YES Schedule

YES October 22nd

Solutions

8:00 am

  • Breakfast
  • Chello Davis – Comedian / DJ K-Chin
  • Star Spangled Banner – Danielle Harris   
  • Mistress of Ceremony - Felisha Monet
  • Welcome - Troy E. Wright – Executive Director - Trayvon Martin Foundation
  • Greeting - Sybrina Fulton / Tracy Martin - Founders – Trayvon Martin Foundation
  • Energize, Engage and Empower - Lauren "LoLo" Evans: Experiential designer and Engagement specialist with V Flocks and Rokk3r Labs              

 

 

8:50 am

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

 

Solutions Topics

  • Teen Value / Path to success
  • Social Media / Texting
  • Cyberbullying
  • Safety, Crime and Police Brutality
  • Entertainment (arts, sports)
  • Teen Violence /  School Shootings

Solutions Panel

  • Barron Channer 
  • Carolyn "Kiani" Nesbitt - Concerned Africian Women
  • Jonathan Spikes – Jonathan Spikes Foundation
  • Cory D. Baker - Coach, Talk Whisperer
  • Austin Hendrix - Visionary
  • Aurelia Crews  Life Coach - Rokk3r
  • Lionel Lightbourne – Community Advocate
  • De’Rell Bonner

Student Panelist

Trevoris Waugh

Q&A

 

10:00 am

Darius Daughtry - Jason Taylor Foundation   

10:15 am

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

Break-out Sessions

  • Cyber bullying & Bullying - Jonathan Spikes - The Jonathan Spikes Foundation
  • Communication - Cory D. Baker - Talk Whisperer
  • Empowerment - Carolyn "Kiani" Nesbitt - Concerned African Women
  • The alternative ways success - Cedric President Turner
  • Jason Taylor Foundation - Create Solutions - Darius Daughtry 
  • Community Activist - Be who you are! - Lionel Lighbourne
  • Fact vs Fiction (The lies of media, stats and lifestyle), Social Media responsibility # campaigns. 

 

11:45 am

  • Lunch - Felisha Monet
  • Chello Davis – Comedian / DJ K-Chin
  • FMU Stomp Show Sigma
  • Special guest
  • Solutions - Results     

 

1:00 pm

Youth Panel - Can we talk? - Open discussion

Topics

  • Relationships
  • Teenage Stress
  • Body image
  • Teen Violence - School Shootings
  • Internet Addiction
  • TV  / Radio Violence  

 

2:30 pm

Troy E. Wright- Close

YES! October 23rd 

Solutions

8:00 am

  • Breakfast
  • Chello Davis – Comedian / DJ K-Chin
  • Star Spangle Banner – Danielle Harris     
  • Mastress of Ceremony - Felisha Monet
  • Welcome - Troy E. Wright – Executive Director - Trayvon Martin Foundation
  • Greeting - Sybrina Fulton / Tracy Martin - Founders – Trayvon Martin Foundation      
  • Dr. Roslyn Artis – Florida Memorial University
  • Alberto M. Carvalho - Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools
  • Robert Runcie - Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools

9:00 am

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan - (Resigning December 2015)

9:00 am

Deputy U.S. Secretary of Education John King

John B. King will be the U.S. Secretary of Education Starting December 2015 (Appointed by President Barack Obama October 2, 2015)

9:40 am

Panel – Moderator Marcus Bright / Felisha Monet

 

Topic

  • Why don’t I feel safe as an American?
  • Bullying
  • Sexting: / Predators Sex Trafficking
  • Paths to Success
  • Violence In Media
  • How can I start my own business? – Financial Literacy

Solution Panel

  • Jonathan Pollard- Lawyer
  • Lisa Nicole Cloud - Entrepreneur
  • Lisa Bloom - Legal Analyst
  • Pandwe Gibson - Entrepreneur
  • Angela Berry - Sex trafficking
  • Teri Williams – One United Bank
  • Madeline C Barrios, Jackson Health System

Student Panelist

Aaron Johnson

 

10:30 am

  • Sponsorship - Troy E. Wright
  • Darius - Jason Taylor Foundation - Create Solutions

 

