprofit organizations. He has successfully activated and managed dozens of initiatives with public schools, universities, partnering agencies and faith based organizations, resulting in stronger families and thriving communities. Today, Duane puts his results-driven expertise to work providing strategic management services to non-profits and social enterprises, specializing in board and staff development, effective business management, high impact program development and fundraising.
Duane served on St. Joseph’s Hospital Community Advisory Council, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s national youth sports commissions in football and baseball and the New York State Government Relations Committee. He was also a board member of the Syracuse 20/20 and 40 Below. Duane co-chaired the Syracuse ‘Say Yes to Education’ CBO Task Force and he is presently a member of the Coalition of Young Professionals in Brownsville, Brooklyn.
In 2010, Duane won the New York Community Foundation John F. Marsellus Sabbatical Award for executive leadership. Through this award, he attended Harvard Business School’s Global, Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. Duane was an All-East football team captain at Syracuse University and played professional sports in both football and baseball. He holds a B.S. in Child & Family Studies from Syracuse University and Masters of Science in Business Administration from the Metropolitan College of NY.

15 February

Om Kundu

Chair & CEO
Om Kundu is the founder of InSpirAVE: its flagship platform has been cited as revolutionary in empowering retail consumers with end-to-end access to discover and save for their aspired merchandise and experiences. By multiplying savings, InSpirAVE’s proprietary digital technology ensures that aspired purchases — including those that may have been out-of-reach otherwise — are discovered and fulfilled for life’s ‘special moments.’

InSpirAVE has been recognized as one of the World’s Top FinTech ‘Company To Watch by BAI and the American Banker: Its #SaveForWhatMatters mission — in engendering a sustainable foundation for retail consumption—has been oft-cited across the industry, including recognition from ‘South by Southwest’ and Finovate 10th Anniversary.

For over a decade and half preceding InSpirAVE, Mr. Kundu has driven growth — within key in-house roles and as a trusted advisor for several leading retail + financial institutions including Citigroup, SunTrust, PNC, Deloitte Financial Services — with footprints both nationally and globally. Be in the novel solutions he has built-from-scratch or in the oversight of mature P&Ls and portfolios with over $40 billion in balances across product-lines [assets/liabilities/payments], segments [‘Unbanked' to UHNW], and channels [Digital/Mobile, Retail, Social], Om's contributions have been recognized for their unrelenting focus in championing wins that are as compelling for customers as they are for ecosystem partners and shareholders.

Mr. Kundu is a Stanford University alum having graduated with degrees in Mathematical and Computational Sciences and Interdisciplinary ‘Science, Technology, Society’ Honors. He has chaired numerous industry conferences, been interviewed across the industry, and served on the advisory boards of multiple organizations and publications across industry-sectors.

15 February

Adrienne Lawrence

Legal Analyst
Adrienne Lawrence is an anchor and legal analyst at ESPN. After practicing law for eight years, she joined the network in August 2015 as part of ESPN The Fellowship, an effort to place more people of color in on-air opportunities in sports broadcast. At ESPN, Adrienne has anchored on SportsCenter Coast-to-Coast and ESPNEWS. She’s also served as a legal analyst on programming across ESPN’s platforms, such as SportsCenter, His & Hers, and The Right Time with Bomani Jones. Additionally, she contributes legal commentary as a writer for ESPN.com and ESPNW. Adrienne is a graduate of the California State University-Sacramento, The John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The George Washington University Law School and the University of Southern California (thesis pending).

15 February

Maxine Leftwich

Executive Director
Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project

Wilmer Leon

Nationally Broadcast Radio Talk Show Host
SiriusXM Satellite
Wilmer J. Leon III, Ph.D. is the author of Politics Another Perspective: Commentary and Analysis on Race, War, Ethics and the American Political Landscape in the Age of Obama. He is a Political Scientist whose primary areas of expertise are Black Politics, American Government, and Public Policy. For 11 years Dr. Leon was a Lecturer in the Political Science Department at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Currently, Dr. Leon is a nationally broadcast radio talk show host on SiriusXM Satellite radio channel 126, nationally syndicated columnist with the Trice Edney News Wire, and regular political commentator on national and international news programs.
Dr. Leon earned a BS degree in Political Science from Hampton Institute, a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from Howard University, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Howard University.
He was also a contributing author to Democratic Destiny and the District of Columbia (Lexington Books, 2010).
Dr. Leon is a regular contributor to TruthOut.org, Politics In Color.com, BlackStar News.com, Black Agenda Report, Black Politics on the Web, and over 200 newspapers and other web sites across the country. He can also be seen as a regular contributor and analyst on TV-One’s News One Now with Roland Martin, Press-TV and RT TV.
A serious void exists in the public discourse relating to the issues that directly and/or disproportionately impact the African-American community. Dr. Leon discusses issues such as the prison industrial complex, environmental racism, school vouchers, health care, crime policy, economic globalization, American domestic and foreign policy from as much of a non-biased and academically accurate perspective as possible. Dr. Leon’s perspective and lectures are grounded in the history of the African American community and the radical tradition of African American scholarship.

