Co-Founder & Co CEO, Breaux Capital
Ras Asan is an entrepreneur, investor, storyteller, and certified herbalist of Greco-Islamic medicine. As a sociologist trained at Morehouse College, Ras develops data-driven strategies to activate consumers and teams. As the co-founder of BREAUX and Company, a private equity firm specializing in social enterprise companies, Ras and his team have demonstrated a knack for acquiring & retaining customers in spite of lean operations budgets.
President, V Randolph Brown and Sons
Vincent Randolph Brown, President & CEO of V. Randolph Brown Consulting, a boutique global, management consulting consortium, is a dynamic business leader with a passion for effecting organizational change. He was a Founding Partner and Managing Director of Global Novations, a full-service human capital and talent optimization firm which counted Goldman Sachs as an investor. The firm was subsequently acquired by Korn/Ferry International in September 2012.
President, H. J. Russell & Company
Jerome Russell is President of H. J. Russell & Company and Russell New Urban Development, LLC where his focus is on the firm’s strategic direction and new business development. Over his career, he has experience with beverage distribution, consumer marketing, banking, construction and real estate for over 25 years which has led him to his current role as the lead Owner over the $250M real estate portfolio and Chairman of the newly formed Herman J. Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
EVP, Chief People & Inclusion Officer, National Basketball Association (NBA)
As Chief People and Inclusion Officer at the National Basketball Association, Oris Stuart is responsible for leading the Human Resources and Diversity and Inclusion groups. He oversees diversity and inclusion strategies for the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League and NBA 2K League and its teams, supports the growth and development of the NBA’s global workforce, and strengthens commitments to attract, retain, develop and engage diverse talent.
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Brian E. Hall
Executive Director, Senior VP, CEO, Partner, Greater Cleveland Partnership
Brian Hall is currently owner and CEO of JIT Services, LLC. Additionally, he is Senior Vice President at The Greater Cleveland Partnership where he is Executive Director for the Commission on Economic Inclusion. In 2016, Brian formed 2NorthStar Capital, LLC to acquire via making controlling investments, businesses in logistics, packaging, manufacturing, staffing or other services that sell into supplier diversity-friendly sectors.