Chuck D, Morgan Freeman, Jermaine Dupri and Jeff Johnson Were Just a Few of Today's Influencers at the 2nd Annual Influencer Summit

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The 2nd Annual Influencer Summit, held July 27-29, 2006 in Atlanta, GA, at the Georgia Congress Center, featured some of today’s most influential leaders participating in workshops and special events including Chuck D, Morgan Freeman, Suzanne Malveaux, Jeff Johnson, J. Anthony Brown and George Fraser to name a few. As part of the National Urban League Annual Conference, themed “Building Economic Power for Black America," the 2006 Influencer Summit brought together corporate executives, business owners, entrepreneurs, and partners for three-days of networking and empowerment with more than 300 urban professionals.

The 2nd Annual Influencer Summit held July 27-29, 2006 in Atlanta, GA at the Georgia Congress Center, featured some of today’s most influential leaders participating in workshops and special events including Chuck D, Morgan Freeman, Suzanne Malveaux, Jeff Johnson, J. Anthony Brown and George Fraser to name a few. As part of the National Urban League Annual Conference, themed “Building Economic Power for Black America," the 2006 Influencer Summit brought together corporate executives, business owners, entrepreneurs, and partners for three-days of networking and empowerment with more than 300 urban professionals.

Hosted by National Urban League Young Professionals, MOBE and Urban Influence Magazine and sponsored by Citigroup, the Influencer Summit kicked off on Thursday, July 27 with the “Fight the Power” luncheon where Public Enemy famed, Chuck D was the keynote speaker. Chuck D ignited the audience of more than 400 attendees to take ownership of their future. He stated that, “It is the responsibility of the young professionals to be the messengers of the movement.” The luncheon was sponsored by GEICO and title sponsor Citigroup.

Thursday’s workshops tackled a few issues currently affecting our community including, “The Future of Black and Brown: Diversity in America”; “9-1-1: Emergency Planning”; “Classism within the Community”; “Passing the Baton: The Art of Transitioning Leadership”. A few of the featured panelists included Cicely Bland, editor, Atlanta Tribune Magazine; and, Jeff Johnson, BET Host and Producer.

As shared by Summit attendee and YP member Antionette Roach Powell, “This series of workshops clearly pinpointed the most important issues currently affecting our society today. We must, as young professionals begin to become more engaged in the political arena in order to strategically agitate and illuminate the pressing problems that seem to often go by the waste-side once the media has moved on to the next breaking news.”

Friday, the Influencer Summit presented a series of workshops focused on financial empowerment and growth. Back by popular demand, “Entrepreneurship 301” focused on “next level” strategies for established entrepreneurs that included business development, financing, mergers, branding and operations. Other workshops included “Beyond the Bling: A Q&A on Money Management”; “Portfolio Panache: Advanced Investing for Serious Investors”; and, “The Reality of Aging Parents: Giving Back to Those Who Gave to Us”. Panelists included Ken Brown, author, owner, McDonald’s Franchises; Jeanette Jenkins, Hollywood Trainer and Fitness Columnist, Urban Influence Magazine; and, Alfred Edmond, Sr. Vice President and Editor in Chief, Black Enterprise.

The Summit wrapped up Saturday with a series of workshops addressing the lifestyle and marketing. Through workshops such as “Who’s Stepping Up: Rebuilding The Black Family”; “Overnight Celebrity: From Surviving to Striving in the Blink of An Eye”; “Introducing ... Viiv™ by Intel”; and, “Image is Everything: Tips for Effective Packaging” attendees were provided a wide range of information addressing all aspects of one’s lifestyle, from family building to managing professional success to capturing and utilizing the latest technology. Key experts included Academy Award© winning Actor Morgan Freeman; Comedian J. Anthony Brown; and, Chairman/CEO, FraserNet, George Fraser.

“In a time when much has been said about this new generation of young professional's commitment to community, we came to together in record numbers at the 2006 Influencer Summit, to celebrate our past and chart a path for the future. Our journey will begin with the " The Give Back" a philanthropy movement that our members have pledge to follow by donating $25 per month to the Urban League and the programs that will ensure the we are reaching back so that we can move forward. This is just another example as to why the Summit is so important,” shares Nolan Rollins, president, National Urban League Young Professionals.

