Day One: Access

8:30 - 9.00 AM

Opening Performance | Summit Kickoff

9:00 - 9:05 AM

Welcome | Day One: Access

Presented by Benjamin J. Vann and Greer Christian

9:05 - 9:10 PM

Special Remarks

Presented by Evelyn Solorzano of Bank Of America

9:10 - 9.20 AM

Intention Setting / Community Agreements / Land Acknowledgment

Speaker: Byron Sanders

9:20 - 9:30 AM

Mindfulness & Wellness

Speaker: Veronica Torres

9:30 - 9:45 AM

Featured Lightning Talk | State of the Economy: The Wealth Gap

Speaker: Brian Marshall

Session Desciption: Studies project by the year 2056, African American and Latino households will reach a networth of $0. How can we work more efficiently to close our wealth divides amongst communities of color? What are some tangible ways to close gaps on a macro and micro level?

9:45 - 10:15 AM

Featured Lightning Talk | Funding for the Culture

Speaker: Michelle Williams

Session Description: Grants, Sponsorships, & RFPs...Unpacking and De-Mystifying how to find funding for your social impact endeavor, sell your ideas, and change your community.

10:15 - 11:15 AM

Breakout Session #1 (Funders/Investors) | Inclusive Economic Development

Speakers: Evelyn Solorzano, Michelle Corson, James Johnson-Piett, James Armstrong

10:15 - 11:15 AM

Breakout Session #2 (Founders/Entrepreneurs) | The Evolution of the CEO: Dreamer, Hustler, Founder, CEO

Speakers: Jennifer James, Sheena Allen, Pierston Gaines

Session Description: Entrepreneurs dream of building successful businesses that change the lives of themselves and their families, but what does it truly take to be a CEO at the highest level? What skills should emerging CEO's be cultivating as they rise to the top?

10:15 - 11:15 AM

Breakout Session #3 (Innovators) | Supporting BIPOC Founders: Are We Getting it Right?

Speakers: Donna Henry, Tarsha Hearns, Tunji Fadiora, Danyel Surrency Jones

Session Description: The call to action in recent years to support BIPOC founders has grown rapidly, with the increase of educational programs, accelerators, mentorship programs, etc. Are we getting it right? Are we truly moving the needle?

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Featured Lightning Talk | The Power of Narratives

Speaker: VR Small

Session Description: Narratives shape how we perceive and how we distribute power. How can we begin to use more strength-based language to describe and empower communities of color? What narratives are we creating unknowingly that are actually more harmful than helpful to communities of color?

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Lunch, Music, and Marketplace

Sponsored by JP Morgan Chase & Co

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Featured Fireside Chat | Impacting Billions: DRK Foundation

Speakers: Rob Kaplan, Holly Kuzmich, and Drexel Owusu.

Session Description: DRK Foundation has impacted over 300 million people through its unique ability to find, fund, and support extraordinary organizations working to solve society’s most intractable problems.

Setting its sights on domestic impact, Texas is the destination ahead.

2:15 - 3:15 PM

Breakout Session #1 (Funders/Investors) | Underwriting for Racial Justice

Speakers: Benjamin J. Vann, Erin Kilmer-Neel, Jennifer James, La-Tasha Best-Gaddy

2:15 - 3:15 PM

Breakout Session #2 (Founders/Entrepreneurs) | Building an Equitable Startup Ecosystem in Texas

Speakers: Preston James, Lauren (Ren) Mitchell, Kathy Galloway

2:15 - 3:15 PM

Breakout Session #3 (Innovators) | The Power of Connected Communities

Speakers: Ashli Sims, Shequite Johnson, Michael Odupitan,  Dr. Lomax Campbell

3:15 - 3:30 PM

Community Share-Outs and Wrap-Up

Closing Remarks

3:30 -5:30 PM

Community Networking & Happy Hour | Lorenzo Hotel

Hosted at Lorenzo Hotel

In continuation of day one of the Summit conference, will be hosting our very own happy hour for all summit attendees at the historic Lorenzo Hotel in Dallas. Join us for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and parking - all included! You'll also get to try Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey from the company founded by our Keynote Speaker, Fawn Weaver!

This is a great opportunity to network with other funders, founders, and innovators from the conference! Join us at Lorenzo for community and connection.

The Lorenzo Hotel is located at 1011 S AKARD ST. DALLAS, TX 75215