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MOBE 2019: APRIL 25-26




#MOBE2018 was Sponsored by Prudential and Hosted by Dorinda Walker.And Co-Sponsored by P&G


“MOBE, Conversations and Case Studies You Don’t Hear Anywhere Else” #OnlyatMOBE



ALFRED A. EDMOND JR., SVP/Executive Editor-at-Large of Black Enterprise


Alfred A. Edmond Jr. is SVP/Executive Editor-at-Large of Black Enterprise, responsible for providing brand, marketing and content leadership as a member of the multimedia company’s senior management team. Prior to accepting his current position, Edmond was SVP/Chief Content Officer of Black Enterprise, responsible for overseeing marketing for all of the major franchises of Black Enterprise, including the magazine, television shows, web site, social media and live networking events, and content for the company’s broadcast and digital properties. From 2008 through 2010, Edmond was SVP/Editor-in-chief of, helping to lead the transition of Black Enterprise from single-magazine publisher to digital-first multimedia company. From 1995 through 2008, Edmond was chief editor of Black Enterprise magazine.




Leo Hindery, Jr., a member of the Cable Industry Hall of Fame, is Managing Partner of InterMedia Partners, a series of media industry investment funds he founded in 1988 and ran until February 1997 when he was named President and CEO of Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI) and Liberty Media, then the world’s largest combined cable television system operator and programming entity.  In March 1999 TCI merged into AT&T and he became President and CEO of AT&T Broadband. Former CEO of the YES Network.


MOBE Corporate Award, CLYDE ALLEN
MOBE Spirit of D. Parke Gibson Award, PEPPER MILLER
MOBE Spirit of D. Parke Gibson Award, KEN SMIKLE





7:30 a.m.     Registration

8:30 a.m.     Opening Remarks: Curtis Symonds, Yvette Moyo,                              
                      Dorinda Walker, Prudential, and Lela Coffey, P&G

8:45 a.m.     Keynote Speakers: Leo Hindery, InterMedia Partners                                                  Alfred A. Edmond Jr., SVP/Executive Editor-at-Large, Black Enterprise

9:00 a.m.    Power and Money Mindset of the Black Consumer:                          
                     Moderated by Pepper Miller, Author & Researcher
                     Stacey Tisdale, Mind Money Media;
                     Clayton Banks, Silicon Harlem

9:45 a.m.     Break

10:00 a.m.  Black Women – Reclaiming Their Time:                                          
                     Moderated by Sheila Eldridge, Miles Ahead Entertainment / Cafe Mocha
                     Michele Thornton Ghee, BET Her;
                     Cassandre Charles, Essence                                                                                                     Danielle James, Hello Beautiful

11:00 a.m.  Becoming The Brand: Entrepreneur Panel                                         
                     Moderated by Kevin W. McFallRed Clay Digital                                                                 Chris Christmas, Two Hype Clothing;
                     Louis Carr, BET & Dirty Little Secrets;
                     Nikki Woods, Nikki Woods Media                                                                                             Jamar White, Buffalo Boss

11;45 a.m.   Break

12:00 p.m.  Awards Luncheon:
                     Honorees: Carol H. Williams, Chuck Morrison,
                     Pepper Miller, Ken SmikleClyde Allen
                     Presented by Yvette Moyo

1:30 p.m.    Transforming Healthy Realities Via Entertainment
                     Moderated by Hope Allen  
                     Reggie Ware,                                        
                     Crystal King, American Heart Association;
                     Samantha Granberry, AIDS Healthcare Foundation

2:15 p.m.    Women in Sports
                     Moderator: Michael Bellamy
                     Katie Smith, NY Liberty
                     Chrysa Chin, NBA Players Association
                     Melissa Harville-Lebron, NASCAR                                                                                           Collette V. SmithNY Jets

3:00 p.m.    Big Data – Ad Tech & Programmatic
                     Ben Alexander, Pulpo Media                                                                                                     Walter Geer, Verve Mobile
                     Melvin Wilson, Solve Innovation Group

3:30 p.m.     Faith-based Consumers
                     Rev. Dr. DeForest Soaries, Jr.,  dfree Financial Freedom Movement

4:15 pm      Film & TV Innovation, Distribution and Disruption
                     Moderator: Moikgantsi Kgama, Imagenation
                     Kenneth Gifford, Newark Film Festival
                     Rae Leone Allen, “195 Lewis”
                     Donna Beasley, Ka-Zoom Interactive Books

5:00 p.m.     Cocktail Reception

6:30 p.m.     Conference Ends

*Panels are subject to change.



MOBE (Pronounced “moe-bee”) is where Marketing, Technology, Sports & Entertainment professionals converge with early-stage/growing businesses, business professionals and corporations.

