Akintunde Ahmad is a Bay Area based multimedia journalist and documentary filmmaker focusing on the intersection of education, economic inequality, and the justice system. Ahmad, an east Oakland native, was most recently a Delacorte Fellow with the Columbia Journalism Review, where he wrote about news media and its influence on public perceptions. He holds a BA in sociology from Yale University and an MS in journalism and documentary film from Columbia University. His written work has been featured in The Atlantic, The Appeal, Huffington Post, and MTV. He has been featured on broadcasts ranging from The Ellen Show to Sway in the Morning.
In the upcoming year, he will be reporting on police misconduct in Oakland as an Ida B Wells fellow for Type Investigations. In his spare time, Tunde enjoys recording music and designing clothes.
Deborah Anderson is a 3D Modeler with over 10 years of experience in the animation industry. She started her career at Digital eMation in Seoul, South Korea where she modeled backgrounds, props and vehicles for TV shows such as Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Scooby-Doo. After returning to the states, she worked at TurboSquid in New Orleans. Her last position was with the state of Louisiana as an Animation Specialist. Deborah also has a YouTube channel, BlkWmnAnimator, where she talks about numerous animation topics and interviews artists in the art and animation industry.
Founder of School of TikTok. He works full time as a content creator, fitness model, and actor with over 2.7 million followers across social media.
He has worked with numerous brands such as Nike, Adidas, Coca-Cola, and much more.
C.E.O. of D.B. Marketing Group. Working with celebs & companies with all forms of marketing. I have built many connections to people in the entertainment industry & sports.
Curtis Cox has been a devoted advocate for education and personal development for the past 15 years. Curtis is born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Curtis graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 2004 with a double major in Business Management and Black Studies. After college Curtis spent the next 13 years working for various non-profit organizations. From the experiences, Curtis became dedicated to empowering high school, college, and young adult individuals.
He believes in not only being career-ready but more life ready. Curtis’ current role is College and Career Coach for NYC DOE’s pathway to graduation program in which he helps individuals from the ages of 17-21 acquire post-secondary opportunities and resources. He recently launched his own career coaching platform, Curtis Careers where he is working with college students and young adult clients acquire the skills needed to maximize their professional goals. Curtis’ advising specialties include:
Job Search Techniques, Career and College Exploration, Self Assessments, Resume Writing, Personal Branding, Social and Career Networking, Cover Letters, LinkedIn Profile Development, Interview Prep and Methods
Samuel Dolcine grew up in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Los Angeles in 2016. Samuel graduated from SUNY Fredonia in 2013 with a degree in Business Administration-Management. He has spent the past five years recruiting staff for various public charter schools. He is a real estate investor and podcast host who has a passion for helping others. In the future, he plans to develop an extensive real estate portfolio and to inspire others through the Black Real Estate Dialogue Podcast.
John Mark “JM” Eberhardt serves as the co-founder & CEO of Stroll; Stroll is a patented, location-based marketing ecosystem. Eberhardt is originally from Louisville, KY, but affectionately calls Nashville, TN his home. John Mark has received numerous awards in Leadership and Entrepreneurship, including being recognized as one of the Top 10 Technology Startups in the State of Tennessee in 2013 by then Governor, Bill Haslem.
JM is a serial entrepreneur who exited his first startup during college. In his first tech startup, John Mark created the world’s first universal scheduling app for barbers, which scaled across 46 states and 6 countries.
Nola Haynes is a proud UCLA and Harvard Divinity School alumna, PhD candidate in Political Science and executive producer, writer and host of her popular independent talk show Nola Haynes TV (NHTV) on YouTube. Nola is a New Orleans native and she accredits her dual love for creativity and scholarship to her upbringing there. However, in California is where she began to truly nurture her creative side. Starting with a local talk show in high-school to being a Sanford Meisner trained, Screen Actors Guild union actress for many years.
Nola moved toward higher education following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Nola abhorred much of the media’s representation of New Orleans at that time. She refocused her energy on school, completed community college then graduated from UCLA in 2010 then Harvard Divinity School in 2014. Now, she is in her final, dissertation year writing on national security and race.
