Speakers & Presenters

Lisa Park

Wells Fargo

Lisa received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

Currently, Lisa is serving on the Executive board of the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, and serves as Chair for the programs and grants committee. Lisa was a graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County’s Class of 2013, and served on School Advisory Councils for 13 years. 

Lisa is celebrating 30 years of service with Wells Fargo in 2021.

Lisa Park serves as Wells Fargo’s Vice President, Senior Program Manager for Wells Fargo At Work, Gold Coast Region.  She has a passion  for delivering financial education, resources and tools to organizations and their employees.  She helps inspire and encourage individuals to take charge of their financial health.  She prides herself on delivering an exceptional experience for clients and her community.

Married, spouse Keith, Attorney – Keith H. Park, P.A,; 2 sons – Austin 22, attending College & Patrick 33, automotive technician foreman; daughter-in law Rachel, PBC teacher & proud grandparent of 4 year old Ryland!

Carla Russell-Ovalles

Wells Fargo

Carla Russell Ovalles- Regional Services Sr. Consultant for the West Palm Beach Area. I have been a Regional Services Partner for four plus years, and been with Wells Fargo for eight years. I have worked in a variety of roles, including the branches as a Branch Manager. My current role supports a district of ten branches through organizational and compliance risk.

Thais Sullivan

Valley Bank - BIZ Toolkit

Thais R. Sullivan, FVP/Regional CRA Officer for Valley Bank – Florida Division is responsible for assisting Valley Bank in achieving their CRA Goals. Valley’s goals include Financial Literacy Training and Loans for First-Time Homebuyers and Small Businesses, and Community Development loans for Affordable Housing, Economic Development, Low to-moderate income Revitalization/Stabilization projects.

Thais has been in involved with the Palm Beach County Community for 40+ years, while working for various banking institutions. In 2013 & 2019 Thais was recognized as one of the Most Influential & Prominent Black Women in Business in Palm Beach County by Legacy Palm Beach.Currently, Thais sits on eight different Boards and Committees that serve our local communities throughout the State of Florida.

Monique "Coach Mo" Corker

Comerica

Monique “Coach Mo” Corker, serves as the External Affairs Market Manager for the Florida market with Comerica Bank. In her role, Corker oversees the community development needs for Comerica’s Florida market; which includes Broward, Collier and Palm Beach counties. With more than 20+ years of experience in serving the community, mortgage, and banking industry she leads Comerica’s financial education initiatives in her service area, with a focus on low-to-moderate income communities. Corker is responsible for fostering a positive community outreach relationship within her market.Corker’s civic and community involvement includes serving on the board of directors for The Urban League of Palm Beach County, Children’s Harbor, Handling Risky Business, Girl Bee You, Suits for Seniors, and the TED center (Center for Technology, Enterprise, and Development). She is also a proud advisory member for Cox Media Group Community and the Area-wide Aging of South Florida. She is the founder of Girl Bee You a nonprofit organization that has a primary purpose to provide empowerment programs helping girls reach their greatest version through empowerment, economic and educational life skills while creating a connection that promotes them being themselves because everyone else is taken. Corker has been featured as a guest speaker in many arenas as she has a true passion for the little girl in every woman. Corker is an author with two published books that she co-authored with her daughter to provide literature that spoke empowerment and diversity.

Iris Jones

Seacoast Bank

Iris Clark Jones works with Seacoast Bank as Vice President and Community Reinvestment Officer for the Florida market. Iris has an extensive background in community development and financial services management spanning over 30 years. Iris consistently partners with local non-profit organizations and faith based groups in addressing key community economic issues. Iris has worked collaboratively to deploy funding that supports responsible mortgage lending for affordable housing, structured financial capacity building programs and helped sustain investments in economically challenged communities. Iris is actively engaged in the Florida community and serves in leadership board positions with key statewide organizations.Iris previously worked with SunTrust Bank and BB&T as Vice President of Community Development and Retail Banking Manager. Iris also worked with Consumer Credit Counseling- Family Foundations as Manager and Financial Counselor. Iris is a graduate of University of Wisconsin with a degree in Economics and Industrial Relations and earned her MBA from University of Phoenix. Iris currently lives in Jacksonville but is a proud native of Mississippi and credits her success to her humble beginnings and to the hard work and perseverance of her parents and family. Iris and her husband share a blended family of three adult children and are also proud grandparents.

