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All #MOBEMondays can be viewed on Facebook.com/MOBESymposium


July 27: “PERSISTENCE, PERSEVERANCE, and PIVOT: How Entrepreneurs Maintain Their Business Plans and Strategies in Uncertain Business Times” Roundtable”

Meet five entrepreneurs who started their businesses pre COVID-19 and 2020 was supposed to be their breakout year. Despite quarantines, closures and a pending recession, these entrepreneurs have been able to pivot, and still “win”. Moderated by Kenneth Abrams, Abrams Insurance Agency, the esteemed panel includes Audrey Powell, Spicegrove Food/Beverage Company, Brandon Byrd, Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats, Sita Lewis, Mama Sita’s Miracle Butter Cream, Dennis Bulluck, Wine Consultant/Elite Nation Entertainment/True Hemp Life and Kurtae Boyd, Amazing Lash Studio. #AbramsInsurance #SpicegroveRoselle #GoodiesFrozenCustard #MamaSitaMiracleButterCream #EliteNation #TrueHempLife #AmazingLashStudio

July 20: “The Film Professionals Roundtable”

As the strides are being made for better and increased representation of Blacks in the creative process of filmmaking, so is there an increasingly growing presence of Blacks making an impact where the intersection of the creative and business sides of the film industry take place as well. 

In this MOBE Mondays webinar, join us for a roundtable discussion from those who are impacting the industry from their unique and highly visible roles. Moderating the discussion will be media personality Marsha Bonhart and speakers include Floyd Rance, Co-Founder Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival; film producer and director Monty Ross; and film critic Reginald Ponder. 

Register at bit.ly/2LIQMGy and you will be added to the MOBE Symposium directory of Black professionals and entrepreneurs in #marketing, #entertainment, #music, #sports, #TV and #film. #mobesymposium #mobemondays  #BusinessOfEntertainment  #BlackFilmmakers  #BusinessofBlackFilmmaking  #BlackFilmFestivals  #BlackFilmsMatter #DiversityInHollywood #OscarsSoWhite

 July 13: “Racial Equity: Another Coming Attraction To The Advertising Industry”

In the current climate of social unrest and cultural change, we are seeing emerging voices speaking truth to power on systemic racism and racial inequities. In the workplace for example, among the industries being impacted have been fashion, financial, retail and sports. Diverse voices and others are being silent no longer.

In this #MOBEMondays session, the spotlight will be shined on the programs and leading voices of change in the advertising and broader marketing communications industry. Trails are being blazed to higher ground, which level the playing fields so others will have opportunities for equitable success in having influential and profitable industry careers.

Moderated by Dorinda Walker, CEO, Cultural Solutions Group, the esteemed panel includes Monique Braham-Evans, 212NYC Board Member and LoopMe Account Executive and Lincoln Stephens, Co-Founder of the Marcus Graham Project. #BlackProfessionals and #entrepreneurs in #marketing, #entertainment, #music, #sports, #TV and #film. #racialequity #racialequityinadvertising #diversity #VoicesOfChange #marketing #advertising #BrandMarketing #Inclusion #CommitToChange #CulturalSolutionsGroup #LoopMe #MarcusGrahamProject #600AndRising #100RosesFromConcrete #BlackList100 #BlacksInMarketing #BlackTalentMatters #BlackLivesMatter #WorkplaceDiversity #FutureOfWork

July 7: “BLACK STILL MATTERS IN MARKETING: EXPERTS SHARE INSIGHT ABOUT BLACK AMERICA IN THE ERA OF #GEORGEFLOYD”

Pepper Miller will lead an interesting and lively discussion about Black consumer value today and the future of Black consumer marketing during and post #GeorgeFloyd with three of the industry’s brightest experts on Black insights and effectively engaging Black America, Reginald Osborne, Autumn McDonald, and Tiyale Hayes.

The #GeorgeFloyd Movement has clearly directed attention to the racial inequalities and plight of Black America. Many corporate brands have promised to stand with the Black community and support the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

However, while this is a good start, two issues emerge: It is not enough to acknowledge Black consumers during moments of crisis and several business leaders continue to have conversations that challenge Black consumer value.

July 6: “The Return of Live Entertainment in This Pandemic Age”

June 29: AARP presents “A Fireside Chat: Can New Emerging Technologies Solve Old Health Problems?”

