September 27-29 | Miami, Florida

2018 Black Professionals Summit

Disruption | Creating a Culture of Progress and Elevating the Narrative

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Disruption | Creating a Culture of Progress and Elevating the Narrative

This conference is designed for professionals who desire a collaborative network across industries, job functions, and interests all while learning best practices to excel in their respective fields.

Why Attend 2018 #BPNSummit?

Hosted every year in beautiful and sunny South Florida, the Summit introduces new thought leaders of our community, reconnects several generations of leaders from all different industries while forming meaningful connections and sharing invaluable knowledge and resources.
  • Network and form relationships across a wide range of career paths and job functions.
  • Get the knowledge and training from dynamic speakers to push your professional and personal aspirations to new levels.
  • Be empowered and energized by your peers under the guiding principle together each achieves more!

What to Expect

Come to form a collaborative network across industries, job functions and interests, all while learning best practices to excel in your field!

Summit Includes:
  • Career and Exhibitor Fair
  • Onsite Professional Headshots
  • 5-Star Luncheon provided by Juanita’s Kitchen
  • Dynamic Leadership Sessions and Workshops

Who Should Attend?

This event is ideal for motivated, goal-oriented, and ambitious 
  • Industry Professionals
  • Administrative Professionals
  • Middle Management Professionals
  • Industry Executives
  • CEO, Business Owners and Startup Founders
 
A young professionals track is specifically created for high school seniors and college students. Contact Jerveris Floyd for sponsorship tickets for our #BPNFutures program.

 Join us in Miami, Florida on September 28th

Ashley D. Bell, Esq

Friday's Keynote Speaker

Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration

Ashley Daniel Bell, Esq. was appointed on February 21, 2018 by the White House to serve as Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration for Region IV; serving nine districts located in the 8 Southeastern States of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.  Regional Administrator Bell has oversight of over $5 billion in SBA-backed lending, the Counseling arm of the SBA, which counseled over 225,000 entrepreneurs last year in Region IV, and the contracting programs for small business, which account for over 23% of all federal contracts awarded.

A former Hall County Commissioner elected at the young age of 27, Ashley was the youngest commissioner  ever elected in the county, representing the 3rd fastest growing metropolitan area in America. A lawyer by trade, Ashley began his career as a public defender, and went on to become a celebrated trial attorney and co-founder of the law firm Bell & Washington LLP, based in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Brian Brackeen

Friday's Keynote Speaker

Brian Brackeen

CEO of Kairos

Brian Brackeen founded Kairos in 2012, and serves as the company’s CEO. His leadership saw Kairos selected by Wall Street Journal as one of the top 25 startups in the country, and continues to drive growth and innovation within the company and in the face recognition space. Brian leads the senior management team in establishing the company’s strategic direction, while engaging directly with customers and investors from around the globe. Prior to founding Kairos, Brian served as a Senior Project Manager for Apple Inc., and before Apple he was a Senior Managing Consultant for IBM. In addition to his work at Kairos, Brian lectures extensively around the world on entrepreneurship, code, digital economy, AI and machine learning— and participates in mentorship programs for organizations like Girls Who Code, Black Girls Code and The School District of Miami.

Andrew Gillum

Saturday's Keynote Speaker

Gillum headshot

Mayor of Tallahassee and Nominee for Governor of Florida

Andrew Gillum is a Democratic nominee for Governor of Florida. Andrew was born in Miami where his mother drove a school bus and his father was a construction worker. He was the first in his family to graduate college and he went on to become the youngest person in history elected to the Tallahassee City Commission, before later becoming Mayor. He has a proud record of 15 years in public service.

As Mayor, Andrew developed a thriving innovation economy, beat the gun lobby in court to protect commonsense reform and stood up to President Trump and Governor Rick Scott to defend immigrants.

Under Andrew’s leadership, Tallahassee advanced workforce training programs for underrepresented workers as one of only 50 cities in the nation included in President Obama’s TechHire program. Andrew also helped lower violent crime in the City by more than 8 percent through increased investments in law enforcement, community policing, re-entry programs, and an expansion of social service funding.

Mayor Gillum is now running for Governor because we need a fresh approach to solving the problems of our state and get our government back on track. He lives with his wife R. Jai and their three children in Tallahassee, Florida.”

