Dr. Ivory A. Toldson

Dr. Ivory A. Toldson was appointed by President Barack Obama to devise national strategies to sustain and expand federal support to HBCUs, as the executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He is currently on leave from his position as full professor at Howard University. He has also served as senior research analyst for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Read more…

Brad Williams, WNCN & lin digital

Brad Williams is a digital account executive for lin digital and WNCN TV. Brad earned his bachelor of science at the Bryan School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Brad has nearly three years of experience working on marketing campaigns directly with companies of all industries. Brad is a top producing account executive and works with a vast selection of digital products, keeping up-to-date with the latest technologies. Read more…

Laura JackLaura H. Jack is currently serving as Interim Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at Howard University. She joined the University as the Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Branding and has led marketing and communication efforts in higher education for close to a decade. She has expertise in marketing, branding, communications, and market research.

Outside of higher education, Ms. Jack spent close to ten years managing marketing initiatives and multi-million dollar campaigns with top international marketing and advertising firms such as JCDecaux and Ogilvy & Mather. Read more…

Dr. Kim Cliett LongDr. Long serves as Associate Provost for Administration and Extended Education and Professor of Organizational Management at Wiley College in Texas, USA – home of the “Great Debaters”. She also serves as the official curator for the Wiley College fine art collection. Dr. Long earned her doctoral degree from Northcentral University in Organizational Leadership. Read more…
Dr. Mark La Branche
Dr. Mark David La Branche was appointed the twenty-seventh president of Louisburg College on November 21, 2008 after having served as Senior Vice President at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama from 2002-2008.

Dr. La Branche’s previous experience includes eighteen years in parish ministryserving a number of churches in the Alabama – West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Before entering the ordained ministry, he spent ten years in the health field, eight of those years as a neonatal respiratory therapist. He was elected to the Montgomery County, Alabama, Board of Education in November 2000 and chosen by the Board to be its Chair in January 2005.Read more…

Jeffrey Robinson
Jeffrey A. Robinson, Ph.D. is an award winning business school professor, international speaker and entrepreneur. Since 2008, he has been a leading faculty member at Rutgers Business School where he is an associate professor of management and entrepreneurship and the Academic Director of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development. The Center is a unique interdisciplinary venue for innovative thinking and research on entrepreneurial activity and economic development in urban environments. Read more…
Tashni-Ann Dubroy, President, Shaw University

Dr. Tashni Dubroy currently serves as the President-Elect of Shaw University. Before her election, she served as Shaw’s special assistant to the president for process optimization and department chair and associate professor of Chemistry in Shaw’s Natural Sciences and Mathematics Department. Dr. Dubroy is a proud alumnus of Shaw University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.S degree in Chemistry. Read more…

Michael Sorrell, President, Paul Quinn College
Michael J. Sorrell is the 34th President of Paul Quinn College. Under his leadership, the school has become one of the most innovative small colleges in America and is rapidly becoming a model for urban higher education by focusing on academic rigor, experiential learning, and entrepreneurship. Read more…

 

Marketing Expert Jeanne FrazerJeanne Frazer is a branding and marketing expert, author and speaker, and is president of vitalink®, a woman-owned branding and marketing think tank based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Jeanne has over 25 years marketing experience, with a focus on higher education, non-profits and small businesses, and is a founding member of HBCUgrow. Jeanne has worked with the largest and fastest growing HBCUs in the country, among others. Read more…
Andrea Ferguson, President, AndiSites Inc.

Andrea Ferguson (please, call her Andi) is Founder and President of AndiSites Inc., an award-winning full-service web design and development agency based in Chapel Hill, NC. Since 2008 AndiSites has created hundreds of websites, including highly successful projects for Jackson State University, NC State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Craven Community College. With a focus on WordPress and mobile-responsiveness, AndiSites websites are built to be friendly to users, administrators, search engines, and budgets. Read more…

Don Bean, Universal PrintingDon is the Production Manager /Technology Lead at Universal Printing, a minority owned business. Formerly Art Director for Universal Printing’s award-winning Art Department, Don has gone on to head many initiatives, including Universal’s “Rethink” campaign, social media marketing, upGreen and upSecure initiatives, and many more. As Production Manager, Don oversees all production departments. Read more…
Valonda Calloway

Valonda is the host of My Carolina Today on NBC’s WNCN-TV. She graduated cum laude from Winston-Salem State University before beginning her media career. Valonda was part of a team that won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for their reporting during Hurricane Floyd. Valonda’s public service work includes mentoring middle school girls, serving as a volunteer cheerleading coach (she cheered professionally for the Washington Redskins) and helping with fundraisers.  Read more…

David W. Hoard
David Hoard has over 30 years of experiences within collegial and nonprofit institutional advancement settings. He has been a leader as a vice president at four universities, both public and private, and has held a leadership role with a system of public universities. Mr. Hoard has also consulted with over 25 other universities and non-profits. He is currently consulting with Central State University.
He is known for his creativity and resource development models in addition to traditional fundraising and marketing programs. In his role at Jackson State University, Mr. Hoard’s results included six straight semesters of enrollment growth and increases in alumni giving, pushing overall fundraising and alumni support to all time high levels. Read more…