Diane Proctor Reeder is an author, editor, playwright and business owner. Two of her books, A Diary of Joseph and Listen, address the difficult topic of grief through the medium of poetry and personal experience. Her latest book, What the Word BE, explores the connection between the King James Bible and Black English and won national recognition as one of the top Black books of 2014. Her award-winning plays, A Cloud of Women and Reconciliation: The Story of Sarah and Hagar explore the fascinating women of the Old and New Testaments in creative, story-telling ways and have been performed at numerous venues in Detroit, Chicago and Illinois including Marygrove College, the Virgil Carr Center and Prairie State College in suburban Chicago. She has been a featured speaker/presenter at the United Conference for Women, Genesis House, the Harlem Book Fair, churches, conferences and numerous venues throughout the region. She is also partner in a marketing/communications/training firm and has ghost-written and edited numerous books for national speakers and authors.
For more information, visit www.dianereeder.com.
Jillian started her love for business and entrepreneurship at the age 10 with her paper route in Detroit, MI. Now with over 20 plus years of professional sales and marketing experience, Jillian has held various positions with Microsoft, Xerox and AT&T. She attributes her success to understanding the vision of a company, the needs of her customers, the value of teamwork, and staying in the intersection of marketing and technology.
Jillian has been trained and inspired in business by some of the best from Dale Carnegie, John Maxwell, Zig Ziglar, Myles Munroe and others.
Jillian has tree passions, helping the next generation dream big, working with women in technology and her family. She is the founder of Friends in Technology (FIT), the sponsor for Blacks at Microsoft (BAM), an active member of Microsoft Women in Technology Michigan Chapter and The Circle, and was the past president of NAWBO Excel a nonprofit affiliated with the National Association of Women Business Owners.
Last, but certainly not least she can only do all the above without her dedication to God and the prayers and support of her husband Robert Glynn and her three sons Mackenzy Glynn, Johnathan Christian and Robert Gabriel.
With her PhD in gossip, numerous EMMY® awards and social media reach topping 120 million per month, Dr. Shawne Duperon is considered by many to be one of the most innovative consultants and speakers on communication today.
From London, to Athens, to Munich, to across North America, Dr. Shawne educates corporations, universities, governments and entrepreneurs, on how to effectively communicate resulting in transformed workplace cultures, increasing engagement, retention and loyalty. Her popular and progressive conversations on forgiveness as a leadership tool, amplify inclusion and respect in the workplace.
Her case study is Project Forgive, a non-profit and non-religious educational foundation that reaches millions in social media and tens of thousands in her Facebook Live Broadcasts.
You’ve seen this Six-Time EMMY® winner featured in major media including: CNN, ABC, Inc. Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.
As a scholar, Dr. Shawne’s expertise is leading-edge. Applying gossip theory, she implemented strategies that caused Project Forgive to go viral, garnering an endorsement from Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the honor of a 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Nomination for her work on global forgiveness.
Van Nguyen (pronounced Von Winn) joined Beaumont Health Foundation as Director of Trustee Development in 2017. Prior to joining Beaumont, Van was executive director of the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC) in Livonia where she launched economic advancement programs in the minority business community.
Van has more than 12 years of experience in the digital marketing industry and also worked as an account director at Ogilvy & Mather where she managed a social marketing campaign for Ford Motor Company
Van is active in the local community serving as an advisory board member for Madonna University School of Business, a member of Wayne State University’s President's Council Advisory Group (PCAG) and board member and secretary at Gleaners Community Food Bank.
She has been awarded with Corp! Magazine Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award, Crain's 40 Under 40 Class of 2015, Women's Leadership in Action Award and featured in the 6th Edition of DRIVEN Magazine for Diversity and Inclusion in the automotive industry for her efforts at APACC. Van received her Bachelors in Sociology from Baylor University and her Masters in Humanities from University of Texas at Dallas.
Sylvia L. Daniels is Cardinal Health’s Supplier Diversity Manager for the West Region and is responsible for the execution of supplier diversity strategy for Cardinal Health partnership with Kaiser Permanente. Prior to joining Cardinal Health in July 2016, Sylvia worked for Henry Ford Health System in Southeastern Michigan for over 15 years.
