BLACK ENTERPRISE and Walmart Host Job Creation and Career Reinvention Forum on Tuesday, October 18, In Los Angeles

Tavis Smiley to Keynote Invitation-only Event at the Century Plaza Hyatt Regency

Oct 06, 2011, 15:14 ET from BLACK ENTERPRISE

NEW YORK, Oct. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --


BLACK ENTERPRISE, the premier business, investment, and wealth building resource for African Americans, along with Walmart, the nation's leading retailer and one of the nation's largest private employers of African Americans


20/20 Vision: Job Creation & Career Opportunities in the Next Economy, an economic forum bringing together policy makers, experts and entrepreneurs to create actionable strategies for African American job creation. Through a series of speakers, discussions and case studies, the event will explore how corporate professionals can identify opportunities in emerging sectors of the economy and reinvent themselves for employability, marketability and advancement.  


Century Plaza Hyatt Regency

2025 Avenue of the Stars

Los Angeles, CA  90067


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Speaker and Event Highlights

8:15 a.m.

Registration/Networking/Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.

Earl "Butch" Graves Jr., President & CEO, BLACK ENTERPRISE  

Mickey Anderson, Senior Director-Regional General Manager, Central CA, Alaska & Hawaii, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

9:30 a.m.

Keynote Address

  • Tavis Smiley, President & CEO, The Smiley Group, Inc.

10:00 a.m.

Joe Watson, CEO, Strategic Hire

Derek T. Dingle, SVP/Editor-in-Chief, BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine

10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Job Creation: This session will address the importance of training and advancement in today's workplace; the next steps to ensure job creation in emerging sectors such as energy, healthcare, education and technology; and what initiatives African American employers can develop to grow a successful workforce.

  • Bishop Noel Jones, Senior Pastor, City of Refuge
  • Curtis Silvers, Area Development Director, UNCF
  • Sonia Alleyne, Multimedia Editorial Director, BLACK ENTERPRISE

11:30 a.m.

Using Social Media to Brand Yourself

  • Hajj Fleming, Founder, Brand Camp University

Noon –

Networking Lunch

1:00 p.m.  - 2:00 p.m.

Reinvention for the Next Economy: This session will address how mid-career professionals should adapt their skills for a new workplace, as well as find opportunities through self-employment and entrepreneurship as more companies continue to outsource

  • Johann Schleier-Smith, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Tagged
  • Timothy A. Reese, Co-Founder, Minority Angel Investor Network & Managing Partner, Forge Intellectual Capital
  • Caroline Clarke, Host, Black Enterprise Business Report, Executive Editor, BLACK ENTERPRISE

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BLACK ENTERPRISE, your ultimate source for wealth creation, is the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers. Every month, BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine provides 4 million readers with information on entrepreneurship, careers, and financial management. A multimedia company, BE also produces radio and television programming, business and lifestyle events, Web content, and digital media. BLACK ENTERPRISE is the definitive source of information for and about African American business markets and leaders, and the authority on black business news and trends.

Contact: Andrew Wadium
Media Relations Director, Black Enterprise