Keynote Speakers

Dr. Marvin D. Carr
Dr. Marvin D.
Carr
Director of Strategic Initiatives and Center for Racial Equity
Walmart
Dr. Marvin D. Carr
Dr. Marvin D. Carr
Director of Strategic Initiatives and Center for Racial Equity
Walmart

Dr. Marvin D. Carr is a distinguished scholar, policy maker, and leader in the fields of racial equity, STEM education, corporate diversity, and philanthropy. Currently serving as the Director of Walmart.org Center for Racial Equity, he leads impactful philanthropic programs at Walmart and the Walmart Foundation, with a specific focus on racial equity and system-wide change initiatives within the criminal justice system. Driven by a passion for equitable access, Dr. Carr previously directed federal efforts in educational research, community development, and workforce development, ensuring fairness and opportunity for all. During his tenure in the Obama White House as a Policy Advisor for STEM Education, Innovation, and Diversity, Dr. Carr, pioneered initiatives to provide quality education and employment opportunities in science and technology for Americans from all walks of life. His academic research centers on the intersection of race, gender, technology, and policymaking, shedding light on how data and artificial intelligence influence the outcomes of young individuals. An unwavering advocate for equity-focused grantmaking and social justice, Dr. Carr is dedicated to reshaping how the philanthropic and corporate sectors invest in advancing these critical causes. Marvin holds a Bachelor of Science and a Doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from Morgan State University, along with a Master of Science in systems engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. A native Detroiter, he understands that providing access to opportunities is only one part of the solution to addressing inequity and that addressing systemic dis-opportunity is an essential key to ensure all people can reach their full potential. Dr. Carr's contributions have earned him esteemed recognition as a Bill and Melinda Gates Fellow, a Council on Foundations Career Pathways Alumni, a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and a Fellow of The Funders Network's PLACES for Philanthropy Fellowship program. With his vast expertise and unwavering commitment, Dr. Marvin D. Carr continues to drive transformative change and inspire progress.

Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr.
Dr. Eddie
Glaude, Jr.
Author, Professor, and Political Commentator
Princeton University
Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr.
Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr.
Author, Professor, and Political Commentator
Princeton University

One of the nation’s most prominent scholars, Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr. is an author, political commentator, public intellectual, and passionate educator who examines the complex dynamics of the American experience. His writings, including Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, and his most recent, the New York Times bestseller, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for our Own, takes a wide look at Black communities, the difficulties of race in the United States and the challenges we face as a democracy. In his writing and speaking, Glaude is an American critic in the tradition of James Baldwin and Ralph Waldo Emerson, confronting history and bringing our nation’s complexities, vulnerabilities, and hope into full view. Hope that is, in one of his favorite quotes from W.E.B. Du Bois, "not hopeless, but a bit unhopeful." Glaude is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton. He is also on the Morehouse College Board of Trustees. He frequently appears in the media as a columnist for TIME Magazine and as an MSNBC contributor on programs like Morning Joe and Deadline Whitehouse with Nicolle Wallace. He regularly appears on Meet the Press on Sundays. Glaude also hosts Princeton’s AAS podcast, a conversation around African American Studies and the Black experience in the 21st century. Glaude is a highly accomplished and respected scholar of religion, and a former president of the American Academy of Religion. His books on religion and philosophy include An Uncommon Faith: A Pragmatic Approach to the Study of African American Religion, African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction, and Exodus! Religion, Race, and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America, which was awarded the Modern Language Association’s William Sanders Scarborough Book Prize. Some like to describe Glaude as the quintessential Morehouse man, having left his home in Moss Point, Mississippi, at age 16 to begin studies at the HBCU and alma mater of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He holds a master’s degree in African American Studies from Temple University and a Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University. Glaude is known for his inspiring oratory and ability to convene conversations that engage citizens from all backgrounds — from young activists to corporate audiences.

Panelists

Lt. General Ronald Bailey
Lt. General Ronald
Bailey
Vice President of Industry Development
NECA
Lt. General Ronald Bailey
Lt. General Ronald Bailey
Vice President of Industry Development
NECA

Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey is a national leader who joined NECA as Senior Vice President, Industry Development in 2020. At NECA, he 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 includes a focus on recruiting ex-military personnel to NECA member companies and various Chapter positions. At his alma mater, Austin Peay State University, Bailey was a student athlete and member of the ROTC program. He graduated from the University in 1977 with a degree in biology. He was a varsity member of the football team, and he turned the skills he learned at Austin Peay into a distinguished career in the U.S. Marine Corps. In October 1979, he was assigned to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, as a Series Commander, Battalion S-3 and Commanding Officer of Company F, 2d Recruit Training Battalion. During this tour, he earned a masters degree in business management and administration from Webster University. From August 1997 to 1998, Bailey attended National War College, Washington, D.C., where he earned his second masters degree in national security strategy. In June 2013, Bailey was promoted to Lieutenant General and assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps as the Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies, and Operations, where he served as the top Marine responsible for guiding deployment plans and force-structure policies. He also served as the advocate for the service's ground combat element, acting as a liaison between Marines carrying out missions worldwide and the leaders planning them in the Pentagon. Bailey went on to be the first African-American to command the 1st Marine Division where he oversaw more than 25,000 Marine and Sailors. "Leadership is about influence and relationships – relationships with the American people,” Bailey said, while serving as commanding general of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, “Our nation’s citizens expect us to be America’s expeditionary force in readiness committed to their protection at home and abroad; we will honor that expectation with the professional and empathetic execution of our mission within their communities nationwide." Bailey's awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal with bronze oak leaf, Legion of Merit with combat V, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, and the Combat Action Ribbon. Bailey retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 40 years of service, on September 1, 2017. Prior to joining NECA, he served as Vice President of External Affairs at Austin Peay, where he was responsible for Public Relations, Marketing, Advancement, Strategic Planning, as well as acting as President of the Foundation for the university.

Willie Bell
Willie
Bell
Founder & CEO
Family Assistance for Renaissance Men
Willie Bell
Willie Bell
Founder & CEO
Family Assistance for Renaissance Men

Willie Bell is the Founder and CEO of Family Assistance for Renaissance Men (F.A.R.M.)., a nonprofit organization designed to help fathers get back on track with their children yet helps any man willing to turn his life around. Mr.Bell has 31 years of experience at General Motors, working with numerous corporate executives, including CEO Mary Barra, DTE’s Jerry Norcia, and Nancy Moody. This, along with his 25 years of work as a UAW Union Officer creating relationships with UAW President Owen Bieber, Vice President Nate Gooden and more, primed him with the ability to develop key collaborations for F.A.R.M. Mr. Bell is a community partner with organizations ,including the Detroit Lions Inspire Change, and has onboarded a support system of 36 judges, 11 attorneys, and 6 social workers in carrying out F.A.R.M.’s mission. He has been honored with the Ford Motor Company Change Maker Award and the Children’s Center Visionary Award, as well as selected for the Who’s Who in Black Media Award. Mr. Bell’s entrepreneurial knack has been primed by a wealth of experiences. Besides automotive, he has been a store owner and a media professional. A former Wayne County Community College District student and a graduate of Specs Howard School of Media Arts, he has been employed as a producer in radio and television (including TV62), an engineer (The Electrifying Mojo’s show), and a director, set designer, and trainer for the staff of Word of Faith International Christian Center. Mr. Bell is led strongly by his faith in God, holding the vision for F.A.R.M. for nine years until he was able to place it into action. Married for 11 years and the father of four boys, he has truly made a remarkable change for the families of metropolitan Detroit.

Christopher Bellamy
Christopher
Bellamy
Director of Recruiting Operations
Aerotek
Christopher Bellamy
Christopher Bellamy
Director of Recruiting Operations
Aerotek

Chris Bellamy started his career with Aerotek in 2010 as a recruiter in Hartford, CT. In 2011, he was promoted to Account Manager and sold admin and clerical services. After selling in the CT market for four years, Chris opened a satellite office in Springfield, MA. He managed and grew the Springfield office for three years, and in October 2019, was promoted and began managing the company’s largest accounts. As the Vendor on Premise Account Executive, Chris was responsible for managing $350K in weekly revenue through 45 accounts with more than 2,000 contractors, and 60+ on-site producers to manage them. A year later, Chris became the first black director in Aston Carter (formerly Aerotek’s clerical division). In 2020, understanding the mental toll the pandemic, quarantine, and civil unrest was taking on his community, Chris decided to start a podcast for black men called, All Black Men Need Therapy. His mission was, and continues to be, to create a safe space for black men to openly engage in conversations about their mental health.

