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Emmanuel Acho is a Fox Sports Analyst (Co-Host, FS1 “Speak for Yourself”) and Host/Producer of “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man”, a web series about racism to drive open and uncomfortable dialogue. After earning his undergraduate degree in sports management in 2012, Emmanuel was drafted by the Cleveland Browns. He was then traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013, where he spent most of his career.

Emmanuel Acho

Sports Analyst & Host
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

J. Ofori Agboka is the Vice President of Human Resources for Global Customer Fulfillment at Amazon. In this role, he is responsible for the worldwide HR initiatives and goals of over 175 Fulfillment Centers across 16 countries, the worldwide network of Customer Service operations; leading a team of 3600 + HR professionals. He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University and completed the GM Transformational Leadership Program from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

J. Ofori Agboka

Vice President HR - Global Customer Fulfillment
Amazon

Kecia is a HR Manager, Manager Excellence Consultant where she supports three financial center regions within the Southeast Division of Consumer Banking and Investments. In this role, Kecia serves over 250 mid-level leaders by providing ongoing coaching and support to help leaders grow and develop while building a skilled and developed workforce for the future. Kecia was a part of the Human Resources Development Program (HRDP) and is a UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School alum. She is also an active member of the Triangle Black Professionals Group (BPG) where she serves on the board. Kecia and her husband reside in Wake Forest with their two sons.

Kecia Atkins

Vice President, Human Resources Manager
Bank of America

Abiola Bankole serves as the NBMBAA’s Chief Financial Officer, where her primary responsibilities are strategy and financial and operational management. As a member of the senior leadership team, Abiola provides recommendations to the President based on financial analysis and projections, cost identification and allocation, and revenue/expense analysis. She oversees long-term budgetary planning and cost management in alignment with NBMBAA’s strategic plan and engages the Director of Development to align financial management with short- and long-term financial planning and projections.

Abiola Bankole-Hameed

CFO
National Black MBA Association®

Jeanine Banks is the General Manager of AWS Insights & Enterprise Tools at Amazon Web Services (AWS), which delivers a portfolio of services that includes Amazon App Flow and AWS Cost Management, to help millions of customers manage the cost, compliance, and integration of cloud applications. Jeanine leads engineering, product management, user experience, data science, machine learning, business development, and marketing.

Jeanine Banks

General Manager, AWS Insights & Enterprise Tools
Amazon Web Services

Cheryl Lynn Baxter is the Global Head of Compliance for S&P Dow Jones Indices, a division of S&P Global. In this role, Cheryl helps to drive a strong ethical and compliance culture, ensuring alignment with regulatory obligations, industry best practices and external stakeholders’ expectations. Cheryl develops, enforces and monitors company policies and develops and drives oversight programs to mitigate risks. Cheryl holds a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School, Masters of Business Administration from Temple University and a Bachelors of Business Administration in Insurance with a concentration in Actuarial Science from Howard University. She is a member of the NY State Bar.

Cheryl Baxter

Global Head of Compliance, S&P Dow Jones Indices
S&P Global

Alain Biem is the Head of Data Science at S&P Global Market Intelligence where he leads a team of Data Scientists and Machine Learning experts and is in charge of the strategy and delivery of machine-learning-based innovations for data products and market insights. Alain has a Doctorate of Philosophy In Machine Learning from Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris 6).

Alain Biem

Head of Data Science, S&P Global Market Intelligence
S&P Global

Jodi Brockington, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion Sourcing and Corporate Social Responsibility for the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC), helps to develop a pipeline of diverse talent and acquire the most qualified candidates for the organization. DTCC is the premier post-trade market infrastructure for the global financial services industry. From operating facilities and data centers around the world, DTCC automates, centralizes, and standardizes the processing of financial transactions across the trade lifecycle and mitigates risk for thousands of institutions worldwide. Brockington is a graduate of University of California at Los Angeles, with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology. In addition, she has an MPA in Public Administration from Baruch College and an MSW from University of Southern California. She resides in New York City.

Jodi Brockington

Director, Diversity & Inclusion Sourcing-Diverse Talent Management & Advancement
DTCC

Brandon Brookins is currently a Business Transformation Specialist at DTCC, where he began his professional journey 6 years ago as a graduate of the University of Houston-Downtown. Graduating with a B.S. in Computer Science, Brandon has held several roles across IT Service Management, Product Management and now Internal Consulting. Driven by a desire to exceed expectations, he takes pride in providing the highest quality solutions possible. In addition to his primary job functions, Brandon serves as the Dallas Site Lead for the BOLD ERG (Black Organizers and Leaders of DTCC).

Brandon Brookins

Business Transformation Specialist
DTCC

Rovina Broomfield is passionate about business strategy, entrepreneurship, and leadership. She enjoys an exciting career leading a product management team in Amazon’s Alexa organization and has successfully launched businesses, both within the company and independently. In 2018, she received Amazon’s Just Do It Award from CEO, Jeff Bezos, for innovating on behalf of customers to build and launch Amazon Textures & Hues – an online shop for textured hair care. Her Amazon career began in 2012 with positions in retail, supply chain, and product management, while also serving as the president of Amazon’s Black Employee Network (2016-2018). Rovina studied at Washington University in St. Louis and holds an MBA from Olin Business School and an undergraduate Finance degree. Outside of work, she is an avid snowboarder and basketball player, fan of live music, public speaker and explorer of the great outdoors.

