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WARMACK D r. Dwaun J. Warmack serves as president of Harris-Stowe State University and at the time of his appointment was one of the youngest serving presidents of a four-year institution in the nation. Warmack brings more than 20 years of progressive administrative experience in higher education at five distinct higher education institutions. Dr. Warmack provides leadership to more than 450 full and part-time faculty and staff and oversees a budget in excess of $32 million. Since his arrival in 2014, Harris-Stowe has witnessed a transformation, unheralded in its 160 year history. Dr. Warmack has shepherd more than $15 million in external funding to the institution, including a $5 million grant, the largest in the institution’s history. He has cultivated more than 16 partnerships and collaborations with Fortune 500 companies, regional organizations and other higher education institutions to strengthen Harris-Stowe’s infrastructure. During Dr. Warmack’s tenure, Harris-Stowe witnessed its highest gains in student enrollment in decades, posting the highest percentage enrollment increases among Missouri’s public institutions for two consecutive years. Additionally, as part of the institutional strategic plan that he spearheaded, the institution embarked on an ambitious goal of expanding its academic offerings. As a result, degrees, minors, and certificate programs have increased by more than 40 percent. These includes expanding liberal arts and business degrees and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics disciplines (STEM). As a result of his executive leadership to transform the curricular and co-curricular enterprises at Harris-Stowe, the institution is ranked regionally and nationally in various publications and online journals with U.S. News and World Report ranking Harris-Stowe as one of the best HBCU’s and Midwest Universities in the United States. Dr. Warmack’s success at HarrisStowe has captured national acclaim cumulating with a front-page article in the Chronicle for Higher Education, features in the New York Times, the Detroit Free Press and appearances on CNN, Al Jazeera America, C-SPAN and NPR. He is considered a scholar-practitioner and possesses a wealth of experience in program design, faculty, student development, assessment and accreditation. Dr. Warmack’s trajectory in higher education has extraordinary. Prior to his appointment as president of Harris-Stowe, he served as the senior vice president, administration and student services at Bethune-Cookman University overseeing a staff of 170. His successes include oversight of a multi-million dollar renovation of the institution’s residence halls. Prior to his tenure at BethuneCookman, he was the associate dean of students at Rhodes College in Memphis, where he had

oversight of student affairs including judicial affairs, student activities, Greek life, new student and parent orientation and multicultural affairs. Warmack has also held positions at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., and Delta State University. Dr. Warmack provides a brand of leadership that is characterized by an unqualified insistence on data driven decision-making and a commitment to higher education’s current best practices. A visionary with a unique understanding and appreciation for today’s millennial students, he is committed to academic integration and the holistic development of students. Warmack is committed to developing programs that promote diversity, pluralism and cultural competency. Throughout his career, he has championed inclusion, academic excellence and the retention of underrepresented students. Over the years he has presented more than 120 diversity and leadership presentations and workshops to an array of individuals and groups. To bolster his executive fortes, Dr. Warmack has participated in a variety of professional development opportunities including the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU), Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI), and Hampton University’s “On The Road to the Presidency: Executive Leadership Summit.” He received the Delta State University Young Alumni Award and was inducted into the institution’s Hall of Fame. Other awards and recognitions for his work in higher education and the community include, Delux Magazine Power 100, St. Louis Business Journal “40 under 40”, St. Louis American “Salute to Excellence Young Leader Award”, The Rickey Smiley Foundation “Trailblazer Award” and Who’s Who in Color Most Intriguing People of 2015. Dr. Warmack currently serves on the boards of the United Way of Greater St. Louis, the Cortex Innovation Community, the Saint Louis Science Center, the St. Louis Regional Chamber, St. Louis Muny, and the Greater St. Louis Area Council Boy Scouts of America. His past board memberships include the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) Foundation, and the Alumni Board of Directors for Delta State University. Dr. Warmack is a peer reviewer with the Higher Learning Commission, the largest regional accreditation body in the United States. Dr. Warmack earned a bachelor’s degree in education and master’s degree in sociology from Delta State University. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership with a specialization in higher education from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and his post-doctoral studies in educational leadership at Harvard University School of Education.

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distinguished honorees


Adrian E. Bracy began as Chief Executive Officer for YWCA Metro St. Louis on August 17, 2009. Bracy previously worked for more than a decade as an executive for the St. Louis Rams, then left to become Chief Financial Officer for the Arizona Cardinals in 2007. She has more than 20 years of senior management finance experience with professional sports teams that include the St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals and the Miami Dolphins. Her strong background in financial management is complemented with responsibilities for overseeing long-term business objectives, human resources, risk management and building strong relationships with local communities.


On March 17, 2014 Gary Gunter became Vice President and General Manager of Radio One St. Louis’ properties Hot 104.1FM and Old School 95.5FM. In this role Mr. Gunter is responsible for developing and growing each station’s brand, revenue and audience share by creating and implementing strategic and tactical direction. His responsibilities include overseeing all departments within the radio stations including but not limited to Sales, Programming and Marketing/Promotions.


Jason Purnell is an associate professor in the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. He is trained in both applied psychology and public health. Dr. Purnell leads the For the Sake of All project, a multidisciplinary civic education and mobilization initiative highlighting the regional significance of disparities in health and life outcomes for African Americans in St. Louis, MO. The project and a report by the same name released in May 2014 have been a critical resource in the wake of the unrest that followed the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in the suburban St. Louis city of Ferguson in August of that year.