Odis Bellinger
Odis
Bellinger
CEO & Counselor
Building Better Men Counseling
Odis Bellinger
Odis Bellinger
CEO & Counselor
Building Better Men Counseling

A lifelong Detroiter and graduate of Benedictine High School, Mr. Bellinger holds a BA in Communications from Fayetteville State University, NC, a MA in Counseling from Wayne State University (MI). Bellinger is a clinical therapist and CEO of Building Better Men Counseling Services LLC. He is also the Director/Founder of the Building Better Men Mentoring/Leadership Program. A school/community based organization that provides various programs for males age 7-17 in the Metro Detroit area. He has authored two best selling books within school districts nationwide and conducts workshops locally/nationwide and training focusing primarily on building African American male development and leadership skills.

Lester Booker, Jr.
Lester
Booker, Jr.
Vice President of DEI Communications
Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
Lester Booker, Jr.
Lester Booker, Jr.
Vice President of DEI Communications
Citizens Financial Group, Inc.

An award-winning marketing and communications leader, Lester A. Booker, Jr. is the first-ever vice president, head of Enterprise Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Communications at Citizens FinancialGroup, Inc. Booker is a passionate advocate to expand access and opportunities for underrepresented communities. He helped iconic brands successfully engage and support underrepresented communities through authentic communications and innovative community-focused programs. Booker has more than 15 years of experience within both public and private sectors. Prior to joining Citizens Financial Group, Inc., he held positions with General Motors, the Ford Motor Company Fund via Campbell Marketing and Communications, Palace Sports & Entertainment with the Detroit Pistons and Detroit Shock. A distinguished Central Michigan University (CMU) alumnus, Booker continues to support his alma mater as an Alumni Association board member and serves as a member of the Chippewa Athletics Hall of Fame Selection Committee, the Detroit Advisory Task Force and the Black Alumni Chapter. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of MACC Development Corporation and Playworks Michigan as well as the Legal Services Corporation's Emerging Leaders Council. In January 2020, he also established the Lester Booker Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. The annual $5,000 scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student committed to uplifting underrepresented communities. A Detroit native, Booker holds a Master of Science in Administration degree, with a sport concentration and a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in broadcast and cinematic arts both from CMU.

Lomas Brown
Lomas
Brown
Chief Business Development and Diversity Officer
Team 84 LLC.
Lomas Brown
Lomas Brown
Chief Business Development and Diversity Officer
Team 84 LLC.

Larry Bryant
Larry
Bryant
Senior Vice President and Regional Director-Michigan Southeast
Comerica Bank
Larry Bryant
Larry Bryant
Senior Vice President and Regional Director-Michigan Southeast
Comerica Bank

Larry Bryant is senior vice president and Regional Director of Comerica Bank’s Michigan Southeast region of banking centers. Bryant is responsible for the region’s 89 banking centers in most of Southeast Michigan including Detroit. Bryant also serves on Comerica Bank’s Michigan senior leadership team. A 34-year banking veteran, Bryant formerly served as the president of Comerica Bank’s Ann Arbor region and senior vice president and regional manager for Comerica Bank’s South-Central Michigan region of banking centers in Ann Arbor, Lansing, Jackson, and Howell. He began his banking career with Manufacturers Bank, which later merged with Comerica. Bryant is the past chair of Comerica’s African American business resource group, a business outreach initiative that supports financial and educational development in the African American Community. He also serves on the leadership council of Comerica’s African American Network (CAAN), an employee resource group. Bryant was among the Michigan Chronicle’s 2013 “Men of Excellence” honorees. Over the years, Bryant has provided his expertise to the board of directors for several non-profit organizations, including the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce, the Henry Ford Village Foundation, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, and the Shelter of Washtenaw County. Bryant currently serves on the board of directors of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation, the American Arab Chamber of Commerce, the Siena Heights University Board of Trustees and is board chair of the Urban League of Detroit and Southeast Michigan. A cum laude graduate of Siena Heights University, Bryant holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration. He was a two-time All American & Academic All American in basketball and was inducted into the Siena Heights Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000. Bryant completed the Consumer Bankers Association (CBA) Executive Banking School program at Furman University in August 2016.

David Campbell
David
Campbell
Vice President Of Field Distribution and Operations
The Auto Club Group, AAA
David Campbell
David Campbell
Vice President Of Field Distribution and Operations
The Auto Club Group, AAA

During the course of an extensive and rewarding career in the banking and insurance industries, Dave Campbell has the great pleasure of working his way through the ranks to his current position as a Field Vice President at AAA Auto Club Group. In this role, he holds ultimate responsibility for a portfolio worth more than $2 billion in insurance premiums, $200 million in Life revenue, $150 million in travel revenues and a P&L of over $100 million dollars. He focuses his efforts on leading a widely-dispersed, cross-functional team that executes on his strategic plans in order to optimize opportunities for growth. He is truly satisfying to lead, inspire and enhance both employee performance and customer satisfaction. In the course of his career, Dave has had the distinct privilege of leading over 4,000 people, supporting their careers through sound leadership, consistent and relevant coaching and high level goal attainment. He has a passion for development evident in that he has been personally responsible for the promotion and mentorship of hundreds of entrepreneurs, business leaders and corporate executives. Born and raised in New York City, David has lived all across the East Coast, Midwest and South, spending time in New York’s 5 boroughs, Long Island, Texas and Michigan. His career spans almost 20 years serving in roles overseeing Sales, Operations and Distribution in Fortune 100 companies in Banking and Financial Services.

Anthony Cartwright
Anthony
Cartwright
Executive Director
Landbank-Wayne County Michigan
Anthony Cartwright
Anthony Cartwright
Executive Director
Landbank-Wayne County Michigan

Anthony R. Cartwright currently serves as the Executive Director of the Wayne County Land Bank. In 2019, Anthony joined the County where he served as the Deputy Director of Buildings and Capital Development and Real Estate Director for Economic Development. During his tenure, Anthony was responsible for all facets of real estate for economic development for Wayne County. Anthony is an ambitious professional who excels greatly in critical thinking, multi-faceted, and fast-paced environments. As a real estate veteran of over 20 years, Anthony demonstrates a great deal of business acumen and knowledge of the real estate industry. He has been honored with numerous awards and achieved many milestones in the industry. Anthony is also a past President and Chairman of the Board of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Michigan Chapter. Anthony was born and raised in Detroit, MI. He is a graduate of Cass Technical High School and has a Business degree with a specialization in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University. Most of Anthony’s time is spent being a dedicated father to his two very active children whom he shares with his wife. His son, Anthony III, is an academic scholar and nationally ranked prospect who plays travel football, basketball, and baseball. His daughter, Katleyn, is also an academic scholar, equestrian and volleyball player.

Dr. Rubin L. Cockrell
Dr. Rubin L.
Cockrell
CEO
Positive Images & Associates LLC.
Dr. Rubin L. Cockrell
Dr. Rubin L. Cockrell
CEO
Positive Images & Associates LLC.

Dr. Rubin Cockrell is an Award-Winning International Speaker, Author, Social Entrepreneur and Retired Professor. Dr. Cockrell also serves as CEO of Positive Images & Associates LLC, a global consulting firm that has specialized in educational leadership, empowerment, and management consulting for clients in over forty-five plus countries around the world. In his role with the Nashville, TN-based company Dr. Cockrell trains global business leaders, students, government entities and civic groups to implement tools for achieving excellence and quality productivity within their personal life and their organization across the world. Dr. Rubin Cockrell is also Certified in Life, Executive Leadership, and Disaster Recovery Coaching. Dr. Cockrell went from being on the verge of being locked up for 15 to 20 years’ federal time for illegal activities at the age of twenty 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 collaborate with people from “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, with an emphasis on Finance and Management. He then continued to receive a master’s in educational administration (M. Ed) in Educational Administration from Tennessee State University. Dr. Cockrell received the distinguished Southern Regional Educational Board Doctoral Scholars Fellowship. Dr. Cockrell made history at Tennessee State University receiving his doctorate degree in two in half years. Dr. Cockrell also received a certification in leadership management in a partnership between Harvard and Strayer while serving as Dean at Strayer University.

