Adrian Miller is a food writer, attorney and certified barbecue judge who lives in Denver, CO. He is currently the executive director of the Colorado Council of Churches and, as such, is the first African American and the first layperson to hold that position. Miller previously served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton and a senior policy analyst for Colorado governor Bill Ritter Jr. He has also been a board member of the Southern Foodways Alliance.
Miller’s first book, Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time won the James Beard Foundation Award for Scholarship and Reference in 2014. His second book, The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, From the Washingtons to the Obamas was published on President's Day, 2017. It was a finalist for a 2018 NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Literary Work—Non-Fiction," and the 2018 Colorado Book Award for History.
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Ashley McGirt is a psychotherapist, international speaker, and author. Ashley has received a Masters of Social Work from the University of Washington. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Ashley has over ten years of extensive experience working with vulnerable populations. She has worked in prisons, medical and psychiatric hospitals, homeless shelters, schools, and long term care settings, where she served as the Director of Social Services. Ashley currently works as a full-time hospice therapist and owns and operates her own private practice. In her private practice she focuses primarily on racial trauma, depression, and anxiety. Ashley was recently appointed as a board director for the International women’s resource network where she focuses on global wellness. Ashley actively works toward de-stigmatizing mental illness, and reducing high rates of recidivism in American prisons. In an attempt to create a more socially just society for all
Ashley offers presentations, workshops, group facilitation, and consultation specializing in crisis response, racial trauma, social justice and racial equity. Ashley strives to help others find happiness and healing within themselves through unpacking their baggage, resting, reflecting, and restoring themselves to be who they were intended to be on this earth.
Rep. CaMia Hopson holds a B. S. in Computer Information Systems with an emphasis in Business Administration from Albany State University. With 20+ years of project management & business analysis experience, she has been responsible for budgeting millions of dollars for Fortune 500 companies. Her business analysis experience has led to various roles and she currently utilizes that expertise as a Business Analyst for the Marine Corps. CaMia has the distinct knowledge and role of identifying business needs and determining solutions to business problems, including strategic planning and policy development.
As an entrepreneur, CaMia is also a free-lance information technology and graphics design consultant, where she provides IT services and graphic designs for numerous organizations, churches, law firms, and non-profit organizations.
Active in public service, CaMia is immediate Past President of the Albany Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. Jack and Jill of America, Inc., is dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. She has also held several other positions in the chapter, most recently elected as the chapter's Program Director to oversee overall chapter programming. In addition, she was co-chair of the 2018 Beautillion Militaire, which is the Albany chapter's premier biennial fundraiser that provides leadership and scholarship to area high school males.
A long-term community volunteer, CaMia serves as Georgia State Representative of House District 153, Board Chair of Flint River Habitat for Humanity, Leadership Albany, The Downtown Development Authority, and the Dougherty County School System's Local School Governance Team. As a servant leader, she has organized community clean-up drives, holiday thank you letters to deployed military, food & coat drives for the homeless, and much more.
CaMia was initiated into the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and now serves on the Executive Board of the Albany Alumnae Chapter. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a sisterhood of college-educated women serving their communities across the world.
CaMia and Granger Hopson have four outstanding children: Zoe, James, Baron and John who also actively give back.
Charmaine Jones, MS, RDN, LDN is the founder and owner of Food Jonezi. Her areas of expertise include personalized nutrition counseling, curriculum development & Implementation and corporate wellness programming. In addition to managing her own practice, she is an adjunct professor at the University of District of Columbia, where she teaches food science, introduction of nutrition, and child health and nutrition. Charmaine is passionate empowering her students to learn and live healthier lifestyles.
She has been featured on world-known online magazines and blogs such as Active Times.com, Ehow.com, Livestrong.com, and Worldlifestyle.com. She authored “ Do I have to Eat Like White People?” that was featured in the Huffington Post and was recognized as the story of the week by Huffington Post's Editor in Chief.
Charmaine’s life and business philosophy is that“All individuals, regardless of your socioeconomic background, deserve a healthy life.” Therefore, she is dedicated to serving all individuals and ensuring each of them have access to proper food and nutrition education to achieve optimal health.