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Christina Lewis Halpern

Founder and Executive Director
All Star Code
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She was recognized in 2016 as a “Woman of Power” by the National Action Network, in 2014 as a White House Champion of Change for STEM Access and in 2015 as an Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Finalist. She and her work have been featured in Barron’s, Fortune, Fast Company, The Root, Town & Country, The Daily News and PBS among other media outlets.
A sought-after writer and speaker on the future of the workplace, entrepreneurship, equity, philanthropy, culture and personal transformation, Christina has spoken at NY Ideas, Harvard Law School, The Atlantic Forum in Education, The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurship Forum, SXSW, BET Leading Women Redefined and many other venues. Christina is the author of “Lonely at the Top,” a 2012 best-selling Kindle Single memoir about her father, Reginald F. Lewis, the first African-American to build a billion-dollar business.
Christina is a member of the board of the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation, and Chair of the Class of 2002 Associates Committee for Harvard College. She is also an angel investor and an advisor to other entrepreneurs.
Prior to founding All Star Code, Christina worked for five years as a staff writer for the Wall Street Journal. She began her career as a crime reporter in Stamford, Conn.
Christina has a BA from Harvard College inHistory and Literature and is passionate about catalyzing change. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

15 February

Bruce Lincoln

Silicon Harlem
Bruce Lincoln is the Co-Founder of Silicon Harlem (http://wwwsiliconharlem.net). Silicon Harlem is a nationally recognized for-profit social venture dedicated to transforming Harlem into a hub for technology and innovation. A member of the Mayor’s Broadband Advisory Task Force, Bruce has been at the forefront of the equitable development of the Internet in Harlem and the City of New York since 1994. From 1994 until 2004, Bruce was the Senior Educational Technologist and Manager of Community Outreach at the Institute for Learning Technologies at Teachers College, Columbia University where he managed a ten-year cycle of projects that served as national models for equity and access to the socioeconomic benefits of Internet.
• The Harlem Environmental Access Project (1994-96), • The Eiffel Project (1996-2001),
• The Harlem Renaissance 2001 Project (1999-2001), • The SmartForce E-Learning Digital Scholarship Fund (2000-2002),
• The New York Online Neighborhood Educational Network Project (2000-2003),
• New York City Community Technology Center Bank Project (2001-2004).
From 1998 through 2001, under the Clinton Administration, Bruce served as an advisor to the White House and was a member of the PITAC, The President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee. Bruce is a Senior Fellow at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) at the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University and from May 2008 until June 2011, he was the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Center for Technology, Innovation and Community Engagement (CTICE), Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

15 February

James H. Lowry

President; Senior Advisor
James H. Lowry & Associates; TheBoston Consulting Group

Kay Lucus

Media Sense

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Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Founder & President
Economic Education
Dr. Julianne Malveaux is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women. She is an economist, author and commentator who’s popular writings have appeared in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms.Magazine, Essence Magazine, the Progressive and many more.
Well-known for appearances on national network programs, including CNN, BET, PBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, C-SPAN and others; Malveaux is booked to offer commentary on subjects ranging from economics to women's rights and public policy. She has also hosted television and radio programs.
A committed activist and civic leader, Dr. Malveaux has held positions in women’s, civil rights, and policy organizations. Currently she serves on the boards of the Economic Policy Institute, The Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, DC, and the Liberian Education Trust. Malveaux is also President of PUSH Excel, the educational branch of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.
She has also lectured at more than 500 colleges/universities and corporate events. For the last 5 years Dr. Malveaux has focused and centered her efforts on public speaking appearances and her work as a broadcast and print / journalist and author.

15 February

Jonathan Malveaux

Bast Partners and Partner Ares Group
Jon has pursued a diverse career in structuring and negotiating complex transactions as an investment professional, corporate attorney and sports marketing executive. With 20+ years of professional experience in Japan, China and South Korea, Jon has developed a unique global network of strategic relationships.

Jon is a Partner at Bast Partners which provides consulting and advisory services to various early- to mid-stage companies, primarily in the technology space, and is responsible for sourcing new deal opportunities and providing strategic advisory services to client companies. Jon is also a Partner of Ares Group, a sports agency that sources sponsorship for star athletes and leading sports properties in the US and Europe, including stadiums, arenas, teams and leagues.

Jon was previously a Managing Partner at Manhattan Venture Partners (MVP), a research-driven merchant bank focused on mid- to late-stage private technology companies. Prior to joining MVP, Jon was a Director in Deutsche Bank’s principal finance group where he sourced and structured bespoke transactions across all sectors and a wide spectrum of asset classes, including credit opportunities for corporate and ultra-high net worth individuals, asset finance, commercial real estate and financial institutions. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Jon was a Vice President at Credit Suisse and an Associate at Lehman Brothers, in each case within the Leveraged Finance Group, where he structured and executed leveraged loan and high yield bond transactions, primarily in the mergers and acquisition context. Prior to Lehman Brothers, Jon was a corporate attorney at Latham & Watkins where he represented financial institutions in complex leveraged finance transactions, with a particular focus on cross-border transactions and acquisition financings.

