Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project
"Raising the young social & political voice in urban Atlanta."

Our Team


Advisory Board

 
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Executive director/instructor

Brandon P. Fleming

Assistant Coach of Debate
Harvard University
fleming@HarvardDCDP.org

An award-winning educator and social entrepreneur, Brandon P. Fleming is the founder and Executive Director of the Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project, an Atlanta-based diversity pipeline program that exposes underserved youth to Harvard College to receive accelerated academic training.  Fleming is Assistant Coach of Debate at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA and formerly one of the "Master Educators" at the highly-acclaimed Ron Clark Academy.  The Georgia Center for Nonprofits & Young Nonprofit Professionals Network selected Fleming as a 2016 recipient of the Georgia '30 Under 30' award.  Fleming was recently inducted into the 2017 class of Outstanding Atlanta and the 2018 class of LEAD Atlanta - two of Atlanta's premier honors for emerging leaders. At Ron Clark Academy, Fleming trained thousands of educators worldwide and coached the middle school speech & debate team to consecutive high school championships, including an undefeated record.  

Fleming went from being a high-risk youth to a college dropout to an influential educator who has used his story to inspire many throughout the world.  As freshman undergraduate student at Liberty University, Fleming founded the S.Y. Scholars Program, Inc., a competitive non-profit college preparatory and leadership development institute.  Through rigorous training in academics and leadership, the student body, consisting entirely of at-risk teens, increased from a 1.2 to a 3.0 cumulative GPA only 9 weeks after the program’s inception - 90% of them having achieved honor roll for the first time.  He instituted a leadership development curriculum that cultivated the students into community organizers, hosting events that galvanized the community in support of education reform in Central Virginia and beyond.  Fleming had soon become a community trail blazer, initiating projects that assembled members of the community to raise education awareness.  In 2012, Fleming hosted the first annual Harlem Renaissance Festival, which drew over 300 members of the Lynchburg community.  This same year, he hosted the Symposium, an education gathering that united political leaders, educators, students, parents, and the community for a forum discussing, "The State of Education in America."  The successful event had soon evolved into The Symposium Tour, in which Fleming and his students traveled to prestigious colleges & universities in an effort to motivate members of the community to undergird the local education system.  Institutions involved in this tour included Liberty University, University of Virginia, Duke University, Howard University, Wake Forest University, and many more.

In 2013, the News & Advance recognized him as one of Lynchburg's most significant people.  In 2015, Fleming was recruited by famous educator Ron Clark, subject of the TNT film The Ron Clark Story.  

Website                              Social Media
www.bpfleming.com            @bpfleming


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Board chair

Dani Ayers

Director of Organizational Development (Southeast Region of U.S.)
Boys & Girls Club of America

Danielle (Dani) Ayers attended Temple University in Philadelphia, receiving a B.A. in Public Relations and an M.A. in African American Studies. Dani has been involved in nonprofit leadership work for twelve years across various industries – education, the arts, human service, and community development. Her leadership roles have revolved around communications, fundraising and finance, change management, executive staff development, and strategic planning. Currently, Dani is a Director of Organizational Development for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. She operates as an internal consultant, working with Clubs in the Southwest US. Her role is to support and provide guidance to the board of directors and staff of Clubs in this region.

Dani serves as Operations Chair on the board of directors for Lekotek of Georgia, an organization that supports children with developmental disabilities, and also co- chaired LEAD Atlanta’s Class of 2017, Atlanta’s premier young professionals program, advancing effective community leadership. 

Social media
@daniayers


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Senior counsel

Ann W. Cramer

Coxe Curry & Associates
Senior Consultant

Ann Wilson Cramer is a Senior Consultant with Coxe Curry & Associates. In this role, she provides strategic consultation to nonprofit clients to strengthen their capacity in the critical areas of board development, volunteer engagement, corporate relations and fundraising. She will also be available to the business community to provide guidance on the issues of corporate citizenship and social responsibility.

Prior to joining Coxe Curry, Ann served as Director for IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs for the Americas. In that position, she was a member of the senior management staff overseeing the company’s approach to corporate citizenship, strategic philanthropy and overall social responsibility.

