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2018 STATE OF BLACK NORTH CAROLINA CONFERENCE

Wednesday, May 9: Kick-Off Awards Ceremony

Black Business Ink’s “50 Most Influential African Americans in the Piedmont Triad” Awards Ceremony

Time: 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: The Stevens Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Entertainment:

  • National Comedian THE REAL MICHAEL COLYAR
  • Grammy Nominee Anthony Hamilton’s THE HAMILTONES
  • NBC ‘s The Voice VANESSA FERGUSON

Come and celebrate as Black Business Ink honors the “50 Most Influential African Americans in the Piedmont Triad.” An awards ceremony in their honor will be held Wednesday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at the Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem – an event that promises to be full of revelry and purpose.

Thursday, May 10 (Morning sessions): HBCUs & Education

HBCUs: Their Mission, Their Value, Their Future
8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – The Benton Convention Center
Panelists:
Dr. Karrie Dixon: Interim Chancellor, Elizabeth City State University
Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins Sr.: President, Livingstone College
Dr. Elwood L. Robinson: President, Winston-Salem State University
Melvin B. Shaw: Principal, Saad&Shaw Comprehensive Fund Development Services

HBCUs are under attack from many corners. Their value is being probed and the question that used to be whispered is now being shouted: “Do we still need black colleges?” This panel of HBCU leaders discusses the vital roles HBCUs play in the community and the indisputable roles their graduates play in larger society.

Educating Our Youth
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – The Benton Convention Center
Panelists:
Carol Montague Davis: Principal, Carver High School
Dr. Monty Hickman: Associate Director, N.C. Community College System

Education is the key to success. It offers the surest pathway out of poverty and is vital in strengthening our communities economically. That is why we must make sure that all of our children receive a quality education that prepares them to succeed in life. This panel of education stakeholders will talk about what it takes to prepare our youth to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Thursday, May 10: Trailblazers Awards Luncheon

12 noon – 1:30 p.m.
The Benton Convention Center

Keynote Speaker: N.C. Senator Milton F. “Toby” Fitch, Jr.
Award Recipients: Bishop Shelton McCarter, N.C. Representative Henry M. “Mickey” Michaux, Dr. Dwight Mullen, Elaine Riddick

Thursday, May 10 (Afternoon sessions): Politics & Social Justice

Maximizing the Black Vote (On Both Sides of the Aisle)
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – The Benton Convention Center
Panelists:
Rev. Odell Cleveland: Co-founder & President, Welfare Reform Liaison Project
Eric Ellison: Chairman, Forsyth County Democratic Party
Troy Lawson: Chairman, Guilford County Republican Party
Linda Sutton: Central Piedmont Organizer, DemNC; co-founder, W-S Voting Rights Coalition

Democrats continue to win more than 90 percent of African American votes in North Carolina. What have African Americans gained for such unparalleled party support? What could African Americans gain politically and socially if democrats knew they could not count on overwhelming party loyalty from African Americans? Should there be a stronger two-party competition for the black vote? This promises to be a lively, thought-provoking discussion from politicos representing both political parties.

Gerrymandering and Other Social Issues
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. – The Benton Convention Center
Panelists:
Marcus Bass: Executive Director, Advance Carolina
Ivan Canada: Executive Director, NCCJ of the Piedmont Triad
Dr. Kareem Crayton: Interim Executive Director, Southern Coalition for Social Justice
Dr. Nelson Johnson: Executive Director, The Beloved Community Center of Greensboro

A three-judge federal court called the redistricting by the Republican-led N.C. General Assembly an intentional and partisan gerrymander “planned and executed to entrench Republican control.” Our experts will address this critical political issue and other social issues tearing at the fabric of our state.

Friday, May 11 (Morning sessions): Health & Fundraising

Alzheimer’s, Obesity, Opioids: Healthcare and the Black Community
8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – The Benton Convention Center
Panelists:
Dr. Goldie Byrd: Director, Center for Outreach in Alzheimer’s, Aging and Community Health, N.C. A&T
Marlon Hunter: Director, Forsyth County Department of Public Health
Dr. Donald A. McClain, MD, PhD: Director, Center on Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, Wake Forest Baptist Health
Dr. John Smith: Medical Director, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Alzheimer’s affects African Americans more than any other race; 40 percent of African American children are overweight or obese; and in a third of North Carolina’s 100 counties there were more opioid prescriptions than the population. State deaths tied to opioids grew by more than 900 percent between 1999 and 2016. A panel of healthcare experts will examine the medical and social impact of these crises and discuss possible remedies.

Winning at Nonprofit Fundraising: A Workshop
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – The Benton Convention Center
Presenters:
Melvin B. Shaw: Principal, Saad&Shaw Comprehensive Fund Development Services
Pearl D. Shaw: President, Saad&Shaw Comprehensive Fund Development Services

Wonder why it’s easy for some nonprofits to raise money and not so much for others? During this engaging, hands-on workshop – conducted by seasoned fundraising professionals – you’ll learn the 18 prerequisites of successful nonprofit fundraising; assess the extent of these prerequisites within your organization; and how to create an organization that engages board members, volunteers and community stakeholders. You’ll also be able to dive deeper into “challenging” prerequisites and leave the workshop with an assessment tool to gauge future success.

Friday, May 11: Women’s Empowerment Awards Luncheon

12 noon – 1:30 p.m.
The Benton Convention Center

Keynote Speaker: Venessa Harrison, President of AT&T North Carolina

Award Recipients: Former N.C. Representative Angela Bryant, Eunice Dudley, Andrea Harris, Virginia Newell

Friday, May 11 (Afternoon sessions): Women’s Empowerment & Economic Development

Challenges of Women Breaking the Glass Ceiling
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – The Benton Convention Center
Panelists:
Lilicia Bailey, Senior Vice President & Chief People Officer, Wake Forest Baptist Health
Tanya S. Blackmon, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Novant Health
Michelle Gethers-Clark: President and CEO, United Way of Greater Greensboro
Millette Granville: Vice President, Talent, Diversity & Inclusion and Organizational Development, Food Lion
Ursula Dudley Oglesby: President, Dudley Beauty Corp.

When Ursula Burns departed Xerox at the end of 2016, her departure meant that there were no African American women heading Fortune 500 companies. Despite evidence that champions diversity and equality, only 4 percent of Fortune 500 companies are run by women. This outstanding panel of A-list corporate executives will discuss this void as well as what it would take for more African American women to shatter the glass ceiling.

Economic Empowerment: What It Means, How To Achieve It
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. – The Benton Convention Center
Panelists:
Derrick Ellington: Triad Market President, Bank of America
James Sills: CEO, M&F Bank
Eric Watson: President & CEO, Carolinas Virginia Minority Suppliers Development Council
Calvin Williams: CEO, Freeman Capital
Dr. Shanté Williams: Partner, RW Capital Partners

Black buying power in the U.S. was projected to rise to $1.3 trillion in 2017, an 86 percent increase since 2000. The growth stems in part from an increase in the number of black-owned businesses and an uptick in education, which lead to higher incomes. As blacks continue to be significant consumers of goods and services, this expert panel of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and finance gurus will discuss how to channel that purchasing power into REAL economic empowerment.