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MERGE SYMPOSIUM BALTIMORE, MD

JULY 11-13, 2017- BALTIMORE CONVENTION CENTER

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THE MERGE SYMPOSIUM BALTIMORE, MD SPEAKER PANEL

Lisaraye McCoy

Actress

LisaRaye McCoy-Misick was born September 23, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois. She is of African American and Native American descent and is proud of her heritage. She later attended Eastern Illinois University but she never really took the idea of a career in acting seriously until persuaded by an insistent roommate to attend a local audition in Chicago.

Meagan Good

Actress

Meagan Monique Good was born on 8 August 1981 in Panorama City, California, USA, to Tyra Wardlow-Doyle, who worked as her manager, and Leondis ``Leon`` Good, an LAPD officer. She began appearing on commercials at the age of four. Then she started guest-starring on series like The Parent 'Hood (1995), Touched by an Angel (1994), Moesha (1996), The Steve Harvey Show (1996) and The Division (2001). She also starred in Raising Dad (2001) with Bob Saget.

Mc Lyte

DJ/Speaker Actress

MC Lyte was born on October 11, 1971 in Queens, New York, USA as Lana M. Moorer. She is an actress, known for Limitless (2011), Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012) and Love & Basketball (2000).
MC Lyte was the first female Hip Hop artist to receive a Gold record (certifying over 500,000 units sold). She has received two RIAA certified Gold singles and a Platinum single.
Lyte has also received a Billboard Artist of the Year Award, been nominated for a Grammy and after having two nominations, won a Soul Train Award (for Video of the Year). *
Honorary member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.
Made a song with Beyonce Knowles, Missy Elliott and Free called ``Fighting Temptations``.

Holly Carter

President/Producer Releve Entertainer

manager, television, film, and interactive media producer and a former talent agent. She is the founder of Relevé Entertainment in Beverly Hills, California, which packages, produces, and distributes family and faith-based projects for mainstream success. She also represents urban crossover talent, where intersecting involvement in the genres of film, television, and music is the focal point. A graduate of the MBA program at the USC Marshall School of Business, she also holds a Doctorate of Divinity from the Southern California School of Ministry.

Leah Daniels-Butler

Casting Director

Leah Daniels-Butler was born in October 4, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a casting director and producer responsible for launching the careers of talented actors like Gaborey Sidebe, star of the Academy Award winning film ``Precious``, and other notables. She currently serves as Casting Director for television's #1 show, ``Empire`` on Fox.

Traci Lynn Blackwell

Sr. VP Current Programs, CW Network

As senior vice president of Current Programs at The CW Network, Traci Lynn Blackwell, C'90, oversees the day-to-day production of some of television’s most talked-about shows including Vampire Diaries, The Originals as well as the prequel to Sex and the City, The Carrie Diaries. Other shows Blackwell has shepherded include Everybody Hates Chris, The Game, Girlfriends, Eve and Half and Half.

Kierra Sheard

Artist

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.

Michelle Thornton

Media Executive

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.

Kim Kimble

Celebrity hair stylist

Kim Kimble (born December 24, 1971) is a celebrity hair stylist originally from Chicago, Illinois.She is most recognized for her starring role work on WE tv's L.A. Hair. Some of her celebrity clientele include Beyoncé,Kelly Rowland, and Mary J. Blige, Halle Berry, and Shakira.

Mikki Taylor

Editor at large, Essence magazine

Mikki Taylor is the quintessential authority on all matters regarding beauty and style. From A-list celebrities and world-renowned cover models to women in the know, Taylor influences all types of women with her vision of beauty and style. She has devoted a lifetime to helping women manage their inner and outer beauty and inspiring them to own their lives to the fullest.

Robi Reed

VP Talent & Casting BET

Robi Reed (born Robin Lynn Reed) is an American casting director and producer. She has over 50 films and television shows to her credit, including The Best Man, Soul Food, For Colored Girls, Love Jones, Set It Off, In Living Color and Girlfriends. Reed got her start working with writer-director Spike Lee. His 1988 release School Daze was her very first film as a casting director. She later went on to cast Lee’s Malcolm X, Do The Right Thing, Mo' Better Blues, Crooklyn, Clockers and Jungle Fever.

Marilyn Booker

Morgan Stanley, Head, Urban Markets group

Marilyn joined Morgan Stanley in January 1994. She is a Managing Director and the Head of Morgan Stanley’s Urban Markets Group. She holds her Series 7, Series 9, Series 10 and Series 66 Licenses. Prior to establishing The Urban Markets Group, Marilyn was the head of Diversity, Work-Life, EEO and Human Resources Policy for Morgan Stanley. Marilyn is an attorney by training. She has practiced in the areas of criminal defense litigation, municipal finance, corporate bankruptcies and corporate restructuring

Sheri Riley

Entrepreneur

Sheri Riley received her start in the entertainment industry over twenty years ago at Trevel Productions, a management and production company owned by the late, great Gerald Levert. She then moved on to run the marketing at LaFace Records where her innovative approach to marketing and partnerships helped introduce the world to some of the most influential, multi-platinum artists of the 90’s including Usher, TLC, Toni Braxton, Outkast. The creative marketing campaigns she developed led to international exposure for these artists, which included strategic partnerships with NBC, NBA, Boys & Girls Club of America, Sega, and the sale of over 30 million albums worldwide.

Endyia Kinney-Sterns

Senior Development, BET

Endyia Kinney-Sterns is an accomplished television producer and network executive with over 20 years of entertainment television experience. Named one of the “Top Female Executives in Hollywood” by Essence Magazine, Kinney-Sterns has been instrumental in identifying and developing various new programming for various networks.

Eva Marcille

Model/Actress

Eva Marcille Pigford (born October 30, 1984), known professionally as Eva Marcille, is an African American actress, TV host and fashion model, who most recently played the role of Tyra Hamilton on the soap opera The Young and the Restless. She started her career by winning the third cycle of America's Next Top Model.

Cameka Smith

CEO and Founder BOSS Network

Speaker, trainer and award-winning entrepreneur - these are just a few words that describe Cameka Smith, Founder of The BOSS Network, a community of professional and entrepreneurial women who support each other through conversation, online engagement and event-based networking. Working towards one simple goal, BOSS® is “Bringing Out Successful Sisters” to promote and encourage the small business spirit and professional development of women.

Sophia Nelson

Award-Winning Journalist

American author, political strategist, opinion writer, and attorney. She was born in Munich, Germany and grew up in Somerdale, New Jersey. Graduating from San Diego State University, she was the first African-American woman elected to a major position in student government. She originally wanted to be the first Black female Supreme Court Justice, but decided to become a freelance writer instead. Nelson is an attorney and a member of the Republican Party.

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