Rovina Broomfield

Principal Product Manager
Amazon

Michael Canady is currently Vice President, Global Operations / Client Services for Discover Global Network. In this role, Mr. Canady has responsibility for leading DGN’s client and partner support efforts globally as well as providing operational support for the company’s commercial payments initiatives. Prior to his current role, Mr. Canady led client engagement efforts for the Strategic Merchant Relations team, comprised of Discover's largest and most strategic merchant clients. Mr. Canady was also previously VP, Acquirer Relations - Americas with responsibility for acquiring and acceptance priorities in the US, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Mr. Canady holds a BA from Morgan State University and an Executive MBA from Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management.

Michael Canady

Vice President, Global Operations & Client Services
Discover

Terrelle Carswell is a Senior Information Security Officer on the Business Information Security Officer (BISO) team within Global Information Security. He works with technology teams and lines of business to manage information security, strategy, and risk. Currently, he supports Consumer and Small Business and Wealth Management Technology. Terrelle received a Bachelor's Degree in Management Information Systems from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He has served on the Alumni Network Board of Directors and the College of Business Alumni Advisory Council for this University. He holds six patents for ATM Fraud Mitigation solutions.

Terrelle Carswell

Senior Vice President, Sr. Manager, Info Security Officer
Bank of America

James E. Clyburn is the Majority Whip, the third-ranking Democrat in the United States House of Representatives, and currently serves as the Chairman of the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis. He is also the Chairman of the Rural Broadband Task Force and Democratic Faith Working Group. When he came to Congress in 1993 to represent South Carolina’s sixth congressional district, Congressman Clyburn was elected co-president of his freshman class and quickly rose through leadership ranks. He was subsequently elected Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Vice Chairman, and later Chairman, of the House Democratic Caucus. He previously served as Majority Whip from 2007 to 2011 and served as Assistant Democratic Leader from 2011 to 2019.

Congressman James E. Clyburn

House Majority Whip
U.S. House of Representatives

Aisha “Pinky” Cole was born with a distinct purpose and mission that she would strongly connect with at an early age. The day she entered this world in East Baltimore, Maryland, her father was preparing to begin a life sentence in prison. The complexity of that unbelievable moment would continue to play out as she has seen highs and lows in life and business, almost simultaneously. However, with grit and stern faith, she always prevails. Pinky Cole is of Jamaican descent and the owner of the massively thriving plant based business known as Slutty Vegan. Atlanta will soon house three locations, and there are food trucks that travel across the state and country to feed thousands of eager customers. Celebrities, dignitaries, and everyday people gather daily to experience the unique flair that Slutty Vegan has to offer. Pinky’s success story is as unique as the company’s name. Her desire to make it is deeply rooted in helping others find their way too. Pinky reminds everyone that she encounters that nothing beats a failure but a try.

Pinky Cole

CEO & Founder
Slutty Vegan ATL

Stephanie Collett is the Director for Strategic Sourcing within Amazon’s Supply Chain Optimization Technologies (SCOT) organization. Her organization builds and manages innovative supply chain products that unlock value for both Amazon and its suppliers by aligning Amazon technology with suppliers’ core capabilities. She also sets the strategic direction for Diversity and Inclusion in SCOT as the Executive Sponsor of the SCOT D&I program. Stephanie started at Amazon in 2013 in fulfillment center operations in Southern California and has led teams in Robotics FCs and reverse logistics centers. Prior to Amazon, Stephanie worked in the oil industry. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Southern California and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and son (age 4), completing 1000 piece puzzles, and trying new wines.

Stephanie Collett

Director, Strategic Sourcing
Amazon

Darrin Cook is an author and serial entrepreneur living between the corners of tech and beauty. Darrin is the Founder and CEO at My Mogul Media, a web design & marketing powerhouse. The agency enables clients, such as The National Black MBA Association® and The City of New Orleans, to execute winning strategies from a technical and creative approach. Darrin is a Native New Orleanian and proud Xavier University of Louisiana alum, who currently resides in Atlanta Georgia. This 30 year old visionary leader is all about empowerment and redefining what's possible.

Darrin Cook

Founder & CEO
My Mogul Media

Kevin Curry is the founder of FitMenCook, an online community that inspires men and women to eat healthy and stay fit with healthy recipes that in Kevin’s words, “are never, ever boring”. With over 2 million followers around the world, Kevin has become one of today’s most sought-after personalities in nutrition, health and wellness. Kevin’s latest venture is the launch of The Fit Cook featuring his own line of spices. They’re designed to cover all your recipe needs so you can keep it flavorful and never boring in the kitchen.

Kevin Curry

Founder
FitMenCook

In his current role, Carson leads and manages an account portfolio of approximately 50 key association accounts that generates $50 million in revenue annually across Marriott’s Premium, Luxury and Select brands. In addition, Carson leads and manages a select number of strategic account partnership relationships within his portfolio that drive unique partnership alignments within Marriott’s core brands. Carson can be described as a creative and dynamic sales professional with a proven track record of sales production success which has resulted in profit maximization and greater market share across multiple sales segments.

