Rainbow PUSH Atlanta Media Contact: Sommer Vega

sommer@pocketpr.net . (770)569-3619


September 29, 2017

The Fourth Movement in the Journey toward Economic Equity:  
On the Right Road to Sustainable Prosperity

ATLANTA, GA – The Rainbow PUSH Coalition to host its 18th Annual Creating Opportunity Conference, October 12 – 13, 2017. This conference is a continuation of Reverend Jesse L. Jackson’s 51-year legacy of work and his commitment to economic equity. It is an informative event that supports the Rainbow PUSH Peach Street Project launched in 2000 to work for justice and equality in education, youth development, financial literacy, business formation and growth.  This year’s conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta located at 265 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. Interested attendees may register at www.rainbowpush.org.
“We continue to do ‘the work’ that supports our current economic environment,” said Calvin Vismale, Executive Director of Rainbow PUSH Atlanta.  “Our conference is an excellent avenue for presenting various opportunities that will continue to grow and impact our communities.”
The Creating Opportunity Conference focuses on the continued Civil Rights struggle of today, defined as the need for economic equity. Hence, the conference theme is “The Fourth Movement in the Journey toward Economic Equity: On the Right Road to Sustainable Prosperity.” Slated for the event, are sessions and activities that will provide its attendees with the following:

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Mandate for an Inclusive Tech Ecosystem: Myth or Reality, Where is the Money
A panel discussion of entrepreneurial development executives and professors about creating the right environment for a digital business.
Moderator: Marcus Shaw, Executive Director, The Company Lab (CO.LAB)

  • Ashlee Ammons, Cofounder/Chief Operations Officer (COO), Mixtroz
  • Bruce D. Berger, Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development, and Associate Professor, Clark Atlanta University School of Business
  • Lakweshia J. Ewing, Owner, Bix Boom APPS, LLC; Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Unlearn Everything; and Live Partner, Black Wall Street Tour, LLC
  • Ken Grimes, Managing Director, Black Angel Tech Fund and Principal, True Alpha Partners, LLC
  • Dar’shun Kendrick, Diversity Activist and Advisor, Kendrick Advisor and Advocacy Group
  • Kerry E. Schrader, Cofounder/CEO, Mixtroz

Film, TV, and Digital Entertainment: Opportunities for Inclusion
Moderator: Jovita Moore, News Anchor for WSB TV
A panel discussion of entertainment executives and producers who will provide insight on diversity in the world of media.

  • Frank Patterson, President, Pinewood Studios
  • Shay Bennett, Founder, Shay Bennett Studios
  • Andre’ Lamont, Producer, Director, and Interviewer, Depth of Field Productions
  • April Lundy, Writer, Producer, Director and Assistant Professor of Film and Television Studies, Clark Atlanta University
  • Shaun Mathis, Vice President (VP) and COO, Laconic Productions
  • Mike Ray, Actor, Writer, Director, and Voice Over Coach, Mike Ray Vision
  • Charles West, Executive Producer, CW Studios

Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things Luncheon: How the Next Wave Will Affect You
This topic focuses on the use of technology to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making and translation between languages.
Moderator: Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee, Fellow – Governance Studies, the Center for Technology Innovation
Presentation: Anthony M. Cooper, VP of Strategic Communications and Technology Evangelist, TAG

  • Lonnie Johnson, Inventor of the Super Soaker
  • Dr. John Terry, President and Founder, Espire Tech
  • Al White, CEO, Polaris

International Workshop: Africa Next
This panel is a follow-up to previous Investment Forums in Chicago and New York. Panelists will discuss the availability of business opportunities and the power of social capital for economic growth. This includes other areas of investment in the Diaspora (Caribbean, Americas, etc.).
Moderator: Matilda Arhin, President, Ghana International Chamber of Commerce

  • Honorable Kayode Laro, Consulate General of Nigeria, Atlanta
  • His Excellency Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, Ambassador, The Republic of Ghana
  • Emmanuel K. Yuh, P.E., President and CEO, Key Engineering Group, LLC
  • Segun Adesanya, COO of Sanya Airways

