Executive Economic Summit Series

November 14, 2016
Atlanta, Georgia

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.

Thank you to all attendees and sponsors of the Executive Economic Summit in Atlanta!

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.

Executive Economic Summit III

The CBCF Executive Economic Summit series heads to Atlanta, Georgia. Building on the first two Summits, part three in the series is entitled, Black Women Business Leaders and Access to Capital, co-hosted by The Coca-Cola Company.

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-transferrable.
CBCF maintains this ideal event size to foster engaging discussions and networking focused around this unique interactive segment.

  • Rep. Stacey Abrams

    Minority Leader, Georgia House of Representatives

  • Natalyn M. Archibong

    Atlanta City Council, District Five

  • Rep. Joyce Beatty

    House of Representatives, 3rd District of Ohio

  • Janice Bryant Howroyd

    Founder & CEO, The Act •1 Group

  • Natalie Madiera Cofield

    Founder and CEO, Walker's Legacy, the Walker's Legacy Foundation

  • Rep. Dorothea 'Dee' Dawkins-Haigler

    Chair, Georgia Legislative Black Caucus

  • September Hargrove

    Senior Adviser, Economic Development Administration, US Department of Commerce

  • Christopher Hicks

    Director, Atlanta Mayor's Office of Film and Entertainment

  • Moraima "Mo" Ivory

    Attorney, Radio & TV Host, Professor of Law

  • Rep. Henry "Hank" Johnson

    House of Representatives, 4th District of Georgia

  • Pat Lottier

    CEO, Atlanta Tribune

  • Jovita Moore

    Anchor, WSB-TV

  • Mayor Kasim Reed

    City of Atlanta

  • Rep. Terri A. Sewell

    House of Representatives, 7th District of Alabama

  • Angela L. Talton

    Chief Diversity Officer, Nielsen

  • Tonya Veasey

    President & CEO, OCG PR


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

Natalie Madeira Cofield is a millennial serial entrepreneur, diversity champion, and award-winning executive. Cofield is the Founder & CEO of Walker’s Legacy and the Walker’s Legacy Foundation. Walker’s Legacy inspires, equips, and empowers professional and enterprising women and boasts a network of more than 14,000 women and growing. The organization has been named by Inc Magazine as one of the ‘25 Companies Determined to See Women Succeed’. Walker’s Legacy also has an adjoined nonprofit arm, Walker’s Legacy Foundation, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which was founded in 2016. Her work has been featured in CNN, NYTimes, Fast Company, Forbes, Business Insider, Black Enterprise, Essence and Ebony among others. Cofield was named one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans in the America by The Root 100 and featured on the cover of Austin Woman Magazine. She was named the Technology Diversity Evangelist of the Year by Google, one of the Top 10 Black Innovators by MVMT50, an initiative of South by Southwest, and featured on the cover of Black Enterprise.

Pat Lottier is a visionary, who is committed to excellence, community involvement, and making a difference in the lives of those in her community. She has accomplished most of the goals by using her publication, Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine, to enlighten the business community with information and articles that inform, motivate, educate and inspire. Ms. Lottier is publisher and chief executive officer of the award winning monthly magazine that covers and reports on business-related stories affecting the African-American community in metropolitan area Atlanta. Born in Ashland, Kentucky, Lottier’s past and present community initiatives and board affiliations are numerous and varied. Currently, Lottier serves as the President of the George A Lottier Foundation and as an Advisory Board Member of the Edge Connection. She has also been awarded the 2016 Phenomenal Women Award, presented by The Black Women’s Expo and My Black is Beautiful; and the 2015 Jazz Legacy Award, presented by WCLK Jazz Station.

Dorothea “Dee” Dawkins-Haigler is a Georgia State Representative completing her fourth term. She serves as Chair of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus & Past Chair of the Georgia Women’s Legislative Caucus. She serves on the House Committees for Banks and Banking, Industry & Labor and Science & Technology. Dee is the Chaplain for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL). She serves as the National Director of Regional Coordinators for the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL). She serves as a State Director for both Women in Government and the National Council of State Legislators Women’s Network. Dee is President of DDH & Associates and Executive Director of TIME 1000-an organization dedicated to helping 1000 women and minorities get elected to public office or receive board appointments. Dee is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Coalition of 100 Black Women, National Council of Negro Women and a Southeastern Regional Officer for Jack and Jill of America.