Ann serves on numerous local nonprofit boards, including the Alliance Theatre Company, Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, Governor’s Office of Workforce Development, Woodruff Arts Center, Council on Foundations, and currently chairs Public Broadcasting Atlanta, Georgia Foundation for Public Education and the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Educated Workforce Committee, and served as chair of the Search Committee for the Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent. Nationally, Ann has chaired the Council on Foundations Public Policy and Corporate Committees, the Conference Board’s Business Education Council, the Executive Committee of both the U.S. Chamber’s Business Civic Leadership Center and the Institute for a Competitive Workforce and the United Way of America’s National Corporate Leaders Council. In 2012, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce presented her with its first Business Civic Leadership Achievement Award.

The Women’s College Coalition honored Ann and Marian Wright Edelman with the first WCC Women Creating Change Award and Ann was one of 5 Georgia women to receive the first STEM Gems recognition. Recently, Ann was recognized with Ann Curry and Ann Stallard as the YWCA Women of Achievement, and with the first Lifetime Achievement Award by the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Women Who Mean Business and listed among Georgia Trend’s 30 Years of Influence, received an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service at Clayton State University and was honored with the inaugural ARC Harry West Visionary Leadership Award, the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Leadership Award and Voices for Georgia’s Children Big Voice. She has received the prestigious Dan Sweat Award from Central Atlanta Progress, Public Broadcasting Atlanta’s Sullivan Award and was honored with The United Way of Greater Atlanta Women’s Leadership Award. She has participated in Leadership Atlanta, Leadership Georgia, Regional Leadership Institute, is a member of Outstanding Atlanta and is past president of the Junior League of Atlanta.

Ann is a graduate of Salem College with a degree in mathematics. In 1991, she received Salem College’s Alumnae Leadership Award in recognition of her commitment and service to community service. Ann and her husband, Jeff, are long-time residents of Inman Park and are active members of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. They are the proud parents of two adult children. 

 

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Board vice-chair

Labriah Lee Holt

Attorney/Director of Outreach & Engagement
American Israel Public Affairs Committee

A passionate advocate and relationship manager, Labriah Lee Holt calls on these strengths daily in her current role as AIPAC’s Multi-Region Director of Outreach and Engagement.  Here, she is charged with demystifying and ultimately strengthening the US-Israel relationship through ongoing education and coalition building with political, business, religious and community leaders across the country. As a strategic advisor, Labriah’s track record of cultivating relationships with key government officials at federal, state and local levels has proven instrumental in navigating a complex political landscape and the advancement of bipartisan legislation.  Before returning to Atlanta in 2016, Labriah served as AIPAC’s Northeast Outreach Director in New York, NY.  While in this role, Labriah was recognized by New York State Assemblyman Keith Wright and City Councilmember Inez Dickens during Women’s History Month and received a Congressional Proclamation from Congressman Charles Rangel for her outreach work and service within the community.

Prior to AIPAC, Labriah was a Senior Associate at Alston & Bird LLP in their Atlanta offices.  Her practice focused on patent, trademark, and copyright law.  At A&B, Labriah counseled the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), the largest athletic conference that governs thirteen historically black colleges and universities. A true servant leader, while at A&B, Labriah served on the hiring and diversity committees and remained passionately committed to providing pro bono work to clients who could not afford quality legal representation. Additionally, Labriah was an active member of the Anti-Defamation League’s Charles F. Wittenstein Research Program and Advisory
Committee, City of Atlanta’s Citizen Review Board, and Atlanta’s Gen44 Finance Committee for the DNC. Labriah’s professional and community efforts also saw her recognized as Power 30 Under 30 and New Vision in Business (“NV”) Magazine Movers & Shakers.

A Georgia native, Labriah received her B.S. in Human and Organizational Development with emphasis in leadership and organizational effectiveness from Vanderbilt University and J.D. from Howard University School of Law, where she was a Merit Scholar, Student Ambassador, and Senior Notes and Comments Editor of the Howard Law Journal. Labriah was also a student attorney for the Fair Housing Clinic, where she provided legal aid to underserved communities in Washington, DC and also served as a housing tester for the Equal Rights Center to investigate illegal discrimination during the housing application process.