Jon holds a JD/MBA from Columbia University, and an AB in Government from Harvard University. He is admitted to the New York State Bar Association, and holds FINRA Series 7 and Series 63 licenses. He is an Advisory Board Member of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

15 February

Renaye Manley

Deputy Director
SEIU Capital Stewardship Program, SEIU
Renaye Manley has held staff positions in national unions for over twenty years. She currently serves as Deputy Director for the Service Employees International Union Capital Stewardship department and serves as a deputy trustee for the SEIU $2b pension fund. In this position, she works with pension trustees, investment professionals and union leaders around the engagement of multi-billion dollar union and public pensions. She currently leads the union’s efforts on “Diversity and Dollars”, an initiative to increase racial, ethnic and gender diversity in the capital markets. She serves as a member the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s advisory board on Small Business, Agriculture and Labor, a post she has held since 2013.She also serves as an advisory committee member of the Harvard Trustee Leadership Forum, based in Cambridge Massachusetts. Prior to her job at SEIU, Renaye worked for Interfaith Worker Justice, a community /labor collaboration, coordinating work with national unions and denominations on issues of workplace justice.She served as a Midwest field Representative for the AFL-CIO for a number of years, working in the Midwest on strategic union initiatives.She is a graduate of Indiana University and holds an MBA from Western Governor’s University.

Renaye is married to Richard Manley and they have three children, Calvin, Cayla and Cameron

17 February

Cynthia Marshall

Senior Vice President
Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer, At&T
In her role as Senior Vice President – Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer, Cynthia (Cynt) Marshall is responsible for identifying and developing leaders, aligning employees with the company’s vision and priorities, overseeing major business unit HR support, and employee engagement. She also leads AT&T’s efforts to leverage its longstanding leadership in diversity and inclusion to drive sustained innovation and growth – as well as the company’s EEO and affirmative action policies. She was appointed to the Chief Diversity Officer position in March 2015.

Previously, Cynt served as Senior Vice President-Human Resources. Before that she was President-AT&T North Carolina, where she oversaw the company’s regulatory, legislative and community affairs activities in the state. In this role, Cynt became the first African-American chair of the North Carolina State Chamber of Commerce.

Cynt joined Pacific Bell in 1981, and over the years has held management positions in operations, human resources, network engineering and planning, and regulatory/external affairs.

Widely recognized for her visionary leadership, Cynt was named to Ebony Magazine’s 2016 “Power 100” list. In 2015 she was selected as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise Magazine – and in 2014 industry analysts and members of the press conferred on her the HR Executive of the Year - Best in Biz Award. For her efforts on behalf of the people of North Carolina, in 2013 Cynt received the prestigious Leadership North Carolina’s Governor’s Award, which honors just one citizen each year for lifetime achievements.

Cynt has a passion for young people and education, and puts that passion to work. In North Carolina she served as co-chair of the Joint Legislative Commission on Dropout Prevention and High School Graduation – and was named a “Friend of Education” by the state Board of Education for her untiring support of students and schools. Cynt currently helps young people by serving on the Dallas CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council – the preeminent member organization for the development of global black leaders whose mission is to increase the number of successful black executives.

Cynt graduated from the University of California-Berkeley with degrees in business administration and human resources management. Additionally, she’s received honorary doctorates from Livingstone College and Bennett College for her many achievements and support of young people. Cynt has successfully guided students nationwide – particularly young women – toward STEM professions, and has loved seeing them achieve more than they imagined possible. In early 2017 she led an AT&T effort to fund thousands of nationwide student viewings of the Academy Award-nominated movie Hidden Figures – a film she describes as “simply the best movie I have ever seen!”

The fourth of six children, Cynt grew up in Richmond, California, and now lives in the Dallas area. She and her husband, Kenneth Marshall, have three children

16 February

Marcus L. Martin, II

Global Oaks Capital
Marcus brings over 15 years of global and locally embedded emerging markets management experience across EMEA at UBS, Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, Troika (SBERbank), UniCredit & JonesTrading. He prides himself as an infrastructure architect and a “go-to” guy for trusted client relationships to handle global block trading and liquidity needs. His client focus is global and spans across corporates, pensions and traditional/alternative asset managers.

16 February

Gloria Materre

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
A proven leader and accomplished executive, Gloria focuses her practice on real estate and general corporate law, government relations and regulatory matters. She also has significant experience
within the media and entertainment realm, having served as outside counsel to BET in negotiating
talent and licensing agreements, as well as representing CBS in a federal court case centering on a
dispute between management and talent, and representing broadcasting clients in talent
negotiations. She also has served as outside corporate counsel to clients involved with Jimmy
John’s and Curves franchises.
Within the corporate world, Gloria’s leadership abilities enable her to provide trusted, practical
counsel to clients on a wide variety of matters, ranging from transactions to contracts to governance.
She places a priority on building relationships, bringing parties together and working tirelessly to
move projects forward. As a recognized leader in the Illinois business community, Gloria was
appointed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to serve in executive leadership roles in state government. In
2009 she served as his Deputy Chief of Staff and was later appointed to serve as Executive Director
of the Illinois Housing Development Authority and the Illinois Liquor Control Commission, allowing
her to further utilize her abilities to bring positive change across the state. These roles also have
provided her with unique insight into the challenges faced by her clients, as she is able to examine
issues from both a legal and business standpoint.
Gloria is also actively involved in alcohol regulatory advocacy and in October, 2013, she was
recognized nationally for her leadership in Alcohol Regulation and received an inaugural annual
award from the Center For Alcohol Policy recognizing the work of Alcohol Regulators who have gone
above and beyond the call of duty in alcohol regulation efforts, and in creating programs that have
achieved positive results highlighting best practices that serve as examples for other States. She
also regularly participates as a speaker at conferences discussing legal issues related to state
alcohol beverage regulation.
As principal of Materre & Associates, P.C., a Chicago-based law firm from 1995-2009, Gloria built a
successful national practice with her team servicing clients in the media and entertainment
industries and practicing in real estate and corporate law. Gloria has vast experience in all aspects of
real estate law including acquisitions and dispositions, financial transactions, landlord tenant, lease
negotiations, zoning, property tax appeal, and advising clients on employment related matters,
building court matters and foreclosures. Materre was a legal writing instructor at the John Marshall
Law School, served on the Board of the Community Media Workshop, and participated in many public
speaking engagements, which she continues today. She is an active member and Barrister of the
Chicago Inn of Court, the Chicago Chapter of the Links, Inc., and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the
Illinois Restaurant Association. She is currently a board member of the Ruth Page Foundation, and a
former board member of Athletes Against Drugs, Local Initiatives Support Corporations (LISC), Mt.
Sinai Hospital, and the DuSable Museum of African American History. Early in her career she was an
account executive for the public relations firms Golin Harris Communications, and Edelman Public