Can innovations in technology help us in our quest for a healthier and longer life?  In this powerful session presented by AARP, Nigel Smith, their Director, Innovation Labs,  will discuss these fascinating disruptors with Dr. Damon T. Arnold, Medical Director at Blue Cross Blue Shield. Pre COVID-19, people in the United States were getting older and living longer than ever before, bringing unprecedented opportunities and challenges.  Yet there were major life expectancy disparities; your zip code determined how long you lived.  COVID-19 highlighted the significance of these disparities.  How can disruptive technologies such as sensors, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, wearables, and voice recognition help to level the life expectancy playing field within the constraints of challenging social determinants of health, and empower everyone to choose how they live as they age? #aarpinnovationlabs #mobesymposium #mobemondays #blackhealth

June 22: “The Clark Sisters/Intersection of Black Business in Entertainment, Music and the Church”

In celebration of Black Music Month, join an engaging conversation about the business of entertainment, music, and the church and how they intersect to fuel the Black Creative Economy. This exchange will be anchored around the record-breaking Lifetime Original Biopic, The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel. It promises to be fun, educational, and inspirational. Moderated by Kelly Redmond, founder of Impact Media, the speakers include the film’s director, Christine Swanson,  co-writer, Camille Tucker,  music producer, Donald Lawrence, Danielle A Scruggs, founder of blackwomendirectors.co and Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, Senior Pastor, Trinity United Church Of Christ.Register at bit.ly/2LIQMGy and you will be added to the MOBE Symposium directory of Black professionals and entrepreneurs in marketing, entertainment, music, sports, TV and film.  #ClarkSisters #FirstLadiesOfGospel  #GospelMusic #MusicBusiness #EntertainmentBusiness #ChurchBusiness #DonaldLawrence #ChristineSwanson #CamilleTucker #ImpactMedia  #PositiveImpactCampaign #BlackWomen #BlackWomenDirectors #TrinityUnitedChurch #RevOtisMoss

June 15: “THE INVISIBLE MEN REVEALED: REAL MEN COOK, BLACK MEN ENGAGED AS FATHERS AND LEADERS”

Real Men Cook® events over the past 31 years are part of a national crusade to positively change the way the world views Black men in relation to their families and the community.  This session with prominent Black chefs is an inside look at the preparation for Real Men Cook’s global and virtual 2020 event being held on Father’s Day, June 21st.  2020 allows the Black-owned brand builders to face the losses of men to COVID-19, 400 years of systematic racism, and racist media images. We will destroy the myths and stereotypes and restore hope for families of all configurations.

Real Men Cook’s Co-Founder and CMO, Yvette Moyo, will serve as the moderator.  The speakers include Chef Cliff Rome, Chef Robert Gadsby, Chef Jeff Henderson, Chef Ron Duprat, Chef Jernard Wells, and DeQuandre “Chef Dre” Williams, who are Executive Chefs, authors, television personalities, empowerment speakers and business owners.
Register atbit.ly/2LIQMGyand you will be added to the MOBE Symposium directory of Black professionals and entrepreneurs in marketing, entertainment, music, sports, TV, and film.  #realmencook #realblackmen #blackchefs #fathersday #blackfathers #COVID19 #RealMenCookTheCrusade

June 8: Balancing Acts: Diversity Equity & Inclusion Leaders Speak

Moderator: De-Dee Loftin, Racial Equity Consultant Speakers: Mita Mallick, Head, Diversity & Cross-Cultural Marketing, Unilever; Greg Cunningham,  Senior Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, US Bank ; Carter, COO, Kanarys

Often times diversity and inclusion, and more recently, equity has been viewed primarily through the lens of increasing the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in the workforce. But as the demographics of the 21st-century workforce change, a global lens also is employed as well as the imperative to integrate between many interrelated disciplines e.g. corporate social responsibility and cross-cultural marketing. Thus, members of the workforce often find themselves in a profoundly diverse working environment. This can be a challenge but also a resource.  Our panelists will discuss and illustrate how some organizations navigate and impact change to thrive in this brave new world. Our featured host is  De-Dee Loftin Davis, Communications Chair, Greater Philadelphia NAACP.  Our guest speakers are Greg Cunningham, Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Vice President, US Bank; Mita Mallick, Head of Cross Cultural Marketing, Unilever; and Star Carter, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Kanarys.


JUNE 3: A Fireside Chat: “The Brain Trust Behind MOBE: The $200 Million Brand”

MOBE, Marketing Opportunities in Business and Entertainment, has been synonymous with networking, strategic alliances, business building, and empowerment for African American professionals.  Brands, corporate executives, and entrepreneurs come together to engage, share case studies, and create opportunities.  Now with more millennials foregoing the corporate route, the “MOBE Way” provides the blueprint of how to maneuver in this new environment.