Sylvia L. Daniels, is a Supplier Diversity Professional with over 16 years of progressive experience in Supplier Diversity, Vendor Management and Vendor Compliance within the Supply Chain Management Department. Additionally, Sylvia has more than 10 years of progressive Diversity & Inclusion experience.
Ms. Daniels works with executive leaders to implement policies and procedures that promote the development and use of minority and women owned businesses as cost effective business solutions. In her career she has led Transparent Sourcing Policy and Supplier Diversity process strategy and goal development, process and policy implementation, communication strategies, training and compliance.
Her work includes creating partnerships with strategic diversity organizations such as National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) affiliates, The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council affiliates and local Chambers of Commerce.
Sylvia has received awards and recognition for her work in Supplier Diversity including, Corp! Magazine’s Business Diversity Leader Award, The Women’s Business Enterprise Council Great Lakes – Advocate of the Year Award, the Henry Ford Health System Board of Director’s Focus on People Award, The Henry Ford Health System Diversity Heroes Award and most recently, the National Association of Women Business Owners – Diversity Champion Award. She has also received Congressional recognitions from The U.S. House of Representatives and The U.S. Senate.
VP, Multicultural Marketing Bassett & Bassett Partner, Bargainclub.biz Small Business Owner Chairman, Arab American Civil Rights League Former Chairman, American Arab Chamber of CommerceNasser has earned an international reputation for building cultural and economic bridges between the U.S. and the Middle East & Africa. Lebanon-born and Michigan-raised, Nasser rose to prominence as executive director and then chairman of the Michigan based American Arab Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves as Vice President for Multicultural Marketing for Detroit-based Bassett & Bassett Communication Managers. He is the founder of Bargain Club and Bargainclub.biz a Michigan wholesaler, retailer and web-stores for closeouts, excess inventory, and liquidation merchandise. He served as the Middle East & Africa Coordinator for the Global Coalition for Efficient Logistics, a public/private partnership establishing the digital infrastructure for global cargo logistics. He is the author of "The Glass Palace" published by Algora Publishers New York. The book delves into Qatar today and the modern-day slavery that exists in the oil rich Arab Gulf states. Prior he served as CEO of Wataniya Restaurants, Inc., a Qatar based holding company that controlled/operated over nineteen international brands and forty outlets in the Middle East & Africa. From May of 2004 to June of 2006, he served as President and CEO of Project Control Systems, Inc., a Michigan based construction and project management company. Prior to PCSI, he served as Executive Director of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce, and from 2006 to 2008 he served as Chairman of the Board. He joined the not-for-profit trade association in February 1999 and helped lead the Arab American business community to prominence on a regional, national and international arena. From 2000 to 2007 he was the principal organizer of the Dearborn Arab International Festival, the Largest Arab-American event in the United States. He co-founded and serves as the Vice Chairman of the American Middle East Economic Affairs Committee (AMEEAC), parent of U.S.-Arab Economic Forum. In September 2003, he was a key leader in developing, planning and executing the first U.S.-Arab Economic Forum. Under the theme “One World. Two Cultures. Endless Possibilities,” the forum brought together over 1,400 leaders from the Arab World and the United States to explore and rebuild the relationship between the two regions, and was a key organizer of the 2006 and 2008 events. Beydoun was named 2006 Michiganian of the Year by The Detroit News, for his effort to build economic bridges between the Middle East and Michigan. In March 2006, he made Crain’s Detroit Business’ Dream Board of Most Connected People, a combination of power players and creative minds. In December 2005, he was appointed by the U.S. Department of State as a “Citizen Diplomat.” In December 2001, he was appointed by Secretary General Amre Moussa, first ever, Arab American Liaison to the League of Arab States and continues to serve as an advisor to the Secretary General Moussa on American affairs. He was awarded the Vision in America Award and named Henry Ford Community College Outstanding Alumni in September of 2003. In September 2002, he was named one of Crain's Detroit Business' 40 under 40 and one of Crain’s Newsmakers of the Year in 2003. He was also chosen for the 2003 Community Liaison Award by Michigan