Memberships & Affiliations
Chicago Inn of Court, Barrister
Mt. Sinai Hospital, Trustee
Chicago Links, Inc.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Leadership in Alcohol Regulation from the Center for Alcohol Policy
Recognized in Who’s Who Among Business

17 February

Andrew McCaskill

SVP Global Communications & Multicultural Marketing, Nielsen. Media & Advertising
The Nielson Company

Andrew McCaskill, SVP Global Communications & Multicultural Marketing

McCaskill is an accredited communications and crisis management executive with 20 years of experience delivering award-winning communications and brand campaigns at Fortune 500 companies and highly successful technology startups. For more than a decade, McCaskill was laser-beam focused on developing bran strategies to take technology companies from launch to liquidity. In 10 years, he executive helped launch more than 100 venture-backed technology providers, mostly in highly regulated industries. Later, as senior vice president in the corporate practice at Weber Shandwick New York, he led global communications strategy for Fortune 50 companies and household-name brands. At Nielsen, he has led the company's Global Media Relations Center of Excellence, provided guidance and counsel to Nielsen’s media relations teams in 106 countries and currently leads the company's communications and marketing efforts to and about diverse communities around the world.

He holds a BA from Morehouse College and an MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. His professional experience spans journalism, public relations and brand marketing, including stints at The Coca-Cola Company and Time Warner.

16 February

Frank McCoy

Journalist, Executive Producer, and Author
Frank McCoy created the Black Enterprise (B.E.) Top Blacks on Wall Street feature, B.E. Investment Bank, B.E. Asset Management, and B.E. Private Equity lists, and the B.E. Investment Roundtable.
He is Executive Editor of STEMRules.com. It is an online STEM news platform providing original and curated content about black, Hispanic, Native American, and women of color STEM students and professionals, and the organizations that hire them.
Frank was editor-in-chief at Black Engineer & Information Technology, Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology and Women of Color magazines, executive producer of AOL Money & Finance, and a senior editor at Black Enterprise, and U.S. News & World Report, a BusinessWeek staff editor, and a contributor toHispanic Business, AOL Latino, AOL Black Voices, and a columnist for TheRoot.com.
He received his M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University, his M.A. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Bachelor’s Degree in Individual Concentration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
From 1981 to 1985, he was an international banker and became the South Asia Desk Officer at Chemical Bank.

16 February


William McDonough

Head of Business Development & Partnerships
55 Capital Partners
Will most recently co-founded Atlas Mara, a Bank with operations in 7 African countries. Prior to Atlas Mara, Will managed the private capital of the current and retired partners of Goldman Sachs as well as co-founded Avenue Strategic Partners, a Distressed Debt and Credit Fund of Funds. Will has a BA from Boston College.

16 February

Tyrone Mcgowan

Financial Empowerment Program Director
Rainbow PUSH Coalition
A native of Chicago, IL, Rev. Tyrone McGowan is an ordained Baptist minister who walks in the prophetic preaching tradition. He is a 2010 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. While at Morehouse, McGowan studied political science and served as the president and King Scholar of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. He is also a 2013 honors graduate of Yale Divinity School where he was the recipient of the prestigious Walcott Calkins Prize for excellence in clear and vigorous public speaking.

A minister with a social conscience, McGowan has served as a two-time United States Congressional intern and as a research assistant for the Institute on Religion and Democracy in Washington, D.C. In October 2009, he had the privilege of participating on a special CNN panel entitled Black Men in the Age of Obama.

He currently serves as the senior pastor of the historic Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Robbins, IL. He also works as the national program director for a financial empowerment program sponsored by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Chevrolet.

15 February

Raymond J. McGuire

Global Head of Corporate & Investment Banking
Raymond J. McGuire is Citi’s Global Head of Corporate and Investment Banking (“CIB”). Mr. McGuire is a member of the Institutional Clients Group Executive Committee, the Institutional Clients Group Business Practices Committee and is a Board Member of Citigroup Global Markets Inc. Mr. McGuire actively leads and manages the CIB which helps to generate $22 Billion+ of annual client revenue. In addition, he personally has advised on transactions valued at well over $600 Billion.Prior to joining Citi, Mr. McGuire was the Global Co-Head of M&A at Morgan Stanley; Managing Director in the M&A Group of Merrill Lynch; and one of the original members of Wasserstein Perella & Co. He started his career in the M&A Group of The First Boston Corp.Mr. McGuire serves on several boards including: the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Citi Foundation, De La Salle Academy (Chairman), the Harvard Club of New York, the Hotchkiss School, the New York City Police Foundation, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the New York Public Library, the Studio Museum in Harlem (Chairman) and the Whitney Museum of American Art.He received his M.B.A. & J.D. from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School and an A.B., cum laude, from Harvard College.

