12 Jul, 2017 - 15 Jul, 2017

TED-LIKE

TALKS

GUEST

SPEAKERS

720 South Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

For schedule updates and to register, please visit www.rainbowpush.org

11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

PRECONVENTION ACTIVITIES

DAY THEME: BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGS
RAINBOW PUSH COALITION, CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION FUND, & PUSH EXCEL BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
08:00 AM
08:00 AM - 07:00 PM
NORMANDIE 2ND FLOOR FOYER | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

DAY THEME: BUSINESS & EDUCATION
RPC Finance Department and Felicia Neal
09:00 AM
09:00 AM - 11:30 AM
SALON A-5 | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

INTERNATIONAL PLENARY SESSION I: GLOBAL AND AFRICA DIASPORA INVESTMENT FORUM

James Gomez
This session is a follow up to several Africa and Global Investment Opportunities Forums we held annually during our annual Wall Street Summit in New York and our annual convention in Chicago. Panelists will discuss Africa’s continuing tremendous business opportunities not only in oil, gas and natural resources, but also in areas such as energy, healthcare, telecommunications, technology, entertainment, construction, financial services, and tourism in their respective countries/sectors. Other areas of investment opportunities with the Diaspora (Caribbean, Americas, etc.) will also be explored. This forum will also provide an opportunity to discuss/update last year’s US Africa trade/investment policy.
Moderator: Dr. Ewa Ewa, Financial Officer, State of Illinois
Keynote Speaker: Ayanda Dlodlo (M.P), Minister of Communications, South Africa
Panelists: Dr. Chidi Achebe, Chairman & CEO, African Integrated Development Enterprise; Oliver Kamanzi, President & CEO Africa Global Chamber of Commerce; Honorable Akwasi Opong-Fosu, Former Minister of State at the Presidency of the Republic of Ghana; Solomon Baddoo, President & Founder, Global Solutions Outreach, Inc.; Honorable Heba Zaki, Deputy Consul General, Consulate of Egypt - Chicago
10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SALON A-3 | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

DIVERSITY IN LAW

Rev. Janette Wilson, National Executive Director, PUSH Excel; Attorney Anita Ponder, Partner, Sefarth Shaw; Attorney Juan Thomas, President, National Bar Association
The Diversity in Law Plenary will focus on effective best diversity practices and specifically, how chief legal officer/general counsels can use their purchasing power to increase economic opportunities for diverse attorneys. We are providing this special forum at our convention for corporations to collaborate with each other and their clients for a meaningful dialogue on how to facilitate and measure the diversitt and inclusion in the legal teams they engage.
Achieving diversity and inclusion in large law firms continues to be challenging for law firms and their clients. Despite the significant benefits of diversity, law firms have not demonstrated a sustained practice for creating opportunities for diverse lawyers, particularly lawyers of color. However, there are some general counsels who are implementing bold, new and innovative programs to improve hiring, retention and promotion of diverse attorneys. The understand the importance of diversity, and know how it drives performance, innovation and their bottom line. These programs will impact your law first and the practices of its diverse lawyers.
Moderator: Attorney Joyce Tucker
Panelists: Attorney Anita Ponder; Earl Barnes, General Counsel, Advocate Health Care
09:00 AM
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SALON A-1 | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

PUSH NATIONAL BUSINESS BRAINSTORM: STATE OF MINORITY BUSINESSES & ENTREPRENEURSHIP PRIVATE SECTOR GROWTH STRATEGIES

Emmett Vaughn
9:50-10:40 AM The Silicon Valley Entrepreneurial Success Formula Summary: An overview of access to capital strategies driving record setting business start-ups and success.

9:00-9:50AM The State of Minority Businesses Working with Corporations and Large Public-Sector Organizations
An insight and perspective on the climate shifts and dispositions that temper many corporations and public-sector organizations as it relates to support of long standing diversity initiatives. Additionally, strategic considerations will be presented to assist minority business owners and supplier diversity practitioners in being proactive in ongoing promotion of the value of supplier diversity to corporate/organization goals.
Speaker: Emmett T. Vaughn, Small Business Liaison Officer, Exelon Corporation

9:50-10:40AM The Silicon Valley Entrepreneurial Success Formula
An overview of a commissioned study to assess to capital, small business funding strategies that are driving record setting business start-ups and successes by young entrepreneurs. Participants will engage in an interactive discussion on visionary approaches to building paths for higher margin capitalization plans for small business start-ups.
Speaker: Mike Anguiano, Managing Partner, Connected Venture Capital
09:00 AM
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
SALON A PRE-FUNCTION SPACE | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

TECH EXPO

Dr. Martin Pieters
PUSH Excel is making geek chic by hosting its first-ever Chicago Tech expo. Come celebrate the technology boom, and inspire kids and adults alike to take interest in the fields of Science, Technology, Arts Engineering, and Math (STEAM). Our first ever Tech Expo Gallery Walk is like your traditional Chicago festival, but with a tech twist: Instead of burgers and pizza, our booths will be filled with fun STEAM activities and demonstrations. Booths at PUSH Excel Tech Expo will feature gadgets, games, and gizmos to delight and inspire people of all ages in STEAM.
Participating Companies: Google, Intel (Virtual Reality), ComEd/Exelon, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), University of Chicago, Aerostar, US First, and PUSH Excel’s Operation Domination Robotics Team
10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
SALON A-2 | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

