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"Providing News/Information and Connecting Florida’s Black Affluencers and Influencers"

Power Issue

Introducing Miami's Most Powerful and Influential Black Professionals in Business and Industry for 2017

Miami Dolphins Score Big with Diversity in Executive Positions Meet Mayor Andrew Gillum—Candidate for Florida Governor Delma Noel-Pratt Takes Reigns as New Miami Gardens Police Chief



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EDITOR'S NOTE When you turn the pages in this “Power” issue, you’ll no�ce a broad range of the most influen�al Black Americans in South Florida—from CEOs and judges to poli�cians and ar�sts. They are all to be commended. It’s important to note, power isn’t always about how much money you make or how much control you have over people and resources. It’s also about the posi�ve influence one has in their community and in people’s lives. Take Rebecca “Bu�erfly” Vaughns (featured on page 22BB). This talented soul is in the business of inspiring and enlightening audiences with her spoken word.

When I first met Bu�erfly a few years ago, I’ll admit, it took me a minute to wrap my head around the fact that she writes and performs poetry for a living. Yes, that’s her full-�me job. But when you hear the cadence of her thought-provoking words, rolling off her tongue, you’ll understand why she’s in so much demand. That’s power. Legacy Magazine’s “Power” honorees were nominated by members of the community. They were then selected by this publica�on based on their professional and philanthropic accomplishments. This is an opportunity for us not only to

celebrate the successes of Black Americans in Miami, but to encourage them to con�nue transforming our communi�es and the world. So when you see them in person, make sure you congratulate them. And, at the same �me, hold them responsible for represen�ng us in the most posi�ve light. "... POWER ISN’T ALWAYS ABOUT HOW MUCH MONEY YOU MAKE OR HOW MUCH CONTROL YOU HAVE OVER PEOPLE AND RESOURCES." Russell Motley Editor-in-Chief Legacy Miami Magazine


Miami-Dade County's Best Kept Secrets

Miami-Dade County Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson, District 3

In a �me when it appears that there is more apathy than advocacy in our communi�es, it is encouraging to know that there are s�ll those that believe in the power of influence and helping others. Making a difference in the lives of others some�mes comes with a price. It may prove to be too costly for some, but others do it with ease. I am excited to see the individuals chosen for their work in our community and being recognized as influen�al people. These dynamic men and women are of all ages, genders and professional backgrounds. They were all chosen for their uniqueness in what they do in our

community. O�en �mes, we believe that certain aspects of change are only reserved for elected officials or government. However, the real work of be�er neighborhoods, be�er policies and community projects, stronger businesses and infrastructure come from extraordinary people. People who feel like they are a part of something larger. People who have a sense of belonging. That is real power and influence. Those people effectuate change. We celebrate all of the honorees across many areas of business, government and industry. I know firsthand that we have the

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best kept secrets in our talent pool and it gives me honor to recognize them. Miami-Dade County is a growing metropolis. We are doing innova�ve things in all sectors, including film and entertainment. The wri�ng and filming of the Oscar winning film “Moonlight” is just an example of the fields of work in which our residents succeed. I would be remiss if I didn’t advocate for the need of mentorship. As much as our honorees have accomplished, no man is island unto himself. I challenge each of us to do more, be more and assist more in the lives of our youth. They are our future most influen�al professionals.

Dexter A. Bridgeman CEO & Founder Russell Motley Editor-in-Chief Kervin L. Clenance Group Publisher Denise St. Patrick-Bell PhD Copy Editor Zachary Rinkins Editor at Large

Toni Harrigan Associate Editor Nordene Bartley Marke�ng Manager Md Shahidullah Art Director Nestor Calixto / Intern Cover photo by: Teekay Makeup provided by: Rory Lee

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Introducing Miami's Most Powerful and Influential Black Leaders in Business and Industry for 2017

Olanike Adebayo, Esq. A�orney Olanike Adebayo, P.A.

Ludlow Bailey Managing Director

Luther Brewster, Ph.D Associate professor and chief of Policy,

Tasha Cunningham Managing Partner The Brand Advocates, Inc.

Councilwoman Lisa C. Davis City Of Miami Gardens

James Dubrey Head of Sales Chen Senior Medical Centers

Chris�e Grays, MBA Director, Community Rela�ons Bap�st Health South Florida

Chris Grier General Manager Miami Dolphins

Lynda V. Harris Vice President The Henderson Financial Group, Inc

Daniel Junior Interim Director

Chief Maurice Kemp Fire Chief City of Miami Fire Department

G&A Interna�onal Consultants,Inc and CADA(Contemporary African Diaspora Art)

Miami-Dade Correc�ons and Rehabilita�on Department

Research & Community Development, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida Interna�onal University (FIU)

Dr. Roderick King,M.D., M.P.H., Professor

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Florida Ins�tute for Health Innova�on

Judge Tanya Brinkley State of Florida/ Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida

Lane�a Bronté , MD, MPH, MSPH Founder and President Founda�on for Sickle Cell Disease Research

Miami Dade County Board of County Commissioners District 3

Misty Brown Chief of Staff

Petula C. Burks Public Affairs Director City of Miami Gardens

Dave Chang, Vice President, Global Contact Center Sales and Service, Carnival Cruise Line

Gary Eppinger, Global Chief

Gary C. Eugene Chief of Police North Miami Police Department

Karla Ferguson, Esq. Owner/Director Yeelen Gallery

Teresa Foxx Director & General Manager Barclays, Miami Branch

Steve Gallon III, Ph.D. School Board Member - District 1 Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Gary Har�ield Director

Michael F. Hooper General Manager Hilton Miami Airport

Tery Howard

Osamudia James Vice Dean & Professor of Law University of Miami

Clavel Jacques-Louis General Manager Embassy Suites Miami Airport

Connie Kinnard

Gerri Lazarre, CPA, ACA, MSTAX President TriMerge Consul�ng Group, PA

Jennifer S. Love CSO & Senior Vice President Safety, Environment & Health Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Chris�na Lucas Vice President AIG

Brige�e Lumpkins Private Wealth Advisor Goldman Sachs

Informa�on Officer and Corporate Privacy Officer, Carnival Corpora�on

Miami-Dade County Small Business Development

Vice President, Mul�cultural Tourism & Development Greater Miami Conven�on & Visitors Bureau

Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer Miami Dolphins

Bridget McKinney President/CEO Professionals Sharing With A Purpose

Venus Miller RN,BSN,MSN,ARNP, FNP-BC,PMHNP-BC Family & Psychiatric Nurse Prac��oner VM Consul�ng Firm ,LLC

Tamara L. Moodie, Ph.D. Execu�ve Director South Florida Au�sm Charter Schools, Inc.

Melton Shakir Mustafa President Zaki Publishing, Inc.

Michelle Palomino Communica�ons Consultant Wells Fargo

Paul T. Parker Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Myles Pistorius Senior Vice President & General Counsel Miami Dolphins

Conchita Pleasant Founder/CEO Nefer��'s Secrets hair care

O� Roberts Managing Director Deutsche Bank

Judge Fred Seraphin State of Florida 11th Judicial Circuit

Larry M. Spring, Jr., CPA City Manager City of North Miami

Dr. Marcus St. John, MD, FACC, FSCAI Clinical and Interven�onal Cardiologist Heartwell LLP.

Carole Ann Taylor President & CEO Miami To Go, Inc.

DeWayne K Terry, Sr A�orney Rubenstein Law

Gandy Thomas Consulate General of Hai� in Miami

Thamiah L. Tu�, MBA Managing Director, Development and External Affairs City Year, Inc., Miami

Rebecca Bu�erfly Vaughns Interna�onal Spoken Word Ar�st

Karen Weller, RN,BSN,MBA-HSM Assistant Community Health Nursing Director Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County



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Legacy Applauds 2017 Special Award Honorees Legacy’s mission is to showcase and celebrate excellence in our community. Legacy Awards highlight individuals and organiza�ons that perform at a high level in business and industry. Despite working in diverse sectors, all the honorees are commi�ed to working toward a be�er community. Our community is made richer by their contribu�ons.

Corporation of the Year

Greater Miami Visitors & Convention Bureau (GMVCB) is the official des�na�on sales and marke�ng organiza�on for Greater Miami and the Beaches. Bureau chief William Talbert says, “Our team focuses on promo�ng our diverse, vibrant global des�na�on to the world to a�ract leisure and business travelers, mee�ngs and conven�ons. As a private-public partnership with businesses and governments, GMCVB leads efforts to grow Miami’s travel and tourism industry, which help sustain and generate jobs.” GMVCB has produced heightened levels of inclusion and growth. Talbert adds, “We will con�nue to seek innova�ve and consumer-friendly ini�a�ves that a�ract visitors and reinforce Miami’s posi�on as a premiere global des�na�on."