Irasa currently works at Edward Jones and is the Director, Human Resources for the Client Strategies Division. Client Strategies Division is made up of four divisions; Marketing, Capital Markets, Products and Services and Client Solutions. Irasa is responsible for leading the executive leadership team through Strategy, Organizational Design, Talent/Succession Management, Executive transitions, Reward and Recognition, Culture and Employee Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion, and developing the long term Talent Strategy for each Division.


Dr. Adams received a Phd. in Educational Leadership in Administration from the University of New Orleans in 2005. He earned a M.A. in Elementary Education from Xavier University in 1991 and a B.A. in Elementary Education and Special Education from Northeast Louisiana University in 1978. Dr. Kelvin R. Adams is in his ninth year as Superintendent of Schools for the Saint Louis Public Schools in 2016-2017. He oversees more than 26,000 students in grades Pre K – 12 and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the District’s 4,200-plus employees and $400 million budget.

“Creating Great Options” for the children of St. Louis is Dr. Adams’ focus.


In 1996, Pastor Jones created Robert Fulton Community Development, Inc. to invest in the North St. Louis community and provide services to enrich the lives of area residents. This advocacy has stabilized a community providing self-sufficiency, empowerment, and growth. Community services to name a few include Noah’s Ark Summer Camp for Children, “Free N One” Drug and Alcohol Counseling, Incarceration Support, Aftercare and numerous family enrichment programs.


Dr. Nina Caldwell is the vice president for student life at Maryville University where she oversees multiple departments that provide services and programs that foster student learning and engagement. She has over 28 years of experience in higher education working at a variety of institutional types. Within the student affairs arena, Caldwell’s professional expertise includes diversity, auxiliary services, strategic planning, public safety, fundraising, teaching and professional development. She is affiliated with a number of organizations within the St. Louis area to develop partnerships and promote education.


St. Louis native and Emmy Award winning actor Sterling K. Brown currently stars in NBC’s Golden Globe nominated dramedy series THIS IS US, for which he has been nominated for a SAG Award and won an NAACP Image Award. In 2016, Brown portrayed prosecutor Christopher Darden in FX’s highly-rated award-winning television event series THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY. He won an Emmy Award and Critics Choice Award for the role and was nominated for a Golden Globe, SAG and NAACP Image Award.

community builders


Abdul currently serves as the Executive Director of Park Central Development and one of the premier young civic leaders in the St. Louis Region. Abdul’s resume includes over 13 years of municipal and governmental affairs as well as executive administration, and Total Quality Management experience in the nonprofit sector. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director at Park Central, Abdul served as City Manager for the City of Berkeley where in 2016 he was named 40 under 40 by The St. Louis Business Journal for his outstanding work in the region, and in 2015 was recognized by the St. Louis American Newspaper Foundation for his accomplishments in management in municipal government and reform.


Leroy Shumpert Jr, a Leader at Edward Jones, is responsible for recruiting future Financial Advisors. A few accomplishments achieved during Leroy’s 24 years at Edward Jones include developing a monitoring operation that monitors Edward Jones’ global enterprises in the US and Canada and implementing tools to support their client’s long-term financial needs.Building, developing and leading in the workplace and community are areas of passion he deeply believes in. Leroy currently serves as the president of the 100 Black Men of Metropolitan St. Louis Chapter and has been a member for over 10 years.


Terry L. Wilson, Sr. is the Manager for Beyond Housing’s Family Support Center in Pagedale and also serves as Development Director of the North County Community Development Corporation. Mr. Wilson is also the co-founder of The Bonita Scott Colon Cancer Fund, serves onthe Jennings SchoolBoard and Jennings CityCouncil Ward 2.While serving as President of the Jennings School Board, the school district made one of the biggest comebacks as a urban district and becoming fully accredited by the Missouri Department of Education.

She is the Founder and President of the Larry Hughes Foundation established in 2000 by Vanessa and Larry Hughes The Larry Hughes Foundation is a non- profit organization, assisting families with children who have received or is waiting on an organ transplant. She is the president of SuitUp STL Foundation, established in April 2016 a 501 ( c) 3 organization focused on providing opportunities to youth ages 5-17 who have a desire to participate in organized sports but are unable to afford the cost associated with the sport.


James Clark became a member of Better Family Life in 1989, after a successful term in the United States Army. He served Program Assistant for the Role Model Experience Program, were he coordinated role model and group mentoring for 65 St. Louis Public Schools. For 12 years Mr. Clark implemented the mentoring program for the St. Louis City, Juvenile Detention Center. Mr. Clark also directs Family Week, which is the one of the largest events of the summer in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. He is also responsible for the development and implementation of the St. Louis Metropolitan Area Amnesty Project. This first of its kind project provides legal support to citizens with outstanding misdemeanor and Child Support warrants. Since 2000, over 14,000 citizens taken advantage of this citizen focused program.

VANESSA HUGHES Speaker, Role Model and Author of Courtside /Bedside an inspirational testimony demonstrating the courage and faith that she would learn to depend on to balance the lives of her two sons. Larry Hughes a former professional basketball player, and the late Justin B. Hughes a courageous heart transplant recipient., who lost his battle with heart rejection in May of 2006 at the age of 20.


Karla Frye is the chief operating officer of CWAH. Frye is also an ordained minister and previously served as a journalist, a teacher, and ran her church’s nonprofit.