10:45 am

Solutions Break-out Session

  • Art, Entertainment, - Music Industry- Troy E. Wright / Austin Hendrix -Wright
  • Empowerment- Carolyn "Kaini" Nesbitt - Concerned African Women
  • Fact vs Fiction (The lies of media, stats and lifestyle) Social Media responsibility - # campaigns (negative output) – Michael Hall
  • Start your own business - Pandwe Gibson Phd. Founder & CEO. Kenyona Pierre Lab Engineer / Aurelia Crews  Life Coach, Rokk3r
  • Sexting, Pornography, Sex, trafficking - Angela Berry
  • Lisa Nicole McCloud  - Communication Between us and everyone, First impression
  • Claire Fluker – Awareness & Outreach Specialist - U.S. Department of Education
  • Financial literacy
  • Jason Taylor Foundation - Create Solutions - Darius  Daughtry
  • Rape awareness - Madeline C Barrios, Jackson Health Systems

 

11:45 am

  • Lunch - Felisha Monet
  • Chello Davis – Comedian / DJ K-Chin
  • Results - Solutions
  • Special Guest

 

1:00 pm

Youth Panel - Can we talk? - Open discussion

 

Solution Topics

  • Relationships
  • Stress in teenagers: what is it?
  • What is body image?
  • Teen Violence - School Shootings
  • Internet Addiction
  • TV  / Radio Violence

2:30 pm

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.

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Arne Duncan

Arne Duncan is the ninth U.S. secretary of education. He has served in this post since his confirmation by the U.S. Senate on Jan. 20, 2009, following his nomination by President Barack Obama.

Duncan's tenure as secretary has been marked by a number of significant accomplishments on behalf of American students and teachers. He helped to secure congressional support for President Obama's investments in education, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's $100 billion to fund 325,000 teaching jobs, increases in Pell grants, reform efforts such as Race to the Top and Investing in Innovation, and interventions in low-performing schools. Additionally, he has helped secure an additional $10 billion to avoid teacher layoffs; the elimination of student loan subsidies to banks; and a $500 million national competition for early learning programs. Under Duncan's leadership at the Department, the Race to the Top program has the incentives, guidance, and flexibility it needs to support reforms in states. The Department also has focused billions of dollars to transform struggling schools, prompting nearly 1,000 low-performing schools nationwide to recruit new staff, adopt new teaching methods, and add learning time. He has led new efforts to encourage labor and management to work together as never before, and their new collaboration is helping to drive reform, strengthen teaching, create better educational options, and improve learning. During Duncan's tenure, the Department has launched a comprehensive effort to transform the teaching profession.

In support of President Obama's goal for the United States to produce the highest percentage of college graduates by the year 2020, Duncan has helped secure increases in the Pell grant program to boost the number of young Americans attending college and receiving postsecondary degrees. He has begun new efforts to ensure that colleges and universities provide more transparency around graduation, job placement, and student loan default rates. With the income-based repayment program introduced during Duncan's tenure, student loan payments are being reduced for college graduates in low-paying jobs, and loans will be forgiven after 10 years for persons in certain public service occupations, such as teachers, police officers and firefighters.

Before becoming secretary of education, Duncan served as the chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), a position he held from June 2001 through December 2008. In that time, he won praise for uniting education reformers, teachers, principals and business stakeholders behind an aggressive education reform agenda that included opening more than 100 new schools, expanding after-school and summer learning programs, closing down underperforming schools, increasing early childhood and college access, dramatically boosting the caliber of teachers, and building public-private partnerships around a variety of education initiatives. Duncan is credited with significantly raising student performance on national and state tests, increasing graduation rates and the numbers of students taking Advanced Placement courses, and boosting the total number of scholarships secured by CPS students to more than $150 million. Also during his leadership of CPS, the district was recognized for its efforts to bring top teaching talent into the city's classrooms, where the number of teachers applying for positions almost tripled.

Prior to joining the Chicago Public Schools, from 1992 to 1998, Duncan ran the nonprofit education foundation Ariel Education Initiative, which helped fund a college education for a class of inner-city children under the I Have A Dream program. He was part of a team that later started a new public elementary school built around a financial literacy curriculum, the Ariel Community Academy, which today ranks among the top elementary schools in Chicago. From 1987 to 1991, Duncan played professional basketball in Australia, where he also worked with children who were wards of the state.

Duncan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987, after majoring in sociology. He was co-captain of Harvard's basketball team and was named a first team Academic All-American.

Duncan is married to Karen Duncan, and they have two children.

John B. King

John B. King, Jr. is the Senior Advisor Delegated Duties of Deputy Secretary of Education, a position he assumed in January 2015. In appointing him, Secretary Arne Duncan called Dr. King "an extraordinary leader who has dedicated his life to improving the opportunities of our young people, as a teacher, a school leader and a leader of school systems."

