Day One: Access
Opening Performance | Summit Kickoff
Welcome | Day One: Access
Presented by Benjamin J. Vann and Greer Christian
Presented by Evelyn Solorzano of Bank Of America
Intention Setting / Community Agreements / Land Acknowledgment
Speaker: Byron Sanders
Mindfulness & Wellness
Speaker: Veronica Torres
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?
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.
Breakout Session #1 (Funders/Investors) | Inclusive Economic Development
Speakers: Evelyn Solorzano, Michelle Corson, James Johnson-Piett, James Armstrong
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?
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?
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?
Lunch, Music, and Marketplace
Sponsored by JP Morgan Chase & Co
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.
Breakout Session #1 (Funders/Investors) | Underwriting for Racial Justice
Speakers: Benjamin J. Vann, Erin Kilmer-Neel, Jennifer James, La-Tasha Best-Gaddy
Breakout Session #2 (Founders/Entrepreneurs) | Building an Equitable Startup Ecosystem in Texas
Speakers: Preston James, Lauren (Ren) Mitchell, Kathy Galloway
Breakout Session #3 (Innovators) | The Power of Connected Communities
Speakers: Ashli Sims, Shequite Johnson, Michael Odupitan, Dr. Lomax Campbell
Community Share-Outs and Wrap-Up
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