KENNETH B. MORRIS JR.
Co-Founder & President
Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI)
Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. is descended from two of the most important names in American history: he is the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington.
Ken is now the President of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI), a public charity that endeavors to create a modern Abolitionist Movement in schools all over the country through the vehicle of Service-Learning curricula called History, Human Rights and the Power of One. FDFI operates on the belief that young people play critical roles on both sides of the Contemporary Slavery spectrum: at one end, they are the most vulnerable to becoming its victims and, at the other, the most qualified to lead its demise.
Prior to becoming a Social Entrepreneur, Ken and his business partner managed a successful marketing and entertainment firm. C&A Marketing became a leader in the field of corporate meetings and incentive travel developing customized marketing programs for major cruise lines and resort hotels. Some of the skills learned during his corporate career have also served Ken well in Civil Society.
Ken believes he has an obligation to use the platform his ancestors have built, through struggle and through sacrifice, to stand up and fight to end the scourge of modern-day slavery. In addition to his duties at FDFI, he sits on the Honorary Advisory Committee for the Frederick Douglass Ireland Project and he is an Ambassador for the non-profit organization, Human Rights First. He has contributed his talents to the board of directors for Kaleidoscope Arts Factory, a non-profit performing arts organization for children, the Booker T. Washington Family Committee, and the Dean’s Advisory Committee at the University of La Verne.
Scout @ MLB and Director/CEO, @ Arizona Baseball Club
Rodney Davis is the founder and Director of Monarchs Hardball Club which is a new baseball organization based in Westminster, Ca. The goal is to provide excellence in player evaluation, player training and development, and the very best advocacy for student athletes and their families. The Philosophy of Monarchs Hardball Club and values are established in the accomplishments of players at every level of advanced play. The club is modeled after the college/professional process in evaluation, instruction, and staff experience.
In addition to being the founder and director of Monarchs Hardball Club Rodney Davis has just begun a new position as Volunteer Assistant Coach for the UCLA Softball team. Rodney will oversee UCLA’s outfielders and aid assistant coach Lisa Fernandez with their offense. Rodney comes to UCLA with great knowledge of the game of baseball and is well respected for his ability to coach and develop players. UCLA has high regard for Rodney and feels that he will be an outstanding addition to the staff and Bruin family."
Rodney has spent more than two decades in the world of Major League Baseball as a scout for the Cleveland Indians, Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers. He has worked with the MLB Scouting Bureau and most recently was the Senior Manager of the MLB Urban Youth Academy. Davis, who spent four years in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization and was the founder/director of the Arizona Baseball Club, has also served as an assistant baseball coach at San Francisco State and a minor-league coach with the Los Angeles Angels Rookie League team. Rodney has three children, including son Khris, who is in was a MLB player for the Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland A's and Texas Rangers.
Alicia Arroyo - Lucas - PMP
Director of Key Account - T-Mobile
Alicia Arroyo-Lucas has over 17 years in the telecommunications industry, Alicia Arroyo Lucas brings her experience in project management and operations deployment to MobileNet Services, and as Director of Key Account-T-Mobile. Alicia has managed various implementation projects nationwide for corporations such as Nortel Networks and Ericsson North America specializing in network and infrastructure upgrades for Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T Mobile. At MobileNet her focus is on diversifying services, recruiting talented resources, and strengthening our staff augmentation organization, as well as advising on business and policy issues. She has a B.S. in Telecommunications from DeVry University and a M.B.A with emphasis in Project Management from Keller Graduate School. In 2013, she was honored with the DeVry Alumni Association Los Angeles Chapter Rising Star award for her achievements in the telecommunications industry and is an active member of Project Management Institute (PMI), Women’s Wireless Leadership Forum (WWLF), Association for Women in Technology (AWT) and the National Association for Professional Women (NAPW).
AREA MGR NETWORK ENGINEERING
TP&E-GLOBAL TECH OPTIMAZATION & IMPLEMENTATION
Paul O’Sullivan has over 20 years of Mobility and Engineering experience. Paul Manages a team of 16 Senior Specialist Equipment Design Engineers in the completion of assigned activities with time, cost and technical objectives and informs management of difficulties encountered. Paul manages a broad variety of engineering activities supporting network design, development, and configuration. This includes providing real time assistance to resolve technical, operational, and procedural problems referred by all departments for switching, transport, synchronization, power, grounding, support systems, and emerging technologies, along with their associated products.
Paul manages design activities in support of efficient network operations. In addition, his team often plays a key role in the development and publishing of technical documentation and procedures. Paul’s team helps resolve engineering/technical issues related to maintenance, upgrades of existing equipment and installation of new equipment as well as develop, issue, and/or assure implementation of Maintenance Engineering equipment recommendations, product change notices, engineering complaint resolution and network reliability initiatives. Paul manages Implementation of circuit provisioning standards and procedures. Manages planning and integration of network systems. Manages capacity planning. Manages existing system upgrade/replacement. Manages alternative scenarios to ensure network capacity. Manages network performance criteria and measurements. Develops common systems engineering. Plans and directs the work of subordinates. Directs subordinates to implement changes or improvements to test and analyze procedures for new or existing products and features.