Dr. King oversees all preschool-through-12th-grade education policies, programs and strategic initiatives, as well as the operations of the Department, which has more than 4,000 employees and a budget of more than $60 billion. This work involves a focus on increasing equity, improving educational outcomes for all students, and closing achievement gaps through implementation of key Administration priorities in areas including early learning, elementary and secondary education, special education, English language acquisition, and innovation.

Dr. King also oversees the Department's work leading cross-agency collaboration for President Obama's My Brother's Keeper task force, which seeks to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people are able to reach their full potential.

Prior to his arrival at the Department, Dr. King had served since 2011 as the commissioner of education for the state of New York. In that role, he served as chief executive officer of the State Education Department and as president of the University of the State of New York, overseeing the State's elementary and secondary schools (serving 3.1 million students), public, independent and proprietary colleges and universities, libraries, museums, and numerous other educational institutions. Dr. King was one of the nation's youngest state education leaders at the time of his appointment and the first African-American and Puerto Rican to serve as New York State education commissioner.

As commissioner of education, Dr. King worked with the Board of Regents to pursue an ambitious education improvement agenda. During his tenure, New York State was a national leader in many facets of education: investing in high-quality early learning; raising standards for teaching and learning; supporting teachers and school leaders through strong professional development, access to rich instructional resources, and innovative educator career ladder models; expanding career and technical education in high-demand fields; and increasing educational opportunity for students in the highest-need communities. Under Dr. King's leadership, New York deepened collaboration between the state's preschool-through-12th-grade (P-12) schools and its institutions of higher education, including strengthening teacher and principal preparation, and raising the bar for teacher and principal certification.

Dr. King brings to his role extensive experience leading urban public schools that are closing the achievement gap and preparing students to enter, succeed in, and graduate from college. Prior to his appointment as senior deputy commissioner at the New York State Education Department in 2009, King served as a managing director with Uncommon Schools, a non-profit charter management organization that operates some of the highest-performing urban public schools in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. Earlier in his career, Dr. King was a co-founder and co-director for curriculum and instruction of Roxbury Preparatory Charter School. Under his leadership, Roxbury Prep became one of the highest performing urban middle schools in the State, closed the racial achievement gap, and outperformed not only the Boston district schools but also schools in the city's affluent suburbs. Dr. King began his career in education teaching high school social studies in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. King earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Harvard University, a Master of Arts in the teaching of social studies from Columbia University's Teachers College, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Doctor of Education degree in educational administrative practice from Columbia University's Teachers College. Dr. King was a 1995 Truman Scholar and received the James Madison Memorial Fellowship for secondary-level teaching of American history, American government, and social studies. Prior to joining the Department, in February 2011, Dr. King was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to serve on the U.S. Department of Education's Equity and Excellence Commission. In addition, Dr. King served on the board of New Leaders for New Schools from 2005 to 2009, and is a 2008 Aspen Institute-NewSchools Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education Fellow.

Dr. King's life story is an extraordinary testament to the power of education. Both of Dr. King's parents were career New York City public school educators, whose example serves as an enduring inspiration. Dr. King's parents both died from illness by the time he was 12, and he struggled to cope with their loss as he moved between family members and schools. He credits New York City public school teachers — particularly his teachers at P.S. 276 in Canarsie and Mark Twain J.H.S. in Coney Island — for saving his life by providing transformative educational experiences and giving him hope about the future. His belief in the centrality of educational opportunity to the American Dream and the vital necessity of second chances for our young people has its foundations in his own experience of overcoming so many challenges and going on to graduate from Harvard, Yale and Columbia and become a teacher and education leader.

Dr. King lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with his wife and two children, who attend local public schools.

Dr. Roslyn Artis

Dr. Artis is a Trustee Scholar graduate in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she earned her Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Policy. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from West Virginia University College of Law in Morgantown, West Virginia, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from West Virginia State College Institute in West Virginia. The consummate professional, Dr. Artis has extensive experience in university fundraising and holds a Certificate of Fundraising Management from Indiana University. She has also earned a Certificate of Mastery in Prior Learning Assessment from DePaul University’s School of Continuing & Professional Education.