17 February

Gregory W. Meeks

U.S. Representative
D-NY 5th District

Bernard Milano

PHD Project
The PhD Project was co founded in 1994 by the KPMG Foundation, Citi, Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) and AACSB International on the premise that workplace diversity can be achievedbyincreasingthediversityofbusinessschoolfaculty;minorityfacultyateamagnetforminority students.At its founding, there were294businessprofessorsfromunderrepresentedcommunitiesinthe United States,now there are over 1,350.

The PhD Project recruits AfricanAmerican, Hispanic-American andNative Americanprofessionalsfrom business into doctoral programs to become business professors who serve as mentors and sources of inspirationandencouragementtothenextgenerationofbusinessleaders.Itreceivesfinancialsupport from corporate, foundation and academicorganizations.

Mr.Milanoservesonseveralprofessional, community, religious andeducationalboardsincluding;the Episcopal Diocese of Newark N.J.; Beta Gamma Sigma; Enactus, Points of Light Foundation and HBCUBusinessDean'sRoundtablecorporateadvisoryboard.From2002-2009 ,he servedonPresident Bush'sBoardofAdvisorsonHistoricallyBlackCollegesandUniversities.Heholdshonorarydoctoral degrees fromNorthCarolinaA&T,Kent State andWilliamPatersonuniversities.
Mr. Milano has received numerous awards for his work in promoting academic diversity.

15 February

Pepper Miller

The Hunter-Miller Group
Pepper Miller is a researcher, thought leader, Black-American subject matter expert and advocate for Black Value in the consumer marketing space.
She founded The Hunter-Miller Group (HMG), in 1995, a Chicago based, leading edge market research and strategic firm. Since then, she has been helping Fortune 500 companies better understand and positively engage Black America, so that they can have loyal customers and a positive bottom line.
Pepper has interviewed thousands of consumers about their beliefs, feelings, thoughts and usage of hundreds of products and services for a number of companies including: AARP, AT&T, Brown-Forman, General Mills, Northwestern Mutual, McDonald’s, Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, Pfizer, US Bank, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, St. Jude Research Hospital for Children, Susan G. Komen, and more.
By blending her experiences, passion and insights, from the book that she co-authored with the late Herb Kemp What’s Black About It? (2006) and her book, Black Still Matters in Marketing, (2012), Pepper is able to help audiences think differently about Black America, and how they should approach this audience professionally and personally.
It’s this ability that earned Pepper the MAFA Trailblazer Award (2014), the “Takes the Cake” Best Speaker award in 2006 and 2012 at the prestigious Marketing 2 Women Conference, and Target Market News’ MAAX Award for Market Research Executive of the Year (2007).
Pepper has blogged for Forbes, Advertising Age and enjoys engaging and mentoring and young professionals (Miller’s Cream) at monthly “chat and chews” in her home.

16 February

VaShawn Mitchell

Gospel Singer and Songwriter

15 February

Zweli Mkhize

Treasurer General
African National Congress

17 February

Edward B. Montgomery

M Court School. Public Policy at Georgetown University

Ralph G. Moore

Ralph G. Moore, CPA, founded RGMA in 1979 where he has leveraged the skills he
cultivated at Arthur Andersen & Co. to build one of America’s premier supplier diversity
and minority business development consulting firms. RGMA has trained more supplier diversity professionals than any other firm worldwide. Clients have included Major League Baseball, Walmart, and NMSDC. He is also a special advisor to APCapital Holdings. Mr. Moore authored the RGMA Five Levels of Supplier Diversity which is recognized as the gold standard for benchmarking supplier diversity initiatives worldwide. He has led training seminars throughout the United States, South Africa,
France, United Kingdom and Canada. Mr. Moore is proud to have supported Reverend Jackson since 1968 when, as a college student, he volunteered at Black Expo and joined the picket lines to protest discrimination at A&P Stores.He was present when PUSH was founded on Christmas Day, 1971. His board service includes, City Colleges of Chicago, University of Chicago Medicine, the Chicago History Museum and the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE). Awards include the Ron Brown Award from the CMSDC and the NMSDC Leadership Award. Mr. Moore was inducted into the Minority Business Hall of Fame in 2015.

16 February

Nan J. Morrison

President & CEO
COuncil for Economic Education
Nan J. Morrison is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council for Economic Education. She has overall responsibility for deepening and expanding CEE’s work to deliver on its mission, including working closely with CEE’s network of over 240 affiliates across the country. Nan is an accomplished strategy consultant with extensive experience in the non-profit world. This experience, along with her academic background anchored in mathematics, makes her fundamentally aware of the critical importance of economic and financial literacy in the lives of our nation's young people.
Nan holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Yale University (magna cum laude) and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, with second year honors. She has completed 5 triathlons.

