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  • Billy Link, Jr

    Billy Link Jr

    Director - Focus Store Manager for Walmart Stores Incorporated

    Billy Link, Jr is a Director - Focus Store Manager for Walmart Stores Incorporated in Columbus, Ohio. He provides strategic leadership for his 400+ associate partners in delivering a clean, fast friendly environment to over 50,000 Customers per week.

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  • Twyla Garrett

    Twyla Garrett

    Founder Investment Management Entertainment Inc. and Garrett Entertainment Co.

    Twyla is responsible for all management and administration, operation, financial, and marketing and sales activities of the corporation and all related divisions. She is the sole founder of IME in December of 2000 and GEC (Garrett Entertainment Co.)

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    Edgar L. Smith

    Founder, Chairman and CEO of World Pac Paper, LLC

    Edgar L. Smith, Jr. is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of World Pac Paper, LLC, a fast growing, Inc. 500 and BE100 company and award winning national distributor of high quality printing & packaging papers and packaging solutions.

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    Frans Johansson

    CEO of The Medici Group

    An author, entrepreneur, and consultant, Frans Johansson has spoken to audiences around the world, from the boardroom of large corporations to villages in developing countries. His debut book, The Medici Effect, available in 18 languages, shattered assumptions about how great ideas happen, and was named one of the “Best Books on Innovation” by BusinessWeek. His follow up book, The Click Moment, obliterates the idea that in business you can strategize, plan, and analyze your way to success and was named top 10 best business book of 2012 by Fast Company. He has founded a software startup, a healthcare firm, a hedge fund, and a strategy consulting firm, The Medici Group.

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    Hajj Flemings

    Leading Brand Strategist & Tech Entrepreneur

    Hajj is a leading brand strategist, speaker and tech entrepreneur. He was featured in CNN’s Black In America 4: The New Promised Land: Silicon Valley which was viewed by millions of people.

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    Andrea Hence Evans, Esq.

    Owner, The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans, LLC.

    Andrea Hence Evans, Esq. launched the intellectual property law practice, The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans, LLC. Attorney Evans career path is unique since she worked at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for approximately 5 years as both a Patent Examiner and a Trademark Examining Attorney after graduating from law school.

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  • Jessica Johnson

    Jessica Johnson

    Vice President & Co-Principal, Johnson Security Bureau, Inc.,

    Jessica Johnson is the Vice President and one of two principals of Johnson Security Bureau, Inc., a New York-based security services firm offering armed, unarmed security guard protection and surveillance for corporate, government and private institutions. The family-owned business was created in 1962.

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  • Jonathan Gosier

    Jonathan Gosier

    founder of MetaLayer

    Jon Gosier is a software developer and designer working at the intersection of big data, human rights, and Africa.

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    Karen L. Heath Wade

    Vice President, Sales, Head of Distribution for the Investment Management Group

    Karen L. Heath-Wade is Vice President, Sales, Head of Distribution for the Investment Management Group. Karen leads the distribution and sales efforts for Nationwide Mutual Funds Business.

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  • Kimberly Blackwell

    Kimberly A. Blackwell

    Founder and CEO of PMM

    Kimberly A. Blackwell is the founder and CEO of PMM. Founded in 1999, the Mid-West based brand strategies firm provides comprehensive creative services, marketing, pr/media relations, reputation management, event production, interactive & new media, communications and sports agent representation services to its clientele.

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  • Lauren Maillian Bass

    Lauren Maillian Bias

    Founder and CEO of Luxury Market Branding

    Lauren Maillian Bias is a serial entrepreneur; she is the Founder and CEO of Luxury Market Branding, a strategic marketing company, and is a Founding Partner at Gen Y Capital Partners, an early stage venture firm focused on investments in mobile and consumer facing technology enabled companies.

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    Magic Johnson

    Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises

    Earvin “Magic” Johnson has become the most powerful African-American businessman in the world. As Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, he has built his business empire over a span of 30 years.

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    Melinda Emerson

    Small Biz Lady, Business Expert, Author

    Melinda F. Emerson, SmallBizLady, is America’s #1 small business expert. She is an author, speaker and small business coach whose areas of expertise include small business start-up, business development and social media marketing.

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    Robert L. Johnson

    Founder and Chairman of The RLJ Companies

    Robert L. Johnson is the Founder and Chairman of The RLJ Companies, an innovative business network that owns or holds interests in businesses operating in hotel real estate, private equity, consumer financial services, asset management, insurance services, automobile dealerships, sports and entertainment, and video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming.

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    Ron Busby Sr.

    President & Chief Executive Officer

    Ron Busby, Sr., is not only the leader of the Nation's new premier non-profit organization for Black Business owners; he also is a successful business owner himself.

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  • Sundra Ryce

    Sundra Ryce

    Sundra Ryce established SLR Contracting & Services Company, Inc. in 1996 to provide quality work and exemplary customer service in the construction industry.

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  • Wayne Sutton

    Wayne Sutton

    Entrepreneur, Advisor and Technology Journalist.

    Wayne is a designer and digital media thought leader who regularly speaks about harnessing the power of social media to foster creativity, empower communities, and build brands. Wayne delivers value to individuals, organizations, and brands by integrating product and market knowledge to continually improve marketing, sales, product development, and user experience.

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  • Timothy Reese

    Timothy Reese

    Founder, National Minority Angel Network

    Mr. Reese brings more than 20 years of experience in investments and startups in the US and UK. He is the founder of the National Minority Angel Network (NMAN™).

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  • Valerie Gaydos

    Valerie Gaydos

    Founder and President, Capital Growth, Inc and Founder of the Angel Venture Forum

    Valerie Gaydos is an angel investor and business development expert. She is the founder and president of Capital Growth, Inc. (CGI) an investment company which was established in 1994 as a venture capital data and information publishing company.

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