Dr. Artis was recently appointed unanimously by the Board as the13th President of Florida Memorial University. She is the first woman President in the University’s history. During her short stint as Acting President at Florida Memorial University, Dr. Artis has provided immeasurable leadership and direction to the University family at all levels. She has become well-acclimated to the South Florida community, and has been appointed to multiple community and corporate boards and associations, increasing involvement and exposure of the University.

On campus, Dr. Artis has spearheaded a series of new and innovative programs for students and is diligently striving to improve corporate and community relations and endowment initiatives for the institution.

Throughout her career, Dr. Artis’ extensive academic experience and accomplishments have been widely accepted and highly successful. For nearly a decade, she served in numerous roles at Mountain State University; including Director of Legal Studies, Senior Academic Officer for Distance Education, Vice President of University Advancement, Executive Vice President & Chief Academic Officer, and the University’s Provost. Her responsibilities included the management and supervision of all academic courses and programs for the University; including its distance education offerings, branch campuses, sites and centers, as well as Institutional Research and Assessment.

Dr. Artis’ academic interests have included student retention, particularly as it relates to adult and non-traditional students, academic and co-curricular support structures in alternative learning modalities, strategic planning, institutional effectiveness and student learning outcomes assessment.

Prior to embarking on a career in academia, Dr. Artis enjoyed an active general litigation practice for eight (8) years. She served as a partner in Assessment by Design, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in the development and implementation of comprehensive assessment strategies for higher education institutions. The company provided comprehensive assessment planning, implementation and evaluation of graduate and professional programs, including allied health and legal education.

Additionally, she served as an attorney at Wooton Law Firm, and an associate attorney at Brown & Levicoff PLLC, among other notable positions.

A strong community activist, Dr. Artis is active in a host of statewide and local organizations. She is the Chair of the Board of Law Examiners for the state and a past president of the Mountain State Bar Association – the oldest minority bar association in the country.

Dr. Artis is married to Selby Artis and is the mother of three: Christopher, Jayden and Jocelyn.

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.

Lisa Nicole Cloud

Lisa Nicole Cloud is a woman of passion, purpose, and vision. Lisa, a true multifaceted business mogul, has achieved phenomenal success as a direct sales expert, author, business and success coach, speaker, sales trainer, clothing designer and philanthropist. Lisa is the CEO of several successful companies. Lisa is proof that through hard work, focus on personal development, and great mentorship, one can truly live the life they've always dreamt of.

Lisa received her undergraduate education in Atlanta, Georgia, at Emory University where she was a Psychology/Pre-Med major. She completed her graduate work at Johns Hopkins University where she successfully completed their prestigious Leadership Development Program. Lisa is a former pharmaceutical sales rep who is now known as "Ms. Millionaire Maker" for her accomplishments in the development of MLM Millionaires who have been personally coached and mentored by her! Lisa teaches her mentees how to turn their passions into profits and tap into their greatness. As a result of the success she experienced in direct sales, Lisa launched, The Lisa Nicole Collection, an affordable high fashion, business couture collection for today's businesswoman. The sleek designs of the Lisa Nicole Collection exude the power, class, and sophistication of today's professional woman.

Lisa is a devoted wife to Dr. Darren Naugles and is the loving mother of two beautiful children, DJ and Amira. Don't let her small stature fool you, Lisa is a little dynamo. Dynamic, captivating, charismatic, passionate, and genuine, are often terms that have been used to describe Lisa. Lisa's mission in life is to help people identify their God-given talents so they can do more, be more and achieve more, and impact our community in a positive way. For more info:LisaNicoleCloud.com and LisaNicoleCollection.com.

Felisha Monet

Miami is a haven for celebrities, spring breakers, retirees, immigrants in search of the American dream! Often described as having beautiful weather only matched by the beauty of its residents, regarded as the “Magic City,” Miami has many jewels! One of those jewels is on-air personality Felisha Monet!

Growing up in NY, Felisha kept her radio tuned to Hot 97 radio legend Angie Martinez! Inspired by all that Angie stood for as a woman excelling in a male dominated field, Felisha dreamed of one day having her own show! Her dream has now become her reality and she has hopes of repeating the cycle and becoming that same inspiration for others.