Alfred Edmond, Jr

Saturday's Keynote Speaker

Alfred Edmond Jr by Michael McPherson - Large Image 670

Senior Vice President and Editor-at-Large of BLACK ENTERPRISE

Alfred Edmond Jr. is senior vice president/Editor-at-Large of BLACK ENTERPRISE. He is a content leader, brand representative and expert resource for all of the media platforms under the BLACK ENTERPRISE brand. Edmond is responsible for helping to set and enforce quality standards for the editorial content of BlackEnterprise.com; and the Our World with Black Enterprise and Women of Power television shows.

From 2008 through 2010, Edmond held the position of senior vice president/editor-in-chief of BlackEnterprise.com, responsible for the development of the Website’s content, as well as the hiring and overall supervision of the editorial staff. In this position, Edmond played an important leadership role in the transition of BLACK ENTERPRISE from print magazine publisher to a digital-first multimedia content company.

Summit Speakers

Well known industry leaders and emerging talents

  • Paul

    Kenasha

    Paul

    Ms. Paul serves as Founder and Event Chair for the Black Professionals Summit

  • Kay Hudson

    El pagnier

    Kay Hudson

    Interim Vice President, Human Resources at FIU

  • Monestime

    Jean

    Monestime

    Miami-Dade County Commissioner

  • McGhee

    Kionne

    McGhee

    Florida State Representative, D-117

  • Jospeh

    Dottie

    Jospeh

    Attorney, Newly Elected FL State Representative, D-108

  • Jackson

    Andreana

    Jackson

    Vice Chair of North Bay Village Council

  • Pigatt

    Matthew

    Pigatt

    Opa-Locka City Commissioner

  • Louissaint

    Beatrice

    Louissaint

    CEO of Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council

  • Colas-Gervais

    Sheri

    Colas-Gervais

    Vice President, Economic Development at Beacon Council

  • Lewis Simon

    Nikki

    Lewis Simon

    Shareholder, GreenbergTraurig

  • Cash Jackson

    Yolanda

    Cash Jackson

    Shareholder at Becker & Poliakoff

  • Hill

    Marlon

    Hill

    Partner at Hamilton, Miller, & Birthisel, LLP

  • Alston

    Torey

    Alston

    MDCPS Economic Equity & Diversity Compliance Officer

  • Kinnard

    Connie

    Kinnard

    Vice President, Multicultural Tourism & Development at GMCVB

  • W. Jacobs

    Rodney

    W. Jacobs

    Assistant Director for the City of Miami Civilian Investigative Panel

  • Leveille

    Lewis

    Leveille

    Social Media Manager, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood

  • Beatty

    Matthew

    Beatty

    Power Up Panelist - Senior Director of Communications

  • Green

    Michaeljohn

    Green

    Fund Manager, Community Fund of North Miami Dade

  • Parramore

    Lahteefah M.

    Parramore

    CPA and CEO of INQUE Management

  • Bronson-Marcellus

    Ashaki

    Bronson-Marcellus

    VP and Senior Banking Sales Leader at BankUnited

  • Etienne

    Anna

    Etienne

    Executive Director, StartUP FIU FOOD

  • Jackson

    Raynard

    Jackson

    Chairman, Black Americans for a Better Future

  • Guniss

    Carolyn

    Guniss

    Executive Editor at The Miami Times

  • Sellinger

    Michael S.