EDUCATION WORKSHOP: ORATORICAL WORKSHOP/BUILDING A 21ST CENTURY TECH CENTER

Judge Stanley Hill
This workshop will give you some ideas on what you need to do to achieve a successful oratorical contest. The focus is on proven techniques and practical ideas - a toolkit for oratory tournaments at your church, school, fraternity, sorority, professional and charitable organizations.
Instructors: Judge Stanley L. Hill, Sr., Associate Judge Circuit Court of Cook County; Michelle Chambers, Program Coordinator, PUSH Excel; Gwendolyn Jordan, Regional Director, Sr. Administrative Contracting Officer, Office of Naval Research, Chicago Regional Office; Olivia Porter, Speech Pathologist, Audiologist
10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
SALON A-4 | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

EDUCATION PLENARY I: EDUCATION FUNDING K-20

Rev. Janette Wilson and Patricia A. Toney
Moderator: Dr. Donna Leak, Superintendent, School District 168
Speakers: Ralph Martire, Executive Director, CBTA; Dr. Mitchell Robinson, Associate Professor and Chair, Michigan State University; Paul Vallas, CEO, Chicago State University; Stacy Davis Gates, Political/Legislative Director CTU; Chicago City Colleges; Juan Salgado, Chancellor, City Colleges
12:30 PM
12:30 PM - 02:30 PM
GRAND BALLROOM | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

BUSINESS LUNCHEON

Emmett Vaughn, Butch Wing, and Steve Smith
Emcee: Art Norman, Anchor, NBC 5 Chicago
Special Remarks: Terry McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia, Ayanda Dlodlo (M.P), Minister of Communications, South Africa
Keynote Speaker: Rosalind (Roz) L. Hudnell, Vice President in Human Resources, Director of Corporate Affairs, Intel Corporation
Presenter: James H. “Jim” Parks, III, Founder and President, The Parksonian Institute
International Leadership & Humanitarian Award Ayanda Dlodlo (M.P), Minister of Communications, South Africa
Honorees: Ayanda Dlodlo (M.P), Minister of Communications, South Africa; Rosalind (Roz) L. Hudnell, Vice President in Human Resources, Director of Corporate Affairs, Intel Corporation; James Hill, Jr., Retired CPA, Chair of PUSH & Affiliates Audit Committee
12:00 PM
12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
SALON A-3 | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

NATIONAL ORATORICAL COMPETITION REGISTRATION AND HOLDING ROOM

Judge Stanley Hill and Michelle Chambers
01:00 PM
01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
SALON A-2 | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

NATIONAL ORATORICAL COMPETITION

Judge Stanley L. Hill, Michelle Chambers, Gwen Jordan and Olivia Porter
The Push Excel National Oratorical Tournament is produced to focus young people on the power of eloquent persuasive speech. Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. credited their phenomenal leadership abilities to speech contests they entered as children. To ensure our young future leaders have the same opportunity to build their leadership talents through oratorical exercises, in this tradition, we sponsor the national competition. The process of students studying, memorizing, and delivering an inspirational speech is a powerful vehicle to promote: 1) strong moral ideals; 2) excellence in education; and 3) sound communication skills to develop leadership abilities. The contest has the enormous power to inspire us to always make us try a little harder, risk a little more and gain wisdom and power for our life.
Judges, Tabulators, and Chaperons: Atty. Julie Aimen, Paul Anthony Allen, Gwen Amber, Arlis Ball, Hon. Patrice Ball-Reed, Sandra Baskin, Cornelius Carey, Dorothy Carter, Josie Childs, Rebecca Cruz, Michelle Chambers, Hon. Yolaine Dalphan, Cynthia DiBartolo, Atty. Rochon Dibble, Kelly Ellis-Baskin, Idella Fatou, Rev. D. Gatheright, April Grammer, Lance Gough, Hon. Shelvin Louise Marie Hall, Edith Hill, Rodney Hood, Hon. Nathaniel Howse, Dr. Louverta Hurt, Aleatra Jackson, Hubert C. Jackson, Jr., Mary Jackson, Deborah Johnson, Gwen Jordan, Hon. Kevin Lee, David Leroy, Jacqueline Lewis, Glorenvia Arnold-Madden, Judith Merritt, Etta McChristian, Rev. Fannie McCullough, Hon. Julie April Montgomery, Terry Mitchell, Hon. Leonard Murray, Rache'l Oatis, Pam Oliver, Crystal Overton, Geri Patterson, Chiaka Patterson, Atty. Marian Perkins, Dr. Lavonia Perryman-Fairfax, Atty. DeLacy Peters, Afrika Porter, Olivia Porter, Letticia Ransom, Doris Redic, Rev. Mary Robertson, Rev. Merrill Robertson, Delores Scott, Atty. Anthony Shelton, Audrey Sneed-Morton, Theresa Smith, Andrew Thomas
01:00 PM
01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
MOBLEY ROOM | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

NATIONAL ORATORICAL COMPETITION TABULATORS COMPILATION ROOM

Judge Stanley Hill and Michelle Chambers
03:00 PM
03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
SALON A-4 | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