She made her debut on radio after moving to Tallahassee in 2001! A local DJ noticed her at working at a mall job and thought her charismatic personality was better served gracing the airwaves than selling sneakers! She thought of Angie Martinez and her own childhood dream and decided to go off her instincts, quit her job and a few weeks later she was a regular voice on Tallahassee’s HOT 105.7! She was later recruited to work for Clear Channel’s WBWT 100.7 The Beat. It’s there she is credited with giving award winning singer T-Pain his break into the industry as seen on VH1’s Behind The Music: The T-Pain Story! After a few years honing her skills in Tallahassee, Felisha took her talents to South Beach (99JAMZ) and she has been winning ever since! She has held down the Number 1 Night Show “The TakeOver” for 3 years and was promoted to the coveted position of “Afternoon Drive.” It does’nt stop there, Felisha is expanding her brand to more than just radio!

Being more than just the voice behind the mic, this beauty has ventured into TV with recurring spots on the nightly AM Tonight Show with Alicia Menendez on Fusion TV. She’s also been seen on VH1’s Basketball Wives: Miami and Oxygen’s Sisterhood of HipHop.

Beauty and Brains are great but Felisha’s greatest characteristic may be her huge heart! Her true passion is her charity work! She somehow finds time to work directly with women battling AIDS/HIV, substance abuse, homelessness and/or domestic violence through
>> volunteering at the Susan B Anthony Recovery Center of Broward County. She is committed to empowering these women through workshops adopting the mantra “No matter what life throws your way YOU have the power to control the outcome!

Felisha Monet is a star! Her ability to relate on the ground level fills a void within the industry! Her innovative approach surpasses boundaries of airwaves and touches the hearts of everyone she encounters. It’s her spirit, passion, drive and commitment that forecast she will be around for years to come, adapting across all media platforms. Building her brand based off of integrity, dedication and hard work, Felisha Monet is on the rise.

Called ‘The Voice of Miami’ she can now be heard on her new show “The Afternoon Hustle” weekdays from 2pm-6pm on South Florida’s True Home for Hip & R&B 99 Jamz. Tune in to hear her daily #KeepIt99 Entertainment Report, New At 2, the hottest interviews and music from the likes of Diddy, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, and more!

Previous Clients and Endorsements include Grey Goose/Bacardi Brand, McDonalds, BET, Metro PCS, Simple Mobile, Foot Action USA, PUMA, Vitamin Water, Red Bull, Budweiser SuperFest, VIBE, Headliner Marketing Group, XO Management, Compound Music Group, Atlantic Records, PlanetPit, Student Aid Center, Publix, 800 The Boss, OIC of Broward County, FAU, and the Miami Media School of Broadcasting.

Awards & Accolades
Legacy Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 Leaders of Today and Tomorrow
2-Time “Best Radio Personality” Best In Dade Awards
2015 Diamond Award for Best Radio Personality
2015 Cadillac Woman of Impact

Aurelia Crews

 

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.

Previously, Aurelia was Vice President of Business Development for the high school drop out prevention joint venture between Magic Johnson Enterprises and EdisonLearning. She also held senior business development positions at Cisco and Microsoft, where she built multi- million dollar accounts, and led global sales strategy implementations, specifically in Education and Local Government sales. 

Aurelia earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a concentration in economics from Northwestern University. She has also completed the Certified Professional Coach program at University of Miami.

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.

 

Jonathan Spikes

 

“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

 

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.

Michael Hall

 

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

 

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.  
 

CHELLO DAVIS

Marcellus “Chello” Davis is a versatile actor/comedian who made his comic debut on Black Entertainment Television’s (BET’s) Comic View. Since that time, the Miami native has performed for 106 & Park audiences, the National Rock the Vote Tour in six major cities and was featured in the Best of Comic View. Chello was a featured on-air personality for Magic 101.3 in Gainesville, FL where he also produced and promoted entertainment events as CEO of Laughing At Ya Comedy. The originator of “Respect My Funny,” Chello appears as host, emcee and comedian at numerous comedy clubs, invitational step shows, fashion shows and Black History Month events throughout Florida. As an actor, he appeared in leading roles in Miami Dade College theatrical productions of Feiffer’s People, The Grapes of Wrath, Lady Day and Red, Hot and Cole under the direction of John Pryor. Chello began his entertainment career at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center in Liberty City at age five. You have to "Respect His Funny"!! 

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.


LoLo has a unique power to take a room full of strangers and facilitate positive shared experiences that amplify the energy of the group to connect and build collaborative relationships. She has worked with over 170 businesses, organizations, universities, and schools and has launched programs that have engaged over 45, 000 people. Reach out to LoLo at lolo@vflocks.com to find out how to engage and empower your business, organization, classroom and community. Onwards and Upwards
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