Ms. Hughes has worked on behalf of many non-profit organizations in the past 17 years, Hughes Charities Random Acts of giving back to the communities that are in need of assistance. CFO of Hughes Promotions LLC a company formed to oversee the day to day functions of a professional athlete, from all aspects personal and professional business opportunities. Vanessa served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Gateway Classic Sports Foundation a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote education by raising scholarship revenue for deserving students to attend College.

black business


McCully provides luxury homes at affordable prices. As a small business, the journey has been turbulent. I started in this business by accident. I am a living testimony that if you follow what you are passionate about; whether it’s intentional or accidental your dreams will welcome and make room for you. Our foundation and presence in the area is built on genuine customer relations and word of mouth advertisement.


Ms. Katina Mims a native of St. Louis MO is the Culinary Artist Sweetfixx and owner of Sweetfixx Dessert Boutique. Throughout her 10 year professional culinary career Katina has networked and assisted various nationwide professionals within the industry.


Haven “The Groomer” Hobbs, is a multiple award winning groomer, founder and creator of Groom Theory, and owner of The Groom Theory Lounge 1 & 2. Trendsetter and Visionary, Haven is amongst the elite Groomers in the Nation, Pushing the culture, Groom Theory is a lifestyle, giving People the opportunity to be the best version of themselves mentally and physically


Our Boutiques are in the Grove area of St. Louis. We love the community because it has embraced us with support and community involvement. We have joined several community organizations to ensure that we keep our ears to the streets in the area.This is our true passion and has allowed us to be fulfilled in our career choices


Kristy Jackson, ED. S. , is the co-founder of Social Synergy Project which houses a coworking space and business resources for underrepresented entrepreneurs. She is also the CEO of DK Solutions creative consulting and owner of the DK Annex private meeting space. Kristy and her husband James Jackson, II, CEO of Jaj2 Music have been identified by the startup community as one of the first African American couples to own a coworking space in the St. Louis Area.


Black Pearl is a 16 year company that prides themselves in providing quality service that fits into everyone’s budget. Their cliental includes many celebrities like Nelly, Sadat X, David Lee (NBA), Spanky Hayes (MTV), and many more…





Rance John Styles and Barbering was established in 2006. My goal was and is to bring a level of urban upscale flair and art to our grooming services, all while building a team of professionals helping to develop there brands in return them helping develop mine. One thing that is dear and close to our hearts is giving back. With different organizations such “Rance John Back 2 school cuts for kids”, “Kutting out Homelessness”, and the “High school haircut tour”.

Jason K. Wilson is Owner and CEO of Northwest Coffee Roasting Co., one of the oldest artisan coffee roasters in St. Louis, and Chronicle Coffee, the first premium coffee shop in North St. Louis. Recognized as an innovative and bold entrepreneur, Wilson strategically spearheaded and managed the growth his first start-up as it became St.Louis region’s largest provider of vehicle fleet and inventory cleaning in less than three years.

Dallas Holland is the owner of Beyond Care Home Services LLC. Hollan also owns several other success businesses including her most recent promotional company.

William Porter is the owner of Master Pieza. A upand-coming guerrilla kitchen warrior, you can find William Porter’s pizza’s in various locations around St. Louis. Master Pieza’s pizzas are healthy made-fromscratch, covered with provel/mozzarella and topped with various combinations of veggies and/or meat.

everyday heroes


Following her calling to service the sick and elderly via home services, Cecilia Harris decided to open her own company, Extracare Home Health Agency, Inc, nearly two decades ago. There, she pursues her passion for delivering compassionate and qualified care by offering private duty nursing and transportation services. Ms. Harris is proud of the way her business has grown, and attributes her strengths in networking and building relationships to her continued success.


A St. Louis native and graduate of Lutheran High School North and College of the Ozarks. Tony is a teacher who holds a Master’s Degree in Education Administration and is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership at Lindenwood University. He also serves as the Athletic Director and Head Boys’ Basketball Coach at Vashon High School. A 3-time State Champion, 2-time MBCA Coach of the Year and the 2016-17 Missouri State Coach of the Year.


Dr. Avant-Elliott has served as a Missouri public school educator for more than 15 year. She is licensed as a teacher, secondary principal, superintendent, and career and technical education director. She previously served as Supervisor of College and Career Readiness for St. Louis Public Schools, College and Career Readiness Director for the Jennings School District, and Career and Technical Education administrator with Kansas City Public Schools.


Dr. Nicole Evans earned all her educational degrees in St. Louis and began her journey of giving back in her hometown. What makes Dr. Evans an intriguing woman, is her desire to inspire and impact the children in the City of St. Louis by educating them at a high level, utilizing Montessori Education combined with Anti-Bias/Anti-Racism education. She is committed to leading by going above and beyond to ensure success for every student and family!


Rodney Lewis is a Co-Founder of The Lewis Influence, an organization designed to give first generation college students the mental approach they need to be successful before, during, and after college, and a Principal in the Rockwood School District. A first generation college student, Rodney has received two Masters’ degrees, one in Teaching and the other in Educational Administration. Alongside, a doctorate in Educational Leadership.


Command Staff Officer for the St. Louis Fire Department has made it his mission to catapult the department onto the World Stage, by emphatically showcasing tireless work of it’s men and women. Captain Mosby also serves on the Communication Boaerd of St. Louis American Red Cross.



Michael Brown is a mission focused and data driven high school principal with Saint Louis Public Schools. He is currently in his fifth year of leading his second high school in the district, after turning around one of the districts most challenging high schools.


