SCHEDULE

Friday
October 18, 2019
Saturday
October 19, 2019
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Roz and Cal Kovens Center

Check-In and Registration

Kenasha Paul
Founder and President, Black Professionals Network

The first day of the conference kicks off. Check-in and familiarize yourself with the agenda, check out the business service vendors or secure your headshot - limited slots available.

9:30 am - 10:00 am
Bayview Ballrooms

Opening Remarks

Kenasha Paul
Founder and President, Black Professionals Network
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Bayview Ballroom

Future of Florida Panel

Althea Harris
U.S. Small Business Administration
Michael A. Finney
President & CEO, The Miami-Dade Beacon Council
Raul Moas
Miami Program Director, Knight Foundation
Leigh-Ann Buchanan, Esq.
Founding Executive Director, Venture Café

This panel will cover the various business opportunities from county to federal level that impact Florida’s economic development. Panelist will discuss what industries are poised for growth and where there is room for innovation and deals to be made. In addition, panelists will discuss what programs each entity has in place for our professionals to pursue to aide in the growth of their businesses.

Breakout Workshops I

Anna-Bo Emmanuel
Attorney and Speaker
Elkin Alfred
Training Manager at United Way of Broward County
Dana Joseph
Executive Director of Dana Jay Professional Services
Terri Sherman
Business Broker
Robin Williams, MS, BCBA
Professional Educator, Behavior Analyst, and Speaker
Ivelices Thomas
CEO of HR & Beyond

The Secrets to Making Your Business Your Asset
“Recruiting and Developing Talent That Enables Your Company to Grow and Thrive.”
Opportunity Zones and Me

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
1st and 2nd Floor

Business Resource Fair

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Bayview Ballroom

Lunch

Hustle & Grit: A CEO Forum

Dani Spikes
co-Founder and CEO of BeLoved Box
John D. Saunders
Digital Marketing Strategist and Founder of 5Four Digital
Kadion Preston
Co-Founder and CEO of CaribShopper
David Castro
Founder and CEO of Complex Apparel LLC
John Ramirez
Chief Operating Officer, Flagrant International Solutions

This is a candid conversation from founders and CEOs from various walks of life who will share their journey at what it took to start and grow their business. Get insightful lessons on switching a hustle to an enterprise.

Breakout Workshops II

Jason Jenkins
Senior Vice President, Communications and Community Affairs, Miami Dolphins
Brent Wright
Former Professional Athlete and Founder of B. Wright Leadership Academy
Darius Butler
Former NFL Player and Real Estate & Impact Investor
Kristoffer Doura
Financial Planner at National Planning Corp Financials
John D. Saunders
Digital Marketing Strategist and Founder of 5Four Digital
Navarr Grevious
Founder and CEO, Quik Liq
JD Craigman
Creative Director & Owner of Intravate Consultants
Asa Sealey
That Branding Guy

Shaping Your Legacy in Your Exit Strategy
Panel: Leveraging the Digital Space
How to Win Government Contracts
Leveraging the Game: Opportunities in Sports

Opportunities of 2020 and Beyond Panel

Christine Johnson
Vice President, Innovation, Economic Development, Beacon Council
Scheril Murray Powell, Esq.
Agricultural and Cannabis Attorney at Doumar, Allsworth, Laystrom, Voigt, Adair, and Dishowitz
Dr. Seth Crapp
Owner, South Florida Radiology/ C&C Medical Consultants, LLC
Dr. Pandwe Gibson
Founder and CEO, EcoTech Visions
Joshua Armah
AI Engineer
Michelle McKoy
co-founder of Miami VR Expo

This panel will highlight entrepreneurs and agencies leading the cause in new industries that will take 2020 and beyond by storm. Learn about the opportunities in cannabis, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, data mining, blockchain, and 3D printing. Attendees will get insight on how these industries and innovations will impact and cause disruption across other industries and professions.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Bayview Ballroom

The Business Behind Show Business

Benoni Tagoe
Head of Business Development, Issa Rae Productions, Founder and CEO Noni Bizz
Ben Evans
Actor, Speaker, Community Advocate
Jerveris V. Floyd
Managing Partner, NOW INFLUENCING

Benoni Tagoe
Launching his career as an assistant to the Jonas Brothers, Benoni Tagoe quickly became a part of the band’s day-to-day management team and through that experience developed a keen sense of entrepreneurship. Since then, Tagoe has produced content for both TV and New Media on platforms that have collectively garnered over 20 million views. In his current dual role, Tagoe is the Head of Business Development for Issa Rae Productions (The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl and HBO’s ‘Insecure’) and President of Radio (Issa Rae’s music initiative). Additionally, Tagoe has been profiled as a “Modern Man” in Black Enterprise magazine for his work with his management & consulting company, The Bizz Plan, which has worked with various media brands, including Uninterrupted (LeBron James’ sports platform), beauty entrepreneur Peakmill, and financial expert Tonya Rapley.

Benjamin Carlton
Benjamin Carlton is an actor, activist, and social entrepreneur. He received his MBA from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University before moving to Miami to pursue a career in accounting. In 2013, while in Miami he co-founded the iconic BMe Community, a national movement of community builders that are led and inspired by Black people.

Jerveris "Jey" Floyd
(bio coming soon)

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
First Floor

Presidential Delegates Roundtable

Christina Cue
Outreach Director for Julian Castro Presidential Campaign
Angela M. Angel, Esq.
Black Engagement Director, Pete For America

During this session hear from the African-American Outreach Delegates from the Campaigns of Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, Andrew Yang, and more to be announced.

6:00 pm - 6:15 am
Bayview Ballrooms

Closing Remarks

Kenasha Paul
Founder and President, Black Professionals Network

Cheers! We've made to the end of Day 1. If you are a guest of the Taste of the Diaspora join us on the terrace.

