Oratrix - Nona C Jones - Pace
Nona C. Jones is the Chief External Affairs Officer PACE Center for Girls, a nationally recognized, statewide network of centers for at-risk middle and high-school girls.
Immediately prior to joining PACE Center for Girls, Jones served as Public Affairs Director for Gainesville Regional Utilities in Gainesville, Florida. In that role she had responsibility for the utility’s Federal and State Government Relations, as well as its state and local community engagement. She also served as Vice-President of the Florida Municipal Electric Association and was in line to become the youngest and first African American President of the organization.
She says, however, “There are many ways to make history and one of them is to change the lives of those that need you. Being the first African American and youngest to lead a statewide organization is a great bullet point for a resume, but working on behalf of the traumatized girls PACE serves everyday will be part of my legacy.”
9: 15 am
Panel Moderator –Felisha Monet / Michael Hall
Darius Daughtry - Jason Taylor Foundation
Mario Pipkin - Life Planning
Mario Pipkin is Partner Level General Manager of the Strategic Enterprise Services IT Service Engineering (SESIT SE) division within Microsoft. He and his team are responsible for ensuring Microsoft platforms are designed for and achieve operational excellence. His organization spans multiple countries and is accountable for Microsoft’s core service platforms, data integration services and cloud migration efforts.
10: 45 am
Youth Panel - Can we talk? - Open discussion
Troy E. Wright- Close
Panel – Moderator Marcus Bright / Felisha Monet
Solutions Break-out Session
Youth Panel - Can we talk? - Open discussion
Troy E. Wright- Close
Special thanks to Florida Memorial University Lions Joseph Ellick and Berlyn Nabj who stood up and roared to make sure the message of hope and promise continues.
Also thanks to the great staff and students and Florida Memorial University, Trayvon Martin Foundation Staff, Ambassadors, Kimbra Jordan sound, Aurelia Crews, Advisory board, Deauville Resort (Marta), Executive board and supporters. Without this would not have been possible.
Robert W. Runcie Superintendent of Broward County Schools
Superintendent Robert W. Runcie’s journey has been filled with hard work and perseverance. He was born in Jamaica and moved to the United States as a young boy. He was the first member of his family to attend college, graduating from Harvard University. Before jumping into the education world, Superintendent Runcie was founder of a management consulting and technology company. Upon leaving the business world, Superintendent Runcie joined Chicago Public Schools where he served in various strategic roles including Chief Information Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Area Officer Chief of Staff to the Board of Education. In October of 2011, he was appointed by the School Board to be the 20th Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools.
Alberto M. Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS)
Alberto Carvalho has served as Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the nation’s fourth largest school system, since September 2008. He is a nationally recognized expert on education transformation and finance who has successfully elevated his district’s academic profile and streamlined its business operations and financial systems. Now widely considered one of the nation’s highest-performing urban school systems, M-DCPS was named as the 2014 College Board Advanced Placement Equity and Excellence District of the Year, as well as the 2012 winner of the Broad Prize for Urban Education. A versatile leader, Carvalho is also the self-appointed principal of two award-winning schools—the Primary Learning Center and the iPrep Academy, and has served as President of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents. He has been selected as Florida’s 2014 Superintendent of the Year, as well as the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year and was recently named by Scholastic Administrator as one of “The Fantastic Five” educators making a difference in America. Mr. Carvalho has been awarded of a number of honorary degrees including a Doctor of Public Service by Florida International University; Doctor of Humane Letters by both Barry University and Florida Memorial University; and a Doctor of Pedagogy, Honoris Causa from Nova Southeastern University. He has been honored by the President of Portugal with the “Ordem de Mérito Civil” and by Mexico with the “Othli Award,” the highest award for a civilian living outside of Mexico. Mr. Carvalho has been featured on CNN, NBC, and ABC and in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, District Administration Magazine, and The Christian Science Monitor.