Mo Ivory is an Attorney, Professor of Law, Radio and Television Personality, Speaker, Host and Community Advocate. You can often see her on television networks such as CNN, HLN, MSNBC and Fox News offering her commentary on legal cases. Mo is currently the Co-Host of the #1 rated show “Afternoons with Tony, Mo & George” on WHUR 96.3FM in Washington, DC. She is also the host of “The Mo Ivory Show” on SiriusXM Radio and teaches Entertainment Law at Howard University School of Law. Ms. Ivory is a proud member of National Association of Black Journalists, Georgia & Pennsylvania Bar Association, Spelman College Alumni Association, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Jack and Jill of America and serves on the Marketing Advisory Board of the Civil and Human Rights Museum in Atlanta, GA. She has been honored and recognized by numerous business and civic organizations for her service and community involvement.

Stacey Y. Abrams is the House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly and State Representative for the 89th House District. She is the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly and is the first African-American to lead in the House of Representatives. After her family moved to Georgia, Stacey attended Spelman College and was named a Harry S. Truman Scholar. She received a Masters from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. In 2012, Stacey received the prestigious John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award. Stacey has been recognized nationally as one of the 2014 Public Officials of the Year by Governing magazine. In April 2014, Stacey received the inaugural Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award from EMILY’s List.

Tonya Veasey is President and CEO of OCG PR, a Fort Worth based Public Relations firm that she started in 2005. Her firm has led successful public relations campaigns throughout the U.S., in markets such as New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Dallas. She serves on the Board of Directors for several organizations, including, Texas Christian University Neeley EMBA Alumni Advisory Board, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce board of directors, the Tarrant County Hospital District Board of Managers, and others. Veasey was awarded the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce’s 2007 Madame C. J. Walker Award, The Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce 2009 Quest for Success Award recipient, and featured as one of Fort Worth Business Press’s 2002 40 Under 40. In 2011, she received the Dallas Business Journal Minority Business Leaders Award. Veasey holds an Executive MBA from Texas Christian University and a Bachelor’s degree from Paul Quinn College. She is married to U.S. Congressman, TX District 33, Marc Veasey and has a son, Adam Clayton.

Now completing his fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia’s Fourth Congressional District, Congressman Hank Johnson has distinguished himself as a substantive, effective lawmaker and a leading national progressive voice. Rep. Johnson has been named one of the most effective Democrats in Congress by a University of Virginia and University of Vanderbilt study. From his seat on the House Judiciary Committee and as ranking member of the subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, Rep. Johnson has introduced, co-sponsored and passed legislation to level the playing field for everyday Americans. A member of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Johnson filed the Police Accountability Act and the Grand Jury Reform Act. Prior to taking his seat in Congress, Rep. Johnson practiced criminal defense law in Georgia for twenty-seven (27) years. He served twelve (12) years as a magistrate judge, and five (5) years as a county commissioner. Rep. Johnson is married to DeKalb County Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson and has two adult children.

Angela L. Talton is the Chief Diversity Officer for Nielsen where she is responsible for Nielsen’s global strategy for diversity and inclusion initiatives; multicultural communications, advertising & brand awareness; and strategic community alliances and multicultural engagements. Prior to this role, Angela was Nielsen’s Senior Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion. During her tenure in this role, Nielsen improved its ranking to become one of the top companies for diversity and inclusion on DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies list, Diversity MBA’s Best Companies for Diversity and Inclusion, Disability Equality Index Best Places to Work, Fortune’s Best Places to Work for Millennials, and in achieving a 100 score on the HRC Corporate Equality Index. Angela joined Nielsen in 2007 as Senior Vice President for Global Call Center Operations, COE where she chartered a major transformation agenda. Angela has over 17 years operations, four years diversity & inclusion, two years IT, and six years financial reporting experience. She holds a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the UNC at Chapel Hill.