Other highlights included the inspiring “Toast of Excellence” Awards Reception presented by Urban Influence Magazine and sponsored by Honda, US Cellular, Allstate, and SunTrust. In its second year, this reception takes time to honor some of today’s exceptional role models in their respective fields. This year honorees were So So Def Founder, Jermaine Dupri; BET Host, Jeff Johnson and, NFL Player/Founder of The Carpenter’s House, Keion Carpenter. Presenters included Michael Mauldin, president, Mauldin Brand Agency; George Fraser, chairman/CEO, FraserNet and, Terrance Mathis, former NFL player and owner of NASCAR Team Victory Motorsports.

Attendees concluded each night with hugely successful receptions and late night parties as some of Atlanta’s hottest venues, included Maestro’s and the historic Paschal’s Restaurant.

“This year we set up to give our attendees a great experience in every area of the conference, from quality workshops to career opportunities, to great social events, and the feedback we’ve received has been tremendous. We are pleased with the success and the attendees say they had an amazing experience,” says Tamara Brown, publisher of Urban Influence Magazine, which co-produces the Influencer Summit.

The full Summit schedule can be found as a supplement in the latest issue of Urban Influence Magazine. You can also visit http://www.urbaninfluencemagazine.com for summit highlights and future events. The 2007 Influencer Summit will be held in St. Louis, Missouri in conjunction with the Annual National Urban League Conference.

Additional 2006 Influencer Summit sponsors include: GEICO, Pitney Bowes, Nissan, ExxonMobil, Hudson, Sun Trust, Altria, American Honda Motor Company, Inc., Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Allstate Insurance Company, U.S. Cellular, Comcast, INTEL, Heineken USA, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., PG&E Corporation, Southwest Airlines,

Moet Hennessy and Prudential Financial.

“We are pleased to be a part of the Influencer Summit to inspire and educate thousands of young professionals to become more knowledgeable about business and their personal finances. Citigroup shares the goal of making communities better because we are there,” said Eric Eve, Senior Vice President, of Community Relations for Citigroup’s Global Consumer Group. “At Citigroup, we believe that a strong knowledge of business and financial education programs raise the quality of life for individuals, families and institutions and strengthen communities around the world.”

Citigroup

Citigroup, the leading global financial services company, has some 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 100 countries, providing consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, insurance, securities brokerage, and asset management. Major brand names under Citigroup's trademark red umbrella include Citibank, CitiFinancial, Primerica, Smith Barney and Banamex. Additional information may be found at http://www.citigroup.com.

National Urban League (NUL)

Established in 1910, The Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African-Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream. Today, the National Urban League, headquartered in New York City, spearheads the non-partisan efforts of its local affiliates. There are over 100 local affiliates of the National Urban League located in 35 states and the District of Columbia providing direct services to more than 2 million people nationwide through programs, advocacy and research.

National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP)

An auxiliary organization of the NUL, NULYP is dedicated to bringing the next generation of leaders into the Urban League movement. The organization serves as an umbrella over dozens of Urban League Young Professional chapters in cities across the country. Through these 47 chapters, thousands of members, ages 25 to 44, work to advance the Urban League agenda through corporate, social and community activism.

Marketing Opportunities in Business and Entertainment (MOBE)

A family, community and business-building vehicle where companies identify new opportunities, gain new consumers and strengthen relationships. MOBE is recognized for being an advocate and promoter of African American business value and growth along with 10 years of strong events involving marketing platforms for products and small businesses that provide settings where companies can interact directly with consumers and each other.

Urban Influence Magazine (UIM)

An official publication of the NUL; Urban Influence Magazine helps its readers succeed by providing critical information about business, politics, community and lifestyle. Urban Influence Magazine is the only nationally distributed publication that links individual wealth creation and civic engagement, as well as highlights the emerging ‘Urban Influencers.’ With a readership of over 90,000, readers also get important updates about the work of the National Urban League, its Affiliates and Young Professional chapters nationwide. Subscriptions are available at http://www.urbaninfluencemagazine.com

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