Ms. Teri Williams
Ms. Teri Williams serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of OneUnited Bank (formerly, Boston Bank of Commerce). Ms. Williams is responsible for implementation of OneUnited Bank's strategic initiatives, as well as its day to day operations. She has 25 years of financial services experience from premier institutions such as Bank of America and American Express TRS Company, where Ms. Williams served as a youngest Vice President. She served as a Senior Vice President of OneUnited Bank. She serves as Director of OneUnited Bank. She served as a Director at Carver Bancorp Inc. since 2000. She has been Treasurer of Dimock Community Health Center for over 5 years and is its Vice Chairperson. Ms. Williams is involved in community projects, including Treasurer of UNICEF/New England and the Board of Overseers for WGBH (public tv). Ms. Williams has received numerous notations and awards for her contribution to urban communities including from the Urban League, NAACP and the National Black MBA Association. Ms. Williams holds an M.B.A. with honors from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and a B.A. with distinctions in Economics from Brown University.
Consultant, Life Coach, Rockk3r
Aurelia Crews is the Director of Source for Rokk3r Labs, where she engages with local, national and international business communities to identify target entrepreneurs and companies for the Rokk3r Labs Think Phase, the entry point into the Rokk3r Labs portfolio of companies. She also develops key strategic partnerships with corporations, educational institutions, angel investors and VCs to further facilitate the growth process for Rokk3r Labs entrepreneurs and the brand.
Carolyn “Kiani” Nesbitt
A native of Carbondale, Illinois, Carolyn “Kiani” Nesbitt attended Southern Illinois University and after relocating to Miami in 1986, became the Founding President/Chief Executive Officer for Concerned African Women, Inc. (CAW). Under her leadership, this non-profit organization has earned its reputation as one of South Florida’s most successful and productive human service agencies and recently received “National” recognition as the 2015 Clinton Foundation – Alliance For A Healthier Generation “Hero Award” for excellence in after-school programming; as well as “Local” recognition as the CCDH, Inclusion Partner Champion for 2015.
With a strict outcome driven approach Kiani is credited with spearheading the development of CAW and its’ “New Dimensions in Community Education Program” an innovative initiative designed to create and implement relevant programs that foster total literacy among at-risk youth by focusing on their total environment (serves 1200 families annually). Under the “New Dimensions” umbrella, Kiani has founded the following: The Independent Parent Council, a Family Strengthening and Parent Advocacy/Training Project that works hand-in-hand with parents and schools to increase parental involvement in public education; The Synergy Service Partnership – a coalition of community-based organizations and system stakeholders dedicated to coordinating a holistic “System Of Care” for high risk families; the record breaking New Dimensions In Out-Of-School program that boasts a 90% rate on improving “Reading” scores of underserved youth and families; the “Improving Community Control” and Family Empowerment Programs, a “intervention” and “diversion” project respectively, for youth involved with the Juvenile Justice System that has contributed to the documented “reductions” in youth re-arrests in Miami-Dade County since 1998; the Youth-Works Project – a truancy prevention/summer youth employment initiative.
Kiani has been a leading proponent of youth development and community activism for 20+ years. Serving as an organizer for numerous grass roots initiatives and leading the charge for elevating education performance standards for children. She is a founding member of the Miami-Dade County Youth Crime Task Force and the recipient of numerous community service awards including the initial Children’s Trust “Champion for Children Award”, the Miami-Dade County Commission “Community Service Award” the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce “Leadership Award” and the National Council of Negro Women “Businesswoman Of The Year Award.”
A gifted organizer, Kiani served on the executive team for the legendary Congresswoman Carrie P. Meek during her initial congressional campaign in 1991; Chairperson of the EESAC – Educational Excellence School Advisory Council and Chairperson of the Norland Tri-plex Full Service School Committee. Ms. Nesbitt has hosted world renowned celebrities and advocates for numerous events promoting the advancement of literacy. Among them are South Africa’s Winnie Mandela; former Illinois Senator Carol Mosely Braun; the late Singer/Songwriter Isaac Hayes; Oscar-Winning Actor Denzel Washington and many more.
