SPEAKERS

Allison Moore
Founder & CEO
Moore Laughing Consulting & Black please. Coffee

Clean Comedian, Speaker and Entrepreneur, Allison Moore‘ is known for her ability to find inspiration and comedy in literally anything! In addition to being a hilarious story teller, Allison is also a Business woman. She is Principal of Moore Laughing Consulting and the founder of the startup company, Black please. Coffee.

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Bernard Worthy
Co-Founder and CEO/CTO
LoanWell

Co-Founder and CEO/CTO of LoanWell, and a third-generation entrepreneur with a passion for seeing black excellence in the tech industry Bernard has leveraged his gifting for software architecture.

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Cynthia Kelley
Financial Consultant
Equitable Advisors

Cynthia Kelley is a graduate of Wake Forest University and was a proud member of the women’s basketball team. With over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, Cynthia

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Darryl Gibbs
Chief Diversity Officer
Equitable Financial Life Insurance Company

Darryl W. Gibbs is Chief Diversity Officer at Equitable Financial Life Insurance Company (“Equitable”) and a member of the company’s Operating Committee. In this role, he is responsible for fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment across the organization, positioning the company to fully deliver on its mission as it helps more Americans face the future with confidence.

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D. Keith Pigues
Founder and CEO
Luminas Strategy

Founder and CEO of Luminas Strategy – a strategy and value proposition consultancy based in Research Triangle Park, NC. He also serves as Chairman of CulTRUE – a culture analytics software company.

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Dominik Mjartan
President and CEO
Optus Bank

Dominik is President and CEO of Optus Bank, a U.S. Treasury certified CDFI and an MDI (FDIC designated Minority Depository Institution).He spent more than a decade as a senior executive officer at a community development bank

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Dr. Tope Mitchell
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Reflekt Me

Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Reflekt Me, a B2B SaaS platform that empowers brands to speak to the needs of 100% of their customers instead of 30% of their online shoppers; by harnessing the joy of social media.

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Herbert L. Drayton III
Managing Partner
HI Mark Capital

Herbert, a Charleston, SC native, is Managing Partner of HI Mark Capital. His firm invests in Black, women and other minority-owned businesses in the Southeast, seeking both a financial return as well as a social impact

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JAMES J. “JIM” FRANKLIN
Principal & Founder
Prodigy Capital Consulting

Jim Franklin is a principal and founder at Prodigy Capital Consulting and specializes in strategic planning and financial services to clients within several industries including private insurance, aerospace and defense, international technology, entertainment, security, healthcare, pharmaceutical, transportation

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Jamel Lynch
CEO
Harlem Beer Distributing

Jamel Lynch is an innovative technology leader with an exceptional combination of skills that include Management, Engineering, Technology Development, Manufacturing, Sales, Business Integrations, IT Consulting, and Professional Services.

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Janice Bryant Howroyd
Founder and CEO
ActOne Group

Janice Bryant Howroyd – affectionately known as JBH – is an entrepreneur, educator, author, mentor, Presidential special appointee, Founder, and Chief Executive Officer of the ActOne Group. As the leader of a multi-billion dollar (USA$).

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James Hing
Category Manager,Global Sourcing and Supplier Relations –
Starbucks

As Starbucks category manager, in Global Sourcing and Supplier Relations, James Hing is responsible for leading and overseeing the Supplier Diversity Program. James champions the Starbucks mission by advocating & developing a robust, diverse supply base that embodies the Starbucks Experience.

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James Hamlin
Supplier Diversity and Performance Lead
American Tire Distributors

James is currently the Supplier Diversity and Performance Lead at American Tire Distributors helping lead the Supplier Diversity Initiative since August of 2020.

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Jeremiah Smith
Student. Leader
Entrepreneur

Alum of Eleanor Roosevelt High School’s – accelerated program, in Greenbelt, MD. He will be attending North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in the Fall of 2021 to study electrical engineering.

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Joshua Esnard
Inventor and CEO
The Cut Buddy

A native of the small Caribbean island of St. Lucia, Joshua Esnard is a classic example of the American Dream. Since immigrating as a young child, Joshua Esnard has grown from humble beginnings to a wildly successful entrepreneur with millions in global product sales in less than 5 years of business.