Corporate Executive of the Year Teresa Foxx is director and general manager for the Miami branch of Barclays, a mul�na�onal banking and financial services company. Foxx a�ributes her professional success to, “A strong sense of mo�va�on and courage to overcome obstacles. Also, strategically posi�oning myself for advancement opportuni�es, and expressing apprecia�on for the efforts of my teams and colleagues.” She defines corporate excellence as, “Barclays has five pillars which we keep at the center of our business ac�vity – Respect, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Stewardship. Fundamentally, I have a personal dedica�on to these traits. Barclays is commi�ed to its

employees, clients, and community. That is corporate excellence.”

Business Person of the Year Business, community, and cultural icon Carol Ann Taylor describes herself as, "an entrepreneur, volunteer, singer, a mother and grandmother." Taylor is so good that the legendary Duke Ellington signed her to a contract. Taylor superserves the tourism industry through her Li�le Havana To Go, Miami To Go, and Cultures to Go ventures. The daughter of a Bap�st minister, Taylor says she builds her life on, "faith, trust, pa�ence, and determina�on. Everything in my life is built upon that." She serves on the boards of GMCVB, Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Lyric Theatre, WDNA Jazz Radio and Viernes Culturales.

Public Official of the Year Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss has served on the commission for over 23 years and was elected chair for 2009-2010. He draws from Anandamur� when speaking on the role of government, “Do all the good you can. In all the ways you can. At all the places you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” The commissioner responded to Hurricane Andrew with a comprehensive plan to rebuild distressed and declining areas affected the second worst natural disaster in U.S. history. Those communi�es s�ll benefit from the highly effec�ve "Moss Plan."

Business of the Year Companies and individuals rely on TriMerge Consulting Group, P.A. to deliver high quality accoun�ng, audit and

assurance, tax and compliance and business advisory services. Managing partner Gerri Lazarre, C.P.A oversees all aspects of the firm's administra�on and day-to-day opera�ons of the Miami office, while also providing support to clients' engagement. The Howard University alumna earned a master's in Taxa�on from the University of Miami and is a member in good standing with the American Ins�tute of Cer�fied Public Accountants, Florida Ins�tute of Cer�fied Public Accountants and Associa�on of Cer�fied Fraud Examiners.

Trailblazer of the Year Brand maven Fabiola Fleuranvil marches to her own melody. The Blueprint Crea�ve Group founder asserts, “There's no way I would've been in business for eleven years if I weren't built to be disrup�ve. My en�re journey as a lifelong entrepreneur and as a business woman has always been about being disrup�ve, going against the grain, and seeing opportuni�es where others see risk and fear.” Fleuranvil sees barriers as a necessity, “I see them as an opportunity to build up, refine and pivot. I've never met a barrier that stopped me...it only gave me the opportunity to rethink my approach.”

Legacy Award

Sheldon T. Anderson is interim president and CEO of Miami-Dade Beacon Council, the official economic development partnership. Anderson proclaims, “Businesses have an important role to play in suppor�ng the en�re community. Obviously, it’s the right thing to do. It’s also

prac�cal for organiza�ons to help address challenges that impact communi�es. Businesses join the Miami-Dade Beacon Council because of our mission to bring jobs and investment to the community, and help entrepreneurs grow and shape the local economy's future.” A former CEO of the Southeast Region of Northern Trust, N.A., Anderson serves on several business and civic boards.

Not-for-Profit of the Year

CareerSource South Florida Execu�ve Director Rick Beasley describes its role as, “offering results-driven solu�ons to drive economic growth for businesses and jobs seekers in Miami-Dade and Monroe coun�es.” Beasley says community members use the organiza�on’s resources to advance their career ambi�ons. He notes, “We encourage job seekers to u�lize all of our services both online and via our Career Centers. They are open to the public and are ready to provide support in their employment and training needs.” Find out more about services at one of its local career centers or online at www.CareerSourcesFL.com.

Educator of the Year Luther Brewster, Ph.D. is associate professor and chief of Policy, Research & Community Development, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida Interna�onal University (FIU). Dr. Brewster addi�onally serves as community director of FIU’s Green Family Founda�on NeighborhoodHELP (Health Educa�on Learning Program). He began his career in 2003 and has held academic and research posi�ons at the City University of New York and the University of Michigan. The Morehouse alumnus earned his doctorate in Health Promo�on and Behavior from the University of Georgia. He is a recipient of the pres�gious Marshall Memorial Fellowship.

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By: Merle�a Gordon

Entrepreneur Celebrates 30 Years of Giving Customers Pieces of Miami

Carol Ann Taylor Humanitarian and Entrepreneur What would you do if you’re a single mother fired from a good job and had sons depending on you? If you’re Carole Ann Taylor, you turn obstacles into


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opportuni�es. “I was fired from my job at the City of Miami in 1986. I had two children to raise. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do,” recalls Taylor, then a long�me government employee. “A year earlier, I was involved in bringing Bayside Marketplace into frui�on. I also helped bring a�en�on to and created opportuni�es for African-Americans to do business there. Bayside offered me a store when I had nowhere else to turn.” “I' had never been in business, but I took the opportunity. I am s�ll in the retail business thirty years later.” Taylor’s ventures revolve around cultural souvenirs and affecta�ons. She launched Bayside Gi� Shop and sold it to a vendor in 1998. In 1994, she partnered with a group to become a minority owner in the Duty-Free stores in Miami Interna�onal Airport (MIA). Eventually, the partners lost a bid to con�nue opera�ons. Taylor made three fu�le a�empts to retain the airport business. Then, she did something that separates successful and aspiring entrepreneurs.

“The fourth �me I bid. I threw the dice and bid for three opportuni�es,” she remembers. “I won two of those three for a total of four airport stores. I have a great partner in MasterConcessionAir’s (MAC) Peter Amaro, Jr. and they help run the stores. That was 2006, and I’ve been in the airport ever since. Life is good.” Taylor's other partner is her son, Jaesyn Mixon. The cultural enterprise includes Miami Gi�s To Go, Li�le Havana To Go, and Miami To Go. The MAC partnership consists of two licensed stores and two store partnerships in MIA. Taylor who has another son Jason Walker, says she encourages entrepreneurs to embrace their humanity. "I serve every na�on, color, religion, age and size. I'm thrilled to serve the world," she beams. According to the Small Business Administra�on, most businesses fail in two years. Taylor has enjoyed three decades of bea�ng the odds. She admits learning, “some major lessons” during her entrepreneurial tenure. “You cannot do it by yourself. You must surround yourself with professional

help like accountants and a�orneys to help you access capital, manage your money, and re-invest in your business,” she warns. “I learned this the hard way, make sure you understand your business from a financial point of view.” She offers this two-part wisdom for business success. Excep�onal Service: “Customer service is cri�cal to any business. You have to understand your customer’s point of view. They’re looking for an experience, and, they want to take back a piece of that experience. It’s up to you to make them feel at home and provide them with an experience or product that gives them a memory that they want to take back or give to someone.” Sell Desired Products: “My niche market is the traveling public and tourists. That is what I know and do best. It is cri�cal that you give customers what they're looking for. I have to think about who my clients are. When I've deviated from that, it hasn’t worked out well." Explore a cultural treasure chest at www.CulturesToGo.com

Dolphins GM Chris Grier: There Are No Shortcuts to Success

Chris Grier General Manager, Miami Dolphins The Miami Dolphins made an historic hire when naming Chris Grier as general manager on January 4, 2016. A 22-year industry veteran, Grier has worked with the club for 17 years serving in several

progressive posi�ons including director of College Scou�ng. “I am thrilled to work with Mike Tannenbaum (execu�ve vice president of Football Opera�ons) and Adam Gase (head coach) to build a compe��ve roster that can hopefully have sustained success for years to come,” beams Grier, who oversees the dra� and personnel departments. “Being with the Miami Dolphins organiza�on for most of my career has been a great benefit because I’ve been around great coaches and players for the last 20-plus years. It’s been fun.” His team accomplishments include iden�fying and dra�ing talented players like wide receiver Jarvis Landry, running back Lamar Miller, defensive end Olivier Vernon, and center Mike Pouncey, among others. Despite the official NFL season star�ng this fall, the Dolphin organiza�on employs year-round effort. “In the offseason, dra� prepara�on and free agency are our biggest priori�es. I spend a lot of �me watching film and working with our scouts. As the 2017 Dra� approaches, I confer with coaches and

develop strategies to prepare for it,” he reveals. “We constantly deliberate on which types of players we want. What is their character? Are they a good fit for the Dolphins?” The team is doing its best to produce a season fans can be proud of. “We want to build off of last season. Coach Gase and his staff did a great job of building the team and crea�ng the environment of compe��veness here and with toughness,” he assures. “We feel on our end, the personnel department did a good job of supplying the players the coaching staff liked and wanted.” “Going forward, we just want to con�nue to build off that for the upcoming season, and we’re excited for the future of the organiza�on.” His leadership philosophy is grounded in firmness, honesty, and collabora�on. He says, “It’s not about me. It’s about us! I’m big on input and listening to people. For me, being a leader is se�ng guidelines for group expecta�ons. Then, you hire good people and let them go to work. I don’t believe in micromanaging,” he explains. “I trust the

process. Employees feel involved when you listen to them and empower them to take the instruc�ons to their teams. That’s the best way to go.” Despite coming from a family of sports execu�ves and enjoying a brief collegiate athle�c career, Grier insists there are no shortcuts to success. “Don’t be in a hurry. Pa�ence is key. Take �me to master your cra�. The one thing nowadays is everyone wants to climb so fast. You always end up skipping a level. As much as I’m like anyone – I would have loved to have been a general manager 10 years earlier. I probably wasn’t prepared for it,” Grier advises. “Take your �me, ask a lot of ques�ons, listen to people, learn and take notes on things. If you do it the right way, I think at the end of the day people will recognize you for your work and how you treat people.” Grier concludes, “That’s the best way to climb to get to where you want to get to be.” Log on the www.Dolphins.com, to find the latest information of Miami’s NFL franchise.

