(1A) Building Generational Wealth
This workshop will highlight the impact of building a nest egg to be carried on through familial legacies. Learn about vehicles that could help advance the financial healthy of a household and overall management of your assets. If you are persistent you will get it. If you are consistent you will keep it! Join us to gain insight.
(1B): What’s New?
Newark finds itself as a leading city on the cusp of innovation. While it provides equitable opportunities for individuals, businesses and the community, tapping into new and emerging technologies is changing the way we live, work and do business. This session provides insights into what makes Newark an ideal center for innovation, what’s currently in the pipeline and the vision for the future.
(2A): Inclusive Investing to Support Every Generation
As a real estate boom permeates the city of Newark, small business owners, families and artists ask: What does equitable economic development look like? This session will discuss inclusive, equitable and just approaches to real estate investment as a tool for economic growth that honors community cohesion, encourages intergenerational commitment and fosters a sense of belonging during and after the 2020 pandemic.
(2B) The Unique “You” at the Table
Professionals across practically every field may be familiar with “D.E.I.” – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – designed to open up dialogue around differences and create spaces that reflect the unique nature of individuals. How do we show up unapologetically as our authentic selves and own our unique voices in the spaces we occupy and the policies we inform?
(3A) Organizing in the Modern Era
From protests to hashtags, we examine modernizing forms of grassroots initiatives as they relate to influencing changes in public policy. Join us as we discuss redefining the community’s role in effectuating change. We will also highlight the evolution and importance of civic responsibility for brands, movements, and the community at large.
(3B) Crucial Conversations
How do we facilitate conversations that transcend generational barriers, especially in the “new normal”? Join us as we discuss how to raise difficult conversations about evolving norms & expectations regarding major life transitions – like college searching, job hunting, promotion and retirement. How can we best leverage technology, social media and modes of communication to host inclusive, inviting and productive conversations?
Cap Off – Intergenerational Conversation
Panelists representing four generations come together to answer pressing questions of today!
9:00am Registration & Check-In
9:30am Opening Remarks
Khalil Nassarudin – Planning Committee Chair
Celia King – Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Binger – Summit Facilitator
9:45am Main Room Speaker
Bahiyyah Muhammad – “The Generational Impact of Incarceration on Families & Communities”
10:15am Break Out Sessions
“Building Generational Wealth”
“Inclusive Investing to Support Every Generation”
“Organizing in the Modern Era”
11:15am Main Room Speaker
Leah Georges – “Intergenerational Insights”
1:00pm Break Out Sessions
“The Unique You at the Table”
2:00pm Main Room Speaker
Ryan Haygood – “A Call to Action”
2:30pm Main Room Activity
“An Intergenerational Conversation”
3:30pm Closing Remarks
3:35pm Musical Interlude
4:00pm Summit Signing Off
Leah approaches most questions as if they are 50 percent math problem and 50 percent art project. Her training at the intersection of social psychology and law taught her that facts are rarely altogether factual, answers are seldom black and white, and the most fascinating explanations happen in that gray area in between. It's a mess in there, but it's worth it.
Georges is an assistant professor in Creighton University's doctoral program in interdisciplinary leadership, where she challenges herself and her students to explore complex, real-world problems and create data-driven and interesting solutions. As a leadership and research methods professor, Georges has been recognized as an award-winning educator and advisor by her students and peers.
Lawrence Hamm has been a relentless advocate for African-Americans and the cause of human rights and civil rights for all oppressed people for more than 48 years. He is currently a
U.S. Senate candidate for New Jersey.
Raised in Newark New Jersey, he attended public schools and emerged at age 17 as a forceful and articulate spokesperson for the educational needs and aspirations of Newark students and the community. He was appointed to the Newark Board of Education, making him at that time the youngest voting school board member in the United States.
He received his bachelor's degree and graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1978. While at Princeton University Larry was an organizer of the campus anti-apartheid movement. He organized daily student protests and a sit-in of more than 200 students calling attention to Princeton’s financial investment in apartheid South Africa. These protests, and the rising tide of public indignation, resulted in Princeton University’s divestment in the apartheid South African economy. His impact as a student activist at Princeton is chronicled in the documentary film, “Blacks at Princeton.” He was given the honor of Addressing the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid. Upon graduation, he received various awards at Princeton for his activism and humanitarian efforts. He also has a master's degree in business administration.