NHTV was inspired from a period after Nola graduated from Harvard and was unemployed. NHTV is the creative expression of this frustrating time in Nola’s life. NHTV shines a light on unsung entrepreneurs and innovators in different cities, towns and communities. Through NHTV, Nola can talk to people in their environments about their professional and personal journeys. In the end, Nola is a natural researcher, she loves to get answers to questions and this is where Nola Haynes the academic and creative merge.
Due to COVID, NHTV stopped filming. Until it’s safe to travel and film the talk show, Nola the consummate creative, is launching an exciting podcast called In|Security Matters with Effie-Michelle, a friend from Harvard who has a background in policy and journalism. In|Security Matters, will focus on insecurities spanning food insecurity, shelter insecurity, wage insecurity, race and gender insecurity, the pod will cover a myriad of current, political, social and cultural topics from a critical angle.
As a Jill of all Trades, I truly have Mastered walking into my life purpose, of Giving to Others and helping many demographics of people. — Especially as it pertains to Spiritual, Mental, Physical, Financial and Creative Health and Well-Being. It is indeed a mouthful, however, I pride myself on being a Faith-Driven Woman, and being a positive influence that encourages myself, my family & my community. Currently, I am an Entrepreneur that owns an Online Internet Business where I help many people get paid to Shop On & Offline!
Allowing people to realize, that they can Earn a substantial and residual income from their Spending Habits & not just their Savings, has becoming quite rewarding. Dr. Maya Angelou is one of my favorite Authors and Poets, and my favorite quote by her is “When you Get, GIVE. When you Learn, TEACH.” I live within my GOD-Given Purpose when I can turn around and GIVE my community another Stream of Income to develop and stand on for them and their families; and furthermore when I have opportunities to TEACH any and everyone, I consider myself Blessed, because I’ve Learned over the past 5-7 years of how to manage both Time and Money appropriately, within a Shopping Annuity! Educating myself never ends, and I prefer it that way because the more I Learn, the more I can Teach; And as my Business of Shop.com has opened up so many doors and connections for me, a huge heart-string of mine is my love for performing and being an Actress. The portrayal and the response of any-given emotion, opens up a new dimension of truth for me. It is a sense of therapy and that creative space didn’t always exist for me. So being able to step into it, own it and share it with others, brings and immense joy to my heart. As an Entrepreneur & Actress, meeting and collaborating with like-minded creatives is what drives me to fulfill my purpose, daily.
It didn’t take me long to realize in school and through various college internships, that a “9-5 job” was not where I belong. It did however, take a while to manifest the reality of my desires; and to be honest I still am!! There is so much in the pipeline, but this journey I’ve taken thus far, is one I am unapologetic about and I passionately enjoy sharing it with others, as we collectively fulfill our missions in life.
Tyrone Jacobs, Jr., 26, is currently a Components Engineer at The Boeing Company in El Segundo, CA. He is also in the pursuit of his Masters of Science in Astronautical Engineering at the University of Southern California. He is responsible for reviewing, qualifying, and supporting the manufacturing and design of various Hi-Rel Triple Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical (EEE) parts for satellite hardware. In addition, Tyrone is aspiring to become a world-renowned speaker, author, and coach. Tyrone received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toledo in Toledo, OH in May of 2018.
In Tyrone’s spare time, he enjoys video games, tech, playing and watching basketball, creating his brand content, playing guitar, listening to music, art, photography, videography, and graphic design. Tyrone dreams of inspiring and motivating any and everyone that he encounters to have a love for life and to go after their goals and dreams again. Through his own philosophy of “going all in”, and having a ridiculous work ethic, coupled with faith and belief in oneself, he knows that he will achieve his wildest and most lavish dreams one day. The aspect of life Tyrone is most proud of, out of all of his accomplishments and various experiences, is, being an uncle to his now 12-year-old niece, Nailah.
