Dr. Naana Boakye
Dr. Naana Boakye
Dermatologist & Lifestyle Medicine Physician
Bergen Dermatology, LLC
Are You Down with PBD?

Dr. Naana Boakye is a board-certified dermatologist, lifestyle medicine physician and a top doctor in Bergen County and in New Jersey. Her niche is in acne, aesthetics and lifestyle medicine. Her motto is to go beyond the skin and to provide her patients with a meaningful experience. She has a solo practice in Northern New Jersey, Bergen Dermatology LLC, and has been in countless publications. Furthermore, she has developed a skincare line with her sisters called Karité Shea Butter.

Karité Shea Butter features raw, unrefined and sustainably sourced shea butter from Ghana. Our carefully formulated antioxidant-rich, non-toxic, luxurious pro-aging ingredients has caught the attention of Vogue, Essence magazine and The Daily Mail, as well as clean-minded prestige retailers such as Shen Beauty, The Detox Market and Botanica Bazaar.

Dr. Naana Boakye earned her Medical Degree from Temple University, Master in Public Health from George Washington University and Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College. She was born in Ghana and currently resides in New Jersey with her beautiful family.

Donielle Buie
Donielle Buie
Associate Director of BroadLife
Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT
Are You Down with PBD?

After a career in biotech/pharma market research, Donielle Buie took on the role of Work-Life Manager, then Associate Director of BroadLife at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. In that capacity, she manages programs and events to support the mental, emotional, financial, and physical wellness of Broad Employees. This includes providing 1:1 consultations, identifying resources, and bringing in experts to help Broad employees balance work and life. She is a working mother who successfully negotiated working from home with young children, climbed the corporate ladder, and then left for 4 years to care for a child with health challenges. Donielle returned to her career and also started WifeMotherLeader to share her experiences as a working wife and mother. She now coaches other women who are trying to build a family and career at the same time. Donielle is married to Dr. Cullen Buie, a professor in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, and together they have 3 children and serve as Associate Heads of House in Maseeh Hall, MIT's largest undergraduate dorm. She is a member of Citylife Presbyterian Church in Boston, MA. Donielle is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and a graduate of Stanford with a BS in Biomechanical Engineering and MA in Education.

Michael Conrath
Michael Conrath
Executive Director, Education Savings
J.P. Morgan Asset Management
Advancing Black Pathways with JPMorgan Chase & Co.: College Financial Planning

Michael Conrath, CFP®, CRPC, executive director, is Head of Education Savings of J.P. Morgan Asset Management. He is an advocate for educating families and their financial professionals on the importance of investing for college, and he leads the firm’s 529 plan strategy, product and distribution efforts across client relationships.

Michael offers over 20 years of investment industry experience, and he has appeared on television, radio and print media, including CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Fox News, PBS, The Wall Street Journal, Cheddar, Morningstar and Investment News. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in 2011, Michael was wealth planning director at AllianceBernstein, where he spent more than a decade developing college savings, wealth transfer and retirement planning initiatives, and he previously held similar roles at Morgan Stanley and New York Life.

Michael has an MBA with dual concentration in Finance and Taxation from Fordham University, and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Rhetoric from Binghamton University. He is a Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor and holder of Series 7 and 63 licenses.

Jay Harris
Jay Harris
Anchor, Sportscenter
ESPN
The Impact of Celebrity on Activism
It’s Never Too Early to Invest and Grow Your Money

Jay Harris joined ESPN in February 2003, and is now most often seen as anchor of the Sunday morning, and Monday and Tuesday noon editions of Sportscenter.

Harris came to ESPN from WPGH-TV in Pittsburgh, Pa. where anchored the weeknight 10pm news show. Harris has more than 30 years of experience in television and radio news.

A native of Norfolk, Va., Harris graduated from Old Dominion University with a bachelor’s degree in speech communication. In 2003 he was honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University. In 2004, he was the keynote speaker for Old Dominion’s 100th commencement ceremony.

Among his other honors, Harris was part of SportsCenter’s Sports Emmy-winning efforts in 2004 and 2005, and a recipient of the Silver World Medal from the New York Festival Awards, Robert L. Vann Award from the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, and an EXCEL Award from the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals.

Harris is husband to Stephanie, and father to Bryce and Tyra. He has been a proud Jack and Jill dad for the past 4 years. He enjoys playing bass guitar and is an avid golfer. He scored an ace in a charity tournament in Las Vegas in 2014, winning a car in the process.

