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Jerome D. LoveJerome D. Love has been an entrepreneur and professional speaker for 20 years, and founded the Texas Black Expo (http://texasblackexpo.com/) in 2002. He was named a Multi-Million Dollar Top Producer (Prudential Texas Realty), Entrepreneur of the Year (National Black MBA Association, Houston Chapter), and Pinnacle Award Finalist (Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce), and is a popular keynote speaker for both corporate and collegiate events. Love and was selected as keynote speaker for the Los Angeles Mayor’s Economic Development Summit and the New Mexico State Leadership Conference. He has also shared the speaking stage at conferences with business icons like Priceline founder Jeff Hoffman, Chuck E. Cheese founder Gene Landrum, NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson, and others. To learn more about Love or to book him for a speaking engagement, visit his website at http://www.jeromedlove.com.
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Misty StarksStrategic communications professional with 20 years of experience in media, social media, marketing, public relations, video production and corporate communications. Exceptional track record of success leading dynamic and strategic campaigns for private and public companies in various industries including oil and gas, petrochemicals, education, broadcast and print media, human resources, advertising and publishing.
-Global Employee and Corporate Communications
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-Corporate Identity and Branding
-Culture Building and Integration
Derrick ReedI am a trial attorney with a background in civil litigation. I currently represent clients in various labor and employment matters, including harassment, discrimination, and wage/hour related claims. I also serve as outside general counsel for several companies, assisting with their day-to-day operational needs, including contract negotiations and the protection of their valuable confidential information and intellectual property.
Prior to founding Reed, PLLC, I worked as a Senior Associate for a labor and employment law firm in Houston where I vehemently defended companies accused of Title VII or Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations. I also represented plaintiffs and defendants in various complex commercial litigation matters involving a wide range of financial, shareholder, and trade secret issues.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to my legal career, I worked as a Technical Sales Engineer in the Semiconductor industry for a Fortune 100 company. I earned my Juris Doctorate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in 2007, where I served as the Executive Editor for the Law Review and the President of the Intellectual Property Society.
Please visit my website at http://www.reedthelaw.com for more information.
Shahara WrightShahara Wright is the award-winning author of From Entrepreneur to CEO and creator of the CEO Collaboration Circle and Business Done Wright, and Single Mom CEO.
As a business law attorney and small business trainer, her strategies and proven methodologies have transformed the way, small business owners, entrepreneurs, and CEO's reduce legal liabilities and increase their bottom line.
Shahara founded The Wright Firm, PLLC 20 years ago when she couldn't find a law firm that matched her schedule as a single mom. From a young age, she knew it was possible for entrepreneurs, especially single moms, to build a successful business their way.
After that humble start, Shahara quickly developed the Road 2 CEO Success to help CEO's of small and mid-sized companies enhance operations and execute strategic change.
Shahara's success was just getting started as her firm began assisting brands with product development, bringing products from mere concept to a fully developed and manufactured brand. Small and mid-sized businesses were seeing reduced operating costs of 20% and increased profitability by as much as 30%.
Of course, Shahara's strategies aren't just for small and mid-sized companies, she's helped entrepreneurs at all levels how to build a sustainable business, protect it, and make more money doing the work they love.
Shahara lives in Houston, TX, where she pursues her passion of helping single moms create sustainable businesses and build strong legacies for the generations to come.
Carla LaneCarla Lane is President and CEO of LaneStaffing. Carla has expanded the company's footprint by seven states, increased its client base of Fortune 100 and 200 clients and has become a leader in government contracting.
A comprehensive employment-solution provider, Lane Staffing has seven operations to address the staffing and business needs of its clientele: DiverseRecruiting Specialists, DiverseScreening and Testing, DiverseTemps, DiverseTraining, DiversePayroll Partners, DiverseHR Consultants and DiverseAssist.
A leader in the community, Carla annually hosts a job fair, in which DiverseTemps connects hundreds of job seekers with government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and small businesses. Carla also is founder of "This Woman's Work," a nonprofit organization with a vision to create a community in which all women are given the opportunity to become independent and successful through access to career opportunities, long-lasting mentoring relationships and impacting change in women from the inside out.
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85% of LaneStaffing’s business comes from repeat clients
75% of LaneStaffing’s placements come from referrals.
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Matt HoustonMatt Houston is Principal of MLH Enterprises. MLH Enterprises is a Dallas-based firm that provides public affairs, education, professional development, and leadership consulting to organizations across the country. Clients include The Nelson Mandela Foundation, KIPP Charter School System, and various political candidates in the Dallas area. Matt was previously Executive Director of Group Excellence, a mentoring and tutoring company that provides programs to schools across the country. By hiring the best professionals, undergraduate and graduate students, and educators, Group Excellence sets the standard in preparing students for college and life. Matt is also Chief of Staff of BEAM, a company that offers bundled technology and professional services to provide high quality back office services and the capacity to grow. A desire to drive change, specifically in the area of economic equality for all, is Matt’s personal mission. Houston believes the path to success is through education and business creation. To that end, he works tirelessly to advocate for new businesses, wealth and job creation, and communities that create and value their economic engines. In his free time, Houston is an active member of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, serves as Vice Chair on Dallas’ City Planning Commission, and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Matt is a native of Dallas and earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Southern Methodist University (SMU) and his Executive Masters of Business Administration degree from the Neely School of Business at Texas Christian University (TCU). He was also in the Blueprint for Leadership Program Class of 2008 (Center for Nonprofit Management) and Leadership Dallas Class of 2012 (Dallas Regional Chamber).