Eric Ellis
President & CEO, Integrity Development Corp.

Eric Ellis is President and CEO of Integrity Development Corp., a firm that helps to build organizational cultures where Diversity, Inclusion and Respect flourish, which drives sustainable, improved business results.
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JP Davis
Vice President, Fund For The Arts

JP Davis is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville with a Masters in Public Administration. He studied abroad at the London School of Economics & Political Science and completed internships in Parliament and the White House. Read More >


Bernita McCann Hightower
President & CEO, Next Generation Fuel

Bernita McCann Hightower is the President & CEO of Next Generation Fuel, which is a wholesale distributor of petroleum-refined products and alternative fuels throughout United States and South Africa.
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Nick Nelson
CEO & Brand Champion, Brandprenuer

Nick F. Nelson is an entertainment marketer, author, and motivational speaker. As Principal and Chief Marketing Officer of LIQUID SOUL, the country’s premier strategic communications agency; Nelson is an innovative force and has produced targeted marketing and communications strategies for some of television’s highest rated shows and more than 20 number-one box office films. Read More >


Stewart Atkinson
Chief Procurement Officer, Procter & Gamble


Monique Nelson
Chair and CEO, UniWorld Group, Inc.

Monique Nelson is the chair and CEO of UniWorld Group, Inc. UWG a WPP Company with over 40 years of experience is the longest-standing full service Multicultural Advertising Agency in the United States. With locations in New York, Detroit, Atlanta and Memphis, UWG is certified Woman and Minority owned. UWG’s award-winning work has prevailed through nearly five decades of advertising history. Read More >


Nikki R. Jackson
Senior Vice President and Regional Executive,
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Louisville Branch

Nikki Jackson is senior vice president and regional executive of the Louisville
Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, which covers metro Louisville, southern Indiana and western Kentucky.  She is also a member of the Bank’s Management Committee.
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Tawana Bain

As CEO at NAC Tawana manages business development, market research initiatives and strategic direction of the firm. Tawana is a leading marketing strategist and visionary with a niche in streamlining outsourced services. Bain’s’ clients include Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Humana, Volkswagen, Toyota, Stantec, CH2MHill, AECOM and a plethora of other corporations headquartered across the continental U.S. and Canada. Read More >


Cheryl Borland
1st Vice Chair, Derby Diversity Business Summit

Cheryl has over 20 years of experience as corporate counsel advising closely-held companies throughout the full life cycle of their businesses. She guides clients through their business formations, especially around compliance with principles of corporate governance, choice of entity and drafting entity formation documents. Read More >


 Justin Nelson
Co-Founder & President, NGLCC

Justin Nelson is the Co-Founder and President of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community and the largest LGBT economic advocacy and business development organization in the world. Read More >


Theo Edmonds
Director, UofL Center for Creative Placehealing

Born and raised in the Appalachian mountain town of Jackson, Kentucky -- same community that is the focus of NY Times Best-seller, Hillbilly Elegy -- Theo is an artist, innovator and culture evangelist who was named one of "50 People Changing the Face of the South" by Southern Living Magazine. Read More >


Victoria Russell
Chief of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Papa John's International

Victoria Russell serves as the Chief of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) at Papa John's International. In this role, Victoria is responsible for leading the company's efforts to ensure that the commitment to diversity and inclusion remains a top strategic priority across all aspects of Papa John's business operations which includes more than 5,000 stores in over 45 countries. Read More >


John Primm
Principal and Founder, John Primm & Associates, Inc.

Entrepreneurial executive John Primm has been marketing national and international brands for more than two decades. While serving as Vice President, RV Aftermarket, Retail Sales for Dometic, Primm has built a sales and marketing network that is seasoned yet innovative.
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Tim Findley
Division Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion, Kindred Healthcare

Tim Findley is Division Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Kindred Healthcare. In the position Findley has overall responsibility for the creation and implementation of the enterprise-wide diversity and inclusion strategy.  Findley has worked in several different industries and disciplines. Read More >


Scott Nelson
Senior Vice President of Supply Chain, Kindred Healthcare

Scott Nelson recently joined Kindred Healthcare as Senior Vice President of Supply Chain, responsible for its transformation into a modern, center-led supply chain organization characterized by effective strategies, analytics, and governance for all categories of spend; integrated supply chain processes, systems, and controls; and superior supplier relationship management.
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Zach Meiners
Advisor, Derby Diversity Business Summit

Zach is a Kentucky born film director and entrepreneur who has been finding creative ways to tell stories since he learned to talk. Zach was introduced to the arts at an early age, discovering his love for film from the world around him. He directed his first feature before the age of 21, following it up with his second feature in 2015, “I Am Potential” based on life of world acclaimed musician and speaker, Patrick Henry Hughes. Read More >


Margye Solomon
VP Business Development, Derby Diversity Business Summit

Marjorie (Margye) Solomon brings over 30 years business development and relationship management experience to DDBS as VP of Business Development. Following 25 years as an executive in travel and tourism which included corporate travel agency ownership, management and consulting; general aviation; travel call center development and marketing; car rental corporate sales management; and, national corporate travel association board membership, Solomon’s second chapter landed her in women’s business advocacy. Read More >