In her free time, Labriah enjoys exploring traveling, running 5k’s and practicing yoga. Additionally, Labriah recognizes that true health is holistic, and is committed to health awareness, especially mental health awareness with Atlanta’s youth.


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board secretary

Slma Shelbayah

Broadcast Journalist
CNN

Slma Shelbayah is an award-winning Broadcast Journalist and Communication Consultant. In 2015, she won the CNN Diversity Ovation Award for her commitment to inclusion in news coverage. Her career includes breaking news coverage with CNN International, spanning the regions of the Middle East, Asia and Africa and varying across national and international topics including stories covering Arab and Muslim Diasporas. Shelbayah is currently a CNN Digital Producer assisting over 600 affiliate clients across the nation with CNN digital stories combined with the most relevant images and videos. Additionally, she manages the Twitter and Instagram social media platforms.

Most recently, Shelbayah has been inducted as a member of LEAD Atlanta class of 2018 in their distinguished and highly selective leadership program.

As the CEO of Shelbayah Consulting, LLC, a communication consultancy firm, Shelbayah assists clients with their public relations/ media needs, content development/storytelling, social media marketing, training in writing and public speaking, resume/portfolio development and professional/life coaching. Her 10+ years of experience include a background in broadcast media as a reporter, show host, editor, writer, commercial talent, voice-over artist and producer.

Shelbayah has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Business and Mass Communication at Brenau University teaching undergraduate and graduate students numerous courses including, International Business Communication, Writing and Critical Thinking, Art of Leadership and Cross-Cultural Business Conflict Resolution.

Shelbayah is dedicated to community service that focuses on media, diversity and inclusion. She sits on the Advisory Board for the Harvard Debate Diversity Project, an initiative that provides selected high school students debate training and an opportunity to spend a summer at Harvard College developing their speaking skills. Her dedication to youth is also witnessed through mentoring as she is a board member of UBeyond Mentorship, a non-profit mentoring organization for young youth and professionals. Shelbayah also enjoys giving back to the media industry to further the impact on diversity, culture and faith, as she sits on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters.  

Shelbayah holds a B.A. in Journalism with a minor in Sociology and an M.A. in Linguistics with a focus on cross-cultural linguistics of Spanish and Arabic, both degrees from Georgia State University. She has also obtained a certificate from Oxford University, U.K., during which students were selected from 30 countries across the world to pursue a seminar on global media policy: technology and new themes in media regulations.

Shelbayah spends much of her time public speaking and workshop training at various engagements connected to communication and media interests. She focuses most of her work on social media marketing, compelling story-telling for branding as well as life and career coaching. As a consultant, she has helped organizations build their social media platforms, media relations and public relations strategies as well as narrate stories of impact. She travels often delivering presentations, conducting research and in-the-field-reporting.

Website          
www.slmashelbayah.com 


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Law field

Christopher Bruce, Esq.

Policy Counsel
American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia

Christopher E. Bruce is a community attorney, advocate and activist.  As the lead attorney of The Bruce Firm, LLC, he fulfills his passion of helping people by providing quality legal representation. He advocates for his community as a political consultant, advising elected officials and government entities on effective and efficient policies for change.  Bruce served as Deputy Campaign Manager in the highest raised State Judicial race and the Deputy Political Director for an Atlanta Mayoral candidate before he accepted the role as Director of Governmental Affairs with the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Bruce graduated Cum Laude from Georgia State University Honors Program with a degree in Political Science with a concentration in Governmental Affairs and a minor in Sociology. He later attended the University of Georgia School of Law where he served as an Honor’ Court Member and Vice-President of the Black Law Students Association.  After law school, he worked as a prosecutor at the DeKalb County Solicitor-General’s Office.  Before opening his firm, Bruce worked at an insurance defense law firm practicing Workers' Compensation and General Liability matters.