Business Pitch Competition Finals: PUSHTech 2020 Think Tank
Features innovative entrepreneurs who will compete to win up to $5,000.
Emcee: Kunbi Tinuoye, Founder and CEO, UrbanGeekz.com; and the 2016 Business Pitch Competition Finals winner

  • Maurice Coleman, Sr. VP Relationship Manager, Global Banking and Markets
  • Christopher Stubbs, VP, Community Banking District Manager, Wells Fargo City of Atlanta
  • Dr. Thomas Mensah, President and CEO, Georgia Aerospace Systems
  • Mike Ross, President and CEO, MHR International
  • Dana Weeks Ugwonali, President, Black Angel Technology Innovation Foundation

Candidate Mayoral Forum: Shaping The Future of the Public Sector and conversation with Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr.
Moderator: Rashad Richey, Talk Radio Personality, CBS Atlanta’s 1380 WAOK.
This event is an opportunity for City of Atlanta Mayoral candidates to engage in a discussion on Civil Rights and their respective vision for Atlanta.

  • Peter Aman, COO, City of Atlanta
  • Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta City Councilwoman
  • John Eaves, Commission Chairman, Fulton County
  • Vincent Fort, State Senator
  • Kwanza Hall, Atlanta City Councilman
  • Ceasar Mitchell, President, Atlanta City Council
  • Mary Norwood, Atlanta City Councilwoman
  • Michael T. Sterling, Former Executive Director, City of Atlanta Workforce Development Agency
  • Cathy Woolard, Former Atlanta City Council President

Friday, October 13, 2017

Women in Leadership Breakfast: Your Seat at the Table featuring the HUD Southeast Region
Emcee: Madison James, Multi-Media Personality and Lifestyle Enthusiast, V98.5 FM
Keynote Speaker: Denise Cleveland-Leggett, Region IV Administrator, US Department of Housing and Urban Development
Honoree and Feature Remarks: Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, President and Dean, Morehouse School of Medicine
Featured Guests:

  • Ryshonda Harper-Beecham, Mayor, Pelahatchie, MS
  • Keyra Lynn Johnson, District Attorney, Glyn County, GA
  • Lynneice Washington, Bessemer District Attorney, Jefferson County, AL

Supplier Diversity: Contract in the Private Sector
A panel discussion that focuses on developing corporate relations that leads to contracts. Attendees will gain tools to leverage experience attained in the public sector to do business in the private sector.
Moderator: Tricia “CK” Hoffler, Partner, Edmond, Lindsay and Hoffler, LLP

  • Karmetria Dunham Burton, General Manager of Strategic Programs and Corporate Supplier Diversity, Delta Air Lines
  • Germaine Reece, Manager of Supplier Diversity, Home Depot
  • Frantz Tiffeau, Director of Supplier Diversity, Nationwide
  • Felix Turner, Corporate Affairs District Manager, Kroger

Philanthropy and Technology: Accelerating Social Impact and Outcomes in Our Communities
The focus of this panel is the exploration of how technology can accelerate work in philanthropy by measuring impact, managing ‘crowds” of donors via crowd funding, and optimizing operations for grant makers and grantees.
Moderators: Quinetha Fraiser, CEO, MyPledger

  • Curley Dossman, President, Georgia-Pacific Foundation
  • Dr. Bennie Harris, Sr. VP, Morehouse Medical School
  • Will Lambe, Sr. Community and Economic Development Adviser, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Helen Price, President, Coca-Cola Foundation

The Business of Sports: Exploring the Impact, Influence & Opportunities on & off the Field
This panel will engage in an informative session that focuses on keys to economic growth in the sports industry.
Moderator: Pastor Joseph Bryant, National Sports Director, Rainbow PUSH

  • Rushia Brown, Alumni President, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and Ambassador, National Basketball Association (NBA) Cares
  • Kandi Conda, Entrepreneur and WNBA Hall of Famer
  • Bernard King, NBA Hall of Famer, Sports Consultant, Broadcaster, and Author
  • Robert Littal, Founder and Editor in Chief, Black Sports Online
  • Shavannia Williams, Marketing Manager, Atlanta Falcons