Carson Edwards Jr. MBA, CASE CDMP

Global Account Executive
Marriott International

Crystal Files has 12+ years of experience in Marketing and Innovation that includes Fortune 100 companies and start-up ventures. Each role in her career created opportunities to learn something new, solve challenging business problems, and help teams create value in new and different ways. As the VP, Personal Lines Marketing, she leads a team to develop marketing strategies and new solutions that attract and deepen relationships with customers, agents and strategic partners to drive personal lines growth.

Crystal Files

Vice President, Personal Lines Marketing
Nationwide

John W. Frasier III, MBA currently work as a Business Analysis Practice Lead / Community Lead (US) for the Process & BA Capability at North Highland, a global management consulting firm headquartered in Atlanta. For the past 15+ years, I’ve helped expand and develop Business Analysis and Change Management capabilities for a wide range of public and private sector organizations. My specific areas of expertise include program and project management, business and process analysis, training development and delivery, organizational change management, schedule management and quality assurance.

John W. Fraser III, MBA

BA Practice Lead (U.S.)
North Highland

Chantel George is the Founder & CEO of Sistas In Sales Inc., previously she has had senior-level positions at Yelp, Justworks, Dataminr, and currently LinkedIn within their sales organization. She has also created and executed Diversity & Inclusion programs at her previous companies and in her commitment to professionalism and diversity, Chantel created Sistas in Sales because she noticed a deficiency when it came to women of color in professional sales positions. She recognized due to lack of education around how lucrative sales could be, in addition to women of color not being able to get their foot in the door. She's looking to change that with her organization.

Chantel George

Global Program Manager - Black Inclusion Group
LinkedIn

Arlan Hamilton built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a fund that is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started from scratch in 2015, Backstage has now raised more than $10 million and invested in more than 130 startup companies led by underestimated founders.

Arlan Hamilton

Founder and Managing Partner
Backstage Capital

Dr. Joy Harden Bradford is a Licensed Psychologist, Speaker, and the host of the wildly popular mental health podcast, Therapy for Black Girls. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana, her Master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from Arkansas State, and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The University of Georgia.

Dr. Joy Harden Bradford

CEO & Founder
Therapy For Black Girls

Everett Harper is the CEO and Co-Founder of Truss. Truss builds software and infrastructure to help companies and public agencies scale and modernize digital services. They apply expertise in human-centered design, engineering, product, infrastructure, and security to clients such as healthcare.gov, Nuna and DOD-Transcom, enabling them to deliver impactful, sustainable products and services to over 20 million customers and end users. Everett graduated from Stanford University (MBA, M.Ed) and Duke University (BSEE, Biomedical Engineering), where he was an A.B. Duke Scholar. Everett won the NCAA National Championship in soccer, the first in any sport in Duke’s history. He was inducted into the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame in 2019.

Everett Harper

CEO, Co-Founder
Truss

Kristin Harper is the founder and CEO of Driven to Succeed, LLC, which provides market research, brand strategy consulting, keynotes and training on leadership and emotional intelligence for Fortune 500 companies and rising leaders. Kristin received her bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Florida A&M University (FAMU), and executive education from Harvard University. She understands what it means to lead as a woman. During college, she was elected the first female Student Government President in nearly a decade, and now serves as an appointed member on the FAMU Board of Trustees.

Kristin Harper

CEO
Driven to Succeed, LLC

Robert (Bob) Hau is Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at Fiserv, Inc. and provides oversight for all financial functions of the company. Hau has nearly 30 years of experience in business and financial leadership roles. Prior to joining Fiserv, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer of TE Connectivity Ltd., a $12 billion global product technology company. At TE Connectivity, Hau was responsible for developing and implementing financial strategy, as well as creating the financial infrastructure necessary to drive the company’s financial direction, vision and compliance initiatives. Hau holds a master’s degree in business administration from the USC Marshall School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Marquette University. Bob is a member of the Marquette University President’s Advisory Council and College of Business Finance Department Council. Additionally, he and his wife, Chris are current foster parents in Milwaukee County.

Bob Hau

CFO
Fiserv

Regina O. Heyward is senior vice president and head of Supplier Diversity for Wells Fargo. With more than two decades of multi-industry global supply chain and diversity, equity and inclusion experience, she is responsible for a $1 billion plus portfolio of diverse business relationships impacting Wells Fargo’s supply chain, business groups and enterprise functions. She has worked globally in regions including Asia, Latin America and Europe. Regina has been featured in DiversityPlus Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Women in Power Impacting Diversity.” She is a native of Thomasville, Georgia. Regina is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and earned her J.D. from North Carolina Central School of Law.

Regina O. Heyward

Senior Vice President and Head of Supplier Diversity
Wells Fargo & Company

Emmy Award winning journalist, Jemele Hill is the Co-founder of Lodge Freeway Media and a staff writer for The Atlantic. Hill was previously the chief correspondent and senior columnist for The Undefeated, ESPN’s content initiative exploring the intersections of sports, race and culture. Prior to joining The Undefeated, Hill co-anchored Sports Center for a year with her longtime friend and colleague Michael Smith. SC6 with Michael & Jemele debuted in February 2017 as a more personality driven approach to the traditional 6 p.m. Sports Center. Focusing on sports, music, movies and more, SC6 was born from Hill and Smith’s popular His & Hers podcast and weekday television show, which debuted on ESPN2 in 2014. A native of Detroit, Hill is a Michigan State Alum.

