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.