Community & Economic Engagement Summit

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This year's theme is:

"Surviving and Thriving in a Post-Pandemic Economy."

 

Event Registration: Register Here
Sponsorships: Register Here
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Small Business Expo & Reception: Register Here

2022 EVENT GOALS

  • Advance regional community engagement and economic development activities during N.C. A&T Homecoming Week.
  • Inform, train, and educate the public on topics of community and economic engagement.
  • Facilitate mutually beneficial conversations between the university and its community partners.
  • Create opportunities for participants to network and learn how to build personal wealth.
  • Influence policy makers and advocacy leaders to support underserved communities.
  • Inform impact of event with pre- and post-event assessment instrument.

 

TUESDAY, October 25

Time

Description

Facilitators

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Walking Tour - from/to N.C. A&T ALUMNI EVENTS CENTER
(Not streamed or Recorded)

Benjamin Briggs, Executive Director, Preservation Greensboro

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Opening Plenary - MIDDLE BALLROOM

https://ncat.zoom.us/j/93651934129

Lonnie Cockerham, N.C. A&T Executive Director of Community Engagement

4:15 PM - 4:45 PM

Overcoming Business Obstacles - MIDDLE BALLROOM

https://ncat.zoom.us/j/93651934129

Joel Wiggins, Director, Center of Excellence in Entrepreneurship & Innovation

4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

Networking Essentials - MIDDLE BALLROOM

https://ncat.zoom.us/j/93651934129

Dan Ford, President, Atlanta HBCU Alumni Alliance
Gerry McCants, President, McCants Communications Group
Robin Adams Cheeley, Owner, CEO WriteRight
(moderated by Joel Wiggins)

5:45 PM - 6:30 PM

Business Expo and Reception - ROOMS 101 & 102

(Not streamed or Recorded)

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, October 26

Time

Description

Facilitators

8:30 AM

Breakfast
(Not streamed or Recorded)

9:15 AM - 9:45 AM

Opening Session - MIDDLE BALLROOM

https://ncat.zoom.us/j/93651934129

Harold Martin, Chancellor, N.C. A&T State University

9:45 - 10:15 AM

Affordable Housing Shortages and the Effect on Economic Mobility - MIDDLE BALLROOM

https://ncat.zoom.us/j/93651934129

Cephas Naanwaab & Alfredo Romero, Associate Professors of Economics, N.C. A&T State University

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

How to Start and Fund a Business - ROOM 103

https://ncat.zoom.us/j/97117847381

Kevin Price, President & CEO at National Institute of Minority Economic Development

Tech Startups: from Academia to Impact

(including SBIR/STTR funding) - ROOM 101

https://ncat.zoom.us/j/98197924285

David Kaiser, Deputy Director for the North Carolina Board of Science, Technology & Innovation
Art Gooray (Remote), Retired, Director, Commercialization Partnerships, Technology Commercialization Office at The Ohio State University

Innovation: Staying on the Leading Edge in Your Industry - ROOM 102

https://ncat.zoom.us/j/92895030236

Hope Rush, Do You Believe Enterprises, Inc.

Geoff Foster, President/CEO Core Technology Molding Corporation

History of Redlining & Future Economic Outlook for

East Greensboro - ROOM 104

https://ncat.zoom.us/j/94096429102

Kim Cameron, Executive Director, N.C. A&T Real Estate Foundation, Inc.
Sue Schwartz, Director of Planning, City of Greensboro

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM

Thriving in a Competitive Landscape - ROOM 101

https://ncat.zoom.us/j/98197924285

Antwan Adams, Owner, 42-Fry Restaurant
LaWanda Simpkins, Founder of Creative Justice, Inc.
Gregory Watson, Vice President of Operations, Carolinas Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council

Preparing & Presenting a Successful Sales Presentation - ROOM 102

https://ncat.zoom.us/j/92895030236

Thom Randle, CEO, and Founder of The Rising Tide Group

Becoming Cyber-Vigilant to Avoid Attacks - ROOM 103
[Track: Strategic Alignment]
https://ncat.zoom.us/j/97117847381

