October 18, 2019
Students Friday
October 18, 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


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

Tastes of the Diaspora

Invite and BP Luxe Ticket Holders Only.

11:00 am - 11:20 am
Auditorium 120

See You on the Journey

Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall
MDCPS School Board Member, District 2

Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, District 2 will provide guidance and lessons from her journey that has allowed her to serve in numerous roles and cemented a legacy throughout South Florida.

11:25 am - 12:00 am
Auditorium 120

Lessons in Self-Determination

Octavia Yearwood
Artist, Speaker and Author

Octavia Yearwood is an artist, programmatic curator, and author. Yearwood creates and hosts programs for arts institutions, organizations, and companies nationally. In 2016 Yearwood was named Emerging Arts leader by Americans for the Arts and top 40 black leaders by Legacy Magazine. Over the last 15 years, aside from being an arts educator, Yearwood was the Director of Spinello Projects FREE! noncommercial Art Fair for Art Basel named the best author in Miami and the most interesting person by the Miami New Times in 2018. In 2019 Yearwood was brought on by the City of Miami Beach to curate all the arts & culture activations for Memorial Day Weekend. She continues to focus on diversifying creative space by transforming creative spaces and sits on the Board for the Baller Alert Foundation, and the Advisory Board of Power U. Yearwood has written for publications such as Blavity's 21 Ninety, XoNicole, Permission to Write and Bustle.

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Auditorum 120

Leveraging the Game: Opportunities in Sports

Jason Jenkins
Senior Vice President, Communications and Community Affairs, Miami Dolphins
Brent Wright
Former Professional Athlete and Founder of B. Wright Leadership Academy

The opportunities in sports are endless, within this discussion learn about the various opportunities within the game of sports from career to business. Hear from career professionals and former athletes about how they leveraged the game of sports into a successful career or business.

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.