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

We are honored to introduce our 2017 Conference & Expo guests, including chairs, speakers, moderators, panelists and keynotes. Click on a speaker for a full bio, contact and session information.

2017 Honorary Co-Chairs

Joanne Epps - Honorary Chair NBMBAA Conference

JOANNE EPPS
Executive Vice President and Provost, Temple University

Verdun Perry - NBMBAA Conference Speaker

VERDUN PERRY
Senior Managing Director, Blackstone and Co-Head, Strategic Partners

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FRANCISCO J. SÁNCHEZ
Chairman, CNS Global Advisors

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CID WILSON
President & CEO, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility

2017 Featured Speakers & Moderators

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KEVIN BLACKISTONE
Sports Journalist, Philip Merrill College of Journalism

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DEMETRIA D’OYLEY
Award-winning Writer & Journalist

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TAMRON HALL
Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist

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CARLA HARRIS
Vice Chairman, Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley

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TIA MOWRY-HARDRICT
Actress and Author

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DAN PALLOTTA
Founder & President, Charity Defense Council

SYMONE SANDERS
News Contributor, CNN

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ARNE SORENSON
CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

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LARENZ TATE
Actor, Writer, Activist, Producer, and Director

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ERIC THOMAS
ETA, LLC

Lisa Wardell - NBMBAA Conference Speaker

LISA WARDELL
President & CEO, Adtalem Global Education

2017 Speakers

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TONY AGUILAR
CEO, Chipper

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TIM ATWELL
Senior Vice President, Technology Executive, Bank of America

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SHERYL BATTLES
Vice President, Communications and Diversity Strategy, Pitney Bowes Inc.

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SUSANA BAUMANN
Founder and Director, LCSWorldWide

DR. JOE BEASLEY
Board Chair and Founder, Joe Beasley Foundation

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RAYMOND BENNETT
Chief Global Officer, Global Operations Marriott International, Inc.

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BRIAN BRACKEEN
Founder & CEO, Kairos

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MARCIE BRADEN
Information Designer, Braden Strategic Design

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BETH BRADY
SVP & CMO, Principal Financial Group® 

Tonya Brigham - NBMBAA Conference Speaker

TONYA BRIGHAM
Entrepreneur

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CASSIUS BUTTS
NBMBAA® Board of Director, Chairman and Co-Founder of CFB Advisors (CFBA)

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MYLA CALHOUN
President, Alabama Power Foundation

Jason Campbell - NBMBAA Conference Speaker

JASON CAMPBELL
Director, Strategy Planning & Analysis, Information Technology (IT), FedEx

LALOHNI CAMPBELL
President, Per Se Media Group

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CHRIS CARR
Executive Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer, Starbucks

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DAVID CASEY
Vice President, Workforce Strategies & Chief Diversity Officer, CVS Health

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KERRY CHANDLER
Chief Human Resource Officer, Under Armour

GERALD CHERTAVIAN
CEO & Founder, Year Up

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ASTRID CHIRINOS
Chief Development Executive, Latin American Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC)

LORENZO CLARIDY
Inclusion & Diversity Business Lead for US Pharmaceuticals & ViiV Healthcare Company, GSK

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MAURICE COLEMAN
Commercial Real Estate Banking – CDB, Senior Vice President/Sr. Relationship Manager, Bank of America

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JAMES COLLIER
Vice President, U.S. Western Field Sales Division

JULIE COKER GRAHAM
President and CEO, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB)

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CHRISTOPHER CONNER
President, Franchise Marketing Systems

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RALPH COOK
Managing Partner, Handprint Group

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JAMES CUTHBERT
Global Senior Brand Manager, Coca-Cola

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Becky Davis - NBMBAA Conference Speaker

BECKY A. DAVIS
Chief BOSSpreneur®

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BRAD DAVIS
AVP, Marketing Brand Strategy, Nationwide

Jackie Del Rosario - NBMBAA Conference Speaker

DR. JACQUELINE DEL ROSARIO
Founder & CEO, ReCapturing the Vision International

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ERICA DOTSON BENNETT
Co-Founder, The Dotson Group

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ROSANNA DURRUTHY
Head of Global Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, LinkedIn

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JOTAKA EADDY
Head of Government Affairs, Lendup!

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HAROLD EPPS
Director of Commerce, City of Philadelphia

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STEPHANIE EVERGREEN
Speaker, Designer & Researcher

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JASON FEIFER
Editor-In-Chief, Entrepreneur Magazine

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JESSE FERRELL
International Speaker, Master Coach & Author JessTalk Speaking & Coaching Firm

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STEFAN FRANK
Director of Social Media, Wharton School of Business

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DEBORAH FRUTOS-SMITH
Sr. Marketing Director, Global Recruitment
Leadership Member of Conexion Latina (GSK’s Latino-Hispanic Employee Resource Group), GSK

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MICHELLE FULLERTON
Diversity and Inclusion Executive and head of Leadership Development Programs, GWIM and Consumer Banking, Bank of America

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APOORVA GANDHI
Vice President, Multi-Cultural Affairs Marriott International, Inc.