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The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau is honored to be recognized as 2017 Corporation of the Year by Legacy Magazine! We are also delighted that the Board Chair of the GMCVB Multicultural Development Committee

Ms. Carole Ann Taylor

and the GMCVB Vice President of Multicultural Tourism & Development

Ms. Connie Kinnard

are being recognized for their work in the community.

Thanks to Legacy Magazine for continuing to showcase the businesses and leaders that make up Miami’s diverse community!





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Miami Gardens Swears In First Female Police Chief By: Teriya Ogden

City of Miami Gardens Chief of Police Delma Noel-Pra� At the age of 7, London-born, Delma Pra� and her family traveled to Detroit

because her father was told by his sister that America had be�er opportuni�es. Growing up on the eastside of Detroit in a brownstone, Pra� was forced to learn early on that life is literally what you make it. Pra�, the youngest of four, lived on the bo�om level with her parents and other siblings. Pra� described their way of living “between poor and middle-class.” With money having to be stretched very thin amongst everyone, name brand clothes and shoes weren’t an op�on; however, rice porridge was a delicacy. As Pra� further reflects on her childhood, she states that there was a significant incident that led to her wan�ng to have a voice in this world. At the age of 10, Pra� and her older sister, who was 18 at the �me, were walking from the corner store back home. While walking, they were approached by a black man. The robber punched her sister in the face and asked for money. Her sister then dropped everything


she had to the ground. Pra� described herself being in shock and then she cried. Pra� says that she became more untrus�ng, yet, protec�ve. “It changed my view of some people, because a�er all, I was s�ll naive at 10 to some extent," says Noel-Pra�, who was sworn in as Miami Gardens police chief on May 1. Although having over 24 years of sworn law enforcement experience, Pra� didn’t start out wan�ng to be in law enforcement. She actually wanted to be an a�orney. However, her career began as a Public Service Aide for the City of Miami Police Department in 1989. In January 1993, she transi�oned over to the Miami-Dade Police Department, where she trained and graduated as a Police Officer. She states that she wanted to use that as a vessel to later become an a�orney. In 2012, she was appointed to the rank of Police Major and worked in the Kendall District. While in this posi�on, she was

named as one of six finalists for the posi�on of Police Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department. In February 2013, she was appointed to the posi�on of Division Chief and assigned to the North Opera�ons Division. When asked if she feels pressure now that she will be the first female Chief of Police for the City of Miami Gardens, she answered: “No. I feel pressure each and every day, making sure I service the community properly.” She goes on to say “I just want do the best job possible. Be the best at what I do.” Moving forward as Police Chief for City of Miami Gardens, Pra� plans to meet with her command and tell them what the expecta�ons are, partner with the community, do various community policing ac�vi�es like farm share, make sure she improves morale, recruit more officers and bring a be�er team together.






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Q-Q Research Consultants Help Fine-Tune Organiza�ons For Maximum Service

By: Michel Whitehead

Dr. Sandra Williams CEO, Q-Q Research Consultants Sandra Williams, Ph.D. is not a stereotypical couch and talk therapy psychologist.“When I tell people that I am a research psychologist, they usually want to tell me their problems,” reveals Dr. Williams, CEO of Q-Q Research Consultants, a research and program evalua�on consul�ng firm. “That’s okay because I’ve performed therapy for over ten years, but I pivoted to research.”

While working as a family therapist in Broward County, Williams grew �red; Tired of seeing an overwhelming number of Black children iden�fied as emo�onally handicapped; Tired of those emo�onal challenges preven�ng the children from doing well academically; And �red of seeing this situa�on persists. “As therapists, we would meet and converse about the different types of treatments we were providing,” she recalls. “Everybody was doing their own thing. Nobody knew what the most effec�ve treatments were. That led me to research.” “I fell in love with psycho-socio treatments and searching data to find prac�ces that really worked, based on evidence. In order to do that, you have to love data and sta�s�cs.” Mul�ple socio-economic studies and U.S. Census reports highlight the overwhelming socio-economic, educa�onal and health dispari�es between Black people and their cultural counterparts. A Pew Research Center Social Trends report notes Black respondents were more likely to feel adversely impacted by systemic challenges. With all these conten�ons, Williams

encourages that the organiza�ons that serve communi�es and families consider offering evidence-based, data-supported solu�ons. “Most people don’t realize that research informs treatment and therapy,” she discloses. “It’s trying to find evidence-based treatments that actually work instead just of doing your own thing.” That no�on inspired her and a former partner to launch Q-Q Research Consultants. The Miami Lakes-based firm offers monitoring and evalua�on, data analysis, needs assessment, capacity building and other services. Past clients include Miami-Dade County, Urban League of Broward County, Florida Interna�onal University, W.K. Kellogg Founda�on, 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project and many others. “We work with organiza�ons that provide services to families like reading, a�er school and health programs. We are local. We develop rapport and help them bring their voices out,” Dr. Williams reveals. “Many of these programs are funded by grants that require providers to hire outside consultants to review the data to see if the program is really working and delivers on their promises.”“If you have to report to a

funder, you don’t want to con�nue a component that is not working. Evaluators can help you improve services.” Williams says there are many advantages to hiring evaluators. “Some�mes folks get nervous when we come in as evaluators. They think we are coming in to say, ‘I got you!’ That’s not the point at all,” she declares. “We team up with organiza�ons to help improve their services with data-based solu�ons.” Evaluators can help you refine your offerings.“Organiza�ons must collect data. These organiza�ons are doing great work because they are working with our most needy popula�ons,” Dr. Williams explains. “It feels good. It feels right. It feels like they’re helping. But, without data, we don’t know what’s working and what’s not working.” “With data, we can help you iden�fy components you can con�nue and the ones you need to tweak to achieve your outcomes.” Dr. Williams advises organiza�ons to “measure your impact and be willing to make adjustments. And, always ask, “is this approach supported by data?” Connect the dots at www.QQResearchConsultants.com

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BUSINESS REPORT By: Beatrice Louissaint

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Why Federal, State, Local Decision-Makers Must Support Minority Business Development Agency

Beatrice Louissaint, President & CEO Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council The Trump administra�on's 2018 budget calls for elimina�ng the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) as a federal agency. MBDA is the only federal agency solely dedicated to the growth and global compe��veness of Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs). The MBDA helps

minority-owned firms grow by providing access to capital, technical exper�se, advanced business consul�ng resources and innova�ve management services through 42 Business Centers. Funds allocated to the MBDA’s budget have among the highest return of any type of business assistance allocated by the federal government. During the past 10 years, the agency’s programs and services have helped companies secure more than $40 billion in contracts and capital, while crea�ng and retaining nearly 142,000 jobs and leading to accelerated performance averages and returns on investment. In the state of Florida, the annual goal of the Miami and Orlando MBDA Business Centers is to help minority-owned companies garner more than $200 million in procurement contracts and financial transac�ons. The MBDA Business Centers are integral to fostering greater economic vitality across the U.S. By 2044, the na�on’s prosperity will rely even more on minori�es, who are the fastest growing segment of the popula�on.

Entrepreneurship is a sure pathway to wealth crea�on and a thriving na�onal economy. Today, U.S. Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) represent 29% of all firms, but only 11% have paid employees. MBDA research predicts that if MBEs reach entrepreneurial parity, the U.S. economy will realize 13 million more jobs. The MBDA is needed now more than ever. The decision to eliminate the MBDA was made from a lack of understanding about how minority-owned businesses shape, impact and grow the economy, and how they create jobs and impact the economic viability of communi�es around the country. It is important that we let Congress, local and state poli�cal representa�ves and the Trump administra�on know what a unique and irreplaceable role the MBDA plays in helping grow minority businesses – for the be�erment of all Americans. I encourage everyone to join our fight to save the MBDA. I implore you to call your congressional representa�ves, whose contact informa�on you can find at www.house.gov and

www.senate.gov. Beatrice Louissaint is President and CEO of the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC), one of 23 regional councils affiliated with the National Minority Supplier Development Council. The FSMSDC acts as a liaison between corporate America and Minority Business Enterprises in the state of Florida. The organization is also the operator of the U.S. Department of Commerce Miami and Orlando Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Centers, which serve southern and central Florida. FSMSDC’s goal is to increase purchasing from minority businesses by government entities and corporations, while increasing the operating capacity of minority businesses through hands-on business assistance, training and access to technology and capital resources. To learn more about the FSMSDC, visit fsmsdc.org. Learn about the Miami and Orlando MBDA Business Centers at www.mbdamiami center.com or www.mbdaorlando center.com, or call (305) 762-6151.