Robert S. Steeples forwent the opportunity for a fourth NFL season to become Head Football Coach and a P.E. Teacher at his alma mater, De Smet Jesuit High School, in January 2016. “Steeples” coaches the young man first and the player second as his program strives to develop his student-athletes to embrace diversity, respect women, are intellectually competent, and commit to community service.


Often referred to as the disability scholar due to his dedication and advocacy for people with disabilities. He is the author of six books, an award winning educator and speaker. Roosevelt is the author of the best-selling curriculum titled “Raising A Black Scholar” and an executive producer of the powerful “Raising A Black Scholar” documentary. Roosevelt was honored by Black Enterprise Magazine as

TARA WASHINGTON Chef and owner of Tasty Treats Snack Shop and Catering


Philanthropist and serial entrprenuer.

Steven Roberts is recognized as one of St. Louis’s most dynamic entrepreneurs. Steven has served as a St. Louis Alderman and a multi-faceted business leader that organizations comprised of the largest MBE/WBE construction management and consulting firm in the United States, real estate development including shopping centers, hotels and theatre projects; wireless communication site development, construction and management, aviation, as well as television and radio broadcast properties.

pushing the culture


Angela Grady is Executive Director of Human Resources for ROi. (Mercy’s Supply Chain Division) Angela is responsible for ROi’s HR department, leading the day-to-day HR function and driving ROi’s Co-worker Development strategic initiatives. Most recently, Angela served as the Director of Diversity & Inclusion for Mercy, where she worked

for nearly a decade in various HR leadership roles supporting several corporate areas. Angela’s 17 years of progressive experience includes HR roles at Express Scripts and Missouri American Water.


President of Privileged Society LLC, an entity that maintains a well-established imprint on the St. Louis nightlife scene, as well as premier entertainment markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Atlanta. Cornell’s background of over 10 years of experience is largely within the scope of the entertainment industry, including but not limited to artist and tour management, venue operations, and all things nightlife and entertainment.


Art McCoy, Ph.D., deified all odds and became the youngest certified teacher in Missouri teaching mathematics in the Rockwood School District at age 19. He served as Grade Level Principal by age 22 and District Gifted Director at age 25 in Pattonville School District. In February 2016, Dr. McCoy became superintendent elect for the Jennings School District and superintendent of schools as of the 2016-17 school year.


As president, Michael embraces change in this ever-evolving industry. His innovative and entrepreneurial spirit has helped make KAI a technology front-runner through the early adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and other cutting-edge technologies. A second-generation leader, Michael works closely with his father, Michael Sr., KAI’s Chairman & CEO, to position KAI for future success. He spends much of his time leading KAI’s strategic vision, business alignment, expanding into new markets, developing new clients, and promoting diversity within the industry workforce.




Keisha Mabry is an author, speaker and social entrepreneur on a mission to change the world one connection at a time. She has been featured on National Public Radio, the Nine Network, Fox 2 News, Next Step U, The Business Journal and Blavity for her work in personal branding and networking—or as she likes to call it—friendworking. Pretty soon she will be featured on TED.

com for her TED talk What I Learned from Meeting 100 People in 100 Days.


The trailblazing Owner & General Manager of St. Louis’ own women’s professional basketball team, the St. Louis Surge. Khalia has taken on the challenge of building the first sustainable women’s franchise in her hometown of St. Louis. Her team is now headed into its seventh season finishing as 2017 National Runner-Up and National Champions in both 2014 and 2016 and Runner-Ups in 2015.


Eric Madkins, joined Regions in March 2014 and is responsible for community affairs and CRA initiatives in Iowa, Illinois, Western Kentucky, and Missouri, which involves developing partnerships with business groups both internally and externally to assist in successfully identifying CRA lending opportunities, investments, and services. Madkins serves on Regions Bank’s Midwest Area’s Leadership Team.

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Nate K. Johnson is the President of Real Estate Solutions, a full service commercial & residential real estate brokerage. He serves as President of the Board for the Equal Housing Opportunity Council. Nate is 2016 Treasurer of the Missouri Association of REALTORS, & Vice Chair of the Smart Growth Advisory Board for the National Association of REALTORS. Nate is a member of the Urban League Young Professionals and the 100 Black Men of St. Louis.

Theron Morgan currently serves as the Director of Business Development at Ballpark Village in St. Louis. His role and responsibilities are spread among several areas that include: operations, community relations, sponsorships and sales. Theron has spent over 20 years as a key account manager and as a director in sales, corporate sponsorships and community relations in a variety of industries including dining and entertainment, sports and consumer goods.

In 2016 Rasheen Aldridge was elected the youngest black Democratic committeeman in St. Louis history. From Protesting to politics Aldridge have been a forcing on making change that benefit everyone. He was a recipient of the 2016 Dulux Magazine Award. He recently received the 2017 Young Democrat of the year from the Missouri Democratic party.

Tony Davis, the founder and executive director of The Made Moguls youth program is someone with a passion to inspire, uplift and educate youth through mentoring and entrepreneurship. Growing up in the inner city of St. Louis, Tony knows what it’s like to be surrounded by negativity and to not have anyone to look to for inspiration.

Bruce Franks is a South St. Louis City native and small business owner who is focused on being a community activist and leader. He is the newly elected State Representative of the 78th District, appointment as Police Community Liaison by the St. Louis City Police chief, and recognized as a Champion of Change by The White House. Franks also has a profound passion for encouraging and guiding youth and is a regional organizer for Generation Progress.

