Monday, September 22, 2014

Creating Opportunity Conference Agenda

RAINBOW ROCCS - Restore Our Church and Community Seminar

Discovery to Recovery: Thriving In a Changing Economy


                                                     Thursday, October 2, 2014 – Hyatt Regency


4:00-7:00 p.m.                       Best of the Hip Hop Generation-New Paradigm for a

Morehouse                               Digital Age – Envisioning the Future


King Chapel                       Moderator:   Mr. Munson Steed, Rolling Out


                                                     Ms. Khay Barnes, Microsoft

                                                     Ms. Jewel Burks, Google

                                                     Ms. Marypat Hector, Black Girls Rock

                                                     Mr. Nathaniel Smith, Partnership for Southern Equity

                                                     Mr. Greg Street, WVEE

                                                     Rev. Will Hall, Rainbow PUSH Coalition

                                                     Daryl Parks, Esq, Parks and Crump, LLC

                                                     Robert Patillo, Esq. Patillo Law Group

                                                     Mr. Nicholas Clements, Magnify Money



7:00 p.m.                                  Town Hall Meeting – ROCS Seminar

Salem Bible Church

                                                     Dr. Joseph Williams

                                                     Nicholas Clements, Magnify Money


                                                     Friday, October 3, 2014 – Hyatt Regency Hotel


7:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.              Registration - Regency


8:00 a.m.                                  Opening Plenary and Business Networking Breakfast–

Regency VII                             Breaking Glass Ceilings


                                           Moderator:    Davida Mathis, Esq.


                                                     Invocation:  The Honorable Penny Brown Reynolds

                                                     Pledge of Allegiance:  MLK Jr. High School NJROTC Color Guard                                                    


                                                     Keynote Speaker:  Ms. Georgette Dixon, Wells Fargo


                                                     Remarks:  Ms. Lori Billingsley, The Coca-Cola Company


                                                     Entertainment:  Goodwill Inspiration Choir



9:00 a.m.                                  Education Is Power

Regency VII

                                                     Keynote Speaker:

                                                     Michael L. Thurmond, Esq., DeKalb County Schools



                                                     Closing Remarks:

                                                     Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.


10:00 a.m.                                My Church ROCS – Church Growth and Development

Regency V                               


                                                     Mr. Maurice Coleman, Sr. , Bank of America Merrill Lynch

                                                     Dr. Wilson Lattimore, Jr., Chestnut Grove Baptist Church

                                                     Dr. Lamar Barden, Peachtree Planning Corporation

                                                     Mr. Hugh Rowden, Outreach, Wells Fargo

                                                     Dr. Joseph Williams, Salem Bible Church



10:00 a.m.                                Entrepreneurship and Supplier Diversity

Hanover F-G

                                                     Moderator:  Michael R. Hatcher, Esq., Jackson Lewis, P.C.



                                                     Mr. Greg Calhoun, Calhoun Enterprises

                                                     Mrs. Verlyn Calhoun, Calhoun Enterprises

                                                     Ms. Janelle Baranco, Baranco Automotive Group

                                                     Mr. Sylvester Johnson, Sr., Home Depot

                                                     Ms. Terrez Thompson, The Coca- Cola Company

                                                     Mr. Joel Stenson, UPS


10:00 a.m.                                Crisis Public Relations

Hanover A-B                     

                                                     Moderator:  Ms. Chountelle Bullock, CBULL Enterprises



                                                     Ms. Bunnie Jackson-Ransom, First Class, Inc.

                                                     Ms. Diane Larche, Larche Communications

                                                     Ms. Yalanda Lattimore, DryerBuzz Blog


11:30 a.m.                                 Press Conference – Learning Center


12:00 p.m.                                FAITH AND THE MARKETPLACE LUNCHEON

Regency VII

                                                     Speaker:    Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.,


                                                     Award Recipients: 

                                                     Bishop Finace Bush, Jr., Crown Christian Church

                                                     Bishop Teresa Snorton, The CME Churches

                                                     Rev. Isaiah J. Waddy, Greater St. Peter AME Church

                                                     Pastor Jesse Curney, III, New Mercies Christian Church





2:00 p.m.                                  Opportunities in Transportation Roundtable

Regency VI                              

                                                     Moderator:  Ms. Janice L. Mathis, CEF


                                                     Keynote:  Mr. Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation





                                                     Ms. Kimberly King, Georgia Department of Transportation

                                                     Mr. Richard Krisak, MARTA

                                                     Ms. Cynthia Parks,  Jones Worley

                                                     Ms. Pam Smith, Smith Real Estate Services

                                                     Mr. Al Edwards, CERM

                                                     Ms. Paquita Bradley, National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees

                                                     Ms. Roberta Abdul Salaam


2:00 p.m.                                  Charter Schools:  The Promises and the Pitfalls

Hanover A-B                          

                                           Moderator: Senator Floyd McKissick, Jr., N.C. Senate



                                                     Ms. Valarie Wilson, Candidate State School Superintendent

                                                     Mr. Bob Weil, American Federation of Teachers

                                                     Mr. Steven Lee, Atlanta Public Schools


2:00 p.m.                                  A Charge to Keep

Regency V

                                                     Speaker:    Rev. Jasper Williams, Jr., Salem Bible Church


6:30 p.m.                                  Red Carpet Reception – Regency V


7:00 p.m.                                  Keep Hope Alive Gala – Regency VI and VII


                                                     Master of Ceremony:  Mr. Robert Calloway, WVEE

                                                     Mistress of Ceremony:  Ms. Ramona DeBreaux, WVEE


                                                     Award Recipients:


                                                     Ms. Donna Bowman, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated

                                                     Ms. Nancy Flake Johnson, National Urban League of Greater Atlanta

                                                     Rep. Hank Johnson, U.S. 4th Congressional District of Georgia


                                                     Toastmasters:         Ms.  Ann D. Avery Cooper

                                                                                          Ms. Rhonda Briggins Ridley

                                                                                          Mr. Hank Stewart         


                                                     Entertainment:     The Wardlaw Brothers

                                                                                           Mr. Cedric Ceballos



10:00 p.m.                                Midnight Prayer Service – Regency VI and VII


                                                     Rev. Jasper Williams

                                                     Dr. Joseph Williams








Saturday, October 4, 2014 – Hyatt Regency


7:00 a.m.-12:00p.m.            Registration



10:00 a.m.-2:00p.m.            College Exhibit

Grand Hall East


10:00 a.m.                                Career Planning  - Innovation and Technology Drive

Grand Hall East                      Today’s Economy


                                           Moderator:  Michael R. Hatcher, Esq., Jackson Lewis, P.C.


                                                     Keynote:    Mr. Ray Bishop, Goodwill Industries of North Georgia



                                                     Mr  Ferdinand L. Risco, MARTA

                                                     Dr. Lance McCarthy, Black Silicon Valley

                                                     Dr. Romelda Simmons, Ft. Valley State College

                                                     Mr. Faisal Hoque, SHADOKA, LLC

                                                     Mr. Rob Sunderland, Georgia Power

                                                     Mr. Ronco Johnson, R.L. Johnson & Associates

                                                     Ms. Kim Paige, The Coca-Cola Company

                                                     Mr. Richard Hicks, CFY Atlanta


10:00 a.m.                                Public Policy Roundtable – Elected Officials

Hanover F-G                           Defeating the Southern Strategy


                                           Keynote:   Ms. Goldie Taylor – MSNBC Commentator



                                                     Senator Gail Davenport, District 44

                                                     Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, Chair, Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus

                                                     Senator Floyd McKissick, Jr., N.C. Senate

                                                     Senator Connie Stokes, Candidate Ga. Lieutenant Governor

                                                     Mayor Steve Benjamin, Columbia, S.C.

                                                     Mr. Ceasar Mitchell, President, Atlanta City Council

                                                     Ms. Doreen Carter, Candidate Georgia Secretary of State

                                                     Ms. Robin Shipp, Candidate State Labor Commissioner


10:00 a.m.                                Youth Talk Back Session - Don’t Let the Games Play You

Hanover C-E                          

                                                     Moderator:  Mr. Axel Adams, National Director CEF One Thousand Churches



                                                     Hubert Grimes, Esq., 7th Judicial Circuit, Florida

                                                     Mr. Cedric Ceballos, NBA All Star

                                                     Daryl Parks, Esq., Parks and Crump, LLC







12:00 p.m.                                YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT SPORTS LUNCHEON-

Regency VII                             LIFE BEYOND THE PLAYING FIELD


                                                     Master of Ceremony:  Mr. Hasani Pettiford


                                                     Invocation:  Rev. Joseph Bryant


                                                     Keynote Speaker:  Mr. Terry Cummings, NBA All Star


                                                     Award Recipients:  Jonesboro High School Boys Basketball Team

                                                                                             AAAA 2013-2014 State Champions


                                                                                             Wilkinson County High School Boys Basketball Team

                                                                                             A 2013-2014 State Champions


                                                     Presenters:   Mr. Cedric Ceballos, Former NBA All Star

                                                                               Mr. Chuck Miller, Georgia Secretary of State







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