Friday

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Black & Powerful Professional Mixer
The Boathouse at Canal Dock, 475 Long Wharf Drive, New Haven, CT 06511

Saturday

9:00am - 11:00am

Corporate Mixer Breakfast (Corporate Sponsors & Exhibitors) Invitation Only 
The NXTHVN Gallery, 169 Henry Street,
New Haven, CT 06511

12:00pm

CT Black Expo Opens
Floyd Little Athletic Center, Next Exhibitor Hall 
480 Sherman Parkway, New Haven, CT 06511

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Disparities In Healthcare: Preventive Strategies In Primary Care

2:00pm

Entertainment

2:20pm - 3:20pm

Closing The Wealth Gap

3:20pm - 3:35pm

Entertainment

3:40pm - 4:40pm

Build Black Better

4:40pm - 5:00pm

Entertainment

5:00pm - 5:30pm

Greetings

5:30pm - 6:00pm

Opening Entertainment

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Main Entertainment

7:00pm

Closing

10:00pm - 2:00am

Official CT Black Expo After Party
Terminal 110 240 Sargent Drive
New Haven, CT 06511

Sunday

12:00pm

CT Black Expo Opens
Floyd Little Athletic Center, Next Exhibitor Hall
480 Sherman Parkway, New Haven, CT 06511

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Black Career Pipelines

2:00pm

Entertainment

2:20pm - 3:20pm

Education Equity, Innovation; Excellence In A Post Pandemic World

3:20pm - 3:35pm

Entertainment

3:40pm - 4:40pm

Political Power Is More Than Just Voting

4:40pm - 5:00pm

Entertainment

5:00pm - 5:30pm

Greetings

5:30pm - 6:00pm

Opening Entertainment

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Main Entertainment

7:00pm

Closing

 
 
 

Featured Speakers

Disparities In Healthcare: Identifying Preventive Strategies in Primary Care

Health disparities in the Black community are notable across nearly every health outcome from asthma rates to hypertension, diabetes to cancer diagnoses. The COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impacted the Black community. This panel will provide you with not only the current state of affairs on black health but more importantly action steps needed to change and improve care, access and individual responsibilities that will lead to better black health outcomes.

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Deborah Desir M.D.

Associate Professor of
Clinical Medicine
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Yale University

Moderator

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Gary Desir M.D.

Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine,

Yale University

Moderator

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Ayesha R. Clarke

Interim Executive Director,

Health Equity Solutions
(HES)

Panelist

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Camelia Lawrence M.D.

Director of
Breast Surgery,

Hartford Healthcare

Panelist

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Tiffany Donelson

President/CEO,

Connecticut Health
Foundation

Panelist

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Dawn Johnson

President/CEO DHJ Services,

Connecticut Health
Council

Panelist

Build Black Better

Positioning Black entrepreneurs and Black businesses to be resilient. The panel will share the steps needed to not only recover the 40% of businesses that permanently closed during the pandemic, but what it takes to increase the number of Black startups and small businesses.

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Anne-Marie Knight

Executive Director,

The Black Business Alliance

Moderator

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Onyeka Obiocha

Executive Director,

CTNext

Panelist

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Kola Olofinboba M.D.

Managing Partner,

Fairview Capital Partners

Panelist

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Carlton L Highsmith

Founder & Board Chairman,

ConnCAT / ConnCORP

Panelist

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Marie Rocha

Founder/General Partner,
Realist Ventures

Panelist

Closing The Wealth Gap

The Black-White racial wealth gap remains unchanged after over half a century. Historical and present day discriminatory practices have led to current day inequities. This panel will explore this history and provide tools for how to position black families and young people for financial freedom and wealth.

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Josiah Lindsay

Managing Director of Fortress Investment Group,
President 100 Black Men of Stamford

Moderator

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Mark Smith

Senior Vice President,

Investments

Wells Fargo

Panelist

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David Hopkins

President/CEO,

Greater Hartford Urban League

Panelist

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Bridgette P. Russell

Managing Director for the Home Ownership Center (HOC),

Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven (NHS)

Panelist

Political Power Is More Than Just Voting

Building political power in the Black community is required to ensure our issues are addressed, resourced and prioritized. Political power creates representative leadership, directs resources and drives public policy. This panel will examine what political power is, how to achieve and how to maintain it.

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Dr. Khalilah Brown-Dean

Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs & Professor of Political Science,

Quinnipiac University

Moderator

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Jay Williams

President and CEO,

Hartford Foundation For Public Giving

Panelist

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Jamilah Prince-Stewart

Executive Director,

FaithActs for Education

Panelist

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Janene Hawkins

Chief Administrative Officer,

City of Bridgeport

Panelist

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Toni Nathiel Harp

Former New Haven Mayor

Panelist

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Quentin James

Founder/President,

The Collective PAC

Panelist

Black Career Pipelines

Building a solid economic footing for our community and for Black families requires readiness for the jobs of today and tomorrow. This panel will explore ways to create career pipelines and career readiness.

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Eric Johnson

Director of Economic Development & City Plan,

Town of Hamden

Moderator

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Anthony Barrett

DEI & Strategic Partnership,

Office of Workforce Strategy

Panelist

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Edith Presley

President,

Stamford Cradle to Career

Panelist

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Adrienne Parkmond

COO,

The Workplace

Panelist

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Rocky A. Young

Business Services Specialist,

Connecticut Department of Labor

Panelist

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Genevive Walker

CEO & President
Connecticut Center for Arts in Technology in New Haven, CT

Panelist

Education Equity, Innovation; Excellence In A Post Pandemic World

Education disparities existed well before the pandemic and have been amplified during it. This panel examines what we learned during the pandemic regarding educating Black students and how we can use this moment to restructure K-12 public education to ensure Equity, Innovation & Excellence as well as Global Competitiveness for our students.

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Steve Perry E.d.D

Founder & Head of Schools,

Capital Prep Schools

Moderator

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Subira Gordon

Executive Director,

ConnCAN

Panelist

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Karen DuBois-Walton Ph.D.

Chair,

CT State Board of Education

Panelist

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Christina Grant E.d.D

State Superintendent,

District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)

Panelist

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John Taylor

Executive Director,

Booker T. Washington Academy

Panelist

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Gary Highsmith

Superintendent,

Hamden Public Schools

Panelist

Featured Entertainment

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SWV

R&B Group

Grammy, American Music Award and Source Award. The group also won a Children’s Choice Award and a BET "Best of Video Soul" Award

SWV - Someone (Official Video)

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David McClure

Singer, Song Writer,
Inspirational Speaker

It's Yours (Lyrics Video)

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Travis Greene

Gospel Musician
Four-time Grammy nominee,
Billboard Music Award Winner &Stellar Award winner


Made A Way (Official Video)

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Dr. Violin

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Carl Thomas

R&B Singer
Grammy Nominated

Summer Rain (Official Video)

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Lorii Woods

R&B/Soul Musician

Blinded Jump (Lyrics Video)

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Zae France

R&B/Soul Musician

My Way Visual (Music Video)