LaShell Eikerenkoetter is a freedom fighter, community activist and visual artist whose main goal is to unite and liberate the full range of the black community in St. Louis. Her activism work started in the streets of Ferguson in August of 2014 and she has since continued to support, lead and capture visuals of efforts to bring awareness and justice to the issues regarding the African-American community.

Dr. Sharonica Hardin is the superintendent for the School District of University, a role she began on July 1, 2016. As superintendent, Dr. HardinBartley is charged with serving 2900 students and over 400 teachers and staff. She brings a hands-on approach to the superintendency and believes that one of primary responsibilities to help teachers and students bring to life their passions for education and learning. Previously, Sharonica served as the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Leadership Development for the Ritenour School District in St. Louis, Mo.

Over the last four years, Sarita Moody has empowered underserved youth to succeed in education, leadership, and in life. In her role as Associate Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement with Wyman, Sarita is committed to strengthening youth advocacy and equity for youth across the region.










Philanthropist and successful Entreprenuer, Ahmad “Smoov” Muhammad prides himself in providing opportuniy and jobs in the community. His recent business endeavor, opened an upscale hooka bar/restaurant in The Grove.

has worked with organizations old and new, large and small, and across sectors for 15+ years. Over time, she has honed an interdisciplinary perspective and an integrated approach to solving big tangly problems. Cross-hatch sales, marketing, research and analysis, strategy, organizational development, facilitation, and general management with work in healthcare, consumer packaged goods, education and youth development, diversity and inclusion, and consulting, and you’ll get a glimpse of her unique approach.

Creative. Community. Connector. Those are the three best adjectives to describe Arika Parr. The order of the words isn’t as important as what they mean to her. She prides herself on finding CREATIVE ways to reach the COMMUNITY and get information and resources to who matters most: YOU. As a natural CONNECTOR, she’s finds joy in linking people to each other through their interests, needs and motivations. Arika brings these passions to life as Community Development Specialist for Microsoft. And with more than 15 years of experience in media, she currently serves as the midday host on Majic 103.7 from 10a-3p weekdays.

Darren Sunkett was hired as a defensive assistant for Ladue High School following his move to E. St. Louis in 1992. The following year, he was named Defensive Coordinator, serving in that capacity until 1995. Over the past 17 years of coaching in E. St. Louis, Sunkett has cherished his role as educator, coach, father figure and mentor to the students of E. St. Louis. There’s a lot of loyalty that has been built throughout the years.

Arvetta Powell is the Director of Diversity and Associate Experience for Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. She has more than 18 years of experience in retail Human Resources. She is responsible for the development, implementation and management of the company wide diversity initiatives. This includes the company’s Global Mentoring Program and the recruiting and development strategy to insure quality diverse talent at all levels within the organization.

Damion Jones is the Global Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Monsanto Company within their Talent Acquisition / Diversity and Inclusion / Compliance / Contingent Workforce Department. In his current role, Damion is responsible for outlining the inclusion strategy & recommending action s in support of the executive I&D council’s functional & regional oversight of our company culture and operations.

President and CEO of Lovelace Films. Not only has Thomas proven himself as a purely natural talent in the roles he plays behind the camera as producer, director, creator and writer, but his roles as producer and co-star of the award winning Indy drama American Streetballers birthed his purpose. American Streetballers was shot in St. Louis, MO. It was released theatrically in 2009 on a limited number of screens where it would post top ten in the country for per screen average according to Variety Magazine. Thomas secured distribution with Warner Home Video so the film is still in circulation today.

Mr. DeMarco K. Davidson has been a servant-leader since childhood. After graduating from Hazelwood Central HS in 1999, he attended the Univ. of MO-Rolla where he earned a BS in Engineering Management and minors in Chemistry & I/O Psychology in 2006. While in college, he served as the Junior Vice Polemarch for the Middle Western Province of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., was an officer for multiple organizations, started several businesses, and co-founded the Black Man’s Think Tank.










For well over 20 years working in related industries Eric Mitchell has always focused on the overall success and wellbeing of the companies he worked for and communities for which he serves. Eric’s knowledge and experience in terms of financial literacy, customer service and retail sales is always centered to enhance the quality that he delivers. Eric never puts a product or personal goal before the individual needs of his clients. Eric volunteers on a regular basis donating endless amounts of time and energy to various organizations throughout the Metropolitan St. Louis Area.

Markus Golden was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. The linebacker earned six starts in his 15 games played as a rookie, quickly becoming one of the National Football League’s most punishing pass rushers with 31 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles. In 2016, Golden tied for third in the league with 12.5 sacks, also a Cardinals best, along with 51 tackles and four forced fumbles.

Michael Thomas is a Freelance Photojournalist based in St. Louis. After spending nearly a decade in photography that began as a weekend hobby back in 2008, Michael moonlighted on the weekends providing photos for personal clients and covering St. Louis Rams games until getting the call to cover the events of Ferguson in 2014, a call that would eventually change everything , Michael, with the support and encouragement of his wife, decided to leave his desk job to dedicate himself full time in pursuit of his dream of photojournalism in early 2015.