Marlon D. White

PBC BBIC - Biz Toolkit

Mr. White retired from commercial/retail banking after 41 years. During that time, he served in numerous roles Senior Vice President/ Regional Manager SunTrust Bank, Executive Vice President Business Development Grand Bank & Trust, and VP/Business Banker, PNC Bank. In 2018 he became the second President & CEO of the Palm Beach County Black Business Investment Corporation (PBCBBIC) in its 30-year history. He brings extensive experience in banking, finance, and business to this position.
He holds a B.A. in Accounting from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and is also a graduate of the University of South Alabama School of Banking. Mr. White is a 1975 N.A.I.A All-American in Track & Field and holds numerous Track & Field Honors. In 2018 was inducted into the Dillard University Sports Hall of Fame. He is also a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.  He is married to Susan L. White (44 years) and they have two sons Sheldon L. White and Marcus D. White.

Ann McNeill

President, MCO Consulting

Ann McNeill is President of one of South Florida’s few African American-female owned construction companies. MCO was founded over 40 years ago and is still one of the leading minority firms in South Florida in the area of construction management and project controls. MCO construction has worked on the majority of the flagship projects in South Florida, such as The American Airlines Arena, The Marlins Ballpark, Miami International Airport, Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, The Miami Children’s Courthouse and many more.

Demonstrative of being a female licensed general contractor, Ann discovered that women in the construction business were far and few between. She strongly believed that a network of women in construction needed to be created. As a result, Ann started The National Association of Black Women in Construction (NABWIC). The association was created to help build a pipeline for black women in the public sector, black women in the private sector, black women entrepreneurs and young black women in school. The objective of the school component is for Black girls to study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in middle school, high school and college who may have a desire to enter the construction industry at all levels - from the trades to management and ownership. The main purpose of NABWIC is to create a network of professional women in the construction industry who teach each other how to turn contacts into contracts. This is done through a “Billion Dollar Luncheon”, which is held each month. As a result of her track record of accomplishments, Ann has been featured in Black Enterprise
Magazine, USA Today and ABC’s World News.

She is also President of MCO Consulting, Inc., a consulting company that provides outreach, monitoring and compliance for private sector firms that work on public sector land. She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work in her industry and also in the community. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from Florida Memorial College (University) and her Master’s Degree in finance from Barry University. She is married to Daniel McNeill and has two daughters, Danelle and Ionnie. She also has one grandson, Malachi and a granddaughter, Rajah-Nia.  

Tara Loring

Hubbard Radio - 2060 Digital

Customer focused, results driven, and team collaboration is Tara’s winning recipe to any marketing partnership. A strategic team builder who is curious by nature, Tara is passionate about people, processes, and positioning. Tara currently leads a team that focuses on creating digital strategies that produce and track revenue growth. A 10+ year traditional and digital media expert, Tara has had the unique opportunity to focus on the South Florida market across multiple business verticals. Tara is a South Florida native and graduate of The University of Florida with a Bachelors in Advertising.

John Barry Dassie

DJ Barry D.

John Barry Dassie (a.k.a. Uncle Barry or DJ Barry .D.) was born on April 10, 1970. He is the youngest of four children born to Olivia Rolle Dassie. His immediate family also includes many extended brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces, and godchildren. Born and raised in Delray Beach, he attended Pine Grove Elementary School, Carver Middle School, graduated from Atlantic High School in 1988, went on to earn a degree in Business degree, and is currently pursuing a degree in Information Management – Security and Network Assurance. He is a very active member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, in the All-American City of Delray, where he serves as a John-of-all-trades; lay minister, treasurer, janitor, secretary, or in any capacity where his assistance is needed.

He continues his childhood love of entertaining. He’s a D.J., Emcee and part-time comedian. He currently works at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin County. He loves laughing and making others laugh, because the more you laugh the less time you have to frown or cry.
He’s a living example of the fact that no matter what obstacles arises in your life, if you keep your faith in God and keep the love of God in your heart for all those around you, God will always provide a way.  

May Reign

Spoken-Word Artist

May Reign is one of South Florida’s most powerful and prolific performance artist. Born and raised in Miami Gardens, Florida.She has 2 decades of spoken word under her belt.May Reign has performed poetry at hundreds of venues and features include The Legendary Nuyorican Cafe in New York, Bus Boys and Poets in Maryland & DC, The Cofee Underground in Greenville, SC, Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, Apache Cafe in Atlanta and several other venues across the US. She published 2 books of poetry and a book of affirmations that encourages journaling. She is the visionary of Ink Therapy Open Mic which is in its 4th year. And in 2012 her creativity as an entrepreneur blossomed into Moonflower Essentials, a candle and self care product line which has now been experienced all across the country.