Derek Jennings was raised in incubators of creative thought and expression- the studio lots and theater houses throughout the Greater Los Angeles area- by two eclectic and headstrong artists. From the moment he could read, he was actively engaged and put to work – often reading scripts and discussing story, character development, and what resonates with the human heart and psyche with his parents. Not knowing any better, when asked what his parents did for a living as a little child, he would often innocently reply “audition.” Without question, this upbringing led him on an insatiable quest to engage and empower people through the art of storytelling – as expressed throughout its various mediums.
Jennings is most recently known for his work on ABC’s “Stumptown” starring Cobie Smulders, Michael Ealy, and Jake Johnson. As an entrepreneurial-minded content creator, Jennings had to exercise an ability to lead in a client-facing role, as well as wear many different hats in order to procure and close out business. It’s reinforced the values of resourcefulness, creativity, teamwork, clear communication, listening, organization, mindfulness, anticipation, positivity, persistence, and most important, fun, that are fostered amongst a successful unit from a trickle-down approach of humility and focus.
This philosophy has afforded Derek various freelance opportunities – further expanding his wheelhouse in Story Development, Physical Production, and Post. Jennings has worked alongside award-winning Creative, Media, and Technology teams for domestic and global enterprises such as IKEA, Google, PWC, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Rambus, UBS, AT&T, frog Design, HSN, Animal Planet, Verizon’s Go90, Netflix, ABC, TBS, TNT, and Warner Bros., creating compelling stories that embed multimedia and creative technology initiatives.
Originally from the South Side of Chicago, Riley Jones, IV received a B.A. from Columbia in Political Science and American Studies where he was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and winner of the University’s George William Curtis Prize in Persuasive Oration. He is the President of the Black Alumni Council of Columbia University, where he focuses on building the infrastructure for Black Columbia student and alumni success, along with the broader Harlem community. He is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Bloc, a company using artificial intelligence to create and facilitate opportunity pathways for the new economy. He was named a 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur.
He is a 2020 J.D. graduate from the New York University School of Law. At NYU, he was the inaugural Nordlicht Scholar in the Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship. He also received a Masters degree in Education Entrepreneurship from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. He’s a professional singer and regular theatergoer in his spare time.
Josh Martin is a vigorous athlete, a social activist, and a financial literacy advocate carving out his place in the stadium, as well as in the community. As a dynamic seven-year NFL veteran, Martin has thrived as an outside linebacker and special teams ace. At just 28, this Texas native is consistently devoted to bettering himself, as well as the lives of his teammates and his world. The oldest of six kids, Martin first discovered his love of football during his freshman year at Cherokee Trail High School. He went on to receive an all Ivy League education from Columbia University, where he was deemed 2012’s Most Valuable Player of the year.
In addition to football, his passions are numerous. While serving as the NFL’s inaugural Personal Finance Bootcamp Player Ambassador, Martin believes in promoting NFL players’ endeavors off of the field, their involvement in their communities, and their preparation for careers after football.
Just as he set a good example for his younger siblings, Martin strives to be a role model for his fans. His volunteer work tackles much of his time away from the turf – he is an active volunteer for NFL PLAY 60 and a supporter of Project Rousseau. He has also served the Kansas City Chiefs Rookie Club and the Harvesters Community Food Network. He is committed to celebrating the arts in schools and empowering underprivileged youth to achieve higher education.
Martin’s hobbies include traveling the world, listening to jazz (he played three instruments as a child), attending various concerts and shows throughout New York City, and discovering the next best restaurants as a self-proclaimed foodie. He is a team player, a community leader, and an innovative entrepreneur. This savvy linebacker packs heart, hustle, and brainpower into a 6’3” frame and he’s just getting started.
A Columbia University graduate, public speaker, and award-winning social entrepreneur, Chelsea Miller has addressed thousands of people in speaking engagements that include Madison Square Garden, Yale University, and the National Action Network’s Annual Convention. In 2016, she worked in the Obama White House as one of the youngest interns on criminal justice reform and urban economic opportunity. She is the Co-Founder & CEO of Women Everywhere Believe, Inc., a national organization training women and girls of color to be civic and corporate leaders. Currently across 8+ states and 20+ universities, with a chapter in India, it is one of the fastest-growing organizations of its kind nationwide.