    Sellinger

    Director of Loan Programs, Miami Bayside Foundation

  • Randolph

    Ernisha

    Randolph

    Power Up Panelist - CEO and Foodpreneur of Multiple Brands

  • Williams

    Keon

    Williams

    Power Up Panelist - Director of Urban Philanthropies

  • Caines

    Chris

    Caines

    Power Up Panelist - Executive Director of FIU's MUFI

  • Messam

    Steve

    Messam

    Presenter - Leadership Development Specialist

  • Gibson

    Dr. Pandwe

    Gibson

    Panelist - EcoTech Visions Executive Director

  • Beliard

    Rebecca

    Beliard

    Presenter - Attorney at Akerman

  • Batts-Coley

    Metris

    Batts-Coley

    Presenter - Estate Planning Adviser

  • Ellis

    Tiffany

    Ellis

    Presenter - Professional Brand Specialist

  • St. Vil-Curry

    Shani

    St. Vil-Curry

    Presenter - Personal Finance Adviser

  • Tabbert

    Jessica

    Tabbert

    Presenter - Veteran and Event Curator and CEO of J. Gisele

  • Samuels

    Stacy-Ann

    Samuels

    Presenter - Health Administrator and Entrepreneur

  • Bennett

    Dr. Debeka

    Bennett

    Presenter - Counseling Psychologist

  • Hairston

    Cameron

    Hairston

    Presenter - IT Consultant & Strategist

  • Brown

    Jamila

    Brown

    Presenter - IT Consultant & Strategist

  • Brown

    Shawn

    Brown

    Presenter - IT Consultant & Strategist

  • Calloway

    Phillip

    Calloway

    Moderator - Licensed Realtor, Entrepreneur & Professor

Summit Schedule

Full schedule of keynotes, sessions & workshops

8:30AMMAIN HALL

Registration

Welcome to the 2018 Black Professionals Network's Summit (#BPNSummit18). Pick up your name badge and enjoy continental breakfast, registration and explore the vendor fair or take your professional headshot on the 2nd floor.
9:30AM2nd FLOOR
Kenasha Paul
Kenasha Paul

Founder and Chair

Opening Remarks

Enter the conference main room, session includes conference overview and introduction of Opening Keynote Speaker.
10:00am2nd FLOOR

Opening Keynote

Brian Brackeen founded Kairos in 2012 to remove the complexity of building and using facial recognition software, enabling businesses and governments to detect faces, recognize people, and analyze behaviors on security cameras and mobile, web, and desktop applications with 99% accuracy. Brian is the perfect mix of technology wiz and HR guru. He grew up in Philadelphia, and despite never attending college, used his computer capabilities to secure a job at IBM, and later Apple. Brian left in 2011 and developed Kairos as a time-clock app that employees logged into in order to check in and out of work. However, he discovered people were cheating the system. This led him to further pursue the idea of facial recognition. Along with his team he tested several approaches, but realized that current facial recognition products were not user friendly. Along with his former boss, Brain re-focused the company to provide a facial recognition product.
10:45AMFirst Floor

Workshops I

Pick your passion, we know it will be so hard to do but enjoy workshops by leading professionals around these topics:
  • Recipe for Success with South Florida's Foodpreneurs  sponsored by FIU StartUP Food
  • At the Center Law: Understanding Its Relationship to Business, Government, and Industry
  • Working with South Florida Media to Tell Your Story
  • The Hustler's Mindset to Success
11:45AM2nd FLOOR

Economics of Politics and Business Panel

The Economics of Politics and Business panel features an open-discussion with elected officials and business leaders that breakdown the role and impact government has on business and reshaping a community. Learn how to make your business a viable strategic partner and how to leverage government to further your goals.
  • Jean Monestime, Miami-Dade County Commissioner of District 2
  • Torey Alston, Economic Equity & Diversity Compliance Officer at Miami-Dade Public Schools
  • Yolanda Cash Jackson, Esq - Government Lawyer and Partner at Becker & Poliakoff
  • Raynard Jackson, Chairman for Black Americans for a Better Future
1:00PM2nd FLOOR

Luncheon

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind luncheon experience with soul food from all parts of the region. What better combo where we feed your development and your food soul! Buffet lunch provided by Ernisha Randolph, CEO of Juanita's Kitchen, Shuckin and Jivin, and Sweet Butter Pop-Up Restaurant.

 

1:30PM2nd Floor

Luncheon Keynote Speaker

The 2018 Black Professionals Summit theme is "Disruptions: Creating a Culture of Progress and Elevating the Narrative" This year touches on the importance for career and business professionals to be takers of opportunities and resources. Shaping a path to progress not despite of but in spite -- disrupting social norms and reaching professional and personal success.  Hear from this year's luncheon keynote Ashley D. Bell, Esq, Regional Administrator of U.S. Small Business Administrator. Ashley was appointed on February 21, 2018 by the White House to serve as Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration for Region IV; serving nine districts located in the 8 Southeastern States of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.  Regional Administrator Bell has oversight of over $5 billion in SBA-backed lending, the Counseling arm of the SBA, which counseled over 225,000 entrepreneurs last year in Region IV, and the contracting programs for small business, which account for over 23% of all federal contracts awarded.
2:15PM1st Floor

Workshops II

Pick your passion, we know it will be so hard to do but enjoy workshops by leading professionals around these topics:
  • Stages of Securing Funding
  • How to Leverage My Credit to Scale My Business
  • Before You Entrepreneur 
  • Using Events to Drive Leads
3:15PM2nd Floor

