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.
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Friday's Keynote Speaker
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.
Friday's Keynote Speaker
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.
Friday - 2018 Florida Gubernatorial Candidate
Ron DeSantis is the former U.S. Representative for Florida’s Sixth District and the Republican nominee for Governor of Florida. He was endorsed early in the Republican primary by President Donald J. Trump. While in Congress, he led efforts to impose term limits on members of Congress, cut taxes, repeal ObamaCare, and relocate the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. He’s worked to expedite the completion of the reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee in order to stop toxic discharges to the east and west, assist veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress, combat radical Islamic terrorism, stop illegal immigration and defund sanctuary cities. A native Floridian with blue collar roots, Ron worked his way through Yale University, where he graduated with honors and was the captain of the varsity baseball team. He also graduated with honors from Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, he earned a commission in the US Navy as a JAG officer. During his active duty service, he supported operations at the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and deployed to Iraq as an adviser to a U.S. Navy SEAL commander in support of the SEAL mission in Fallujah, Ramadi and the rest of Al Anbar province. His military decorations include the bronze star medal for meritorious service and the Iraq campaign medal. He has also served as a federal and military prosecutor. He is married to Casey DeSantis, an Emmy award winning television host. Together, they’re the proud parents of their daughter, Madison and their son, Mason
Saturday - 2018 Florida Gubernatorial Candidate
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 for the State of Florida. He lives with his wife R. Jai and their three children in Tallahassee, Florida.”
Saturday's 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.
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Roz and Cal Kovens Conference Center
3000 NE 151ST North Miami, Florida 33181
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.
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