Rodney E. Cole
Rodney E.
Cole
President DTE Foundation and DTE Corporate Citizenship
DTE Energy Foundation
Rodney E. Cole
Rodney E. Cole
President DTE Foundation and DTE Corporate Citizenship
DTE Energy Foundation

Rodney Cole is vice president of the DTE Energy Foundation and director of the community of engagement. Cole was appointed to these roles in 2021 and is responsible for leading the DTE Foundation’s operations and grant strategies. He also leads the teams responsible for strengthening neighborhoods – and managing relationships – within the communities where DTE’s 10,000-plus employees live and serve. During his 15-year career at DTE Energy, Cole has held leadership positions in business units across the enterprise – including his previous role as director, state government affairs. In this role, Cole led a highly active and visible team that spearheads state legislative activities and manages relationships with state legislators and the governor’s administration; he also led efforts to strengthen relationships with Michigan's public sector leaders. Cole began his career at DTE in human resources, supporting numerous business units while learning the depth and breadth of the organization’s strategic priorities and efforts. In addition to his role at DTE, Cole serves on the boards of directors for the American Association for Blacks in Energy (Michigan), Black Caucus Foundation of Michigan, Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation, Connect Detroit, Midnight Golf, and Wayne State University Press Board of Visitors. He also serves as a member of Teen Hype’s advisory board. Cole is a graduate of Leadership Detroit Class XXXV and the 2018 cohort of Harvard University’s Young American Leaders Program (YALP). He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Michigan State University.

Brandon Colvin
Brandon
Colvin
Co-Founder
Color in Gaming
Brandon Colvin
Brandon Colvin
Co-Founder
Color in Gaming

Dwan Dandridge
Dwan
Dandridge
Co-Founder and CEO
Black Leaders Detroit
Dwan Dandridge
Dwan Dandridge
Co-Founder and CEO
Black Leaders Detroit

Dwan Dandridge is a husband, a father, and Co-Founder and CEO of Black Leaders Detroit (BLD). As a lifelong Detroiter, his leadership skills have been shaped by a wide range of experiences, including grassroots activism, running a small business, and serving as a union representative with the UAW. He is the former VP of Life Remodeled, where he managed the largest volunteer effort in the state of Michigan. Dwan is passionate about creating blueprints to share power. He has a unique ability to define and quantify the value of people that come to the table with nontraditional skills. Dwan views the disparities in access to capital from many angles and is focused on creating equitable solutions. Since launching in 2019, he has led BLD in providing financial support to over 150 Black-owned businesses and nonprofits, totaling over $500,000.

Andre Davis
Andre
Davis
C0-Founder & Chief Financial Officer
Livegistics
Andre Davis
Andre Davis
C0-Founder & Chief Financial Officer
Livegistics

Andre Davis, Livegistics' Chief Financial Officer, is an entrepreneur, a Certified Public Accountant, and the recipient of the Black Ambition Initiative's Million Dollar Grand Prize for Black and Latinx entrepreneurs in the tech, design, and products/services industries. Andre and his co-founder Justin Turk have successfully challenged and revolutionized the way hundreds of construction companies around the country think about how automation brings sustainability to the heavy civil and democonstruction industry. Andre has mover20 years of executive management experience, establishing himself as a motivated leader with an innovative vision. Andre's experience managing multimillion-dollar accounts for domestic and international companies has earned him a reputation for candor, astute financial acumen, and a relentless work ethic. Andre has a Master's Degree in Accounting and is a member of the AICPA and MICPA. He currently lives in Metro Detroit with his wife and five children.

James Davis II
James
Davis II
Leadership Consultant
The Auto Club Group, AAA
James Davis II
James Davis II
Leadership Consultant
The Auto Club Group, AAA

James Davis oversees AAA’s learning opportunities with responsibility for leadership development across the Auto Club Group’s footprint. He is also a writer and leadership team member for the company’s African American Employee Resource Group. With 15+ years of experience specializing in leveling playing fields and establishing more inclusive environments, he’s moved through sectors deploying his expertise in supporting schools, for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Along with serving as board member for Urban Unity CDC, he has additionally served as an advocate and voice for underserved families, communities, entrepreneurs, and business owners. James holds a master’s degree in business administration from Lawrence Technological University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Madonna University.

Andre Ebron
Andre
Ebron
Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
United Way for Southeastern Michigan
Andre Ebron
Andre Ebron
Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
United Way for Southeastern Michigan

Andre Ebron is a transformational leader, passionate educator, certified diversity executive, organizer and effector of change focused on advancing diversity, equity and inclusion through his work in the southeastern Michigan community. He currently serves as the Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Elder at Kainos International Church, as well as the owner and founder of Ebron & Associates and The Drawing Board Nation. Most recently, Andre was named as a community champion by The Soul of Philanthropy Michigan, and he is featured in the exhibit at The Detroit Historical Museum. He is also an honoree of the Michigan Chronicle’s class of 2022 40 under 40, recognizing his vast accomplishments and contributions to the community as a professional. Andre and his wife of nearly 20 years, Shalessa, are parents to two amazing children: daughter Christian Ebron, and son Andre Ebron II. He is also proud to call himself a duly initiated brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Alburn H. Elvin Jr., Esq.
Alburn H.
Elvin Jr., Esq.
Director of Medicaid Contract Program Management
Emergent Holdings, Inc
Alburn H. Elvin Jr., Esq.
Alburn H. Elvin Jr., Esq.
Director of Medicaid Contract Program Management
Emergent Holdings, Inc

Alburn H. Elvin, Jr., Esq. (Al) works at Emergent Holdings, a for-profit Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan subsidiary, where he serves as Director of Medicaid Contract Program Management and is responsible for managing Blue Cross’ Medicaid market investments. Al’s 17-year career at the health insurance company includes previous roles in the Office of the President, Office of the General Counsel and Corporate Communications. As a licensed attorney in the state of Michigan, Al represents clients with tax and estate planning issues, as well as other legal matters. Al is an alumnus of Wayne State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in Communications. He also holds juris doctorate and MBA degrees from the University of Detroit-Mercy. After earning both degrees from Wayne State University, Al spent time at Wayne State as an adjunct professor in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts. As a communications professional, Al spent nine years as a news reporter, writing for The Detroit News and The Oakland Press. Al was recently appointed to serve on the Board of Trustees for the College for Creative Studies, a private college situated in Detroit’s midtown area. Elected in 2020, Al is president of the Oak Park School Board. He has also served on the Oak Park Library Board of Directors. Al is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, where he serves as the 49th president of Gamma Lambda Chapter, seated in Detroit, and legal counsel for Alpha’s Midwestern Region, comprised of 12 U.S. states and Canada. Al was recognized as a 2019 Man of Excellence by the Michigan Chronicle and Real Times Media.

Maurice Evans
Maurice
Evans
CEO
Elite School Management
Maurice Evans
Maurice Evans
CEO
Elite School Management

Maurice D. Evans, business owner, and entrepreneur is one of the founding board members of Detroit Service Learning Academy. As the founding board chair and former President, Mr. Evans commanded and guided the development of a board of directors who were successful in the challenge of school board governance. From the Academy’s inception, Maurice’s leadership resulted in the Academy becoming the flagship of Michigan Public Academies and the Michigan Department of Education’s first School of Excellence. With over 35 years of experience, Evans' wealth of knowledge coupled with his business acumen and management expertise has been the foundation of his success. The business maverick's compassion for the community and for children was his motivation to start Elite School Management which has expanded to include, Elite Educators Insurance, Elite School Staffing, Elite School Staffing and Consulting, Elite PPE & Janitorial Services, and Elite Training Institute. Today under the influence of Maurice Evans, Elite School Management has evolved into a district of schools in Detroit, Oak Park, and Redford. Maurice is currently working on a Business Certification from Harvard University.