15 February

Marvin Moss

Salem United Methodist Church

15 February

Denise L. Nappier

Connecticut State

16 February

Monique Nelson

Uniworld Group
Monique L. Nelson specializes in leading multimillion-dollar, globally integrated marketing programs that drive sales, brand awareness and competitive advantage. As the Chairman and CEO of UniWorld Group, Inc., the longest-standing multicultural advertising agency in the world, Ms. Nelson brings strategic, coherent brand positioning through media, interactive and promotional inclusion across the marketing mix to UniWorld Group’s esteemed client list, which includes Ford Motor Company, Colgate-Palmolive, The Home Depot and the U.S. Marines.
Since taking the helm of UniWorld Group in May 2012, Ms. Nelson has expanded the agency’s client list and has led her team in the development of several award-winning campaigns that show the wide range of the agency’s expertise, and its ability to connect its clients with the growing and diverse cultures of today’s marketplace.
Ms. Nelson has an MBA in International Marketing and Finance from Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University. She received numerous honors and awards including The Network Journal 25 Influential Black Women 40 Under Forty, Ad Age's 40 Under 40,The Root 100, the 2015 Advertising Working Mothers of the Year and the HerStory Global Corporate Trailblazer and Community Service Award by Jack and Jill of America.

16 February

Ravi Norman

Thor Construction Inc
Ravi has been providing Executive leadership for 11 years, including presiding over their
strategic direction as CEO over the past seven years. Prior to his promotion, Ravi managed the firm’s financial strategy and operations as CFO, as well as facilitated the firm’s strategic planning processes and outcomes. Ravi possesses over 20 years of expertise in the areas of strategic management, organizational development and commercial finance. Ravi’s dynamic leadership style consists of an optimal mix of macro business strategy, management & organizational theory, and operational execution. Ravi combines superior written and verbal communication skills that are conveyed in a transparent, proactive and measurable manner. Ravi has collaborated with several Fortune 500 corporations and nonprofits to develop innovative solutions to maximize diversity and inclusion within the supply chain. Ravi’s corporate experience includes Norwest bank, Wells Fargo & Co, and Highland Banks. Ravi, and THOR, are both steadfastly committed to ensuring sustainable economic development outcomes and a shared prosperity for all MN citizens. One primary focus is to provide innovative solutions to reducing MN’s income and wealth disparities between whites and communities of color. Ravi is known for his thoughtful approaches to creating inspirational & aspirational influences with our youth, as well as efficient models for productivity and innovation in the areas of entrepreneurship and job creation. Ravi has created a “SIT EAT  GROW” model that serves as the basis for his vast mentorship and speaking engagements. Ravi is the proud husband of Amanda Norman (19 years) and father to three (3) wonderful children: Sydney (19), Richard (13) and Saylah (6). His family lives according to the bible verse Luke 12:48: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.”

17 February

Kweku Obed

Managing Director
Marquette Associates, Inc

17 February

Gabriel Obiang

Mines & Hydrocarbons

16 February

Roderick Paige

Interim President
Jackson State University

Jamerus Payton

HBCU Wall Street

15 February

Sabrina Philson

Epsilon Advisors. LLC
Sabrina Philson is Principal and Co-Founder of Epsilon Advisors, LLC, a management consulting firm that delivers strategic planning, new business development and maximization of profitability for minority and women-owned businesses and non-profits.
Prior to founding Epsilon Advisors, Sabrina spent a decade at JP Morgan Chase, where she was CFO of the Private Bank Liquidity Products Group and VP of the Strategic Advisory Group. During her tenure, she led an internal consulting team that built profitability management tools used in capacity planning, process reengineering, budgeting and benchmarking.
As a consultant, she was Chief of Staff at Bill Lynch Associates, a campaign management and government affairs firm.
Since 2008, Sabrina has provided strategic planning, board governance and financial management trainings for non-profits and entrepreneurs. Her acumen was recognized by Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education from 2008 through 2010. There, she presented to charter school leaders from across the United States at their annual Charter Schools Institute.
Sabrina resides in Brooklyn, NY, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and an alumnae of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO). Her volunteer commitments have focused on serving youth of color, with an emphasis on providing financial literacy and entrepreneurship training, through organizations like the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) and Beyond the Bling.

16 February

Randal D. Pinkett

President and CEO
BCT Partners
Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, author and scholar, and as a leading voice for his generation in business and technology. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of his fifth venture, BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar management consulting, research and evaluation, information technology, and data analytics firm headquartered in Newark, NJ. He has been featured on nationally televised programs such as The Today Show, CNN, MSNBC, and ABC’s Nightlight. In 2009, he was named to New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine’s official shortlist as a potential running mate for Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey. Dr. Pinkett is the author of Campus CEO and No-Money Down CEO and co-author of Black Faces in White Places. He holds five degrees including: a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University, where he competed as a championship track and field athlete; a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Oxford in England as a Rhodes Scholar; and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering, MBA, and Ph.D. from MIT. He was the winner of NBC’s hit reality television show, “The Apprentice,” and is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and First Baptist Church in Somerset, NJ, where he resides with his family, including a daughter and two sons.