EDUCATION PLENARY II: EDUCATING IN A DIGITAL WORLD

Rev. Janette Wilson, Martin Pieters and Patricia Toney
The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the possible pathways and milestones for young students’ consideration as they journey through their high school and college years to their career goals. The workshop will overview students’ decision points and life challenges on their journey to their future careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.
Moderator: Helen Crawley-Austin
Presenters: Tammera L. Holmes, President & CEO, Aerostar Consulting Corporation, “Get Kids High: An Aviation Academic Initiative That Sends Kids Soaring Academically”; Rendel Solomon, Principal, Muller & Monroe Asset Management (M2), Founder, One Stock One Future, “Gen X & Millennial Investors: Preparing for our Future”
Panelist: Sandee Kastrul, Chief Executive Officer, i.c.stars; Jeremiah Abiade, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering; Nichole Pinkard, Digital Youth Network; Gerald A. Smith, Director, Minority Affairs UIC, College of Engineering; Thy Nguyen, Direct or Career Services, University of Illinois at Chicago; Fabian Elliott, ‘Hybrid Entrepreneur’, Founder & CEO of Black Tech Mecca Inc., Advertising Technology Consultant, Google
One on One
Speakers: Bob Quinn, Senior Executive Vice President, External and Legislative Affairs, AT&T; Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.
02:45 PM
02:45 PM - 05:00 PM
SALON A-1 | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

PUSH MINORITY BUSINESS BRAINSTORM II: MISSING “THE MILLIONS”

Emmett Vaughn
A minority business development strategic seminar for members of small companies, not for profit boards of directors and all minority businesses. Many minority businesses focus their business development plans on large corporate and public-sector contracts. Every year millions of dollars are spent in major city not for profit organizations that escape minority business inclusion, save for the efforts for diversity conscious directors and boards. This extended workshop will overview where minority owned companies are “missing the millions” right in their communities. Additionally, resources are available from National Organizations with Charters for facilitation of technical assistance for small business owners and entrepreneurs.
Moderator: Emmett T. Vaughn Small Business Liaison Officer, Office of Diverse Business Empowerment, Exelon Corporation
Speakers: Nosa Ehimwenman, Managing Partner, CEO, The Bowa Group Construction Management; Albert L. Grace, Principal, Founding Partner Loop Capital Management, Board of Directors, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Chicago; Zack Schrantz, President & CEO Uhlich Children’s Action Network, Chicago; Ron Busby, Sr., President and CEO, U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
03:00 PM
03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
SALON A-5 | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

INTERNATIONAL PLENARY II: U.S. FOREIGN POLICY: EXPECTATIONS, PERCEPTION, REALITY OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP VIEW OF THE WORLD

James Gomez
This forum will focus on President Trump’s foreign policy in a changing world. Panelist will discuss the new administration’s approach on global and security issues such as military spending, foreign aid, immigration/refugees, war on terror, relations with other countries, etc.
Moderator: Dr. Vincent Idemyor, Vice President, Global Solar Solutions, Inc.
Panelists: Phyllis Bennis, Director, New Internationalism Project, Institute for Policy Studies; Oussama Jammal, Secretary General, U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations; Dr. Clement E. Adibe, Professor, Department of Political Science, DePaul University; Lawrence Benito, Chief Executive Officer, Illinois Coalition of Immigration & Refugee Rights
06:30 PM
06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
GRAND BALLROOM | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

PUSH EXCEL SCHOLARSHIP EVENT

Rev. Janette Wilson
Hosted by: PUSH EXCEL Board of Directors; Julianne Malveaux, President; Judge Greg Mathis, Co-Chair; Pat Harris, Co-Chair; Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Board Member; Morris Smith, Board Member; Dr. Donna Leak, Board Member; Tyronne Stoudemire, Board Member; Joe Moore, Board Member; Renee Thomas, Board Member; Larry Rogers, Jr, Esq.; Joyce E. Tucker, Esq., Board Member
Emcee: Micah Materre, Journalist and News Anchor, WGN 9
Special Remarks and Greetings: Thoko Xasa (M.P), Minister of Tourism, South Africa; Adrienne Trimble, General Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, Toyota
Honorees: Dr. Aisha El-Amin, Associate Provost, UIC; Dr. Crystal Neumann, Department Chair, American College of Education; Milton Harris, Science Teacher, Community Consolidated School Dist. 181
Excellence in STEM Education Awards: Sandee Kastrul, President, I.C Stars, Leader in STEM Education; Dr. Rudy Horne, Professor Morehouse College, Advisor to Hidden Figures
Overcomers Award: Dr. Daniel Geiter, President, Elijah Glenn Ward Family Foundation, Ex-convict who started a school for ex-felons
PUSH EXCEL Scholarship Recipients: Cirilo McSween/New York Life Scholarship, Ora Lee Sanders Scholars
Entertainment: Children from “Timeless Gifts”
07:30 AM
07:30 AM - 07:00 PM
NORMANDIE 2ND FLOOR FOYER | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

DAY THEME: LABOR, MINISTERS, TELECOMMUNICATIONS, SPORTS
RPC Finance Department and Felicia Neal
08:30 AM
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
GRAND BALLROOM | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