As an activist, Bruce serves his community in several ways. He was appointed to the DeKalb County Board of Ethics during a very tumultuous period in the county.  He continued to advocate for change in the county by creating the DeKalb Young Professionals, an organization focused on retaining and recruiting leaders through social, educational and networking events.  He is currently an advisor on the Fulton County Pre-Trial Diversion Policy Board

Bruce is a 2013 New Leaders Council of Atlanta Fellow, 2017 LEAD Atlanta Fellow; 2017 Project Understanding Fellow; member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; and Executive Board Member, Gate City Bar Association; He is a recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Atlanta Award (Atlanta's premier award for young professionals in community service) 2017  National Urban League Young Professionals Honoree (1 of 10 young professionals in the nation to receive the award),

Social Media
@DeuceBruce2


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Law field

Sidney Welch

Shareholder
Polsinelli P.C.

Sidney Welch is a partner with the national law firm, Polsinelli P.C., where she chairs the firm's Health Care Innovation practice.  Ms. Welch is nationally recognized for her work with specialty physician practices and technology companies, including offering regulatory and strategic advice in cutting edge health care matters, including advanced payment and delivery models, mobile and eHealth ventures, telehealth, precision medicine, artificial intelligence, and data aggregation & analytics, and privacy & security.  In addition to her law degree, Ms. Welch earned a Masters in Public Health from George Washington University's School of Medicine & Health Sciences.  She serves in a leadership role with the American Bar Association and is active in a number of community initiatives. 

Social Media              
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technology 

Jason Davenport

Principal & Creative Designer
Going Interactive

Jason is a strong leader with the ability to sell ideas, inspire creative teams, drive business goals and serve clients. For more than 20 years he has had the opportunity to manage and create within diverse forms of media. Jason an experienced Creative Director with the analytical mind of a strategist, the conceptual ability of a designer and the methodology of an account director. He's produced award-winning creative products for brands and organizations in both the business-to-business and the business-to-consumer marketplace. Jason worked hand-in-hand with clients such as Hasbro, Georgia-Pacific, Syniverse Technologies, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Chick-fil-A, Walt Disney Resorts, Turner Broadcasting, Cartoon Network and UPS – creating successful rich-media for consumers of all ages. He's been published in trade magazines and have spoken at industry events. Under his leadership, Going Interactive has received over 50 creative marketing and industry awards. Jason is also a Classical Education enthusiast who’s always seeking knowledge and digging deep for truth.

Social Media                  Website
@goingjason                   www.goinginteractive.com


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education

Stacey D. Mills

Executive Director
University of South Carolina-Upstate

Stacey D. Mills was recently appointed executive director of the University of South Carolina Upstate Greenville Campuses, which includes the coordination of all operations and outreach of the USC Upstate Greenville Campuses at the University Center Greenville (UCG) and downtown Greenville at 501 River Street. Mills had been serving as the interim executive director since July 2015.

In his role, Mills is responsible for assessing needs and collaborating with other university leaders to plan and implement a variety of services and programs to ensure continued growth and success of USC Upstate operations in Greenville.

Mills previously served as the director of student services on the USC Upstate Greenville Campus and as the assistant director of student life on the main campus in Spartanburg where he was responsible for multicultural student services, leadership programs, non-traditional student services, and NPHC Greek life. He earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from USC Upstate in 1996.

Social Media              
@millssd1


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nonprofit development

Kirk Brown

Senior Director of Development
Ron Clark Academy

Kirk Brown is Senior Director of Development for the Ron Clark Academy where he leads the fundraising and advancement programs for the middle school. He joined the Academy in August 2013 after five years with United Way of Greater Atlanta. In his last role, he had tremendous success managing and raising more than $8 million annually from top corporate partners, including Accenture, Equifax, Delta Air Lines, Newell Rubbermaid and SunTrust. With Kirk’s professional fundraising expertise, the organization was able to improve the lives of hundreds of individuals and families throughout the metro Atlanta region. Kirk’s career at United Way also included many leadership roles as the Loaned Executive Program Chair, Internal Campaign Co-Chair, cross-functional team member—tasked to create the United Way Young Professional Leaders group, and he served on the marketing Digital Strategy Team. Kirk is an active ten-year member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. where he serves on the board for the Atlanta alumni chapter, founder of the Emerging 100 of Atlanta-- the young professional auxiliary of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, and a proud graduate of LEAD Atlanta Class of 2015.

