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The Honorable Denise Tyler, business owner, visionary, community activist, is a skilled professional with over 25 years of leadership experience in politics and the faith community. She has a unique approach to politics as she is a woman of faith who has worked diligently to dispel the myth within the black church on the separation of church and state.  She has committed her life to serve the people of the community focusing on our youth and young adults and advocating for senior citizens. Her compassion for enhancing the quality of life for our senior citizens and educating young people of the importance of being involved in local politics led her to run for the MD House of Delegates in 2018. She was also elected to the Maryland Democratic Central Committee serving eight years in a leadership capacity where she worked to educate people on the importance of voting.   As a 30 year legislative staff person, she is credited for major accomplishments which include the passage of legislation for a senior tax reduction, a task force to study  the implementation of financial literacy and school uniforms in the local school system.

Linda Haithcox Taylor has managed the National Policy Alliance (NPA) since 2005. As Executive Director, she was responsible for NPA operations, national policy advocacy, leadership meetings and communications. She was the lead organizer for the historic National Black Political Convention (NBPC) in Gary, Indiana (2016) and the NBPC 2020 in Washington, DC.

Her career included managing departments for Bristol-Myers Squibb; Olive Harvey Community College; Howard University; Bowie State University; the 1992 Clinton/Gore and the Obama/Biden Presidential Campaigns; state and local campaigns; United Negro College Fund; and the Economic Development Department at the NAACP National Headquarters. Linda has also been a senior executive with three Black owned businesses.

She is the Founder and President of Women Love Sports Too! (WLST); and is also a partner in ARES an educational research business.

A native of Chicago, she holds a B.A. and a M. A degree; and is an author. Linda and her husband Leo have two daughters, one son and three grandsons. Linda says that until her beloved Bears recruit her as a take-no-stuff linebacker; or when her Bulls are ready for an in-your-face point guard; she will continue to support African American businesses, policy makers, educators, community leaders and women entrepreneurs.

A native of Alabama, Johnny Ford grew up in Tuskegee.  He received a B.A. degree from Knoxville College and M.P.A. degree from Auburn University.  He has five honorary degrees including a Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Alabama A & M University.

Ford began his politics career as a staffer for Senator Robert Kennedy’s presidential campaign.  Afterwards he worked for the Tuskegee Model Cities Program. He later worked as the State Supervisor of the Community Relations AL Office of the U.S. Department of Justice.  In 1972, he became the first African American mayor of the City of Tuskegee, serving until 1996, then again in 2004 and 2012.  Ford was also an Alabama State Representative from 1999 until 2004. 

He is founder of the Alabama Conference of Black Mayors (ACBM);  Co-Founder and President-Emeritus of the National Conference of Black Mayors, Inc. (NCBM), now the African American Mayors Association (AAMA); founder of the World Conference of Mayors, Inc. (WCM);  founding Co-Chair of the National Policy Alliance (NPA); and founding president of the Historic Black Towns and Settlements Alliance, Inc. (HBTSA).

Honorable Ford is also Past Chair of The Comprehensive Health Care Center in Tuskegee; member of the John Andrew Hospital Board; and the Alabama Legislature Health Committee.

Webster Guillory is an experienced private and public-sector business manager. He started his public career with Orange County after a career of technical and business management work. He provided business, fiscal and technical management to the valuation of over a million property units annually.

Prior to his county work, Webster had a distinguished career as a project manager for engineering, construction, technical and computer systems development projects. He brought outstanding leadership and management to the development of solutions for this job.  He was a leader in helping to change the property tax exemptions laws to provide additional assistance to the families of Disabled Veterans in Orange County.   

Webster’s credentials include: Member of the National Performance Review Task Force; National Director for Information Technology for the National Association of Counties (NACo) from 2007/2009; Member, Men of Achievement; Listed in Who’s Who in Business and Finance; Millennium 2000 Manager of the Year, Society for the Advancement of Management; Member of the Board of Visitors, Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at the University of Claremont, CA.

His education includes a M.S. in Civil Structural Engineering and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering with emphasis on business/contract law, projects management, personnel administration, and computer and information systems sciences.

Reverend Mitchell Johnson has been a Chicagoland community leader for over two decades. He is a nationally recognized economic development expert who has helped hundreds of churches serve as catalysts for economic growth and empowerment in their communities. He is a member of the African American Chamber of Commerce, the National Forum of Black Public Administrators, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Small Business Capital Fund of MS, Inc., and an Advisory Council member of the Midwest division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance. Johnson currently serves as a member of the Illinois Baptist State Association Committee on Order of Business and the Chaplin of the National Policy Alliance.

A graduate of Fisk University in Nashville, TN, Johnson received his Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His further studies included studying law at Downing College in Cambridge, England and at the University of Connecticut School of Law in Stores, Connecticut.

Reverend Johnson currently serves as the Chairman and CEO of My Community Plan Foundation (MCP). Johnson helps direct financial resources to approximately 20,000 churches and other non-profit organizations. Johnson’s focus has led to roles serving as Executive Director of Developing Communities Project (DCP) – a position previously held by Former President Barack Obama.

Dr. Rubin Cockrell is an International Speaker, Best Selling Author, Entrepreneur and Professor. Dr. Cockrell has provided educational leadership, empowerment, and training for clients in over forty-five countries around the world. Dr. Cockrell has trained global leaders, students and government entities to implement tools for achieving excellence within their personal life and their organization. Dr. Cockrell went from being on the verge of being in prison for 15- 20 years’ federal time for illegal activities at the age of 20 to having four degrees, Dean of a University and starting a global consulting company by the age of 26. Dr. Cockrell prides himself in the ability to work with people from the “street to the elite” and the “classroom to the boardroom”. Dr. Cockrell graduated from Fisk University in Nashville, TN with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business. He then continued to receive a master’s in educational administration (M. Ed) in Educational Administration from the Tennessee State University. Dr. Cockrell made history at Tennessee State University receiving his doctorate degree in two in half years. Dr. Cockrell was recently selected as a member of 2020 Who’s Who amongst Covington’s International Business Leaders and 2020 Who’s Who amongst International Educator.