Victor Green
Victor
Green
Assist. Chief-Division of Community Affairs, Office of Professional Standards, and DE&I
Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety
Victor Green
Victor Green
Assist. Chief-Division of Community Affairs, Office of Professional Standards, and DE&I
Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety

After 15 years with Wayne State University, Victor Green returns to KDPS as the Assistant Chief overseeing the Office of Community Affairs – Community Police Officers (CPO’s), Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Professional Standards. During his tenure at Wayne State University, Assistant Chief Green was the Director of Community Relations with more than 25 years of government and community affairs experience. Assistant Chief Green was one of the leading university administrators working to create, build and sustain partnerships throughout the Metropolitan Detroit area. Assistant Chief Green also lectures in the Labor Studies Department at WSU and at the Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC), Police and Corrections Academies on the subjects of Diversity & Inclusion, Ethics and Communications. Assistant Chief Green has conducted numerous trainings throughout the state of Michigan in the public and private sectors. Prior to his current position, Green’s career included working as Staff Assistant for two members of Congress – former Congressman Howard Wolpe, D-Mich. and Congressman Fred Upton, R-Mich. – where he specialized in immigration issues and community outreach. After his tenure with the U.S. House of Representatives, Assistant Chief Green served at KDPS from 1996 through 2005 as a Public Safety Officer (PSO), FTO, Tactical Response Unit, SWAT negotiator, and rose to the rank of Inspector of Office of Professional Standards and Community Relations. Assistant Chief Green is a native of Detroit and a graduate of Renaissance High School. He earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University. He received his Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) designation from the National Diversity Council. Assistant Chief Green and his wife, Alysia, have a son, Matthew, who is also currently in training to be a Federal Law Enforcement Officer.

Napoleon Harrington
Napoleon
Harrington
Founder & CEO
Ambassador Counseling & Resource Group
Napoleon Harrington
Napoleon Harrington
Founder & CEO
Ambassador Counseling & Resource Group

Napoleon is the Founder and Therapist of the Ambassador Counseling & Resource Group, an award-winning collaborative counseling organization dedicated to providing people and professionals with proficient counseling and training services. Upon earning his bachelor’s degree, he was awarded the Human Relations Award, a significant honor given to one graduating senior at Oakland University. Napoleon is an engaging presenter with national and international experience. As an adjunct faculty member, he has been awarded the Adjunct Faculty of the Year Award for his academic and professional contributions to his colleagues and the undergraduate student body. Napoleon’s leadership has been recognized by civic organizations and government officials. In January 2016, he was selected into the fifth class of the "Elite 40 under 40 of Oakland County". He has been inducted as an alumni and class president of the 28th class of Leadership Oakland – a premiere leadership program. He has served as past President of the Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association. In that role, Napoleon was instrumental in the passage of Public Act 96 of Michigan, legislation that rescued the licensed professional counselor from a detrimental and uncertain future. Napoleon was awarded the “2020 Counselor of the Year”, by the American Mental Health Counselors Association. In 2021, he was appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to the Michigan Board of Counseling. He also serves as a Founding Board member of the American Association for Doctors of Behavioral Health. Napoleon had many experiences that inspired him to be a voice of courage for people facing a variety of fears and challenges. Napoleon has had multiple television appearances and has been featured as a media guest a variety of times to discuss mental health and psychology-related topics. He is published and continues to write multiple articles for national and local publications on mental health and wellness topics. He is currently in the final stages of completing the requirements for a Doctorate in Behavioral Health, which is anticipated to complete in 2024. His research interests are related to integrated health and mental wellness, and the clinical implications of shared experiences of Black reproductive health challenges. Napoleon is affectionately known as the “Courage Counselor”. Napoleon lives in Auburn Hills with his college sweetheart and wife, Faith, and his twin daughters Isabella and Imani.

Lawrence Hood
Lawrence
Hood
Chief Academic Officer
Detroit Academy of Arts and Science
Lawrence Hood
Lawrence Hood
Chief Academic Officer
Detroit Academy of Arts and Science

Lawrence Hood currently serves as Chief Academic Officer of multiple schools (DAAS) in the city of Detroit. He transitioned to the Chief Academic Officer role after serving the educational community in various capacities. Most recently, Mr. Hood had the pleasure of serving as the Vice President at large education non-profit, Achievement Network. There he learned great instructional leadership practices while supporting over 900 schools across the country. Lawrence has nearly two decades of experience as an educator and school administrator. He began his career with Edison Schools, as a Teacher, National Reading Trainer, and administrator. He then served seven years as school Principal in the Lincoln Consolidated school system, and later as the founder of the Ypsilanti Boys Preparatory School. Lawrence was then asked by the YMCA to open schools in Detroit, where he served as a Central Office Administrator, until joining the Achievement Network. Growing up in Flint, Lawrence learned the value of education and the inequities that hold children back. He has dedicated his life and career to ensure that every child has access to a high-quality education. By opening an All-Male Academy, that served children from underserved communities and supporting schools across the country in raising the bar of rigor, Lawrence continues to live out his life’s mission of serving children “by EVERY means necessary” and has also shared his leadership experiences with thousands of leaders across the nation. Lawrence received his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master's degree in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University.

Kenneth James
Kenneth
James
Chief Diversity Officer
Muskegon Community College
Kenneth James
Kenneth James
Chief Diversity Officer
Muskegon Community College

With nearly three decades of experience spanning a multitude of industries including non-profit, health care, and higher education, Ken is driven by his passion to initiate cross-cultural dialogue and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. As Chief Diversity Officer for Muskegon Community College, he combines his knowledge and lived experiences to deliver creative, intentional programs to students, faculty/staff, community members, and businesses. Ken is an alumnus of Kentucky State University and Grand Valley State University, from which he holds a master’s in public administration. Most recently, he earned Executive Certification in Diversity Coaching through the CoachDiversity Institute in partnership with Howard University School of Business and is recognized as an Associate Diversity Coach (ADC).

David Jordan
David
Jordan
Chief Diversity Officer
Aerotek
David Jordan
David Jordan
Chief Diversity Officer
Aerotek

Tom Kelly
Tom
Kelly
President
Aerotek
Tom Kelly
Tom Kelly
President
Aerotek

Tom Kelly oversees the growth, strategic development, and financial performance for Aerotek, a leading staffing and workforce management solutions company with more than 250 offices across North America. Believing organizational success occurs when leaders take care of their team, Tom employs a people-first strategy. He is proud to be a part of CEO Action, the largest CEO-driven commitment to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. Joining over 2,000 CEOs across various industries, Tom has pledged to create a more inclusive culture at Aerotek while not being afraid of having difficult conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion. Tom began his career with Aerotek in 1994 in the business operations group. After a series of promotions, Tom served as the director of financial operations. In that role, Tom was responsible for the top-line revenue and bottom-line contribution of each region to the organization. Tom was later promoted to vice president of client delivery, supporting the growth and account management for some of the world's largest brands. In 2008, Tom joined Aerotek's sister company, Major, Lindsey & Africa, as chief financial officer. Tom provided financial insight to the company’s international business as it grew in service offerings and geography, while maintaining financial growth. Tom rejoined Aerotek two years later as the company’s chief financial officer. He was promoted to president of Aerotek in 2020. Tom holds a B.S. in accounting from Mount Saint Mary’s University.

Anthony Lewis
Anthony
Lewis
Community Engagement
Michigan Department of Civil Rights
Anthony Lewis
Anthony Lewis
Community Engagement
Michigan Department of Civil Rights

Anthony Lewis is the Director of the Community Engagement and Education Division for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR). He previously served as a Community Relations Specialist and an Investigator with MDCR. Anthony leads the department’s community engagement programming and initiatives throughout the State of Michigan. Anthony is responsible for overseeing the building of coalitions throughout the State of Michigan between Law Enforcement and Community Leaders via Advocates and Leaders for Police and Community Trust (ALPACT), the Michigan Alliance Against Hate Crimes and the MI Response to Hate, Hate Crimes and Bias Awareness Campaign. Anthony also leads the Department’s Education and Youth Initiatives, working with school districts on cultural awareness programming and policy development and was instrumental in developing the Michigan Civil Rights Youth Leadership Academy. In addition, Anthony has facilitated numerous townhalls/community forums and developed numerous presentations and programs on cultural competency and civil rights law. Anthony is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Economics/Labor Relations.

Ray Littleton
Ray
Littleton
Equity Partner-Shareholder and Chair of the Diversity Committee
Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC
Ray Littleton
Ray Littleton
Equity Partner-Shareholder and Chair of the Diversity Committee
Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC

Phil Malcolm
Phil
Malcolm
Vice President of Brand and Communications
The Auto Club Group, AAA
Phil Malcolm
Phil Malcolm
Vice President of Brand and Communications
The Auto Club Group, AAA

Phil joined AAA Auto Club Group (ACG) in August of 2007 as Vice President of Marketing. In his current Vice President of Brand and Communications role, he provides leadership for marketing operations, internal and external brand management and creative development, mass media planning and buying, sports and regional marketing management, and loyalty marketing program management which includes Attractions and Discounts and Rewards marketing. Prior to joining ACG, Phil was the Vice President of Marketing and subsequently the Vice President of Membership and Card Services at SAM’S CLUB. He also worked for Walt Disney, Inc. as Brand Manager for Downtown Disney, Pleasure Island, and Associate Brand Manager for Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Prior to Disney, he worked for Barnett Bank, Inc. as Assistant Vice President/Loan Officer, and IBM as a Marketing Representative in Orlando, Fl. Phil received an undergraduate Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Florida A. & M. and a Masters Degree in Business Administration in Marketing & Finance from Florida A. & M. Phil is a Director on the boards of Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay and Tampa Bay Boys and Girls Club. He and his wife, Lori, have four children – Nicholas, Morgan, Christina and Philip.