Social Media              
@kirkandre


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corporate

Antonio Brown

CEO & Creative Director
LVL XIII Luxury Brands, Inc.

Antonio Brown was introduced to the world of entertainment through his unreleased memoir titled Muted Dreams, which was slated the male version of Push by Ebony Magazine gaining Brown a massive following through his social media platforms.

However, it wasn’t until Brown left his job at Alexander Doll Co. that he started to embark on a fashion and philanthropic dream that would allow him to soar to new heights. The dream started with the birth of LVL XIII (Level 13) -  a premium leading men's fashion company that launched a range of high-end men sneakers. 

The line became an instant hit with Brown making over $250,000 in sales within the first two months. To date, LVL XIII has garnered interest from Jason Derulo, Chris Brown, JR Smith, Tyson Beckford, Kroy Biermann, Nas, Tracey Morgan, Jim Jones, Jason Sudeikis, Chris Tucker, Tristan Wilds, and many more. 

The initial success and notoriety of the brand sparked the interest of International Music superstar, Jason Derulo, who now serves as Brand Ambassador and Key Investor of LVL XIII. To expand his luxury portfolio, Brown has added LVL XIII APPAREL to his collection which also caters to the affluent male millennial.

Most recently, LVL XIII signed a $1.5 million deal with Zhu Jiang, owner of Décor Apparel, manufacturer of apparel and accessories. The deal includes a $1 million liquid cash investment and manufacturing terms. This deal was highlighted by FORBES Magazine.

As an active humanitarian, Brown spends his time educating and supporting abused young men and giving back to the community through philanthropic activations and donations. Some of these include: coordinating a celebrity fashion show focusing on the fight against HIV/AIDS, which has been hosted by the likes of Angela Simmons, Nene Leakes, K. Michelle, Ro James and more.

Through these activations, Brown has made notable donations to both amfAR (a leading organization dedicated to the support of HIV/AIDS research) in the amount of $10,000 and Hero for Children (a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for children infected with and impacted by HIV/AIDS) for $5,000 – with the latter creating The Antonio Brown Scholarship, a scholarship which will contribute to the organization’s Summer Camp.  Brown has also been honored by State House Representative, Erica Thomas for his notable contributions in the community receiving a Notable Citizen of Georgia Proclamation.

Website                              Social Media
www.lvlxiii.com                    @antonioismuted


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law field

Emerson W. Girardeau, III

Associate
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Emerson is an Associate in the Energy and Infrastructure Group at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP where his practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, commercial transactions, and project development in the energy industry.  His mergers and acquisitions experience focuses on acquisitions of power generating assets (both gas-fired and renewable assets, including solar and wind facilities) and retail electric providers.  Emerson also has an extensive pro bono practice in which he advises on landlord tenant issues through the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation’s Standing with Our Neighbors initiative.  In addition, he recently evaluated candidates for President Obama’s non-violent drug offender clemency program.  Before joining Eversheds Sutherland, Emerson was a Business Development Associate at BNY Mellon Wealth Management where he analyzed investment portfolios for prospective high-net-worth clients in the Atlanta market. 

A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Emerson moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2004 to complete his undergraduate studies.  Emerson was a 2008 graduate of Morehouse College, receiving a BA in Philosophy. After graduating cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, Emerson returned to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue his legal career. 

While in Atlanta, Emerson has served as a member of the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2018, the New Leaders Council of Atlanta Class of 2017, the City of Atlanta Elected Officials Compensation Commission, the Emerging 100 of Atlanta Executive Board, and on the board of the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the Morehouse College Alumni Association.  Emerson enjoys grilling, traveling, and is a devoted Michigan Wolverine Football fan.


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education

Allen Lee

Sr. Director of Public Programming & Education
National Center for Civil & Human Rights

Allen Lee leads the Public Programming and Education Departments at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Before joining the Center, Allen taught students in public and private schools for the past 15 years. Each day he brings his passion as an educator and as an internationally minded advocate for social change to his work. Allen is an active member of the Black-Jewish Coalition, a 2014 New Leader’s Council Fellow, and a 2017 Summer Policy Fellow with Atlanta Public Schools.  He holds a Political Science degree with an Ethnic Studies Concentration from Davidson College and a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Georgia State University. He makes his home in Decatur, GA with his wife, daughter and cat.