Founder/Executive Director of YCLOC - A New Lens Theatre Project
Courtney Bradshaw was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Courtney’s diverse background includes working as an actor on stage, in commercials and feature films in Los Angeles and Chicago. Most recently she was a Manager for the JB Pritzker for IL Governor Fellowship Program as well as a campaign Organizer for the West Side/Austin Community of Chicago.
Moving back home to Chicago after over 12 years in Southern California, she founded a non-profit youth empowerment organization called YCLOC/A New Lens Theatre Project. YCLOC/A New Lens Theatre Project teaches leadership skills, healthy expression and release of trauma through the performing arts as well as theatre production technical skills such as marketing, management, directing, costume design and build (sewing), set design and build, lighting design and plot, sound design and engineering to youth and adults in overlooked and disenfranchised urban environments.
Courtney is currently working with the Mental Health Summit on legislation for mental health reform and healing through the performing arts workshops.
Courtney studied Theatre and Psychology at The University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a proud union member of the Screen Actors Guild and Actor’s Equity and the Mental Health Summit.
Dr. Cheryl Grills
Dr. Cheryl Grills is a Clinical Psychologist with a current emphasis in Community Psychology. A national Past President of the Association of Black Psychologists, Dr. Grills, is a tenured, Full Professor at Loyola Marymount University and Director of the Psychology Applied Research Center. She also serves as Vice-Chair of the Los Angeles County Sybil Brand Commission which addresses conditions and practices within adult LA County jails, youth probation and correctional facilities, and group homes for children. She served as Co-Executive Director of Los Angeles County’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection leading to important changes in the child welfare system. As part of the Association of Black Psychologists’ team, Dr. Grills co-designed the Emotional Emancipation (EE) Circles community self-help model developed by The Community Healing Network and is the leader of the EE Circles Training Team. She trains people of African ancestry around the world. Her research interests, publications, and projects include African Psychology, mental health prevention and treatment with African-Americans, substance abuse, community psychology, community mental health, and applied research as well as program evaluation with community based organizations engaged in community organizing on a host of social justice issues. Among others, she currently leads research and evaluation on the California Reducing Disparities Project—a mental health disparities project; a CDC REACH grant on health equity issues; and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant examining community organizing as a public health strategy to address childhood obesity in communities of color.
Dr. Curtiss Rooks
Dr. Rooks is an Assistant Professor of Asian Pacific American Studies. Prior to his appointment at LMU, Dr. Rooks was a tenured assistant professor in Asian American Studies at San Jose State University. His research interests include applied community-based research focusing on cultural competency in community health and ethnic community development. Current projects include a cultural assessment of Japanese and African American senior care-giving needs and community partnerships in chronic disease needs assessment in the Samoan community. A second research trajectory focuses on Asian American multiracial identity and diversity.
Hi all. My name is Dervin Cunningham and I am currently a 5th year student here at Yale School of Medicine. I grew up in the small town of Albany, GA and I am the oldest of four. I attended the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) where I majored in Biological Sciences and had some of the best times in my life. Somehow, I made it through and I am still living out my dream to become a doctor. My plans lie in pursuing a combined Medical Psychiatry Specialty and practicing in the community that helped to raise me. I can definitely say that this has been a journey like no other, filled with ups and downs, but one that has been worth it and I would do all again.
Diana Hernández, PhD
Diana Hernández, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She is also the Director of the Community Engagement Core of the NIEHS-funded Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan.
Dr. Hernández conducts research at the intersection of energy, equity, housing and health (E2H2). A sociologist by training, her work focuses on the social and environmental determinants of health by examining the impacts of policy and place-based interventions on the health and well-being of socioeconomically disadvantaged populations.
A leader in the field, Dr. Hernández has advanced the concept of energy insecurity to reflect challenges associated with meeting basic household energy needs. Her research has explored its social and health implications using qualitative and quantitative methods. Much of her community-oriented research has been conducted with community groups and government agencies and several of her projects have been conducted in her native South Bronx neighborhood, where she also lives and invests in social impact real estate.