LABOR BREAKFAST

John Mitchell, Jacquee Algee, Omar Shareef, Helen Crawley
Emcee: Terrell Brown, Anchor/Reporter ABC-7 Chicago
Keynote Speaker: Tom Perez, Chairman, DNC
Remarks: Representative Carol Ammons, Illinois General Assembly; Rose Daylie, AFL-CIO;
Honorees: SPECIAL AWARD IN MEMORY OF DON HARRIS
09:00 AM
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
SALON A PRE-FUNCTION SPACE | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

TECH EXPO

Dr. Martin Pieters
PUSH Excel is making geek chic by hosting its first-ever Chicago Tech expo. Come celebrate the technology boom, and inspire kids and adults alike to take interest in the fields of Science, Technology, Arts Engineering, and Math (STEAM). Our first ever Tech Expo Gallery Walk is like your traditional Chicago festival, but with a tech twist: Instead of burgers and pizza, our booths will be filled with fun STEAM activities and demonstrations. Booths at PUSH Excel Tech Expo will feature gadgets, games, and gizmos to delight and inspire people of all ages in STEAM.
Participating Companies: Google, Intel (Virtual Reality), ComEd/Exelon, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), University of Chicago, Aerostar, US First, and PUSH Excel’s Operation Domination Robotics Team
10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SALON A-4 | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

HIV/AIDS PANEL: IT’S NOT OVER – A SOCIAL JUSTICE IMPERATIVE

Marc Loveless
This panel will address the current status of HIV and AIDS in the Black community including recent developments of PrEP and HIV prevention.
Moderator: Erik Glenn, Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus; Phil Wilson, Founder, Black AIDS Institute
Speakers: Dr. Karriem Watson, Dr. George Greene, Maxx Boykin, AIDS Foundation of Chicago; Dr. David Kern, and Mr. Peter McLoyd, Howard Speller, Brandon Neely, Founder, Overflow Cafe
10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SALON A-3 | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE I: EMERGING INDUSTRIES AND COMMUNITY STABILIZATION

Marc Loveless and John Mitchell
Scaling community stability with mission driven ventures – faith in action. Purpose, policy, opportunity, and Implementation.
Purpose:
Speakers: Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Community Justice and Social Economic Development, Department of Africana Studies, John Jay College, City University of New York, Director of Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program

Policy:
Speakers: Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, Cook County Commissioner, Chair of Cook County Commission on Social Innovation; Marc J. Lane, President and Founder, Chicago Social Enterprise Alliance, Author, “Advising Entrepreneurs: Dynamic Strategies For Financial Growth”, “Social Enterprise: Empowering Mission-Driven Entrepreneurs”, “Mission Driven Venture”; Maryanne Howland, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ibis Communication; Dr. Raed Elaydi, Professor, Roosevelt University, Director, Backelor in Social Enterprise Program (BASA)

Opportunity:
Speakers: William Towns, Executive Director, Benefit Chicago; Ryan Maley, Commissioner, Human Relations Commission, City of Aurora, Member, Dunham Fund; Scott Curran, Former General Counsel, Clinton Initiative, Founder, Beyond Advisers

Implementation:
Speakers: Emily Miller, USA Afghanistan Veteran, Co-Founder, Rumi Spice; Brenda Palms Barber, Chief Executive Officer, Sweet Beginnings; Jared Lewis, Public Policy US – Midwest AirBNB; Mwasi Mwitula, CEO, ILAVA
10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
SALON A-2 | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

EDUCATION PLENARY III: VIOLENCE AS A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE & ITS IMPACT ON EDUCATION

Rev. Janette Wilson and Patricia Toney
Moderator: Mark Thompson, Sirius Radio Host
Panelists: Nneka Jones Tapia, Executive Director, Cook County Jail; Father Michael B. Pfleger, Pastor, St. Sabina; Honorable Greg Mathis; Candace Coleman, Community Development Organizer, Access Living; Olivia Blocker, Organizer, Black Lives Matter; Kofi Ademola, Organizer, Black Lives Matter
10:30 AM
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
ALON A-5 | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

REVEREND JESSE L. JACKSON, SR. SOCIAL JUSTICE & HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTE

Axel Adams, Rev. Mark Ellis, Rev. Janette Wilson, Rev. Tyrone McGowan
The mission of the Jesse L. Jackson Sr. Social Justice and Human Rights Institute is to develop a new generation of teachers, activists, & leaders for human rights and social justice. In this session, panelist will speak to their own life experiences and perspective on meaningful dialogue on how to impact the issues of today such as public policy, health and wellness, police brutality, mass incarceration, homeownership, jobs, voting rights, etc.
Moderator: Dr. Freddy Haynes, Senior Pastor, Friendship West Baptist Church, Dallas, TX
Panelists: Dr. Howard John Wesley, Senior Pastor, Alfred Street Baptist Church, Washington DC; Dr. Kevin Adams, Senior Pastor, Olivet Baptist Church, Chattanooga, TN, Dr. Granger Browning, Senior Pastor, Ebenezer AME Church, Ft. Washington, MD

Wrap Up/Next Steps:
Speaker: Dr. Mark Ellis, Senior Pastor, United Christian Faith Ministries Church of God in Christ, Baton Rouge, LA
10:30 AM
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
SALON A-1 | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

