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Barbershop Forum | Wealth & Equity - Building Bridges To Prosperity

 100 Black Men of America in collaboration with Black Players for Change and MLS WORKS, will host a candid conversation on building wealth equity within the Black community.

 

Moderated by TV personality DeMarco Morgan and with opening remarks from MLS Commissioner Don Garber, featured panelists will include:

 

  • Thomas W. Dortch Jr., Chairman 100 Black Men of America, Inc – Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TWD, Inc. and Chairman of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. In 1990, he became the State Director and served as Chief Administrator for United States Senator, Sam Nunn. He is a member of Operation Hope Board of Trustees, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Board of Trustees, Clark Atlanta University Board of Trustees and is Chairman of The Board, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. Mr. Dortch has had guest appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Fox News Channel the O’Reilly Factor, C-SPAN, Talk Back Atlanta, National Press Club, CNN, Good Day Atlanta, and MBC Town Hall Meeting. Mr. Dortch is a much sought-after speaker on an international, national level to governmental entities, corporations and educational institutions.
  • Quincy Amarikwa, Quincy Obina Amarikwa, is Founder and Director of Strategic Partnerships of , Black Players For Change (BPC), CEO of Perfect Soccer, Evolve NFTs and Co-Managing Partner, Leverage Investment Group (LIG).  He serves as advisor to the BPC Executive Board, fundraising and securing partnerships.; Mmost notably: Players Coalition, U.S. Soccer Foundation, Musco Lighting, Adidas, New York Red Bulls, Black Women’s Player Collective, New York City FC, MLSPA, Independent Supporters Council, Etihad Airways and Mayor’s Fund. When not on the soccer field, UC Davis Hall Of Fame member Amarikwa invests in furthering his philanthropic, educational and entrepreneurial ventures. Amarikwa’s mission is to use soccer as a vehicle to create over 1one Bbillion self disciplined, self sufficient, focused, goal oriented individuals. Through his mentality coaching and hosting the #AskASoccerPro Show, Amarikwa is creating a new generation of soccerpreneurs.
  • Ashley Bell, Co-founder, National Black Bank Foundation – Ashley Daniel Bell is a partner at Dentons LLP, the world’s largest law firm. Leveraging his extensive experience with both the public and private sectors, Ashley develops solutions to effectively bridge the intersection of business, law and government. Ashley serves as the General Counsel for the National Black Bank Foundation and the $250 million Black Bank Fund, and in this role, facilitated the refinance of the construction loan for the Emory Sports Medicine Complex with a syndicate of Black-owned banks. The $35 million loan marks the first time a professional sports franchise has had a significant loan underwritten exclusively by Black banks.
  • Sola Winley, MLS EVP & Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer – Sola’s 27-year career includes tenures with the National Football League, A+E Television Networks and leading his own strategic and management consulting firm. As the founder and principal of Brown Angel Advisors and ProVision Consulting, Inc., he partnered with CEOs and advised management on leadership and organizational development, executive coaching, diversity and inclusion and corporate communications across a range of industries.
  • Dr. William Pickard Chairman and Founder of GAA Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management – William F. Pickard, PhD is Chairman and Founder of GAA Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management, GAA New Ventures, Co-Managing Partner MGM Grand Detroit Casino, CEO of Bearwood Management McDonald’s and co-owner of five Black-owned newspapers. GAA has generated more than $5 billion dollars in sales with eight plants in the U.S. and Canada. He has served on numerous business and non-profit boards. In 2001, Pickard was awarded Michiganian of the Year. Dr. Pickard is also creating a new generation of entrepreneurs with through his book Millionaire Moves – Seven Proven Principles of Entrepreneurship.

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#FlashbackFriday to a recap of the Barbershop Forum that we had the privilege of attending a couple weeks ago. Thank you @mlsworks, @BPCMLS, & @100BlackMen for creating space for such an important discussion about building & maintaining wealth equity within the Black community.

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