Collin Mays
Collin
Mays
Director of Economic Inclusion
City of Cincinnati
Collin Mays
Collin Mays
Director of Economic Inclusion
City of Cincinnati

Ingramar Miller
Ingramar
Miller
Regional Claims Manager
The Auto Club Group, AAA
Ingramar Miller
Ingramar Miller
Regional Claims Manager
The Auto Club Group, AAA

Van Miller is the Regional Claims Manager (RCM) for Casualty Claims at AAA-Michigan and Meemic of the Auto Club Group. Before returning to AAA 11 years ago, Van was Regional Claims Manager for GMAC Insurance for more than 12 years. In his capacity as RCM, Van leads a team of Casualty Litigation Managers in Michigan, and Pre-Litigation Managers in Michigan and in the Auto Club’s regional footprint for both AAA Michigan and Meemic. He has more than 35 years of insurance industry experience in multiple lines and leadership. He is also Lead of the African American Employee Resource Group for the Auto Club. ‘The African American ERG is a supportive environment where Black and African American employees can celebrate and showcase their diverse talents, develop professionally and contribute to growing ACG through diversity & inclusion.’ He is a founding board member of Minds Matter-Detroit. Minds Matter is a mentoring program that ‘connects driven and determined students from low-income families with the people, preparation, and possibilities to succeed in college’. Van attended Washington University in St. Louis, and Wayne State University in Detroit. He has his Bachelors degree in Political Science.

H. Keith Mobley
H. Keith
Mobley
Assistant Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility
The Auto Club Group, AAA
H. Keith Mobley
H. Keith Mobley
Assistant Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility
The Auto Club Group, AAA

H. Keith Mobley is the Assistant Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for AAA - The Auto Club Group, representing more than 14 million members and 9,500 employees across 14 states and two U.S. territories. His responsibilities focus on three strategic goals; Social and Economic Disparities, Racial Justice, and Education & Literacy. Keith has served as the Director of The Auto Club Group Foundation and Director of Corporate Contributions & Community Relations in his leadership roles. He has had various leadership roles within the Claims Organization. He has successfully led the AAA Ambassador Employee volunteer program. One program with Big Brothers Big Sisters of metro-Detroit, led to AAA being recognized as the Employer Champion of the Year Award. Keith is the executive sponsor for the African American Employee Resource Group. Mr. Mobley’s education is in Business Management with several leadership and insurance certifications, including Leadership Detroit, Multi-cultural Leadership, a “Man of Excellence” honoree, and a recipient of the Cliff P. Norman award for the most effective board member in 2021. Some of his memberships and affiliations include the Detroit Regional Chamber and the Center for Corporate Citizenship. He is an executive board member with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro-Detroit, former first Vice Chair for Reading Works, a board Trustee for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Classical Roots Committee.

Toine Murphy
Toine
Murphy
Chief Engagement Officer
Critical Connections Group
Toine Murphy
Toine Murphy
Chief Engagement Officer
Critical Connections Group

Toine Murphy is a highly experienced community engagement and outreach specialist, focusing on K-20 education and financial literacy, STEM initiatives, mental well-being, and black male mentorship and life skills development. With over 25 years of experience in community engagement, education, and politics, he has made a significant impact on the lives of countless individuals. Currently, Toine is the CEO of Critical Connections Group and also serves as the chair of the Detroit Alphas MLK committee, a position that allows him to empower hundreds of youth and families yearly. Through this committee, he has been instrumental in creating opportunities and support systems for the youth, promoting education, mentorship, and life skills development. Previously, Toine served as the national appointed state director of the Michigan NAACP, advocating for civil rights, social justice, and equality. Additionally, he worked as a partnership specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce Census Bureau Detroit region, contributing to essential data collection initiatives that inform decision-making and resource allocation. Having worked across diverse sectors, including corporate, private, government, and nonprofit, Toine has built a vast network of coalitions, supporters, and allies. His ability to collaborate with various stakeholders has been instrumental in driving positive change in the communities he serves. As a native of Detroit, Toine remains deeply connected to his roots and is committed to giving back to the community. He is married and a proud father of two daughters, setting an inspiring example of leadership and service for future generations. Through his relentless dedication and passion, Toine Murphy continues to leave a lasting legacy of empowerment and positive change in the lives of those he touches.

DeAmo Murphy
DeAmo
Murphy
Director of External Affairs
Opportunity Resource Fund
DeAmo Murphy
DeAmo Murphy
Director of External Affairs
Opportunity Resource Fund

Quan Neloms
Quan
Neloms
Educator & Founder
I am in Demand
Quan Neloms
Quan Neloms
Educator & Founder
I am in Demand

Quan Neloms is a dedicated husband, father, educator, and counselor. In the midst of his undergraduate studies, Neloms spent two years serving in Detroit's Brightmoor community. While launching after-school and physical education programs in the area's schools and public housing development, Neloms realized his passion for working with youth and young adults, particularly young Black men. Believing that young men needed to see themselves as teachers, leaders, and productive community members, Neloms made the commitment to become an educator and to remain in the city of Detroit. One of Neloms signature achievements is the creation of the "Lyricist Society." Launched in 2009 as an after-school activity, the program's purpose is to increase student involvement in creative arts while promoting cultural awareness, the value of achievement, and improving literacy through the use of hip-hop and digital media. The student's work has been recognized by the executive and administrative branches of the Detroit Public Schools Community District, Detroit City Council, the Historical Society of Michigan, internationally known musical acts, news media outlets, colleges, and universities. Seeking to increase the involvement of Black men in the lives of Michigan’s youth, Neloms founded I Am In Demand, an initiative with the goal of attracting more Black men to education as teachers, mentors, and volunteers. Neloms resides in Detroit, where he is loved and supported by his wife and their two sons

Hon. Kwame L. Rowe
Hon. Kwame L.
Rowe
Judge
Oakland County Circuit Court
Hon. Kwame L. Rowe
Hon. Kwame L. Rowe
Judge
Oakland County Circuit Court

Jacob Evan Smith
Jacob Evan
Smith
Community Director-Collider
Altimetrik
Jacob Evan Smith
Jacob Evan Smith
Community Director-Collider
Altimetrik

Dr. Karlin Tichenor
Dr. Karlin
Tichenor
Founder & CEO
Karlin J & Associates, LLC.
Dr. Karlin Tichenor
Dr. Karlin Tichenor
Founder & CEO
Karlin J & Associates, LLC.