Terrence Gilmore, Solutions Architect, Palo Alto Networks
Sheldon Winston, Founder/CEO, Phoenix Systems
Kevin Robinson, Founder/CEO, Rtriad Enterprises, LLC
Laura Rodgers, Director of Cybersecurity Practice at NC State Secure Computing Institute

Plans for Eugene-Elm Innovation District - ROOM 104
[Track: Community Impact]

https://ncat.zoom.us/j/94096429102

Majik Pennix, Founder/President at Focused Sista's Outreach

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lunch Session - MIDDLE BALLROOM

https://ncat.zoom.us/j/93651934129

Dr. Michael Roberts, Executive Vice President of the Roberts Companies

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Panel Discussion: TOPIC: Taking advantage of global opportunities in the fields of social media business applications, cyber security, blockchain utilization, cryptocurrency emergence, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning - MIDDLE BALLROOM

https://ncat.zoom.us/j/93651934129

Hossein Sarrafzadeh, Director, N.C. A&T Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity,
Dr. Michael Roberts, Executive Vice President of the Roberts Companies
Laura Rodgers, Director of Cybersecurity Practice at NC State Secure Computing Institute
Madhuri Siddula
, N.C. A&T Assistant Professor of Computer Science

3:30 PM - 4:20 PM

Keeping Your Financial House in Order - ROOM 102
[Track: Competitive Edge]
https://ncat.zoom.us/j/92895030236

Ulysses Cozart, Owner, FosCo Resources Company
Ron Davidson, President, Davidson Financial Group
Nicholas Miles, Partner/Wealth Manager, Rutledge Financial Partners, LLC
Tommie Crump, Regional VP and Independent Representative, Primerica Financial

Connecting "CommUnity" to Economic Development

ROOM 101

https://ncat.zoom.us/j/98197924285

Forrest Toms,

CEO, NC Research & Engagement Group, LLC

How You Can Make an Impact in Community & Economic Engagement - ROOM 104
[Track: Community Impact]

https://ncat.zoom.us/j/94096429102

Sofia Crisp, Founder/Executive Director, Housing Consultants Group

Josephus Thompson, The Poetry Cafe
Athan Lindsay, Vice President Grants and Initiatives, The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro
Marvin Price, Vice President of Economic Development, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce
(moderator: Kim Cameron)

Minority Land Ownership Business Opportunities -
ROOM 103
[Track: Community Impact]
https://ncat.zoom.us/j/97117847381

Tunya Smith, Director, N.C. Department of Transportation’s Office of Civil Rights
Phil Barnhill, Executive Vice President, East Greensboro NOW

4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Closing Session - MIDDLE BALLROOM

https://ncat.zoom.us/j/93651934129

Tony Goins, Director of Economic Development at Nebraska Department of Economic Development

5:30 PM

Reception - ROOM 101

(Not streamed or Recorded)

N.C. A&T Jazz Ensemble

 

THREE MAIN TRACKS: Competitive Edge, Strategic Alignment, and Community Impact

Competitive Edge
Strategic Alignment
Community Impact
How to Start and Fund a Business (Hour 1) Innovation: Staying on the Leading Edge in Your Industry (Hour 1) History of Redlining & Future Economic Outlook for East Greensboro (Hour 1)
Thriving in a Competitive Landscape (Hour 2) How to Use Social Media & Opinion Mining to Tell Your Story and Grow Your Brand (Hour 2) Plans for Eugene-Elm Innovation District
(Hour 2)
Keeping your Financial House in Order
(Hour 3)
Setting Realistic Goals to Scale Your Company (Hour 3) How You Can Make an Impact in Community & Economic Engagement (Hour 3)
Tech Startups – Academia to Impact - SBIR/STTR Becoming Cyber-Vigilant to Avoid Attacks Minority Land Ownership Business Opportunities

Sessions: Tuesday, October 25

  • 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Topic: Walking Tour

Conductor: Benjamin Briggs, Executive Director, Preservation Greensboro

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  • 4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Topic: Opening Plenary

