Meet Some of our summit Speakers

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Monique Nelson
CEO, UWG

Monique Nelson is the chair and CEO of UniWorld Group, Inc. Approaching its 50tht year in business, UWG is the longest-standing, full-service, multicultural advertising agency in the United States.. Read More >

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Laura Pevehouse
Chief Blogger, Dell

Laura Pevehouse (formerly Thomas) was profiled as one of five “social media mavens” in the March 2009 issue of Austin Woman Magazine and named an AdWeek’s TweetFreak Five to Follow. Read More >

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Karen Blackwell
Manager for Supplier Diversity and Development, Nestlé

Karen Blackwell  is responsible for reenergizing and expanding the supplier diversity initiative for Nestle N. America. Read More >

 

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Theo Edmonds
Chief Imaginator & Co-Founder, IDEAS xLab

Theo is an artist, healthcare professional and social entrepreneur who was selected as one of "50 People Changing the Face of the South" by Southern Living Magazine. Read More >

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Demetria Miles-McDonald
Intersectionality Expert, Decide Diversity

Demetria Miles-McDonald is the Founder and CEO of Decide Diversity, a company focused on increasing the presence and effectiveness of underrepresented groups in the workplace. Read More >

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JP Davis
Senior Vice President, Fund for the Arts

JP Davis is an experienced Senior Vice President with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. Read More >

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Tawana Bain
CEO, NAC

As CEO at NAC Tawana manages business development, market research initiatives and strategic direction of the firm. Read More >

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David Tandy
President & Founder, KDCC

The KDCC is a state-wide organization that educates and advocates on behalf of Kentucky’s small businesses that are owned and operated by minority, women or veteran entrepreneurs. Read More >

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Karmetria Burton
GM Supplier Diversity, Delta Air Lines

Widely recognized as a dominant force in corporate diversity initiatives, Dr. Karmetria Dunham Burton serves as General Manager with responsibility for developing and executing Delta Air Lines. Read More >

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Maria D. Hughes
Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, Humana

She is responsible for setting the strategic direction, partnering with senior leaders throughout the organization to determine priorities, and implementing programs that position Humana as a leader in inclusion and diversity. Read More >

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Holli Turner
Leader for Supplier Diversity & Sustainability, Humana

Holli Turner, native of Cincinnati is a highly experienced, innovative thinker with over 20 years of high level Operational and Sales leadership experience with progressive organizations.  Read More >

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Sam McClure
Senior Vice President, NGLCC

In this role, Sam oversees the Affiliate Relations, External Affairs, Advocacy, and Supplier Diversity teams and is a member of the NGLCC executive leadership team. Read More >

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Rod Robinson
Founder & CEO, ConnXus

Rod Robinson is the founder and CEO of ConnXus, a supplier diversity software company that connects diverse suppliers to Fortune 2000 companies. Read More >

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Sheila Mixon
Executive Director, ORV-WBC

Sheila A. Mixon has 35+ years of business development experience and currently works with ORV~WBC and the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio. Read More >

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Joset Wright-Lacy
Founder & President, Waypoint Strategy Group

Joset Wright Lacy, J.D. has over thirty years’ experience in minority supplier development, procurement and corporate engagement. Read More >

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Stephen George
Interim President, Louisville Public Media

Louisville Public Media is home to WFPL, WFPK, WUOL, Do502, and the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. Read More >

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V. Faye Jones
Professor of Pediatrics, UofL

Dr. Jones, a tenured professor of pediatrics, joined U of L in 1990 and has been in academic medicine for 27 years both in the clinical and administrative realm. Read More >

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Andrew Butler
Assoc. Dir. Supplier Diversity, Sustainability, & Innovation, Procter & Gamble

According to Andrew, a key focus at  P&G is accelerating their supplier diversity efforts with women-owned businesses around the globe. Read More >

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Walter Woods
CEO, Humana Foundation

Walter’s passion is in inspiring others to inspire themselves. He has over 20 years of social development experience working both with and for younger and older adults in America. Read More >

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Stacy Bailey-Ndiaye
Founder & Exec. Dir., Bridge Kids International

Bridge Kids International (BKI) is a global non-profit organization based in Louisville, KY helping young people of Africa and the African Diaspora. Read More >

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Keisha Deonarine
Executive Director, Passport Health Plan

Deonarine has a background in banking, economic development, fundraising, and community development. Read More >

 

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Jerilan Greene
Chief Communications Officer, Yum! Brands, Inc.

Yum! Brands, Inc., is a parent company of the iconic KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands with more than 44,000 restaurants. Read More>

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Shay Gillespie
Director of Diversity Strategy, WWT

Shay is responsible for finding new opportunities within new and existing commercial enterprise customers, headquartered in seventeen states in the U.S. Central Region. Read More >

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Dan Heffernan
VP Business Dev., Community Ventures

Dan joined Community Ventures in 2015, having worked many years in the private sector, working for large corporations such as MCI and WorldCom. Read More >

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Tim Gornet
Manager, Rapid Prototyping Center Operations, U of L

He has been active in the additive manufacturing (AM)/3D printing field since 1988 when he ran an SLA 250 at GE Appliances. Read More >

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Lisbeth Lundstedt
VP, Supplier Diversity Manager, Huntington National Bank

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Melissa Baker
Snr Mgr, Global Purchases, Supplier Citizenship and Innovation, P & G

Melissa joined P&G’s Supplier Citizenship & Innovation team in 2017, with responsibility for integrating P&G’s Citizenship Strategy into the core work priorities of P&G’s buyers and external partners. Read More >

 
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Steven Easley
Owner, Easley Blessed Media

Steven Easley is a creative innovator, marketing strategist and design expert with more than 20 years of expertise creating impactful visual brand solutions for Fortune 500 companies and high net-worth clients across numerous industries.Read More >