Session Descriptions

Presented by
Koch Industries

Energy & Environment: We Know, and We Care

9:15 AM - 9:40 AM

This Session will explore policies and opportunities that African American leaders could and should pursue; why we aren’t at the table; how to break barriers and make good progress within a defined timeframe.

Linda Haithcox Taylor has managed the National Policy Alliance (NPA) since 2005. As Executive Director, she was responsible for NPA operations, national policy advocacy, leadership meetings and communications. She was the lead organizer for the historic National Black Political Convention (NBPC) in Gary, Indiana (2016) and the NBPC 2020 in Washington, DC.

Her career included managing departments for Bristol-Myers Squibb; Olive Harvey Community College; Howard University; Bowie State University; the 1992 Clinton/Gore and the Obama/Biden Presidential Campaigns; state and local campaigns; United Negro College Fund; and the Economic Development Department at the NAACP National Headquarters. Linda has also been a senior executive with three Black owned businesses.

She is the Founder and President of Women Love Sports Too! (WLST); and is also a partner in ARES an educational research business.

A native of Chicago, she holds a B.A. and a M. A degree; and is an author. Linda and her husband Leo have two daughters, one son and three grandsons. Linda says that until her beloved Bears recruit her as a take-no-stuff linebacker; or when her Bulls are ready for an in-your-face point guard; she will continue to support African American businesses, policy makers, educators, community leaders and women entrepreneurs.

Vincent I. White is CEO and co-founder of CETS which is a leading industrial and architectural designer of environmental systems, a systems integrator of renewable energy and waste management facilities. The focus of the company has been to develop Waste-To-Renewable Energy utilities infrastructure solutions across the US and global marketplace.

His leadership skills are in project management, systems integration, strategic direction and the design of smart net-zero infrastructure development ecosystems.  A central part of his mission is to contribute to the systemic transition of environmental, social and governance (ESG) project opportunities for communities and municipalities his firm serves. Delivering a Global Carbon Emissions Reduction Program on a Digital Ledger Blockchain Circular Economic Production and Trade platform for participation by all.

Mr. White is committed to designing Smart Cities and Eco-Village projects that are sustainable and prosperous and have a carbon neutral impact on communities. His work with the UN and the Smart Cities Projects has brought his innovative design concepts of Net-Zero Waste-to-Renewable Energy utilities, to a wide audience of governments across the global landscape.

Charles Drevna was the President and CEO of the Koch Industries funded pro-fossil fuel lobby group called Fueling U.S. Forward.

Prior to assuming his role at Fueling U.S. Forward, Drevna was a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Institute for Energy Research and a board member of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers. 

In 2007 he was the president of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, the national trade association representing 98 percent of oil refining capacity in the U.S., formerly known as the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association.

Charles Drevna is a longtime veteran of the fossil fuel lobby, with more than four decades of experience working for oil, gas, and coal companies, and for the national associations that represent them.

Walter McLeod has been an active thought leader in shaping the clean energy and mobility sectors in the United States for many years.

Mr. McLeod is the Managing Director of Eco Capitol Companies, where he has served as a senior advisor to energy companies, startups, investors, trade associations and think tanks.  Walter was a junior partner candidate with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) Green Tech Partners Investment Team.  He has successfully codeveloped a portfolio of utility scale solar projects with a capacity exceeding 500 megawatts (MW).

Walter is also the Founder of the Global Energy and Innovation Institute, where he created the “Electric Vehicle Roundtable” consortium which produced the 2017 landmark document, “Guiding Principles for Electrified Mobility.”

Mr. McLeod is also the Creator of Carbon Creed, a newsletter that analyzes corporate leadership, public policy and consumer technology through a “woke” carbon and climate lens.

Mr. McLeod earned an M.S. in chemistry from the College of Science at George Mason University, a Bachelor of Art in chemistry from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and completed the Executive Education Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Presented by
National Black Leadership Commission on Health

What You Ought to Know About the Health of Black America!

9:45 AM - 10:10 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound and deadly effect on Black lives. It is well documented that communities of color are more likely to suffer from conditions like respiratory problems, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, mental health and a myriad of other social conditions that make the populations more vulnerable. While deeply disturbing, it is not surprising that Black people are placed at greater risk for contracting and dying from the virus. While the challenges are great, our actions must be included in the solutions. What are the causes of health disparities and impact of human trafficking within Black populations? What can we do to close the health divide and achieve equity? What can we do to bring together the many stakeholders, including government, health providers, national and community-based organizations for making needed changes? How do we respond to clinical trials and vaccines? Speakers will address these issues including cardiovascular disease, mental health and impact of human trafficking conditions among Black populations with recommendations for moving forward a national Black agenda on health.

C. Virginia Fields is the President and CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on Health Inc., (NBLCH), formerly known as the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS. Her expertise in government and politics has led to the successful implementation of noteworthy achievements in the fight to reduce and eliminate health disparities through advocacy, policy and action.

Ms. Fields is the former President of the Borough of Manhattan, chief executive of 1.5 million residents, to which she was elected in 1997 and reelected in 2001. She served as a member of the New York City Council from 1989-1997. Prior to elected office, Ms. Fields established a distinguished career in her professional field of social work.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Ms. Fields received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Knoxville College in Tennessee and a master’s degree in Social Work from Indiana University. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church, Harlem New York and Greater New York Chapter, Links, Inc.

Praised as a consensus builder around city, state and national policy issues, she is a recipient of numerous awards, citations and honors of distinction for her leadership on health, education, civil rights and social justice issues. Ms. Fields resides in New York City.

Icilma V. Fergus, MD is Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Cardiovascular Disparities at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Prior to that, she served as Chief of the Division of Cardiology at Harlem Hospital Center for three years. Her undergraduate and graduate education were at Barnard College, Columbia University and SUNY Downstate. She completed her residency and Chief residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Dr. Fergus completed her cardiology fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical Center. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology.