Erika Irish Brown
Erika Irish Brown
Chief Diversity Officer
Goldman Sachs
Town Hall: Black Lives Matter and the New Normal: Empowering and Educating the Next Generation of Black Leaders

Erika is chief diversity officer, responsible for global diversity and inclusion strategy and driving inclusive culture initiatives and efforts related to the recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse professionals. She joined the firm as a managing director in 2018.

Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Erika was global head of diversity and inclusion at Bloomberg from 2015 to 2018. Prior to this,
she led diversity hiring efforts at Bank of America between 2009 and 2015 and Lehman Brothers between 2005 and 2008.

Erika's background includes a range of banking and finance roles, including head of business development for Black Entertainment Television, senior associate in the high yield capital markets group at Morgan Stanley and senior policy analyst for
domestic finance for the United States Department of the Treasury. She began her career as an analyst in the public finance
department at Lehman Brothers.

Erika is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, vice chair of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and serves on the Board of the Riverside Hawks.

Erika earned a BS in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Jennifer Jones Austin
Jennifer Jones Austin
CEO
Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
Town Hall: Black Lives Matter and the New Normal: Empowering and Educating the Next Generation of Black Leaders

A fourth-generation leader of faith and social justice, Jennifer Jones Austin fights for equity. As CEO of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA), an anti-poverty, policy and advocacy organization with 170 member agencies and faith partners, she has led and secured monumental changes in social policy to strengthen and empower the disenfranchised and marginalized. Jennifer brings to her work a profound understanding of the link between race, poverty, and social policy in America, and the role religion plays in addressing injustice.

Prior to joining FPWA, Ms. Jones Austin served as Senior Vice President of the United Way of New York City; the City of New York’s first Family Services Coordinator; Deputy Commissioner for the NYC Administration for Children’s Services; Civil Rights Deputy Bureau Chief for Attorney General Eliot Spitzer; and Vice President for LearnNow/Edison Schools, Inc.

Jones Austin has chaired several influential boards and commissions, including the Mayoral Transition for Bill de Blasio, the NYC Procurement Policy Board, and the NYS Supermarket Commission. She currently serves as a Board Member of the National Action Network, Chair of the NYC Board of Correction, Member of the Feerick Center for Social Justice Advisory Board, member of the Center for Law, Brain and Behavior Advisory Board, and as a lead advisor for the NYPD Reform and Reinvention Collaborative.

Jennifer co-hosts WBLS’ “Open Line”, guest hosts the nationally syndicated radio program, “Keep’n It Real with Rev. Al Sharpton”, and appears frequently on the cable show, “Brooklyn Savvy”. She is a returning guest and contributor on the “Karen Hunter Show”.

In 2018 Jennifer Jones Austin released her debut book, “Consider It Pure Joy”. Described as “a story that if not lived would make for a great novel”, it is the harrowing account of her year-long battle with a sudden, life threatening illness, and the power of faith and community to transform desperation into joy. She is the editor of “God in The Ghetto: A Prophetic Word Revisited”, scheduled for release in the spring of 2021.

A graduated mother of Jack and Jill, Jennifer has two children and resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband.

Dr. Dawnn Lewis
Dr. Dawnn Lewis
President & CEO
Morning Jewel Inc
The Impact of Celebrity on Activism

President & CEO of Morning Jewel Inc. – a multi-platform production company of film, television, animation, music / music publishing projects. She is also the Founder & CEO of the A New Day Foundation – a non profit 501(c)3 organization, that provides financial & programmatic support to underprivileged youth and grassroots community organizations. She is an: NAACP Image Award, Trumpet Award, Grammy Award-winning singer, multiple ASCAP & BMI Award-winning songwriter, film, television & stage actor, and a Series TV creator/producer. In 2019, Dawnn received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters for her more than 35 years of unwavering service and support to underserved youth and communities across the county and abroad. Pre-Covid Quarantine, Dawnn was one of the stars of the new hit Broadway Musical TINA! – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL , as “Zelma Bullock”, (Ms. Turner’s Mother). She is currently starring with Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Noel Wells, Eugene Cordero and Jerry O’Connell in the just released CBS All Access series STAR TREK- LOWER DECKS, as “Captain Carol Freeman”. Dawnn is now also featured as “Chief Langdon”, alongside Kristen Bell in the highly anticipated reboot of Veronica Mars; as “The Chief” in WHERE IN THE WORLD IS CARMEN SAN DIEGO reboot; “Patty” in the Cartoon Network series APPLE & ONION, and recently seen recurring on three hit series: THIS IS US!, MAJOR CRIMES & IZOMBIE, or “heard” in: THE SIMPSONS, FUTURAMA & DOC MCSTUFFINS! Dawnn starred in two recently released award winning feature films: REVIVAL written & produced by acclaimed actor Harry Lennix featuring an all-star cast, and BE THE LIGHT written and directed by IZOMBIE star Malcolm Goodwin and is guest starring in an upcoming episode of the hit AMAZON series THE BOYS. For 5.5 years, Dawnn starred as one of the original cast members of the groundbreaking TV Series A DIFFERENT WORLD (also composer of shows theme song) & I’m Gonna Git U Sucka! Stage credits include: The Wiz (Bdwy), Intimate Apparel, Sister Act: The Musical (orig cast), The Marriage (NAACP Image award – Best Actress), How To Succeed In Business . . . (with Matthew Broderick & Megan Mullally). Dawnn has served the last 9.5 years on the National Advisory Board of the NATIONAL CENTER FOR CIVIL & HUMAN RIGHTS in Atlanta, Ga., & completed her sixth term on the SAG National Board of Directors, participating in it’s successful merger with sister union AFTRA, while serving for 4 yrs as the National & Los Angeles Co-Chair of the SAG now SAG-AFTRA Singers Committee. She currently serves as a Trustee for the SAG Pension Plan, on the SAG-AFTRA Hollywood Board and as a SAG/AFTRA National Union Delegate.