Minority Women’s Network and a Recipient of DTE Energy’s bridges award, celebrating Black History Month in 2001. Beydoun at one-time held two Guinness World Records. He is Chairman of the Arab American Civil Rights League, an organization dedicated to equal rights and protections for Arab Americans and people of all backgrounds. He serves on the board of Detroit Crime Stoppers and chairs the communication subcommittee. He is the founder of Clark Street Boxing Gym, a nonprofit gym serving underprivileged kids in Southwest Detroit. He served as Vice Chairman of the New Detroit Coalition and the Co-Chairman of the Small Business Stabilization Planning Group working to develop entrepreneurship in the African American Community. He was on of the driving forces of National Arab American Museum and helped raise over five-million dollars for the project. He served on the executive board of both the City of Detroit’s Economic Growth Corporation and Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. He is a former member of the board of Harper/Hutzel Hospital, Boy Scouts of America, Task Force on Lebanon, Arab American Institute, Detroit Zoological Society and continues to serve on the advisory board and a former trustee of Henry Ford Community College Foundation. He served as a member of the University of Michigan – Dearborn Dean’s Advisory Board for the School of Management and Comerica Bank’s Small Business Customer Advisory Council.
He holds an MBA and a BBA in marketing and finance, both from the University of San Diego, and Associate Degrees in Business and Science from Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Michigan. He is divorced and has three children.
William Tandy is the Principal for Detroit Delta Preparatory Academy, the nation's first Delta Sigma Theta Sorority-affiliated high school. His school upholds the values of the visionaries while preparing students to advocate for social justice issues in their communities and worldwide. He is also the Executive Director for Hope for Homes, a nonprofit organization founded to provide numerous resources to first time home buyers.
In 2010, Mr. Tandy founded “Live to Learn” an Educational Consultation firm; he provides numerous services to families, college students, collegiate athletes and students from elementary to high school. He specializes in family, individual and group therapy. Mr. Tandy also provides workshops, professional development and training opportunities to schools, groups and businesses.
Mr. Tandy obtained his bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University; He received a Masters Degree in Social Work in 1991 from Wayne State University with a focus in clinical therapy and mental health counseling as well as his Ed. Specialist in 2016.
Mr. Tandy was inducted into both, the Michigan Youth Football and The American Youth Football Halls of Fame. He is currently the Head Football Coach for Loyola High, as a result of his leadership he has won numerous championships and mentored hundreds of young men that have gone on to play and graduate from college with several playing professionally.
Mr. Tandy’s latest accomplishment is the completion of his first book titled “On Life Support”. In this destiny-changing book, William explains his blue print of how he uses Faith, Education and Sports to give young men purpose, discipline, and a future. His book is a dynamic resource for inspiration and guidance for anyone working with young men of all races.
Mr. Tandy has dedicated most of his life to working with this world’s most precious resource…Our Children!
I Corinthians 15:58 says, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” Galatian 6:9 states, “…and let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season you will reap, if you faint not.” These two verses of scripture drive the relentless dedicated service that Pastor Robert E. Bolden offers to God through Central Baptist Church. Pastor Bolden spent most of his childhood in the foster care system. Though these adolescent years of life brought its challenges, his unwavering faith in God, which was instilled in him by his late Grandmother, allowed him to turn this obstacle into a stepping stone. Pastor Bolden was educated in the Detroit Public School system and is a graduate of Detroit Central High School. He attended Wayne State University and is now in full time pursuit of a Masters of Divinity at Liberty University.
Since his teenage years, Pastor Bolden has been preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pastor Bolden’s preaching ministry began in May of 2003 at his childhood church. He was licensed to preach in 2006 and ordained as a licensed minister in 2009. Pastor Bolden’s ministerial journey led him to a full time staff position as Campus Pastor at Triumph Church in Detroit, Mich. under the leadership of Pastor Solomon Kinloch, Jr. From this position he was elected as the Senior Pastor of Central Baptist Church.