Dr. Fergus focuses on areas related to Preventative Cardiology, Women’s Heart Disease, Hypertension and Cardiovascular Health Advocacy. She is actively involved in several professional organizations, including the American Heart Association where she is the immediate past President of the Westchester board and immediate past board member of the Founder’s Affiliate board. She is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and past president of the Association of Black Cardiologists.

Dr. Fergus is the founder and director of the series of Healthy Hearts projects – “Harlem Healthy Hearts (HHH), Montserrat Healthy Hearts (MHH) and Programme Ultima Femme (PUF).

Camille Bryan, Ed.D. is the Senior Program Manager of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation. She joined the foundation in 2018.

Dr. Camille Bryan is a higher education professional with over 15 years of experience in higher education and professional development in non-profit, government, and academic settings. At the University of Maryland, Dr. Bryan was the founding manager for the National Scholarships Office. Dr. Bryan provided leadership and guidance to undergraduate and graduate students on nationally competitive scholarships, federal, state, and local funding opportunities. In addition, Dr. Bryan served as a reader for the U.S. Department of Education, the James Madison Foundation and other national organizations. Dr. Bryan received both her masters and doctorate degrees in Education from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Miss Denise Lewis founder and CEO of JV’s Foundation Corporation a non-profit organization that is designed to improve the quality of life for the targeted population of Victims of human trafficking and delinquent youth. 

Denise is a multi-entrepreneur that has build her own business from ground up to include A restaurant( JV’s Wings & Things), Janitorial Business (Rickanees Janitorial), Clothing Store (Rickanees Fashions & Accessories) , and her non- profit JV’s Foundation that fight against human trafficking. Denise is elated with her work in partnership with The World Conference of Mayors as the elected advocate to assist and empower people across the world in the fight against human trafficking.

Denise started her career in government first working at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center as a Yard Lieutenant. Denise currently serves on the Advisory Board Committee for the Orange County Sheriff Department in Orlando, Florida in conjunction with her current employment with The Department of Homeland Security. Engaging in such important work, she is still running her non- profit organization as CEO in Orlando, Florida.

Denise first love is ministry. Denise is an ordained minister that puts God first and honestly believes she cannot do anything without him.

Denise received her bachelor’s in theology at (MTI) Ministry Training Institute), her Associates in Business at Southern University, a degree in HR services at Spencer College and currently pursuing certification in Nursing.

Denise is currently single with 4 children ages 27, 25, 20, and 14. Although, it’s just her and the 14 year old now, she looks forward to partnership and improving communities all over the world.

Presented by
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

Government Jobs, Trades, and Unions Opportunities

10:15 AM - 10:40 AM

This session will discuss on how government jobs, trades, and unions help promote a healthy, economic climate for African Americans.

What we can do to encourage young people to pursue these opportunities and how our organizations play an intricate part in our communities.

Dr. Doris P. Sartor serves as the 2017-2020 National President of Blacks In Government, Inc. National Blacks In Government, commonly called BIG, serves as an advocate of equal opportunity to address practices of racial discrimination against Blacks in government and promotes professional development for Black government employees at the Local, State and Federal government levels and others dedicated to justice for all.

Dr. Doris P. Sartor has coordinated and conducted Racism and Disparate Treatment Forums throughout the country in various government agencies. 

She was also the project manager for the following publications:

  • Voter Plan of Action,
  • Report on Discrimination and Solution Summit,
  • Racism and Disparate Treatment in the Public Sector, and
  • Affirmative Action and Beyond.

Dr. Sartor is currently employed at Maxwell Air Force Base as the Behavioral Studies Department Chair in the Civilian Associate Degree program. Her expertise is in curriculum design and development. She has planned and developed numerous courses such as the GS-15 Leadership Seminar; Organizational Culture; Conflict Resolution; Sexual Assault Coordinators Course; Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocates Course; EO Directors Course; and Advanced and Basic Mediation courses.

Everett B. Kelley – National President of the American Federation of Government Employees. He assumed the presidency in February 2020.

Everett Kelley has been a member of AFGE since 1981.  Prior to his election as National Vice President, he served as President of Local 1945 from 2002 to 2011.

A native of Goodwater, Alabama, Everett moved with his family to Sylacauga, Alabama, where he graduated from Sylacauga High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army and served our country for 3 years. After his military career, he completed an AA at Central Alabama Community College; then matriculated to Selma University and earned a Bachelor of Theology and Master of Theology at Rushing Springs School of Theology.

Everett served as instructor at Birmingham Estonian Bible college and Rushing Spring School of Theology. Everett obtained a Doctorate degree in 2016.

He served as the senior pastor of St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church in Lincoln, Alabama for 31½ years retiring February 2019 and being appointed Pastor Emeritus.

Britton Loftin is the International Legislative Director for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. Britton has managed local, state, and federal political and legislative campaigns. He worked for Louisiana Democratic Party as a Field Organizer, Field Director and Executive Director.  During his tenure as Executive Director, Britton was elected the Southern Regional Representative for the State Democratic Parties Executive Directors. Mr. Loftin lives in Maryland with a wife and two kids.

Presented by
Educational Justice Journal

The Political Landscape of Education: Where We Need to Be, and How to Get There

10:45 AM - 11:10 AM

This session focuses on the K-12 equity and higher education. The country has struggled with educational equity for years. Educational justice serves as this session’s framework for addressing the disparities in the American Educational System. Educational Justice is a concept that promotes educational opportunity for all children and harbors the belief that every child that only through education will the nation’s economy continue to prosper and every child find success.

Panelists include two experts in education; as well as a current student enrolled in higher education. Panelists will shed light on the current landscape of education and the importance of implementing educational justice on all levels.

Dr. Chevelle Hall is an Associate Professor at Virginia State University. Dr. Hall is a 2017 and 2021 Fulbright-Hays Seminar research fellow. She is also a recipient of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan (2019) research fellowship recipient. Dr. Hall is a former K-12 teacher and principal.

Dr. Willis Walter, Dean of the College of Education and Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning at Virginia State University. As an Educational Justice Advocate, he has served as Vice President of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness, Vice President of Community Affairs, K-16 Initiatives/Dean of the College of Education, and provided consultation to the Florida State Department of Education, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and currently serves as a Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Examiner.