Tamika Mallory
Tamika Mallory
Social Justice Leader & Activist
Until Freedom
Town Hall: Black Lives Matter and the New Normal: Empowering and Educating the Next Generation of Black Leaders

Tamika D. Mallory is nationally recognized civil rights activist and seasoned community organizer. She served as the youngest ever Executive Director of the National Action Network. Mallory was the co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington, the largest single day demonstration in US history. She most recently gave what has been dubbed “the speech of a generation” – State of Emergency in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. She is an expert in the areas of gun violence prevention, criminal justice reform, and grassroots organizing.

Tracye McQuirter
Tracye McQuirter
Author
By Any Greens Necessary & Ageless Vegan
Are You Down with PBD?

Tracye McQuirter, MPH is a writer, speaker, public health nutritionist, and 33-year vegan who has been teaching people how and why to live a healthy vegan lifestyle for the past 30 years. She is the recipient of multiple awards for her public health nutrition and vegan advocacy and was named a national food hero changing the way America eats for the better by Vegetarian Times. She's the author of the book Ageless Vegan, which Library Journal starred as “raising the standard of plant-based cuisine,” and the national best-seller By Any Greens Necessary, which established her as one of the most influential vegans in the country. She directed the nation’s first federally-funded vegan nutrition program and was a nutrition advisor for the Black Women’s Health Imperative. Tracye recently created the first-of-its-kind, free African American Vegan Starter Guide in partnership with Farm Sanctuary and previously co-created one of the earliest vegan websites 20 years ago, which was also the first by and for African American vegans. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Essence, Bon Appetit, Ebony, Women’s Health, Black Enterprise, VegNews, The Huffington Post, and many more. Tracye is a graduate of Sidwell Friends School, Amherst College, and New York University, where she received a master's degree in public health nutrition.

Nick Nelson
Nick Nelson
CEO
BRANDPRENUER
Brandpreneur “How to Protect and Grow Your Brand Using Social Media”

Nick F. Nelson is an award-winning brand strategist, creative executive, and CEO of BRANDPRENUER, the nation’s leading brand development, image development and executive presence firm for the digital age.

BRANDPRENUER helps remarkable people who show up well in person, show up equally as well online by developing brand strategies, creating assets (photography, videography graphic design, web design) in support of that strategy and teaching clients how to GET NOTICED by creating custom content across social media themselves.

Nelson is an innovative force in brand marketing and throughout his nearly two decade-long career has produced targeted marketing and communications strategies for leading consumer products, and entertainment brands, most notable include Disney, General Mills, HBO, NBC, STARZ, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Walmart.

Recognized as the “Agency Marketer of the Year” by the Atlanta Chapter of the American Marketing Association in 2012, Nelson became the first, and only, African-American to receive the honor in its more than 50-years of existence.

Not limited to immersing himself in solution-oriented ideas that only impact his clients, Nelson’s desire to positively impact the lives of business professionals worldwide prompted his exploration into authorship. His debut book, STAY TUNED, is an instructional guide to overcoming life-altering challenges and finding a path to personal fulfillment. Nelson brings the same wisdom and practical advice to the pages of this project, as he has to the stages he’s graced throughout his years as a keynote speaker, host, and panelist. His undeniable foresight in business and engaging spin on real-world issues keeps audiences captivated, making him an in-demand keynote speaker.