DOING BUSINESS WITH AMERICAN AIRLINES

Point Person: John Mitchell
Speakers: Cathy Schillinger, Robin Pulford, Melissa Twining, Principal, IT Vendor Relations, American Airlines
12:30 PM
12:30 PM - 02:30 PM
GRAND BALLROOM | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

MINISTERS’ LUNCHEON

Axel Adams, Tyrone McGowan, Rev. Janette Wilson
Greetings: Jon Campbell, Executive Vice President and Director of Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations, Wells Fargo; Maurice Coleman, Senior Vice President/Sr. Client Manager, Bank of America
Invocation: Rev. Lashondra Stevens, Apostolic Church of God
Special Remarks: Pastor Wayne Singh, Minister of Religion, South Africa; Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President, National Action Network
Honorees: Dr. Bernard Layfette, Civil Rights Activist, SNCC; Dr. Andrew Young, Jr., Politician, Diplomat, activist; Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Jr., Pastor Emeritus, Trinity United Church of Christ; Edwina Moss, Former First Lady, Olivet Institution Baptist Church, Cleveland, OH; Rev. CT Vivian, Minister, Author; Minister Xernona Clayton Brady, Civil Rights Leader, Broadcasting executive; Father Michael Pfleger; Rabi Israel Dresner; Rev. Al Sharpton; Congressman (Rev.) Bobby Rush; Dr. Calvin Morris; Dr. Martin Deppe
Musical Guest: Smokey Norful
02:00 PM
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
SALON A-2 | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

EDUCATION PLENARY IV: CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: SCLC/SNCC TO BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT

Rev. Janette Wilson and Tracey Foster
Young people have always brought energy and audacity to the civil rights movement. Consider the late Dr. Ronald Walters (-2010) whose 1958 protest at a Wichita, Kansas lunch counter preceded the action of Bennett College and North Carolina A&T State University in 1960. Or consider our own Rev. Jesse Jackson, who insisted on checking out books from a segregated library in Greenville, South Carolina. When young people bring energy and enthusiasm, audacity and unapologetic militancy, they remind elders of their own youth activism. Our intergenerational panel of “old guard” activists and those activists who stand on their shoulders will explore the power and possibilities of student activism, and the importance of student activism in the movement for social, political and economic justice.
Moderator: Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President, PUSH Excel Board of Directors, National Spokesperson, Economic Education
Panelists: Dr. Joyce Ladner, Professor, Howard University, Author, Civil Rights Pioneer; Jillian Simons, Harvard Law School, Organized 2017 Black Commencement Ceremony, Dr. Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich, Author, Professor, Civil Rights Pioneer; Jahmal Cole, Founder, My Block, My Hood, My City; Kofi Ademola, Organizer, Black Lives Matter; Courtland Cox, President, SNCC Legacy; Jamal Green, Organizer, Black Lives Matter
02:30 PM
02:30 PM - 04:30 PM
SALON A-5 | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

CLERGY WORKSHOP: EXPANDING THE VISION OF THE 21ST CENTURY CHURCH AND STABILIZING OUR COMMUNITIES: HOMEOWNERSHIP, CHURCH FINANCING, FAITH TECHNOLOGY

Axel Adams
Hosted by: Wells Fargo and Bank of America
Lending institutions will emphasize the church as an economic driver and facilitator of community economic development; discuss the resources needed by faith-based organizations to be more actively involved in the development and re-development of their communities; examine the pivotal role the church must take on to advance home ownership, faith technology computer labs, financial literacy, and understand the A, B, C’s of church financing.
Moderator: Axel Adams, Rev. Joseph Bryant, Rev. Tyrone McGowen
Part One: Wells Fargo – African American Homeownership
Speaker: Jon Campbell, Executive Vice President and Director of Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations, Wells Fargo

Part Two: Bank of America – A, B, C’s of Church Financing Speaker: Maurice Coleman, Senior Vice President/Senior Client Manager, Bank of America

Part Three: Google – Faith Tech Labs in Churches
03:00 PM
03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
SALON A-3 | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

SOCIAL ENTERPRISES II: INITIATIVES OF THE BRAZIER FOUNDATION

Marc Loveless
The Brazier Foundation has identified four essential “Pillars” composing vital infrastructure that creates a vibrant, thriving community that can sustain itself. Those Pillars are: Education, Public Safety, Economic Development and Health and Human Services. We partner with local communities to promote transformational changes through a dynamic process, guided by and with the people and organizations indigenous to their specific communities.
Speakers: Rev. Dr. Byron T. Brazier, Pastor, Apostolic Church of God, Brazier Foundation
04:00 PM
04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
SALON A-2 | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

INDEPENDENT MUSIC SEMINAR

Jesse Jones
A day seminar dedicated to the motivation & education of music

Wealth/ Credit / Money Outside of Hip Hop
How to build your credit just like the HIP HOP ROYALTY
Panelists: James Hunt, “Credit Guru to The Stars”, Excellent Credit Builders, LLC, Author of Debt Free is the New Rich; Reunekiea Williams, MS, MP-CFO, Fortune Key Financials, LLC, “The Money Lady”, Financial Power Player

