Fireside Chat on Business & Philanthropy
Unprecedented times call for unprecedented leadership. In this important fireside discussion we will hear from a man who has led and won on and off the court, sport legend and entrepreneur Isiah Thomas. This featured conversation will explore important lessons we can leverage to increase corporate social responsibility and personal leadership during trying times.
Featured Speakers: Isiah Thomas, Chairman and CEO, Isiah International Rick C. Wade, Senior VP, Strategic Alliances And Outreach, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Session I: Education & Workforce Development
Education and workforce development are foundational to economic mobility and access. COVID-19 has further advanced the great technological divide creating greater challenges for young boys and men to gain access to quality education to aid them in preparing for college and the 21st-century workforce. This panel will explore innovative strategies for addressing education and the workforce divide.
Dr. Shaun Nelms, Superintendent of East High EPO
William & Sheila Konar Director of the Center for Urban Education Success
Dr. Gregory Vincent, Former Chairman of The Grand Boule, Executive Director, Civil Right Initiative and Professor, University of Kentucky
Jean-Claude Brizard, Senior Advisor, P-16 Community Investment Team, Office of the President, US Programs, Gates Foundation
Session II: Leadership in Corporate America
This session will take a deep dive into how to add value and implement effective leadership in corporate America by utilizing the skills already in your wheelhouse as a Black man.
Olu Burrell, Coach, Consultant, Copywriter, Olu Burrell Consulting
Conrad Woody, Partner, and Head of Odgers Berndtson’s U.S. Corporate and Government Affairs Practice in Washington
Alex Dixon, West Region President, Pure Star Group David Clunie, Executive Director, Black Economic Alliance
Session III: Financial Wealth-Building & Planning
This session will highlight the importance of and ways to create wealth. Stimulating generational wealth through intentional financial planning is the best way for Black men to move the needle towards uplifting their families and the communities in which they live and serve.
Tracy L. Williams, Sr. VP of Business Development, Rochester Economic Development Corporation (REDCO)
James Brown III, Financial Advisor | Growth & Development Director, Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company
Keith Beverly, CFA, MBA, CFP®, Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer, GRID 202 Partners
Mikal Quarles, National Field Manager, Chase Business Banking
Session IV: Entrepreneurs & Content Creators
The modern age of technology has spurred a revolution of knowledge and information mobility. Entrepreneurs and content creators are at the forefront of this education movement. The involvement and role of Black men in the process of what is released for consumption is major.
Pierre Leveaux, Vice President of Venture Capital and Private Equity Partnerships, Power Digital Marketing
Ilbert J. Sanchez, Co-Founder, Garon Couture
Marcus Allen, Co-Founder, Broccoli City
Ray McKenzie, Founder, and CEO, StartingPoint
Mobolaji Akintunde, VP of Sales, Marketing & Success, PeopleVine
Session V: Tech Innovators
Even during the most difficult of times, the technology section continues to push forward with innovation. COVID-19 has propelled us into territory that was unthinkable or even unknown just a decade ago. This session will focus on how leading men in the technology industry pivoted their business models to adapt to the drastic changes stemming from our normal.
Featured Speakers: Christopher Upperman, Manager of Governance & Strategic Initiatives, Facebook
Preston James, CEO & Co-Founder, DivInc
Barry Givens, General Partner, Collab Capital
Session VI: Real Estate Entrepreneurs
Ideas of entrepreneurship are oftentimes tied to creation and innovation. Real Estate is one of the most overlooked modes of entrepreneurship that African American men are quickly becoming more educated in and are excelling when entering the field. This session will help lay the groundwork for you to do the same.
Chris Dixon, West Region President, Pure Star Group
John King, Founder and CEO Aptex Title
Aty Biswese, Founder, NID Group
Lorenzo Wooten, Senior Associate with Marcus & Millichap
Josh Childress, Co-Founder, LandSpire Group
Session VII: Entrepreneurship Eco-Systems to Support Black Entrepreneurs
Black men are exploring and forging more paths in entrepreneurship now than ever before. With the influx of more black men building businesses, there must be infrastructures of support helping to bring others a seat at the table. This session will go beyond investors and explore sources of support for black male entrepreneurs.
Dr. Lomax R. Campbell, Mayor’s Office, City of Rochester
Dell Gines, Senior Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – Omaha Branch
Norris Williams, Associate, Capital and Public Sector Innovation, Living Cities
Darren Walker, Founder, BEAN