Plunge Culture & Creativity Conference is Taking Place in Miami
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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The 2014 Plunge Culture & Creativity Conference, produced by Film Life in association with the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMVB), is currently in Miami Beach from November 6- 8.  The Eden Roc Miami Beach will host Plunge and will feature panelists and speakers including Danny Seo, Frans Johansson, Lucinda Martinez, Mimi Valdés, Max Siegel, Vic Hyder, Salli Richardson and Dondre Whitfield, and Gina Prince Bythewood.

Black Enterprise will host the “Innovation Slam” Competition, where finalists will present their out-of-the-box idea to the public with an opportunity to gain advice for industry experts.

The 2014 Plunge Culture & Creativity Conference schedule is as follows:

Thursday, November 6th

“It’s So Miami” Welcome Reception


Join the tastemakers and leading executives from around the country for the official conference kick-off party at the Eden Roc’s Ocean Garden Pool. Celebrate the flavors of Miami with hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Eden Roc’s top rated chef and an open bar featuring specialty cocktails and premium spirits.

Friday, November 7th

9:30 AM

TALK: FRANS JOHANSSON, Author, “The Medici Effect” & Entrepreneur


Discusses the breakthroughs that happen at the intersection of ideas, concepts and cultures and how diversity drives innovation.

11:30 AM

INNOVATION SLAM *** Free Community Event


Black Enterprise magazine showcases six entrepreneurs with new products and ideas. Which ones will ultimately make it to market and the pages of Black Enterprise? Come be the judge!

2:30 PM

TALK: DANNY SEO, Green Lifestyle Expert


Do you want to live a healthier lifestyle.  Danny will discuss the importance of sustainability and innovative ways for a greener lifestyle.

4:30 PM

TALK: LUCINDA MARTINEZ, SVP Multicultural Marketing, HBO


This talk, “Found in Translation,” will take you on an exploration of the ever-changing multicultural landscape, the ‘new minority’ and what it means for our marketplace and ourselves.

9:00 PM

EXCLUSIVE DINNER, hosted by Salli Richardson-Whitfield & Dondre Whitfield ***Passholders ONLY; SOLD OUT

Dine at award-winning restaurant Juvia, helmed by celebrated chef Laurent Catineaux. The prix-fixed dinner features five appetizers served family style, your choice of individual entrée and dessert, beer and wine. Round-trip bus transportation included.

Saturday, November 8th

9:30 AM

TALK: VIC HYDER, Chief Operating Officer, Silent Circle


Vic Hyder enlightens us about secure communication over android devices, and the Blackphone named one of the top 10 technology breakthroughs of 2014.

11:30 AM

TALK: MAX SIEGEL, Nascar’s ‘Rev Racing’ owner, CEO, USA Track & Field


Talks diversity in sports and entertainment.

2:45 PM

TALK: MIMI VALDÉS, Creative Director/VP of Pharrell’s company, “i am OTHER”


Hear the story behind how Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” inspired the world.

4:30 PM

CULTURE CLASS:  How to Scratch Like a DJ


Experience what it’s like to be a DJ at this interactive, instructional and social workshop taught by instructors from the world-famous Scratch DJ Academy, founded by Jam Master Jay of Run DMC.

9:00 PM



Attend an advanced screening of writer/director Gina Bythewood’s latest work — a story about a music artist on the brink of stardom — starring Nate Parker, Gugu Mbatha -Raw, Danny Glover and Minnie Driver, courtesy of Relativity Media. There will be a Q&A with Bythewood to follow. The film opens nationwide, November 14, 2014

Friday and Saturday, November 7th & 8th, 7 a.m. — 8 a.m.

Plunge Fit; Location: Eden Roc Beachfront

Budokon Yoga class led by Barbara Alfonzo, creator of Healthy Sexy Green. There is nothing like doing yoga on the beach — designed to establish more efficient patterns of moving, thinking and living.

The Plunge Culture & Creativity Conference is a multicultural networking event showcasing extraordinary people credited with groundbreaking work in the arts, entertainment and sports, lifestyle, media and technology. The three-day event will include inspiring talks, culture classes, film screenings, networking sessions and the Innovation Slam Competition programmed to be both intellectually stimulating and professionally rewarding. The conference was created to attract a national audience of influencers to engage in high-level networking and sample the rich cultural offerings of the greater Miami area. Other partners include Black Enterprise and Uptown magazines and the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA).

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