  • Since 1992, the MOBE series delivered a business building, education and mentoring resources for African-American professionals; sports, entertainment and other entrepreneurs.
  • MOBE facilitated deals between these companies and large corporations to grow their businesses.
  • The brand remains strong, as it delivered on an intention most conferences don’t: To build business!!!
  • Proven track record for presenting strategic alliances and professional development.
  • Our registrants directly influenced the spending power and impacted a vastly larger urban consumer base.
  • More than $187 million in business was generated to African-American companies as a direct result of associations conceived at MOBE symposiums.
  • Created MOBE IT part of the symposium series as well at the MOBE IT Awards, which recognized individuals known today as experts: Randall Pinkett and Omar Wasow are just a few.


But where can brands, agencies and media companies find them before anyone else does?

Where can content producers, talent agents, and others seek out the partnerships that will propel them to the next level?

MOBE Symposium Spring 2019 (April 25-26)

MOBE will be the convergence of brands, agencies, media companies, producers and entrepreneurs

The MOBE Mission: To facilitate discussion, instruction and business building relationships.


MOBE is proud to have partnered with numerous leaders and innovators in the Business and Entertainment fields!

  • John Legend,  Grammy Award Winning Music Artist
  • Daymond John, Business Man; Star of ABC’s Shark Tank
  • Bernard Bronner, President and CEO of Bronner Bros.
  • Keith Clinkscales – Former VP ESPN, Former President of Revolt
  • Nina Henderson – Former President & COO, BET Pictures
  • B. Keith Fulton – Former Director, AOL Time Warner Foundation, Verizon
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph – Actress, DIVA Foundation
  • Tom Flewellyn – Former Director, Minority Business Dev., Walt Disney World Resort
  • Reginald & Warrington Hudlin – Directors and Film Makers
  • Malik Yoba – Actor
  • Brandy – R&B Singer and Actress
  • Kenya Moore – Former Miss USA and Actress
Kiyo Sakaguchi Hall at Prudential
655 Broad Street I Newark, NJ 07102


Yvette J. Moyo
MOBE & Real Men Charities, Inc.

    Clyde Allen
    Allen and Partners, Inc

      Sheila Eldridge
      Miles Ahead Entertainment Inc

      Clayton Banks
      Silicon Harlem

        Stacey Tisdale
        Mind Money Media

          Ken Smikle
          Target Market News

            Pepper Miller
            The Hunter Miller Group

              Leo Hindery
              InterMedia Partners

                Dorinda Walker

                  Kenneth Gifford
                  AREA 21 STUDIOS

                    Carol H. Williams
                    Carol H. Williams Advertising

                      Louis Carr
                      Author, Motivational Speaker

                        Reginald Ware

                          Crystal King
                          American Heart Association

                            Melissa Harville-Lebron
                            The E' mergê Group

                              Katie Smith
                              WNBA New York Liberty

                                Chrysa Chin
                                National Basketball Players Association

                                  Samantha Granberry
                                  AHF Worldwide

                                    Alfred A. Edmond Jr.
                                    Black Enterprise

                                    Hope Allen
                                    Living Hope Co

                                      Kevin W. McFall
                                      Red Clay Digital

                                        Rae Leone Allen
                                        195 Lewis

                                          Lela Coffey
                                          Procter & Gamble

                                            Chris Christmas
                                            Two Hype Action Ware

                                              Jamar White
                                              Buffalo Boss Organic Wings & Things

                                                Nikki Woods
                                                Nikki Woods Media

                                                  Moikgantsi Kgama

                                                  Donna Beasley
                                                  KaZoom Kids Books

                                                    [ #MOBE2018 Schedule: April 20 ]

                                                    Subject to change. The schedule is updated as of the date below.

                                                    7:30 am


                                                    Pick-Up your Registration Credentials. Please have a valid ID to obtain your registration materials.

                                                    08:30 am

                                                    Opening Remarks

                                                    MOBE Co-Founder Yvette Moyo and MOBE Chair Curtis Symonds, Dorinda Walker, Prudential, and Lela Coffey, P&G.                        


                                                    8:45 am

                                                    Opening Keynote

                                                    Leo Hindery, InterMedia Partners &  Alfred A. Edmond Jr., SVP/Executive Editor-at-Large, Black Enterprise  

                                                    9:00 am

                                                    Power and Money Mindset of the Black Consumer

                                                    Topic: How the Advertising and Entertainment Industries Can Reclaim Relationship with African Americans

                                                    Description: Black consumers are an underestimated force in the American economy, but not for long.

                                                    Please join us as we uncover “the untold story” of black consumers, especially as they become more affluent. This panel will highlight the fact that as the black population grows, so does its economic influence and buying power.

