Executive Economic Summit Series

May 9, 2017
Chicago, Illinois

The Executive Economic Summit Series is part of the CBCF’s Center for Policy Analysis and Research initiative designed to advance policies and investments to improve access to lending funds, grow jobs and nurture innovative minority business development.

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Executive Economic Summit IV

The CBCF Executive Economic Summit series heads to Chicago, Illinois. Building on the first three Summits, part four in the series is entitled, Chicago Ready: Strategies for Black Business Growth and Development.

This event is a unique opportunity to glean best practices of black-owned businesses while also recognizing the realities of black business flight and socioeconomic hardships facing Chicago's black community.

How do we leverage Chicago's strengths to revitalize one of the most historic black cities in America? What lessons can be learned from longtime black-owned Chicago firms? What policies, programs, and strategies can be proposed to ensure Chicago's black community has a pipeline to benefit from and contribute to black business growth and development in the city? Together, we aim to answer these questions.

Individuals interested in learning more about the CBCF Executive Economic Summit series should submit an application online. Each application will be considered within the context of the overall balance of Summit attendees with respect to the industry/source market and participant type, such as investor and/or economic empowerment organization. As space is limited, we may not be able to accommodate all requests.

Please note: Invitations to the Summit are non-transferable. CBCF maintains this ideal event size to foster engaging discussions and networking focused around this unique interactive segment.

Building a legacy of economic empowerment success

This high profile invitation-only Summit provides unprecedented access to some of the nation’s most compelling business and marketplace thought leaders, CEOs, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, investment groups, financial professionals and policy makers. It will be attended by those with a desire to learn better strategies for capital expansion, including how to seek large-scale investments in minority-owned businesses.

Barriers to capital access have historically and disproportionately affected African-American owned firms and other Minority Business Enterprises. As part of the CBCF’s minority business development and entrepreneurship initiative, the Economic Executive Summit series will address:

 Capital expansion: Greater access to financing from the private equity firms, angel investors and venture capitalists.

 Entrepreneurial education: Empower more entrepreneurs with the skills and resources for success, including raising capital, financial management, strategic planning, and brand positioning.

  Strategic partnerships: Strengthen partnerships across the government, business and financial services sectors with the goal of identifying strategies and initiatives aimed at ensuring minority access to capital.

  Actionable outcomes: Develop strategies and policy recommendations for achieving economic parity.

  • Dr. Susan Collins

  • Fabian Elliott

    Founder & CEO, Black Tech Mecca Inc.

  • Ralph G. Moore, CPA

    Founder, RGMA

  • Halleemah Nash

    Executive Director, iMentor Chicago


We have an exciting line up of dynamic speakers from various industries.

Fabian Elliott is a “Hybrid Entrepreneur” as Founder & CEO of Black Tech Mecca Inc. and an Advertising Technology Consultant at Google. In his ad-tech consulting capacity, he works with top tier clients like Target, Ford, Kimberly Clark, and others to better leverage their consumer data to drive their digital advertising strategies. Fabian’s burning vision for black empowerment through technology inspired him to play a key role in the revamp, revitalization, and rebrand of Google’s black employee group in which he recently completed his term as inaugural appointed Global Co-Chair last year. In this role, Fabian co-chaired the 10-person leadership team responsible for the 700+ membership across the company and the 14 chapters spanning the globe including London, Dublin, and Sao Paulo. Now, his latest endeavor entails transferring the expertise he used to drive change within the world’s most valuable company to the city he has come to love, by leading the charge to transform Chicago into the “Global Black Tech Mecca.” His organization, Black Tech Mecca, has a focused niche in tech ecosystem building through strengthening connections within the black tech community, quantifying collective impact, and directing growth.

Ralph G. Moore, CPA, founded RGMA in 1979 where he has leveraged the skills he cultivated at Arthur Andersen & Co. to build one of America’s premier business diversity and minority business development consulting firms. RGMA has trained more supplier diversity professionals than any other firm worldwide. Clients have included Major League Baseball, Walmart, and the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). He is also a special advisor to AP Capital Holdings. Mr. Moore authored the RGMA Five Levels of Supplier Diversity which is recognized as the gold standard for benchmarking supplier diversity initiatives worldwide. He has led training seminars throughout the United States, South Africa, France, United Kingdom and Canada. Mr. Moore has fought for economic justice most of his life. While a student at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in 1968, he volunteered at the Operation Breadbasket’s Black Expo and joined the picket lines with Reverend Jesse L. Jackson to protest discriminatory hiring practices at A&P Stores. His life-long work in minority business development began in 1974 as Vice President of a Chicago-Based Minority Enterprise Small Business Investment Company (MESBIC). Later that year Mr. Moore had the opportunity to work with two of the legends of minority business development, Congressman Parren Mitchell (D-MD) and Reginald L. Lewis, as the MESBIC industry lobbied the Nixon Administration for increased capitalization of the program.

Halleemah Nash is the Executive Director of iMentor Chicago, an organization that builds rigorous, high-impact mentoring relationships that ensure more students from low-income communities succeed in college. The program is currently scaling to serve over 700 mentor/mentee relationships in Chicago Public Schools. She entered this role with a diverse background as a demonstrated executive in nonprofit management and developing signature community based outreach programs and fundraising strategies for sports entities, faith based organizations, government agencies, and universities. As a consultant, Nash’s philanthropy and project management portfolio includes large individual brands like Nike, the United Nations, the Mayor of Compton, California Aja Brown, Actor and Hip Hop Artist Common, as well as charity projects and foundation management for athletes Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) Dwayne Wade (Chicago Bulls), Joakim Noah (Former Chicago Bulls/ NY Knicks), Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks) and Israel Idonije (Chicago Bears). Nash is a proud product of Compton, California – a city that has greatly shaped her ambition, values, and interest in reaching back as she climbs. She is a first generation college graduate who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Howard University, and a Master of Divinity and Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.


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Email: RD@cbcfinc.org
Phone: 202-263-2810

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Note to All Summit Attendees

CBCF Photo/Video Release:
By attending the Executive Economic Summit, you authorize the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., (CBCF) to use the following personal information:
(1) Your picture – including photographic, motion picture, and electronic (video) images.
(2) Your voice – including sound and video recordings.