MARGWEN LEE NICHOLS
Business Owner/ Massage Therapist
Director of Community Programs
San Bernardino County
Gwen has always had a heart to serve. She studied Psychology and computer science at California State university of San Bernardino and preceded to work at an outpatient counseling agency as a case manager.
Passionate about effective services offered to the community she decided to take a more active role by obtaining her master’s degree in Public Administration with a focus on Management and Leadership from the University of La Verne.
Serving the community for 20 years as Director of Community Programs and in the process, she has received certifications in communication skills, mentoring, counseling at risk youth and a California Legislature Assembly award for Service to Community.
Today with the heart of service still in mind, Gwen offers her consulting expertise to start up agencies and has her own business as a State Certified Massage Therapist with the focus on health and wellness.
Division Leader – Primerica Corp.
Christopher Jordan, Coach Chris has been licensed in the insurance and investing industry since 1998. He started simply to better his family’s financial knowledge, and help a few friends become better prepared for their future. Unrealizing the lack of financial education, Chris found several more families that needed help over the past 18 yrs. It became a mission and a career to provide education and service to families that want to get back on the right financial track.
"A great career can be defined by the number of people you help Strengthen/Build their Financial House along with your own."
Director – STEM Educational Outreach Programs, Cybersecurity Professional
USC Vertibi School of Engineering
Darin Gray is Responsible for STEM programs for the USC Viterbi School of Engineering including MESA, Mission Science, Outreach, Professional Development, and Summer Programs.
The Viterbi School is one of the nation's leading engineering institutions in the fields of aerospace, astronautics & space technology, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer science & computer engineering, electrical, environmental, industrial & systems, materials science, mechanical engineering, and systems architecting & engineering.
Prior to becoming the Director for the STEM Educational Outreach Programs Darin was a STEM Coordinator/Instructor for the Vertibi School of Engineering program:
Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Program
- Develop and write standards-based curriculum for science activities for nine middle schools and fourteen high school MESA programs
- Create activity kits to prepare students for science competitions
- Coordinate annual science carnival for 300 middle school students
- Develop annual robotics competitions for middle and high school students
Mission Science Program
- Coordinate the activities and manage the program budget for nine elementary and middle school-based science clubs
- Develop standards-based curriculum for "hands on" projects, activities and experiments
- Train teachers to conduct projects, activities and experiments
Pre College Programs
- Develop curriculum and teach Discover Engineering – USC Summer Programs Course
- Teach summer engineering workshop
- Create curriculum for the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp
- Designed the science component of the National Football League’s Summer Camp
- Created robotics programs for the Chadwick School and St. Agnes Catholic School
CA Real Estate Broker, CA Mortgage Broker
Kelly Rivas Known by her clients and colleagues as “The Real Estate Guru”, Kelly Rivas, Founder of the Kelly Mortgage Center has over two decades of expertise in the Real Estate Industry to include many accolades such as; CA Real Estate Broker, CA Mortgage Broker, MD Mortgage Broker, District of Columbia Mortgage Broker, Author of The Mortgage Matrix, owner of a seasoned Real Estate Investment Company, and President of RACOMB, a Debt Settlement Company, where she provides Credit restoration, Debt Settlement, Short Sale liaison services and Loan modifications.
Respected by her clients highly due to her expertise in the Real Estate market includes but not limited to: real estate development and investing, residential and commercial sales; Kelly has proven to be a financial expert in closing deals as well as financially educating her clients on gaining financial intelligence while sifting through the mortgage matrix.
As the Founder and President of the Kelly Mortgage Center, Kelly’s passion for real estate combined with her competence and dedication have garnered her numerous industry-leading honors and countless satisfied clients.
Today, in addition to her corporate and Real Estate responsibilities, Kelly is also the founder of WHAA (Working Hard Housing America), a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that is committed to housing those in need of housing due to low income or homelessness in the Southern California Region, also participates as the President of the SMALL BUSINESS MINISTRY at Christ Our Redeemer Church (COR), and is the Coordinator of The Innovative Entrepreneur Academy a COR CDC Community Development Corporation program aimed to promote entrepreneurship in underserved communities teaching Financial Literacy, Business Acumen and Leadership skills to Youth and High School Students.
She continues to develop a ONE-STOP Enterprise to include her additions of opening an Escrow company and to provide Homeowner’s insurance for Purchase transactions. Kelly finds her greatest satisfaction in meeting the needs of her clients in a friendly and professional manner. She describes her role as a “people business” not a transaction; while obtaining the strictest of compliance in accordance with State regulations. This native Californian prides herself on Superior Customer Service and has proven to be a powerful force in the Industry.
She serves as an Ambassador at Christ Our Redeemer Church, Irvine, CA and loves the Lord!
Owner/President - Sedric Hill Consulting
Registered Agent - STEMsational Girls Club Foundation.
