President & CEO of the New York Urban League (NYUL) headquartered in Harlem is a passionate community leader who has more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit arena, ranging from working with New York City entrepreneurs in a micro lending program to working with young people as a counselor, mentor and tutor.
Ash Cash Exantus is one of the nation’s top financial educators. Dubbed as the Financial Motivator, he uses a culturally responsive approach in teaching financial literacy. He is also a speaker, bestselling author of many books and the Founder & CEO of MindRight Money Management® a financial education company that blends psychology & personal finance. Ash is best known for helping people maximize their full potential by giving them the inspiration, tools, & resources needed to live their best lives.
Clayton Banks is the CEO and co-founder of Silicon Harlem whose goal is to combine technology and innovation with affordable connectivity that can enable a sustainable economic engine in emerging communities across the United States.
Journalist (16 years at the New York Daily News, earning a Pulitzer Prize and Polk Award). Author (co-authored more than 30 books with 8 New York Times Bestsellers).
Publisher (eponymous joint venture with Simon & Schuster produced a No. 1 bestseller with Janet Jackson and bestsellers with Kris Jenner and E. Lynn Harris).
Professor (20 years teaching journalism—3 years at NYU and 17 years at Hunter College)
“Woke” (Essence magazine’s Woke 100—Class of 2018).
Talk Show Host (Named one of the 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America)
Programmer (Launched 7 new shows on SiriusXM’s Urban View and made it among the most-listened-to talk channel at SiriusXM).
“Your success must be measured by the other people you help become successful,” said Karen. “What kind of fruit are you producing?”
Maria Solis Belizaire, Founder and CEO of Latinos Run. Founded in Harlem, NY, Latinos Run is an International organization that brings together those in the Latino community through running, biking and other forms of exercise. Currently Maria is traveling throughout the United States stopping off in all 50 States to meet other Runners and empower Latinos to lace up and get Running.
Michelle Hope is a Harlem resident and dedicated Sexologist, Educator and Activist with a Master’s degree in Human Development and extensive post-graduate training in sexuality. Michelle has over 15 years of experience delivering impactful informative lectures and training across the nation.
Minda Harts was named as one of 25 Emerging Innovators by American Express. Minda is an assistant professor of public service of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the founder of The Memo LLC, a career development company for women of color. Secure The Seat is her weekly career podcast for women of color. Minda has been a featured speaker at Bloomberg, Google, SXSW, Universities, and Colleges, and various Corporations. Minda has a book coming out 8/20 with Hachette Book Group; Seal Press (Available on Pre-order).