Owner and creative director of Cool Story Creative is considered one of the top branding and visual artist in the country amongst his peers. Planned and executed concerts, events, branding, consults and promotional materials for: Sprite®, McDonalds®, Giuseppe Zanotti, Rihanna, Wiz Khalifa, J.Cole, Wale, Angela Simmons, Jhene Aiko, Karen Civil, AND MORE! . “The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will...”

Lawrence Bryant (LB) is a professional photographer who has worked with an array of professional clients. Walking away from his corporate background and pursuing his passion of photography, LB started shooting club concerts and he took those networking opportunities to help start DELUX Magazine with owner Keith Griffin, Kyle Griffin,Brian Shields and Michael Winfield aka Brooklyn . From there he started his editorial rise which led him to shoot many editorial features for the magazine. He expanded his network by working with the St. Louis American Newspaper which led him to open his photojournalist side that led him to win several awards .

Robbie Montgomery , one of Ike Turner ‘s original Ikettes, started her musical journey as many singers do: as a child in her church’s gospel choir. She moved on to R&B by the time she was 16 years old and working with a group known as the Chordettes , which evolved into the Rhythmettes. She became one of the city’s official Goodwill Musical Ambassadors, and the Missouri Historical Society honored her for her continued musical contributions. She owns a restaurant, Sweetie Pie’s.

Lisa West is a St. Louisan who possesses a natural entrepreneurial spirit and her native hometown familiarity has proven to be extremely beneficial to top brand suppliers. The origin of Lisa’s independent entrepreneurial journey began back in 2004 when she founded West One Promotions, a company that provided state-wide marketing and promotions for various wine and spirits corporations. In 2014, Remy Cointreau, USA caught a glimpse of just how valuable her marketing and campaign skills were and persuaded Lisa to bring her marketing promotions capability with her to serve on their team as the Missouri State Key Account Manager.

Throughout his rise in business, Mr. Roberts maintained a strong commitment to the AfricanAmerican community from which he came. Locating his headquarters in the heart of St. Louis’ inner-city, his endeavors over the last thirty-five years have created thousands of jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities, raised the level of economic activity and enhanced the quality of life for the African-American community.



Started studying Fashion Design her sophomore year

of high school at CVPA, Went on to study at Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, and continued 4 years at Lindenwood University. While in college close classmates who became best friends introduced her to the local Fashion show world, which became the platform for the business she runs today. “Young Addy Collection” inspired by the name of her daughter Addisyn, is a

women’s contemporary line, also custom designing for children, and men of any age.


Timothy J. Moore, also known as T.Moore, is the “Voice of Black Magic”. As a Creative Director & Brand Strategist with an expertise in Content Development and Experiential Activations, T.Moore has shifted the way that people think about brands. He has worked with the world’s leading companies such as Airbnb, K-Swiss Global, Disney and the Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy brand just to name a few.


Michelle D. Tucker joined Epworth in April 2017 following a 20-year career at Bank of America where she was most recently responsible for strategic oversight and management of the company’s multi-million dollar grant making and sponsorship budgets across Missouri and Illinois. Tucker served as a vital member of the Enterprise Business & Community Engagement team partnering closely with the bank’s state President and senior leadership team in support of Bank of America’s corporate social responsibility and brand building strategy including community outreach and employee volunteerism.


Sheldon Jackson is Director Product Management with Equifax Workforce Solutions. He is responsible for innovations and enhancements for leading human resources technologies. Sheldon, a St. Louis native, has more than 15 years of experience in people and product leadership. He serves on the Board for Annie Malone Children’s Home; is a graduate of St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative, and alumnus of Fontbonne University where he earned his undergraduate and graduate degree.

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Michael Woods, St. Louis native and north city resident, is a certified personal trainer, published author, entrepreneur, and nonprofit Executive Director. As Executive Director, Michael is leading the effort for Dream Builders programming to support students at three different schools across the city. In 2017, Dream Builders 4 Equity was selected as one of the awardees of Washington University’s Social Enterprise Innovation Competition, competing in a field of more than 150 startups.

Currently, Darryl is a Partner/Vice President in Commercial Banking with Carrollton Bank and manages banking relationships with small to medium sized, privately held companies in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. With nearly $40 million in assets under management, he provides lending solutions and cash management services to his business clients.

Barbara J. Perry is the Broker/Owner of Real Estate Solutions & Services, LLC, with over 20 years of experience in the Real Estate and Mortgage Industry. Her belief isthat with hard work and education, anyone can become a home owner. She hasproven this by helping over 300 people become first time home buyers, andhundreds more invest in real estate. Her classes not only teach people how to jump into the real estate market, but she also gives education on credit repair and money management. She is currently working on a project called Hannah’s House, which is a nonprofit organization, designed to teach inner city youth financial literacy.

As an attorney with McMahon Berger, Dean Kpere-Daibo represents the interests of management in all facets of labor and employment law in state and federal court, as well as before state, local, and federal administrative agencies. In addition to his practice, Dean serves as the Vice President of Administration for the Human Resource Management Association of St. Louis and was named “Top 40 Under 40” by the National Black Lawyers in 2016. Dean also serves on the Board of Directors of Epworth Children & Family Services, on the Young Professionals Board of Safe Connections and is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

After spending 15 years as an IT Engineer working at major Fortune 500 companies, Brandy Butler left her cushy career to pursue her passions. Now she helps successful career women to reignite joy in their lives by reinventing their career paths to start and grow new businesses. Brandy’s clients learn to create influential brands that attract a steady stream of clients, media, and speaking opportunities.