Jemele Hill

Emmy Award winning journalist

Brian is currently a student at Harvard Business School, where he was selected as a Rock Social Entrepreneurship Fellow for his work as the Founder of The Takeoff Institute. He is a Founding Board Member of BLCKVC, a non-profit that focuses on building paths into venture capital for aspiring black investors. He is also the host of The Road Untraveled, a podcast that dives into current events and trends in venture capital ecosystem. Brian graduated from Stanford University with a BA in International Economics, and served on the Finance Committee of the San Francisco Education Fund, as well as the Leadership Council of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO Scholars). He is the proud older brother of Mack (wide-receiver for the Miami Dolphins) and Drew (Marine and current student at Columbia University). He is originally from Washington, DC.

Brian Hollins

Founder & CEO
The Takeoff Institute

Francis Hyatt is the Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Liberty Mutual, where he leads Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives across the global enterprise. In his 28 years at Liberty, Francis has helped shape a wide range of leadership and workforce strategies. Most recently, he led the Enterprise Talent Practices organization, where he was responsible for the global talent and total rewards strategies for the Company. Throughout his time at Liberty, Francis has spearheaded key strategic initiatives, including creating the business case to hire Liberty’s first Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, that have uniquely positioned him to lead Liberty Mutual’s ESG efforts.

Francis Hyatt

EVP and Chief Sustainability Officer
Liberty Mutual Insurance

Chris Igodan, Jr., is the Investments Controller at Nationwide Insurance. In this role, Chris leads the Investment Controllership team that oversees all investments accounting, including investment reporting; supporting analysis and accounting internal controls; monitoring investment risks; and ensuring compliance with regulations and accounting standards. He is a CPA and a graduate of The Ohio State University in Accounting and Finance. Additionally, Chris is a member of The Ohio Society of CPAs Board of Directors, The Ohio CPA Foundation Board of Trustees and the Vice President of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Columbus chapter. Chris is married to his wife, Nicole and they have a five-year daughter.

Chris Igodan, Jr.

Vice President, Investments Controller
Nationwide

Shannon Irish is an Associate within Bank of America’s Real Estate Gaming and Lodging (REGL) Global Investment Banking team in New York City. In this role she provides advice to Fortune 500 real estate companies and REITs on buyside, sellside, capital raising, and strategic transactions. Shannon has executed advisory engagements worth over $25BN for clients in the homebuilding, office, shopping center, gaming, industrial and lodging sectors. Shannon graduated from Binghamton University with a BA in Asian American studies with a focus on Chinese language, business and culture and a minor in global studies. She graduated cum laude in just 2.5 years and studied abroad twice in China. She speaks Mandarin fluently. In her free time, she enjoys running, camping, skiing, karaoke and playing the flute.

Shannon Irish

Associate, Global Investment Banking
Bank of America

Valerie B. Jarrett is a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, and a senior advisor to the Obama Foundation and Attn. She serves as chairman of the board of When We All Vote and co-chair of The United State of Women. She also serves on the boards of Ariel Investments, 2U, Lyft, the Innocence Project, the Economic Club of Chicago and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Her New York Times bestselling memoir, Finding My Voice: When the Perfect Plan Crumbles, the Adventure Begins, was published in 2019 and updated in 2020.

Valerie Jarrett

Senior Advisor to President Obama

Andra Johnson got her start in the restaurant business at a local chain restaurant in Rockville Maryland. She then headed to DC and became an accomplished barista and bartender with Mayorga Coffee and opened a franchise location where she was the GM and Events Coordinator. . In 2018, Andra also became a co-founder of DMV Black Restaurant Week. Andra is currently the Bar Director of Serenata/Zumo concept in La Cosecha where she renews her commitment to providing exemplary service and thoughtful cocktails each day. Her forthcoming book, 'White Plates, Black Faces', continues her work telling the stories of people of color in the restaurant industry. She is also a Co-Founder of DMV Black Restaurant Week and heads up a cocktail pop up initiative called 'Back to Black' that strives to raise funds to donate to overlooked and underfunded charities and organizations in the DC area.

Andra Johnson

Managing Partner & Beverage Director
Serenata & Zumo

Jacqueline Jones is the Head of Strategic Partnerships for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at LinkedIn. She has held business development and strategy roles across several industries such as Higher Education, Media/Entertainment, Technology, Advertising, Publishing and Consulting. Her experience includes roles at Fortune 500 companies including Clear Channel Communications, Cable and & Wireless, Accenture, Prudential and IBM. Jacqueline holds degrees from Harvard Business School, Wellesley College and is a Fulbright alumni.

Jacqueline Jones

Head of Strategic Partnerships - Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging
LinkedIn

10 years ago, Put Up Resultz owners Kasheef and Re-Shaun entered the corporate world. They excelled, and even started families. Though active all their lives, they struggled balancing the demands of work and family, After years of prioritizing their wholistic health last, they decided to make a change. They tested different styles and attained multiple personal training certifications. Kasheef and Re-Shaun launched the PUR Brand to share their passion with the world!

Re-Shaun Jones

Certified Fitness Trainer
Put Up Resultz

Van Jones is the CEO of REFORM Alliance, and CNN host and political commentator. Jones has been a leader in the fight for criminal justice reform for more than 25 years. He has founded and led many thriving social enterprises, including the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, and the Dream Corps – a social justice accelerator that houses #YesWeCode, #GreenForAll, and #cut50, which recently led the charge to pass the FIRST STEP Act (a bipartisan Federal bill that the New York Times calls the most substantial breakthrough in criminal justice in a generation).

