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Debra Bronston is the Managing Partner of On-Point Career Strategies. Debra began her business career as a Financial Examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City where for nearly 11 years, she examined large and complex state member banks and bank holding companies in the Tenth Federal Reserve District. Debra also established and spearheaded the Federal Reserve Bank’s diversity strategy. In 2011, Debra retired from the Federal Reserve Bank. After a year of self-assessment and reflection, Debra became a Project Staff Consultant with Right Management, a global leader in talent and career management workforce solutions that designs and delivers solutions to align talent strategy with business strategy. Simultaneously, Debra joined forces with a long-time business associate who was also retired and created On-Point Career Strategies (OPCS). OPCS provides career mapping services that help individuals to successfully navigate their way through and around Corporate America and businesses to attract top performing and diverse talent to move and remain at the forefront of their competitors.
Walter Brown is a 30 plus year financial services veteran with expert experience in all phases of mortgage management and operations. He has lectured at institutions including the Federal Reserve Bank, SunTrust Bank Headquarters Washington DC, World Trade Center Seattle and UC Berkeley. Walter assists Financial Institutions, State/ Federal officials and individuals by providing ongoing technical advice on selected financial matters as a subject matter expert. Some of his recent work includes contributions to the development of the $700 Billion Dollar Federal TARP bailout program and recent initiatives related to the California Housing Finance Agency. Walter is a member of the Urban Financial Services Coalition.
Carlos Davis – For 10+ years, Carlos Davis has been helping individuals and organizations do one thing: SUCCEED. He has built a successful corporate career, and in 2002, he ventured out to build a career in entrepreneurship. He and four other colleagues started a successful music recording and special events company. From those experiences, he ventured out on his own to start The FIRM Marketing Group in 2005. Since 2005, he has been empowering business owners and individuals with his vast knowledge of marketing, professional networking, and entrepreneurship. Now a dynamic speaker and radio personality, Carlos has delivered hundreds of seminars and speeches to numerous organizations on topics including entrepreneurship, professional image, adjusting to change, business building, team building, and professional networking. In his workshops, he uses his humor, transparency, excitement, and audience interaction to educate and engage his audience. In addition to his businesses, Carlos has served on the Board of Directors of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the board of a Charlotte based young woman’s mentorship and development non-profit called The Black Girls Corner.
Zaneilia Harris – President of Harris and Harris Wealth Management Group, LLC. Her focus is on the development, implementation, and monitoring of sophisticated financial strategies for individuals and businesses. Ms. Harris’ overall approach is to use financial planning as the foundation for building a sound mutually beneficial relationship with her clients. Her focus is to completely understand the total dynamics of a client’s financial profile. She accomplishes this by helping her clients visualize their financial futures through a five-prong approach which includes: 1) an initial consultation, 2) a strategy meeting to establish definitive objectives and goals, 3) case development, 4) plan presentation meeting, and 5) predetermined progress review meetings. By partnering with her clients through open and honest communication, she can effectively implement and execute workable financial strategies which produce long term, goal achieving results. This allows her to provide a personalized financial management strategy that will assist her clients in the completion of their financial strategy process. Ms. Harris has over 17 years experience in the financial and accounting industry. Her previous experience includes employment with Merrill Lynch, Edward Jones Investments, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and The NASDAQ Stock Market. She graduated cum laude from Saint Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, Virginia. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.
Melanie M. Lee, Esq. - Owner of Lee Law Office. Ms. Lee concentrates her practice in the areas of Trusts & Estates, Estate Administration, and Business Law. She received her B.A. from Howard University and her law degree from Washington and Lee School of Law. She is an experienced and well rounded estate planner. She is a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Her firm’s philosophy is to help clients create, build and properly transfer wealth. Ms. Lee is a member of The Virginia State Bar; Virginia Bar Association (Sections on Probate, Trusts & Estates and Real Property), The Old Dominion Bar Association, The Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association and The American Bar Association. Ms. Lee frequently writes and speaks on the importance of Estate Planning and issues concerning pre-death needs and Estate Administration. She is a contributing writer to the new edition of Senior Citizens Handbook. She has taught courses on Estate Planning for the Virginia Society of CPAs, the Old Dominion Bar Association, National Association of Black Accountants, Urban Financial Services Coalition and the National Association of Press Women.
Deborah L. Parker – Principal Leadership Consultant, Author and Speaker The DPJ Training Group. Deborah is a sought after speaker on issues of leadership, personal development, career management, communications and diversity. She has also written on these topics for business publications in the Northern Virginia community. Deborah is the author of a motivational memoir, Navigating Life’s Roadways: Stories of Insight from My Odyssey and Inspiration for Your Journey which chronicles her setbacks and successes. Her academic background includes a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Human Resource Development. Deborah has made career stops as an Army officer as well as in corporate operations and human resources. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Metro DC Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development and has completed Dale Carnegie speaking and training seminars. Ms. Parker manages a leadership and personal development firm, The DPJ Training Group, based in Leesburg, VA. She holds B.A.in Sociology from the College of William and Mary and M.A. in HR from George Mason University. She is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve and has worked in corporate management positions. Deborah is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the American Society for Training and Development, Mt Pleasant Baptist Church in Herndon, VA and the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. She has written for local publications in the Washington DC area such as the Alexandria Old Town Crier, Metro Herald and Washington Afro.
Rodney O. Parks – Chairman of the Arkansas State Banking Board. A 20 year veteran of the banking industry, Mr Parks’ professional experience also includes Director of Development for Philander Smith College and Managing Principal of the Parks Professional Group, a public speaking and management consulting firm. Mr. Parks was an Assistant Vice President of commercial banking at First Business Bank of Kansas City (now Marshall & Ilsey Bank). He was also a commercial loan officer at UMB Bank and a loan review officer at UMB Financial Corp.(UMBF). Mr. Parks was elected president of the Arkansas Tech University Alumni Association in 2003. In 2007, he graduated in the first class of Leadership Arkansas sponsored by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and also that year he was honored to be named as Arkansas Business Forty under Forty recipients. Through the years, he has been an adjunct professor at Pulaski Technical College, Philander Smith College and the University of Phoenix. In 2010, he was nominated as one of the upcoming stars in higher education development by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). He was a charter member of the Urban Financial Bankers of Kansas City (now Urban Financial Services Coalition of Kansas City).
Maurice Wilson – Founder and senior advisor of Wilson Wealth Management Group a leading provider of independent, objective, investment management and financial planning. Maurice enrolled at Benedict College after coming to terms with the fact that an ROTC scholarship at Clemson University wasn’t right for him. He attended Benedict for 2 years balancing his time between pursuing a dual degree in physics and engineering, running track, and serving his community as member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. He then transferred to Tennessee State University which enabled him to earn an internship with Rolls-Royce Aerospace. After graduating, he began working for Daimler Chrysler Automotive in Detroit, MI. During his time in Detroit, he earned a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering. Before starting his firm, he worked for American Express Financial Advisors and Arthur Wylie Wealth Management, experiences that have shaped the way he operates his business.Today, Maurice operates his company applying many of the principles he learned in engineering stating that: “Every client represents an open-ended problem that can be solved in an infinite number of ways. The challenge lies in finding the optimum solution.”