Biography of the Head Coach for Talk Whisperer: Cory D. Baker
Cory has had an extraordinarily privileged, and unusually varied multiple-Career history that has allowed him to have an exposure, and deep understanding of people of all ages, that many would not typically have. Early on, he had the privileged opportunity to begin working with children at many capacities that ranged from Kindergarten thru 12th grade, mainstream and special education students. In 1998, he was the Head Swim Instructor and Lifeguard for toddlers, young children, and adults at the Beverly Hills YMCA in Los Angeles, California. While in 2000, he held an Assistant Coaching position for the Wrestling Team at Culver City High School. Simultaneously, while he attained his teaching and sports coaching goals, he followed up his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre performance at the University of Central Florida, with a pursuit of a professional acting career for 15 years, spending 10 of those years as a Screen Actors Guild Union member, with numerous TV, Film, Theatre, & Commercials to his credit. His quick joking comment about his adventures in film is, “Will Smith is as cool as you would think he is!”
During his successful 16-year, public school teaching stint, he served as a Special Education Counseling Advisor for the Los Angeles Unified School District in 2003. Immediately following that, he created & hosted the “Cool Teacher Workshop” for the L.A. Unified Schools that focused on grooming the new Teachers for effective classroom management skills. In the latter half of his Public-School Teaching career, he began motivational speaking to high-school students, with great response.
In 2004, he dueled his focus with teaching and successfully completed a 14-month training at the Hypnosis Motivation Institute (HMI), the 1st-Nationally accredited college for Hypnotherapy, to become a Certified Hypnotherapist, and additionally attain a Masters Level in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Communications.
This marked the beginning of his professional Coaching career by starting with an exclusive Hypnotherapy Practice for the first 6 years, before expanding with the current Practice as a Life & Effective-Communication Coach, & Infopreneur. His current niche’ area in the Practice is working with Parent-Teen, & Couple Therapy dynamics, to hosting Team Builders in the corporate environment.
As he continues with his role in the Coaching practice, he has recently taken on a Vice President position with the non-profit Organization called “Not in Our City,” which will be committed to community relations and peaceful integration with Local Law Enforcement Agencies and the public. Also, in the Fall of 2015, he will be in the beginning stages of expanding Talk Whisperer with a Life-Skills Institute when he will be launching “Man Up: The Rite of Passage,” a personal development program for Men at His House Children’s Foster Home in Miami. This will be the first of a variety of programs in the communication, relationship, sex, drugs & alcohol, and personal development-related areas for adults & teens.
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglass
South Florida native son, Jonathan Spikes is a multi-talented writer, motivational speaker, Cancer survivor and founder of the Jonathan Spikes Foundation, Inc. and Affirming Youth.
Reared in Miami, Florida for most of his life, Jonathan has had the opportunity to experience many things both positive and challenging which has helped him to define his own way and chart his own course.
A graduate of Broward College and Nova Southeastern University, Jonathan’s experience and accomplishments speaks volumes. Early in his professional career Jonathan mentored and counseled at-risk students as a way to give back to his community. This ignited his lifelong dream of helping youth realize that in spite of any situation, “You can do and be anything that you put your mind to.”
His high strung energy and enthusiasm for working with students did not go unnoticed. He was later recruited to work with the Afro-centric Enhancement Self-esteem Opportunity Program (AESOP) which led to a more prominent position with the Miami-Dade Department of Juvenile Justice, Youth Investment Initiative Program. During this time Jonathan, learned that a youths formative years will impact their adult years negatively or positively depending on their exposure and mental outlets.
Jonathan’s visionary leadership has earned him numerous accolades and awards especially for his Let’s Talk It Out Conflict Resolution/Anti-Bullying Program and the Affirming Youth Leadership Program. He is the father of two teenagers, Jamari and Jayna, who continually enriches his life with unbelievable joys and stress. But, he wouldn’t change anything on his incredible life’s journey.