Van Jones

CEO
REFORM Alliance

Nyra Jordan has been with American Family Insurance for over 20 years serving in various leadership roles throughout the organization. More recently, she led a team responsible for American Family’s Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) program. Nyra is a Social Impact Investment Director at the American Family Institute for Corporate and Social Impact where she is advancing the creation of economic opportunities for historically overlooked communities including those impacted by incarceration through venture capital investment and capacity building partnerships with innovative academic, nonprofit, and government organizations. Nyra holds an undergraduate degree in Mass Communication, an MA in Criminal Justice Administration, and an MS in Social Innovation and Sustainability Leadership.

Nyra Jordan

Social Impact Investment Director
American Family Insurance Institute

Richard is Co-Founder and General Partner at Equal Ventures. Prior to co-founding Equal Ventures, Richard was an investor at Venrock, where he led seed-stage and Series A stage investments in 6Sense, Amino Apps, Beckon, Burner, Luxe Valet, and Salsify. Richard is a proud Georgetown alum and is a rabid Hoyas basketball fan. Richard is also the founder of Stealth Mode, a community of more than 1,500 African American founders, operators and investors.

Richard Kerby

General Partner Equal Ventures

As the Chief Operating Officer for Digital Technology Services (DTS) at S&P Global, Shankar Krishnamurthy plays a pivotal role in defining and supporting the successful execution of DTS’ technology strategy. A critical area of focus is Essential Tech – a program aimed at providing learning and upskilling opportunities for employees. Before joining S&P Global, Shankar drove digital transformation for several Banking & Capital market companies in North America. He has a passion for learning and mentoring and earned an MBA in Finance from the Indian Institute of Management.

Shankar Krishnamurthy

Chief Operating Officer for Digital Technology Services
S&P Global

Latisha Kimber is Head of Digital Engagement within Ratings Technology. In her role, she partners with stakeholders and team members across various regions to create and deliver messages internally that illuminate the technology team’s strategic direction. Her role also contributes to leading change in a fast-paced environment through coaching and empowering team members to deliver quality in an effective, efficient manner. Latisha earned an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, and a B.S. in Accounting from Purdue.

Latisha Kimber

Head of Digital Engagement, S&P Global Ratings Technology
S&P Global

Felicia is currently the Regional Executive for consumer retail expansion across: Utah, Ohio, Colorado, Pittsburgh, Indiana, Minnesota, and Kentucky. This role has two key components that are segmented into pre-opening and post opening. Pre-opening engagement includes real estate selection for tech forward branch locations, market leadership recruiting & development, community relations, and branding/marketing collaboration. Once new sites are launched, post opening responsibilities shift towards efforts to gain market share through increased client acquisition and product penetration, back end analysis to improve efficiencies, employee & client satisfaction, and risk/compliance adherence. Felicia obtained her MBA from Auburn University and graduated from the distinguished Wharton Executive Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. Post degree work also includes mentorship of Wharton Program students, and attainment of her FINRA Series 7, 63, 66, 9 & 10. She is a 2017 Diversity & Inclusion Award recipient, a member of the LGBT+ Executive Council, and Boys N Girls Club.

Felicia Lewis

Director, Consumer Banking & ME Region Exec
Bank of America

Few individuals impact the day-to-day management of organizations and institutions as Dennis Kimbro. A tireless educator, author, and Business school professor, Dr. Kimbro is universally characterized as one of the most insightful and scholarly writers in the field today. As a lecturer and researcher in the field of management, entrepreneurship and human potential, he encourages his readers to look within to extract the keys that underlie all accomplishment.

Dr. Dennis Kimbro, PhD

CEO
P. Kimbro Group

Jahdé Marley is a Italian Wine Ambassador, Certified Sommelier, and self-proclaimed Flavor Junkie. Through education and community events, she celebrates the cultures that contribute joy and complexity to this lived experience via Wine, Spirits, and Spice. Inspired by both her ancestral home of Jamaica and her extensive wine studies throughout Italy, Jahdé is working to document the history, labor, and regionality of Food and Beverage throughout the Caribbean. Jahdé currently works as a Wine Consultant with Indie Wineries, a Wine Import and Distribution Company that partners with environmentally conscious Farmers and Producers. She is also involved with educational initiatives aimed at promoting equity through the Beverage space, ‘Open Wine Forum’ and ‘Ideal Bartender Collective.’

Jahde Marley

Certified Sommelier & Wine Consultant
Indie Wineries

Sekou Muhammad joined Bank of America in July, 2017 as a member of the Consumer MBA Leadership Development program. Throughout his time in the program, he gained experience supporting Consumer Investments and the Financial Center channel by spearheading/supporting a variety of program management initiatives. In early 2019, Sekou returned to the Consumer Investments LOB as a platform consultant on the Digital Capabilities team. Prior to joining the organization, Sekou received a BA from Morehouse College and an MBA from the UW Madison- Wisconsin School of Business. He is currently based out of Atlanta, GA.