Larry Dogg

Comedian

Miami comedian Larry Dogg has appeared BET comic HBO Bad boys of comedy

Rhoda G.

Saxophonist

Born and raised in St. Louis, MO Rhoda G. was introduced to music early in life. Rhoda started her musical journey by singing in the children's choir at church. By the time she was 12, Rhoda decided she would teach herself to play the drums.
After 2 years, of repeatedly asking her father for a saxophone, Rhoda 's father would purchase her first horn. However, within the next few days her mother would lose her fight with cancer. The saxophone instantly became more than just an instrument for Rhoda, it was the core of her healing process. Rhoda learned to play by taking her horn to church every Sunday. She would play off to the side, without a microphone, until she was ready to play up front. Today, Rhoda is a very well known Saxophonist in St. Louis, MO. She has been fortunate enough to perform in Dubai at the Dusit Thani Hotel, as well as in the Bahamas.
In 2017, Rhoda competed in the "Amateur Night At The Apollo" competition at the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY. She made it to the final round by taking first place on the first and second round and second place the third round. Rhoda has performed with, and opened for artists such as: Donnie McClurkin, Daryl Coley, Vickie Winnans, Chante Moore, Donell Jones, Carl Thomas, Naughty By Nature, Freddie Jackson, After 7 and many many more. www.rhodag.com

Seretha Tinsley

First Vice President, National Coalition of 100 Black Women 

Seretha Tinsley has been a trailblazer and overachiever her entire life. Her background includes being the first African American female to graduate from Kentucky Wesleyan College and being one of the first Black female general managers in the radio industry; Seretha was not only a “first” in many ways, she was a top achiever as well. An entrepreneur, civic leader, mother and wife, Seretha’s commitment to excellence has always been her calling card.

Tinsley Co-Founded Chain of Lakes Achievers, Inc., an achievement center devoted to empowering youth through Mentoring, Leadership and Life Skills training where she serves as Executive Director. She is the National 1st Vice President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. and a charter member of the Polk County, FL chapter.

Seretha's community service and progressive leadership has earned her numerous honors, recognitions and media coverage. She is the recipient of two Honorary Doctorate Degrees; Doctorate of Humanities from Kentucky Wesleyan College and Doctorate of Business Administrations from Webber International University.

A Servant Leader, her commitment to service is accredited to the biblical principal: “To whom much is given, much is required.”

Tinsley is the CFO/Owner of several family businesses, PenGeo, Inc. (KFC), Tinsley Family Concessions, Inc. (Airport Concessions in Miami, FL, Tampa, FL and Louisville, KY).   

Tammy McDonald

Expo Chair - NCBW West Palm Beach Chapter, 2nd VP of Finance and Fund Development

Tammy McDonald is a visionary whose commitment to service has helped create opportunities for people locally, statewide and nationally, as a trainer and coach in business development. She is currently employed as Chief Development Officer at Palm Beach County Housing Authority.

McDonald planned and organized the National Coalition of 100 Black Women-West Palm Beach Chapter’s (NCBW) successful My Sister’s Keeper Economic Empowerment program which opened the dialogue about money and women taking control of their financial well-being. Ms. McDonald currently serves: as 2nd Vice President for NCBW; on the Board for the Community Land Trust of Palm Beach County; as Palm Beach County School District Audit Committee Vice-Chair; on Palm Beach County Non-Profit Developers Forum; and on the Administrative Committee of the Florida Minority Impact Housing Fund.

Tammy was the first black female in-charge auditor with International Multifoods; she created the internal audit function for manufacturing company, Windmere; and was the first black female Division Administrator at Lennar Homes, Inc., one of the nation's largest residential developers. As Urban League Vice President, she increased programs and services to the community as well as establishing the Financial Empowerment Center to educate and coach minorities in wealth creation. The National Urban League (NUL) recognized her as 2012 Visionary Leader. Ms. McDonald is a certified Les Brown national speaker. Her greatest accomplishment is being the mother of amazing young adults, Robyn McDonald, graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University and Spenser Anderson, MPH graduate of Brown University.

Aida Smith

Zumba/Dance 

Aida Smith, is the proud owner of DNA Total Fitness.  

DNA (Dance & Aquatics) Total Fitness, LLC is a black owned fitness company that specializes in encouraging a happy healthy mind and body through dance.  Aida is here to share her passion to encourage balance between your professional life with a healthy mind and sexy body, by way of dance and fitness. 