Dasia Wood is a motivational mental health speaker, writer, and advocate who empowers youth, teens, and young adults to shatter the mental health stigma. At 18, Dasia has developed a deep-rooted passion about mental health advocacy and a mission to eradicate related stigmas and work alongside decision-makers on improving the mental health system. She works tirelessly to raise mental health awareness in the community, including writing freelance articles and speaking on her personal struggles with mental health at local high schools, universities, churches, and other public events. She is also an active member, volunteer, and youth presenter with the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

In 2020, in lieu of a high school diploma, Dasia will earn an associate degree in psychology, and in 2021, she will transfer to a four-year college to continue her education. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and recognized on the dean’s list for academic achievement. Dasia’s story is a demonstration of perseverance and resilience in the face of challenges and encourages anyone struggling with a mental health condition to keep persevering, believing in themselves, and following their dreams.

Presented by
drlisadotco

Micro & Mighty: Driving Local Economic Development with Very Small Business

11:45 AM - 12:10 PM

What does it mean to be a successful entrepreneur in 2020? Could fostering a broader mix of business models in our communities be the key to economic development and growth?

The National Black Political Convention is a gathering of political leaders, scholars, activists, and observers with history and hefty professional credentials. However, any discussion of entrepreneurship invariably turns to small business concerns as defined by the SBA.

In this panel session, we explore and discuss the impact of microbusinesses and techpreneurs on the local economy, along with ways for these business owners to be more involved and engaged where they live.

Dr. Lisa Richardson is a Strategic Planning Consultant specializing in marketing and technology strategy for the micro & mighty.

Her consultancy, drlisadotco, helps businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 10 team members attract and impress more people with technology and content strategies that inspire relationships and sales.

Understanding how people experience digital life is Dr. Lisa’s superpower. Converting those experiences into insights and measurable results is how she helps her clients grow online.

Dr. Lisa has been advising students, professionals, and business owners for over 26 years. She’s the author of The WordPress Therapist user guide and wields a Ph.D. in higher education administration with a focus on instructional technology. She builds on her academic background to grow brands and expand missions through online communities, learning networks, and virtual event experiences.

David Harrington is President and CEO of the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce. In this role, he is the primary advocate, policy advisor and spokesperson for over 500 businesses. He has led the Chamber to a “Top 15” regional ranking as determined by the Washington Business Journal.

Prior to joining the Chamber, David completed fifteen years of public life commencing as Mayor of Bladensburg, Prince George’s County Council Member and Maryland State Senator. During this extensive period of public service, David was President of the Maryland Municipal League, National Chair of Economic Development with the National Association of Counties and Chaired the Maryland State Task Force on Physical Education. He has been awarded the Phyllis Newman Award for nonprofit advocacy, Human Services Coalition Legislative Award, Hurston/Wright Ella Baker award, and Legislator of the Year from the Maryland League of Conservation Voters.

David serves on the Board of Directors of Dimensions Health Care; Bowie State University and Greater Baden Hospital. He is Chair of the Board of Anacostia River Keeper and CommonHealth ACTION; Chair of the Revenue Generation Committee of the Consumer Health Foundation; and Chair of the National Advisory Council of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Elroy P. Sailor entered Morehouse College at 16. Over the last 30 years Elroy produced an impressive track record as an accomplished entrepreneur and political operative. Elroy is on the board of Harvest Health and Recreation, a publicly traded company, where he served on the Special Select Committee providing governance for the company’s $800 million acquisition, at the time the largest cannabis purchase in U.S. history, while also serving as the Chief Strategy Officer. February 2020, Elroy, and former Congressman J.C. Watts launched Black News Channel, a 24/7 news channel reaching 33 million households, and acquired two John Deere dealerships, the first African American owned authorized dealer in John Deere’s history.

He co-founded, a Consulting Firm, advising (AT&T, NASCAR, Exxon Mobile, the Presidents of Nigeria, and Senegal.) Prior to entering the private sector, Elroy worked in the U.S. Congress, both the House and the Senate and on several presidential campaigns and served on a Presidential Transition team.
Elroy’s international experience includes leading a senior U.S. Congressional staff delegation to Botswana, and Israel; U.S. State Department, Advisor, African Development Bank Annual Summit in Ethiopia; directed two Congressional delegations (Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, Morocco and Senegal).

Presented by
The AWARE Project

Justice and Injustice: Liberty’s Blindness Has Not Worked for Us and We Must Have a Plan for Improvement

12:15 PM - 12:40 PM

Mass incarceration has deliberately crushed the Black community. Inmates emerge from incarceration into society as second-class citizens. This session will build on the 2016 NBPC policy recommendation focus on voting rights, recidivism, and reentry. We will present judicial and legislative actions that work to mitigate the lingering injustices that chase formerly incarcerated people and strategies that move beyond returning them to restoring them to community.

Dora Muhammad is the founder of The AWARE Project (Advocacy for Women’s Activism, Rights & Empowerment), a nonprofit advocating for human rights, women’s rights, and child welfare. She joined NPA in Gary, Indiana for the 2016 National Black Political Convention, as a speaker to address the priority of eliminating violence against women. An author, artist, and advocate with more than 25 years of communications and public policy experience, she currently serves as the Congregation Engagement Director at the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy. She has a B.A. in Journalism and Documentary Photography, a Master’s in Public Administration, and studied International Law and Human Rights. A highlight of her career in the position of the Communications and International Affairs Director for the National Conference of Black Mayors was spearheading messaging for NPA’s meetings with President Barack Obama. An NYC native and resident of Virginia, she is a second-generation immigrant of Indo-Caribbean heritage.

The first African American Oakland County Circuit Court judge and first female dean of the bench which was established in 1848. She is a former assistant Oakland County prosecutor, assistant United States attorney, and private practitioner. She has presided over felony criminal and general civil cases for over twenty-five years in a county of approximately 1.3 million people and a AAA bond rating. Judge Langford Morris is the first African American woman nominated by any party to run statewide for the Michigan Supreme Ct. in the year 2010 and is the first African American to ever win a county-wide race.