Sekou Muhammad

Assistant Vice President, Platform Consultant
Bank of America

Hadiyah Mujhid is the CEO and Founder of HBCUvc, a nonprofit that is dedicated to changing how investment capital is formed and allocated to benefit historically underestimated groups. She has experience as both a tech founder and software engineer and is obsessed with leveraging technology entrepreneurship for economic inclusion. She is also an Echoing Green and Praxis Fellow. Hadiyah earned her MBA from Drexel University and holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, an HBCU.

Hadiyah Mujhid

Founder and CEO
HBCUvc

Lookman joined Amazon/AWS in November 2012 as a Finance Manager for the AWS Storage business. In his first 7 years in AWS, Lookman he led the finance support function for 6 AWS Services (including Storage, Edge, AWS Security Services, Dev Tools, Grand Challenge, and Twitch), and established and led a tech Business Intelligence org. He took a brief hiatus from Finance in October 2019 to become a Product Manager, leading customer engagement strategy for the AWS Storage business for a few months become heading back to AWS Finance. Lookman currently leads the AWS IPAT org, which includes the AWS Central FP&A team, as the Director. Before Amazon, Lookman’s career began in IT consulting in Nigeria before pursuing his MBA at the University of Texas at Austin (hook em’ horns!) – class of 2007. He worked in various Product Management, Business Strategy, and Finance roles in companies including Dell and American Airlines prior to Amazon. At home, Lookman is a proud dad to two teenage girls (fun times), and pet father to a 1+ year old Maltese dog - Ollie. His hobbies include cooking, general outdoor activities, and binging on WW2 history.

Lookman Olusanya

Director, Insights, Planning & Analytics (IPAT)
Amazon

Dr. Richard Orbé-Austin is a founding partner of Dynamic Transitions Psychological Consulting LLP, a career and executive coaching consultancy, based in New York City. Dr. Orbé-Austin has worked in the field of career & executive coaching for over 15 years, and has helped thousands of clients find their true career direction and achieve success & satisfaction in their career paths. He was the Founding Director of NYU’s Graduate Student Career Development Center, developing the strategic vision and leading a team responsible for managing the career needs of over 14,000 master’s and doctoral students in over 100 different disciplines. Prior to his tenure at NYU, Dr. OrbéAustin served in a variety of leadership roles, including as the Chief Diversity Officer at Baruch College-City University of New York and as President of the NY Association of Black Psychologists.

Richard Orbe-Austin, PhD

Executive Coach/Psychologist
Dynamic Transitions Psychological Consulting, LLP

Jill is North America CFO for LVMH. She is responsible for partnering with the North America CEO and leadership team on all financial and strategic objectives and serves as a main connection point to global headquarters. She leads her team of Accounting, FP&A, Treasury, Tax, IT and Purchasing professionals in managing the corporate P&L, balance sheet, and cash flow performance and analyzes key financial measures to identify risk or opportunity in order to maximize success. Jill holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Yale University. She is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council.

Jill Pemberton

CFO North America
LVMH

Deserrie Perez is a Digital & Marketing Strategist. She helps brands connect to prospective clients and customers through innovative, digital and data-driven marketing solutions, which build brand awareness and drives business growth. She has an MBA from The Wharton School and a Bachelor of Science from the University of the West Indies. Deserrie enjoys running, cardio-kickboxing to soca music and family time.

Deserrie Perez

Group Marketing Manager
LinkedIn

Dr. Perkins-Munn has spent the past 20 years in using data to drive decision-making within in financial services firms. She has implemented research and analytics, machine learning and big data initiatives across the financial services spectrum (sell-side, buy-side, asset management). Dr. Perkins-Munn joined BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, in April 2018 to drive the build of a Data-Driven Marketing organization — a groundbreaking undertaking for BLK that fuses research, analytics and data with AI, NLP and ML capabilities to use research, analytics and data to drive impactful, quantitative decisioning.

Tiffany Perkins-Munn, PhD

Managing Director, Head of Research, Analytics & Data
BlackRock

Dot Persampire is the Issuer Solutions segment CFO at Fiserv, Inc. reporting to Bob Hau. Dot has been with Fiserv for nearly 20 years. She began her career at Fiserv in the Accounting department for the Merchant Acquiring segment. In her current role as Issuer Solutions CFO she is responsible for the financial results, strategy, planning and forecasting of the $2 billion global segment. This includes making investing, pricing, deal and organizational decisions. Prior to joining Fiserv, Dot worked in public accounting for Grant Thornton where she provided audit assurance for clients in their financial services sector. Dot received her accounting degree from SUNY @ Old Westbury and is a certified public accountant and a member of the AICPA.

Dot Persampire

SVP, Finance
Fiserv

Named by Urban Influence Magazine as one of the “20 Hottest Influencers in America,” Dr. Lynn Richardson is an author, entertainment executive and celebrity financial coach who uses her quick wit and humorous presentation style to help others face their money issues and achieve personal, professional and spiritual harmony. During this time of quarantine, Lynn has been on the front lines doing everything she can to help provide significant and important financial information. Most recently recurring on Good Morning America's SMART MONEY Segment, and on Fox 11 - The Coronavirus Special Report with Drew Pinksky and Elex Michaelson. Known for her regular appearances on Fox Business, Fox News, The Steve TV Show, Access Hollywood Live, The Hallmark Channel's Home & Family Show and BET Networks, Lynn has also appeared in Essence, Get Up Mornings with Erica Campbell, and in countless media outlets nationwide. She has served as Chief of Operations for Russell Simmons' & Dr. Benjamin Chavis' Hip Hop Summit Action Network and is currently the President and CEO of MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, in addition to serving as President and COO of MC Lyte's Sunni Gyrl entertainment and celebrity management firm – where she oversees empowerment programs that impact the globe.