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BRANDON GIBSON

Operator, Chick-fil-A

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SHANTEL GILBERT
Founder, PLI Consulting Group

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LAURA GOMEZ
CEO, Atipica | Unlocking the World’s Talent Data

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ELISE GRACE
Global Supply Chain, Merck & Co.

Eric Guthrie - NBMBAA Speaker

ERIC GUTHRIE
Founder, Better ME Better WE

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James Haile

JAMES HAILE
Director, Partnership, and Outreach, Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses, Community College of Philadelphia

MIA HAIRSTON
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Nationwide

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ANNETTE HARRIS
President & Founder, ShowUp!

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DOUG HARRIS
CEO, The Kaleidoscope

IVORY HARRIS
Vice President of Total Rewards & Corporate HR Services for North America, BASF

RHONDALE HAYWOOD
Senior Investment Advisor, Vice President, PNC

Ty Heath

TY HEATH
President, LinkedIn’s Black Inclusion Group

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AHMAD ISLAM
Managing Partner, TEN35

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STEFANIE BROWN JAMES
CEO & Founding Partner, Vestige Strategies, LLC

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OUSMAN JOBE
Strategic Partnerships Manager, LinkedIn

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CHRIS JOHNSON
President, Global Financial Services & Payments, Pitney Bowes

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MARK JOHNSON
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Astra Capital

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RAMON JONES
Senior Vice President,
P&C Business and Personal Solutions Marketing

Robert Jones - NBMBAA Conference Speaker

ROBERT JONES
Managing Partner, Handprint Group

CONROD KELLY
Executive Director, US Marketing Leader – Diabetes Franchise for Merck and
Author of STAGED

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DALLAS KERLEY
President & COO, Benetrends Financial

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MATT KIDD
Executive Director, Reaching Out

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GALE V. KING
EVP & Chief Administrative Officer, Nationwide

JOHN KIRK
Strategy and Business Development Manager, 3M

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EMMANUEL KOLADY
Area Vice President, Area 12, CVS Health

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ABIM KOLAWOLE
Vice President, Policy Benefits, Northwestern Mutual

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BILL LACEY
President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Lighting

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CASEY LEONETTI
Senior Vice President, PBM Product and Process Innovation, CVS Caremark

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MATTHEW LEVY
Motivational Speaking/Training/
Coaching, Interim HR Partnering for Life Sciences

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TAARIQ LEWIS
CEO & Founder, Bitcoin Business.co

Anthony Lopez - NBMBAA Conference Speaker

ANTHONY LOPEZ
CEO & Managing Director, Azzur Group

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JONATHAN D. LOVITZ
Senior Vice President, National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

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LATIFA LYLES
‎Former Obama Administration Official at U.S. Dept. of Labor, Communicator, Working Women’s Advocate, Feminist Leader

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FRIEDA MARROQUIN
Operator, Chick-fil-A

Kevin Martin - NBMBAA Conference Speaker

KEVIN MARTIN
Chief Research Officer,  i4cp

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LES MATTHEWS
Senior VP, Business Development & Account Management, MasterCard

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TIM MAY
Compensation Senior Director, Cigna

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DAN MCARDLE
Co-Founder & CTO, Digital Currency Council and Volara

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GARRETT MELBY
Co-Founder & Executive Director, Good Company Ventures

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ZANIBEL MELO
President, HigherDreams

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REGGIE MIDDLETON
Founder, Veritaseum

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KEITH MILLNER
Co-Founder & Principal, Coaching Catalyst

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TEVIE MONK
Learning Partner, Chick-fil-A Corporate

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SAMUEL MONNIE
Director, Marketing Capability, Campbell Soup Company

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KENNY MOORE
Brand Director – Moët & Chandon

JERRY NEMORIN
Founder & CEO, Lend Street Financial

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MARK O’BRIEN
President & CEO, Mizuno USA & Chairman, Mizuno Canada

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MICHAEL OBI
Chairman, Spectrum Global Solutions, LLC

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RAMONA ORTEGA
CEO & Founder, My Money My Future

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MICHELLE OTERO
Writer, Community-based artist, and Facilitator

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CHRISTIE PATTERSON
Director, Lodging Development – Marriott Select Brands
Marriott International, Inc.