An education professional and former teacher in the St. Louis Public School District. She is currently the Site Coordinator at Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis, Founder of the Finesse Center, and author of poetry book “Of Magic and Madness.” Kayla graduated from Webster University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and a certificate in Identity and Diversity in the United States. She is also an Alumna of the Teach For America program.

Chalana M. Scales-Ferguson is the Founder and Managing Attorney of Ferguson Law Group, LLC which represents businesses and individuals in the St. Louis Metropolitan area in business, employment and education law. Chalana also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Saint Louis University School of Law. Chalana earned her Juris Doctorate degree with a concentration in employment law from Saint Louis University School of Law and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia (MIZZOU) in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphases in English, Psychology and Black Studies.

Lafayette​ ​is​ ​a​ ​native​ ​of​ ​Detroit​ ​and​ ​has​ ​14​ ​years​ ​of​ ​ Electrical​ ​Engineering​ ​and​ ​leadership​ ​experience​ ​in the​ ​corporate/manufacturing​ ​field with ​his​ ​M.B.A.​ ​ at​ ​Washington University.​ ​​​At​ ​35,​ ​Lafayette​ ​was​ ​the​ ​ youngest​ ​to​ ​serve​ ​in​ ​the​ ​capacity​ ​of​ ​Superintendent throughout​ ​the​ ​Phillips​ ​66​ ​organization.​ ​Lafayette​ ​lead​s​ an​ ​organization​ ​of​ ​48​ ​engineers​ ​and various​ ​technicians​ ​ at​ ​Phillips​ ​66​ ​Wood​ ​River​ ​Refinery​ ​location.​

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Nashad Carrington is an attorney specialized in business litigation, sports, media and technology transactions. Since entering the professional ranks, Nashad has worked with the likes of AT&T, the New York Yankees, and a major Internet infrastructure start-up. Over the last two (2) years has been in private practice representing many tech companies; and as Municipal Judge for the historic city of Kinloch, he is the youngest sitting judge in St. Louis County. Most recently, Nashad joined the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ Legal Department as inhouse counsel.

Bradley J. Rayford is an independent photographer and video journalist,based in St. Louis Missouri. His work has been featured on CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and the Los Angeles Times and has won two awards from the National Association of Black Journalists. He served as field producer for the critically acclaimed documentary film “For Ahkeem”, a coming-of-age story of Daje Shelton, a 17-year-old black girl in North St. Louis. For Ahkeem is available now on iTunes, Amazon and video-on-demand


Dr. Rosalyn Manahan is phenomenal God-fearing woman with an undeniable heart for children and education. The youngest of seven children and a graduate of Pattonville High School, she earned a BS in Education from Northwest Missouri State, a Masters of Administration Leadership from Lindenwood University and a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Maryville University. Dr. Manahan has proudly served 18 years in the Hazelwood School District where she currently serves as an Assistant Principal.

WINNIE CALDWELL Dr. Hollins is a 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri – St. Louis and holds a Ph.D. in Educational Technology, M.B.A. from Fontbonne University, B.A. from St. Louis University in Organizational Communication, and an A.A. from St. Louis Community College in Business Administration. She has over 20 years of progressive technology, training, education, and management experience.

Born and raised in North St. Louis Vega Sills is most definitely a “by” “product” of his environment. Being around the constant hustle and bustle of city life Vega has made living above the influence the thing to do. Even though he’s not easily influenced grit is heard throughout his music. Wisdom is apparent in lyrics, hooks are punchy and energetic while adlibs subconsciously make you feel his level of confidence. Born entertainer Vega Sills is what mega superstars are made of.

Winnie Caldwell is a St. Louis, MO native. She studied Corporate Communications at Lindenwood University and proceeded to work in a fast paced industry blogging, content creating, teaching and empowering others in the community. Passionate about serving others, writing began as a natural fit. Winnie began blogging in 2012, which led to speaking engagements from St. Louis, MO to Washington D.C. Blogging also led Winnie to manage and build websites for others as well as teaching teens how to do so through a local financial literacy start up.


Sarajeni Hammond is a Strategic Human Resources Professional with the ability to see broadly and understand the global industry. She defines strategic priorities and implements a plan with vision and strategy; while articulating evolving priorities for the business. Mrs. Hammond possesses strong business acumen and sound judgement to advance the business. Mrs. Hammond is highly successful at building and managing collaborative relationships, solicits expertise from others; asks questions, test assumptions and openly discusses issues. Currently, she works for Monsanto (NYSE: MON) a sustainable agriculture company as Director, HR Integration Planning.










Vanessa Townsend is an Executive Event Manager Born in St. Louis Missouri and mother of 3 children, Vanessa Townsend is a graduate of University City High School. Vanessa’s path took her from a homeless teenage parent to one of the area’s top event managers, mentor and speaker. Her passion for event management flourished during her times as assistant to Shaun Henley of N9NE-17. Throughout her journey she has served as a community resource liaison, youth motivational speaker/mentor and now owner of Vanessa Townsend, LLC.

This St. Louis native has operated her own salon, 3 Fourteen, for over 18 years. She gives classes to up and coming stylists. She has created a girl youth group to help build self esteem. She has a boot and hand bag line and is also a celebrity stylist. Some of her new clients include Chingy, Murphy LEe, Ludacris, and Aunyae Heart.