Past Chair of the National Bar Association, Judicial Council (NBA-JC); The American Bar Association (ABA)  Director of the National Conference of State Trial Judges; Chair of the ABA American Jury Commission, Co-Section Manager of the Criminal Justice Section (CJS) Equal Justice Division; ABA Africa Council (ROLI) Rule of Law Initiative member; ABA (CJS) Women’s Task Force member; NBA Delegate to ABA House of Delegates (Michigan Delegate). She is a director of the MI Supreme Ct. Historical Society and the Michigan Women Lawyers Assoc. 

Her portrait was unveiled at the UDM Law School as the first woman and first person of color to receive such an honor from the law students. Judge Langford Morris is active within the community and has received numerous awards, too many to mention.

As Executive Director of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
(NOBLE), Dwayne oversees all internal and external activities and affairs for the organization.

Dwayne’s experience in management, sales, marketing, operations, finance, and labor relations
has spanned multiple industries, including electronics, financial services, medical devices,
computer technology and non-profits. As such, he has held senior management positions with
100 Black Men of America, Inc., ADT Security Services, and the Bank of New York, among
others.

A strong leader with a special passion for team building, motivational training, and mentoring,
Dwayne has a strong track record of delivering double-digit growth while spearheading
significant organizational change.

Dwayne currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Coalition on Black Civic
Participation, National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum, Prevent Child Abuse America,
the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Ervin Academy. He has
previously served on the American Red Cross National Diversity Advisory Council, Delta Air
Lines Curator Board of Directors, Nicholas House Board of Directors, and 100 Black Men of
North Metro, Inc. Board of Directors.

Commissioner Albert Turner, Jr was born to the late civil rights activist, Albert Turner, Sr. and his wife Evelyn H. Turner. Commissioner Turner was educated in the public schools of Perry County, Alabama before matriculating through Miles College of Birmingham earning a B.S. degree in Political Science. Commissioner Turner furthered his education by earning a JD Degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas in 1989.

Commissioner Albert Turner, Jr was first appointed to serve in 2000 as a commissioner to serve the remainder of his father’s fourth term of office after the death of Albert Sr. Turner since have won two full six year terms on the Perry County Commission without been forced into a run-off election.

Currently, Commissioner Turner is serving his third term as Commissioner. Commissioner Turner is the active President and CEO of the Emerson Company, a political consulting and Lobbying firm with offices in Montgomery and Marion, Alabama. He also serves as the President of the Perry County Civic League, one of the most influential political organizations in West Alabama. Commissioner Turner is also, the immediate past President of the Alabama Association of Black County Officials.

Presented by
International Black Broadcasters Association

Media, Social Media, and Our Impact

12:45 PM - 1:10 PM

Technology, new and different generations of communicating, generational gaps should put us in a driver’s seat. What we need to do to advance and maintain outreach, messaging, content and impact in the African American and Black communities.

Don Polk has developed business around the globe with a prestigious list of highly recognized retail brands and clients.    He is co-managing partner of AC Advertising & Media Group LLC, and has lead the firm in its expansion and reach. The company develops marketing, media and niche tourism strategies and campaigns for local, regional and national US multicultural and general markets, as well as for global primary and emerging markets.

With more than 30 years of business experience under his belt, Don Polk has serviced and partnered with cutting edge businesses in entertainment, fashion, marketing and commodity industries. Polk, along with partners and various companies, designed and manufactured apparel and/or created marketing campaigns for “Fortune 500/1000” corporations like Walt Disney, AEG, Ford, Chevron, Coca-Cola, 3M, General Motors, Dillard’s Department Stores, Wal-Mart, JC Penney, Bloomingdale’s and The National Football League – just to name a few.

Mr. Polk also manages and/or consults companies in advertising, multimedia, commodities, oil & gas; hair and haircare products & services; healthcare/medical supplies, equipment & services

Don Polk laid the groundwork for fulfilling his vision of a business model that achieved fiscal success while also embracing a platform of social responsibility. His prowess in building a business extends to building communities around the globe as well.

Solomon J. Herbert is the publisher/editor-in-chief of Black Meetings & Tourism magazine, the multi award-winning international industry trade publication for the African-American meeting planner, travel agent and hospitality/tourism professional. He also serves as executive producer of “Today’s Black Traveler, Following the New Green Book,” a travel television series that’s currently in pre-production.

Before creating Black Meetings & Tourism with his business partner and wife Gloria, Herbert was self-employed as a full-time freelance print and photo journalist since 1981. During that period over 800 of his articles appeared in numerous regional, national and international publications. Herbert also served as executive producer of “Globetrotting,” a travel television series that debuted in 2002 on BET on Jazz.

Herbert currently holds membership in several professional organizations, including the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners (NCBMP), National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers (NABHOOD), Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Travel Professionals Of Color (TPOC), Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Africa Travel Association (ATA), Travel and Tourism Marketing Association (TTMA), Regional Black Chamber of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley, Black Business Association of Los Angeles (BBA) and Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAAC).

Rob Neal is the founder and executive director of the International Black Broadcasters Association, which was established in 2000 with the sole purpose of increasing African Americans ownership in broadcasting. Mr. Neal is the President of WQID 105.3 FM Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He is also a board member of the World Conference of Mayors founded by the honorable Mayor Johnny Ford.

Presented by
National Congress of
Black Women

Political Landscape: The State of American Politics; Where and How Blacks Should Position Ourselves.

1:15 PM - 1:40 PM

In the Political Landscape session, we will deal with where we are in the political process as well as how Black people should position ourselves for the benefit of our community–especially in the upcoming election. We will talk about what our plan for victory must be and what we are recommending to do to overcome the expected dirty tricks and untruths that are misleading some of our people.

President of National Congress of Black Women. Served on Presidential Scholars Commission for President Barack Obama. Former International Law Prof. at Southern Univ. School of Law. Worked for units of National Education Association, including Director of Overseas Education Association.