Leke A. Osinubi
Leke A. Osinubi
Chief Risk Officer, Core Engineering Business Unit
Goldman Sachs
#Social #Media #Safety

Leke is chief risk officer for the Core Engineering business unit, where he is responsible for technology risk governance and
measurement. He also serves as co-chair of the Black Engineers Network.

Previously, Leke managed the Technology Risk Measurement Operations team, responsible for risk and control services, internal and external audit management and establishing analytics for anomaly detection and risk thematics. He joined Goldman Sachs
as a vice president in 2012 and was named managing director in 2017.

Prior to joining the firm, Leke worked as a senior manager in the Securities Technologies Practices Group at Accenture. Leke currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Bronx Defenders, a leading justice reform nonprofit.

Leke earned a BS in Computer Engineering and Information Systems Technology from Syracuse University in 2001.

Dr. Lynn Richardson
Dr. Lynn Richardson
Author, Entertainment Executive, Celebrity Financial Coach
Sunni Gyrl, Inc.
It’s Never Too Early to Invest and Grow Your Money

Named by Urban Influence Magazine as one of the 20 Hottest Influencers in America, Dr. Lynn Richardson is an author, entertainment executive and celebrity financial coach who uses her quick wit and humorous presentation style to help others face their money issues and achieve personal, professional and spiritual harmony. During this time of quarantine, Lynn has been on the front lines doing everything she can to help provide significant and important financial information. Most recently recurring on Good Morning America's SMART MONEY Segment and on Fox 11 - The Coronavirus Special Report with Drew Pinksky and Elex Michaelson. Known for her regular appearances on Fox Business, Fox News, The Steve TV Show, Access Hollywood Live, The Hallmark Channel's Home & Family Show, BET Networks and has appeared in Essence, Get Up Mornings with Erica Campbell, and in countless media outlets nationwide. She has served as Chief of Operations for Russell Simmons' & Dr. Benjamin Chavis' Hip Hop Summit Action Network and is currently the President and CEO of MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, and President and COO of MC Lyte's Sunni Gyrl Entertainment and celebrity management firm -- where she oversees empowerment programs that impact the globe. Her newest venture has her taking on the role Executive Producer alongside MC Lyte & Bentley Evans for UMC’s sitcom, “Partners In Rhyme.” She was appointed to join Dr. Benjamin Chavis (CEO) as the Chief of Operations for the Hip Hop Summit Action Network, where she continues to work with Russell Simmons (Chairman), other celebrities, and a host of corporate and community partners to execute global initiatives empowering the hip-hop youth and urban professionals around the world. In 2012, Richardson was appointed President of MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, where she was responsible for assisting in the launch of various significant programs and she was later appointed COO of MC Lyte's business enterprise, Sunni Gyrl, Inc, which specializes in artist support, development, business strategies, and wealth creation for various celebrities. In 2016, Richardson partnered with MC Lyte, Kelly Price, Faith Evans, Erica Campbell, and Nicci Gilbert to launch The W.E.A.L.T.H. Experience, a three-day new year retreat she created for celebrities, entertainment and corporate executives, and women from all walks of life: www.wealthexperience.info. In April 2020, Lynn worked with Media & Entertainment Mogul, Diddy on an impactful campaign to help educate small businesses by teaching them how to get their share of the additional business relief funds announced April 23rd via the CARES Act. Richardson is committed to nurturing her ministry for the benefit of others. She and her best friend Demetrius have been married for over 25 years, they have three daughters and call a Los Angeles suburb home.

Nicole Sanchez
Nicole Sanchez
Managing Director, Consumer Banking, Community and Business Development
J.P. Morgan Chase
Advancing Black Pathways with JPMorgan Chase & Co.: College Financial Planning

Nicole currently serves as a Managing Director, Consumer Banking, Community and Business Development. In her role, Nicole leads the Mass and Underbanked Segments and will be delivering on the Consumer Bank's efforts as part of JPMC's $30 Billion commitment to close the racial wealth gap.

Previously, Nicole served as General Manager of the Youth and Student Segments. In this role, her primary responsibilities include developing and driving Chase’s strategy to win the next generation of consumers. Specifically, she served as both the business owner and Head of Product for key youth and student products including Chase First Banking, Student Checking and Savings and partnered with card on the development and launch of the Chase Student Freedom card. Through Project Grammar, she leads a 100+ person cross-functional team across technology, digital, CB product, marketing, servicing, sales, legal, risk, compliance, and controls.