Businesswoman, entrepreneur, educator, author, mentor, and Presidential Special Appointee, Janice Bryant Howroyd is the Founder & CEO of The Act •1 Group, a global leader providing customized cutting edge workforce solutions in the human resources industry. The Act •1 Group is a multi-billion dollar (USD) award-winning, international Talent and Talent Technology enterprise with multiple divisions. The Act •1 Group, founded by Janice in 1978, operates in 19 countries. Janice was featured in the May issue of Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Richest Self-Made Women at number 24. Mrs. Bryant-Howroyd was recognized by Black Enterprise as the first black woman to own and operate a billion-dollar company. Mrs. Howroyd was BET’s first BET Honors Entrepreneur of the Year and received Black Enterprise’s Business of the Year award. Janice’s accomplishments are inspired by her deep faith and her love for her family. She says, “One cannot effectively lead without passionately serving.” Her professional mantra is “Never compromise who you are personally, for who you wish to become professionally.” – Janice Bryant Howroyd
Christopher Hicks is one of the industry’s most successful executives. He has made stellar strides with his ability to identify the needs of an artist and organization and help bring them to life. Chris currently serves as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Film & Entertainment for the City of Atlanta, Principle of DSRPT-Media an ideation production company and CEO Noontime Publishing. Before his current role, Chris held the title of Executive VP of Island Def Jam Music Group. It was there that he helped engineer the careers of internationally known artist such as Justin Bieber and Jennifer Lopez. He simultaneously ran Noontime Publishing while serving as both Senior VP and Head of Urban Music under the Warner Music Group umbrella, resulting in an increase of the company’s urban market share from #4 to #2 in just two years. Chris entrepreneurial career also includes several years as a manager, A&R, consultant and executive producer for artist like: Aaliyah, Mary J. Blige, LeToya Luckett, and Usher.
Jovita Moore anchors the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts on Channel 2 Action News. Her previous stations include WMC-TV in Memphis, Tennessee and KFSM in Fayetteville and Fort Smith, Arkansas. Jovita holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. Jovita is a busy mom who also donates countless hours to civic associations and non-profit organizations across metro Atlanta. She mentors students and sits on several boards of directors. Jovita is a member of the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists. She is a member of Leadership Atlanta’s Class of 2007, and a member of Outstanding Atlanta’s Class of 2004. She was featured on the 2007 list of 40 Under 40 by Georgia Trend Magazine, and was selected as one of Jezebel magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful. Jovita has received several Emmy Awards during her years at WSB-TV.
September Hargrove is a Senior Advisor at the Economic Development Administration in the Office of the Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Commerce. Prior to this, September was a White House Fellow at the National Economic Council. Before her service in federal government, September served as the Chief Operating Officer at the New Orleans Startup Fund, where she launched PowerMoves. NOLA, a national effort to address the lack of racial diversity in tech entrepreneurship and provide access to venture capital for high-growth entrepreneurs of color. She was named one of the top 100 most influential people in tech and entrepreneurship throughout Louisiana in 2014 by Silicon Bayou. September professional experience spans across all levels of government as the former Economic Development Policy & Program Manager for Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans, LA and Legislative Specialist for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in California. September holds a Master Degree in Public Policy and Urban Planning from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley.
Councilmember Archibong is serving her fourth term as a member of the Atlanta City Council, and serving her third consecutive year as the Chair of the City Utilities Committee. This committee oversees the city’s $2 billion water and sewer rehabilitation projects. Prior to her election in 2001, Councilmember Archibong served as the founder and 3 term president of the East Atlanta Business Association. Today, East Atlanta Village is one of the most vibrant and economically successful neighborhood commercial zones in the City of Atlanta. In 2003, Councilmember Archibong sponsored zoning legislation that led to the redevelopment of an underutilized industrial property and the eventual creation of 1600 new jobs and over 10.1 million dollars in tax revenue. She is currently an attorney in private practice, and her law office is located within the Council District she serves.
Currently serving his second term as Mayor of the City of Atlanta, Mayor Reed has increased core city services and reduced spending. He has hired more than 900 police officers and created the largest force in the city’s history. Further, he re-opened all of the city’s recreation centers and initiated a series of sweeping reforms to address the city’s $1.5 billion unfunded pension liability. He is the former General Trustee and is a current member of Howard University’s Board of Trustees. Mayor Reed is the Chairman of the Transportation and Communications Committee, U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Regional Transit Committee, Atlanta Regional Commission. A speaker at numerous national and international conferences, his past speaking engagements include the Aspen Ideas Festival, Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America, and TEDCity2.0. Mayor Reed holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Howard University. Prior to being mayor of the city of Atlanta, he served for 11 years as a member of the Georgia General Assembly, including two terms in the House of Representatives and seven years in the Georgia State Senate as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus.
Rep. Joyce Beatty was elected to Congress in 2012 and represents the 3rd District of Ohio. She serves on the House Committee on Financial Services and the Housing and Insurance and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittees. Rep. Beatty is co-chair of the Congressional Black Caucus’ Taskforce on Economic Development and Wealth Creation and a member of the Financial Literacy, Women’s and Human Trafficking Caucuses and the Heart and Stroke Coalition. Additionally, she serves on the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, the Democratic Organization, Study and Review Committee, and as a Regional Whip for Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and West Virginia. Before coming to Congress, she served as the Minority Leader in the Ohio House of Representatives and as a senior vice-president for Ohio State University.
Rep. Terri A. Sewell is serving her third term as the U.S. Representative for Alabama’s 7th Congressional District, and is the first black woman to serve in the Alabama Congressional delegation. She sits on the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where she is the ranking member on the Subcommittee on the Department of Defense Intelligence and Overhead Architecture. Rep. Sewell serves as a Chief Deputy Whip and is a member of the prestigious Steering and Policy Committee, which sets the policy direction of the Democratic Caucus. She is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. A proud product of Alabama’s rural Black Belt, Rep. Sewell was the first black valedictorian of Selma High School. She is a proud graduate of Princeton University, Oxford University, and Harvard Law School.


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