Gentrification, Displacement, and Urban Economic Development: Who Benefits, Who Suffers and Who Pays
A discussion of panelist from the government, education, public and private sectors who will provide an overview of gentrification and urban renewal from a national perspective. In addition, the panel will discuss gentrification that is happening locally and how to help citizens become informed on what they can do about the issue.
Moderator: Djuan Coleon, CEO, Project Urban Renewal Energy

  • Derrick Boazman, President and CEO, Facilitation Strategies, Inc.
  • Cardell Davis, VP Municipal and Governmental Affairs, Economic Development Strategies of America
  • Sherman E. Golden, Senior Counsel, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP
  • Dan Immergluck, Professor, Georgia State University Institute of Urban Studies
  • Gwen Marshall, Chair, Westside Atlanta Land Trust Program

Hope is Alive Awards Gala: Blockbuster Annual Hope is Alive Awards Gala celebrating the 76th Birthday of Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr.
Emcee: Gloria Neal, Writer and Producer

Media Credentials 
Contact Sommer Vega at sommer@pocketpr.net or 770-569-3619 to request access for media coverage.  Approved media will have access to interview areas and red carpet arrivals.


For Immediate Release

Tina Spencer

Media Relations Manager

Rainbow PUSH Peachtree Project



October 7, 2016 – Atlanta – The Rainbow PUSH Coalition will host its 17th Creating Opportunity Conference, October 20 – 22, 2016.  The 17th Creating Opportunity Conference is an informative event that supports the Rainbow PUSH Peach Street Project launched in 2000 to work for justice and equality in education, youth development, financial literacy business formation and growth.  This year’s conference will take place Thursday at Morehouse College and the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Friday and Saturday at the Hyatt Regency, Downtown.

This Year’s theme is “Converting Opportunity to Wealth in Our Community”

Filled with sessions and activities which will provide its attendees with:

  • Informational sessions covering wealth creation, technology, public policy, community development and stabilization, health disparity and youth focused programs.
  • Strategy Luncheon: Piercing the Capital Veil honoring  inventor technologist Lonnie Johnson, inventor of the SUPER SOAKER
  • Powerful Women in Leadership Breakfast featuring the Honorable Alexis Herman and honorees Mrs. Juanita Abernathy and Ms. Bree Newsome. 
  • Annual Minister’s Luncheon featuring Dr. Kevin W. Cosby, St. Stephen Church, Louisville, Kentucky and Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes, III, Friendship-West Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas.
  • Blockbuster annual Hope is Alive Awards Gala celebrating the 75th Birthday of The Reverend Jesse Jackson recognizing Mrs. Helen Price, President-Coca Cola Foundation, Mr. Leroy Johnson, former State Senator of Georgia, Attorney CK Hoffler and Nathaniel Goldson, Founder of Gourmet Services, Inc. 
  • The Hope is Alive Awards Gala will be emceed by, WSB-TV 2 Anchor Jovita Moore and Judge Greg Mathis.  It will also include special musical presentations by various music artists, from Angie Stone and Zebullon Ellis to Reverend Jackson’s daughter Ms. Santita Jackson, The Sounds of Blackness and other guest.
  • Business pitch competition finals, PUSHTech 2020 Think Tank, featuring innovative entrepreneurs who can win up to $5,000.
  • Intergenerational Mixer and conversation with Reverend Jesse Jackson visiting the Center for Civil and Human Rights for the very first time.
  • Focused on digital entertainment, Digital Capital: The Quest for Appropriate Capital, featuring entertainment executives and the process of raising capital. 
  • Information, advice and exposure to Angel Investors such as Michael Ross, financial institutions and bankers such as Jerome Russell from Citizens Trust Bank.
  • Community Economic Development session to discuss the tide of gentrification and displacement looking at best practices with experts such as Marta Director of Real Estate, Richard Slayton and Detroit Economic Growth Corporation Executive Director, Roderick Miller.
  • Public Policy Roundtable focused on the Black Vote featuring Joe Neal, Marilyn Stevens, Atlanta Councilman Ceasar Mitchell, Georgia Representative Floyd Makissick, Georgia Senator Gail Davenport, Michael Thurmond, former Georgia Commissioner of Labor and South Carolina Senator Marlon Kimpson.
  • Focus on health disparity with former Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher.
  • Saturday youth focused events and activities including Wells Fargo Bank’s Monopoly teaching money management life skills; Interactive session on Coding, Gaming and Virtual Reality; Chess and learning winning strategies for life management.