Pastor Bolden is a young man that is on the move for God. Pastor Bolden has served as the Senior Pastor of Central Baptist Church since April of 2013. Though, he has only been our pastor for a short period of time, God has allowed him to make significant progress for His kingdom. Through his pastoral tenure, his teaching and preaching has brought hundreds of people to Christ and led many others to experience a fresh encounter with God. He has committed his life to the work of the church and he knows that he is doing what God has called him to do. Pastor Bolden’s vision is to lead a multi-generational church that seeks to meet the needs of all generations. He seeks to lead a church that strives to love people the way God loves people. It is Pastor Bolden’s vision to lead a church with an aggressive focus on worship, family, community, and missions.
Pastor Bolden is married to the love of his life, the former B’Yonca Dover and the two of them are the proud parents of one child, Zoey Autumn.
Metro Detroit native Leon C. Richardson is the founder and president of ChemicoMays, LLC, one of the largest minority-owned chemical management and distribution companies in the United States. For 27 years, Richardson has guided what was originally Chemico Systems, Inc., from a single employee start-up to an internationally recognized player in the chemical and environmental services space. Today, ChemicoMays employs more than 300 people across 22 states and three countries, and in 2015, saw sales of more than $100 million.
ChemicoMays is a highly regarded Tier 1 supplier to automotive original equipment manufacturers and has been recognized as a General Motors “Supplier of the Year” for the past seven consecutive years. The company has received similar recognition from Toyota and Chrysler Capital. Beyond automotive, ChemicoMays has made a name for itself in other industries, including aerospace and biopharmaceuticals. Richardson is a passionate champion for Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) development. He is a long-time supporter of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) and currently serves on the organization’s Board of Directors. Richardson is a devoted mentor working formally and informally with up to 10 students or young professionals at any given time.
Richardson holds a business degree from the University of Maryland and is a United States Marine Corps veteran having served his country for eight years as a non-commissioned officer.
Was born in Southwest Detroit. His Parents are from Colombia, South America and Puerto Rico. He is married to Ingrid Castellanos Feliciano and the proud father of Alejandro (25), Emilio (23) and Rebecca (14).
Frederick is the Vice President of External Affairs for the MMSDC/MBDA. In this role he is currently oversees all external engagement for the organization. In addition Fred managers the $100 Million Dollar Minority Business Access Fund. He also leads the MMSDC’s government and legislative initiatives. Before coming to the MMSDC, Feliciano was President & CEO of F2 Solutions Group Inc. and was considered a proven event-based business development professional in the areas of entertainment, government, technology, publishing and media industries. Feliciano effectively leveraged the power of a world-class, cross-industry network of executive associates, partners and clients to create customized event-based business development programs that help companies build new sales pipelines and raise awareness for their products and services.
He is the Past-President of the Hispanic Business Alliance (HBA). During his tenure as president, the organization has seen a 300 percent growth in membership. He was the driving force behind the annual Hispanic Business Expo and Economic Summit. Frederick has served as the director of External Affairs for Integrated Media Technologies Inc. (a Detroit based, Hispanic Owned Company). Feliciano also served as an Executive Assistant to the Mayor of the City of Detroit. In this role Frederick kept the Mayor, his administration and city departments abreast to the issues relevant to the various ethnic communities that live in the City or have vested interests in Detroit. He managed all International Delegation interactions and activities and also strived to keep each ethic community engaged and actively participating in city projects and initiatives. Feliciano previously was the Director of Community Relations for the Detroit Tigers. In this role Frederick implemented the first strategic plan to penetrate the Hispanic market in Metro Detroit. The success of this plan led to strategic plans to attract the Arab American Market. He also served as a liaison between players, front office personnel and the community and organized in stadium promotions and activities, as well as community events promoting the Tigers throughout Metro Detroit. Feliciano also coordinated autographed memorabilia requests for the organization as well as community access ticket requests.