Dr. Karlin James Tichenor believes in positively impacting the lives of others, namely marginalized communities, in social emotional and psychological wellness. He was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana where he graduated from Pike High School. He received his undergraduate degree in 2009 from Denison University in Communication Arts with a minor in Psychology as a scholar-athlete. During his tenure at Denison University, he founded the Boys to Men Mentoring Program in a local school district as a partnership with the University. He received his Master of the Arts degree, with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Michigan State University in 2011 and his doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Couple and Family Therapy in 2016. Dr. Tichenor is a clinical scholar. As a researcher, he has investigated the Promoting Academic Success Program (PAS) for minority males and the efficacy of this program on the matriculation of these students from high school and post-secondary education. He has also worked with the FirstSchools Intervention which is a project focusing on diminishing the ethnic/racial achievement gap between majority and minority youth through the development of partnerships between program staff, families, and schools in the context of Michigan. As well, he is a two-term minority fellow through the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Minority Fellowship Program, where he completed two quantitative studies on how at-risk minority males talk about themselves, their lives, and the influence of contextual factors on relationship maintenance for African American couples. He is also a King Chavez Parks (KCP) Future Faculty Fellow for the State of Michigan and Michigan State University. His dissertation focus was a study entitled “The Sociohistorical Influences on Coupling: The barriers to Developing and Maintaining a Healthy, Rewarding Relationship for African American Couples.” In addition to his work mentioned above, Dr. Tichenor has been involved in a wide range of other activities through University Outreach and Engagement, the McNair program, and 4H. Over the years, Dr. Tichenor has worked in the Lansing School District in Lansing, Michigan as the developer and Director of the Behavior Intervention Monitor Program, as a Student Services Specialist, and the Director of Project Prevent— a federally funded grant to increase school-based and community-based mental health services for students and families. Additionally, he has performed as the director of the Academic Intergenerational Mentoring Program (AIM High) through the City of Lansing and the department of University Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University, the Coordinator of the Culturally Responsive Positive Behavior Intervention Support (CRPBIS) initiative, the Director of the Student Support Specialist Program, the Executive Director and Associate Superintendent for the Lansing School District, a Fixed Term Assistant Professor at Michigan State University in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, and an Adjunct Professor at Siena Heights University in the Mental Health Counseling Program. Most recently in 2019, Dr. Tichenor embarked on a new mission within his hometown of Indianapolis. He was recently the Director of Social Emotional Health at the Indiana Youth Institute until 2021 and is now the founder and CEO of Karlin J & Associates consulting firm, an Adjunct Professor at Butler University, an Adjunct Professor at Abilene Christian University - Dallas, and the senior partner and co-founder of Family Links, a social services agency. He is the loving father to a daughter, Kaiden Marie Tichenor, and the proud husband to Mrs. Stephanie Tichenor. He believes in the benefit of community collaboration, the power of education and positive role models for youth development, and the importance of family unity.

Gary Torgow
Gary
Torgow
Chairman
Huntington National Bank
Gary Torgow
Gary Torgow
Chairman
Huntington National Bank

Gary Torgow is the Chairman of Huntington National Bank. Previously, he served as Chairman of TCF Financial and Chemical Financial Corporation. Mr. Torgow was founder and Chairman of Talmer Bank and was also the founder and Chairman of the Sterling Group, a Michigan-based real estate, development and investment company. Gary is on the boards of DTE Energy (NYSE) and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Gary is also an Executive Board member of Business Leaders for Michigan and is a Trustee and Board member of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan. Gary also currently serves as the National Campaign chair of the Jewish Federations of North America, Co-Chair of the Michigan Sustainability Leadership Council, and on the boards of the Detroit Regional Partnership and the Skillman Foundation. Gary served as a volunteer on numerous civic and communal boards, including the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, and the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, all of which he served as Chairman. Gary has won numerous awards, including the Frank A. Wetsman Award from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, the NAACP’s Fannie Lou Hamer “Keeping the Spirit Moving” Award, Wayne State University Law School Distinguished Alumni Award, Urban League of Detroit Distinguished Warrior Award, and the NAACP James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award. Gary is a graduate of the Yeshiva University and Wayne State University School of Law and is a member in good standing of the Michigan Bar Association. Mr. Torgow received an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Alma College. Gary is married with five children.

Edgar Vann III
Edgar
Vann III
Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion Manager
Huntington National Bank
Edgar Vann III
Edgar Vann III
Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion Manager
Huntington National Bank

Edgar L. Vann III is a proud Native Detroiter. He attended Cass Technical High School in Detroit and then went on to complete his higher education at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA where he received his Bachelor of Arts, in Business Administration Majoring in Finance. He received his Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from Walsh College of Business and completed a Fellowship in Public Policy and Social Research from Michigan State University. Edgar holds the position of Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for TCF Bank. In this role, he provides guidance to leadership and team members; Partner with teams to effectively use data and analytics to identify trends and create solutions to address individual and group behavior, and recommends strategies for making needed change. He develops and manages ongoing D&I dashboard reporting and program metrics for bank leadership, while managing D&I programs including but not limited to Employee Resource Group (ERG) and D&I councils to assure satisfactory results within established deadlines on budget. Prior to this he was the District Director of Government Relations for Wayne County Community College District. Honoring a lifelong call to service, Edgar has been a mentor, coach, and youth advocate since high school. He is committed to giving back to the community where he lives. He is a Board Member for Eastside Community Network, Michigan League for Public Policy, McDowell Preparatory Academy and sits on the Advisory Board for the National Diversity Council to name a few. He was honored by Crain’s Detroit business Top 40 under 40 and Fifth Third Bank Young History Maker.

Jarrett Waddy
Jarrett
Waddy
Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Operations and ERG Development
The Auto Club Group, AAA
Jarrett Waddy
Jarrett Waddy
Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Operations and ERG Development
The Auto Club Group, AAA

Jarrett Waddy is the Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Operations, and Employee Resource Group Development at The Auto Club Group (AAA). In his role, Jarrett works closely with the Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, senior management, and leaders across various business lines and departments to promote and advance The Auto Club Group’s (ACG) diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy. Jarrett has been a key catalyst in the ACG D&I strategy rollout. Jarrett has worked with diverse populations throughout his career with 15 years’ experience centered on higher education marketing, diversity & inclusion consultation, community relations, and professional development. His passion has developed and implemented workforce readiness programs/solutions to empower underrepresented populations to achieve optimal career mobility, employability, and needed resources. Jarrett is a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP), alumni of Challenge Detroit Fellowship, and serves on the Tri-City Community Development Corporation board in Southwest Detroit. He holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resources from Central Michigan University and a Bachelors of Business Administration\Marketing from Eastern Michigan University. He is also married with one daughter and enjoys spending time with his family.

Damarqio Williams
Damarqio
Williams
Founder
DetroitFather LLC
Damarqio Williams
Damarqio Williams
Founder
DetroitFather LLC

Damarqio (DK) Williams is a dynamic speaker and prominent advocate for youth development and fatherhood equity. As the Director of Operations at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Michigan and the visionary leader of Detroit Father, DK is deeply committed to promoting Black fatherhood throughout the community. As a proud member of the inaugural cohort for the Change Collective and Skillman BMe Vanguard, he works tirelessly to end fatherlessness on multiple fronts. With a strong presence in influential organizations like BMe Community, Detroit Young Professionals, Detroit Parent Network, Campaign for Black Male Achievement, and National Black MBA Association, DK's passion for meaningful change is evident. His exceptional ability to deliver powerful messages has earned him recognition, including being listed on Crain's Detroit 20 in their Twenties, Advance Magazine’s “The Nice List”, Seen Magazine’s “60+ Michigan Influencers to Follow”, and Who’s Who in Black Detroit by Real Times Media. Beyond his impressive achievements, DK treasures his role as a husband and father above all else. As a graduate of Liberty University, he continues to inspire and empower others through his unwavering dedication, boundless compassion, and genuine commitment to creating a brighter future for all.

Horatio Williams
Horatio
Williams
Founder
The Horatio Foundation
Horatio Williams
Horatio Williams
Founder
The Horatio Foundation

Marcuz Young
Marcuz
Young
Assistant Vice President | Field Distribution (Michigan)
The Auto Club Group, AAA
Marcuz Young
Marcuz Young
Assistant Vice President | Field Distribution (Michigan)
The Auto Club Group, AAA

Marcuz Young is the Assistant Vice President, Michigan Field Operations at The Auto Club Group (AAA). In his role, Marcuz works directly with the Michigan Field Vice President and works closely with Senior Management, Directors, and Field Leaders to drive long-term, sustainable, and profitable sales growth across various business lines. Marcuz has 20 years of experience in the Insurance and financial Industry. Marcuz started his career at his father’s Insurance Agency (Will Young) as a summer temp. Throughout his career, Marcuz has served people through many roles such as Insurance Agent, EA Consultant, Field Manager and Director. Most recently, he was promoted to Assistant Vice President. Marcuz also serves as a proud member of the AAA African American ERG Team. Working diligently to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace and local community. Marcuz holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Walsh College. Also, he holds a state license for various insurance lines and the designation of Certified Professional Insurance Agent. He is also married with one daughter and enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

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De'Angelo ALexander
De'Angelo
ALexander
Superintendent of Detroit’s Service-Learning District and the President of Education Operations
The Elite Group
De'Angelo ALexander
De'Angelo ALexander
Superintendent of Detroit’s Service-Learning District and the President of Education Operations
The Elite Group

The Superintendent of Detroit’s Service-Learning District and the President of Education Operations for the Elite Group. Prior to his current roles he was the Principal of David L. Mackenzie Elementary/Middle School, of DPSCD. During Mr. Alexander’s term- Mackenzie served over 1,100 students, which made his school the largest Pre-K/MS in Michigan. A turnaround administrator, Mr. Alexander has been given the charge to help turn a persistently failing schools into a high performing schools. Before Mr. Alexander jumped back into the day-to-day operations he was a Field Service Specialist for Pearson the largest education service provider in the world. In this role he proved to be an experienced and effective educator, knowledgeable of standards-based reform and school operations. Preceding his work for Pearson, Mr. Alexander was introduced to the world of philanthropy at The Skillman Foundation, as an Education Program Officer where he led the foundations work on one of their signature initiatives “Good Schools: Making the Grade”. In 2008, the initiative awarded over $2,500,000 to 129 schools located in Detroit. De’Angelo is also the founding leader of Stepping Stone Academy, in Buffalo, NY, one of the founding administrators of Detroit Edison Public School Academy (DEPSA 1998), and a founding teacher of Paul Robeson Academy (1991). De'Angelo or “delo!” for those that really know him, has worked vigorously at all levels of education toward moving our children into the next century. He has two children of his own Asya Da-Na and De’Angelo II.