16 February

Tony Prophet

Director of Equality
Tony Prophet is chief equality officer of Salesforce. He leads the company’s equality initiatives, focusing on gender, LGBTQ and racial equality to ensure that Salesforce reflects the diversity of the communities it serves. He is a member of the company’s executive committee, reporting to Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff.
Prior to joining Salesforce, Prophet served as Microsoft's corporate vice president of Education Marketing, where he defined the Microsoft Education business model, channel and market strategy. He was co-executive sponsor of Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) and founding executive of BlackLight, an organization empowering black marketers at Microsoft. Prior to Microsoft, he led operations for HP’s Printing & Personal Systems business as a senior vice president. He also held executive positions at United Technologies Corporation (UTC), Honeywell and was a partner at Booz Allen Hamilton. Prophet serves on the board of directors of Gannett and is chairman of the Transformation Committee.
Throughout his career, Prophet has worked as a champion for human rights and social justice, including protecting the rights of young workers, educating female workers on health issues in developing countries, improving schools for children of migrant workers and addressing the root causes of migratory worker flows. He is also passionate about community service, focusing on ensuring low-income teens get college educations, as well as improving health care for children and HIV-positive women in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Prophet holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Engineering from Kettering University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

15 February

Catherine E. Pugh

City of Baltimore, MD
Catherine Elizabeth Pugh was sworn in as the 50th Mayor of the City of Baltimore on December 6, 2016. Mayor Pugh has been a public servant for more than 15 years. She served as a member of the Baltimore City Council, representing the 4th district (1999 2003). During her tenure as Council Member, Mayor Pugh served as: Chair of the Taxation Subcommittee on Economic Development, Vice Chair of the Land Use & Planning Committee and member of the Urban Affairs Committee. In 2005 she was appointed to the Maryland General Assembly, House of Delegates, where she served for one year before running for her Senate seat in 2006. Her abilities to negotiate and her bipartisan approach catapulted her into various leadership positions in the Maryland Senate. She served as the Majority Leader, was Named Legislator of the Year (2010) by the City Paper, and passed over 150 pieces of legislation. Mayor Pugh is the visionary, cofounder and Chair of the Baltimore Design School, a public school for sixth through twelfth graders, and a founder of the Baltimore Marathon, which is in its fifteenth year and has over a $30 million impact on the city. She also created the Fish out of Water Project, which has raised one million dollars to wire city schools and provided music instruments for children. Mayor Pugh has served on several boards, including the University of Maryland Medical Systems and the Council of State Governments. Additionally, Mayor Pugh is a successful businesswoman, serving as President of CEPugh and Company, a marketing and public relations firm. She has worked as a banker, business developer, Dean and Director of Strayer Business College, Special Editor for the Baltimore Sun, and as a television and radio news reporter and talk show host. She is the author of Mind Garden: Where Thoughts Grow and Healthy Holly, a series of children’s books advocating exercise and healthy eating. Mayor Pugh holds an MBA from Morgan State University and has received qualification from the University of California as an Economic Development Specialist. She has been recognized for her
leadership and commitment to diversity and inclusion by numerous organization both local and nationally to include: The United State Small Business Advocate of the Year, The National Association of Securities Professionals Joyce Johnson Award, The NAACP Legislator of the Year, The Mental Health Associations Legislator of the Year, and the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s Living Legacy Award, to name a few.

17 February

Charles Rangel

13th District
New York, NY

17 February

George Richter

Vice President
Supply-Chain Management
George Richter is the senior vice president of supply chain management for Cox Communications. He is responsible for developing, implementing and executing an end-to-end supply chain strategy encompassing Supplier Diversity, Strategic Sourcing, Demand Planning, Forward & Reverse Logistics, CPE Testing & Repair, Warehouse Management, Purchasing and Inventory Management, in order to deliver best in class performance and to leverage Supply Chain as a competitive advantage for Cox
Prior to joining Cox, Richter spent more than 12 years with Arrow Electronics Inc., one of the world’s largest distributors of electronic components and value-added supply chain services. Most recently, he served as vice president of product and supplier management where he led the development effort for supplier management, customer forecast management and all aspects of purchasing as part of a global Oracle R12 implementation. Previously, he served as Arrow’s vice president of product management where he was responsible for $700 million in inventory, an annual spend in excess of $4 billion and leading a team in the planning, budgeting and forecasting for supply chain initiatives.

16 February

Alice M. Rivlin

Senior Fellow
Brookings Institute
Alice M. Rivlin is a senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution and a visiting professor at the McCourt School of Public at Georgetown University. She is an expert on fiscal, monetary, and health policy.
Rivlin was director of the White House Office of Management and Budget in the first Clinton administration and served as vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board (1996-99). She also chaired the District of Columbia Financial Management Assistance Authority (1998-2001). Rivlin was the founding director of the Congressional Budget Office (1975-83). At Brookings she was director of the Economic Studies Program at Brookings (1983-87) and Director of the Center for Health Policy (2013-2016). She also served at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.
In 2010, Rivlin was named by President Obama to the Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. She also co-chaired, with former Senator Pete Domenici, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Task Force on Debt Reduction.
Rivlin is a frequent contributor to newspapers, television, and radio. She received a BA in economics from Bryn Mawr College and a PhD from Radcliffe College (Harvard University) in economics.

16 February

John W. Rogers Jr.