After graduation, Mr. Hamm returned to Newark and has been active in the struggle for human and civil rights for more than 30 years. He has served as president of the 24th District Assembly, founder and director of the People’s Energy Cooperative, a community fuel oil cooperative, Director of the Community Organization Program of the United Church of Christ, Commission for Racial Justice, a leader in the New Jersey Anti-Apartheid Coalition, co-chairman of Jesse Jackson's presidential campaign in New
Jersey, president of the New Jersey Rainbow Coalition, coordinator of the Malcolm X Commemoration Coalition, chairman of the New Jersey Million Man March Coalition, and president of the New Jersey Chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation
He is a founder and current Chairman of the People’s Organization For Progress (POP), a statewide, independent, grass roots organization. POP works for racial, social, economic justice and peace. As Chairman, he has consistently worked toward building
unity among community organizations. The struggle for quality education, employment opportunities, access to health care and against racial profiling and police brutality continues through the efforts of its Chairman and the activism of the organization’s
members. Under his leadership, POP conducted a 381-day campaign of daily protests for jobs, peace, equality, and justice. Currently, he has been leading POP's Justice Mondays protests against police brutality at the federal building in Newark every
Monday for the past 100 weeks.
Larry Hamm is quoted in the press, and interviewed on television and radio. His activities have also been discussed in several books including Nation Within A Nation by Komozi Woodard and Crashing The Party by Ralph Nader. He has appeared in documentary films, including "Revolution 67" which focuses on the 1967 Newark Rebellion.
Over the years he has received many leadership and service awards. More recently in 2015, Mr. Hamm received the Key To The City Of Newark from Mayor Ras Baraka. In 2016, he was a National Education Association Human And Civil Rights Award Winner, receiving the organization's Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Award. In 2017, he was placed on "The 2017 INSIDERNJ 100: Power" list of influential people in New Jersey. In 2018, he was included on InsiderNJ’s African-American Political Power List In Honor Of
Black History Month. Also, in 2018 he was the recipient of the Congressman Donald M. Payne Jr. Black History Month Award. In 2019, he has been included on "The 2019 INSIDERNJ 100: Power" list. And he has once again been included on InsiderNJ’s
African-American Political Power List In Honor Of Black History Month. Mr. Hamm is in demand as a public speaker and has addressed audiences throughout the United States and in other countries. He is the proud father of three daughters, Laini, Nia, and
Imani, all of whom are college graduates.
One of the nation's leading civil rights lawyers, Ryan Haygood became the third president and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (the "Institute") in 2015. In this role, he leverages his national expertise to advance the Institute's cutting-edge work in empowering urban communities where residents of color are connected to full-time, meaningful jobs, have access to affordable housing and the democratic process, and are treated fairly by the criminal justice system.
A passionate advocate, Ryan speaks and writes regularly on issues concerning race, law, civil rights, and democracy. He is frequently interviewed by media outlets, including: MSNBC, CNN, National Public Radio, and the New York Times. Prior to joining LDF, Ryan was a litigation associate in the New York office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP, and was a recipient of the prestigious LDF/Fried Frank Fellowship. At Fried, Frank, Ryan represented clients in a variety of complex commercial and civil rights matters before federal courts.
Calvin R. Ledford Jr. is President of the PSEG Foundation and Director of PSEG Corporate Social Responsibility. In this role, Mr. Ledford has oversight of the philanthropic areas of corporate citizenship: volunteerism, corporate giving and the Foundation’s programs operations. Prior to this role, Calvin’s over 30-year career at PSEG has allowed him to work extensively with communities and stakeholders all across our service territory.
The PSEG Foundation has been named one of the state's top foundations by New Jersey Monthly Magazine. It is the philanthropic arm of PSEG and an established 501(c)(3) charitable organization, prioritizing investments in the environment, safety, emergency preparedness and disaster relief, STEM education and workforce development, diversity & inclusion, and the communities served by PSEG. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, PSEG and the PSEG Foundation supported the efforts of the health care community and organizations that support vulnerable groups, committing $2.5 million to support medical, social and economic needs of New Jersey communities. In June 2020, PSEG and the PSEG Foundation announced the launch of the new Powering Equity and Social Justice Initiative, which includes a $1 million commitment to support organizations that address equity, racial injustice and human rights in communities of color.
Mr. Ledford is very active in the community. He serves as chairman of the Newark Regional Business Partnership. He is also a board member of the Foundation of University Hospital, Education Foundation of the League of Municipalities and Leadership Newark. Mr. Ledford is a graduate of Hampton University. He is also a distinguished alumni of Leadership Newark and Lead New Jersey.