Scaling Up: Capital and Business Innovation Panel

Learn from business and industry professionals on what opportunities and resources are available in South Florida to raise capital and tap into the latest trends in business innovation. Crunch the numbers and data around South Florida's thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem and learn what infrastructures are in place to propel the South Florida business forward. 
  • Beatrice Louissaint, President & CEO at Florida Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Sheri Colas-Gervais, Vice President, Economic Development & Urban Initiatives at Beacon Council
  • Dr. Pandwe Gibson, Executive Director at EcoTech Visions, Inc. 
4:30PM2nd Floor

Closing Annoucments

You've made it through Day 1. Stay around to get updates for networking reception and other activities before we reconvene tomorrow!
5:30PM to 8:30PMBayview Terrace

Tastes from the Diaspora

Tastes from the Diaspora

VIP Reception from 5:30PM to 8:30PM includes open bar and multi-ethnic cuisines while networking with our special guests and South Florida's leaders in business, government, and industry.

8:30AMMain Hall

Registration and Exhibitor Fair

Welcome to the 2018 Black Professionals Network's Summit (#BPNSummit18). Pick up your name badge and enjoy continental breakfast, registration and explore the vendor fair or take your professional headshot on the 2nd floor.
9:30AM2nd Floor
Kenasha Paul
Kenasha Paul

Founder and Chair

Opening Remarks

Learn more about the Black Professionals Network and the Summit. Overview of schedule and introduction of Opening Keynote Speaker.
10:00AM2nd Floor

Opening Keynotes

Andrew Gillum was born in Miami where his mother drove a school bus and his father was a construction worker. He was the first in his family to graduate college and he went on to become the youngest person in history elected to the Tallahassee City Commission, before later becoming Mayor. He has a proud record of 15 years in public service. As Mayor, Andrew developed a thriving innovation economy, beat the gun lobby in court to protect commonsense reform and stood up to President Trump and Governor Rick Scott to defend immigrants. Under Andrew’s leadership, Tallahassee advanced workforce training programs for underrepresented workers as one of only 50 cities in the nation included in President Obama’s TechHire program. Andrew also helped lower violent crime in the City by more than 8 percent through increased investments in law enforcement, community policing, re-entry programs, and an expansion of social service funding.
 
11:15AM1st Floor

Workshops I

Pick your passion, we know it will be so hard to do but enjoy workshops by leading professionals around these topics:
  • Behind the Title: Conversations with Organizational Leaders
  • Legacy Building Strategies for Successful Family Business Planning
  • Day Job to Dream Job
  • Shoot Your Shot in Your Professional Arena, Pt. II
12:15PM2nd Floor

Economics of Politics and Advocacy Panel

The Economics of Politics and Advocacy panel features an open-discussion with elected officials and community leaders that address issues and solutions for professionals to become more civically engaged and advocate for their communities. Political apathy is costly and affects our everyday lives more than people embrace. Learn how to break the cycles and contribute to solutions for a more well-meaning life for your career and family. Moderator: Karen Andre, Senior Advisor for Andrew Gillum Campaign
  • Kionne McGhee, FL House of Representative, D-117
  • Dottie Joseph, FL State Representative, D-108
  • Matthew Pigatt, City Commissioner of Opa-Locka
  • Andreana Jackson, Councilwoman of North Bay Village
  • Dwight Bullard, New Florida Majority
1:00PM2nd Floor

Luncheon

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind luncheon experience with soul food from all parts of the region. What better combo where we feed your development and your food soul! Buffet lunch provided by Ernisha Randolph, CEO of Juanita's Kitchen, Shuckin and Jivin, and Sweet Butter Pop-Up Restaurant.
1:30PM2nd Floor

Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Alfred Edmond Jr. is senior vice president/Editor-at-Large of BLACK ENTERPRISE. He is a content leader, brand representative and expert resource for all of the media platforms under the BLACK ENTERPRISE brand. Edmond is responsible for helping to set and enforce quality standards for the editorial content of BlackEnterprise.com; and the Our World with Black Enterprise and Women of Power television shows. From 2008 through 2010, Edmond held the position of senior vice president/editor-in-chief of BlackEnterprise.com, responsible for the development of the Website’s content, as well as the hiring and overall supervision of the editorial staff. In this position, Edmond played an important leadership role in the transition of BLACK ENTERPRISE from print magazine publisher to a digital-first multimedia content company.
2:15PM1st Floor