Her work has been recognized by elected officials and national organizations alike in the space of activism and social entrepreneurship. In 2019 Chelsea was named 30 Under 30 Caribbean American Emerging Leaders. Chelsea is the Co-Founder of Freedom March NYC, a youth protest and policy group on the frontlines pushing for reform in New York.
Nnamdi is an account manager for Munich-based startup company, Mindshine. He holds a BA in Psychology from Columbia University and is currently working on a book entitled “Doctor, Lawyer, Engineer: How to pursue your dreams without giving your parents a heart attack” (Publishing December 2020 with New Degree Press).
Charles Oglesby III, JD is a real estate investor and entrepreneur. He is the CEO of Todd Capital, a company that owns real estate in Detroit, a mobile barber shop, vending machines and more.
Seun Phillips is the co-founder of My Dream BIG Club, which started in 2018 with the mission to inspire and motivate others to dream BIG. In 2015 he also founded STEMNETICS and is currently serving as the Executive Director to deliver projects catered for ages 4 – 10 at home and in the classroom to strengthen 21st century skillsets.
Phillips started his professional career as a Senior Electrical Engineer at Motorola Mobile Devices, where he focused on audio circuitry and accessory compatibility.
Phillips went on to co-found the Chicago-based non-profit, Project SYNCERE, with the mission to increase the number of underrepresented and disadvantaged K-12th grade students pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Phillips recently served as the Managing Director of PlanetM, an initiative of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). As the Managing Director, he was responsible for growing operations, partnerships, and technology development within Michigan’s connected autonomous vehicle industry.
Prior to joining MEDC, Phillips served as the Vice President of Education and Engagement at the Michigan Science Center in Detroit, MI. Phillips was responsible for programming and developing partnerships between corporations, schools, foundations, and community organizations.
Phillips graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a minor in mathematics. Phillips received the Five Under Ten from his alma mater to recognize his professional achievements and contributions to the community-at-large. He also received the Conversations Awards, which highlighted Chicago’s most dynamic movers and shakers within Entrepreneurship, Medicine, and Non-Profit businesses. Phillips serves on the Board of Directors for Project SYNCERE and the Folu Phillips Foundation.
My name is Derek Scott. I have been around fitness my entire life. I’ve played collegiate baseball and also played minor league baseball. I have had a passion for helping others my entire life, and I love being fit and heathy.
I have been an ISSA certified trainer for the past 8 years providing one on one personal training. I enjoy helping people from all fitness backgrounds and seeing the positive impact physical fitness has had in their lives. I provide strength training, speed and agility, and core conditioning.
I own my own gym HB South Fit Body Boot Camp and it’ s a results driven fitness studio. Me as trainer will push and motivate you to be in the best shape to compete in any sport. Building strength will take your game to the next level. Our studio is for all fitness levels and provides sports performance training for youth, high school, college and professional athletes.
Ashley E. Stewart understands and respects the intricacies inherent in matters related to diversity and inclusion. Ashley’s research includes an assessment of the intersections of identity, structural oppression, health and mental health, and title VI, and IX compliance. Ashley creates a colorful balance between empathy and urgency in addressing sensitive and critical matters.
Her areas of scholarship include:
As an educator and training consultant, she promotes self-awareness and advocacy skills through the lens of decolonization and anti-oppression. Prioritizing lived narratives, Ashley takes a person-centered and collaborative approach to identify best-matched solutions to equity-related issues. As a social work researcher, she is passionate about the translational aspect of research and assessment, demonstrating evaluative measures to ensure efficacy and sustainability of inclusion.
Jazmine Waller, a 37-year-old, financial influencer, speaker and CEO of Budget Treasures. Based on her experience she has paid off over 20,000 in debt and has helped her clients become debt-free and increase their income by increasing their streams of income.
Self-educated on how to effectively manage finances and create processes and systems to experience true financial freedom. Her passion is to help single moms on their financial journeys with encouragement, knowledge, systems, and reassurance that they too can experience peace and freedom in their finances.
