Ade Omitowoju | May 10
Adeleke Omitowoju is Venture Partner at 1863 Ventures. In his role, he manages the Emerging Entrepreneurs program for early-stage entrepreneurs. His core focus is the development of scalable models that deliver support services to early-stage entrepreneurs of color that result in improved business outcomes and capital readiness. Adeleke is a professional and entrepreneur, offering extensive experience in private equity, business development, and community engagement. He helped lead the expansion of the firm through a strategic partnership with local firms such as the National Venture Capital Association, Microsoft, General Assembly, and 1776dc. With combined experience across 3 continents, Adeleke can motivate others, thrive in complex environments and quickly adapts to changing cultures. He attended Florida A&M University where he received his MBA in finance.
Location: Washington, DC
The Legendary Chris Washington | June 28
The Legendary Chris Washington, On-Air mixer, Radio 103.9FM New York (Cumulus Broadcasting) and host of Legend’s Lounge Radio Show heard on www.rhythmandsoulradio.com, Monday through Thursday 12 Noon to 1 pm. The Bronx native has been a fixture on the wheels of steel for nearly three decades. A veteran of the music industry, The Legendary, has helped shaped
the careers of platinum recording artists such as Trey Songz, Lil’ Kim, Brandy, Sean Paul, T.I., Ray J, Timbaland and Fat Joe working for major labels including Atlantic, Capitol and VP Records. This native New Yorker’s DJ skills has taken him to major market commercial radio, TV and on the road to cities near and far such as Boston; Washington, DC; Atlanta; Miami; Houston; Martha’s Vineyard, Chicago; Los Angeles and internationally in Cancun,
Mexico; Nassau, Bahamas and Negril, Jamaica.
Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is the Director of Literary Programming for the Museum of Science Fiction’s annual Escape Velocity Conference and also serves as the Managing Editor of their academic publication, the Journal of Science Fiction. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University ('13), and a Master’s from Southern New Hampshire University ('17), where her thesis focused on Octavia Butler’s Patternmaster quintet, examining the series’ power structures through the Foucauldian framework of panopticism and exploring the dynamics of social constructionism interwoven into the narrative. As a second-year PhD student in Southern Methodist University’s English doctoral program, Aisha studies 20th/21st-Century American Literature, African American Literature, Women’s and Gender Studies, and postmodern theory.
DJ Lance Reynolds | June 28
DJ Lance Reynolds is a lifelong DJ, having started his career at the ripe old age of 12. DJLR is the former host of a show on SiriusXM's the FLOW ch. 61, and is currently the co-host of "The House of Soul" on Pacifica radio's WPFW 89.3FM with James Funk. Highlights include opening for George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins, Kamasi Washington, Gregory Porter, Lisa Fischer, Living Colour, and Roy Ayers. Recently, he released an album with Parliament Funkadelic's Garrett Shider as Executive Producer, and writer-composer of six songs on the project, which includes work from Living Color's Doug Wimbish, Fishbone's Norwood Fisher, and Flea of The Red Hot Peppers. As an event producer, he currently produces live concerts for Entercom Radio DC through his firm, Reynolds Development Agency. This includes Birthday Bash, For Sisters Only, and special live broadcasts. He attended Hampton University and is a member of Quintessence.
Behind The Mind Radio Show is a 1-hour bi-weekly talk show airing LIVE ON Friday 11 am (EST) and Tuesday 7 pm (EST), showcasing design thinkers, visionaries, game changers and innovators; while shedding light on designers of well-known and upcoming products and services both domestically and internationally.
C. Brian Williams | June 14
C. Brian Williams is the Founder and Executive Director of StepAfrika! After living in Africa he began to research stepping, exploring the many sides of this exciting, yet under-recognized American art form and founded Step Afrika! in 1994. Under Brian’s leadership, stepping has evolved into one of America’s newest cultural exports and inspired the designation of Step Afrika! as Washington, DC’s official Cultural Ambassador. Since its foundation, Step Afrika! is the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. It now ranks as one of the top ten African American dance companies in the United States. Brian is also a recipient of numerous awards including the Mayor’s Art Award for Innovation in the Arts and the Pola Nirenska Award for Contemporary Achievement in Dance.
Cindy Goodman Stulberg, DCS, CPsych | May 3
Cindy Goodman Stulberg, DCS, CPsych, is a psychologist, teacher, wife, mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother. With Dr. Ronald Frey, Cindy co-founded the Institute for Interpersonal Psychotherapy, which trains, supervises, and certifies mental health clinicians in interpersonal psychotherapy. She lives in Ontario. Feeling Better offers a step-by-step guide using a research-proven approach called interpersonal psychotherapy, or IPT, which can help you deal with the issues that may be contributing to your unhappiness. Feeling Better teaches skills and tools that will allow you to set and achieve goals, articulate feelings, and make constructive decisions. You’ll learn to identify and engage with allies and supporters, deal with difficult people, and, if need be, walk away from harmful relationships.
After graduating from Wake Forest University in psychology, Captain Tom entered the U.S. Air Force. Tom Bunn, the author of Panic Free, is a retired airline Captain, licensed therapist and author of SOAR, Conquer Fear of Flying. He founded SOAR, a groundbreaking program for the fear of flying in 1982; and to offer the most effective help possible, he completed graduate school to become a therapist. He spent five additional years in training at psychological institutes, finally developing a therapy that has made it possible for everyone to fly. With this background, expertise and knowledge as well as having worked with many clients, he has learned about panic and more importantly, how to overcome panic. Panic Free includes specific instructions for dealing with common panic triggers such as MRIs, bridges, airplane travel, and tunnels. Because panic is such a profoundly life-limiting problem, Bunn's technique is a true life-changer.
David Pinsky | June 21
David is a Senior Plastics Campaigner with Greenpeace USA. He grew up near Richmond, VA and began organizing with the youth climate movement and with the 2008 Obama campaign in North Carolina. David has worked at Greenpeace since 2009, as an organizer to shut down coal plants on college campuses and as an organizer and campaigner for universities and large corporations to transition to sustainable seafood. He now works as a corporate campaigner calling on large corporations to address the plastic pollution crisis. David lives in Oakland, California. As a member of Greenpeace USA's first-ever Diversity & Inclusion Council, David is committed to organizational and culture change that furthers social justice. David received his MA in Psychology from University of North Carolina Wilmington and BS in Psychology from University of Kentucky.
Maurita Coley | June 7
Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council
Maurita Coley Flippin, Esq., MMTC’s President and CEO, is a lawyer, social impact leader, and former media executive with extensive experience in media, telecom, and internet law and policy, and business operations. Immediately, prior to MMTC she served as the chief executive officer of Capital Area Asset Builders, a leading nonprofit in community economic development and asset building in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Previously, she served on the executive management team of BET Holdings, Inc. (now Viacom, Inc.), owner and operator of the BET Cable Networks with authority over legal affairs and later over television production operations.
Coley is former partner with the Davis Wright Tremaine and the Cole, Raywid & Braverman law firms, where she represented cable television programmers and distributors and other media/entertainment businesses.