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MERGE SYMPOSIUM HOUSTON, TX

August 26, 2017 – Higher Dimension Church

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THE MERGE SYMPOSIUM HOUSTON, TX 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 & Devon Franklin

Actress & Producer

They both had a lot going on as busy entertainment professionals. But they found that choosing to remain celibate removed distractions, helped them see one another clearly, and put them on track to be blessed with greater God-given opportunities.

``As a man, if you can be disciplined in your sexual life,`` Franklin says in the book, ``there's nothing you can't do.``

Good, however, wasn't feeling so upbeat. She was coming out of a relationship that was destructive, so the chance to take courtship with Franklin more slowly gave her ``needed time to heal.``

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dorinda Walker

Vice President of Consumer Strategy

Dorinda Walker is a Vice President of Consumer Strategy and Key Initiatives within Multicultural Marketing for Prudential's U.S. Businesses.
In this position, Walker is responsible for supporting U.S. Businesses to plan and execute profitable growth strategies among diverse consumer segments. Her career has a particular focus on expanding new business opportunities among diverse markets, with an emphasis on strategic planning, targeted marketing, program management, event planning, and community engagement. Since joining Prudential in 1999, Walker has held a variety of roles within Group Insurance, Individual Life Insurance, and Finance. Walker is past co-chair of the Black Leadership Forum, a business resource group at Prudential that provides personal and career development resources for African American employees. She is an Advisory Board Member of Hispanicize, a Board of Trustees member for Ironbound Film and Television Studios, and former Board of Trustees member for the Jersey Explorer Children's Museum.

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.

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.

Fonzworth Bentley

Visual/Music Artist/Writer

Laurieann Gibson

Choreographer Director

Yolanda Adams

Author/Speaker/Recording Artist

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.

J. Bolin

Celebrity Stylist

Dr. DeForest Soaries

Minister