Atlanta, GA – September 29, 2020 – The inaugural presentation of a virtual annual conference was a huge success. Members, mentees, supporters and industry influencers participated in this online event, September 17 – 19, 2020. The opening and closing days were filled with 100 Power Forums that were free and open to the public. On-Demand viewing of each forum is available at https://conference.100blackmen.org. During day 2 and 3, the governance took place and the 100 elected the 2020 Board of Directors. Officers will be installed later this year and assume their three year positions, effective January 1, 2021.
As the largest virtual conference designed to educate and empower Black youth, the 100 opened this event up for global participation by youth of all ages. Award-winning journalists and leaders in health and higher education served as moderators, facilitating discussions on how to successfully navigate work and life, during the challenging and unprecedented times we are dealing with today. During the Saturday morning Report From Our Youth Forum, mentees from across the 100 network shared their Covid-19 experiences, challenges, and accomplishments. Powerful success stories and the talent of these youth was on full display.
Virtual 34th Annual Conference Sponsors
Presenting Sponsors were The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, McDonald’s, and Wells Fargo. Partner Sponsors included Georgia Pacific Foundation, Molson Coors Beverage Company, State Farm, UPS, and Walmart. The conference Co-Sponsors were AARP, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, EdChoice, Pfizer, Take Action for Health, and the U.S. Army. Presenting sponsor provided extremely moving and timely messages that can be viewed within the on-demand videos.
Conference participants included educators, doctors, journalist, authors, entrepreneurs, corporate and civic leaders all focused on creating a brighter and safe future for the next generation. The following is a comprehensive list of industry leaders who delivered inspiration and encouragement, along with critical tools to guide individuals and groups who are ready to lead with purpose.
Virtual 34th Annual Conference Participants
Dr. Roslyn Artis, President, Benedict College, Victor C. Barnes, VP/Global CFO, The Coca-Cola Company, Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, National Chair, National Council of Negro Women, Fred Blankenship, Channel 2 Action News Anchor, Kelley Cornish, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo & Company, Dr. Omar K. Danner, Chief of Surgery, Grady Memorial Hospital/Morehouse School of Medicine, Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., Chairman, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. , Albert E. Dotson, Jr., Vice Chairman, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. , Dr. Terrence Freeman, Founder, TransEd , Ed Gordon, Award Winning Journalist and Author, Steadman Graham, Chairman & CEO, S. Graham & Assoc., Dr. Eric Griggs, Director of Health Sciences, STEM NOLA, Judge Glenda A. Hatchett, Of Counsel, The Hatchett Firm, P.J. Hill, Financial Advisor, Wells Fargo Advisors , Dr. Lonnie Johnson, CEO & Founder, Johnson Research & Development, Monica Kaufman Pearson, Veteran Journalist & Broadcaster, Actress and Voice Actor, Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO, The King Center, Valerie Love, SVP of Human Resources, Coca-Cola North America, Dr. Calvin Mackie, Founder, STEM NOLA, Roland S. Martin, Host & Managing Editor, #RolandMartinUnfiltered, Terry McMillan, Novelist and #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Dr. Thomas Parham, President, California St University, Dominguez Hills , Eric Phillips, SVP Customer Svc & Cargo, Delta Air Lines, Monique Rodriguez, Founder & CEO, Mielle Organics, Melvin Rodriguez, Chief Operating Officer, Mielle Organics, Bonita C. Stewart, VP, Global Partnerships, Google, Chaka Stewart, CO-CEO, Disturbing Tha Peace Records, Dr. Herman Taylor, Endowed Chair and Director, Cardiovascular Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Major General Kevin Vereen, Commanding General, U.S. Army Recruiting Command.
2020 Award Recipients
|100 Black Men of Philadelphia, Inc.||2020 Small Chapter Award|
|100 Black Men of North Metro, Inc.||2020 Medium Chapter Award|
|100 Black Men of Omaha, Inc.||2020 Medium Chapter Award|
|One Hundred Black Men, Inc.||2020 Large Chapter Award|
|Dr. Wes Bellamy||Knight Leadership Award|
|Dr. Omar Danner||Dr. James T. Black Award|
|Joel Austin||Trailblazer for Community Advocacy Award|
|100 Black Men of Madison, Inc.||The Wimberly Award|
|100 Black Men of South Metro Atlanta, Inc.||Education Chapter of the Year|
|Barnett Taylor||Mentor of the Year Award|
The 35th Annual Conference is currently planned for June, 2021, in New Orleans, LA. With safety always being the utmost priority, the decision to present an onsite event will be based on the course of Covid-19. Visit the 100 website at www.100blackmen.org for information on upcoming virtual events for 2020 and for ongoing updates on next year’s conference.
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