Creating Opportunity Conference 2017

October 12-13 2017 Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Georgia

On the Right Road to Sustainable Prosperity

This year’s theme for the 18th Annual Creating Opportunity Conference is “On the Right Road to Sustainable Prosperity”. The conference will focus on Technology, Digital Entertainment, Transportation Infrastructure, Energy, and the Hope Is Alive Gala!

Speakers

Maya Dillard-Smith

JD, MPP Founding CEO, Southside Future Fund

DR. MARK ELLIS

UNITED CHRISTIAN FAITH MINISTRIES, BATON ROUGE, LA

DR. TOMMY LEWIS

SENIOR PASTOR, BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH, BIRMINGHAM, AL

DR. FREDRICK FAVORS

SENIOR PASTOR, OLIVET BAPTIST CHURCH, THOMPSON, GA

DR. KEVIN ADAMS

SENIOR PASTOR, OLIVER BAPTIST CHURCH, CHATTANOOGA, TN

PASTOR VICTOR TATE

MT. PLEASANT BAPTIST CHURCH, ATLANTA, GA

KANDI CONDA

OWNER/ENTREPRENEUR, WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HALL OF FAMER

ROBERT LITTAL

FOUNDER & EDITOR-IN –CHIEF, BLACK SPORTS ONLINE

SHAVANNIA WILLIAMS

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING, ATLANTA FALCONS

BERNARD KING

NBA HALL OF FAMER, SPORTS BUSINESS CONSULTANT, AWARD WINNING BROADCASTER, AUTHOR

Sean Williams

Operations Consultant of Techbridge

Craig King

CEO, Gentle King Technologies

Jim Reese

CEO, Atlanta Mission

Julio Carillo

COO, Techbridge

Stuart Andreason

Director, Workforce Development Program, Center for Human Capital Studies at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

Dr. Bennie Harris

Sr. VP of Morehouse Medical School

Felix Turner

Corporate Affairs Division Manager, Kroger

GERMAINE REECE

MANAGER SUPPLIER DIVERSITY, HOME DEPOT

Karmetria Dunham Burton

Strategic Programs and Corporate Supplier Diversity, Delta Air Lines

John Eaves

Fulton County Commission Chairman

Mary Norwood

City Councilwoman

Vincent Fort

State Senator

Ceasar Mitchell

City Council President

Dana Weeks Ugwonali

President, Black Angel Tech Foundation

Mike Ross

CEO, MHR International

Dr. Thomas Mensah

Georgia Aerospace Systems

Christopher Stubbs

VP Community Banking District Manager, City of Atlanta

Mr. Segun Adesanya

COO of Sanya Airways

Emmanuel K. Yuh, P.E.

President/CEO, Key Engineering

H.E Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah

Ambassador, The Republic of Ghana

Honorable Kayode Laro

Consul General of Nigeria, Atlanta

“Able” Mable Thomas

Georgia State Representative 56th District

April Lundy

M.F.A., Assistant Professor of Film and Television Studies at Clark Atlanta University

Joey Womack

Founder/ CEO of Amplify 4 Good

Ken Grimes

Black Angel Tech Fund, True Alpha Partners, LLC

Ashlee Ammons

Cofounder/Coo, Mixtroz

Kerry E. Schrader

Cofounder/CEO, Mixtroz

Bruce D. Berger

MBA, JD, Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development, Associate Professor, School of Business

Lakweshia J. Ewing

Owner, Biz Boom APPS, LLC, CEO, Unlearn Everything & Live, Partner Black Wall Street Tour, LLC

Gwen Marshall

Chair, Westside Atlanta Land Trust Program

Attorney Sherman E. Golden

Senior Counsel, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP

Cardell Davis

VP Municipal and Governmental Affairs, EDS America

Derrick Boazman

President and CEO, Facilitation Strategies, Inc

CURLEY DOSSMAN

PRESIDENT, GEORGIA PACIFIC

Frantz Tiffeau

Director of Supplier Diversity, Nationwide

Maurice Coleman

SVP/Sr. Relation Manager, Global Banking and Markets

DR. JOHN TERRY, PHD

PRESIDENT & FOUNDER, ESPRE TECH

Al White

CEO Polaris

Mr. Anthony M. Cooper

VP Strategic Communications & Technology Evangelist, TAG

Mike Ray

Actor, Writer, Director, Voice Over Coach, Mike Ray Vision

Frank Patterson

President, Pinewood Studios

Shaun Mathis

Vice President & COO, Laconic Productions

Andre’ Lamont

Depth of Field Productions

Shay Bennett

Founder, Shay Bennett Studios

Charles West

Executive Producer, CW Studios

Dar’shun Kendrick

Diversity Activist & Advisor, Kendrick Advisor & Advocacy Group

Jerome Russell

President, H. J. Russell & Company and Russell New Urban Development, LLC

Event Schedules

#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1CONFERENCE REGISTRATION8:00 AM - 5:00 PMHyatt Regency Downtown Atlanta
2MANDATE FOR AN INCLUSIVE TECH ECOSYSTEM “ MYTH OR REALITY, WHERE IS THE MONEY”9:05 AM - 10:30 AMEmbassy D
3FILM, TV, AND DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT- “OPPORTUNITIES FOR INCLUSION”10:30 AM - 12:15 AMEmbassy D
4LUNCHEON PANEL DISCUSSION ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE INTERNET OF THINGS “HOW THE NEXT WAVE WILL AFFECT YOU”12:30 PM - 2:00 PMEmbassy D
5International Workshop "Africa - The Next"2:00 PM - 4:00 PMEmbassy D
6PUSH Tech 2020 Pitch Competition2:00 PM - 4:00 PMEmbassy C
7CANDIDATE MAYORAL FORUM “Shaping The Future of The Public Sector”5:30 PM - 8:30 PMClark Atlanta University Juanita Baranco Multi-Purpose Venue
#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1CONFERENCE REGISTRATION7:00 AM - 5:00 PMHYATT REGENCY ATLANTA
2WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP8:30 AM - 10:30 AMInternational Ballroom
3SUPPLIER DIVERSITY10:30 AM - 12:00 PMEmbassy A
4Philanthropy & Technology10:30 AM - 12:00 PMEmbassy B
5“THE BUSINESS OF SPORTS: EXPLORING THE IMPACT, INFLUENCE & OPPORTUNITIES ON & OFF THE FIELD”10:30 AM - 12:00 PMEmbassy C
6PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE10:30 AM - 12:00 PMEmbassy D
7MINISTERS’ LUNCHEON12:30 PM - 2:30 PMInternational Ballroom
8CLERGY WORKSHOP: HOMEOWNERSHIP, STABILIZING OUR COMMUNITIES, CHURCH FINANCING, AND EXPANDING THE VISION OF THE 21 ST CENTURY2:30 PM - 4:00 PMEmbassy D
9GENTRIFICATION, DISPLACEMENT, AND URBAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT “WHO BENEFITS, WHO SUFFERS, AND WHO PAYS FOR IT”.2:30 PM - 4:30 PMEmbassy C
10HOPE IS ALIVE GALA - REV. JESSE JACKSON, SR. 76TH BIRTHDAY7:00 PM - 10:00 PMInternational Ballroom

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