Tony is the founder and CEO of Tony Thompson, Inc., a company that educates, enlightens, and empowers youth, young adults, and businesses (small and large). Because Tony believes every person and business has greatness on the inside of them, he and his team aim to aid individuals in releasing that greatness and expecting great results. “The Catalyst” is a mentoring program that he and his wife, Christina Thompson, created within Tony Thompson, Inc. This youth focused program helps the youth of all communities find their passion and purpose and live it out in all areas of their lives. Its curriculum has caught the attention of St. Louis schools, organizations, and communities.

Rocki Jones is an agile, growth-minded, change management leader with demonstrated success consistently exceeding multi-million dollar sales targets in dynamic business landscapes. She offers nearly 10 years of experience in sales leadership and operations management at DexYP, a leading local and small business automation software company. She is a graduate of Spelman College and currently serves as Vice President of Friends of the Club.

In 2013, Sunni began her career in the film industry by producing a series of reality show sizzle reels. After many atttempts, one of her projects was signed to a major television network and due to be released. She believes that through writing and producing films she can express her creativity, educate and enlighten others.

Cheryl Walker is passionate about delivering financial empowerment and resources to the members of our community who need it most. She is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg were she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a major in General Management. She is the Community Development Director for Stifel Bank & Trust.

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Deerra Williams is a business woman who has a deep passion for constructing the latest fashion trends through her unique gift in clothing design. In her high school years, she pursued a dream in athletics and fashion and to became a well known track star and fashion stylist, but later chose to focus on the latter of the two after being inspired by her older brother and mentor, Shawn C. Williams, the co-founder of Eyekon Clothing.

Veta Lynn Jeffery has spent her life fighting for the rights of others. Mrs. Jeffery began her professional career advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities. Her conflict resolution abilities allowed her to serve families by helping them to successfully navigate through education, employment, building and housing issues. She went on to spend 18 years working in the financial services industry as a licensed professional and the Manager of Financial Services,


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ary L. Spiller II is a lifelong educator and servant leader who is driven to make a difference and leave a positive legacy in the lives of youth. He currently serves as Executive Director of Student Services and Innovation for the School District of University City. Gary has impacted thousands of youth and adults having served in the field of education for 18 years in both Los Angeles and St. Louis. He has served as a District Level Administrator, High School Principal, Assistant Principal, Alternative Education Director, Classroom Teacher, Mentor and Coach.

Sarajeni Hammond

Damion Jones, Ph.D.

Director, HR Integration Planning

Global Director, Diversity & Inclusion

Monsanto Company

Sean Brasfield is a St. Louis native and motivational and inspirational speaker and actor who believes you can ignite the gifts in the youth through the power of the arts. Sean has appeared in several commercials and print with Scott Credit Union, Missouri Department of Health and Social Services, Harley Davidson, and Guardzilla 360; as well as Independent films ‘Tapestry of Shadows’, ‘Path of Egress’, ‘The Ghost Who Walks’, and local film series, ‘The Lou’. Sean believes in the concept of the underdog.

Monsanto Company

Monsanto Company would like to congratulate Sarajeni Hammond and Damion Jones on being named to the 2017 DELUX Power100 list. Thank you for your dedication to our company and your leadership in the St. Louis community. Monsanto is proud to support the DELUX Power100 and celebrate the city’s most inspiring and influential African American Leaders! Discover Monsanto at monsanto.com and jobs.monsanto.com.

Stephanie McCloud is a bright innovator and a phenomenal business woman . For the past 10 years, she has proudly serves her country at Scott Air Force Base IL as a reservist. Stephanie’s drive doesn’t stop there, as a Delta Air Lines Flight attendant she is part of many organizations within the company to included as a member of BEN (Black Employee Network); WEN (Women Employee Network) ; and VEN (Veteran Employee Network).

Monsanto is an equal opportunity employer, we value a diverse combination of ideas, perspectives and cultures. EEO Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled. MONSANTO & Vine Design is a registered trademark of Monsanto Technology LLC. © 2016 Monsanto Company

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Kendra Elaine is an internal leadership speaker, author, and coach out of St. Louis, Missouri. She is known for empowering people to become peak performers through clarity, confidence building, and creating an action plan for success. Kendra is a dynamic speaker that demands self-accountability to increase effectiveness and maximize desired results.


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Founder of Grand Camp and now honorary of the Jaz Granderson Foundation, Jaz Loron Granderson was a hero in a league of his own. A stand out football star all of his life, and student of Lindenwood University, Jaz was many things to those who he encountered. Recognizing his purpose, the gift of serving, earlier than most Jaz devoted much of his time to create a mold for youth to prosper from. Jaz had the opportunity to serve as an assistant football coach for De Smet Jesuit High School where he was able to make a lasting impact on the lives of students and fellow coaches. Alongside his coaching position, Jaz also established his charitable organization, The Jaz Granderson Foundation. The foundation collects and distributes toys each Christmas to over three hundred children within the community. Finally, Jaz created Grand Camp, a valuable resource for many rising football stars within the city of Saint Louis. Grand Camp focuses on helping young athletes perform to stay on track with their athletics and more importantly good sportsmanship. Beyond the skill of the game, Jaz aspired to leave an impact on each youth he encountered, serving as a mentor that youth could seek out for guidance, support and love. Amongst all the incredible accolades, Jaz can be remembered just as much for his character, selflessness and servitude within his community.


Koran Bolden, Motivational Speaker

Tammie Holland, St. Louis Icon


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Profile for DELUX Magazine

2017 DELUX Power 100  

2017 DELUX Power 100