DNA Total Fitness offers classes for all age groups and fitness levels.

As a group fitness instructor, DNA Total Fitness leads fun, energetic Zumba, Aqua Zumba, and kid's Zumba classes.  Classes are live in – person sessions, in the pool, and/or virtually.

Zumba is a mixture of low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style calorie-burning dance fitness party.  

Barbara Chieves

Start-Up Panel: Converge & Associates Consulting

Barbara Cheives is president of Converge & Associates Consulting, which specializes in race and ethnic relations consulting, community and civic engagement, and cultural competency/sensitivity training. Barbara’s consulting expertise includes law enforcement and public safety, media, education, non-profits, and corporations.

She served as the first executive director of Toward A More Perfect Union in Palm Beach County, a non-profit initiative addressing the critical impact of race and ethnicity in a diverse community. She has also planned and executed county-wide community engagement and community dialogue projects with difficult to reach communities for the Palm Health Foundation, Children’s Home Society, and Community Partners of Palm Beach County, and statewide for the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. A Native New Yorker who has lived in West Palm Beach for 25 years, Barbara serves on the National Board of the Institute of Community Peace in Washington, DC, and is a past chair of the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission.

She is a past president of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. West Palm Beach Chapter, and the co-chair of the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church Social Justice Ministry. Barbara is an alumna of Leadership Palm Beach County, class of 2002.

Denise Albritton

Start-Up Panel: Bus One- LaDanez One

Denise Cotman Albritton was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. She graduated from North Shore High School and obtained an Associates of Arts Degree in Marketing from Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth, FL and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Management from Hodges College in Naples, Florida.

Denise Cotman Albritton is the President and CFO of Bus One LLC. Bus One LLC, a charter bus company, was established in 2010 in Palm Beach County. The company has grown to be the largest African American and Woman-owned charter bus company in South Florida and the second largest overall in Palm Beach County. Denise is also the CEO of LaDanez (La-dan-neez) One LLC, an image and fashion consulting business, which also offers closet auditing and personal shopping services.

Denise is the immediate past president and member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. West Palm Beach Chapter. She served four years as president. Denise is the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Women’s Chamber Foundation and Past President of the Board of Directors for the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County, Inc. Denise currently serves as 2nd Vice President on the Board of Directors for the YWCA of Palm Beach County and works actively on the Racial Justice Committee.

Denise also serves on the Advisory Committee for the Office of the Equal Business Opportunity for Palm Beach County. Additionally, Denise serves as a committee member for the Miss South Florida Fair and Miss Palm Beach County Competition, which is a part of the Miss America organization. Denise’s believes her gift is to empower and provide necessary provisions for girls, young ladies and women. That they may be afforded the time, attention, love and care to be empowered to excel and succeed, achieving their dreams and goals.

Sonya O. Pressley

Start-Up Panel: IntegriVentures LLC

Sonya O. Pressley is a dedicated Information Technology professional whose mission is to advise, engage and assist customers in conquering the challenges of business technologies. With over twenty-years’ experience in the information technology industry, Sonya is mission-driven, gifted with applied knowledge and has an innovative drive.  A graduate of distinction in both bachelor's and master's program, Sonya holds a degree in Applied Management and Master's in Entrepreneurship. Applying her innovative degree, she is the owner and operator of IntegriVentures LLC, an information technology micro firm that serves south Florida and surrounding areas. Beyond creative concepts and thoughtful insight, Sonya's specialty is implementing software solutions in which she deploys, train and support.

Sonya gives her time quietly to organizations that contribute to sustaining communities. As an ICUF Presidential Fellow of Everglades University, Sonya lobbied for continued support of the Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG). Without FRAG, many students would have to forego higher education at private institutions. Sonya is passionate about the unseen and creating opportunities that lead to sustainment. Through USGBC's Green Vets program, she served as Communications Chair and was a member of the development team that produced the toolkit for national expansion. In 2018, she along with grad school brother co-founded non-profit, Green Veterans Group, Inc.

GVG, is dedicated to reintegrating veterans and formerly incarcerated into society with a green-industry focus. Green Veterans Group sustainability initiatives address energy independence, and the well-being of citizens, social justice, while building resiliency against disaster in the communities we serve. Sonya's a proud member of National Coalition of 100 Black Women, where she serves as Education Co-Chair and Historian for the West Palm Beach Chapter, and is a contributing member to the Expo Committee.

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