Small Business Week 2017: Linking Small Businesses to Bigger Opportuni�es

By: Gary T. Har�ield

Gary T. Har�ield Division Director

Miami Dade County Small Business Development

Small Business Week has been an annual affair in the United States since President John F. Kennedy signed the first proclama�on in 1963. Since then, it has grown from a modest recogni�on of small businesses to a weeklong, widespread celebra�on spanning all states and U.S. territories. The undeniable influence of the small business community is certainly worthy of

such acknowledgment. The Small Business Administra�on (SBA) reported that there are 28.8 million small businesses in the United States, which account for 99.7% of all U.S. firms and employ 48% of the private workforce. According to the Kauffman Founda�on, the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area ranked 10th for small business ac�vity in the United States. Addi�onally, small businesses make up approximately 90% of the economy in South Florida and more than 97% of businesses in Miami-Dade County have fewer than 50 employees. With that in mind, Miami-Dade County’s Small Business Development (SBD), a Division of the Internal Services Department, will celebrate small business owners with a host of ac�vi�es aimed at recognizing the importance of our small business community. Scheduled, are a number of events over the five-day period, extending throughout the County, to include: Breakfast/Conversa�on with the Director, a Business Expo, a Small Business Forum, culmina�ng in a Grand Finale Vendor Outreach and Award Ceremony; all under the theme: “Linking Small Businesses to

Bigger Opportuni�es.” On May 1st and 3rd, a Breakfast /Conversa�on with the Director will be held in southern Miami-Dade at the Town of Cutler Bay Center and northern Miami-Dade County, respec�vely. The Division Director will highlight the Division’s role in iden�fying and maximizing opportuni�es for small businesses. Commissioners Levine-Cava and Barbara Jordan will be present to welcome a�endees and share their perspec�ves. Partner agencies and capital departments will also be available to share informa�on with a�endants over a con�nental breakfast. The second day, May 2nd, will feature a Business Expo where SBD will shine the spotlight on some of its cer�fied SBEs. Par�cipa�ng firms will have an opportunity to showcase exper�se and the goods and services they offer. County departments, agencies, and large prime contractors will also be available in the “match making” se�ng. May 4th will see a forum like none other; a Small Business Forum in collabora�on with the Florida Interna�onal University – Small Business Development Center which will be held at the Li�le Hai� Cultural Complex.

Several key areas of cri�cal concern to small businesses will be highlighted: Marke�ng, Budget/Finance, Management, and Legal. Members of academia from universi�es across the county and expert prac��oners will highlight best prac�ces and related success stories. Finally, the weeklong celebra�on will end on May 5th, with a Small Business Week – The Grand Finale, a Vendor Outreach and Award/Recogni�on Ceremony. This will be used to highlight contrac�ng of various kinds with county departments, municipali�es, agencies, and large primes. It will also include presenta�ons by SBD honoring Small Business of the Year for each of our SBE Programs: Goods, Services, Architectural & Engineering, and Construc�on. Addi�onally, SBA will present its Small Business of the Year award with a recep�on immediately following at the terrace at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center. It is our hope that you will join us in these fes�vi�es as we celebrate local small business firms, the contribu�on they make, and the many ways in which they enrich our community.

FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017




Healthcare & Leadership Congratulations, James Dubrey Head of Sales at Chen Senior Medical Center


Congratulations to James for being recognized as one of South Florida’s Most Powerful and Influential Black Professionals in Business and Industry for 2017. This honor reflects his phenomenal contributions to the community and to Chen’s growth as we seek to ensure seniors receive the care and respect they deserve.




FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017

Miami Dolphins Champion Diversity with Black Execu�ve Team

By: Danielle Stedman

The Miami Dolphins organization is a leader in diversity and exemplifies the importance that diversity holds within the National Football League. Over the past few years, the Dolphins organization and its owner Stephen Ross have made diversity an important mission with the formation of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) non-profit and in the substantial number of existing senior level Black and Hispanic executives that hold high ranking positions within the organization. Holding the torch for others to migrate into the executive realm of the Miami Dolphins organization, Jenkins, Moore, Pistorious and Howard understand the principles, vision and mission that will be vital to the imminent future and success of the Dolphins’ impact on Miami’s ever-growing and ever-evolving multicultural landscape.

Jason Jenkins

SVP, Communica�ons & Community Affairs

Jason Jenkins grew up in a household where sports and educa�on were the founda�on of his upbringing. His father C.L. Whi�ngton was a professional football player for the Houston Oilers and mother was a counselor and educator. Playing Football in college for Texas Tech University as a journalism major afforded Jenkins the opportunity to transi�on to working for Lehigh University in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, where he took a posi�on in sports informa�on, keeping stats. When he relocated back to his hometown of Houston to work for Texas Southern University, he met his mentor Tony Riley. Riley helped him to realize that “you have the ability to learn from anyone, no ma�er who they are or what posi�on they hold in life.” He taught Jenkins that through se�ng high personal goals and working at highest level possible within your posi�on were the avenues to ensure professional growth. Through his rela�onship with Riley, Jenkins was able to land a NFL role with the San Francisco 49ers. This later led him to join Miami Dolphins organiza�on in 2009 as the Director of Media Rela�ons. In 2015, he assumed his current role as SVP of Communica�ons & Community Affairs. The key principles to which Jenkins credits his personal success are “work ethic, goal se�ng and ge�ng the right people around you.” Jenkins commends the leadership and values that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has inculcated in the organiza�on's culture. Ross maintains that the organiza�on is “a public trust and steward of the community,” which is a responsibility that Jenkins takes very seriously.

Myles Pistorius SVP & General Counsel Myles Pistorius is one of the brightest legal minds in the Dolphins organiza�on. Pistorius a�ended Columbia University where he worked as a corporate a�orney at Simpson Thacher & Bartle�, a law firm in NYC, where his focus was on mergers & acquisi�ons and financing transac�ons. Always having a passion for sports and entertainment, he took as many related college courses hoping to one day work directly in the field. While at Simpson Thacher & Bartle� he made it a personal mission to work on any deal connected with sports and entertainment to build a compelling resume, which inevitably helped him to land a posi�on with the Na�onal Basketball League, four years out of college. Spending over a decade with the NBA, Pistorius moved to South Florida to join the Miami Dolphins in the role of SVP and General Counsel. Having had many mentors along the way, he a�ributes a lot of his personal success to prepara�on. “I think the saying goes “Luck is when prepara�on meets opportunity, that’s certainly been true for me. I feel like because I was prepared, whether it was applying to law school, working at the law firm or ge�ng hired at the NBA and Dolphins. I was ready to seize the opportuni�es.” Tery Howard is an 18 year veteran in the Dolphins organiza�on. She is a major force in the successful progression of the technological advancements for the Dolphins. Being highly regarded in the industry, Howard’s leadership has go�en the Dolphins organiza�on enormous recogni�on. The Franchise was named by PC

Tery Howard SVP & Chief Technology Officer Magazine as one of the “Top 10” companies using technology in intelligent ways to improve their business. Howard’s apparent commitment to excellence has led her to uncharted success which she a�ributes to values and ethics. “The most pronounced lessons have been to be convicted to my core values, which include integrity, perseverance and to be commi�ed whole-heartedly in all that I do for my team and the organiza�on.” Among her various awards in the tech world, is the “2010 Glass Ceiling Award” from The Florida Diversity Council, which showcases excellence for women of color in the o�en male dominated industry. Being celebrated for her diversity, Howard explains its importance by saying, “Diversity in the workplace is cri�cal to the growth, success and stability of any organiza�on. Leaders, at all levels, are key in fostering diversity in an effort to maximize the strengths of what individuals have to offer.” Being at a level in her career where she has the opportunity to shape the lives of other minority professionals, Howard explains that “I find it incredibly important to mentor future professionals, reinforcing their ability to believe in themselves, persevere in all they do and always be convicted in their core values.” Na�ve South Floridian and former Dolphins player, Nat Moore celebrates his 24th year with the Dolphins organiza�on and 5th year as SVP of Special Projects & Advisor o CEO. Moore, being one of the most celebrated athletes to come out of the Dolphins franchise, transi�oned from

Nat Moore

SVP Special Projects, Alumni Rela�ons & CEO Advisor

being a player to various roles within the NFL. Before joining the Dolphins, this philanthropist formed his founda�on and conducted training camps and events for the NFL for over 12 years. Reflec�ng on his personal journey, Moore sites former Dolphins wide receiver, Paul Warfield as the one person whom he felt had the biggest impact on him during his career. Moore credits Warfield for teaching him how to be a professional, how to be humble and how to think about the greater good of the team and the community. Those lessons worked for Moore on the field as athlete and he recognized if he u�lized them in any other phase of his life that they would serve as the keys to his success. “No ma�er how good you think you are, you can always learn something and you can always help others.” Moving into the present and current state of the Dolphins organiza�on, Moore sees mentorship and diversity as some of the gateways to ensuring longevity and legacy for the organiza�on and applauds current owner Stephen Ross. “Every corpora�on has the same goal, the same desire and that is to have the best people available; the difference is, are you willing to go out and find them in people of color and women. The fact that Stephen Ross has gone out to find the right people to run this ship who also believe in his vision is cri�cal to success.” Personal legacy is also important to Moore. “A�er it is all said and done I’d like people to say that Nat had a pre�y good life that this team gave him but at the same token he gave it all back.”

FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017













An Alterna�ve to Li�ga�on: Addressing the Imbalance of Power in Media�on opponent, yet, we know how David beat Goliath eventually become a King, and that City Hall has lost, a lot. Media�on is conducted under various principles. One such principle is that a mediator has a duty to manage the imbalance of power and facilitate a process of nego�a�ons where the par�es feel empowered. Media�on is one of the only processes where a person without legal representa�on, can actually find themselves in fair nego�a�on against an army of lawyers.

Stanley Zamor Mediator & Arbitrator Power is perceived. And when li�ga�on opponents are engaged in nego�a�ons, they tend to nego�ate from their posi�on of perceived power. But are the posi�ons of power some�mes imbalanced? And if they are imbalanced, how can there be any fair nego�a�ons? We’ve all heard about the biblical story of David and Goliath. Or the statement that, “You can’t fight City Hall…” Both illustrate one party being perceived weaker than their

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The Imbalance of Power: What’s the Big Deal? Ok, so let’s be honest. We deal with the imbalance of power all the �me and all day. Whether it is your boss changing your shi� or demanding you to stay later to complete a project, or the home associa�on raising the HOA dues. We deal with power imbalances all the �me and some�mes there is a need for the imbalance of power. However, when we want to find ourselves in li�ga�on nego�a�ons, we o�en seek to have a level playing field. O�en, even if we are in a posi�on that is

not favorable, with far less resources than our opponent, we s�ll want to be treated with respect and considera�on. When a perceived weaker party is treated with respect, they o�en are willing to nego�ate, even if they have far less resources to nego�ate with. When a skilled mediator is able to address power imbalances, by empowering the par�es, li�ga�on opponents feel more at ease to resolve the ma�er amicably. How Mediators Manage the Imbalance of Power? There are various techniques and tools available to a skilled mediator when addressing the imbalance of power during a media�on. A few are as follows: A high level of communica�on skills (both verbal /nonverbal); a strong awareness of the human condi�on, being crea�ve and thinking out of the box; a keen ability/�ming to know when to “reality-check” the disputants and the explora�on of needs vs wants. Although there are many other techniques, different mediators have different styles that dictate what they may use.

Now What? Now that you know, that one of a mediator’s du�es is to address imbalance of power, be frank when you hire a mediator and ask, “How will you address the imbalance of power when we mediate?” Although the mediator facilitates the process, the process belongs to the par�es, and they have right to feel empowered during the en�re media�on. Stanley Zamor is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit/Family/County Mediator & Primary Trainer and Qualified Arbitrator. Mr. Zamor serves on several federal and state mediation/arbitration rosters and has a private mediation and ADR consulting company where he mediates/arbitrates and facilitates workshops. He regularly lectures on a variety of topics from ethics, cross-cultural issues, diversity, bullying, and Family/Business relationships. szamor@i-mediateconsulting.com www.i-mediateconsulting.com www.LinkedIn.com/in/stanleyzamoradr (954) 261-8600


Three Powerful Leadership Tools You’re Not Using Enough

Mary V. Davids D&M Consul�ng Services, LLC. Although many people mix the two, being a leader and having power are different. Having power is a form of authority or someone who has access to resources they use to influence change. Whereas leadership is about the characteris�cs one holds, such as being empathe�c, mo�va�onal or understanding to one’s needs. “Leading without power is an influence. Having power without

leadership is a danger.” – Mary V. Davids If you’ve been following poli�cs lately, you’ve likely witnessed firsthand how dangerous someone having power while lacking good leadership skills can be. Good leaders make decisions with their hearts, while those who have power and are not leaders make decisions using tangible tools, lacking considera�on for the people they are responsible for serving. Here are three powerful tools you can use to ensure you have the right balance while leading. 1. Adding a li�le honey Become a friend before you are a cri�c. Many leaders are so focused on the end result that they overlook the preliminary ingredient to influence others to change their minds. Start every conversa�on of correc�on with a posi�ve statement. Acknowledge the great things others have done. Congratulate their work, efforts or par�cipa�on. A�er doing this, they are more likely to be open to protec�ng that image by considering your sugges�ons. Ask for their

ideas and you may find you share the same solu�on without having to say a word. “A drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall” – Lincoln 2. If you are wrong, admit it quickly and insistently. If you know you’re going to be cri�qued and condemned anyway, why not beat them to the punch? Say of yourself all the things you know the other person is thinking even before they get the chance. Try it and I’m certain you’ll find people are more forgiving of your mistake, even minimizing it as to avoid kicking you while you’re down. It’s tough to argue with those with whom you agree. Good leaders don’t have big egos. 3. Let them talk. When dealing with complaints, it’s more effec�ve to listen than it is to speak. When people are upset, they just want to vent. When they vent to you, their leader, it’s important to note, they are only asking for you to understand (and acknowledge that you understand, too). If you quickly jump in

to disagree or defend, you’ve lost them. Doing this is dangerous and it prevents them from expressing the frustra�on they desperately need to share. Be pa�ent and encourage them to fully speak. Most people just want to be heard. You can always tell the difference between a bad leader and a powerful leader. A bad leader, although having power can have control of any room if those within the room feel unable to defeat them; but a good and powerful leader can influence an en�re room without making anyone feel inferior. The bad leader will create change by fear, while the good leader will influence change by desire. To be a good leader, an effec�ve leader, those around you must have their own desire to do what you need them to do. That is the essence of powerful leadership. Mary V. Davids is an Executive Career & Leadership Development Coach and Owner of D&M Consulting Services, LLC. For career tips and advice visit www.marydavids.com or email info@marydavids.com.

FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017



Down-Payment Assistance Programs Help First-Time Homebuyers By: Clevell Brown-Jennings

Saving for a down-payment to achieve homeownership is a challenge for many poten�al buyers. It can range from three to 20 percent of the home’s purchase price. As a first-�me poten�al homeowner, individuals may feel discouraged to even consider purchasing a new home due to the lack of sufficient savings coupled with a low credit score. However, down- payment assistance programs for first-�me homebuyers can help. There are other factors considered for eligibility to obtain assistance toward a down-payment, such as household income and family size. These down-payment assistance programs are

vital to affordable housing opportuni�es for a greater popula�on of households, especially in Miami-Dade County. A down- payment is the ini�al amount of money a homebuyer contributes toward the total amount of the loan, in order to reduce the total balance that is borrowed from the lender. Down- Payment Assistance (DPA) funds are usually generated by state, county, or city dollars that can help to offset the down- payment or closing cost that is required by the lender. Poten�al homebuyers should work directly with realtors and lenders who are qualified in working with down-payment assistance programs, in order to take advantage of this type of assistance, especially since it is only available to first-�me homebuyers. In addi�on, some homebuyers may even be eligible to u�lize more than one down payment assistance program. Informed realtors, lenders and housing counseling agencies will direct the poten�al homebuyer to programs that have funds available to assist with their down-payment.

Housing counseling agencies play a key role in educa�ng the poten�al homebuyer, and should be considered as partners and subject ma�er experts during the home buying process, as well as a�er the home is purchased. Housing counseling agencies offer an eight-hour homebuyer educa�on workshop that is required before receiving any down- payment assistance funds for most programs. This is an essen�al part of the homeownership process, as being a first-�me homebuyer requires being well- informed in making one of the most important life investments. The course covers such topics as qualifying for a mortgage, shopping for a home as well as credit and budge�ng. The benefits to owning a home are insurmountable; in most instances, it goes beyond the freedom to paint, landscape or to decorate in tailoring to the needs of the household. There is a sense of pride as it is an investment for the homebuyer as well as an en�re family. Homeownership not only allows for poten�al tax benefits, but also the

housing mortgage payment can be less than monthly rent. In addi�on, owning a home contributes to building stable communi�es. For more informa�on and a list of local Housing Counseling Agencies, visit: www. miamidade.gov/economicadvocacytrust/ About the Agency: Miami Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) Homeownership Assistance Program (HAP) is one of many DPA programs designed specifically for low-to-moderate income first-�me homebuyers. It is a 0% interest, non-amor�zed (no payment), mortgage loan. The HAP loan is forgiven a�er 10 years of owner occupancy. For program details, visit www.miamidade.gov/ economicadvocacytrust/. Clevell Brown-Jennings is the Outreach and Training Specialist for Miami Dade Economic Advocacy Trust Homeownership Assistance Program. She has more than 20 years of experience in the mortgage industry as a processor, underwriter and trainer. Contact her at (305)375-4278 or clevell.brown-jennings@miamidade.gov.

Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust Celebrates Black History Month

Remembering Our Past as We Move Forward

Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) continues to serve as an economic development agent of Miami-Dade County. Through its advocacy and programmatic endeavors, MDEAT is a mechanism for the Black community in realizing equitable participation in the economic growth of the county. Connect with MDEAT through economic development, housing and juvenile justice.

MDEAT Economic Development Division advocates for the creation of business opportunities in Targeted Urban Areas and hosts educational opportunities covering such topics as technology, e-gardening, and small business development.

MDEAT Housing Division encompasses MDEAT Homeownership Assistance Program (HAP). HAP has made homeownership a reality for nearly 6,000 families across Miami-Dade County since its inception in 1995.

Get involved by joining one of MDEAT’s Action Committees or attending its monthly Board Meeting. T. 305.375.5661 | www.miamidade.gov/EconomicAdvocacyTrust | MDEATInfo@miamidade.gov John E. Dixon, Jr., Executive Director

As Florida's largest teen court program, MDEAT's MiamiDade County Teen Court has expanded its reach to serve even more teens across the county. It now serves students in the public school system through its Student Court and it encourages business ownership through its Youth Entrepreneurship Program.




The Gallon Doctrine: Educa�on Is Social Jus�ce

Steve Gallon The residents of Miami-Dade County Public School (M-DCPS) Board District 1 elected Steve Gallon, III, Ed.D., as its school board member last Fall. In this role, Gallon is a member of a nine member body that sets M-DCPS policy and appoints the superintendent. His elec�on gave the district its first new member in nearly a decade.

POLITICS By: Chris Norwood

FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017

“On the campaign trail, I faced a number of career poli�cians and the incumbent,” reflects Dr. Gallon, who is one of M-DCPS’s two Black school board members. “Looking at the dynamics that were transpiring in the area of educa�on in District 1, I could no longer sit on the sidelines and not be responsive to the calls for a new voice in educa�on and advocacy. My candidacy challenged the status quo. The residents voted overwhelmingly for change.” Gallon served as an educator for nearly three decades. During his M-DCPS tenure, he served as a classroom teacher, elementary and high school principal and finally as the administra�ve director in School Opera�ons/Alterna�ve Educa�on. All of those experiences helped shape his educa�onal and leadership philosophies. “My clear personal and professional pathway has always been in the space of serving the community as an educator,” adds Dr. Gallon, who also served as a superintendent of schools in New Jersey. “During the campaign, I understood that I couldn’t make guarantees in terms of

outcomes. But, I could make guarantees in terms of my ac�ons.Educa�on is another form of social jus�ce. Educa�on is something that obligates us to help the least among us. And, to help them be�er themselves and improve their lives,” Dr. Gallon expounds. “We must also exercise our influence to democra�ze opportuni�es for people and be a voice for those that don’t have a voice.” For Gallon, there is room for everybody on that agenda.“We must get beyond this idea of �tular leadership. There are so many leaders in this community who don’t necessarily have �tles.” The Florida A&M University alumnus describes himself as an educa�onal purist, no�ng, “That means I went to college to become a teacher, I didn’t just fall into educa�on.” He says to serve effec�vely, “You have to know your cra�, have the requisite knowledge, acquire the earned creden�als and skills to make an impact and advance an agenda.” The lifelong educator gave Legacy a glimpse of the Gallon Doctrine, All Children are Educable. “I love young people. I believe

in the possibility of their present and future lives. I am die hard believer in the educability of children, especially those in the urban core.” Belief: “A lot of people believe a whole lot, but don’t know enough. Others know a whole lot, but believe very li�le when it comes to the educability of children and fair treatment of certain community. Then, you have people who know and believe yet don’t have the courage to speak truth to power.” Take Ac�on: “A�er acquiring the knowledge and beliefs, we must dedicate ourselves to taking the necessary ac�ons to really make an impact in our community.” Gallon promises, “I vowed to stand, speak and if need be to fight for what I believe to be in the best interest of the children, this community, and what was in the best interest of a spirit of fairness and equality.” He concludes, “That is a promise and a charge I plan to keep.” Find out more about the school board member at www.District1.Dadeschools.net

Florida Introduces First African-American State's A�orney

Chris Norwood Aramis Ayala is the first AfricanAmerican State's A�orney in the history of Florida and she's not afraid to let the world know there's a new sheriff in town. Ayala, a 1st �me candidate for public office, defeated incumbent Orange-Osceola State A�orney Jeff Ashton in a Democra�c primary in August. Stunning Ashton who

became a household name in Central Florida as the lead prosecutor in the murder trial of Casey Anthony in 2008. Ayala's story is compelling, and she is a rising star for Florida Democrats who sorely need new life and diversity. She won her campaign as the State A�orney despite the fact that her husband since 2009, David, served seven years in prison on drug conspiracy and counterfei�ng charges before they met and married. She obviously is someone that has great character and sees people beyond circumstance. So it's not surprising that on March 16th she walked to the lectern at the courthouse and addressed the media announcing that she would not prosecute death penalty cases within her jurisdic�on because, “While the South, including Florida, accounts for around 80% of execu�ons, we also have the highest murder rate. This does not describe deterrence”. This sent shock waves throughout the state, especially in Tallahassee during the annual legisla�ve session. Within hours Governor Rick Sco� removed her from the

case involving accused cop-killer Markieth Loyd. Then weeks later the Governor removed her from 21 capital murder cases. The Legislature is deba�ng a few bills that will defund her office and create a cons�tu�onal amendment to allow for impeachment of state a�orneys for “misbehavior”. In other words, It's On! So now the interes�ng ques�on is “what will Florida Democrats do to protect her?” Just to be fair, Ayala did make an error poli�cally. She didn't need to declare her opposi�on to the death penalty publicly. When you have the discre�on of the State A�orney, you don't have to declare your power to use it. Clearly a rookie poli�cal mistake. Nevertheless, the fact s�ll remains that the death penalty is not a deterrent and is socioeconomically discriminatory. She will surely be challenged by many in her re-elec�on bid in a few years, she already has a filed challenger who did so in the midst of this current controversy. The Florida Republican Party will make her their rallying cry in 2018. I can see the wri�ng on the wall,

it's so apparent. We need someone like Aramis Ayala to run for Florida A�orney General in 2018, it's the gall to be different that people gravitate to. Lord knows we need something different from the laughable Florida Democra�c Party. Florida Democrats have won only one Florida Cabinet posi�on (Governor, CFO, Ag Commissioner and A�orney General) out of the last 16 state-wide elec�ons, although outnumbering Republicans since the 1800s. It’s �me to democra�ze the Democra�c nominees for Cabinet. If the Florida Democra�c Party doesn't recognize this, then it's �me for Independent Democrats for Florida to step up to the challenge and go for self.

"She obviously is someone that has great character and sees people beyond circumstance."


FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017



Passing the Torch to Millennials

By: Gregoire Narcisse

Gregoire Narcisse A unique aspect of society is how lessons get passed from genera�on to genera�on. It

is how we preserve our culture, our teachings and our life long experiences. Let me be one of the few millennials to harken back to the “good ol’ daysâ€?, back when in villages siďż˝ng around a campďŹ re listening to village elders recounďż˝ng stories from the past was the norm. Generaďż˝onal values and knowledge, along with a willingness to pass these along to generaďż˝ons that followed have somehow been lost. No longer are elders’ words revered to the degree they should, and too oďż˝en now when we hear prior generaďż˝ons speak, we view it negaďż˝vely, as if the assumpďż˝on is younger generaďż˝ons know nothing. Today, that campďŹ re would likely be an app on a phone, however the need for generaďż˝ons to pass on lessons, experiences, and provide tutelage to the next generaďż˝on is more prevalent now than perhaps ever before. Too oďż˝en we think of ourselves and focus on how we will rise as opposed to ďŹ nding ways we can give back to those who will follow us. We've all faced it, the fear of someone

