MOBE SYMPOSIUM 2021: Friday, April 23

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MOBE Symposium 2021 Schedule: Friday, April 23

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10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Music Countdown 
Sounds by Jersey The DJ
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Welcome to MOBE
Curtis Symonds, Chairman, MOBE Symposium and Yvette Moyo, Founder/CEO, MOBE Symposium and Co-Founder/CEO, Real Men Charities Inc/Real Men Cook.
11:15 AM- 11:45 AM
A Fireside Chat with Michelle Rice
Michelle Rice President of TV One, and CLEO TV, interviewed by Curtis Symonds.  They’ll discuss her journey to the C-Suite and the direction of TV One under its new leadership.
11:45 AM – 12:35 PM
Panel 1 – The Stream Is Reel
Moderator: Mark Fisher, President & CEO, OTT.X
    • Craig Hunter, Global Head of Preschool Content, YouTube
    • Curt Simmons, President, 360 MMG and Sales Advisor, HBCU GO TV
12:35 PM – 12:40 PM
Comedy Break 1 – featuring Adele Givens
12:40 PM – 12:50 PM
Networking Break 1
Visit sponsor booths and meet fellow attendees
12:50 PM –  1:40 PM
Panel 2 – The Black Awakening – sponsored by BET Networks
Moderator: Tiyale Hayes, Sr Vice President, Strategic Insights and Research
    • Constance Orlando, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming
    • Amy DuBois Barnett, Sr Vice President and General Manager, Digital
    • Kimberly Evans Paige, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer
    BET senior executives will lead a discussion that discusses the ways that media—storytelling, news, information, and commercials– play a pivotal role in shaping and driving individuals’ and communities’ values, perceptions, and actions. The panel will explore intent versus impact and a framework for solutions, with the goal of inspiring and informing the public to foster changes toward the eradication of systemic racism.
1:40 PM –  1:45 PM
Comedy Break 2 – featuring Kelly Kellz
Kelly Davis, a/k/a Kelly Kellz is an HBO All Def Comedy alumna who has been living her dream of “bringing laughter to the soul.  She has performed at comedy shows and has hosted events all over the nation, from Black College homecomings to the Broadway stage.
1:45 PM –  1:55 PM
Networking Break 2
Meet at least 2 new people and set up meetings to discuss potential partnerships
1:55 PM –  2:45 PM
Panel 3 –  Where’s the money? The Shifting Foundation of Retail
Moderator: Karla Winfrey, Multimedia Journalist & Executive Producer and Partner, Winfrey Foods
    • Kevin Miller, Chief Marketing Officer, The Fresh Market
    • Marlie Massena, Marketing and Special Events Director, Bloomingdale’s
    • Shawanda Vickers, Founder, and Director, Shoo Cosmetics
      The panel will discuss lessons learned after the pandemic and social justice protests and how retailers had to adjust to new consumer spending.  The future of brick-and-mortar locations, how retailers are surviving and thriving in the hybrid climate (online/virtual with physical destinations), and what are the opportunities in the new few years will be some of the questions being answered.
2:45 PM – 2:50 PM
Comedy Break 3 – featuring Damon Williams
With 25 years in the industry, Damon Williams is a former Subway sandwich shop owner from Chicago, IL who began his comedy career at All Jokes Aside Comedy club. Damon’s previous television appearances include BET’s Comic View dating back to 1994, including his own one-hour special. He’s been featured on BET LIVE, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, The Tom Joyner Sky Show on TV ONE, and HBO’s P Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy.
2:50 PM – 3:00 PM
Networking Break 3
Visit the sponsor and partner booths and learn about potential strategic alliances
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Keynote address – Rushion McDonald
Rushion McDonald is a marketing and branding expert and host of the Money-Making Conversations podcast that delivers information on career planning, motivation, financial literacy, and life balance.  He is also the leader of 3815 Media, the firm which represents ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and CNN Legal Analyst Areva Martin, along with creating content for colleges and small and large company brands.
4:30 PM –  4:45 PM
Announcement of the MOBE Accelerator Series
Ericka Riggs
4:45 PM –  5:00 PM
Closing Remarks
Curtis Symonds and Yvette Moyo
5:00 PM –  6:00 PM
Networking and Expo Marketplace
 Sounds by Jersey The DJ




MOBE (Pronounced “moe-bee”)  Marketing Opportunities in Business and Entertainment, where Marketing, Technology, Sports, and  Entertainment professionals converge with early-stage/growing businesses, business professionals, and corporations. The MOBE Mission: To facilitate discussion, instruction, and business building relationships.

Since 1992, the MOBE Symposium has delivered business building, education, and mentoring resources for African-American professionals; sports, entertainment, and other entrepreneurs. MOBE facilitates 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!!! MOBE has a 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.
  • MOBE is where content producers, talent agents, and others seek out the partnerships that will propel them to the next level.
  • MOBE is the convergence of brands, agencies, media companies, producers, and entrepreneurs.

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