BS Degree in Speech/Drama; Masters and PhD in Public Administration; JD and Doctor of Ministry from the following schools respectively: Grambling Univ, Univ. of So. California, City Univ. of Los Angeles, UCLA, Howard Univ. School of Law, Wesley Theological Seminary. Honorary D.Th from Bethesda Biblical College of India.

Board of World Conference of Mayors, National Policy Alliance, Dymally African American Political Institute and National African American Reparations Commission; Advisory Board of African Diaspora Development Institute, President of The Dick Gregory Society. Peace and human rights activist. Author of Peace Terrorists that chronicles her 40-day peace mission in the Middle East and THE TRUTH Shall Set You Free. 

Trice-Edney Wire Service. Host of “Wake Up and Stay Woke”(WPFW-FM 89.3). Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta, NAACP and NCBW. Past President of Grambling Alumni Association, member of Hall of Fame. Listed in HistoryMakers. NAACP Presidential Legacy Award, Ford’s Freedom Sisters.  Ebony Magazine’s “100 Most Influential Black Americans” and “Power 150″.

Jesse Jackson Jr was born into advocacy and the struggle for human rights. As such, his father stood among the thousands on the Edmund Pettus Bridge just two days before his birth. The feverish demand for equal voting rights for African Americans, no doubt, infected Jesse with the fight for justice and right to the pursuit of happiness.

During his freshman year at North Carolina A&T State University, Jackson began working for the people, on campus and abroad. While earning his Bachelor of Science degree in business management, he represented the student body as President, and he founded a student activism organization centered on overcoming apartheid in South Africa.

Not long after earning his Master’s in theology and his Juris Doctor, Jesse began representing the interest of the citizens of Illinois as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. In his 17 years in Congress, from 1995 to 2012, Jesse Jackson Jr had a say in every vote. He also worked diligently to assist fellow Illinois native Barack Obama win the presidency in 2008.

Jesse is an advocate for equal education rights, equal employment opportunities, improving the circumstances of impoverished Americans, conserving various American landmarks as historical districts and reinvigoration the US economy following the 2007-2008 housing and auto market crash.

A native of Alabama, Johnny Ford grew up in Tuskegee.  He received a B.A. degree from Knoxville College and M.P.A. degree from Auburn University.  He has five honorary degrees including a Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Alabama A & M University.

Ford began his politics career as a staffer for Senator Robert Kennedy’s presidential campaign.  Afterwards he worked for the Tuskegee Model Cities Program. He later worked as the State Supervisor of the Community Relations AL Office of the U.S. Department of Justice.  In 1972, he became the first African American mayor of the City of Tuskegee, serving until 1996, then again in 2004 and 2012.  Ford was also an Alabama State Representative from 1999 until 2004. 

He is founder of the Alabama Conference of Black Mayors (ACBM);  Co-Founder and President-Emeritus of the National Conference of Black Mayors, Inc. (NCBM), now the African American Mayors Association (AAMA); founder of the World Conference of Mayors, Inc. (WCM);  founding Co-Chair of the National Policy Alliance (NPA); and founding president of the Historic Black Towns and Settlements Alliance, Inc. (HBTSA).

Honorable Ford is also Past Chair of The Comprehensive Health Care Center in Tuskegee; member of the John Andrew Hospital Board; and the Alabama Legislature Health Committee.

Lea is an award-winning activist who is working to bridge the gap between the community and government agencies to bring about positive and lasting change in her community. Her greatest achievement includes being elected as the first–and youngest–African-American representative in the Binghamton City Council. She has 15 years of experience as a Community Organizer leading efforts on various social and environmental justice issues; quality education, health care, access to fresh foods and sustainable jobs. She has passed legislation supporting equal pay for women, the creation of a city based human rights commission, establishing a city wide climate action plan, and other equity based legislation.

She is the Vice Chair of the Black Millennial Political Convention, inspired by the original Black Political Convention of 1972 in Gary, IN, which convenes Millennials of African descent from across the country and the diaspora to advance racial equity and justice, increase black political power, and expand civic engagement. She is a National Trainer with Vote Run Lead training women on how to run for elected office. She was recognized as one of tomorrow’s leaders by Oprah magazine and the White House Project, and was honored with the President’s Award by the Broome-Tioga Branch of the NAACP for her significant contributions to her community.

Presented by
National Policy Alliance Canada

International Trade: Untapped and Unlimited Opportunities

1:45 PM - 2:10 PM

This session will discuss international partnerships and trade amongst the African diaspora.

Allister Coward presently serves as the Managing Director and CEO for Allviziers Business Group, a corporation he solely founded in 2004, overseeing a group of certified professionals providing small business development services, general tax consulting, corporate tax services, CRA tax appeal cases, auditing services, business valuation services and wealth management services to clients. 

On August 7, 2018 Allister became the Executive Director of National Policy Alliance Canada www.npacanada.org a Not-For-Profit and Charity organization that works in partnership with many other international leadership organizations, that are all fully committed to work in unity and collaboration to improve the quality of life of individuals and families in the communities and constituencies that they represent, across Canada and across the World.

Princess Kemi Fadojutimi is a woman of distinguished honors.  She is the primary advisor on fiscal matters and investments to King Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi – the Ooni of lle-Ife (Nigeria).  Kemi also anchors “All Eyes on Africa Show” and “Dia2dream” two programs developed to promote Africa and Africans in the Diaspora through television, radio, and social media.

Kemi provides a platform for individuals and organization to showcase their projects, services, and goods across the globe.  She also is an advocate for African youth who make up the majority percentage of the population. She conducts workshops, seminars and forums that are tailored toward empowerment, capacity building, networking, skills building and self-reliance.

Kemi has served on many commissions and board including the Maryland and Nigeria Sister State Relationship under the Maryland Office of the Secretary of State; worked closely with the National Policy Alliance in Washington, DC; as well as the board of advisors for the CareerNation Visiting Women’s Executive Exchange (VWEEP) at Yale University.  A native of Lagos, Nigeria, she resides in Nigeria and Maryland and is the mother of five young adults.

Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean is the 27th Governor General, Commander-in-Chief of Canada, sworn in September 27, 2005, for a five-year mandate. As soon as the mandate ended, on October 1st, 2010, the United Nations immediately called on her to become UNESCO Special Envoy to support reconstruction efforts in Haiti, her country of birth devastated that same year as a result of a powerful earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands, with as many wounded and displaced. From 2011 to 2014, Michaëlle Jean also served as Chancellor of the University of Ottawa, where her offices as UNESCO Special Envoy were hosted. On November 30, 2014, Michaëlle Jean then became the 3rd Secretary General of the International Organization of la Francophonie at the 15th Summit of Heads of State and Government held in Dakar, a position to which she devoted her whole energies from January 2015 to 2019.

Together with her husband, filmmaker Jean-Daniel Lafond, she founded and chairs the Fondation Michaëlle Jean Foundation, whose programs support, through art and culture, civic initiatives alongside some of the most vulnerable and disenfranchised young people in Canada.

Edward R. Jones was sworn in for his third consecutive term as the 7th mayor of the city of Grambling, Louisiana, on December 30, 2014. He had previously served eight years (two terms) on the Grambling City Council and as Mayor Pro Tempore during his second term. He is primarily focused on economic development and growth and enhancing the lives of the city’s 5,000 plus citizens.

Prior to becoming an elected official, Mayor Jones spent nine years as a public school teacher in California and Louisiana. He later joined the English faculty at Grambling State University, a position from which he retired after twenty-five years of service. He is also a former real estate an insurance agent, Farmers Home Administration-certified apartment manager, and the owner of a Cingular and Sprint franchise.

Mayor Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in Speech, Drama and English, and a master’s degree in Liberal Arts from Grambling State University. He completed further study at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and California State University at Dominquez Hills. He also received certification for community health through the Satcher Health Leadership Institute from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, and Certification in Project Financing in Economic Development from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Presented by
National Policy Alliance

Black Veterans: Struggling and Unnoticed

2:15 PM - 2:40 PM

This segment talks about the struggles of the black veteran and how their needs are filled.

The Black Veterans are over look when compared to their counterparts. The black veteran courage, valor, and bravery, go unnoticed and they are not celebrated. This is carried over to the physical and mental health and well being of the black veteran. Their cries for help are unnoticed and it out of their struggles, that many black veteran fill the need and support one another.

Stella Hargrove, graduated in 1981, from H.D. Woodson High School, N.E. Washington, D.C. Immediately after graduating high school, she joined the United States Army; where she proudly served for eight years. She received several awards during her military service including; Army Achievement Medal and NCO Professional Development.

Stella is a member of the National Association of Black Veterans (NABVETS). NABVETS advocates for veterans and their families. She also serves on the Board of Government and Public Affairs Council (GPAC), which is the legislation side of NABVETS. Stella is a Third-Class Graduate of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Women’s Leadership Academy (WLA3).

Stella is an advocate for Veterans and Domestic Violence. On January 30, 2020, she was asked by State’s Attorney Aisha N. Braveboy to speak on behalf of the strangulation and suffocation bill in Annapolis. On March 9th ,2020 Stella again spoke in Annapolis in support of the World War II Monument which was Erected in 1946 to honor the citizens of Fairmount Heights who served in the Armed forces.

Stella serves as a volunteer member of the Economic and Community Development Committee, Public Safety, Historic Preservation, Green Team, Veterans Coat Drive, and Domestic Violence Awareness.

Leo Taylor retired after a thirty year successful career with the Minoirity Business Development Agency (MBDA) under the U.S. Department of Commerce in the office of the Secretary of Commerce.  His background included progressive senior administrative positions with an emphasis on Intergovernmental and Legislative Affairs. 

His political career began in California working on the Reagan for President Committee, which led to appointments in his administration.  Leo also worked for U.S. Senator Hayakawa and the California Rebulican Central Committee.

Leo worked closely with the World Conference of Mayors Trade Summits in West Africa, St. Thomas and US Virgin Islands.  He briefed the WCM Board of Directors on the effects MBDA codification on the minority business community.

Leo served as a volunteer advisor to the National Policy Alliance on matters of partnerships, agency interests, minority business relationships, Capital Hill and the Republican party matters.           

Leo is married to Linda Haithcox Taylor.  They have two daughters, a son-in-law, a son and three grandsons.  He holds degrees in Political Science and Urban Studies from Loyola Marymount University.  He is a United States Army, Vietnam War Veteran; Lifetime Member of American Veterans; NAACP Lifetime Member; and an active member of First Baptist Church of Glenarden.

Retired Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Bailey, USMC, is Vice President of Industry Development for the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

Lt. General Bailey’s new role is working on creating executive training programs, expanding the scope of workforce development, implementing diversity strategies, creating partnerships with institutions of higher learning, and leading the charge on recruitment programs that bring new, skilled workers into the industry. This will include a focus on recruiting ex-military personnel to NECA member companies and various Chapter positions.

Lt. Gen. Bailey has had a long and distinguished military career, beginning as a Second Lieutenant, USMC, in 1977. During his impressive career, Bailey oversaw the Marine Corps Recruiting Command and he served as commanding general of the First Marine Division and as commanding general of the Third Marine Expeditionary Brigade. He was also a Military National Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. After many decades of military service, in June 2013, Bailey was promoted to Lieutenant General and was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps as Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations, a role he held until his retirement from the United States Marine Corps after 41 years of service in 2017. In 2018, Bailey became Vice President for External Affairs at Austin Peay State University, his alma mater.

Meet Jas Boothe, a former Army Officer who flips adversity on its tail! A Chicago native, Disabled Army Veteran, Cancer Survivor, Veteran and Disability Advocate, and Speaker who gave over 17 years of service to this great nation, Jas is also an Oprah Winfrey Standing Ovation Recipient, CNN Hero, People Magazine Hero Among Us, YWCA Woman of Distinction and US Army Chief of Staff Outstanding Civilian Service Awardee. She deployed during the Operation Iraq Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom campaigns and her military career has been dedicated to working with and advocating for Soldiers and their family members.