Dr. Lynn Richardson

Financial Expert/Radio & TV Personality

Cornelia M. Robinson leads community engagement for Amazon Web Services’ Global Cloud Infrastructure. Through Cornelia’s leadership of the “AWS InCommunities” program, she establishes AWS’s strategy for making a positive difference and inspiring future builders – especially those from underrepresented and underserved communities. In the three years that Cornelia has been in this capacity, AWS has launched a number of long-term and innovative programs that make a lasting impact including AWS Tech Week, Girls’ Tech Days, Family Tech Days, and an AWS Think Big Experience. The Think Big Experience, which is based on Amazon’s “Think Big” leadership principle, includes physical and mobile work spaces where young minds give shape to their ideas working on disruptive technologies and, in the process, learn design & thinking skills leading to innovation. The experience provides opportunities for hands-on experimentation in different fields of STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

Cornelia Robinson

Sr. Manager, AWS Community Engagement
Amazon Web Services

Marty Rodgers is Accenture's market unit lead for the US South and responsible for clients, people, offices, community involvement, and financial performance across the South. He has strategic responsibility for integrating Accenture's services to tackle and solve our clients' most complex problems. Leading more than 16,000 people in his market unit—spanning 15 states that cover key cities such as Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston and Washington, D.C.—Marty focuses on bringing continuous innovation to clients, attracting and retaining top talent and strengthening Accenture's impact in the local communities. He is also a member of Accenture's Global Management Committee and North America Leadership Team, as well as the office managing director for the Washington, D.C. Metro Area.

Marty Rodgers

Market Unit Lead - US South
Accenture

Mike Saunders currently serves as a GM in the Consumer Payments organization within Amazon, where he leads our payments business in Japan, Amazon’s central Marketing and Machine Learning engine, payments Data Science and payments Design organizations. In this role he leads all aspects of Amazon’s payment and loyalty businesses, payment products and payment operations in Japan and also owns a number of core services that support Amazon’s payments business globally. He leads a team of nearly 200 people based in Tokyo, the United States, the UK and Bangalore, India. He has been with Amazon for nearly 5 years, joining in November 2015 in Amazon’s Consumer Payments division. He has been in the payments space for close to 20 years and holds multiple patents in the US, Japan and the UK for a variety of payment-related consumer-facing product inventions.

Mike Saunders

General Manager, Consumer Payment
Amazon

A powerhouse speaker and moderator, Egypt hosted the stage at Oprah’s “The Life You Want Tour”, and countless business conferences. As a 20 year award winning radio personality, Egypt has been syndicated in more than 60 cities throughout the USA, landing critically acclaimed interviews with Prince, James Brown, Leonardo Di Caprio, Martin Scorsese, Oprah & Tyler Perry to name a few. With her diverse background and hearty sense of wittiness, Egypt has been invited as a recurring ‘Hot Topics’ guest and lifestyle pundit on Dish Nation, Steve Harvey, Showbiz Tonight, Larry Wilmore Show and a variety of others.

Egypt Sherrod

CEO
Egypt Sherrod Real Estate Group

Tricia Sitemere of TriciaSitemere.com is the founder of CTRL Alt Delete; a career consulting and fulfillment coaching firm in Dallas, TX. With nearly a decade in human resources at multiple Fortune 500 companies, she has coached thousands of individuals on their career journeys. She inspires both her audiences and clients to seek clarity & live in greater fulfillment, moving the needle toward self-actualization where the possibilities for their lives become limitless.

Tricia Sitemere

Career Consultant and Fulfillment Coach
CTRL Alt Delete

A native of Yonkers, New York, Joel Thomas (affectionately known as “Chef Jojo”) has been a fixture in the Capital Region food scene since 2012. He began his culinary arts career as an apprentice of Chef "JR" Robinson, Executive Chef and founder of KitchenCray, LLC. It was under JR's leadership that Chef Jojo developed his culinary skills and expertise. In addition to being one of the faces of Kitchencray, Chef Jojo is also the Dietary Chef for the Executive Pastors at Zion Church in Landover, Maryland. For four years, Chef Jojo served as a Food Educator at Martha's Table, a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. His primary role was getting elementary-aged children excited about healthy eating through food education and fun and engaging cooking activities.

Chef Jojo Thomas

CEO
Chef Jojo, Inc.

Touré is the host of the podcast Touré Show and the political podcast Democracyish. He was the co-host of MSNBC’s The Cycle and also a host at MTV, BET, and Fuse as well as a Correspondent at CNN. He’s the author of six books including I Would Die 4U: Why Prince Became An Icon and Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? He lives in Brooklyn, with his wife and two children.

Touré

Host
Touré Show

Jennifer is a seasoned media executive who currently serves as Sony Pictures Television’s SVP of Scripted Programming overseeing creative on hit series such as The Good Doctor, The Boys, and The Blacklist. In 2011, Jennifer combined her passion for fitness and desire to help others with her media background to found edutainment brand MAD COOL FITNESS (MCF), an inclusive, healthy lifestyle brand that helps people to achieve long-term good health through behavior science-based programs. MCF Programs are also based on Jennifer’s personal experience as someone who struggled with weight but has been living healthy for more than 20 years.