                                                    Moderated by Pepper Miller, Author & Researcher

                                                                              Stacey Tisdale, Mind Money Media;

                                                                              Clayton Banks, Silicon Harlem 

                                                    9:45 am


                                                    10:00 am

                                                    Black Women - Reclaiming Their Time

                                                    Topic: How the Advertising and Entertainment Industries Can Reclaim Relationship with the African American Woman

                                                    Description: Despite making up only 14 percent of the country’s female population, the roughly 24.3 million black women are trendsetters and brand loyalists who play a vital role in influencing mainstream culture in fashion, beauty, television, music and civic engagement for women of all races, information sourced from various Nielsen analytics tools found.  Please join representatives as we examine the impact and buying power of African-American women, their roles in media and advertising and how these new empowering images reclaiming positive perception of this cohort.

                                                    Moderated by Sheila Eldridge, Miles Ahead Entertainment / Cafe Mocha 

                                                                             Michele Thornton, BET Her; 

                                                                             Cassandre Charles, Essence

                                                                            Danielle James, Hello Beautiful

                                                    11:100 am

                                                    Becoming The Brand: Entrepreneur

                                                    Topic: This dynamic panel will lend insight on how to take your ideas to the next level

                                                    Description: Meet several of the industry’s most compelling entrepreneurs and ask them your roughest questions ranging from taking the leap of faith, navigating business structure, and marketing yourself to build your community. We will explore how entrepreneurs move on from their first success and create a second (and third and fourth) startup. The panel itself will consist of several "serial entrepreneurs" giving the audience a snapshot of their path to “serial success” and leaving behind tips toward balancing multiple careers and passions, techniques in time management and what it takes to be and entrepreneur. 

                                                                       Moderated by Kevin W. McFall, Red Clay Digital

                                                                        Chris Christmas, Two Hype Clothing; 

                                                                        Louis Carr, BET & Dirty Little Secrets; 

                                                                        Nikki Woods, Nikki Woods Media

                                                                       Jamar White, Buffalo Boss

                                                    11:45 am


                                                    12:00 pm

                                                    MOBE 2018 Awards Luncheon

                                                    Awards Luncheon:

                                                                        Honorees: Carol H. Williams, Chuck Morrison,

                                                                        Pepper Miller, Ken Smikle, Clyde Allen

                                                                        Keynote - Leo Hindery, InterMedia Partners

                                                    1:30 pm

                                                    Transforming Healthy Realities Via Entertainment 

                                                    Topic: How digital and entertainment industries are transforming Health and Wellness

                                                    Description: The rise of the digital age and health-tech has opened up new channels for brands to build relationships with consumers through personal health/wellness mobile and entertainment platforms. Digital technology has given rise to personal fitness devices and brands, as well as empowered existing fitness companies to become a part of consumers’ health and wellness regimens. This discussion will explore how to build a daily conversation with your audience and extend your brand equity through the context of personal wellness while making a meaning contribution to their healthy lives.

                                                    Moderated by Hope Allen 

                                                                        Reggie Ware,                                        

                                                                        Crystal King, American Heart Association;

                                                                        Samantha Granberry, AIDS Healthcare Foundation

                                                    2:15 pm

                                                    Women in Sports 

                                                    Moderator: Michael Bellamy

                                                                         Katie Smith, NY Liberty

                                                                         Chrysa Chin, NBA Players Association

                                                                         Melissa Harville-Lebron, NASCAR

                                                                        Collette V. Smith, NY Jets

                                                    3:00 pm

                                                    Big Data - Ad Tech & Programmatic

                                                    Ben Alexander, Pulpo Media

                                                    Walter Geer, Verve Mobile

                                                    Melvin Wilson, Solve Innovation Group

                                                    3:30 pm

                                                    Faith-based Consumers

                                                    Rev. Dr. DeForest Soaries,Jr,  dfree Financial Freedom Movement

                                                    4:15 pm

                                                    Film & TV Innovation and Distribution

                                                    Topic: Learn how to seamlessly integrate your brand's story within the content that makes a difference.

                                                    Description: A brand and its story are inseparable. We’re not just talking about a logo, or colors or any particular campaign. The challenge brands face now is not just finding the right stories but the right people to tell them. Who better to help communications professionals, than the ultimate experts in storytelling: filmmakers. In this conversation, you’ll hear from leading storytellers about how they are creating purpose-driven work that resonates with your target audiences.

                                                    Moderator:  Moikgantsi Kgama, Imagenation

                                                                         Kenneth Gifford, Newark Film Festival

                                                                         Rae Leone Allen, "195 Lewis"

                                                                         Donna Beasley, Ka-Zoom Interactive Books

                                                    5:00 pm

                                                    Cocktail Reception

                                                    6:30 pm

                                                    Conference Ends

                                                    Thank you for attending. See you next year!