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Ryan Mack

Financial Guru and Founder of Optimum Capital Management, LLC

Ryan Mack         PresidentThe Optimum Capital Management, Inc.Mr. Mack has a life mission to build and develop a durable financial empire geared towards educating his community and beyond.Ryan Mack is graduated from the University of Michigan Business School (ranked number one in the country) with a concentration in Finance. His career in equity markets began in Detroit, Michigan as a stock trader and later as a trader for the largest ...


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Robert Townsend

Hollywood Iconic Actor, Comedian, and Filmmaker

Robert Townsend         Robert started out as an extra in the classic film “Cooley High” and became one of the most extraordinary forces in entertainment.Townsend made his name with early roles such as corporal ellis in 1984’s “A Soldier's Story.”But when Townsend couldn't find more good roles, he created his own. 1987’s “Hollywood Shuffle” was a statement about Black Hollywood in content and its creation...A cutting satire about Africa...


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Al Duncan         Al is an award-winning youth advocate, publisher, and internationally recognized authority on soft skills who travels the world "Equipping Young Minds For Exceptional Performance.™" As the leading motivational speaker for at-risk youth and troubled young people, Al has delivered Duncan Nuggets®, live and in-person, to over 1 million young people around the world.    He is the owner of three successful business and he...


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Jeannetta (Jaybee) Nickelson      Jeannetta “Jaybee” Nickelson is a Branding & Marketing professional specializing in Talent Acquisition. After spending the early part of her career as a Recruiting Manager for a global BPO overseeing multiple offices and teams, Jaybee developed an interest in assisting others in the achievement of both short and long-term goals while also instilling within Professionals the courage to succeed.Jaybee i...


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Marshawn Evans         As one of the nation’s leading experts on the art of maximizing potential, Reinvention Strategist™, Entrepreneur and Entertainment Attorney, MARSHAWN EVANS is Founder of ME Unlimited®, a consulting firm focusing on reinvention, diversity, women’s empowerment, leadership and peak performance strategies. She is founder of ME University® - The Ultimate Business & Branding Bootcamp, the industry’s premiere summit for ...


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Early Jackson         Early Jackson is what you would call a statistical anomaly. With a traumatic birth as a premi weighing only one pound and a few ounces, Early was born a fighter. His childhood began with a strong, loving mother and an entrepreneurial father which was picturesque of an average middle class family. The later separation of his mother and father sparked a life that would prove to be the exact opposite. Stepping into po...


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Gala Jackson         Gala Jackson, M.Ed., CLC is an ambitious millennial and entrepreneur. Launching her career, personal brand, and network at an early age, she has earned a seat at the table with college presidents, corporate executives, community leaders, elected officials, recruiters, hiring managers and her most important audience members – millennials.   After more than 8 years as a higher educational professional, Gala is now nat...


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Lauren Maillian

Lauren is an Entrepreneur, Marketer, Startup Investor and Advisor, Best-Selling Author of The Path Redefined and TV Personality. Her multifaceted career spans industries and defies the norm!

Lauren Maillian         Lauren is a former model turned serial entrepreneur; she is the Founder and CEO of LMB Group, a strategic marketing and advisory company, is a Founding Partner at Gen Y Capital Partners, an early stage venture firm focused on investments in mobile and consumer facing technology enabled companies and is the author of the instant bestselling business memoir, The Path Redefined: Getting To the Top On Your Own Terms....


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Nneka Rimmer

First African-American female partner in the 50-year history of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

Nneka Rimmer         Nneka is currently Sr. Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Development, at McCormick and Co., a $4B publicly traded global consumer goods company. Ms. Rimmer is one of the nine named executive officers of the company, and she reports directly to the CEO. In her role Ms. Rimmer is responsible for shaping overall corporate strategies to achieve McCormick’s strategic and financial objectives. In this role she also exa...


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Farai Chideya         Chideya has combined media, technology, and socio-political analysis during her 20-year career as an award-winning author, journalist, professor, and lecturer. She is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, as well as a Senior Writer covering politics and data at ESPN's FiveThirtyEight. Chideya is the author of six books, the first of which was D...


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Veronica Brooks

Ignite your reality check with the mastery of how to gain wealth using your own skills and abilities.

Veronica M. Brooks         Veronica was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, although she considers Jacksonville, Florida, as her home station, after living there for over 20 years. She completed an Associate of Arts degree in Political Science from Florida State College, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and a Dual Master’s degree in Business Administration Management and Human Resource Management.Her personal deco...


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Dr. Tashni Dubroy

Dubroy has managed a meteoric career path working as a professor, university administrator, business visionary and co-owner, non-profit co-founder, and one of the nation's youngest college president.

Dr. Tashni Dubroy         Dr. Dubroy is Shaw’s 17th president. Dubroy, a Shaw graduate, is the third alumnus, third female and the second youngest person to serve as Shaw’s president.Dubroy, 34, began her career as a research scientist at BASF, the world’s leading chemical company. She quickly ascended the ranks, receiving two promotions in two years. She served as a global technology analyst and procurement manager at the company, wher...


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Daria Burke

Founder & CEO of Black MBA Women, Speaker, Writer, Lecturer, Advocate for Women, and Independent Strategic Marketing Consultant in New York City, helping luxury, beauty and entertainment clients with a range of marketing initiatives.

Daria Burke         Daria is a luxury marketing and brand strategist. Through Burke Luxe Lab, Daria offers strategic marketing, branding and business strategy services to emerging and established beauty, fashion, retail, design and consumer-driven companies. She brings more than 12 years of experience in developing winning brands and executing successful marketing campaigns across broadcast, print, online.A passionate speaker, writer an...