Jas Boothe is the President and Founder of Final Salute Inc (www.finalsaluteinc.org); providing homeless women Veterans with safe and suitable housing. Final Salute Inc is the only non-profit in the DC Metro are that specifically supports the unique housing needs of homeless female veterans and their children; there are currently 55,000 homeless female Veterans nationwide.

Jas founded Final Salute Inc due to her life being torn apart by Hurricane Katrina, homelessness and cancer in 2005. Jas was a single mother in the Army Reserves who was headed to Iraq. Due to her efforts and tireless advocacy, Final Salute Inc has raised over 3 million dollars, supported over 7500 women Veterans and children and provided over 15,000 days of housing since 2011.

Janice Chance is a native of Baltimore. She is married to Charlton Chance and has 5 children.  She received her BS in nursing from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in 1975. Janice worked in the field of Nursing for 40 years in a variety of areas; retiring in August 2016.

She is the proud mother of; the late Captain Jesse Melton III USMC, killed in Afghanistan on September 9, 2008 while supporting combat operations; Jenine Melton (Iraq Veteran) a former Captain in the US Army who completed 7 years of service in June 2009; Joshua Melton, and step daughters Christine Chance and Laura Collier.  Immediately after the death of her son, Janice decided in her words, “to turn her pain into pearls for God’s Glory.” To that end, she made a commitment to serve and support veterans, active duty members of our armed forces and their families. This led Janice to join the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. in April 2009. Janice served as the Maryland Chapter’s Chaplain 2009-2012; 1st VP and Chaplain 2012-2013, President and Chaplain; 2013-2014; 1st VP and Chaplain 2014-2015; President and Chaplain 2015-2020. Janice also served as the National Chaplain for the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. organization from June 2010 thru June 2011.

Presented by
National Black Agenda Consortium

Futures of Black America: 2030 and Beyond

2:45 PM - 3:10 PM

What is the future you want? How do we develop a strategy to get there? We will discuss these questions and more.

Dr. Claire Nelson is Chief Ideation Leader of The Futures Forum, a research, education and consulting practice specializing in bringing the power of strategic foresight, and the discipline of sustainability engineering to challenges facing organizations and communities.  A global speaker, her engagements have included US Air Force, ASME, Jamaica Development Bank, and Pacific Skills Summit.  

Named on Forbes as among the Top 50 Female Futurists, she is Editor-At-Large of the World Futures Studies Federation’s HUMAN FUTURES Magazine.  A member of the Association of Professional Futurists, she serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Futures Studies and World Futures Review.

Before establishing The Futures Forum, Dr. Nelson held a variety of positions at the Inter-American Development Bank over a thirty-year career and pioneered the Bank’s development with equity agenda and strategic foresight for development effectiveness. The Bank honored her with its coveted Ortiz Mena Award for Leadership.

Dr. Nelson, Architect of the Campaign for National Caribbean American Heritage Month and Convenor of the Caribbean Space Society received her Doctorate in Engineering Management from George Washington University.  Her honors include Outstanding Alumni, Purdue School of Industrial Engineering, Commendation in the US Congressional Record and White House Champion of Change.

Dr. Gale B. Frazier is an educator, civil engineer, social entrepreneur, conference speaker, author, certified clinical trauma professional, and ordained minister. She is the president and founder of The Daughters of Sarah International Outreach Ministries; Minister for the Windsor Park Evangelical Lutheran Church; President and CEO of Construction Management Consortium LLC, a construction consulting group that specializes in workforce development training, job readiness skills, construction trades, STEM, and youth leadership development.

Dr. Frazier is the former Illinois NAACP Youth and College Advisor; former Illinois Representative for the National Council on Educating Black Children; Advisory Chair for the Global Institute of  Planning and Sustainable Development; finalist for the National Juvenile Justice fellowship; Chairperson for the National Black Agenda Consortium; and National Dean for the US Minority Contractors Association. Dr. Gale Frazier is a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship and inductee in Who’s Who in Black Chicago 2014.

Dr. Frazier has a BS in Civil Engineering; a Master’s in Project Management; Doctor of Education; Certificates in Urban Principal Leadership from Harvard University Graduate School of Education; The Illinois Institute for Entrepreneurship Education; Edge University, the Joseph Business School; and Honorary Doctor of Divinity.

McKinley L. Price is the mayor of Newport News, Va., and president of the African American Mayors Association. A native of Newport News, in 2010 he became the first African American to be elected as mayor of the city. Previously, he served for eight years on the Newport News School Board, serving as its chairman for two years, and was appointed to the Newport News City Council for a five-month period.

A practicing dentist, Price has received numerous honors and awards from professional associations, including being named Dentist of the Year by the Old Dominion Dental Society and being elected as the first black president of the Peninsula Dental Society. He earned his doctor of dental surgery degree from Howard University.

Rhoda Washington serves as the Senior Manager of Policy, Public Sector at ITI. With over 10 years’ experience with Fortune 10 companies, leading bioethics, labor, and government organizations – Rhoda has provided oversight and direction in the areas of Legislative, Regulatory and Compliance Issue Management, Integrated Strategic Planning & Data-Analytics, Crisis Communications, Messaging, Partnerships, Campaign & Grassroots Organizing, and Media Advocacy. While serving as the On-The-Record Spokesperson, she gracefully navigated through some of the Northeast Region’s most challenging legislative issues.

A proven strategist and tactical planner, Rhoda has led regional and national bipartisan coalitions and alliances to overcome challenging legislative and policy issues. Rhoda’s tactics bridged common-ground legislation with policymakers, business, and labor union organizations throughout the Northeast Region.  She brokered the historic MOU & Gentleman’s Agreement between Labor and Walmart, and forged regional partnerships amongst business, government and non-profit leaders, which directly led to the development of the very first 4 Walmart Retail Stores in the Greater Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, PA and Chicago, IL Metropolitan Regions, resulting in more than 50,000 job.

Rhoda has served in appointed positions with Maryland State and Prince George’s County governments such as Prince George’s County Housing Advisory Committee and the National Aquarium.