Saturday, September 10th
Meet & Greet | 3 - 6PM
Courtyard Marriott Long Beach Airport
Late Night Excursion | 8pm
Exclusive Location Revealed at Meet & Greet
Sunday, September 11th
Conference Sessions | 10AM - 3PM
Lakewood Country Club - 3101 Carson Street, Lakewood, CA 90712
Welcome & Vision
Xenia D. Morris
CEO, The PAM Firm
Xenia D. Morris is a leader, influencer, and mentor with over 20 years of executive administration experience. As the CEO of the PAM Firm, she is proud to lead one of the largest black-owned virtual assistance companies in California. She is the Founder of the Dream It, Build It Collective, a community of people of color supporting one another and making their dreams become a reality. Xenia is a proud single mom of one beautiful daughter, Nicole, who has chosen to follow in her footsteps and become a business owner at the age of 25. She is native-born and raised in the Bay Area, and relocated to Southern California 3 years ago. She lives to walk in her purpose, inspiring, encouraging, and supporting her community because she realizes that it takes a village to walk in the call that God has placed on her life.
Bishop Edward A. Smith
As the founder of ZOE Christian Fellowship, a multi-cultural church located in the city of Whittier, Smith has had a strong focus on helping people change their lives for God’s kingdom purpose and missions. Antioch Missions International, a division of ZOE, has sent over 3000 people on short term missions’ trips and supports twenty-five missionaries in sixteen countries. Bishop Smith partnered with Pastor Bill Winston of Living Word Christian Center in 2009 to head-up the Joseph Business School in the Los Angeles Region. In 2013, he expanded his ministry with the inclusion of Awyken, a certified Christian life coaching and personal development ministry, and in 2017 The Nehemiah ProjectLA was founded to assist Transitional Age Youth (TAYs) who are transitioning out of the foster care system. Bishop Smith earned a BA in Applied Mathematics and an MBA in Marketing/Finance from UCLA. He is much sought after as a speaker for conferences and seminars in the U.S., as well as abroad. He has been married to Vanessa Smith since 1975 and is blessed to have four wonderful children; Joshua (Marsee), Eddie, Aaron, and Naomi, as well as 3 grandsons; Josué, A.J., and Angelo.
The Conference Moderator
Ashleè Garrison is the founder of Social Hour With ASH, a Visual Podcast that is done by inspiration. She has a created a platform and a space for herself and others "Where we dive deep with thought provoking questions & conversations.The place where we are unashamed to Live our Truth and Speak it out LOUD!" Ashlee is a native to the Bay Area and she lives to inspire, bring hope and it is her mission in life to help people overcome to become! She believes that the storms in life are absolutely necessary ; as they provide a personal compass in navigating life. She believes that the more you overcome and advocate for your healing, the better you can be an instrument in the freedom of not just your life but ultimately be a living testimony in the lives of others. Ashlee advocates for everyone to fight to be Healthy, Healed and Whole in every aspect of life and the way she does that is by living boldly in her TRUTH and she is completely unashamed to SPEAK IT LOUD!
"Mind, Body, and Soul"
Willishia Johnson, LMFT
Willishia Johnson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who created Beautiful Butterfly Community Corp, an organization that focuses on supporting families in creating healthy dynamics through mental health and supportive services. Willishia has worked in social services for over 15 years and has been a therapist for the past 8 years. Willishia's goal is to support individuals and families in healing and personal growth.
Dr. Sherman Jackson-Wilson
Dr. Sherman Jackson-Wilson started his career as a mentor at the age of 18-years-old after finding himself being of assistance to males of all ages. Dr. Jackson-Wilson attained a Bachelor’s of Science (B.S) in International Business with a Minor in Leadership Studies (2013); a Masters of Arts (M.A) in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (2019); and a Doctorates Degree in Sociology and Divinity (D.S, Sci Div) with a Minor in Self-Actualization (2021). He began working with a diverse population as a Sexual Health and Wellness Advisor where he played a pivotal role in supporting individual in increasing their knowledge of safe sex practices and couples communication. He also devoted his time to assisting the LGBTQIA community with awareness in decreasing sexual transmitted diseases, working with a variety of populations including: LGBTQIA members with HIV, homeless, alcohol and substance abuse, sex addiction, children and adolescents, domestic violence victims and families. He has a passion for mentoring, life coaching, and bringing awareness to males in different communities in efforts to reduce multigenerational transmission of trauma while increasing brotherhood.