Publishing/Entertainment
Discussion about opportunities in and around music use in the online/digital world as well as in traditional media – complexity in deal structure, negotiations and the end result fees and royalties, on lyric writing, copyright law, indie publishing, artist funding, and much more. New deals download and streaming services, video games, music in apps, live concert streaming, copyright ownership, split sheets, publishing on the multiple platforms & distribution and the money and all the royalties being generated that you don’t know exist.
Panelists: D.brooks Exclusive, Music Producer; SOUTHSIDE, 808 Mafia Records and Production

Transition from Music to Film (The Money Left on The Table)
Making moves from music to film. The panel will discuss the journey how to make it in film. If your music was used in a commercial, trailer, infomercial, promo spot or PSA, here’s how to get your ASCAP royalties.
How to get paid in film & TV
If your music is used in film or television, making sure a cue sheet is filed with ASCAP is an important step in to getting paid for your work. Here’s everything you need to know about cue sheets.
Speaker: Erin Teague, Virtual Reality Product Lead, Google

Fashion Panel
Speakers: John Blassingame, Fashion Icon; Marcus Blassingame, Editor, Publisher & Designer to the Stars
Honorees: DJ V Dub, Tone Capal, LT Hutton, Brad Kelly, Reginald McKinley
05:00 PM
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
GRAND BALLROOM FOYER | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

VIP SPORTS AWARDS BANQUET RECEPTION & BOOK SIGNING

Dr. Joseph Bryant, Jr., Sheila Gilmore, and John Mitchell
VIP Reception & Book Signing
Authors: Kandi Conda, Hall of Famer, Brand Strategist; Wes Chamberlain, Former MLB Player; Pasha Cook, Former WNBA Player; Tony Covington, Former NFL Player; Jonathan Holifield, Former NFL Player
06:00 PM
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
GRAND BALLROOM | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

SPORTS BANQUET ROUNDTABLE: SPORTS, SOCIETY, & SOCIAL CHANGE: THE IMPACT & INFLUENCE OF LIFE BEYOND THE PLAYING FIELD

Dr. Joseph Bryant, Jr., Sheila Gilmore, and John Mitchell
Emcee: Victoria Rowell, Celebrity Host, Award-Winning Actress & NY Times Best Selling Author
Moderator: Adrienne Lawrence, ESPN Anchor & Legal Analyst Special Remarks: Isiah Thomas, NBA Legend & Hall of Famer, Sports Commission Chair; Kenyon Martin; Wanda Durant, The Real MVP
Life Beyond The Playing Field Honorees: Bernard King, NBA Hall of Famer; Leigh Steinberg, Legendary Sports Agent/Philanthropist; Adrienne Lawrence, ESPN Anchor & Legal Analyst; Richard Lapchick, UCF professor, DeVos Sport Business Management Program Chair; Dr. Lloyd Walton, NCAA/NBA Player, NBA Career Counselor
Musical Guest: Kai Alexander & Friends, Empire
08:00 AM
08:00 AM - 03:00 PM
NORMANDIE 2ND FLOOR FOYER | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

DAY THEME: HEALTH AND WOMEN
RPC Finance Department and Felicia Neal
07:00 AM
07:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SALON A PRE-FUNCTION SPACE | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

HEALTH CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST & WORKSHOPS

Health Care Plenary Sponsor: Gift of Hope
Wynona Redmond, Jack Lynch, Damon Arnold, Robert Beck, Hope Daniels, Joseph Harrington, Marc Loveless, Leon Mangum, Louanner Peters, Dr. Ronald Sam, Marion Shuck, Suzette McKinney, Susan Peters
08:30 AM
08:30 AM - 10:30 AM
SALON A-5 | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

HEALTH WORKSHOP I: STAYING ALIVE: URGENT CARE, VIOLENCE AND INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTABILITY

Wynona Redmond, Jack Lynch, Damon Arnold, Robert Beck, Hope Daniels, Joseph Harrington, Marc Loveless, Leon Mangum, Louanner Peters, Dr. Ronald Sam, Marion Shuck, Suzette McKinney, Susan Peters
Chronic diseases---such as heart disease, cancer, chronic lung diseases, stroke, and type 2 diabetes---- account for most deaths in the United States and globally. They are responsible for 7 in 10 deaths among Americans each year, and the vast majority of our health care costs. We know that there are steps not smoking, eating a healthy diet and being physically active that each of us can take to reduce our risk of premature death and manage chronic conditions. However, all too many people don’t. We know that the social determinants of health (the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age) play a significant reason why this is the case. This panel will discuss the social determinants of health, how they impact our health and what each of us can do to live healthy, productive lives.
Moderator: Dr. Terry Mason, WVON
Speakers: Audrey Lee, Holistic Health Coach; Dr. Robert Winn, University of Illinois, Chicago; Dr. Selwyn Rodgers, University of Chicago, Dr. Angela Odoms Young, University of Illinois, Chicago
09:00 AM
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SALON A PRE-FUNCTION SPACE | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

TECH EXPO

Dr. Martin Pieters
PUSH Excel is making geek chic by hosting it’s first-ever Chicago Tech Expo. Come celebrate the technology boom, and inspire kids and adults alike to take interest in the fields of Science, Technology, Arts Engineering, and Math (STEAM). Our first ever Tech Expo Gallery Walk is like your traditional Chicago festival, but with a tech twist: Instead of burgers and pizza, our booths will be filled with fun STEAM activities and demonstrations. Booths at PUSH Excel Tech Expo will feature gadgets, games, and gizmos to delight and inspire people of all ages in STEAM.
Participating Companies: Google, Intel (Virtual Reality), ComEd/Exelon, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), University of Chicago, Aerostar, US First, and PUSH Excel’s Operation Domination Robotics Team
09:00 AM
09:00 AM - 09:30 AM
SALON A-1 | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

