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Be a part of the 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition presented by NBMBAA® & Prospanica®

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  • Wednesday 09/27
    • 10:45 am
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      12:00 pm

      Presenting Data Effectively

      Creating effective communication visuals will separate you from the competition. Understand what it truly means to use effective visuals to convey your data by creating a message that reaches and motivates your audience to action.

      Panelist: Stephanie Evergreen | Moderator: Marcie Braden

    • 10:45 am
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      12:00 pm

      Female Leadership & Breaking the Glass Ceiling

      The 2016 election promised to be the opportunity for women to break the final glass ceiling. What does Hillary’s loss mean for women in our country? Will women ever break the ultimate glass ceiling?

      Panelists: Beth Brady | Moderator: Melani Walker

    • 10:45 am
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      12:00 pm

      Tapping Into Your 401k For Your Next Business Venture

      Learn how to leverage your 401k to better plan for your next business venture. This session dives into the how to's as well as the tax implications of accessing your retirement funds now.

      Panelists: Richard Snow, Dallas Kerley | Moderator: TBA

    • 10:45 am
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      12:00 pm

      Community Impact: Leveraging Foundations

      Foundations and non-profits that work with their community have a greater overall impact. How can foundations leverage the power of the communities in which they operate? This session features prominent non-profit leaders who can speak to community engagement.

      Panelists: Myla Calhoun, TBA
      Moderator: Stephanie Brown James

    • 10:45 am
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      12:00 pm

      Government Money Isn’t What It Used to Be

      A lot has changed in the world of government contracts. Learn the new ins and outs of winning competitive bids at the local, state and federal government level for massive multi-million dollar contracts.

      Panelists: Cassius Butts, Lonnie Thomas, Angelo Salandra | Moderator: Pam Rich Wheeler

    • 10:45 am
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      12:00 pm

      The Key to Building a Real Estate Empire

      We all know real estate is a hot investment vehicle, but what exactly do you need to know and do to start your investment portfolio? In this session we’ll discuss identifying opportunities, diversifying your risk and creating an enviable real estate empire.

      Panelists: Michael Russell, Tyrone Rachal, Don Sutton
      Moderator: Robert Jones

    • 2:30 pm
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      3:45 pm

      Leading with Purpose

      What's the difference between a manager and a leader? A leader is someone who inspires those around him/her towards a common goal. Create a driving purpose in your leadership to truly motivate your peers and employees.

      Speaker: Damon A. Williams, PhD

    • 2:30 pm
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      3:45 pm

      How to Boost Your Social Media Followers

      Having a large social media footprint can do wonders for your business ventures if you have the right followers. This session shares the top tricks to build your social media following and turn followers into dollars.

      Panelists: Zanibel Melo, Stefan Frank
      Moderator: Rakia Reynolds

    • 2:30 pm
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      3:45 pm

      Overcoming Your Fear of Entrepreneurship

      Historically, startups and other entrepreneurial endeavors have lacked in diversity. Making the leap from a steady paycheck to start your own business can be a terrifying concept. In this session, we'll cover the best practices to ensure you're setting yourself up for the best chances of success to help you overcome your fear and make the jump.

      Panelists: Jason Feifer, Ahmad Islam, Cynthia Rubio
      Moderator: Garrett Melby

    • 2:30 pm
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      3:45 pm

      Bitcoin & the Blockchain: The Future of Money

      What is the Blockchain and its significance in the future of global financial systems? Demystify the decentralized technology and understand the implications of using it in your business.

      Panelists: Taariq Lewis, Reggie Middleton | Moderator: Dan McArdle

    • 2:30 pm
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      3:45 pm

      Beyond Out: Corporate Leadership and LGBT+

      As social norms shift, companies have begun to understand the business case for inclusion as they vie for market share, yet internal culture doesn’t always follow. Studies by the Human Rights Campaign show that more than half of LGBTQ workers hide their sexual orientation at work, and transgender workers experience unemployment rates twice as high as the population as a whole. This session looks at LGBTQ workplace concerns and how to find and create inclusion as well as long-lasting opportunities to lead.

      Panelists: TBA | Moderator: TBA

    • 2:30 pm
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      3:45 pm

      Multicultural Marketing: Refining the Message

      Products can transcend borders, nationalities, and cultures, but international success requires careful marketing calibration. This session explores how to build a marketing strategy that complements cultural values and behaviors while utilizing the right tactics to match the identities and media consumption within differing demographics.

      Panelists: Kenny Moore, Susana Baumann, Kisha Williams | Moderator: Samuel Monnie

  • Thursday 09/28
    • 2:45 pm
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      4:00 pm

      Risk vs. Reward: High Stakes Decision Making

      Correctly assessing the risk/reward relationship is critical to favorable business outcomes. The impact of this evaluation process is highlighted at the poker tournament table - where every decision is made in the context of the expected value of return. Learn how lessons from the poker table apply to the business world.

      Panelists: Jesse Ferrell, Chris Sanders
      Moderator: Kimberly Reed

    • 2:45 pm
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      4:00 pm

      Doing Business in Africa: Entrepreneurship Meets Social Investment

      There has never been a greater opportunity in an emerging market than the current climate of the African private sector. Learn how you can take advantage of this historic opportunity.

      Panelists: Hon. Alfred Vanderpujie, Michael Obi, Chris Whitfield
      Moderator: Shantel Gilbert

    • 2:45 pm
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      4:00 pm

      Private Equity 101

      Could private equity be the right career path for you? Learn the ins-and-outs of this attractive field to decide if it makes sense for you.