Previously, Nicole served as an Investment Partner at XFactor Ventures, a venture capital fund where she led fintech investments. She was named “One of the Most Powerful Women in NYC Tech.” She was also the Founder and CEO of JP Morgan Chase and Y Combinator backed fintech startup, Credit Hero. Nicole is a graduate of Harvard Business School, Harvard College and a Y Combinator Fellow. She has been featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, Axios, Pitchbook, and American Banker.

Chrissy Thornton
Chrissy Thornton
Executive Director
Maryland/Southern Delaware Chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation
Teen Leadership Bootcamp
Going With the Flow: Engaging Teens Where They Are
Chaperone Certification

Chrissy M. Thornton is the Executive Director of the Maryland/Southern Delaware Chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. She's been recognized for developing professional staff training programs to revitalize departments, and implementing organizational change efforts into growing businesses. Experienced in organizational diagnosis and the design and facilitation of large-scale events and staff development activities, Chrissy has a twenty year background in successful fundraising, donor and corporate relations, digital engagement, grant writing, and the seamless execution of exceptional meetings, events, training seminars, team building sessions, education conferences, fundraisers, peer-to-peer events, and more!

Chrissy is the Founder of My Girl Power Hour where she offers a discussion series and training webinars empowering women and young people to overcome obstacles and live their best lives. Chrissy is a published author, has a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Management, is a sought after public speaker, and resides in Maryland with her two children. Chrissy joined Jack of Jill of America, Inc. in 2013 and served two terms as the Chapter Program Director, achieving first place in Programming for the Eastern Region for 2018 - 2019 and 2019 - 2020 and Best of the Best in Programming at the National level in 2020. She authored the children's book, The Holiday Party which was featured on National Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Bedtime Stories in 2015. She is presently serving as Chapter President for Greater Baltimore County, an elected member of the Eastern Regional Nominating Committee, and as the Eastern Regional Teen Advisor.

Justin Tuck
Justin Tuck
Private Wealth Advisor
Goldman Sachs
The Impact of Celebrity on Activism

Justin is a Private Wealth Advisor in the Partners Coverage Group. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2018, after earning an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to joining the firm, Justin played in the National Football League for 11 years. Justin is a former Captain and two-time Super Bowl Champion with the New York Giants. Justin co-founded R.U.S.H. for Literacy, a foundation to encourage low-income youth to R.U.S.H. (read, understand, succeed and hope). Justin sits on the Board of the Pure Edge Foundation, a foundation focused on bringing health and wellness to underserved children, and The Vera Institute of Justice whose mission is to drive change and urgently build and improve justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety and strengthen communities. Justin lives in New Jersey with his wife Lauran and two sons, Jayce and Jonah.

Tamia Tucker
Tamia Tucker
Trooper First Class
Connecticut State Police
#Social #Media #Safety

Trooper First Class Tamia Tucker enlisted in the United States Marine Corps one week after her 18th birthday. She was a Field Radio Operator stationed in Okinawa, Japan and Camp Lejeune, NC. After her enlistment, she attended Southern Connecticut State University, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion. Trooper First Class Tucker was hired by the Connecticut State Police in 2010. She spent her first 5.5 years at Troop I- Bethany and is currently at Troop G- Bridgeport. In 2015, she completed a Practical Nurse program.

Mikaila Ulmer
Mikaila Ulmer
Author
Me & the Bees Lemonade
The World of Money.org Presents an Interactive Book and Business Seminar

Mikaila started her lemonade at youth entrepreneurial events and at her lemonade stand out in front of her home, donating a percentage of the profits to local and international organizations fighting hard to save the honeybees. That is why she touts: “Buy a Bottle…Save a Bee.”

Now at age 15, her little idea from more than 10 years ago continues to grow and grow...by more than 500 percent since the company’s humble Austin, Texas-based beginnings. Today, the award-winning, ready-to-drink Me & the Bees Lemonades in five refreshing flavors is buzzing off the shelves of Whole Foods Market, The Fresh Market, World Market, H-E-B stores across Texas and Kroger stores in Houston. It is also available at a growing number of restaurants, food trailers and natural food delivery companies.

When not traveling for speaking events to share her stories of being a social entrepreneur, leading workshops on how to save the bees, or participating in social entrepreneurship panels, you can find Mikaila coming up with ideas to help the Healthy Hive Foundation, a nonprofit to further help the mission of saving the pollinators. And of course, she’s working hard as a high school student, loving Spanish, science and rock climbing classes.