Siree I. Morris graduated from Rutgers University in 2005 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He then worked for Edgewood Properties as a Site Design Civil Engineer. Among his list of titles, Mr. Morris surveys, grades, and designs storm sewer systems,
utilities and landscaping. He has designed for clients such as Walgreens, Barnes & Noble, Costco, Pathmark, Wegmans, Bed Bath & Beyond, Lowes, The Home Depot,Wachovia, Chase Bank and Stop & Shop. While designing various developments, Siree
began to understand the importance of sustaining the marketability of a development through adequate property management and quality construction. In a targeted effort to create a vertically integrated firm, he strategically incorporated MCI Construction
Services, LLC. to provide General Contracting services, and to self-build his own developments. Next, he incorporated MCI Property Management to manage his portfolio of properties. Lastly, Mr. Morris co-founded real estate development firm, Ascension Capital Partners I to acquire multi-family housing and commercial real estate to develop. Due to the success of his real estate portfolio, Siree has been able to venture into other business industries. Most recently, he and his wife, Ayana are the owners of Newark Moonlight Cinema, New Jersey’s first Black-owned Drive-in movie theater.
Dr. Bahiyyah Muhammad is an Associate Professor of Criminology in the Department of Sociology at Howard University (HU) in the District of Columbia (DC). She is an expert on mass incarceration and the collateral consequences on families, spefically focused on resilience among children of incarcerated parents. Her recent work explores the culture among families and children who maintain bonds during long-term imprisonment and death by incarceration. Her future research agenda includes ethnographic methodologies to uncover the "culture of mass incarceration".
For more than a decade, Dr. Muhammad has been conducting groundbreaking research on the children of incarcerated parents and the consequences of parental incarceration on children. Dr. Muhammad has done hundreds of interviews with affected children and parents in the United States, Uganda, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates. She has published research on the impact of parental incarceration - from witnessing a parent's arrest by police to the physical and emotional separation resulting from actual incarceration - on children, their parents, and familial bonds, as well as children's success stories.
A’Dorian Murray-Thomas is the Founder and CEO of SHE Wins Inc., a leadership and social action organization for middle and high school girls in her hometown of Newark, New Jersey. A’Dorian founded SHE Wins to serve young women who share her story of losing a loved one to gun violence, and today, the organization has served more than 500 girls in the greater Newark area. A’Dorian has been recognized as a President Obama White House Champion of Change, Glamour Magazine “College Woman of the Year”, a
Young Futurist in “The Root” Magazine, and was featured in ESSENCE Magazine’s “Black Girl Magic” docuseries. A’Dorian recently made history where at 23 years old, she became the youngest woman ever elected to the Board of Education in New Jersey’s largest school district. A’Dorian is a 2016 graduate of Swarthmore College and holds a B.A. in Political Science and Educational Studies.
Taseen Peterson is a Newark Tech Entrepreneur and Founder of Gamefuly, a 2019 Voice Summit Award Finalist and Techstars backed voice-powered social media platform for gamers. Prior to founding Gamefuly in 2018, Taseen was the founder of TapFactory Apps a mobile development agency rated by Inc. Magazine as “One Of The 16 Coolest College Startups In America” and Notefuly, a SXSW National Startup Competition winner with more than 4.5 million downloads. In addition to running Gamefuly, Taseen operates an Innovation studio that assists local governments and non-profits with Digital Transformation, Community Engagement, and Data Strategies, Lectures Undergraduate students at Rutgers Newark within the Data Science Minor Degree and holds a 2nd Degree Black Belt in the traditional Japanese Martial Art of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. Taseen earned his Undergraduate Degree in Economics at Seton Hall University in 2014 and grew up in North Newark where he currently resides with his 12yr old daughter who is a Left Mid for the Ironbound Soccer Club.
Kareem Willis is a dynamic scholar, activist and proud member of the LGBTQ+ Community. As a doctoral candidate currently enrolled in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University- Newark, Kareem is learning how to harness his passion for social advocacy,
justice and empowerment for the betterment of the lives of other persons. Through his research, Kareem explores the underlying social equity and social justice issues and concerns (broadly defined) within Public Administration, Public Management, and Non-profit Management,
Leadership and Philanthropy. As a nonprofit enthusiast, his focus is on researching methods that nonprofit organizations and others charged with fulfilling the public good can deploy to better maximize their impact. The essence of his work serves to strengthen disempowered and
disenfranchised individuals and communities by providing access to and creating spaces and resources that will help them realize their limitless potential. His work afforded him a nomination for the Them Cloud Kids Ubuntu Awards in the “Love Is Love” category and was
the recipient of the “Rutgers University Clement A. Price Human Dignity Award” as well as the “JanHerman Veenker Leadership and Vision Award” from Circle of Friends.