Crystal Williams was born and raised in Watts, Ca. She Graduated from Arizona State University and holds degrees in Business Administration & Psychology. For majority of her life she pursued a career in Human Resources, but she recently resigned as the HR Manager for a Firm in Irvine, Ca. She’s always had a desire for freedom & is seen as free spirit so it came at no surprise that she recently resigned from Corporate America to pursue full-time Entrepreneurship. In 2017 she started her Online Fitness Business Manny’s Mom Fitness where she works with women all over the world and helps them get in shape with her Meal Plans and Fitness Courses.
This Business would turn into a 6 Figure Online Business within 2 years which would then open the door for her to start her second Online Business the C.W.Platform where she teaches entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs and those who are simply interested in creating additional streams of income how to monetize social media & build multiple streams of income. When Crystal is not working on her Businesses she is being a mother to her 11-year-old who she currently Homes Schools and is educating on entrepreneurship and ownership.
Erica Williams has over 11+ years of experience as an Architectural Designer and now Design Consultant. After receiving her Masters in 2009 she started her career at Gensler, where she worked on notable projects such as the Boeing Defense Headquarters, Mercedes Benz-USA HQ, Littler, UBS, and Capitol 360 Banking Cafes – her design portfolio totals over 2+ Million Sq Ft.
In 3 years after becoming an Entrepreneur, she has been fully invested to building her company, The Design Bloc. The Design Bloc started just as an Instagram page in 2014, but has grown to become much more.
The word ‘Bloc’ means community so she always knew she wanted to just go beyond a design firm. It is now a full-service consulting firm for Interior Design and small business Branding.
Design Life Smart is Erica’s personal brand in which she reveals behind the scenes of The Design Bloc, her business strategies, health, travel, and life hacks. It is her mission to teach others what she wish she had learned, and fill in the gaps that traditional design school and work skip over. She is now sharing her knowledge through her platform, The Design Academy, by way of private mentorship, ebooks, and online courses. She’s a firm believer that “We are all Designers of our Life – whether we are Creatives or not – We just need to follow the right blueprints.”
The People’s CPA, Sheneya Wilson, is a Serial Entrepreneur, Certified Public Accountant, and Real Estate Investor. She is the Founder and CEO of Fola Financial LLC, a firm dedicated to assisting clients with navigating their financial journey. As a CPA for the people, she prides herself on educating and providing exceptional financial services to Millennials, Creatives, Entrepreneurs, and Travel Nurses.
Additionally, Sheneya is pursuing a PhD in Accounting Information Systems at Rutgers University. Committed to using her accumulated skills and knowledge to impact the lives of those who seek financial guidance, she truly believes that “Education is the most powerful tool which you could use to change the world” – Nelson Mandella.”
Liz Wright has spent the last 10 years traveling professional both as a healthcare strategy consultant and as She-E-O of her passion project: Wandherlust Travels.
Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Liz attended the University of Memphis where she received her bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration. She continued her studies at the University of Houston where she completed her MBA and Masters’ in Hospital Administration.
Liz has lived all over the country (Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Houston) working as a management consultant in the healthcare industry.
Liz’s career allowed her to travel each week, sparking her passion for travel. As her list of domestic and global destinations grew, Liz became her friends’ go-to-advisor for all things travel. Liz decided to create what she wish existed, Wandherlust Travels, a travel network for woman travel enthusiasts. Since she founded the company in October 2017, she has curated an 8 day girls trip to Morocco, 2 girls trips to Kenya, curated travel plans for hundreds of travelers across the globe, and now is working to create a community for travelers.
The current black civil rights movement has identified urgent needs for the black community, which has expanded Liz’s work both inside and outside of the travel world. In the travel real, Liz is working with her travel network to advocate for the safety and fair treatment of travelers of color when visiting countries abroad. Liz has also taken a role with the UJAMAA Collaboration which focuses on providing resources to develop young black owned businesses.
Liz currently resides in Los Angeles, CA where she now splits her time as a Revenue Cycle leader for a health care start-up and continuing to build her travel baby.