LOCATION: Ballroom

Speaker: Dr. Lonnie Cockerham, N.C. A&T Executive Director of Community Engagement

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  • 4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Topic: Overcoming Business Obstacles

LOCATION: Ballroom

Speaker: Joel Wiggins, Director, Center of Excellence in Entrepreneurship & Innovation

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  • 4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Topic: Networking Essentials

Location: Ballroom

Speaker: Dan Ford, President, Atlanta HBCU Alumni Alliance Gerry McCants, President, McCants Communications Group Robin Adams Cheeley, Owner, CEO WriteRight (moderated by Joel Wiggins)

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  • 5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Topic: Business Expo and Reception

Location: Room 101

Sessions: Wednesday, October 26

  • 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast

  • 9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.                                                   
TOPIC: Opening Session
LOCATION: Ballroom                                               
SPEAKER: Dr. Harold Martin, Chancellor, N.C. A&T State University
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  • 9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
SESSION 1 TOPIC: Affordable Housing Shortages and the Effect on Economic Mobility
LOCATION: Ballroom
SPEAKERS: Dr. Cephas Naanwaab, Associate Professors of Economics, N.C. A&T State University
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Dr. Alfredo Romero, Associate Professors of Economics, N.C. A&T State University
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  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
SESSION 1 TOPIC: How to Start and Fund a Business [Track: Competitive Edge]
LOCATION: Room 103
SPEAKER: Kevin Price, President & CEO at National Institute of Minority Economic Development
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  • SESSION 2 TOPIC: Tech Startups: from Academia to Impact (including SBIR/STTR funding) [Track: Competitive Edge]
  • LOCATION: Room 101
SPEAKER: David Kaiser, Deputy Director for the North Carolina Board of Science, Technology & Innovation Art Gooray (Remote), Retired, Director, Commercialization Partnerships, Technology Commercialization Office at The Ohio State University
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  • SESSION 3 TOPIC: Innovation: Staying on the Leading Edge in Your Industry [Track: Strategic Alignment]
  • LOCATION: Room 102
SPEAKERS: Hope Rush, Do You Believe Enterprises, Inc
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Geoff Foster, President/CEO Core Technology Molding Corporation
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  • SESSION 4 TOPIC: History of Redlining & Future Economic Outlook for East Greensboro [Track: Community Impact]
  • LOCATION: Room 104
SPEAKER: Kim Cameron, Executive Director, N.C. A&T Real Estate Foundation, Inc. Sue Schwartz, Director of Planning, City of Greensboro
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  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
  • SESSION 1 TOPIC: Thriving in a Competitive Landscape [Track: Competitive Edge]  
  • LOCATION: Room 101                                             
    SPEAKERS: 
Antwan Adams, Owner, 42-Fry Restaurant
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LaWanda Simpkins, Founder of Creative Justice, Inc.
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Gregory Watson, Vice President of Operations, Carolinas Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council
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  • SESSION 2 TOPIC: Preparing & Presenting a Successful Sales Presentation [Track: Competitive Edge]
  • LOCATION: Room 102
    SPEAKER: Thom Randle, CEO, and Founder of The Rising Tide Group
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  • SESSION 3 TOPIC: Becoming Cyber-Vigilant to Avoid Attacks [Track: Strategic Alignment]
  • LOCATION: Room 103
SPEAKERS: 
Terrence Gilmore, Solutions Architect, Palo Alto Networks
 
Sheldon Winston, Founder/CEO, Phoenix Systems
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Kevin Robinson, Founder/CEO, Rtriad Enterprises, LLC
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Laura Rodgers, Director of Cybersecurity Practice at NC State Secure Computing Institute
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  • SESSION 4 TOPIC: Plans for Eugene-Elm Innovation District [Track: Community Impact]
  • LOCATION: Room 104
SPEAKER: Majik Pennix, Founder/President at Focused Sista's Outreach
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  • 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
LUNCH
LOCATION: Ballroom
SPEAKER: Dr. Michael Roberts, Executive Vice President of the Roberts Companies
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Lunch Session - MIDDLE BALLROOM

https://ncat.zoom.us/j/93651934129
Dr. Michael Roberts, Executive Vice President of the Roberts Companies

