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.

Coming Soon

Saturday's Keynote Speaker

TBD

Coming Soon

Saturday's Keynote Speaker

TBD

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

  • Rosenberg

    Dr. Mark B.

    Rosenberg

    Opening Keynote, University President of FIU

  • Hardrick

    Dr. Jaffus

    Hardrick

    Opening Keynote, University President of FMU

  • Moodie

    Kiesha

    Moodie

    Friday Speaker, Executive Director, Start-Up FIU

  • Messam

    Steve

    Messam

    Presenter - Leadership Development Specialist

  • St. Vil-Curry

    Shani

    St. Vil-Curry

    Presenter - Personal Finance Adviser

  • Calloway

    Phillip

    Calloway

    Presenter - Licensed Realtor, Entrepreneur & Professor

  • Batts-Coley

    Metris

    Batts-Coley

    Presenter - Estate Planning Adviser

  • Bennett

    Dr. Debeka

    Bennett

    Presenter - Counseling Psychologist

  • Brown

    Shawn

    Brown

    Presenter - IT Consultant & Strategist

  • Alexandra

    Juelle

    Alexandra

    Presenter - Published Fashion Stylist & Personal Shopper

  • Rivera

    JR

    Rivera

    Presenter - Educator and Youth Empowerment Speaker

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.

Need additional pricing info? Get in touch for custom and high-volume pricing.

Join Our Exhibitor Floor

Promotional and Marketing Opportunities

Whether you are recruiting for new hires or looking to generate leads, #BPNSummit gives your company a unique opportunity to gain exposure with a ready to engage audience at rates that maximizes your investment. Contact us for our packaging and promotional opportunities. Contact us today!

Exhibitor Booth

$200
  • Staff the right company ambassador to interact with attendees, recruit new talent or generate a high ROI leads
  • Submit Form
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Marketing Bundle

$500
  • Exhibitor Booth
  • 2 Admission Tickets
  • Full-Page Advertisement
  • Custom E-Flyer Designed
  • 1 Social Media Blast
  • 1 E-mail Promotional Blast
  • VIP Bag Product Placement
  • Receive custom discount code for 15% off tickets for employees
  • Submit Form

Program Book

$200
  • Put your company’s services and special promotions in the full color official quick reference guide given to all attendees.
  • Submit Form

Non-Profit and Professional Association rates available, email us for pricing.

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.
9:30AM - 9:45AM2nd 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.
9:45AM - 10:15AM2nd 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.
10:30AM - 11:15AMFirst Floor

Workshops I

Pick your passion, we know it will be so hard to do but enjoy workshops by leading professionals around these topics:
  • Round Table Talk - Procurement and Purchasing
  • Cafecito Chat with Business Owners and Founders 
  • Understanding Event Marketing to Drive Leads and Sales
11:30AM - 12:15PM2nd 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. 
12:30PM - 1:00PM2nd 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.
1:00PM - 1:30PM2nd 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.

 

2:00PM - 3:00PM1st Floor

Workshops II

Pick your passion, we know it will be so hard to do but enjoy workshops by leading professionals around these topics:
  • Working with South Florida Media to Tell Your Story
  • Cafecito Chat with C-Suite Executives
  • Before You Entrepreneur 
3:15PM - 4:15PM2nd 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. 
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!
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.
9:30AM - 9:45AM2nd 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.
9:45AM - 10:15AM2nd Floor

Opening Keynote

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.  Speaker: TBD
10:30AM - 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:
  • Shani Curry St. Vil - How to Leverage My Credit to Scale My Business
  • Steve Messam - Day Job to Dream Job
  • Phillip Calloway - The ABCs of Real Estate Purchasing and Investing 
  • BPN Futures Track: Juelle Alexandra - How to Dress for Career Success
11:30AM - 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. 
12:30PM - 1:00PM2nd 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.  Speaker: TBD
1:00PM - 1:30PM2nd 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.
2:00PM - 3:00PM1st Floor

Workshops II

Pick your passion, we know it will be so hard to do but enjoy workshops by leading professionals around these topics:
  • Metris Bates-Coley -  Legacy Building  Strategies for Successful Family Business Planning
  • Dr. Debeka Bennett - I’m Black & Prayed Up, I Don’t Need Therapy
  • Shawn Brown - Power of Technology: Developing Your Skills Into a High Paying Career in Cloud Technology
  • BPN Futures Track: JR Rivera - What’s Eating Up Your Time
 
3:15PM - 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. 
4:30PM1st FLOOR

Closing Toast

A conference tradition, the closing toast committing ourselves to excellence, professionalism, and success.
8:30PM - 2AM

Cocktail Reception

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

*All attendees must be 21+. 

What are you waiting for?!

Lock in the lowest price for the conference by purchasing tickets before August 29th. Make the low-cost investment to energize your goals and propel your career forward. For group pricing discounts and custom packages e-mail us.

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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