Lionel Lightbourne has over twenty
(20) years of work experience in the not for profit and social service arenas. He is presently employed as a Community Outreach Care Coordinator at the Belafonte TACOLCY Center which is an African
American Community Based Agency in Miami's Liberty City Community. TACOLCY Cenetr was established in 1967 by at risk youth and has evolved 48 years later to serve at risk communities. Mr. Lightbourne
presently serves as 2nd Vice President on the Legal Services of Greater Miami Board of Directors and is one of the founding task force members of Broward County’s Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies
Fatherhood Program. Lightbourne’s service and perspective has been featured with such notables as: The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Health Symposiums, Dr. Michael Nobel (Nobel Peace Prize), the
late Yolanda King (MLK’s Daughter), Jill Beach (NBC 6 Jill Beach Show) Dr. Phil (Dr. Phil Show), Sean P. Diddy Combs (Hold Ya Head Music
Video) and Miami Dolphins Weekly. Mr. Lightbourne has been featured in numerous publications such as; the Miami New Times, Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald, Miami Times, Florida Courier, WLRN, NBC 6, CBS 4 and the South Florida Times.
Working tirelessly as one of the leading advocates shaping the technology and diversity landscape in Miami, Michael Hall is an architect of collision points between technology, innovation and diversity. As Founder of Digital Grass, a social impact and diversity accelerator Michael's focus is to ensure that diversity is included in the technology and innovation ecosystem of South Florida. Committed to transforming the professional landscape in South Florida, Michael has devoted himself to bridging the diversity gap in technology. Digital Grass' accelerator cocreates with companies led by women, minorities and/or LGBT. Catching the entrepreneurial bug at age nine with a neighborhood lawn mowing company, Michael later launched Footprintz Unlimited, a clothing line and graphic design company at 19. Today, he continues his success as an innovator and proponent of social entrepreneurship as the Senior Managing Partner of MediumFour where he oversees the development of technology and marketing solutions to build and brand companies from inception to execution. Distinguished by its Ideation + Design™ mantra, MediumFour delivers the vision and innovation needed to drive momentum for a formidable client roster. Clients draw on his expertise in strategic business blueprinting, mind mapping and brand psychology to meet specialized market needs through customized technology platforms. Michael recently completed Cohort 5 of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and intends to apply the knowledge gleaned from this prestigious program to continue the growth of MediumFour, including creating jobs for other creatives and entrepreneurs. Michael has also successfully launched a number of lifestyle brands and tech startup’s Pretty Fresh, My Drink Ticket, Gateway Software Development, LLC and Aeolus Motors, LLC (Electronic Motorcycles). He presented his latest entrepreneurial venture, Kurator, to the public as a semifinalist in The Thrive Seminar, presented by The Nelson Foundation. With an unwavering vision for progress, Hall serves as a youth mentor with #YesWeCode and Code Fever. Michael also founded Justice TM, the first organization created to shed light on “Stand Your Ground” legislation through awareness of the Trayvon Martin case. Through the creation of programs such as Dream Like a Kid, Do Business Like a Boss, an immersive workshop to introduce high school aged children to aspects of STEM and increase their awareness of the numerous possibilities to leverage technology, Michael continues to seek ways to immerse his community into technology and innovation. Michael is a sought after speaker and thought leader participating on panels such as San Francisco’s Tech Inclusion 2015, engaging in conferences, workshops, local leadership, and acting as a moderator at the 2014 Miami International Book Fair, Winter Music Conference and Black Tech Week. Professional Version As Founder of Digital Grass, a social impact group and diversity accelerator. Michael's focus is to ensure that diversity is included in the technology and innovation landscape of South Florida. Digital Grass' accelerator cocreates with companies led by women, minorities and/or LGBT. Michael is also Senior Managing Partner of MediumFour, Michael oversees the development of technology and marketing solutions to build and brand companies from inception to execution. Distinguished by its Marketing Energy + Design™ mantra, MediumFour delivers the vision and innovation needed to drive momentum for a formidable client roster. Michael recently completed Cohort 5 of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and intends to apply the knowledge gleaned from this prestigious program to continue the growth of MediumFour, including creating jobs for other creatives and entrepreneurs.
Dr. Pandwe Gibson
Dr. Gibson is making going green cool, practical and profitable. After founding a network of schools and proving herself an effect educator, she dove into the business world where she started, led and scaled three successful companies. Through EcoTechVisions incubator she is guiding entrepreneurs towards hatching green manufacturing in Miami.