CONSUMER PROTECTION

John Mitchell and Rev. Janette Wilson
Summary: We will address issues and approach solutions to stop unfair, deceptive and fraudulent business practices in our communities. Discuss the collection of complaints, of how investigations are conducted, company suites, discuss development rules to maintain a fair marketplace, educating consumers and businesses about their rights and responsibilities.
Keynote Speaker: Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
10:30 AM
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
SALON A-5 | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

HEALTH WORKSHOP II: AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACTS: HEAL AND REBUILD

Wynona Redmond, Jack Lynch, Damon Arnold, Robert Beck, Hope Daniels, Joseph Harrington, Marc Loveless, Leon Mangum, Louanner Peters, Dr. Ronald Sam, Marion Shuck, Suzette McKinney, Susan Peters
Health insurance coverage is an important determinant of access to health care. Among the Healthy People 2020 goals is to “Improve access to comprehensive, quality health care services.” HP2020 acknowledges that access to comprehensive, quality health care services is important for promoting and maintaining health, preventing and managing disease, reducing unnecessary disability and premature death, and achieving health equity for all Americans. They cite the barriers to health services as: high cost of care; inadequate or no insurance coverage; lack of availability of services and lack of culturally competent care. This panel will explore current threats to historic efforts to provide healthcare to all Americans.
Moderator: Darryl Dennard, iHeart Radio
Speakers: Dr. Linda Murray, Health & Medicine Research Policy Group; Dr. Claudia Fagan, Cook County Health and Hospital Systems; Robert Currie, Community Care Alliance of Illinois; Derek Robinson, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
11:45 AM
11:45 AM - 02:30 PM
GRAND BALLROOM | HILTON CHICAGO, 720 S. MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO, IL 60605

WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL LUNCHEON: TOGETHER WE RISE: EMPOWER THE WOMEN, DEVELOP THE NATION

Khaliah Davis and Patricia A. Toney
Emcee: Cheryl A. Burton, News Anchor, ABC 7 Chicago; Renee Ferguson, Former News Anchor, NBC Chicago 5
Sponsor Remarks: Lori George Billingsley, Vice President Community Relations, Coca-Cola North America; Cheryl Grace, Nielsen
Welcome Remarks: Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., President and Founder, Rainbow PUSH Coalition; Mrs. Jacqueline Jackson, Founder, International Women’s Luncheon, Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund
Special Remarks and Greetings: Congresswoman Maxine Waters, California 43RD District
Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Senator
Honorees: Aretha Franklin, Singer, Songwriter and Musician; Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP); Angela Rye, Principal and CEO, IMPACT Strategies, CNN Political Commentator, NPR Political Analyst; Michelle A. Newell; Trevian Kutti; Josephine Wade; Ellen Dickey
03:00 PM
03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
RAINBOW PUSH COALITION HEADQUARTERS | 930 East 50th Street, Chicago, IL 60615

STUDENT LOAN DEBT FORGIVENESS AND MAP & PELL GRANT CUTS

Rev. Janette Wilson
04:00 PM
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
RAINBOW PUSH COALITION COMMUNITY HALL | 930 East 50th Street, Chicago, IL 60615

BLACK AND BROWN SUMMIT VIP RECEPTION

Betty Magness
The Summit is being called to bring together Black and Brown elected officials of all levels around the country, for a discussion of issues concerning our communities and how we can work together on resolutions. The Summit also seeks to provide an avenue of ideas on how Black and Brown elected officials can help others to get elected, and ways they can traverse the rough terrain of being a Black/Brown elected official in America.
Hosted by: Illinois Elected Officials
06:00 PM
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
RAINBOW PUSH COALITION AUDITORIUM | 930 East 50th Street, Chicago, IL 60615

ILLINOIS GUBERNATORIAL FORUM

Betty Magness, Don Terry, Chinta Strausberg, Alana Ford
The Democratic candidates for governor of Illinois will discuss their plans for healing and rebuilding the state.
Moderator: Brandis Friedman, Award-winning journalist, Correspondent, WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight”
Candidates: Daniel Biss, Bob Daiber, Chris Kennedy, Alexander Paterakis, Ameyar Pawar, J.B. Pritzker
08:00 AM
08:00 AM - 09:30 AM
RAINBOW PUSH COALITION AUDITORIUM | 930 EAST 50TH STREET, CHICAGO, IL 60615

CONVENTION BREAKFAST MEETING: KEEP HOPE ALIVE PANEL – ROUNDTABLE AND BREAKFAST

DAY THEME: 50th ANNIVERSARY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MAYORIAL ELECTIONS
Betty Magness
Moderator: Santita Jackson, Radio Host and Executive Producer & Political Commentator
Hosted by: Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
Remarks: Senator Bernie Sanders
Speakers: State Senator Vincent Hughes, Philadelphia; Attorney Terry O’Neil, National President of NOW; Rev. Mark Thompson, Sirius Radio Show Host “Stay Woke”; Trevor Gervais, Executive Director of Common Cause/Illinois; Attorney Barbara Arnwine, Civil Rights Attorney; Melissa Mays, Activist Mom, Flint Water Crisis; Rev. Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim; Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK; Betty Magness
12:00 PM
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
RAINBOW PUSH COALITION PUSH EXCEL TECHNOLOGY CENTER | 930 EAST 50TH STREET, CHICAGO, IL 60615