This fireside chat featured MOBE Founder & CEO, Yvette Moyo, and MOBE Symposium Chairman, Curtis Symonds as they break down how an idea 28 years ago turned into a legacy brand that generated  $200 million in deals. #mobemondays #legacymatters #hbcutvgo #realmencook #realmencharities


JUNE 1: “The Impact of COVID-19 on Black
Media”

Media consumption has increased dramatically during #COVID19.  How are our Black media outlets coping and staying alive when the shutdown of local businesses affected much of their revenue? How are brands and advertisers adjusting their consumer messaging? Join us when leaders in the Black media industry tackle these questions and more.

Our Featured Host is award-winning journalist and author Ed Gordon. Our guest speakers are Louis Carr, President, Media Sales, BET Networks; Linda Jefferson, Senior Vice President/Group Media Services, Burrell Communications and Cheryl Grace, Senior Vice President, US Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement, Nielsen.

Register at bit.ly/2LIQMGy and you also be added to the MOBE Symposium directory of Black professionals and entrepreneurs in marketing, entertainment, music, sports, TV, and film. #mobemondays #angelastribling #iamlouiscarr #PowerfulPenny #mediamaven78


MAY 26: “Health Issues In and Impacting The Black Community

Have you wondered why Miss Rona is so rampant in the Black Community? Is a healthy Black Community in our future? How do we combat this pandemic?  Those and other important questions will be discussed by our panel of experts on the next session of MOBE Mondays, which will be held on Tuesday, May 26th, due to the Memorial Day holiday. They will bring you truth and facts to combat the myths and fear that is being spread to divide us.

Our Featured Host is Dr. LaJoyce Brookshire, Doctor of Naturopathy, and host of the Sirius XM show “Ask The Good Doctor” (AskTheGoodDoctor.org).  Her expert guest speakers include Walter T. Geer, III, SVP TBWA\World Health; Roslyn Y. Daniels, Founder, and President, Black Health Matters; Dr. Obari Cartman, Program Manager, Real Men Charities; Dr. Hassan Tetteh, Surgeon and Associate Professor of Surgery, Uniformed Services University.


May 18: “The Growing Business of Cannabis – Are We In?”

Our featured host is Jacqueline “Jackie” Rhinehart, Founder of The Hemp Company/Organic Soul Farm. She will be joined by Mary Pryor, Co-Founder of Cannaclusive and Ericka Pittman, Chief Marketing Officer at Viola Brands.

This was the first part of a series about this industry where we broke down the misinformation about cannabis, hemp and CBD, access to ownership, where are the opportunities for the Black businessman/woman, and more. 


May 11: The HBCU Athlete: Access To Excellence Matters

The weekly Marketing Opportunities in Business and Entertainment (MOBE) Mondays series have been very successful. We invite you to join us on Monday, May 11, 2020 at 7 pm ET, 6 pm CT, 4 pm PT for yet another dynamic and interesting conversation on “The HBCU Athlete: Access To Excellence Matters.” The featured host is Dr. Fitz Hill, former President of HBCU Arkansas Baptist College and now Executive Director of the Arkansas Baptist College Foundation and The Scott Ford Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development.

Our speakers are Robert Scoop Jackson, writer & producer at ESPN & Strong Island Media; Charles Oakley, former NBA player and co-founder of The Oakley Agency; Zina Garrison, retired Tennis champion and founder of the Zina Garrison Academy and Darrell Walker, former NBA player and coach and current Head Coach of the Little Rock Trojans at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.


May 4 – The Impact of Black Culture On The Global Economy

Hosted by Tuwisha D. Rogers-Simpson, Vice-President of Strategic Partnerships, One Solution; Detavio Samuels, President of iOne Digital, One Solution and OneX; and Sandra Appiah Babu-Boateng, Co-founder and President of PanaGenius Inc.,

iOne and One Solution are part of one of the largest media companies in the country, Urban One, founded by Cathy Hughes, and home to Radio One, TV One, Cleo TV, Madame Noire, Global Grind. Cassius, Hello Beautiful, News One, Black Planet, Bossip, Hip Hop Wired.


April 27: “The Trials and Triumphs of Black Entrepreneurship”

Hosted by Curtis Symonds, MOBE Symposium Chairman and Founder of HBCU GO TV. Our speakers are Michele Thornton Ghee, CEO Strategic Alliance; Ken Rye, Chief Marketing Advisor, Ken Rye Marketing; Dedra N. Tate, President, Unlimited Contacts Inc.


April 20 : Ed Gordon, The State of Black America, hosted by Dorinda Walker

MOBE Advisory Board Member Dorinda Walker speaks with Ed Gordon, award-winning journalist and author of the acclaimed book, Conversations in Black! In the interview, they discussed The State of Black America and his conversations on power, politics, and leadership with well-known thought leaders ranging from Maxine Waters to Killer Mike.