      Panelists: Euclid Walker, Jerry Johnson
      Moderator: Ralph Cook

    • 2:45 pm
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      4:00 pm

      Taking the Franchise Route

      Franchises can offer a big upside for aspiring entrepreneurs, including the weight of a big-name brand. Dive into the details of opening and operating a franchise.

      Panelists: Christopher Conner, Tonya Brigham, Dr. William Pickard
      Moderator: James W. Haile

    • 2:45 pm
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      4:00 pm

      The Business Implications of Artificial Intelligence

      Artificial Intelligence has already begun to affect the business landscape. AI like machine learning, task automation and robotics are already in use at businesses around the globe. How can companies harness these disruptive technologies and what implications do they have on the future of business? This session explores the state of technology now and in the future.

      Panelists: Richard Wright, Brian Brackeen, Hassan Riggs
      Moderator: Barbara Peng

    • 2:45 pm
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      4:00 pm

      Coalition Building: The Power of Partnership

      Studies of national and international corporations have shown that increased diversity correlates to better innovation and improved financial performance. Achieving inclusion, however, is often messy and can cause discomfort. This conversation focuses on the power of partnership, beginning with the African American and Hispanic communities, and how to design the processes for deeper transformation.

      Panelists: Andrea Brown Gee, Astrid Chirinos, Lateefah Butts
      Moderator: Doug Harris

  • Friday 09/29
    • 10:45 am
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      12:00 pm

      Keep the Torch Lit: Leading with Relevance and Cultural Authenticity

      As a leader, you're in the position to mentor and create opportunities for those who follow. Learn not only the "why" of helping the next generation of minority leaders but also the "how" of leaving institutionalized practices that will exist after you're gone.

      Panelists: Jesse Tyson, Thomas Savino, Clint Wallace
      Moderator: Latifa Lyles

    • 10:45 am
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      12:00 pm

      Success in a Sharing Economy

      Uber, Airbnb - What's next? Utilizing excess capacity in the next great revolution. How can you engage in and leverage the sharing economy for you and your company?

      Panelists: Les Matthews
      Moderator: Rich Winley

    • 10:45 am
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      12:00 pm

      So You Want to Be an Ex-Pat

      Do you have a desire to work abroad? Then this session is perfect for you. Learn how to position yourself to earn a foreign assignment and to navigate the complicated compensation packages of ex-pats.

      Panelists: Tim May
      Moderator: Elise Grace

    • 10:45 am
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      12:00 pm

      How to Retire by 40

      You don't have to hit the lottery or sign a large athletic contract to retire by 40. Learn how to invest wisely and make the right decisions to retire early and rich.

      Panelists: Lazetta Braxton, P. David Bramble
      Moderator: Rob Wilson

    • 10:45 am
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      12:00 pm

      Getting a Job Offer through Non-Traditional Means

      Employers have increasingly high expectations of new hires. What skills do you need to stand out in the workforce? Learn how to build the right skills and present yourself in the best possible way for job offers in management and above.

      Panelists: Kerry Chandler, Laura Gomez, Ousman Jobe
      Moderator: Tevie Monk

    • 10:45 am
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      12:00 pm

      How to Make Your Side Hustle Your Main Hustle

      If you find yourself spending more time on a passion project than your full-time job, maybe it's time to make the switch. Learn how to create a transition plan for being your own boss.

      Panelists: Demetria D'Oyley, Rep. Chris Rabb, Brandon Anderson
      Moderator: Tara Reed

    • 1:30 pm
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      2:45 pm

      Leadership in a Difficult Climate

      The past year has seen an increase in the hostility towards minorities, both here and abroad. How can a minority professional be an effective leader in this hostile climate?

      Panelists: Dr. Miguel Quinones | Moderator: Symone Saunders

    • 1:30 pm
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      2:45 pm

      BRIC: Capitalizing on Burgeoning Markets

      Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) will, by 2050, become the world's dominant suppliers and users of manufactured goods and services. It's time to capitalize! Learn the ins and outs of becoming a BRIC player.

      Panelists: Dr. Brent Smith, TBA
      Moderator: TBA

    • 1:30 pm
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      2:45 pm

      Mastering the Career Pivot

      New employees will have more than 21 jobs in their life. Just about everyone will have to go through career changes at some point in their life. Learn how to repurpose your career no matter your age.

      Panelists: Matthew Levy, Maribel Jiminez, Lateefah Butts
      Moderator: Annette Harris

    • 1:30 pm
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      2:45 pm

      How Your Startup Can Close the Wealth Gap

      Recent data suggests that typical measures such as attending college, working full time, and spending less have not closed the racial wealth gap. But minority-owned tech startups seek to address what these typical remedies don't. Come hear from these entrepreneurs how to identify a social need, create a business to meet that need, and find capital, all without sacrificing the financial bottom line.

      Panelists: Ramona Ortega, Tony Aguilar
      Moderator: Jotaka Eaddy

    • 1:30 pm
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      2:45 pm

      The Art of Negotiation

      From getting a higher salary to managing high stakes partner relationships, negotiating is a key part of successful business person's repertoire. But negotiating is as much art as science. Learn the tricks of an effective negotiator.

      Presenter: Keith Millner

    • 1:30 pm
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      2:45 pm

      Embracing Intrapreneurship

      Intrapreneurship is the act of behaving like an entrepreneur while working within a large organization. The workplace can always benefit from intrapreneurs and their innovative ideas. This session will give strategies for you to learn ways to embrace the process in your organization.

      Panelists: Beth Brady, Dr. William Pickard, Jamila Payne
      Moderator: Erica Bennett