Erica D. Atwood, CEO, First Degree Consulting

July 31, 2016Speakers

Erica D. Atwood is a public service leader with nearly two decades of experience in communications, project management, community outreach and advocacy. She is an experienced public speaker, trained mediator, and results based facilitator. Erica is currently the CEO of First Degree Consulting, LLC where she assists organizations with youth development, grassroots communications, and strategic … Read More

Gina Belafonte, Co-Director, Sankofa

July 31, 2016Speakers

Born and raised in New York City, Gina Belafonte has spent her life in the arenas of entertainment and activism where her professional work thrives today. As the youngest child of Julie and Harry Belafonte, whose impact in these fields is among the most influential and progressive in the world, Gina’s passions come as no … Read More

William A. Bell, Sr., Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama

July 31, 2016Speakers

Honorable William A. Bell, Sr. was sworn in for his second term on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 as the 33rd Mayor of the City of Birmingham. As the Mayor of the City of Birmingham, Mayor Bell has overseen more than a billion dollars in economic development for the City including a new entertainment district, new … Read More

A. Scot Bolsinger, ScaleUp Partners

July 31, 2016Speakers

A. Scot Bolsinger is a minority partner at ScaleUp Partners, a national strategy firm advocating economic opportunities for disaffected urban communities. He specializes in content strategy and marketing. Scot is a senior writer for Amplifier, a San Francisco-based social impact agency, where he sets tone and messaging and holds the editorial line across communications projects. Scot  has held many … Read More

Peggy Cooper Cafritz

July 31, 2016Speakers

Ms.Peggy Cooper Cafritz has been a resident of the District of Columbia since 1964. She attended the George Washington University, earning an undergraduate degree in political science in 1968 and a law degree in 1971. While still in law school, she co-founded the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and continues to serve the school … Read More

Jack Calhoun, Hope Matters

July 31, 2016Speakers

Jack Calhoun has been on his policy walk for more than 50 years working at every level – from tough street corners to an appointment as “Chief Kid for the Country” as President Carter’s Commissioner of the U.S. Administration for Children, Youth and Families – to help light the paths to safer communities, stronger families … Read More

William Crowder, Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund

July 31, 2016Speakers

William is an active investor and startup advisor. Since 2011 he has primarily focused on making investments in companies that are creating a more diverse and inclusive tech economy. He currently serves as the lead investor for the Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund, a fund dedicated to investing in entrepreneurs of color. William has led early … Read More

Judith Browne Dianis, Executive Director, Advancement Project

July 31, 2016Speakers

Judith Browne Dianis has an extensive background in civil rights litigation and advocacy in the areas of voting, education, housing, and employment.  She has protected the rights of people of color in the midst of some of the greatest civil rights crises of our modern times, including in Florida after the 2000 election and in … Read More

Derek T. Dingle, Editor-in-Chief, Black Enterprise

July 31, 2016Speakers

  Derek T. Dingle is senior vice president/editor-in-chief of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine. He is responsible for the strategic planning and editorial direction of the magazine and has executive oversight of both BLACK ENTERPRISE television shows: Black Enterprise Business Report and Our World with Black Enterprise. He also oversees content development for the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo … Read More