Workshops II

Pick your passion, we know it will be so hard to do but enjoy workshops by leading professionals around these topics:
  • I’m Black & Prayed Up, I Don’t Need Therapy
  • Power of Technology: Developing Your Skills Into a High Paying Career in Cloud Technology
  • Branding Your Passion
  • The Makings of a Leader
 
3:15PM2nd Floor

Building Wakanda – The Urban Revitalization of Our Communities

During this panel explore the housing opportunities within South Florida. Engage in an in-depth and frank conversation surrounding rebuilding communities, working with developers, and community redevelopment agencies to take ownership and control of our communities. Moderator: Phillip Calloway
  • David Wilson, CEO of Real Estate Resource Group, Inc.
  • Chad Musgrove, Vice President at Hunt Companies
  • Sandy Dorsainvil, Community Liaison at Magic City Studios
4:15PM2nd Floor

Power Up Panel

The path to success isn’t ‘0 to 100’, hear these ‘on the cusp’ stories so often missing from the discussion about reaching success. Here from South Florida's young professional leaders who are growing and thriving their brand, company, and families in this ecosystem. Get insights on how to build a successful; career, business, and life in South Florida. Hear from our emerging leaders: Moderated by Jill Tracey, Radio Host of Hot 105
  • Ernisha Randolph, CEO of Juanita's Kitchen
  • Matthew Beatty, Senior Director of Communications at The Miami Foundation
  • Keon Williams, Urban Philanthropies
  • Chris Caines, the Executive Director at the FIU Miami Urban Future Initiative
5:00PM1st FLOOR

Closing Toast

A conference tradition, the closing toast committing ourselves to excellence, professionalism, and success.
7PM to Midnight

Closing Reception

Get to know fellow attendees over appetizers and open bar in the beautiful Magic City Center.

Magic City Studios - Photopia 363 NE 61st Miami, FL 33138

*All attendees must be 21+.

Grab tickets: https://closingbpnsummit.eventbrite.com

Sponsored by Hennessy and Magic City Studios

   

Opening Reception

Join us at Lique Miami as we kick-off the 2018 Black Professionals Summit

Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

Lique Miami Waterfront Restaurant and Lounge

3957 Northeast 163rd Street | North Miami Beach, FL 33160

Conference Tickets

Save 25% off on prices when you purchase your tickets before August 29th. Conference tickets include exhibitor fair, professional headshot, luncheon, and conference materials.

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Tastes from the Diaspora

VIP Reception at 2018 Black Professionals Summit

Friday, September 28, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

Enjoy multi-ethnic cuisines from among South Florida’s premier chefs. Menu will take you on an exploratory journey through the soul of Black America, the islands of Haiti and Jamaica, the black Spanish plains of Cuba and Suriname and the west regions of Africa landing in Nigeria. No passport required! 

Enjoy black-owned wines from the exclusive collection of Dunns-Josephine Hotel and premium cocktails sponsored by Hennessy VSOP Collection.

If you would like to attend, please email info@bpsummit.org. 

Closing Reception

Join us at Magic City Studios as we close the 2018 Black Professionals Summit!

Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 7PM to Midnight (EDT)

Magic City Studios – Photopia

363 NE 61 St | Miami, FL 33138

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What people have said about the conference

  • It was exciting to see black professionals from all walks of life in a room with the common goal to achieve career success together.

    Tonya L.

    Tonya L.

    2016 Attendee
  • The conference is a need in our community. It allows for professionals to have a platform to share their knowledge and create meaningful connections

    Coach Cass

    Coach Cass

    2014 Presenter
  • It provides great value to all who participate whether as an attendee or supporter. It reinforces our collective mission at the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce to advocate for economic empowerment

    Eric Knowles

    Eric Knowles

    2016 Sponsor
  • Anytime we can come together and exchange our knowledge and reaffirm ourselves amongst our peers - success!

    Brandon Okpalobi

    Brandon Okpalobi

    2015 Presenter

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Roz and Cal Kovens Conference Center 

3000 NE 151ST North Miami, Florida 33181

Transport

The Roz and Cal Kovens Center is located in the beautiful city of North Miami and minutes away from Aventura and Sunny Isles Beach. Utilize UBER or LYFT to get to and from.

Parking

There is plenty of parking available. Your best option is to use the ParkMobile. Make sure you ask staff at the conference venue for a discount card before you leave at the end of the day.

Places To Stay

Make the most of your visit and stay the night. If you want to be super near the conference venue then you can’t get any closer than Courtyard Miami Aventura Mall. Or you could find a unique experience via AirBnB.

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