Dr. Hernández’ cutting-edge work has been published in leading academic journals including the American Journal of Public Health, Energy Policy, Social Science and Medicine, and Health Affairs. Furthermore, her work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, Housing and Urban Development and National Science Foundation as well as philanthropic organizations including the JPB Foundation and the New York Community Trust, among others.
Dr. Hernández was a JPB Environmental Health Fellow (Cohort 1) at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. She was also the inaugural recipient of the Dean’s Junior Faculty Excellence in Leadership Award in 2016 for her efforts leading Mailman’s Faculty Innovation Group. She also received the Junior Faculty Teaching Award in the same year.
As a social entrepreneur, she founded Alchemy by Design, Corp in 2012 with a mission to improve distressed buildings and provide high quality housing to upwardly mobile people with South Bronx roots. She has led three major renovation projects and currently owns/manages 10 units of housing. Dr. Hernández also engages in a variety of community-building activities through consulting, writing in popular press outlets, board service and active civic engagement.
Dr. Hernández completed her doctoral training in Sociology at Cornell University (2010), her undergraduate degree at Hunter College- City University of New York (2002) and is a product of the New York City public school system.
Onoso Imoagene is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her primary areas of research in the areas of International Migration and Immigrant Incorporation with a special focus on first and second generation African immigrants in the British and American Diasporas; Inter-ethnic group (black-on-black) relations, the intersection of race, ethnicity and class in assimilation outcomes of the African second generation; Impact of National Factors on Assimilation; and Migration and Development. Her current project--the Dreams Project--studies West African US Diversity Visa Lottery Winners and their families and communities back home.
Dr. Sherra Watkins
Dr. Sherra´ Watkins, is the Psychosocial Manager for Non-Malignant Hematology at Levine Cancer Institute. She is a native of Winston-Salem, NC and received all of her degrees from East Carolina University: Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling & Administration, M.S. in Clinical Counseling & Substance Abuse Counseling, MAEd in Health Education, and B.S. School Health Education with a concentration in Science Education. Dr. Watkins is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and has been working with clients facing addiction, mental health, chronic disease and chronic pain management for almost 10 years. Dr. Watkins’ research focuses on: decreasing the stigma of chronic diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Sickle Cell Disease and Lupus, clinical techniques for decreasing use of chronic opioids in acute pain management, sexual assault trauma, and reducing the stigma of mental health counseling among African American women. Sherra´ has received personal honors from Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. for her work at the collegiate and local level and was also recognized with an ECU Leadership Award: The Inaugural Class-40 under 40. Sherra´ is also the CEO of Sister W.E.L.L.S., PLLC, a Counseling, Coaching & Consulting business.
Efe Osaren is a Black Midwife currently working towards licensure in Austin, Tx. She comes from a long ancestral lineage of Midwives and medicinal priests from Edo and Warri, Nigeria. Efe completed her training as a full spectrum Doula at Ancient Song . She has has served over 100 families in Houston, NYC, and El Paso. Her practice is rooted in the liberation of Black birthing people. Efe is the Founder of Doula Chronicles, a reproductive education platform for communities of color, that focuses on holistic uterine health and reproductive care. She is also founder of Orishé Midwifery, a private home birth practice that will raise funding to create birth houses in Lagos that will address Infant and Maternal Mortality and Morbidity with culturally relevant practices of African holistic midwifery.
Enroue Halfkenny has been a Clinical Social Worker for ten years, an Awo (priest of Ifa) within the traditional Yoruba religion of West Africa for 18 years, and a Social Justice Activist for his entire life. He is a Boston born, multiracial, black, male and has a private practice, Healing and Liberation Counseling, in New Haven, CT. Through it, obstacles to inner, relational, systemic and organizational health are skillfully resolved. As a mental health professional, a spiritual healer and a justice activist, he guides individuals, families, communities and organizations to be as free and as effective as possible.