Sedric Hill draws from over 25 years of experience in advanced business acumen, leadership, sales, sales management, and coaching marked by a distinguished record of success which includes over 20 President’s Club awards and other high honors. Sedric has held a myriad of leadership positions Fortune 500 companies including; Pitney Bowes, McKesson Corporation, and Neopost. In 2009, Sedric co-founded Sales Development &Performance as a platform to expand his work beyond a single corporation. In 2016, Sedric formed Sedric Hill Consulting to add a focus on providing consulting, coaching, and training to small business owners, sales professionals and non-profits/churches. Sedric's innovative Video Interactive Practice™ (VIP) and sales brain trainers are shifting the paradigm in today's training. Sedric is a best-selling author for his first book: Expert Selling: A Blueprint to Accelerate Sales Excellence (2016 Morgan James Publishing). Sedric holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Texas Southern University. He serves his community as program director at COR Community Development Corporation and is a member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD).
Dameon Wroe was born and partially raised in Sacramento, California by both of his biological parents, along with his older sister. With the exception of his father, Dameon and the majority of his immediate family members were raised in the church. Although both of his parents were active in his life during the early years, it wasn’t long before his life took a series of unexpected turns. From his teenage years into his adult life, Dameon’s father battled with drug addiction. It wasn’t long before his father’s drug addiction ultimately sparked a bitter divorce between his parents. In the early 1980’s, Dameon’s single mother moved he and his sister to Southern California to pursue a better quality of life. For most of his youth, Dameon grew up as an angry and rebellious child, primarily angered that his father was not consistently active in his life. This rebellion ultimately prompted several adverse encounters with the law, one of which landed him in juvenile hall at the age of 17. Having his freedom taken away at such an early age was a wake-up call for Dameon, and it was only a short time later that his life appeared to be headed in a more positive and rewarding direction.
Finally graduating from high school in 1990, Dameon continued his education at a local community college to pursue a degree in Administration of Justice, in an effort to pursue a career in law enforcement. While attending community college, Dameon was informed by a customer at his job that an R&B singing group was holding auditions for a fourth member. Several weeks after the audition, Dameon was accepted into the group as the fourth member. Winning numerous talent shows at multiple venues in the Southern California area, it wasn’t long before Dameon and his R&B singing group got the opportunity of a lifetime. In 1992, after performing on the Sunset Strip at The Roxy, the singing group was discovered by legendary recording artists The Whispers and signed their first ever recording contract in that same year.
While recording their first album for Capitol Records, Dameon and his group members were also involved in acting. Dameon has landed several featured roles as a principal actor and also appeared in a Dr. Pepper commercial. He has worked with some of Hollywood’s A-List entertainers such as: singer/songwriter Brian McKnight, rap group Naughty By Nature, R&B singer Marques Houston, actress Jennifer Lewis, comedian and film producer Robert Townsend, The Hudlin Brothers, directors of the 1992 blockbuster film “Boomerang,” actors Don Cheadle, and John Witherspoon, to name a few. As suggested by many who had either read his poetry or watched him perform, Dameon took his passion for writing to the next level and wrote his first, self-published book of poetry entitled True Inspirations – A Poetry Collection, Vol. I and ultimately persuaded major book stores to carry his book. Dameon is currently promoting his new book, “Modern Day Mentor,” which was recently published in May of 2019.
Currently continuing his Barnes & Noble Book Signing Tour, Dameon is aggressively and passionately seeking to get more acquainted with his audience by expanding his book signing events all across the U.S. and re-igniting his love for public speaking. Wise beyond his years, this author is, without a doubt, gaining more and more popularity as a result of his most recent book consistently making its way into homes around the country. With his diverse background in songwriting, publishing, entertainment and community relations, the public is about to see this author’s name more and more frequently! Now a single father enjoying sole custody of two amazing children, Dameon Wroe is dedicated to showing his children that hard work pays off, by facing and breaking through every problem or challenge that arises as the journey of life continues. While focusing on his goals each day, Dameon reminds himself of the words of motivational speaker and fellow author Les Brown, who suggests, “You have to be willing to do the things today that others won’t do, in order to have the things tomorrow that others won’t have.”
CEO Ambitious Strategies/ Federal Business Development
and Capture Manager at Snorkel AI/Former
SBA Financial Analyst, Grants Manager, COR
Shenell Glover With over 10 years of experience in public policy, business development, project management, financial management (A-123, A-133, and A-136), grants and contracts management in the public and private sectors. Deep expertise in understanding, interpreting, and developing public policy and process improvement. Former Subject Expert serving on Advisory Committees and Working Groups across multiple agencies. Known for innovative financial management and compliance techniques to communicate effectively to broad internal and external audiences. Experienced Subject Matter Expert in financial management, accounting, and grants management.
Assistant Professor at University of Cincinnati
Computer Science Instructor - STEMsational Girls Club Foundation
Will Hawkins received his Ph.D. in 2018 from the University of Virginia. His primary areas of expertise are network security and static binary translation. In his free time, Will mentors up-and-coming IT professionals and serves on the board of the non-profit Wesley Chapel Mission Center in Cincinnati, OH