PUSH EXCEL TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE

Dr. Martin Pieters and Pamela Persons
Join the PUSH EXCEL team as we celebrate the grand opening of the renaming of the newest Don Harris Technology Center (DHTC) in Chicago. The tech center offers collaborative environments and hands-on experiences to help students envision and design solutions to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) problems.
The multipurpose DHTC focus is on STEAM education and showcases interactive demos; immersive, theater-like settings for envisioning scenarios. With activities, suitable for all ages, you’ll find workstations to not only augment the existing science and math curriculum, but also expose students to high-tech fields of study they never before had access to. In addition, we put the A in STEAM by opening your student’s right-brains through activities that encourage divergent thinking.
9:00AM – 3:00PM PUSH EXCEL SHOWCASE: Team robotics demonstrations, flight simulators & flight demonstration, interactive web-based applications
Come experience the next generation of the flight experience using flight simulators while getting the opportunity to fly drones.
- Meet the next generation of inventors (PUSH EXCEL students) who have designed, created, and built programmable robots where convention goers can learn step-by-step programming. It’s way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge participants are being challenged to not only design, build, program, and operate robots to play a floor game in alliance format, hut also solve the following recyclable aluminum can problem
- Humanoid Robot: Get the opportunity to see a truly cutting-edge humanoid robot in action! The robot will kick-off your visit, introducing himself and his wide-range of human-like abilities, leaving jaws hanging wide open and imaginations forever sparked at the incredible state the field of robotics is in
- Stay Safe App: This app uses digital tools – web, mobile, SMS, to enable residents, community organizations, police and public agencies to share information, and will give users timely and accurate information about incidents of crime, crime hotspots, gang territories, and Safe Passage routes in Chicago to help people stay safe in the city.
10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
RAINBOW PUSH COALITION AUDITORIUM | 930 EAST 50TH STREET, CHICAGO, IL 60615

RAINBOW PUSH COALITION SATURDAY MORNING FORUM LIVE TV BROADCAST: THE NATIONAL BLACK AND BROWN ELECTED OFFICIALS SUMMIT

Rev. Janette Wilson, John Mitchell
The National Black and Brown Elected Officials Summit is being called to bring together Black and Brown elected officials of all levels from around the country to discuss issues of concern for our communities and how elected officials can work together to help; to discuss how Black and Brown elected officials can help others to get elected, to discuss how to traverse the rough terrain of being a Black or Brown elected official in America, and to provide networking opportunities for Black and Brown elected officials of all levels around the country.
Honoring the 50th Anniversary of Mayor Richard Hatcher of Gary, Indiana and Mayor Carl Stokes of Cleveland Ohio. The broadcast will host a panel discussion with national and local elected officials.
Hosted by: Illinois Elected Officials
Speakers: Senator Bernie Sanders, Richard Hatcher, 1st Black Former Mayor of Gary, Indiana; Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor of Gary, Indiana; Mayor Richard C. Irvin, First Black Mayor of Aurora, Illinois; Greg Palast, “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy” Film; Dave Daley
02:00 PM
02:00 PM - 07:00 PM
RAINBOW PUSH HEADQUARTERS MIDWAY & BACKYARD | 930 EAST 50TH STREET, CHICAGO, IL 60615

RAINBOW PUSH COALITION FAMILY REUNION LOVEFEST

Jesse Jones and John Mitchell
This second annual celebration of love over violence every time (L.O.V.E FEST) in an event focused on building bridges. Social justice cannot exist without change, and change begins with the hearts and souls of individuals. There are a few greater influences than music. We began Love Fest as a way to heal the hurt with music.
This year, we’re requesting more love from our communities, so we can lengthen our reach beyond anything we’ve dreamed of. Our family-friendly event will cross racial barriers, age gaps, and cultural misunderstandings, hosting musicians of all types and genres. We are celebrating a storied past, a powerful present, and a hopeful future.
We are keeping HOPE ALIVE
Contributing to the hope of those who may not currently feel hope.
Sponsored By: Pepsi
2:15-2:45PM Blues
3:00PM Neil Gang
3:15PM John Blue
3:30PM Jay Adams
3:45PM Mahon
4:00PM Dante Hall
4:15PM Selah Children Choir
4:30PM Thomas Singer
4:45PM Johari McGee
4:25PM LXW ChiTown
4:50PM Kim Stratton
5:20PM Rev. Charles Jenkins, Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church
5:45-7:00PM Farley Jack Master Funk (House Music)
03:00 PM
03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
RAINBOW PUSH CHAPEL | 930 EAST 50TH STREET, CHICAGO, IL 60615

“THE BEST DEMOCRACY MONEY CAN BUY” MOVIE SCREENING AND Q&A

Betty Magnes
Speakers: Greg Palast, Dave Daley


Chicago Hilton & Towers

720 South Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605, USA

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SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017


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