Valissa Armstead
Valissa
Armstead
Sr. Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Corewell Health
Valissa Armstead
Valissa Armstead
Sr. Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Corewell Health

Valissa Armstead is the director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion of Corewell Health —formed by the joining together of Beaumont Health and Corewell Health in 2022. Valissa is responsible for ensuring the strategic alignment of DEI to Corewell Health strategies. She oversees these efforts through DEI’s five areas of focus framework: cultural competency, equity of care, workforce diversity, community engagement, and supplier diversity. She serves as a champion, consultant, bridge builder, strategic leader, and partner, empowering leaders across the system to identify and execute initiatives for effective organizational transformation. She is a proven innovator, relationship builder, change agent, and influencer for diversity, equity, and inclusion, bringing firsthand, expert knowledge to Corewell Health’s DEI efforts. Valissa joined Corewell Health in July 2015. Under her guidance, Corewell Health’s leadership signed the #123forEquity Pledge, which builds on the efforts of the American Hospital Association’s National Call to Action to Eliminate Health Care Disparities. The #123forEquity Pledge summons hospitals and health system leaders to accelerate efforts to collect sociocultural demographic data, design intentional plans and expand cultural competency training to enhance the diversity lens within leadership and governance structures, and to strengthen community partnerships. This pledge would become the catalyst for the signing of additional pledges and the creation of Corewell Health’s Antiracism Pledge. Valissa established a cross-functional diversity workgroup at Corewell Health that reaches out to hiring managers across the system to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion to their direct reports. To achieve this, she created an in-house Cultural Intelligence Facilitators Network that delivers cultural competency training in courses like unconscious bias and cultural intelligence. As a result, almost half of the health system team members have received training in cultural competency. Working towards improving the collection and reliability of patient demographic data (race, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, and gender identity), Valissa helped to lead efforts in the expansion of the health system's electronic medical records, thus helping to advance the organizations efforts to better understand the patient population as a first start towards eliminating health and healthcare disparities. She helped launch volunteer employee-led inclusion resource groups (IRGs) formed around common demographics, characteristics, or shared interests. The IRGs focus on culture, commerce, career, and community that led to business results. Currently, there are eight IRGs at Corewell Health: African American, Asian American, Hispanic and Latinx, LGBTQIA+, individuals with disabilities, veterans, women, and young professionals. Most recently, she helped design, develop, and deliver a full-day, system-wide initiative called Day of Understanding. This day is used to share, listen, and be heard as BHSH continues to move forward together in addressing systemic racism. A native of Flint, Michigan, Valissa previously worked as an engineer and as a direct result, understands the importance of data as the foundation for strategic recommendations. She also speaks regularly about her lived experience of being impacted by the intersectionality of being Black and female. She uses her education and experiences to fuel, inform and guide her work as a leader in the diversity, equity, and inclusion space. Valissa earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, a Master’s in Business Administration, and a Doctorate in Management (ABD) as she completes her research in organizational leadership with a specific focus on DEI. She is a Certified Diversity Practitioner through the National Diversity Council, a Certified Unconscious Bias Facilitator, and a Certified Cultural Intelligence Facilitator from the Cultural Intelligence Center. Additionally, she has completed executive leadership programs with the Disparities Solutions Center and McKinsey Company.

Darnell Blackburn
Darnell
Blackburn
Crime/Safety Expert/Traffic Reporter
WDIV Local 4 News/ClickOnDetroit
Darnell Blackburn
Darnell Blackburn
Crime/Safety Expert/Traffic Reporter
WDIV Local 4 News/ClickOnDetroit

Zenell Brown
Zenell
Brown
Executive Court Administrator (Retired)
Third Circuit Court
Zenell Brown
Zenell Brown
Executive Court Administrator (Retired)
Third Circuit Court

Zenell has over two decades of experience in leading change in the court environment. She has served as an attorney, mediator, supervisor, and director, helping families resolve disputes and creating child support initiatives to improve the well-being of children while improving the efficiency of the court. She has shared the challenges and success of her work with local and national child support and court audiences. She has co-created a mediation manual and has been training aspiring domestic relations mediators for a decade. Currently as Executive Court Administrator of the Third Circuit Court, Zenell oversees a budget of approximately $130 million and directs a staff of 600 professionals and support workers. She supports the 58 elected judges in their efforts to resolve over 60,000 cases each year. A graduate of University of Detroit Mercy (B.A.) and Wayne State University Law School (J.D.), Zenell continues to be a lifelong learner.

Donnell Campbell
Donnell
Campbell
Head of Global Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Aston Carter
Donnell Campbell
Donnell Campbell
Head of Global Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Aston Carter

Donnell started his career with Aerotek in 2002 in Detroit, MI. as an On-Premise Manager where he managed a very diverse workforce as large as 1100 contract employees. His expertise in this capacity was recognized and he joined the implementation team in May 2004 as an Implementation Specialist. In 2008 Donnell was promoted to National Implementation Project Manager and his responsibilities include launching on-premise office operations, initial contractor employee fulfillment, designing and installation of time and attendance systems, development of customized recruiting and retention strategies, facilitation of contractor employee transition programs and establishment of best practices. He has launched over 45 large national accounts in Aerotek’s portfolio in U.S. and Canada. In 2013 Donnell was promoted to Vendor On-Premise Operations Manager for the Midwest and Canada regions. In 2019 Donnell became the Vendor On-Premise Business Development Manager for the Central region. He was promoted to Head of DE& I for Aston Carter in November 2020. He is responsible for ensuring their DE&I strategy is executed and most importantly, impactful. To do this, he partners closely with executive leadership, HR and employee experience, DE&I council, and Leadership & Legacy Summit attendees, as well as various other groups and individuals in and outside the company. Donnell’s experience, knowledge, relationships and passion are valuable as he works to help build a special company where EVERYONE is accepted, valued, equal and therefore inspired and empowered to be a positive change agent throughout our communities.

Tamara Flake
Tamara
Flake
Commercial Relationship Mgr. Sr.-Government Banking
Huntington National Bank
Tamara Flake
Tamara Flake
Commercial Relationship Mgr. Sr.-Government Banking
Huntington National Bank

Tam is a Performance-Driven and Accomplished Financial Service IndustryProfessional with a successful 20+ year career history of directing consumer banking, risk management, and account management. As part of the Government Banking Team at Huntington Bank, she manages a portfolio of government clients and executes sales strategy while maintaining exceptional customer satisfaction at all professional levels. Respected as a motivational, influential leader and collaborator Tam was given the distinct honor of being the inaugural Champion of the African Ancestry Network – East Region Employee Resource Group for 2020 - 2021 by the TCF Bank office of Diversity and Inclusion and Executive Diversity and Inclusion Council. As a leader, Tam is able to provide transparent feedback to influence positive change in the organization to senior and executive-level leaders. Tam holds an Associate of Science, Business Management Degree from Davenport University and is a candidate for a Bachelor of Science, Business Management degree from Wayne State University. Tam holds an Advanced Certified Public Funds Investment Manager (ACPFIM) certification and National Diversity Council Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) certificate. Tam is a 2020 recipient of the first CARE LIKE A NEIGHBOR AWARD and is recognized as a 2021 DEI Champion awardee by the National Diversity Council. Tam freely gives of her time leading Business Resource Groups, volunteer projects in her community through work and personal commitment. Additionally, Tam is an Alopecia Awareness Advocate through her iRockitBald platform which strives to encourage, motivate, and uplift individuals living with or loving someone with hair loss. Tam has been featured on multiple radio shows, podcasts, magazines, as a motivational speaker, in a documentary and fashion shows to support Alopecia Awareness, and is a published author. Married to her high school sweetheart Jason, they are the proud parents of two sons Jason Jr. and Joshua. Tam has been an equestrian since the age of six, enjoys personal fitness, traveling, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Stephen Henderson
Stephen
Henderson
Host
Detroit Today and American Journal
Stephen Henderson
Stephen Henderson
Host
Detroit Today and American Journal

Kanetra Hights
Kanetra
Hights
Director of Inclusion and Diversity
C.H. Guenther & Son Inc.
Kanetra Hights
Kanetra Hights
Director of Inclusion and Diversity
C.H. Guenther & Son Inc.

