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Eric Ellis
President & CEO, Integrity Development Corp.

SUMMIT EMCEE

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. He is recognized as one of our nation’s leading consultant and strategist on matters related to Diversity & Inclusion. Eric is author of the book Diversity Conversations. Read More >

 
 
 
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Houston Mills
Vice President of Flight Operations, UPS Airlines

A native of Indianapolis, Houston received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Wabash College and an MBA from Webster University. A veteran of the US Marine Corps, Houston served in operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and flew in operations Restore Hope and Southern Watch. He has more than 100 aircraft carrier landings to his credit.
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Arlan Hamilton
Founder and Managing Partner, Backstage Capital

Arlan Hamilton is a remarkable entrepreneur who built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a venture capital firm dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT. Read More >

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Terrez Marriott Thompson
Vice President of Global Supplier Diversity, The Coca-Cola Company

Terrez Marriott Thompson is Vice President of Global Supplier Diversity for The Coca-Cola Company, leading the organization’s efforts to maximize procurement opportunities with diverse businesses as suppliers, contractors, and subcontractors of competitively-priced goods and services. Read More >

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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 >

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Stewart Atkinson
Chief Procurement Officer, Procter & Gamble

Stewart Atkinson is the Chief Purchases Officer at P&G.  Prior to joining P&G in 1984 Stew was a member of the US Army and a graduate of Washington and Lee University.  Stew has held a variety of leadership roles across P&G, and has resided in the US, Japan, and Switzerland. 

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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. Read More >

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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. Read More >

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Zach Meiners
Founder, Chronicle Cinema

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 a love for film from the world around him. Read More >

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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. Read More >

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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. As President & CEO, she has secured international partnerships with Fortune 100/500 corporations. Read More >

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Theo Edmonds
University of Louisville School of Public Health & Information Sciences
Co-Founder, IDEAS xLab

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 >

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Eboni Edwards
Manager of Supplier Diversity, Louisville Gas & Electric

Eboni Edwards is the Manager of Supplier Diversity for Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities (LG&E and KU). Her department promotes supplier participation reflective of LG&E and KU diverse customer base and business community. This department also facilitates economic development throughout the state of Kentucky. Read More >

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Kevin Moore
Managing Director, Actors Theatre

Kevin Moore joined Actors Theatre as Managing Director in July 2016. Previously, he had been the Managing Director of Theatre Communications Group since 2010. Prior to joining TCG, Moore was with Arizona Theatre Company, where he worked for ten years in various capacities, ultimately serving as Managing Director. Read More >

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Sandra Duckworth
Program Manager, Supplier Diversity, Delta Air Lines, Inc

Sandra Duckworth serves as Program Manager in Delta Air Lines Supply Chain Management, Supplier Diversity team, which identifies and builds relationships with high quality small, minority and women-owned business enterprises. Read More >

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Sonia Jackson Myles
Founder, The Sister Accord LLC

Sonia is the mother of Kendall, age 22 and Jordan, age 20. She is married to Kenneth A. Myles. Sonia is a native of Saginaw, MI. She graduated summa cum laude from Florida A&M University (FAMU) with a BS in Business Administration (1989) and an MBA in Marketing (1990). Read More >

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Xian R. Brooks
MPH, Program Coordinator,
University of Louisville Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Xian R. Brooks is a public health professional, born and raised in Louisville, KY.  He completed his MPH in community and behavioral health at the University of Colorado Denver, and his BS in public health education at North Carolina Central University. Read More >

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Kathy April Rush
Associate Director, North America Supplier Diversity, AbbVie Inc

Kathy April Rush is Associate Director, North America Supplier Diversity for AbbVie Inc. where she designed, developed and built the biopharmaceutical company’s supplier diversity program. Read More >

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Sabeen Nasim
Primary field representative and liaison, UPS Foundation

As the UPS Air Region Public Affairs & Community Relations Supervisor, Sabeen Nasim serves as the primary field representative and liaison for the UPS Foundation, who help design, coordinate and implement strategy to advance the company’s commitment to making local communities stronger. Read More >

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Tracy Roberts
Vice President, Human Resources, UPS Airlines

As vice president of UPS Airlines Human Resources group, Tracy Roberts has global HR responsibility for UPS Airlines and Strategic Communications for the Air Region. A native of New York, Tracy joined UPS in 1992 and brings with her 27 years of experience across a number of UPS business units in both U.S. and International Human Resources, Employee Communications, Operations and Security. Read More >

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Niki Williams
Founder, IndigoInk

Niki Williams is a Filmmaker and Creative Producer originally hailing from Gary, Indiana. Her love of film brought her to The University of Southern California where she obtained a degree in Cinema & Television Production. She went on to work for studios like DreamWorks, Fox & Nickelodeon Movies.
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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 >

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Douglas C. Freeman
Head of Global Reflections, UniWorld Group, Inc

Douglas C. Freeman heads Global Reflections, the diversity and inclusion practice at UniWorld Group, a global, multicultural, communication and advertising firm. Global Reflections is a sophisticated line of client offerings that provide corporations with a deep portfolio of holistic diversity and inclusion best practices, customized to the client’s specific business needs. Read More >

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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 >

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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 >

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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. 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. Tawana is a leading marketing strategist and visionary with a niche in streamlining outsourced services. Read More >

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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 >

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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 >

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Pai Charasika, MBA
Director, Executive MBA Recruiting, University of Louisville

 
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Beth McNeill
Senior Director, Sales & Engagement, The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Beth McNeill has a strong track record of operating with excellence. She has leveraged her ability to drive superior results and profitability in a variety of industries. As she leads with integrity, which enables long-term relationships, Beth has been able to make a difference and leave a legacy in all of her roles.
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Iris Wilbur
Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy,
Greater Louisville Inc., Metro Chamber of Commerce

Iris Wilbur joined Greater Louisville Inc., the metro chamber of commerce, in 2016 and serves as their Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy. In her role, she works on policy and legislation at the local, state and federal levels to help advocate for the region’s business community. Read More >

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Dr. Geneva A. Stark
Superintendent Fellow, Jefferson County Schools

Dr. Geneva A. Stark, servant leader, visionary, educator, achiever, collaborator, and a problem-solver. She is a native of New Orleans, La. that resides in Metro Louisville. She received her BS Degree from Xavier University of New Orleans and Master’s in Education from the University of New Orleans. Read More >

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Maria Arcocha White
Founder and CEO, Inclusity

Maria Arcocha White is the founder and CEO of Inclusity. A recognized leader in the diversity and inclusion field, she has worked with over a dozen Fortune 500 CEOs, hundreds of senior leaders, and thousands of managers, supervisors, and individual contributors throughout North America and Europe. Read More >

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Adrienne C. Trimble
President & CEO,
The National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc

Adrienne Trimble is the President and CEO of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). She is a known thought leader for advancing corporate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives.
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Cheryl Overton
President, Egami Group

Cheryl Overton is a creative instigator with a passion for brands, an instinct for audience insights and a knack for integrating disruptive solutions that drive awareness and fandom on purpose. Read More >