Francine Labiran (Fit Life with Fran) is a 200-hr registered yoga teacher, holistic health coach and wellness advocate in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated with a BBA in Accounting at Georgia State University, but her love for yoga and dance ultimately led her to pursue teaching yoga. After taking her first yoga class, Francine fell in love with the physical challenge and instantly recognized the numerous healing benefits yoga had to offer. Francine strives to help students leave her class feeling empowered, stronger and grounded! She encourages her students to take their realizations from their yoga practice into their daily lives through intentional living.
Her advice to yoga students and BSC attendees: Trust yourself and breath! There will be moments in life (or class) when you doubt yourself, but keep telling yourself, “I can do this. I got this!”. Throughout your journey, don’t be afraid to ask for help, be present and practice self-care daily so that you can truly connect to your inner light and higher purpose.
When she’s not teaching at CorePower Yoga in Atlanta, she is a personal women’s health coach and blogger, teaches kids yoga at local youth development centers and schools, or you can find her exploring the outdoors and visiting vegan spots in Atlanta.
For the past 5 years she’s been a Lead Volunteer Coach for Girls on the Run (non-profit program that works to encourage pre-teen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles) and an Alumni Volunteer at Moving in the Spirit (a youth development program that uses dance to teach young people the social, emotional and cognitive skills they need to thrive). She’s also been a Brand Ambassador for Athleta and has been featured online in ATL Airport District, Voyager Atlanta, barre3 and the Vitamin Shoppe.
Freda Grant is a Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence Counselor in the Sexual Harassment and Assault Response & Education Center (SHARE) at Yale University. Freda holds a B.A in Psychology and Ethnic Studies and a M.A in Women's Studies; both from Southern Connecticut State University. She is currently a 2nd Year Ph.D. Candidate in Public Policy and Social Change at Union Institute and University. Freda's area's of expertise are Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence within Communities of Color, Culturally Specific Interventions for Victims of Violence, Radical Self Care and Wellness, and Black Feminism.
Jasmin Pierre is the creator of the minority mental health app The Safe Place, A Certified Peer Support Specialist, Certified Mental Health First Aid Responder, Mental Health Advocate, and Author of the self help book A Fight Worth Finishing. Jasmin is constantly fighting for the rights of those who battle Mental Health Challenges.
Kimberly McClain DaCosta
Kimberly McClain DaCosta, a sociologist, is a professor at NYU’s Gallatin School. She is especially interested in the contemporary production of racial boundaries. Her book, Making Multiracials: State, Family, and Market in the Redrawing of the Color Line (Stanford University Press, 2007), explores the cultural and social underpinnings of the movement to create multiracial collective identity in the United States. She is currently exploring how interracial extended kin relationships speak to questions of interracial empathy, care and assimilation. Professor DaCosta's work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Advertising Educational Foundation, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She teaches courses on race in different societies, families, and consumerism in international perspective. Professor DaCosta served as Associate Dean of Students at the Gallatin School for seven years and is currently the Associate Faculty Director of NYU’s Prison Education Program.
Professor DaCosta received her B.A. in sociology from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in sociology from Berkeley.
An artist born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Mia Jones-Walker (Mia Anika) serves her community as a visual artist and mental health advocate. Creative expression is key to resolving mental and emotional conflicts, bringing healing: Art Heals the Broken. Her vibrant abstract artwork centers around the exploration of inner worlds and mental states, the intersections of faith and emotional intelligence.
Ms. Jones-Walker advocates for holistic approaches to mental health and wellness, particularly for creatives, entrepreneurs, and those in marginalized communities. She trained in Mental Health First Aid for adults experiencing episodes of anxiety, depression and psychosis. She also writes about her own mental health journey with clinical depression and anxiety disorders in her blog SPECTRUM, where she shares tips for self-care and snapshots of artists’ life. Ms. Jones-Walker invites her audience to participate in their own healing through the creative process, through arts & crafts and journaling workshops (Art Heals the Broken), and through initiatives like the Happy Place Project and Mental Health RE:Fresh.