Chairman, CEO & Chief Investment Officer, Lead Portfolio Manager
Arie Investments
John’s passion for investing began at age 12, when his father began buying him stocks as Christmas and birthday gifts. His interest in equities grew at Princeton University, where he majored in economics, and over the two-plus years he worked as a stockbroker for William Blair & Company, LLC. In 1983, John founded Ariel Investments to employ a patient, value strategy in small and medium-size companies. He strongly believes in giving back to Chicago, sitting on the corporate boards of Exelon and McDonald’s, and serving as trustee to the University of Chicago. Additionally, he is a trustee of Rush University Medical Center and a life trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Nationally, John is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a director of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. In 2008, he was awarded Princeton University’s highest honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award, presented each year to the alumnus whose career embodies a commitment to national service. Following the election of President Barack Obama, John served as co-chair for the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009, and more recently, he joined the Barack Obama Foundation’s Board of Directors. In 2013, John was featured alongside legendary investors Warren Buffett, Sir John Templeton and Benjamin Graham in the distinguished book: The World’s 99 Greatest Investors by Magnus Angenfelt. John received an AB in economics from Princeton University, where he was also captain of the varsity basketball team.

17 February

Mia B. Russell

Vice President; Content Strategy & Integration, Government & Community Relations
Hands-On Banking; Wells Fargo

15 February

Rabbi Marc Schneier

Founder and President
The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding
Rabbi Marc Schneier is the founder and President of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, organization which was created in 1989 to foster Black-Jewish relations in the United States. He is the 18th generation of a distinguished rabbinic dynasty. He is an international figure who is known for his innovative leadership in the promotion of dialogue and cooperation in intergroup and race relations. As a prominent leader of the Jewish community, Rabbi Schneier has emerged in the forefront of combating anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in the Jewish and Muslim communities around the world. He is author of Sons of Abraham: a Candid Conversation About the Issues that Divide and Unite Jews and Muslims which was published in 2013 featuring a foreword by President Bill Clinton and Shared Dreams: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Jewish Community. Born and raised in New York City, Rabbi Schneier is a graduate of Yeshiva University and currently divides his time between New York City and Westhampton Beach.
For more information see our website. www.ffeu.org
Founded in 1989, FFEU is led by Rabbi Marc Schneier (President), Russell Simmons (Chairman) and Ken Sunshine (Secretary of the Board of Trustees). The Foundation works to strengthen Black-Jewish and Muslim-Jewish relations.

15 February

Eganam K. Segbefia

Classical and jazz musician

16 February

17 February

Mona Shah

Mona Shah & Associates
UK born, Mona, a dual licensed attorney, practiced as a Government Prosecutor with the British Crown Prosecution Service, before moving to New York.
Highly proficient and recognized as an industry leader in EB-5 law, Mona was voted top 25 EB-5 attorneys in the US three years in a row. Mona is a member of the Leadership and Public Policy Committees for IIUSA .
Mona has extensive knowledge of all facets of U.S. immigration law; her practical expertise ranges from specialist business petitions to complicated, multi-issue federal deportation litigation. Mona has handled complex immigration law appeals before the United States Circuit Courts of Appeal for the Second, Third, Fifth, and Eleventh circuits.
Mona has authored numerous articles and is the author of a published book for investors; she regularly speaks at seminars worldwide, interviewed by mainstream news channels and quoted in major newspapers, spoken on podcasts. Mona has been honored for her work by various groups, she is also an adjunct professor at Baruch University, New York City. Mona was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales in 1993, and to the New York Bar and the United States Federal Bar in 1997.

17 February

Roxanne Shante


15 February

Rev. Al Sharpton

National Action Network

15 February

John Silvanus Wilson Jr

Morehouse College

Rendel Solomon

One Stock One Future
Rendel L. Solomon Principal, Muller & Monroe Asset Management LLC Founder, One Stock One Future NFP Rendel L. Solomon is the oldest of three children raised on the Westside of Chicago in a rough neighborhood affectionately known as “K-Town.” The neighborhood has been challenged for decades with crime, drug activity, limited educational options, and poor housing. Throughout his educational and professional career, he has carried the attitude learned from his late Mother that education would be the key for him and his two sisters to rise above their surroundings. He founded the non-profit One Stock One Future to expand access and opportunity to underprivileged and economically disadvantaged youth throughout Chicago and across the country by turning them into public company shareholders. He has a vision for his community whereby every child has access to a high quality education and every family has the financial resources and financial literacy needed to take care of their families and build generational wealth. Rendel is also a Principal with Muller & Monroe Asset Management (M2 ), a Chicago-based private equity firm that has advised on $800 million of assets since ineption. Prior to joining M², Rendel worked as an entrepreneur in the media and entertainment industry in New York. He began his professional career in the consumer packaged goods industry as a project engineer for The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) in Cincinnati, OH. Rendel obtained his BS in Electrical Engineering from Tulane University in New Orleans and his MBA from Columbia Business School. Rendel is actively involved with the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP), National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC), and Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO). From 2011 to 2014, he served as the President of the Associate Board for LINK Unlimited Scholars, a non-profit mentoring and scholarship organization helping. In October 2014, Rendel was recognized as a Rising Star in private equity by the NAIC. He is a 2016 New Leaders Council Chicago Fellow. In August 2016, Rendel was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for NASP and he serves on the Board of Trustees for The Latin School of Chicago. Email: Rendel@OneStockOneFuture.org FB, IG, Twitter: 1stock1future

15 February

Michael Sorrell