This wide array of events and activities provides a wealth of experiences.  To register on Eventbrite, go to www.rainbowpushatl.com. 


For additional information, interview opportunities and/or to request media credentials contact Tina Spencer, Media Relations Manager at tinasrainbowpushatl.com and or 313-617-0484.


Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

October 11, 2016

Rainbow Push Peachtree Project to Host
“Hope is Alive” (GOTV) Rally with
Reverend Jesse Jackson, Jr. October 13

Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. and Student Leaders discuss “Hope is Alive”

through Voting, today’s Civil Rights and announcement of the

17th Annual Creating Opportunity Conference, October 20 22

Who: Reverend Jesse Jackson, Founder and President Rainbow PUSH Coalition Calvin Vismale, Executive Director Rainbow PUSH Atlanta

Civic Leaders from Vote Empowerment Collaboration, the Peoples Agenda, NAACP, SCLC, American Voters League

AUC Student Leaders

17th Annual Creating Opportunity Conference Participants

What: Get Out the Vote (GOTV), “Hope Is Alive” rally to activate Georgia voters regarding today’s Civil Rights of Wealth Creation and announcement of the 17th Annual Creating Opportunity Conference, October 20 22.

Media Briefing Immediately following

When: Thursday, October 13, 2016 | 4:30 PM

Where: Morehouse College Leadership Center, Bank of America Auditorium in the Walter E. Massey Building

830 Westview Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30314

Why: Voting registration has ended and now it is time to get out the vote. It is time to activate the all registered voters in all community to get to the polls this fall.

The message that Hope is Alive is central to the 17th Annual Creating Opportunity Conference theme “Converting Opportunity to Wealth in Our Community” is today’s Civil Rights. Voting propels that message and is the most significant tactic available to the community at all levels to ensure continuation of “The Work.”

Media RSVP to Tina Spencer at TSpencerrainbowpush@gmail.com and/or call 313-617-0484

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release Tina Spencer

October 17, 2016 Media Relations Manager

Rainbow PUSH Atlanta


313-617- 0484

The Honorable Alexis Herman Headlines

Powerful Women in Leadership Breakfast

Rainbow Push Atlanta 17 th Creating Opportunity Conference

October 21, 2016, 8:00 AM

Mrs. Juanita Abernathy, Ms. Bree Newsome and Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd

Honored for their leadership role as change agents in the movement of Civil Rights




Honorable Alexis Herman, America’s 23 rd Secretary of Labor – Keynote Speaker

Mrs. Juanita Abernathy, American Civil Rights Legend – Mother of the Movement

Ms. Bree Newsome, American Filmmaker, Musician, Speaker and Activist from Charlotte, North

Carolina – Woman of Courage

Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, President-Alabama State University – Excellence in Education

Mrs. Lisa Rayam, Former News Anchor at FOX 5 Atlanta (WAGA) – Hostess



The Powerful Women in Leadership breakfast will feature the Honorable Alexis Herman,

America’s 23 rd Secretary of Labor and the first African American ever to lead the United States

Department of Labor. Herman’s focus will be “The Power of Women Leader’s,” exemplified in

this year’s award recipients whose individual actions demonstrate women leadership that is

poignant and purposeful. Rainbow PUSH Atlanta is exited to recognize the contribution of

women, who have served as the backbone of the Civil Rights movement at the 17 th Annual

Creating Opportunity Conference being held from October 20 – 22, 2016.



Friday, October 21, 2016

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Where: Hyatt Regency Atlanta (Downtown)

Regency Ballroom

265 Peachtree Street NE

Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 30303


To register on Eventbrite, go to www.rainbowpushatl.com.


Media Credentials

To RSVP all media contact Tina Spencer at tinasrainbowpushatl@gmail.com and/or call 313-617- 0484

to request access to cover these opportunities.   We will do our best to honor requests. For more information

regarding the Creating Opportunity Conference visit www.rainbowpushatlanta.org. Approved media will have

access to interview areas, and red carpet arrivals, for which press RSVP in advance and received confirmation from

Tina Spencer.