  • PANEL DISCUSSION
TOPIC: Taking advantage of global opportunities in the fields of social media business applications, cyber security, blockchain utilization, cryptocurrency emergence, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning      
LOCATION: Ballroom
PANELISTS: 
Dr. Hossein Sarrafzadeh, Director, N.C. A&T Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity
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Dr. Michael Roberts
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Laura Rodgers
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Dr. Madhuri Siddula
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Sponsored by the North Carolina A&T Center of Excellence in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
                       

  • 3:30 - 4:20 p.m.                     
  • SESSION 1 TOPIC: Keeping Your Financial House in Order [Track: Competitive Edge]     
  • LOCATION: Room 102                                                
SPEAKERS: 
Ulysses Cozart, Owner, FosCo Resources Company
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Ron Davidson, President, Davidson Financial Group
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Nicholas Miles, Partner/Wealth Manager, Rutledge Financial Partners, LLC
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Tommie Crump, Regional VP and Independent Representative, Primerica Financial
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  • SESSION 2 TOPIC: Setting Realistic Goals to Scale Your Company [Track: Strategic Alignment]      
  • LOCATION: Room 101                                         
SPEAKER: Tonya Foster, Vice President, Core Technology Molding Corporation  
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  • SESSION 3 TOPIC: How You Can Make an Impact in Community & Economic Engagement [Track: Community Impact]
  • LOCATION: Room 104 
SPEAKERS: 
Sofia Crisp, Founder/Executive Director, Housing Consultants Group
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Josephus Thompson, The Poetry Cafe
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Athan Lindsay, Vice President Grants and Initiatives, The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro
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Marvin Price, Vice President of Economic Development, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce
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(moderator: Kim Cameron)
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  • SESSION 4 TOPIC: Minority Land Ownership Business Opportunities [Track: Community Impact]
  • LOCATION: Room 104 
SPEAKERS: 
Tunya Smith, Director, N.C. Department of Transportation’s Office of Civil Rights
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Phil Barnhill, Executive Vice President, East Greensboro NOW
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  • 4:30 - 5:15 p.m.  
Closing Session 
LOCATION: Ballroom                                                
CLOSING SPEAKER: Tony Goins, Director of Economic Development at Nebraska Department of Economic Development  
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  • 5:30 p.m.

Reception

LOCATION: Room 101

N.C. A&T Jazz Ensemble

Keeping Your Financial House in Order - ROOM 102
[Track: Competitive Edge]
https://ncat.zoom.us/j/92895030236 

  • Ulysses Cozart, Owner, FosCo Resources Company
  • Ron Davidson, President, Davidson Financial Group
  • Nicholas Miles, Partner/Wealth Manager, Rutledge Financial Partners, LLC

Tommie Crump, Regional VP and Independent Representative, Primerica Financial

Connecting "CommUnity" to Economic Development - ROOM 101

https://ncat.zoom.us/j/98197924285 

  • Forrest Toms, 
    CEO, NC Research & Engagement Group, LLC



How You Can Make an Impact in Community & Economic Engagement - ROOM 104 
[Track: Community Impact]
https://ncat.zoom.us/j/94096429102 

  • Sofia Crisp, Founder/Executive Director, Housing Consultants Group
  • Josephus Thompson, The Poetry Cafe
  • Athan Lindsay, Vice President Grants and Initiatives, The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro
  • Marvin Price, Vice President of Economic Development, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce

    (moderator: Kim Cameron)

Closing Session - MIDDLE BALLROOM

https://ncat.zoom.us/j/93651934129 

  • Tony Goins, Director of Economic Development at Nebraska Department of Economic Development

 

5:30 PM Reception - ROOM 101

(Not streamed or Recorded)
N.C. A&T Jazz Ensemble

Event Sponsors

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North Carolina A&T Real Estate Foundation
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CVS Health
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N.C. DOT Office of Civil Rights

Dr. Rosalind Dale