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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
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Future of Florida Panel

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.

11:00 am - 11:45 am
First Floor
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Breakout Workshops I

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

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Bayview Ballroom
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Hustle & Grit: A CEO Forum

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.

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
First Floor
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Breakout Workshops II

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

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Bayview Ballroom
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Opportunities of 2020 and Beyond Panel

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
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The Business Behind Show Business

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
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Presidential Delegates Roundtable

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
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Content: The New Currency

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.

10:00 am - 10:45 am
Bayview Ballroom
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Talent Development

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.

11:00 am - 11:45 am
First Floor

Breakout Workshops I

Bilal Little
Vice President, an Independent Channel Market Leader at BlackRock and Speaker

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
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Luncheon Keynote

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.

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
First Floor

Breakout Workshops II

Dr. Bernard Ashby
Cardiologist, Entrepreneur, and Humanitarian

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

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Bayview Ballrooms

Power Up Panel

Caesar Chukwuma
Attorney and Entrepreneur

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
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Closing Keynote Address

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.