FOR THE CULTURE: A Juneteenth Kick Off

 

The One Club and Mimconnect teamed up to host an eventful night that celebrates Black independence, identity, and empowerment in honor of Juneteenth. Check out the highlights above for the panel conversation Freedom: Creating Black Autonomy in the Workplace and make sure to tune in below for A Message from Ms. Opal Lee.

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''FOR THE CULTURE' is a prelude to The One Club's annual diversity conference & career fair—‘Where Are All The Black People” which will take place on Thursday, October 6 (virtually) and Friday, October 7th (in NYC). Register here.

 

SPEAKERS:

NETTA DOBBINS, CEO of Mimconnect, is a value-driven entrepreneur and her work equips diverse professionals with the support they need to persevere. 

After finding herself the only Black person at the table in various corporate settings, Netta decided to create an antidote to such workplace isolation. A natural community builder, she co-founded Mimconnect and grew it into the most engaged digital community and trusted resource hub for multicultural professionals. Mimconnect is an external support network and diversity consultancy that empowers those in marginalized communities to bring their whole selves to work, and has been featured in Forbes, Popsugar, Afrotech, BET, and more.

Netta is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated and holds a Bachelors of Science in Communications from Middle Tennessee State University. When she’s not building safe spaces for POC to connect and grow, you can find Netta reading a good book, being her authentic self at public speaking engagements, and enjoying oat milk matcha lattes. 

ANDREW SOMUAH is a creative producer from Alexandria, Virginia currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Coupled with his ability to tell stories and his passion for culture, Andrew uses his perspective to not only empower but amplify an array of different voices that tell stories of the world we live in today. Andrew has worked with brands such as NBA, Mcdonald's, Budweiser, Nike, and many others.

MARQUISE FRANCIS is senior national reporter and producer at Yahoo News where he seeks to bridge the world of politics and culture in a more relatable and digestible way.

Over the past few years Marquise has covered some of the biggest national events including Breonna Taylor protests in Louisville, multiple former President Trump rallies and March For Our Lives rallies in D.C. and New York. Additionally, he's sat down with Charlamagne tha God, Stacey Abrams, Valerie Jarrett, Rep. Cori Bush, Anthony Davis, DeRay McKesson, Shaquille O'Neal, Tamika Mallory, Rapper Killer Mike and more.

Marquise is also adjunct professor at Syracuse University's Newhouse NYC where he teaches a course he created titled, ‘JNL 400: Reporting & Storytelling for Digital Brands’. Marquise holds a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism from Syracuse University's Newhouse S.I. Journalism School and currently resides in Harlem, New York.

DESTINY CHAMBERS, is the VP, Head of Marketing at Lippe Taylor PR Firm. Destiny is a leader in the marketing and events space - a brand positioning strategist, with a holistic approach to client activations, internal and social media marketing, and program development. Over the past decade, she's built global culture and community through employee engagement, internal communications and event activations, with a heavy emphasis on DE&I. 

Destiny serves as a founding member of the Women Insider Network, and is an alumni and former Youth Empowerment program leader for Urban Underground, an organization focused on youth-led social justice campaigns in the areas of health, education, public safety, and juvenile justice reform. She’s an experienced public speaker featured at Advertising Week NY, AfroTech & Advancing Diversity Week 2021. She’s also been published in Forbes, featured in Ad Forum, Campaign Brief, Little Black Book and more.

ADRIENNE LUCAS is a strategist with specialized experience working on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) and education initiatives in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. She currently serves as the Global Director of DEI at The One Club for Creativity, an advertising nonprofit.

As part of her role, Adrienne partners with agencies to design and execute programs that help diverse creatives enter the advertising industry and support their professional development. One of these initiatives includes Where Are All The Black People (‘WAATBP’) an annual diversity conference & career fair. WAATBP attracts up to 3500+ attendees and 60+ sponsoring agencies and brands including: Amazon Advertising, Best Buy, Capital One, Disney, and Mattel. Adrienne also spearheads the CreativeBoot Camp initiative--a free weeklong program where college students of color create and present an advertising campaign for a real client.

Adrienne holds a J.D. from NYU Law and a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. She is passionate about the arts, civil rights, and social justice.

A Message from Ms. Opal Lee

Known as the “Grandmother of Juneteenth,” Ms. Opal Lee was present on June 17, 2021, when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act bill that established June 19 or “Juneteenth” a federal holiday. Ms. Lee is the oldest living board member of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) started by the late Dr. Ronald Myers to have Juneteenth declared a National Holiday. At 90 years of age, she started her walking campaign and in 2019 she launched an online petition campaign that garnered over 1.6 million signatures to continue the crusade for holiday observance.

Ms. Opal currently serves on the board of Unity Unlimited, Inc. and Transform 1012 N. Main Street, and is a Board Member and Honorary Chair of the National Juneteenth Museum. She has received three honorary doctorates, has been named 2021 Texan of the Year by the Dallas Morning News editorial board, the 2021 Unsung Hero of the Pandemic, Fort Worth Inc.’s 2022 Person of the Year and most recently was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.