Kanetra Hights, also known as Kiki, is a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Professional who partners with CEO’s, Executives, Learning and Development professionals and nonprofits to advise and create strategic plans, training programs, policies, and procedures centered around implementing and strengthening DEI in the workplace. Kanetra currently serves as the Manager of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Engagement for Goodwill Central Texas. She has spent over 10 years in the field of implementing DEI programs in organizations with over 10,000 employees and is an advocate to driving success, engaging employees and creating a profitable diversity return on investment. Kanetra is experienced with managing large Diversity & Inclusion Councils and Business Resource Groups. Kanetra has written training courses on the topics of Generational Differences in the Workplace, Unconscious Biases, Differences that Make a Difference in the Workplace, and Creating an Inclusive Environment. She has also written articles and done extensive research on the effect of Millennials in the Workplace. Kanetra holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Media, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and an Advance Teaching Degree for Secondary Education from Texas Lutheran University. She has certifications in Corporate Training, Adobe Connect e-Learning Platforms and is a Certified Diversity Professional. Kanetra is heavily engaged with the community by leading and supporting nonprofit organizations such as the National Diversity Council, Lupus Foundation of America, Martin Luther King Jr. Association of New Braunfels, and the Dress for Success Organization. Kanetra is an avid reader and loves books. You can find her in bookstores for hours. She also enjoys writing, going on hikes, playing fantasy football and playing Just Dance. Most of all she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Stacie Hunter
Stacie
Hunter
Vice President | Detroit Community Manager
JPMorgan Chase
Stacie Hunter
Stacie Hunter
Vice President | Detroit Community Manager
JPMorgan Chase

Stacie Hunter serves as Community Manager for Detroit for JPMorgan Chase. Her role is to engage the community in meaningful relationships within the Detroit Metro area and bring information and resources to advance racial equity, reduce systemic racism against Black and Latinx people, and support employees. Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Stacie served as the Chief Operating Officer for Franklin Wright Settlements Inc. She held the position of Vice President and Senior Branch Manager for Flagstar Bank Office and the Leader for the Flagstar African Heritage Empowerment Network. Stacie has been in the banking industry for 30 years and is responsible for business development, community partnerships, and the day-to-day duties of leading a banking team. Stacie has her B.A. Business/Marketing from the Wayne State University and her M.B.A in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. She graduated from the Leadership of Detroit and is now pursuing her Doctorate Degree in Non-Profit Leadership from Liberty University. Stacie is married to Anthony Hunter, a mother of eight children and a grandmother. In her free time, she enjoys working with her husband with his business, HD Productions, spending time with her family, reading, ministry, volunteering for youth programs, and teaching community financial literacy and business courses. In addition to volunteer services, she has served on the Board of Directors for Fostering Leadership Academy, Detroit Worship Center, and as an Advisory Board Member of the Michigan Diversity Council. She is a committed member of Impact Church, where Pastor Keenan Knox is her Pastor.

Darlene King
Darlene
King
Executive Director
Michigan Diversity Council
Darlene King
Darlene King
Executive Director
Michigan Diversity Council

Darlene King began her career with the Michigan Diversity Council-MIDC, a division of the National Diversity Council, in 2015. As the executive director, her charge is working with corporations and organizations in developing diversity and inclusion initiatives, programs, processes, and procedures. She also oversees the growth of the council in the area of business development throughout the entire state of Michigan. Prior to her tenure with the MIDC, she held the role of director of events, consultant services, training and development for all 34 school districts under the Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency for over 10 years. Her territory covered implementation and execution of all workshops and conference as well as maintaining CEU’s for teachers and administrators within Wayne County MI. She managed more than 60 consultants as well as county-wide, signature events such as the Teacher Job Fair, County K-12 Art Fair and the Cultural Collaborative for Learning. Darlene was also an inaugural member of the Diversity Strategic Planning Committee, which rolled out a county-wide diversity plan for all districts. Darlene’s background is widespread. She spent six years as a national concert promoter, traveling around the world with some of today’s most popular artists in the industry. She has produced and promoted shows at every concert venue in Detroit and beyond. In 2008, she launched her consulting company, Life’s Journey Training and Consulting. Competing in today's global market, Life’s Journey offers services in industries ranging from education to automotive, medical, non-profits and manufacturing. Its area of expertise consists of diversity and inclusion, leadership development, marketing, and public relations. Life’s Journey has provided service deliverables to Wayne County Head Start Programs, Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, The Order of the Fisherman, The Detroit Medical Center, Revival Home Health Care, RTM Music Group, Real Times Media, Stonecrest Behavioral Health, Detroit Area Agency on Aging, Universal Studios, Detroit Community Schools, MASCO Corporation, Diversity Lansing and many more. Darlene is a native of Michigan and enjoys spending time with her family, nephews and niece. She says her faith in God, family, passion for people and her love of traveling and gardening are the drivers which keep her on a Life’s Journey. Darlene has a passion for people and earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations and marketing from Wayne State University in Detroit. She has been operating in this capacity as well as in education and organizational development for 25 years. Darlene earned her National Certification as a Certified Diversity and Inclusion Professional in 2018.

Dr. Michele Leno
Dr. Michele
Leno
Psychologist and Talk Show Host
Mind Matters with Dr. Michele
Dr. Michele Leno
Dr. Michele Leno
Psychologist and Talk Show Host
Mind Matters with Dr. Michele

Dr. Leno is a native of Detroit and licensed psychologist in the state of Michigan. She completed her undergraduate studies at Marygrove College and later attended the Michigan School of Professional Psychology, and obtained her M.A. in clinical psychology. She completed her doctoral degree at Saybrook University in California. Dr. Leno is the owner of DML Psychological Services, PLLC, and her company provides consulting services throughout Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and Psychology Today. Dr. Leno serves on the board of directors of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). She has offered her expertise to several media outlets including WXYZ Detroit and The National Psychologist. She is currently the host of TV talk show, Mind Matters with Dr. Michele, which is in its third season. Dr. Leno has several years of experience providing psychological evaluations, therapy, coaching, and consulting services to individuals and organizations. She has worked with clients of all ages and backgrounds, including children, adolescents, adults, athletes, and various professionals. Dr. Leno offers a special intensive therapy and coaching session to busy professionals. Some of her interests include performance anxiety and effects of social media on mental health. Dr. Leno helps others get unstuck, transition, and cope with chronic and situational stressors. Her treatment is based on some guiding principles: first, she maintains that many physical symptoms and somatic complaints stem from poor mental health and coping; second, others often remain in positions with which they are unhappy due to fears and anxiety about change. She encourages others to recognize their own self imposed obstacles. Dr. Leno believes that by improving your mental health, you improve your life.

Erica White
Erica
White
Supplier Diversity Lead
Corewell Health
Erica White
Erica White
Supplier Diversity Lead
Corewell Health

Erica White recently joined Corewell Health to lead Supplier Diversity. She has previous experience in various industries, including insurance, healthcare, automotive, city government, and small business. Over the course of her career, Erica has earned several awards for her work in DEI and Supplier Diversity from the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council, Women’s Business Enterprise - Great Lakes, and others. Erica is passionate about community, entrepreneurship, economic development, creating equitable and inclusive environments for all, and helping diverse-owned businesses succeed. Erica holds a BA in business from Kentucky State University, an MBA from Wayne State University, and is a Certified Diversity Professional through the National Diversity Council. She serves as an advisory board member on the Michigan Diversity Council and has held a prior board position with the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Erica is a Detroit native and currently lives in Farmington Hills with her husband, daughter, and son. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, playing volleyball, and shopping.