Ms. Jones-Walker is featured in local art shows and in profiles by mental health organizations, If-Me.org and Redefine Enough. She is currently working on her Mental Health First Aid youth certification and building an app to help people of color find and keep track of the mental health resources in their community. Follow Mia at @mia_anika_
Nathan Zed is a 21 year old comedian who has amassed over 1.2 million followers across YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram. He has spoken at colleges and conventions in multiple countries on the subjects of race and representation in the media, as well as mental health. In 2016, he started his own successful clothing line called “Good Enough” which aims to change how people see themselves. While juggling all this, he has also continued studying at Virginia Tech and is set to graduate in Spring of 2019.
Rachel Cargle is an activist, writer, and lecturer. Her activist and academic work are rooted in providing intellectual discourse, tools, and resources that explore the intersection of race and womanhood. Her social media platforms boast a community of over 160k where Rachel guides conversations, encourages critical thinking and nurtures meaningful engagement with people all over the world. Her organization The Loveland Group houses a family of companies that are dedicated to lifelong culture, opportunity, and learning. Included in the group are The Ripple, an intersectional women's collective and The State Of The Woman, in which she curates a weekly newsletter that brings its subscribers a round-up of women's affairs. Rachel is currently living in NYC and attending Columbia University.
Reverend Teddy R. Reeves
Reverend Teddy R. Reeves is the Curatorial Museum Specialist of Religion in the Center for the Study of African American Religious Life at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C. At the museum, Teddy is responsible for assisting in collecting religious artifacts, research and scholarship, public programs, and faith based outreach.
Teddy previously served as the Executive Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Jamaica, NY. In addition, he served as the founding Program Administrator for the Center for Black Church Studies at Princeton Seminary, as a Teaching Assistant for the Pace Center for Civic Engagement at Princeton University, as a high school English teacher at two prestigious independent schools and, as a Youth and Young Adult Pastor at Union Baptist Church in Trenton, N.J., and as a fundraising consultant for a large philanthropic firm.
Teddy earned his B.A. in English from Hampton University, Master of Divinity from Princeton Seminary, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Education Administration from Fordham University, where he is exploring the impact of race, religion, and normal school education on the first African American ordained clergyman in the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, The Reverend Charles Uncles.
Riana Elyse Anderson
Riana Elyse Anderson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health. She received her PhD in Clinical and Community Psychology at the University of Virginia and completed a Clinical and Community Psychology Doctoral Internship at Yale University’s School of Medicine. She also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Applied Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania supported by the Ford and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations. Before joining the University of Michigan, she was an Assistant Professor in Preventive Medicine and the Department of Children, Youth, and Families in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California.
She uses mixed methods in clinical interventions to study racial discrimination and socialization in Black families to reduce racial stress and trauma and improve psychological well-being and family functioning. She investigates how protective familial mechanisms such as parenting and racial socialization operate in the face of risks linked to poverty, discrimination, and residential environment. Dr. Anderson is particularly interested in how these factors predict familial functioning and subsequent child psychosocial outcomes, especially when enrolled in family-based interventions. She has recently developed a five-session intervention entitled EMBRace (Engaging, Managing, and Bonding through Race) to alleviate racial stress and trauma in parents and adolescents to facilitate healthy parent-child relationships, parent and adolescent psychological well-being, and healthy coping strategies.
Dr. Sarah Y. Vinson
Dr. Sarah Y. Vinson is a physician who specializes in adult, child & adolescent, and forensic psychiatry. She is the founder of the Lorio Psych Group, an Atlanta, GA based mental health practice providing expert care and consultation and the founder and Senior Editor of OurselvesBlack, the website and magazine. OurselvesBlack was created as a platform for discussion about black mental health, broadly defined, for members of our community. Dr. Vinson graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida A & M University. After graduating from medical school at the University of Florida with Research Honors and as an Inductee in the Chapman Humanism Honors Society, she completed her general psychiatry training at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. While there, she also received specialized training in trauma through the Victims of Violence Program. She then returned to the South to complete fellowships in both child & adolescent and forensic psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine.