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Kate Weaver
Supplier Diversity Manager
Peapod Digital Labs

Kate Weaver is the Supplier Diversity Manager for Peapod Digital Labs, an Ahold Delhaize USA Company.Peapod Digital Labs is the ecommerce and commercial engine that provides support to Food Lion.

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Kevin W. Williams
President and CEO
GAA Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management

Kevin W. Williams was appointed President and CEO of Global Automotive Alliance Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management in September 2019. In this role, Williams is a Corporate Board Member and leads all operations of the company. Prior to this role

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Kymberlyn Gardner
Director of Community and Citizenship
Turner Construction Company

Kym is the Director of Community and Citizenship for Turner Construction Company in North and South Carolina. In this role, she leads the efforts to improve participation of underrepresented groups within the construction industry through outreach, development, and education.

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Louise Connell
Supplier Diversity Manager
BMW Manufacturing, Co., LLC

Louise Connell is a supplier diversity manager at BMW Manufacturing, Co., LLC, and is credited with launching and continuing the company’s successful Tier 1 Supplier Diversity Matchmaker Conference.

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M. Keith Daniel
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Resilient Ventures, LLC

Rev. Dr. M. Keith Daniel, is Co-founder and Managing Director for Resilient Ventures, LLC. and owner of Madison Consulting Group, LLC. Resilient is a committed, capital fund investing in African American entrepreneurs.

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Priscilla Wallace
VP of Supplier Diversity
Compass Group under
the Foodbuy Sector

Business executive with over 20 years of experience building, nurturing, awardwinning programs within corporate organizations. A determined leader who has assisted numerous companies in creating multi-million dollar contracts with Fortune 500 companies.

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Quinn Conyers
Transformational Speaker
Quinn Conyers, Inc.

Quinn Conyers is on a mission to empower black women in business how to leverage their voice as a marketing strategy, lead generation tool and income stream within their business. Her goal is to train the fastest group of growing entrepreneurs how to maximize and monetize all speaking opportunities on behalf of their business, book or brand.

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Randall Dobbins
President
Dobbins International,Inc.

For over 30 years, Randall Dobbins has been a noteworthy leader in the MBE development space. MBE’s are Minority Business Owners-MBE, Veteran Business. You may know him from his work as the Founder of the Business Partner Blueprint and President of Dobbins International, Inc.
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Ralph Sampson
Founding Member
Winner’s Circle Enterprises

Winner’s Circle Ventures is centered around my motto “It takes teamwork to make a dream work” for specific business development and expansion. We are very excited about being here for your annual
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Shelly Brown
Diversity Solutions Leader
AON

Shelly leads Aon’s Diversity Solutions capabilities with a focus on supply chain and business development. He is a catalyst for profitable growth, innovator, value driver and is passionate about investing in underserved communities. He is a champion for the firm’s Global Inclusive Leadership Council and the Aon Apprenticeship program.

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Stefon Pettigrew
Founder, Consultant & Creative Thinker
KBF Marketing

If delivering results were a person, you would find Stefon Pettigrew. This New York native is a creative thinker that takes pride in his name and in the work that he stands behind. He is very personable, passionate, committed, and fears failure. When working with Stefon, his overall objective is to ensure that his clients have met their overall marketing goals

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William “Bill” Spruill
Co-founder and CEO
Global Data Consortium (GDC)

Co-founder and CEO of Global Data Consortium (GDC). GDC is a Raleigh based provider of global digital identity verification for individuals and businesses though its Worldview platform. Customers include Amazon, Mercado Libre, DHL Global, Stripe and Tipalti.

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William Williams
Executive Vice President Chief Financial Officer
American Tire Distributors

Mr. Williams has served as American Tire’s Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer since March 2017, having previously joined the company in September 2016 as interim CFO from Tatum, a financial executive services and consulting firm where he was a CFO partner.

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William J. Milton, Jr.
Certified Financial Planner
Equitable Advisors

William J. Milton, Jr. is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
professional focusing on helping individuals, businesses and organizations build their financial futures.

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