younger, more tech savvy coming and replacing what we've accrued ten plus years of experience doing. Resentment, envy, jealousy, and overall a disdain to help the newer, younger workforce quickly follows. A mindset shiďż˝ must happen. A common gripe previous generaďż˝ons have is why do millennials act like this? Why don't they have the same structure I had? A mirror must be put up in front of every generaďż˝on, one where you must come to the realizaďż˝on that the mindset of those that followed you is a direct result of the tutelage they received from you. Instead of casďż˝ng o the generaďż˝on you ďŹ nd aggravaďż˝ng, take ďż˝me to bring them under your wing. Herein, lies the greatest issue: a lack of mentorship. Take the fear of being replaced and turn it into the giďż˝ of empowerment. Every generaďż˝on, mine included, owes it to the next to pave the way forward - to ensure a prosperous future and impart lessons and values on those who will follow us. Ask yourself: Who is my mentor? Who is

my mentee? When was the last ďż˝me I shared my success with another to empower them to succeed? Whether it's at your place of business, in your community, or through volunteer work, take them ďż˝me to pass along the value and power of mentorship. Become an elder who can ensure that core morals and eďż˝queďż˝e are not lost. We owe it to ourselves as a society to take ďż˝me and tell stories around the campďŹ re, instead of looking at it from afar and walking right on by. Gregoire Carter Narcisse 954-881-6335 gregoirenarcisse@gmail.com Gregoire Narcisse attended Florida State University where he became the youngest to ever graduate with a Bachelor's Degree, doing so at 18 years of age. Gregoire then went on to pursue his Master of Science in Education at the University of Miami, achieving it at the age of 19. He is currently a Financial Representative with Northwestern Mutual.

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FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017

Andrew Gillum Targets South Florida on Road to Become Florida's Governor

By: Russell Motley

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum knows he is in for the fight of his life. At 37, the career poli�cian is now eyeing the 2018 governor’s race, as Gov. Rick Sco� exits the office due to term limits. In March, Gillum became the first Democra�c candidate to formally launch a campaign, which finds him making frequent stops to South Florida. “One of the reasons I’m in the race this early is because I realize that name recogni�on is going to be a real challenge,” says Gillum, the only African-American gubernatorial candidate. “But the truth is, name recogni�on is going to be a challenge for every single candidate when you have an open primary.” Born in the Richmond Heights area of Miami, Gillum has a storied background. His blue-collar parents le� Miami for Gainesville, where they raised him and six siblings. While at Florida A&M University, Gillum experienced his first taste of poli�cs as president of the Student Government Associa�on. At 23, while s�ll in school, he became the youngest ever elected to the Tallahassee City Commission. In 2014, he was elected mayor. Gillum was a featured speaker at the 2016 Democra�c Na�onal Conven�on, even reportedly making Sen.

posi�on in the world—that was never in Hillary Clinton’s shortlist for a vice public office before. I can bring something presiden�al running mate. S�ll, cri�cs different. As a mayor, similar to a governor, ques�on if he has the experience, the you have the responsibility to get things popularity, and the financial backing to pull done.” off the elec�on. On the day Gillum spoke to Legacy, he “He has a lot work cut out for him took an early-morning flight from the state because he’s not known outside of the capital to the city of Tallahassee bubble,” Doral to meet with the says Trimmel Gomes, a non-profit Epilepsy Tallahassee poli�cal Founda�on of Florida. analyst and host of The At issue is the future of Rotunda, a podcast the Affordable Care Act inves�ga�ng Florida (ACA), which the poli�cs. “This is why founda�on’s CEO Karen Gillum needs to do Egozi says has helped what he is currently reduce the cost of doing, which is to go medical care for the outside of Tallahassee, 2,000 clients they serve hit up these Democratstatewide. Gillum ic strongholds and Mayor Andrew Gillum, supports Medicaid make his case.” Gillum candidate for Florida Governor expansion. boasts nearly 15 years “I got to hear firsthand an earful from of public service and these ‘navigators’,” says Gillum. “They’re policy-making experience—something he says Gov. Sco� lacked when he took office in coming into contact with people who aren’t covered and who need to be covered who 2011. have severe healthcare needs and they “We have a governor who was never in would be nega�vely impacted under the poli�cs,” said Gillum. “We have a President condi�ons of a repeal because of our state’s of the United States—the most powerful

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failure to extend Medicaid to 1.5 million people.” Gillum is off to a strong start, raising $765,000 in only his first few weeks of campaigning. Gomes says he’ll need to maintain that momentum in order to compete in what’s expected to be a crowded race for the Democra�c nomina�on, including millionaire Miami Beach Mayor Phil Levine, Orlando businessman Chris King, and former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, daughter of former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham. As Gillum’s poli�cal aspira�on expands, so is his family. He and his wife, R. Jai, are the parents of twins, Jackson and Caroline, and are now expec�ng their third child. Juggling fatherhood and the governor’s race, Gillum says he’s ready for the challenge. “People need to know that their governor is accessible to them and that they have a governor that’s prepared to work on their behalf and not the behalf of special interests,” says Gillum. “And that’s the background that I bring to the table.” To see video excerpts of Legacy’s interview with Mayor Gillum, visit our Facebook page at Legacy Magazine.



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For your recognition as

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FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017

About Town

2017 Florida Memorial University/Miami UNCF Masked Ball (March 31, Miami Hya� Regency)

Florida Power & Light Sponsor Aletha Player –won mask compe��on for Best Mask Female.

Bap�st Health South Florida Sponsor Chris�e Grays, FMU President Dr. Roslyn Clark Ar�s, Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert

UNCF South Florida Staff Edie Pearson, Roxanna Blisse�

Miami-Dade Chamber Execu�ve G. Eric Knowles

Carnival Corp Sponsor Gary Eppinger, UNCF EVP Maurice Jenkins, FMU President Dr. Roslyn Ar�s, Honorary Chair of Miami Masked Ball Congresswoman Frederica Wilson,

FMU Board of Trustees Chairwoman JoLinda Herring, Master of Ceremonies, WPLG Anchor Local10 News Calvin Hughes and UNCF EVP Maurice Jenkins

UNCF EVP Maurice Jenkins, UNCF South Florida Director Edie Pearson, MOONLIGHT actors Tanesha Cidel, Alex Hibbard and Jaden Piner

Miami Dade County Proclama�on presented to UNCF EVP Maurice Jenkins, FMU President Dr. Roslyn Ar�s by Miami Dade County Deputy Mayor Russell Benford

Masked Ball décor theme featured East Africa

Vice mayor Miami Gardens Erhabor Ighodaro and Mrs. Shannon Ighodaro

Masked Ball Chairman, Hya� Regency General Manager Gabriel Castrillon and Mrs. Castrillon, UNCF EVP Maurice Jenkins

UNCF Leadership Council Member George Gadson and Mrs. Gadson

FMU Trustee Horace Hord and Mrs. Hord

UNCF FMU Parade of Dignitaries led by FMU President Dr. Roslyn Ar�s and Mr. Ar�s

Miami Masked Guest

Miami Dade County Mayor and Host Commi�ee Member Deputy Mayor Russell Benford, FMU Trustee Horace Hord, FMU President Dr. Roslyn Ar�s, FMU Trustee Ricardo Forbe

FMU student speaker Francesca Occena, Class of 2017

UNCF MASKED Award presented to Carnival Corp – FMU President Dr. Roslyn Ar�s, Carnival VP Gary Eppinger and UNCF SVP Maurice Jenkins

UNCF South Florida Director Edie Pearson receives UNCF Meritorious Service Award

Carnival Corp. Vice President and Event Vice Chair Gary Eppinger and Mrs. Eppinger

FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017



About Town

The Friends of Jamaica Charity Gala (April 1, The Four Seasons Hotel, Brickell)

David Panton, Ambassador Audrey Marks, Kurt Dyer

Alexis Pena, Ron McKay, Glorie Moreno (wife of Amb. Moreno)

Caron Chung and Deputy Mayor of Miami Russell Benford

Caron Chung and honoree Dr. Kevin Coy

Interna�onal Humanitarian Award Honoree - William Mahfood, Chairman Wisynco

Julian Marley

Rosie McIver and Tony Hart

Winston Simmonds,Glennis Simmonds, Joye� Burford, Lorrimer Buford,Arlene Brown, Carlton Brown ( all connected with Friends of Highgate)

Caron Chung, Oliver “Shaggy” Burrell, Wendy Hart

William Mahfood, Wendy Hart

Suze�e Rochester (VMBS) and Barron Channer (AFJ Board)

Kurt Dyer, Robert Hill , KSAC Mayor elroy Williams, Francis Reid

Suzie Feanny and Nadine Simmons

Sisters Rosie McIver and Joan McConnell

Irie Founda�on team - Arif Can Sayin, Lacey Abbo�, Kyle Post, Lindsey Shapiro, Shobie Callaghan, Lindsey Rangel, Stephen Callaghan

Jimmy Josephs, Nicky Feanny, Jen Sco�, PB Sco�, Bruce Bicknell

AFJ 2017 Honorees William Mahfood, Cheryl Wynter, Dr Kevin Coy and President Wendy Hart (Photo - David I. Muir)