Dorothy-Reed is a Lifestyle Motivational Coach. She is a strong advocate for health and wellness. She has for over a decade, dedicated her life to helping others improve their health and vitality. She is an educator, a public speaker and the founder and facilitator of the Revive Wellness Program. She developed the Revive Wellness Program through trial and error as a result of her own personal health issues and struggles. The Revive Wellness Program is a faith-based wellness program that educate and enhance the quality of life through increased knowledge of nutrition and fitness, and it continues to touch, empower, and change the lives of all who experience it.
"Securing the Bag"
Pershetta Slack (MBA) is an accomplished Sr. Grant Writer, Funding Strategist, Facilitator and thriving entrepreneur. CEO of P.S Independent Business Consultants (PSIBC) and developer of its proprietary Grant Writing course model The FUNDED™ Intensive’. Pershetta brings together 16+ years of diverse experience within business and nonprofit management sectors to offer specialized niche expertise in business development and curing operating capital for entrepreneurs, businesses, and organizations of every scale. With proven success as a Sr. Grant Writer, garnering more than $6.2 Million in government and federal funding sources; Slack is a movement, quickly emerging as a respected authority and trusted leader within the Grant Writing Community and Business Industry.
Jasper, known as Mr. #BuildWealth, has been involved in the financial services arena for nearly fifteen years. He’s the chief visionary behind a financial education company called The #BuildWealth Movement™. He works tirelessly to disrupt generational poverty™ for everyone, so their kids, kids, kids can live a life of privilege.
Miss Ophelia J
As the CEO of ClayHouse Branding Firm, Ophelia J. Harper, commonly known as Miss Ophelia J, the Big Sis of Branding, has touched over 300 Brands through cutting edge marketing, bold yet clean imagery, and a conceptual approach to design, with the ultimate goal of creative development on various platforms. She has worked with clients in Fashion, Film, Beauty, Music, Business and everything in between, along with major medias, such as BET, TV One, and Oxygen. With her leadership, ClayHouse has provided support to her patrons through photography, graphic design, PR prep, Merchandise Development, Marketing Strategies, and so much more. In her former life, Harper has taken the stage as a vocalist with legends like, Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, Jamie Foxx, Deitrick Haddon, and Kim Burrell, just to name a few. She has also been featured in a national commercial, brought characters to life through stage plays and films, and is a certified fashion designer, who has designed for television and celebrities. Harper's marketing and cultural experience crosses global lines as she gleans from her overseas travels to places like Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbeans and Venezuela. She is currently the co-owner of the creative/event space, The Canvas Los Angeles, near USC, where brands come to manifest their visions. As a creative chameleon, her experience brings a deeper insight to any marketing approach, strategic plan, or event production. Her "conversations" will leave you inspired, equipped and motivated to pursue your vision.
Black Tie Gala Dinner | 5 PM
Lakewood Country Club - 3101 Carson Street, Lakewood, CA 90712
Edwin Lombard III
CEO, ELM Strategies & Edwin Lombard Management
Former President & Chief Executive Officer of the California African American Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Lombard is the President and CEO of ELM Strategies, a division of Edwin Lombard Management, Inc., a Public Relations, Communications, and Community Engagement Firm. ELM Strategies endeavors to steer Black business and the Black Community as a systemic gateway strategically utilized as an effective and influential voice on legislative, and regulatory matters. He is currently the lead board director of the California African American Political Action Committee, and he is a board member of the California Small Business Association. Edwin is an active member of The NAACP, The Black Business Association, and the Black American Political Action Council (BAPAC).
24 Hr Business Center
Free Airport Transportation
Parking (limited spaces)
ATM / banking
Assistive Listening Devices Available
Breakfast Available (surcharge)
Dry Cleaning / Laundry Service
Snack Bar / Deli
Wheelchair Accessible (may have limitations)