 

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law field

Kevin Linder

Attorney at Law
Law Office of KG Linder

Kevin Linder is an attorney who is not a stranger to courtrooms. He has been both a defense attorney and a prosecutor.  However, he has always given a large portion of his time and energy to pro bono projects. He has donated vast amounts of time to projects combatting domestic violence both at home and abroad. He was named Atlanta Volunteer Lawyer of the Year for the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation Domestic Violence Project. He is especially looking forward to working with the Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project because he debated throughout his time at Pace Academy, earning the State Championship as an underclassman and the letter blanket from Pace Academy for Debate. Kevin continued to debate for Princeton University, where he matriculated, as an undergraduate in the Parliamentary Debate Association format. 

 

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education/law

Fred Smith, Jr.

Associate Professor of Law
Emory University

Fred Smith, Jr. is an associate professor at Emory University School of Law. He is a scholar of the federal judiciary and constitutional law.

Smith clerked for Judge Myron Thompson of the middle district of Alabama; Judge Barrington D. Parker, Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; and Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the United States Supreme Court.  Prior to teaching, he also worked as a fellow for a litigation boutique, Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore LLP in Atlanta.

Smith's research focuses on state sovereignty and representative government. His work has appeared, or will appear, in Harvard Law ReviewStanford Law ReviewColumbia Law Review, New York University Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, and  Fordham Law Review. Notable articles include: “Abstention in the Time of Ferguson,” 131 Harv. L. Rev.  ___ (2018) (forthcoming); "Undemocratic Restraint," 69 Vand. L. Rev.___ (2017) (forthcoming); "Local Sovereign Immunity," 116 Colum. L. Rev. 409 (2016),"Due Process, Republicanism, and Direct Democracy," 89 New York University Law Review 582 (2014) and "Awakening the People's Giant: Sovereign Immunity and the Constitution's Republican Commitment," 80 Fordham Law Review 1941 (2012).

Smith earned his JD from Stanford Law School in 2007. At Stanford, he was a member of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic; was a finalist in the annual Kirkwood Moot Court Competition; was a finalist in the American Constitution Society's national Moot Court Competition; served as president of the Black Law Students Association; and served as articles editor for the Stanford Law and Policy Review. In 2004, he received his BA with Honors from Harvard College; his thesis was awarded magna cum laude.

 

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technology

Jewel Burks

Visual Search Lead
Amazon

Jewel Burks is an advocate for representation and access in the tech industry. As co-founder and CEO of Partpic, an Atlanta based startup designed to streamline the purchase of maintenance and repair parts using computer vision technology, Jewel and her team built groundbreaking technology poised to change the way people everywhere locate products. Partpic raised over $2 million in seed funding to integrate its proprietary technology into mobile apps and websites of parts distributors and retailers. 

Currently Jewel serves as Team Lead for Visual Search at A9.com, an Amazon Company. In addition to this role, Jewel is a proud board member at Amplify 4 Good, and spends much of her free time working with startups. 

Jewel has been featured in notable publications such as Forbes Magazine, Wired, TechCrunch, Essence, Glamour, and Business Insider. Prior to founding Partpic, Jewel served in management, enterprise sales, and strategic diversity roles at McMaster-Carr Industrial Supply and Google, Inc. Jewel is a native of Nashville TN, and graduate of Howard University.

 

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faith community

Mark Moore, Jr.

The Moore Group Enterprises
Chief Executive Officer

Mark A. Moore, Jr. resides in Atlanta, GA, where he is a graduate of Morehouse College, having obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. He is blessed to serve as the Pastoral Assistant of Faith Covenant Church under the pastorate of his father, Bishop Mark A. Moore, Sr. as well as the National Youth President for the Apostolic Assemblies of Christ, Inc. He has also been honored by The Youth Gospel Choice Awards as the Chosen Youth Pastor of the Year. In addition to these responsibilities, he is emerging as one of his generation’s premier thought leaders in the areas of ministry branding & strategic social media and he is passionate about the opportunity to share with others. He has hosted threesuccessful Young Leader Retreats with registrants from the U.S., Canada, The Bahamas, Africa & the Middle East and he is growing his International scope.