Barron Channer, Winsome Lady C Charlton, David Hi�

Beverly Levy (past honoree) with Board Members Laura Tanna and Jim Cada

Amb Pamela Bridgewater (ret) and AFJ 2017 Honoree Cheryl Wynter Photo - Daiv I. Muir)



FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017

The Metamorphosis of Rebecca Vaughns

By: Miriam Denise

Rebecca "Bu�erfly" Vaughns Throughout recorded history, the arts have remained an enduring pla�orm to commemorate, entertain, inspire and challenge us to see other elements of our humanity. If you’ve a�ended events in Black Miami, it’s quite possible you have experienced the poetry of Rebecca

‘Bu�erfly’ Vaughns. Whether it’s performing spoken word to inner city youth, hos�ng a speakeasy or leading a chant at a community rally, one thing remains consistent: Vaughns is sure to deliver emo�onally eclec�c, thought provoking, original content in a fashion only she can offer. “I am inspired by people, places and things. I really enjoy serving people,” says Vaughns. “I do this for my living. This is how I eat and pay my bills. But, I never do it solely for the money.” Vaughns is celebra�ng two decades of performing poetry and spoken word at community, corporate and personal events. The proud Miami Northwestern graduate has been in business full-�me for the last 15 years. For her humanitarian contribu�ons to Miami’s business and community sectors, Legacy Miami is recognizing Vaughns as a Most Powerful and Influen�al Black

Professionals in Business and Industry for 2017 honoree. “It’s great to receive your flowers while you are living,” she shares. “It is really a confirma�on that God gave me this gi� with words. I appreciate it.” One might say that she been receiving providen�al confirma�ons for quite some �me. “I used to work at Wackenhut as a security officer,” she remembers. “My supervisor would always see me on my post and say, ‘Officer Vaughns you are not in your place. At the �me, I didn’t know what she meant.” She eventually started performing at open mics at venues and was gi�ed her popular moniker. “I was performing with a troupe a few years ago and had a performance in Jacksonville,” she recalls. “A�er the performance, a gentleman mailed me a package that was addressed to Rebecca ‘Bu�erfly’ Vaughns. I can tell you that since I accepted my name, I have seen a bu�erfly every day even when I perform at funerals." Years later, another gentle whisper provoked a transforma�onal decision. “During a performance, I remember one of the hosts saying that if people are performing spoken word as a hobby that’s fine. But, there is a difference when you

make it your business.” “That really spoke to me. So, I went home and cried, laughed and decided to resign and pursue spoken word full �me.” While going into business for yourself can be challenging, Madame Bu�erfly says, “Don’t let fear stop you from going into the unknown. How will you ever know what would have happened if you never take the step?” Her major components of success are, “believing in myself, being confident and being bold.” She advises entrepreneurs to build rela�onship with clients. “Don’t think of the people that hire you as clients. Build a rela�onship with them,” she says.” Try to find out their birthdays, their likes and dislikes and other things that can help you make a connec�on with the person and not their money. Lastly, have faith in your calling. “There are more than 7 billion people on the earth. They are people who were born to hire you and buy your product.” A few years later, Rebecca saw her former supervisor and told her that she was now performing full-�me. To which her former boss replied, “You are in your place.” You can find Vaughns’ albums at www.CDBaby.com.

CONGRATULATIONS Once again your many talents, your drive, and your service on behalf of our students and the South Florida community are being deservedly recognized. We applaud Legacy Miami Magazine for honoring you as one of the



Luther Brewster, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Chief of the Division of Policy and Community Development, and Community Director for Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™, Department of Humanities, Health, and Society


FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017




Michael A. Finney, President and CEO, Miami-Dade Beacon Council The Miami-Dade Beacon Council announces economic development veteran Michael A. Finney to be the organiza�on's new President & CEO effec�ve June 1st. Finney, who has dedicated his 30+ year career to job crea�on and economic development, becomes the organiza�on's fi�h president in its 32-year history as Miami-Dade County's official economic development organiza�on. Finney served as President & CEO of local and state economic development organiza�ons including Michigan Economic Development Corpora�on, Ann Arbor SPARK, and the

Greater Rochester Enterprise, public-private organiza�ons similar in scope and mission to the Miami-Dade Beacon Council. In addi�on to serving as the chief economic development execu�ve for the state of Michigan, he was the Senior Advisor for Economic Growth for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. Jaret L. Davis, Co-Managing Shareholder of Greenberg Traurig's Miami office and volunteer Chair of the public-private organiza�on, led the 11-member Search Commi�ee made up of a diverse group of cross-sector business and community leaders who conducted “an exhaus�ve, inclusive and comprehensive local and na�onal search. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, who chairs the Council's One Community One Goal Ini�a�ve with two private sector leaders said, "I am confident that Finney will build upon the strong founda�on for business growth and economic diversifica�on we have created. Miami was recognized by fDI Magazine as one of the top ten Major American Ci�es of the Future for 2017." Interim President & CEO Sheldon T. Anderson said, "The commi�ee was impressed with the quality and quan�ty of

applicants. It's clear that Miami is considered one of the most a�rac�ve communi�es for economic growth on the global stage." “There is a sense of op�mism and enthusiasm for Miami that was palpable from my mee�ngs with the commi�ee members and community leaders. I am enthusias�c about stepping into one of the most well-respected economic development organiza�ons in the country. My immediate priority will be listening, learning, and doing what it takes to get to know the community and its diverse set of stakeholders," said Finney. Carnival Corpora�on recently hired Javonté Anyabwelé to serve as Vice President, Global Strategic Sourcing - Hotel, Corporate Indirect Onboard Revenue. Repor�ng to Chief Procurement Officer Julia M. Brown, Anyabwelé will play a key role in the company's strategic ini�a�ve to leverage its industry-leading scale, working closely with colleagues across all 10 brands in the development and execu�on of sourcing strategies for the procurement of several categories including plas�c consumables, kitchenware, linen, office and cleaning supplies, casino and shore

Javonté Anyabwelé, Vice President of Global Strategic Sourcing, Carnival Corpora�on excursions. Anyabwelé has an extensive background in business development, leadership and procurement across the globe. Prior to joining Carnival Corpora�on, Anaybwelé was group director for Procurement 50 at World 50. In addi�on, he was director of produc�vity and business development at Valiant Pharma/ Bausch + Lomb where he sat on their Asia Pacific Leadership Team. He holds a B.S. in business administra�on and MBA in finance from Florida A&M University.

2017 Black Owned Media Alliance (BOMA) Awards Luncheon (April 26, Hilton Miami Airport Hotel) Pictures provided by Lesesne Media Group

BOMA Honorees

Cheryl Pearson-McNeil, Senior Vice-President of Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement for Nielsen, delivered the keynote address at the inaugural BOMA Awards on Wednesday, April 26, at the Hilton Miami Airport. Nielson is the global company that measures what consumers watch and what consumers buy. Pearson-McNeil is the visionary behind Nielsen’s award winning African-American Consumer Report which led to the company’s historic crea�on of Nielsen’s Diversity Insights Series. Each report focuses on the rapidly growing

BOMA President Dexter Bridgeman with Advocates of the Year recipients, represen�ng the Knight Founda�on, Karen Rundlet Burke� and Andrew Sherry

Hispanic, African-American or Asian consumer base. BOMA President, Dexter Bridgman, says that “The BOMA Awards was established to honor and confirm the importance and significance of Black Owned Media in South Florida. We will con�nue to push for equality in media spending by engaging and educa�ng the decision makers in our industry.” The BOMA Awards Chairwoman, Debra Toomer, expressed “Our honorees are community stalwarts and have demonstrated a commitment to the black community through excep�onal

Dexter Bridgeman with BOMA Champion of the Year recipient Andrew Goldberg, VP of Marke�ng, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

and effec�ve applica�on of media communica�on industry strategies.” The 2017 BOMA Champion of the Year recipients are Andrew Goldberg/Vice President of Marke�ng at the Adrienne Arsht Center and Ed O’Dell/Corporate Director of Communica�ons and Partnerships at Jackson Health Systems. The Knight Founda�on received the BOMA ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR AWARD. Annually, the Knight Founda�on grants over one-hundred million dollars for journalism, technology, communi�es, and arts, which they believe are essen�al for a

Keynote Luncheon Speaker Cheryl Pearson-McNeil, Senior VP of Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement for Nielsen

healthy democracy. The BOMA Awards thanks program sponsors WOW Factor, The Knight Founda�on, District 1 Commissioner Jordan, FPL, Drummer Boy Sound, and Jackson Memorial Hospital; and table sponsors Miami-Dade County District 9 Commissioner Dennis Moss, Miami-Dade County District 2 Commissioner Jean Mones�me, Miami-Dade County District 3 Audrey Edmonson, Jack Daniel’s, American Dream Miami, Sonshine Communica�ons, Adrienne Arsht Center, Circle of One Marke�ng, and Jason Pizzo.



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