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Terrace

Tastes of the Diaspora

Invite and BP Luxe Ticket Holders Only.

8:00 am - 9:30 am
Roz and Cal Kovens Center

Check-In and Registration

Kenasha Paul
Founder and President, Black Professionals Network

The second day of the conference kicks off. Check-in and familiarize yourself with the agenda, check out the business service vendors or secure your headshot - limited slots available.

9:30 am - 10:00 am
Bayview Ballroom

Content: The New Currency

Erika Bennett
Global Head of Social Marketing, YouTube Shows
Kevin Stuckey
Manager of Multicultural Publicity Netflix
Jerveris V. Floyd
Managing Partner, NOW INFLUENCING

Short Takes is a quick conversation with our Keynote Speakers Erika Bennett, Youtube and Kevin Stuckey, Manager of Multicultural Publicity at NETFLIX. Moderated by Jerveris V. Floyd.

Talent Development

Jamal Sowell
Florida Secretary of Commerce, President & CEO, Enterprise Florida, Inc.
Rick Beasley
Executive Director for CareerSource South Florida
El pagnier Kay Hudson
Vice President, Human Resources, Florida International University
Newton Sanon
President and CEO of OIC of South Florida
Linda Julien
Economic Development Manager, City of North Miami

This panel provides attendees the opportunity to learn from top corporate executives and workforce agencies on what it takes to succeed and thrive in South Florida.

Breakout Workshops I

Marck K. Joseph, Esq.
Founder and Owner of The Joseph Firm
Sir Charles Hill
Principal and CEO, LionsEdge Consulting
Kevin V. Michael
Managing Partner, Invizio
Dr. Abraham Hollist
CEO of Optimal Health Medical Center
Dr. Kristen Hollist
CFO of Optimal Health Medical Center
Ebony Smith
Executive Leadership Coach
Bilal Little
Vice President, an Independent Channel Market Leader at BlackRock and Speaker
Adrian Carter
Speaker and Author

Adrian Carter, Communihate or Communilove
Panel: Pivot Making the Leap
Bilal Little, The Money Standard
Tapping into Flow State to Unlock Genius

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
1st and 2nd Floor

Exhibitor and Resource Fair

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Bayview Ballroom

Lunch

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Bayview Ballroom

Luncheon Keynote

Erika Bennett
Global Head of Social Marketing, YouTube Shows

Erika Bennett, Global Head of Social Marketing, YouTube Shows. Erika has sparked conversation, shaped opinion and driven results for some of the world's most prestigious entertainment and consumer brands through insights-driven campaigns that have created meaningful and mutually beneficial brand/consumer relationships. Erika currently serves as Global Head of Social Marketing, YouTube Shows, where she oversees all social marketing and influencer efforts for YouTube Originals, Features and Specials. Previously, she was senior vice president of Allied Moxy, a division of Allied Integrated Marketing, dedicated to developing and executing best-in-class marketing campaigns that speak to the full diversity of the African-American consumer. Under her three-year leadership, she shepherded the division to unprecedented year-over-year growth in new business and helped drive groundbreaking campaigns that delivered record-breaking results for such successes as ABC’s “black-ish”, NBC’s “The Wiz Live!” Netflix and Marvel’s “Luke Cage” and theatrical phenoms HIDDEN FIGURES, FENCES, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, RIDE ALONG and the FAST AND FURIOUS franchise.

Breakout Workshops II

Darvin Williams
Darvin Williams, Esq, CEO of Med Optimization
Dr. Michelle C. Powell
Dr. Michelle C. Powell, D.O., M.P.H.
Lakitsia Gaines
Independent Owner of State Farm Agency
Roshell Rinkins
Member of the Silicon Valley venture capital cohort, Pipeline Angels
Ashley Carter
Registered Dietitian and co-Founder of EatWell Exchange
Marcus Moon
Financial Advisor
Dr. Delvena Thomas
Psychiatrist and CEO of DRT Behavioral Services
Jason T. Smith
Politicial Community Advocate
Claudienne Hibbert-Smith
Real Estate Broker
Dr. Yvette
Fitness Educator, Author, Professor
Dr. Bernard Ashby
Cardiologist, Entrepreneur, and Humanitarian
Brittany Greene
Financial Literacy Coach for Students
Cassandra Arnold, Ed.
Political Community Advocate

Election 2020: Activating Political Power
Total Care: Health and Wellness Panel
Panel: The 7 Pursuits to Economic Freedom
Ballin Backwards

Power Up Panel

Caesar Chukwuma
Attorney and Entrepreneur
Wanda Tima
Founder and CEO, L’union Suite
Loreal A. Arscott
Attorney at L.A. Law Firm, P.A and President of Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association
Aaron T. McKinney
Assistant Project Manager, Related Group
Alexis Brown
Founder and CEO of SocialXchange
Rachelle Jean-Louis
Vice President Global Treasury Solutions Officer at Bank of America

This panel invites Miami’s Next to discuss their path to success and steps they took to make it in their field. The path to success isn’t ‘0 to 100’, hear their on the cusp’ stories so often missing from the discussion about reaching success.

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
First Floor

Closing Keynote Address

Kevin Stuckey
Manager of Multicultural Publicity Netflix

Kevin Stuckey is the Marketing Manager of Multicultural Publicity for NETFLIX

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Bayview Ballrooms

2020 Presidential Guests

6:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Closing Remarks

Kenasha Paul
Founder and President, Black Professionals Network

The Summit is put on by the Black Professionals Netwok (BPN) a 501C3 social learning organization focused on furthering the goals of our professionals. Our mission is simple – reduce the career achievemnet gap for professionals of color by providing them access to resources and opportunities for their overall success.

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