Dr. Vinson has been a speaker at national conferences including the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting, The National Urban League Annual Meeting, and the Young Lawyer’s Division of the National Bar Association Conference and Retreat. Additionally, she has been a guest expert on national radio shows, including the Roland Martin show, and local tv and radio. Dr. Vinson has received numerous awards in recognition of her service and leadership. Just two years after joining the faculty she was honored as Psychiatry and Faculty of the Year in 2015. In 2018, she was selected as the Outstanding Young Alumni for the University of Florida College of Medicine. In addition to providing mental health care services such as psychotherapy, consultation and psychopharmacology through her private practice, Dr. Vinson is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Morehouse School of Medicine. She is also Adjunct Faculty at Emory University School of Medicine. She has been elected and/or appointed to national and statewide office by her professional peers.
Schyler Alexandra Cole
Schyler Alexandra Cole graduated in June 2018 from Stanford University, earning a B.A. in Economics and completing the pre-medical requirements. She is passionate about both economics and medicine because she believes people need more than medicine to be healthy. She plans to become a physician as well as a leader in designing and implementing policies that promote the economic, physical, and mental health of diverse people. While at Stanford, she was a leader for organizations including Senior Class Cabinet, the Stanford Black Pre-Medical Organization, and the Stanford Japan Exchange Conference and was a Stanford Cheerleader, serving as the Financial and Fundraising Officer.
Senior year she took a stand against false assumptions pertaining to African Americans and food through her senior thesis, Food Behaviors and Perceptions of Personal Health: Differences Among African Americans Across Income Levels. Her thesis tackles the national issue of African American health and food disparities by combining the nuances of a rich culture with economics and nutrition. She created an original health survey and distributed it in her hometown of Memphis, TN. The questions and analysis aim to highlight the need to employ not just cultural competency but also insights from behavioral economics. She is currently adding insights from surveys distributed in Berkeley and Oakland, CA.
Since graduating Schyler has founded and managed Memphis Health Through Heritage (MHTH) an innovative health education series built on insights from her thesis and funding from a Stanford Postgraduate Public Scholarship Fellowship. In addition to running the series, she is examining the impact of the series on participants. Due to the series’ success, she is working with Healthier TN and Church Health to provide permanent class offerings and develop a training manual for community health leaders. While managing MHTH she witnessed the need to apply rigorous analysis to finding the best ways to promote human-centered, equitable innovation. This will help to promote the health, wealth, and well-being of diverse people.
Before pursuing an MD/MBA, Schyler plans to engage in work related to both her medical and economic interests in Memphis, TN and Japan.
KimArie joined the QL team in 2013 and is the VP of Talent Development. In her current role she is responsible for leading her team to create sustainable and holistic development programs for all team members. This includes the onboarding process, team member development, organizational development, organizational engagement, and leadership development. She has more than 20 years of experience in client service, sales, and corporate education, focused on ensuring organizations were successful. She has an intense passion for the development of people and helping them achieve their true potential. She firmly believes that one’s ability to effectively lead their team members and make an impact rests on their ability to be inclusive, build trust, and create a dynamic and high performing team. She holds a BA in Business from Wayne State University, a MBA from the University of Phoenix, and a MSA from the University of Texas.
Director of HBO’s “Moths and Butterflies”
Porter Braswell is the CEO and co-founder of Jopwell, a technology platform that helps Black, Latinx, and Native American students and professionals unlock opportunities for career advancement.
Under Porter’s leadership, Jopwell has formed partnerships with more than 100 of America’s leading companies and has facilitated tens of thousands of connections between the Jopwell community members and its clients. In 2017 alone, the company was recognized as Entrepreneur Magazine's "100 Most Brilliant Ideas," Fast Company's "World's Most Innovative Companies," and Business Insider's "One of The Hottest NYC Companies to Watch."
Porter's professional awards and recognitions include LinkedIn's 2015 "Next Wave, Top Professionals Under 35," Inc. Magazine's 2016 "30 Under 30," Fast Company's 2017 "100 Most Creative People In Business," Crain's 2018 "40 Under 40," Vanity Fair's 2018 "Future Innovators Index," and most recently Adweek's 2018 "Young Influentials."
Porter regularly speaks about the importance of diversity in the workforce and has been featured in numerous publications and articles discussing the topic.