 

Born to a legacy of preachers five generations deep, and having received the gift of the Holy Ghost at age six, he acknowledged his call to the ministry at the age of 18. Since that time, God has used him to travel across the country preaching and teaching the unadulterated Word of God across denominational lines resulting in the lives of countless souls being touched. God has blessed him to preach with an unquestionable anointing while delivering thought provoking, timely messages that transcend age, color or denominational background.


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law field

Marquetta Bryan

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP.
Of Counsel

Marquetta Bryan is of counsel in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP's Atlanta office. She focuses her litigation practice in the areas of education, employment, and general litigation, including defending public and private entities in general, business, and employment litigation brought under federal and state laws. Ms. Bryan also advises and litigates on behalf of educational institutions in a variety of legal matters, including proceedings under the Georgia Fair Dismissal Act and charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ms. Bryan also defends business entities in matters involving premises liability and commercial transactions. Ms. Bryan has represented clients before the District Courts of Georgia, the Eleventh Circuit, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the state courts of Georgia, and other administrative hearing bodies. She monitors legal trends that may impact clients' businesses and assists them in implementing proactive measures in anticipation of those trends.

 

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medical field

Andre Dubose

Nuvasive Spine
Sales Director

Andre Dubose is a market-savvy Sales Leader with a stellar career, marked with strong sales performance, results, and multiple awards/recognition based on excellent execution. He is known for expertise across the sales & marketing spectrum including tactical planning, territory development, brand promotion and account management. He is passionate about driving the success of companies and building teams to exceed standards for client relations, sales and efficiency. 
Andre has consistently received awards throughout his career that include but are not limited to: President’s Club Award, Top Rep Award, Pyramid of Excellence Award and Olympus Club Winner.
His consistent and stellar performance is accomplished through clear goal setting, initiating cross team collaboration and leveraging a creative approach to develop sales strategies. Andre is adept at working on various platforms in national, regional and local settings. He thrives in diverse and rapidly changing environments while effectively managing challenging situations. 
At Medtronic, Andre was responsible for managing sales within his District with a revenue responsibility of over $14 million. He was also the Chairperson Emeritus of EXCEL, an Employee Resource Group that was established for the professional development and engagement of African American field based employees. 
Currently as a Sales Director with NuVasive, Andre's geography covers the Atlanta Metropolitan and surrounding areas. He manages 6 Sales Specialists and 2 Sales Associates with primary responsibilities of driving growth and adoption of NuVasive’s innovative technologies and spinal solutions.


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Nonprofit development

Jomal Vailes

Communities In Schools of Georgia
Chief Philanthropy Officer

Jomal Vailes is committed to closing the access gap for families and children of color. He serves as Chief Philanthropy Officer for Communities In Schools of Georgia, working closely with the President and Board of Directors to lead the agency’s resource development strategies focused on expanding philanthropic investments and agency visibility.  Vailes, a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), is no stranger to advocating for vulnerable populations. Vailes previously served as Chief External Affairs Officer for The Center for Working Families, overseeing fund development, communications and strategic partnerships as part of its Family Economic Success and Two-Generation portfolios. An accomplished leader focused on achieving outcomes, impacting families and children, and strengthening communities - his service to Atlanta's nonprofit community spans more than 15 years including roles as Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Georgia Aquarium, where he also launched the Next Wace Society, a young professional philanthropic arm; and Manager of Community Engagement and Diversity Programs for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Vailes holds a BS in Organizational Leadership from Valdosta State University. He is a 2012 Atlanta Leaders for Results Fellow (ALR) of The Annie E. Casey Foundation, and an inaugural Diversity Fellow of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). He has served on the Young Executive Board of True Colors Theater Company and is currently active with the African-American Development Officers (AADO) Network, Southeastern Network of African-Americans in Philanthropy (SNAAP), Association of Fundraising Professionals and American Grant Writers' Association. Vailes is active in his local community, elected to the Development Authority Board of Union City, Georgia, where he lives with his wife and three daughters.