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Conference Schedule of Events

Day 1 

Opening Plenary

Tuesday

April 6, 2021

11:00am - 12:30pm

CST*

  • Introductory Remarks - Jacquelyn Shipe, CEO of Global Ties Alabama

  • Special Guest - Stacy White, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Professional and Cultural Exchanges (ECA) U.S. Department of State 

  • Moderator - Ryanna Miller

  • Speaker - Dr. Darrel Ezell, Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Hudson Alpha Institute for Bio Technology

  • Speaker -  Allen DuBose, U.S. Department of State, Diplomat in Residence South Region

  • Speaker - Alana Henry, Ministerial Engagement Officer at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), British Embassy 

  • Icebreaker

  • Q&A

Global Villages Spring Holiday Celebrations

Tuesday

April 6, 2021

1:00pm - 2:00pm

CST*

  • Moderator - Rev Dr. Robert Ferrell

  • Speaker - Ashfaq Taufique, Birmingham Islamic Society

  • Speaker - Dr.Carlton Byrd, Oakwood University Church

  • Speaker - Rabbi Eric Berk, Rabbi of Temple B’nai Sholom

  • Speaker - Olga Osadcii, Malenitsa Organizer

  • Speaker - Dr. Narayana Bhat, University of Alabama in Huntsville

Advice from Caribbean & African Diaspora Leaders

  • Advice from Caribbean & African Diaspora Global Leaders

Tuesday

April 6, 2021

2:30pm - 3:30pm CST*

  • Introduction - Ryanna Miller

  • Special Guest -  Ambassador Sidney S. Collie, Ambassador to the United States from The Bahamas

  • Moderator - Dr. Charles Nash, African Diaspora

  • Speaker - Dr. Kassie Freeman, President/CEO African Diaspora Consortium

  • Speaker - Hon. Jason Hughes, U.S. Congress- Louisiana
    Speaker - Dr. Sam Subbey, Norway and Ghana - Fulbright 2017

Day 2 

Global Entrepreneurship

Wednesday

April 7, 2021

10:00am - 11:00 am

CST*

  • Moderator: Ambassador Richard LeBaron

  • Speaker  - Dr. Del Smith, CEO of Acclinate

  • Speaker  - Rahama Wright, CEO of Shea Yeleen

  • Speaker  - Corlette Stewart Burns, Executive Director of Birmingham Sister Cities

  • Q&A

It’s Okay to “Fail”: Lessons from those who Took a Less Planned Path

Wednesday

April 7, 2021

11:30am - 12:30pm

CST*

  • Moderator - Ryanna Miller

  • Speaker  - Reggie Mitchell, Fulbright Alumnus

  • Speaker  - Takaunia Carstarphen, Founder of TKO  Wanderlust

  • Speaker - Veeto Brown, Music Producer at 4KEYS Beats

  • Q&A

Global Careers: Unique Careers most people have never heard of!

Wednesday

April 7, 2021

1:00pm - 2:00pm

CST*

  • Moderator - Deb Adelsperger, Peace Corps Alumna

  • Speaker  - Fonta Gilliam, CEO of Invest Sou Sou

  • Speaker  - Jabari Smith, Program Manager at World Chicago

  • Speaker  -  Lamar Shambley,  Executive Director Teens of Color Abroad

Insights of an Ambassador

Wednesday

April 7, 2021

2:30pm - 3:30pm

CST*

  • Moderator - Dr. Carlton McLellan, Senior Fellow Association of Black American Ambassadors (ABAA)

  •  Speaker -  Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley

  • Q&A

Funding Study Abroad

Wednesday

April 7, 2021

4:00pm - 5:30pm

CST*

  • Moderator - Ryanna Miller

  • Special Guest Intro - Dr. Edith Fraser, Fulbright Alumna

  • Speaker  - Amelia VanderLaan, USA Study Abroad Outreach Officer, U.S. Department of State

  • Speaker  - Ayanna Dawkins, Microsoft & Co-Founder of Diplomatic Perspective 

  • Q&A: Dr. Juan Alexander, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at Norfolk State University 

Day 3 

Diplomacy: The Importance of Peaceful Politics & Negotiation

Thursday

April 8, 2021

11:00am - 12:00pm 

CST*

  • Moderator -  Dr. Melissa Sinclair, Professor School of International Service, American University

  •   Speaker - Hon. Devyn Keith, City of Huntsville - District 1, City Council member

  • Speaker - Micah Wells, Esq, 

  • Speaker - Ryanna Miller, The Foreman Properties Group of Compass

Conflict Resolution: Resolving Conflict within yourself, your Community and our World

Thursday

April 8, 2021

1:00pm - 2:00pm 

CST*

  • Moderator - Ryanna Miller

  • Speaker - Marquita Pierre, Center for Spiritual Living

  • Speaker - Dr. Suzanne Ghais,  Principal at Ghais Mediation & Facilitation, LLC

  • Speaker - Dr. Janice Watson, Professor Oakwood University

Money Power Hour

Thursday

April 8, 2021

2:30pm - 3:30pm 

CST*

  • Moderator - Ryanna Miller 

  • Speaker - Acquania Escarne, Foreign Service Officer  U.S. States Department of State & Financial Health Coach

  • Speaker - Branndon Jackson, Economist at Excelon

  • Wealth and Savings Exercise (Acquania)

  • Q&A

Conference Wrap-up

Thursday

April 8, 2021

3:30pm - 4:30pm 

CST*

  • Introduction - Jacquelyn Shipe, CEO of Global Ties Alabama

  • Speaker - Kezia Daniel, 2014 Central American Youth Ambassador/Oakwood University

  • Speaker - Celine Sylvester, Oakwood University/Tuskegee University

  • Closing Remarks - Ryanna Miller

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