Dr. Jennifer Turner

Founder
MAD COOL FITNESS

From welfare mother to six-time New York Times’ best-selling author, from the Brooklyn projects to three-time NAACP Image Award, winner from broken pieces to peace, Iyanla Vanzant is one of the country’s most prolific writers, public speakers and among the most influential, socially engaged and acclaimed spiritual life coaches of our time. Executive Producer and Host of the breakout hit Iyanla: Fix My Life on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Iyanla Vanzant’s focus on faith, empowerment and loving relationships has inspired millions around the world.

Iyanla Vanzant

New York Times Best-Selling Author

Mr. Van Horne is a founding member and Managing Director of the Technology Division of Wells Fargo Strategic Capital, a $2 billion AUM growth and private equity investment vehicle. With approximately 20 years of principal investing and corporate finance experience, in 2020, Mr. Van Horne was named as one of the top 50 global corporate venture capitalists by Global Corporate Venturing. Mr. Van Horne led and closed the Wells Fargo’s investments in Flexport, Industrious, BMC Software, Reonomy, and Mynd Management among others. Mr. Van Horne was an investment professional in the Merchant Banking Division at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he executed equity and mezzanine transactions from an on-balance sheet, multi-strategy growth capital fund. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Van Horne was a Mergers & Acquisitions investment banker at Wells Fargo (formerly Wachovia Securities) where he was responsible for executing transactions in business services, and technology industries. Previous to this role, Mr. Van Horne worked in the United States Senate for Senator John McCain.

Osei A. Van Horne

Managing Director
Wells Fargo

John van Moyland is Managing Director and Global Head of the S&P Kensho Indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI), having formerly run the Financial Products division of Kensho Technologies, which was acquired by S&P Global in April 2018. He leads a team of quants and data scientists who leverage advanced analytics, machine learning, and NLP techniques to create truly differentiated custom baskets and indices, including the flagship S&P Kensho New Economy Indices.

John read Law at the University of London and Information Technology at the American International University. He is also a keen rock climber and organic farmer when not contemplating the Fourth Industrial Revolution and ramifications thereof.

John Van Moyland

Global Head of S&P Kensho Indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices

Lemar White

President
NBMBAA® DC Chapter

Wayne is 20-year Cisco veteran and currently, he serves as a Sr. Technical Program Manager for the Foundational Security Technologies Team within the Security and Trust Organization. He manages programs for three engineering teams, and he has been an Engineering Team Lead as well. He develops organizational strategies and coordinates priorities for the organization’s program portfolio. He’s also a member of the S&TO cultural board. Their responsibility is to drive cultural change within the S&TO Organization. Wayne has earned multiple certifications. The most notable is the PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner certification and the Stanford Advanced Program Manager certification. He’s also a graduate of the Duke Adaptive Strategic Execution Program, the Cisco Design Thinking Program, the Cisco Next Generation Leadership Program and the Leadership Triangle Program.

Wayne White

Sr. Technical Program Manager
Cisco

Twice nominated for an Image Award for "outstanding actress in a drama series”, Malinda Williams made a name for herself, grabbing lead roles in films such as The Wood, High School High, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, and the hit television series Soul Food. Malinda’s most recent entrepreneurial venture is She’s Got A Habit, and online lifestyle hub and retail marketplace meant to inspire women to connect and support each other.

Malinda Williams

Actress & Entrepreneur
She's Got A Habit

Michelle is the Chief of Operations, People and Culture for the Security and Trust Organization at Cisco Systems. She is responsible for strategically connecting dots across the business planning process, and organizational culture. Michelle has a passion for connecting the power of people, innovation and technology to drive positive change. She is a catalyst for bold thinking and known as a transformational leader with the unique ability to ideated and builds teams to innovate beyond traditional Operations and D&I initiatives. Michelle is a Certified Diversity Professional, Certified Staffing Specialist, Certified Data Scientist Leader. Certified in Design Thinking, a Trusted Business Strategist and a Graduated of Leadership NC. She has lead teams in Sales, Services, Operations and HR organizations.

Michelle Witherspoon

Security and Trust Organization
Cisco Systems

Nicole Wormley is a reputable Talent Acquisition Leader with over 15 years of experience and a proven track record of delivering exceptional results and developing high performing teams. Nicole currently has responsibility for leading Danaher’s Diversity Attraction and University Recruitment programs, globally. She’s charged with advancing the Danaher brand, candidate value proposition and diversity attraction/early career talent strategies. Prior to Danaher, Nicole led Talent Acquisition and/or University Recruitment functions and teams in organizations such as Campbell Soup Company and Aramark Corporation to name a few.

Nicole Wormley

Senior Director, D+I Attraction and University Recruitment
Danaher Corporation

10 years ago, Put Up Resultz owners Kasheef and Re-Shaun entered the corporate world. They excelled, and even started families. Though active all their lives, they struggled balancing the demands of work and family, After years of prioritizing their wholistic health last, they decided to make a change. They tested different styles and attained multiple personal training certifications. Kasheef and Re-Shaun launched the PUR Brand to share their passion with the world!

Kasheef Wyzard

Certified Fitness Trainer
Put Up Resultz

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