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TJ Haygood

Award Winning Entrepreneurer & Small Business Owner, WEN Master, and Inspirational/Interactive Speaker.

TJ Haygood "My personal and professional passion is to use my God given talents every day to serve small businesses and individuals in the workplace who struggle to find a balance between who they are, who others want them to be, and who they really want to be deep down inside.  The art of being should be as easy as breathing, but often it is not.  I am a WEN Master inspiring others to be a master at helping ourselves and others "Work t...


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Ryan Kilgore

Every Person has a Passion, Every Passion has a Purpose, Every Purpose has a Person.

Ryan Kilgore         Ryan, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, has been masterfully playing the soulful sounds of the saxophone since age 10. A fourth generation sax player, Ryan’s musical career has afforded him the opportunity to travel the world to accompany renowned artists such as Stevie Wonder and legendary producers/writers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Ryan’s musical inspiration came from his grandfather, Ester Betterson, who was not onl...


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Tori Soudan

Owner and Designer of luxury brand, Tori Soudan Shoe Collection • International business/finance expert • Alumna of Spelman College

Tori Soudan         “There are two moments in a woman’s life when her style will make an impact on others – the moment she walks into a room and the moment she walks out. In both instances her shoes will be of great significance.” - Tori SoudanExceptional artisanship, striking patterns and a radiant display of colors are the marks of a Tori Soudan shoe.Born with an entrepreneurial spirit and an eye for the exquisite, Tori intuitively fe...


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Dr. Stacie Gregory

An engineer and researcher who empowers women and other underrepresented groups to pursue STEM degrees, while informing society why inclusion and equity in engineering matters.

Dr. Stacie Gregory        Dr. Gregory is the founder and Vice President of Research at Engineers for Equity, mission-driven organization focused on fostering equity and inclusion in engineering.   Stacie earned a Ph.D. in Engineering Education at Utah State University. Her doctoral research applied Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality frameworks to critically examine effective intervention strategies to reduce the negative consequ...


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Dr. Antoine Moss

One of the country’s most sought after Motivational Speakers and Success Coaches who helps individuals achieve their dreams and advance to the next level in their lives and careers.

Dr. Antoine Moss           The Man of Inspiration   Dr. Moss nspires people to overcome past failures, current obstacles, and self-defeating beliefs through positive self-transformation. As a result of his remarkable success, influence, and ability to lead others to personal transformation, Dr. Moss has been dubbed as the “Man of Inspiration”.Speaker and InspirationDr. Moss is a nationally recognized resource in the fields of personal d...


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Amanda Miller Littlejohn

A life and business coach who empowers you to build your brand, pursue your passions and package your genius for the world.

Amanda Miller Littlejohn         Amanda is an idea oven, brand problem solver, and creative powerhouse working at the intersection of public relations, journalism, marketing and social media. A former print journalist and a writer first by training and passion, Amanda uses her unique storytelling lens and new media skills to help her clients uncover and subsequently share better brand stories. Through her signature coaching programs, we...


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Bertrand Gervais

I teach students and young adults to build relationships that build dreams.

Bertrand Gervais          Best Selling Author, Speaker and CEO of Success Mentor Education         Entrepreneur.com calls him a “Power Mentor” and USA Today says he is one of the top young leaders in the country.He has collaborated with the hit ABC TV show Shark Tank, the White House, and is a guest columnist for Forbes, all before the age of 30. Bert Gervais, a.ka. The Mentor Guy, is America’s number one speaker on mentorship and stude...


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Karmetria Dunham Burton

Karmetria is best recognized personally for living her mantra: be Inspired. be Motivated. be Informed. ‘Go over it, go around it, go under it, but NEVER give up. You have to SHOW UP, everyday!’

Karmetria Dunham Burton         Touted as one of the Top 25 Women Impacting Diversity by DiversityPlus Magazine over the past two years, and recently named 2013 Woman of Excellence by the Atlanta Daily World, Karmetria Burton is igniting an inspirational fire among women AND men in the corporate world. The Houston, Texas native currently serves as General Manager - Strategic Programs with Delta Air Lines.In her challenging professional ...


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Ron Thomas

International Human Resources Executive focusing on Career Development, Leadership Development, Strategic Workforce Planning & Talent Management. Sought after international speakers with over 25 global speaking engagement from Africa & Middle East.

Ron Thomas        Ron is the Managing Director, StrategyFocused Group-MENA, based in Dubai. He is also a senior faculty member and representative of the Human Capital Institute [ hci.org ] covering the MENA region He was formerly CEO of Great Place to Work-Gulf and former CHRO based in Riyadh. Ron holds certifications from the Human Capital Institute as Global Human Capital Strategist [ GHCS ], Master Human Capital Strategist (MHCS), St...


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Dr. Jeff Kaluyu

Using his story from the grasslands of Africa to Wall Street, Jeff speaks on succeeding in the face of challenges, student success and unleashing potential.

Dr. Jeff Kaluyu was born in a small poor village in Africa. His biggest dreams as a little boy were those of his grandfather. He dreamed of owning many animals and taking them to the grazing fields to show off the numbers himself. He wanted to be the one to name his cows and goats according to their behaviors and control them, just like his grandfather.As he grew older he realized that his grandfather’s dreams were limited and he was li...


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Jeff Shirley        Jeff graduated from CAU’s Graduate School of Business in May of 1990. In June of 1990, he began his career at Kraft Foods where he spent 11 years in Brand Marketing, Promotions, and eMarketing. During his tenure at Kraft, Jeff marketed some of the company’s largest brands including Oscar Mayer Lunchables, Kraft Miracle Whip and Mayo, Kraft Salad dressing and Log Cabin Syrup. He joined Coca-Cola as the Senior Director...


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