Austin T. Hendrix-Wright
Austin T. Hendrix-Wright Biography Austin T. Hendrix-Wright a native of Seattle Washington and the Nephew of the Legendary “Jimi Hendrix, was introduced to some of music industry greats at an early age. Trained in Guitar and piano he played with Michael Johnson, Stanley Jordan, Earth Wind and Fire, and various gospel groups in the Seattle community. In an attempt to gain new insight and a college education, Austin chose the prestigious Historical Black College University, Morehouse. Obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. Serving as event planner for Morehouse and contributing entertainment writer for the Maroon Tiger; Austin assisted in the production for big functions like the annual BET Hip Hop Awards, Soul Train Awards, Grammy Awards and other national events. Post graduation, Austin accepted a position at the Environmental Protection Agency in Seattle Washington. There he fulfilled a position under the Informational Resources Unit.
Realizing his passion lied in the music industry, Austin left the EPA for an intern position in California at Warner Bros. Records and to also pursue a JD at the University of Los Angeles California. In his first year at Warner Austin obtained invaluable experience working in both the Marketing and Artist & Repertoire department under Senior VP’s Xavier Ramos, Andy Olyphant and Kevin Williamson. Putting the knowledge he previously gained at his earlier internship at his families business Experience Hendrix LLC; Austin assisted with the artist development of: Marketing • Eric Benet “Sometimes I Cry” o 25th single in the country according to Billboard Charts o Grammy Nominated • Book of Eli Soundtrack • 500 Days of Summer Soundtrack • Inception Soundtrack • Avenged Sevenfold “Nightmare” o Number 1 single in the country according to Billboard • Disturbed “Another way to die” o Number 2 rock single in the country according to Billboard • The Maine “Black and White” o 4th album in the country according to Billboard Charts • Robert Randolph “We Walk This Road Alone” o 4th album in the country according to Billboard Charts • NeverShoutNever “What Is Love” o 2nd Alternative album in the country according to Billboard A&R • Notable Artists o Gary Clark Jr o Kimbra o Missy Higgins o Sonny J Mason W.A.S • Campus Conscious Awareness Tour • Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2011 • Experience Hendrix Tribute Tour 2012 Just to name a few… August of 2012 Austin left Warner Bros Records to work will multiple Grammy Nominated Artist Janelle Monae and the Wondaland Arts Society as Project Manager. Currently Austin resides in Atlanta, GA.
Aaron Johnson is a little man with big dreams. At just 14, he’s a filmmaker and entrepreneur with a web series and a short film
under his belt.
On the web series “A Few Moments with Aaron,” Johnson addresses common issues that young adults face today and offers practical advice on solving them. Most recently, he won the Widescreen Film & Music Festival Award for his short film, “Lost.” He has also authored two books, “You Are Never Too Young” and “Winning Mind Battles.”
Johnson is living proof that there is no set age to possess ambition. When he was 12, his parents saw the light in their son and supported this award-winning teen to begin his very own production company called Aaron Johnson Productions.
Head on over to the young business man’s YouTube channel and you’ll see a slew of videos, even a short film, covering everything from bullying to summer motivation.
Congratulations, Aaron! Your award is well deserved.
Lauren "LoLo" Evans
Lauren "LoLo" Evans is a longtime community builder whose passion to create connections is fueled by the insight that we go further together. She is an experiential designer and engagement specialist and founder of V Flocks, a consultancy that focuses on experiential design and facilitation for collaborative leadership programs, event management, and implementing service delivery models to enhance brand-culture engagement for organizations.
Her expertise is designing interactive programs that enhance individual and group Social-Emotional Intelligence, wellbeing and community connections, while strategically integrating technology into workflows to track and measure data and behavior changes. Through V Flocks, LoLo works in partnership with Play for Peace to help communities shift from a place of isolation, fear and violence to a place of inspiration, collaboration and connection through play and laughter, and with Rokk3r Labs to harness global collective genius to cobuild companies that change the world.
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Trayvon Martin Foundation
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