In October of 2003 the Michigan Hispanic Caucus recognized Frederick with their annual award for outstanding work in business and economic development. Feliciano was also selected by Corp Magazine as one of the most Influential Hispanics in Michigan. In 2006 he was also recognized by the Michigan Chronicle as a “Young History Maker” for his labor in bridging the relationship between the African American and Hispanic Community in Metro-Detroit. In 2007 Corp Magazine also recognized Fred as a Diversity Champion in Southeastern Michigan. In 2008 he was awarded the Community Achievement Award by Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano. In 2009 Feliciano was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Hispanic Business Alliance.
Feliciano has been appointed to serve on the Michigan Travel Commission, the Michigan Commission on Spanish Speaking Affairs, the US Congressional Small Business Task Force.
Gail Perry-Mason, of Detroit, has come a long way, from foster care to caring for others. Gail is a respected authority in the financial industry. And now she can add bestselling author to her list of accomplishments. And it’s her years of experience coupled with her down to earth but also down to business style that has made her a sought after speaker and presenter. She regularly addresses capacity crowds educating people on financial literacy and has conducted financial training sessions and workshops for companies such as DaimlerChrysler, IBM and Wells Fargo. Her regular national speaking engagements include keynote addresses at the University of Notre Dame and at the NAACP Image Awards Women’s Reception. Gail’s wisdom also hits the airwaves and she co-hosted an award-winning talk show entitled “Building Wealth,” via radio broadcast on MIX 92.3 and a television broadcast on Comcast Cable. She has appeared on national outlets such as BET, Fox News, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR Radio. Gail was also recently a featured financial speaker at the 2014 Essence Women’s Festival.
Ms. Perry-Mason is a prolific published writer and has written articles for local and national print media. She has been featured in many publications including: Ebony, Black Enterprise, On Wall Street, Research Magazine, Quick and Simple-Good Housekeeping Magazine, Essence, Jet, Free Press and Detroit News, Signature Magazine, Corp!, Washington Post and by the Associated Press.
While juggling her demanding career in the financial industry and public appearances, Gail found the time to write and publish her first book, Money Matters for Families, which served as a manual for the employees at DaimlerChrysler on managing finances. The book is geared at families and focuses on the critical elements for building a strong financial foundation. It sold out of its original printing in the first year and is currently out of print. Gail’s second book, Girl, Make Your Money Grow, written with co-author Glinda Bridgforth was a national best seller. Glinda and the book were featured on Oprah’s Debt Diet.
Gail recognizes the necessity of teaching youth the importance of money management and she founded the original Money Camp for Teens and the first youth investment club. Each year, Gail hosts Money Matters for Youth which has instructed over 6,000 young people in the Detroit-Metro area and mentored over 25 young women who are now professionals in the financial industry. Currently, Gail is conducting a program in the Detroit Public Schools that teaches financial literacy and outlines the steps to entrepreneurship. Gail is extremely visible and active in her community. She served as Chairperson for the Tavis Smiley Youth to Leaders Program in Detroit and was honored for her work with Mr. Smiley at a benefit in Los Angeles. Gail is also an honorary member of Elliottorian Business and Professional Women’s Club and a member of The Links, Incorporated. She is currently on the boards of the Detroit Music Hall, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, the Nevada Women’s Money Council, and Morgan State University.
Gail has received numerous awards, including honors from Ford Motor Company, Michigan Women’s Foundation, New Detroit Inc., AKA Sorority and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Gail was honored as Michigan’s Local Hero Award by Bank of America, with the Community Role Model Award from Alternatives for Girls, and the Economic Empowerment Award from 100 Black Men for her work in the community. She was also named as one of Michigan’s Top 10 Business Women by the National Association of Business Women Owner’s in 2007 and received the Community Service Award from the Michigan Women’s Foundation. Gail was named Phenomenal Business Woman of the Year, and was given an award from the former Governor of Michigan for fundraising for Non-Profit Organizations, and was named a Community Ambassador by the Governor of Michigan. Gail is also a mother of three terrific sons. Her mottos are “Success Benefits Others First” and “Opportunity Doesn’t Happen Without Sharing.”
Stacey Graham is a first-grade teacher in Detroit. She has taught Zumba for 8 years, and loves to 'let loose'! Stacey is extremely active and energetic; making sure to workout 4 to 5 days a week. When she is not teaching, Stacey loves to travel.