JAMILA PAYNE
CEO, Ideas Action Design

BARBARA PENG

BARBARA PENG
VP Research, Business Insider

William Pickard - NBMBAA Conference Speaker

DR. WILLIAM PICKARD
Chairman of Global Automotive Alliance, Co-Managing Partner MGM Grand Detroit Casino, CEO Bearwood Management Company

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USHA PITTS
Diplomat in Residence, U.S. Department of State

LARA PRICE
Chief Operating Officer, Philadelphia 76ers

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DR. MIGUEL QUINONES
O. Paul Corley Distinguished Chair of Organizational Behavior & Chairman of the Department of Management and Organizations at The Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University

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Chris Rabb - NBMBAA Conference Speaker

REP. CHRIS RAB
House Representative, Pennslyvania

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TYRONE RACHAL
President, Urban Key Capital Partners

Sulaiman Rahman - NBMBAA Conference Speaker

SULAIMAN RAHMAN
Founder and CEO, DiverseForce

LAZETTA RAINEY BRAXTON
President Founder & CEO, Association of African American Financial Advisors

Kimberly Reed - NBMBAA Conference Speaker

KIMBERLY REED
Chief Transformational Officer, Reed Development Group, LLCe

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TARA REED
CEO, Apps Without Code

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RAKIA REYNOLDS
President, Skai Blue Media

JASON RIFE
Director, Graduate Business Career Services, University of Florida

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HASSAN RIGGS
Founder, Smart Alto

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JULIUS ROBINSON
Senior Vice President & Global Brand Leader,
Marriott Hotels, Sheraton, and Delta Hotels
Marriott International

JAKATHRYN ROSS
Senior Director, Community Affairs, Georgia-Pacific

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CYNTHIA RUBIO
Co-Founder & CEO, Radiant RFID

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MICHAEL RUSSELL
CEO, H.J. Russell & Company

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ANGELO SALANDRA
President & Owner, Quality Management Service, Inc

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FRANCISCO SANCHEZ
2017 Annual Conference Honorary Co-Chair, Chairman, CNS Global Advisors

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THOMAS SAVINO
CEO, Prospanica

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OSCAR SHEPARD
Senior Regional Director of the Southeast Region, Chick-fil-A

KENNETH SHROPSHIRE
CEO of the Global Sport Institute and the Adidas distinguished Professor of Global Sport at Arizona State University.

DR. BRENT SMITH
Business Professor, St. Joseph’s University + Founding Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Marketing and Sales Education

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RICHARD SNOW
SBA Consultant, Benetrends Financial

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AYANNA STEPHENS

SVP – Talent Acquisition Strategic Initiatives and Diversity Talent Acquisition Executive, Bank of America

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DON SUTTON
President, The Block Real Estate International

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LONNIE THOMAS
Director, Strategic Accounts, Texcel, Inc

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FLOYD TROTMAN
Founder and Managing Partner, CertifiNOW

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GINA TUCKER
Senior Business Consultant in Field Operations, Chick-fil-A

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JESSE TYSON
President & CEO, NBMBAA®

JOSEPH Y. UGRAS (JOE)
Managerial Accounting Scholar and International Business Strategists and Associate Professor at LaSalle University

HON. DR. ALFRED OKOE VANDERPUIJE
Member of Parliament, Ghana

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VANESSA S. VAUGHN
President & CEO, Asfalis

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FELIPE VEGA
Field Analyst, Chick-fil-A

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ROSE M. VELEZ-SMITH
Global Vice President, Human Resources, Business Groups & Workforce Services, Pitney Bowes Inc.

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EUCLID WALKER
Managing Partner at Parkway Investment Management

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MELANI WALKER
SVP, SunTrust Bank

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CLINT WALLACE
Head of Human Resources, North America Sanofi

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MARVIN WASHINGTON
Director & Head of Body, Exterior & Raw Materials Purchasing, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, LLC

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MICHAEL WENGER
Adjunct Faculty Member, The George Washington University, Senior Consultant on Race Relations, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Chris Whitfield - NBMBAA Conference Speaker

CHRIS WHITFIELD
CEO, Batswadi Group

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DR. DAMON WILLIAMS
Author of “Strategic Diversity Leadership”

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JULIE P. WILLIAMS
Principal, Kirtan Solutions

KEVIN WILLIAMS
Head of Multicultural Marketing and Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives, BMW of North America

DEBORAH WILSON THOMAS
VP of Talent Management, Comcast

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ROB WILSON
President & CEO, Rob Wilson TV

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RICH WINLEY
Founder and President Gnomad Writer, and Forbes.com contributor

RAHAMA WRIGHT
Founder & CEO, Shea Yaleen Health and Beauty

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RICHARD WRIGHT
Director, Advanced Technology & Innovation, Lockheed Martin Corporation

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JUNE S. YOUNGS
Vice President, Corporate Logistics, CVS Health