Jamese Carey Beauford is a native of Atlanta and the Immediate Past President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc., Metropolitan Atlanta where she humbly served by leading the organization through a time where economic challenges and turmoil plagued young women and children. Her leadership led to the expansion of the financial literacy program that exposes domestic violence women survivors in shelters to financial tools and resources to improve their well-being. Jamese is a pioneer in the financial sector and takes pride in sharing her business acumen to serve others. She partnered with various organizations in the Clayton, Fayette, Dekalb, Clarke and Fulton counties through her profession as an Area Manager at SunTrust Bank for more than 15 years. By actively volunteering for the “Sisters Helping Sisters” project sponsored by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter, she shared her knowledge and expertise with women who desired to learn and grow. Currently as an Agency Business Consultant at COUNTRY Financial, Jamese takes pride in influencing, empowering and impacting Financial Representatives as they begin their entrepreneurial journey as insurance agency owners in the Metro Atlanta markets.
Mutual of Omaha Bank
Stephanie Couser is Senior Vice President and Director of CRA and Community Affairs. Ms. Couser joined Mutual of Omaha Bank in May 2013 and leads the Bank’s CRA efforts and has built the strategic framework for the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) community development lending, investment, and service programs of a bank with over $8 billion in assets serving a 9-state footprint. She has over twenty eight years of experience in community, real estate and economic development. Ms. Couser is also an accomplished Community Development and Mortgage professional with a proven track record in multi-cultural production. She previously served on the Executive Board for the Asian Real Estate Association of American (AREAA) and currently serves as Policy/National Liaison Chair of AREAA and the Board of Directors for Merchant Money Company, CDFI and Alma G. Davis Foundation. She also serves on Operation Hope’s “Hope Inside National Advisory Board”.
Benjamin Crump, Esquire
Known for cases such as Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, Attorney Benjamin Crump has represented and recovered millions of dollars for clients in some of the most high profile cases in the United States. Designated as an Honorary Fellow by the University of Pennsylvania College of Law in 2016, Attorney Crump is the President of the National Civil Rights Trial Lawyers Association and serves on the Innocence Project Board of Directors. He was the first African American to chair Florida State University College of Law’s Board of Directors, and was the 2015-2016 President of the National Bar Association. Attorney Crump is the host of the critically acclaimed legal docudramas, “Evidence of Innocence” on TVOne and “Who killed Tupac, The Search For Justice” on A&E. He can also be seen on Fox’s “You The Jury.” His CrumpWatch column, which is a legal essay on law, society, and culture, appears on NewsOne.com. He portrays legendary civil rights attorney Z. Alexander Lobby in the Hollywood production of the upcoming movie entitled Marshall. He also appeared in the documentary, Beating Justice, the Martin Lee Anderson case and BET’s “I am Trayvon”. He serves as host for the Benjamin Crump Social Justice Institute Annual Contemporary Issues in Civil Rights Symposium where national thought leaders gather at Tennessee State Universit
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Lafayette George is a Managing Director of a large Institutional/Retail Investment Firm. Mr. George has immersed himself into the financial services industry across various products, manager structures, account types, clients, and custodians. He has specific experience in long/short equities, options, and fixed-income for various managers, including a hedge fund, traditional asset manager, and a sell side Institutional firm. He has had overall responsibility for the strategic direction of many of the firm’s businesses throughout his 14-year career. Additionally, he is also on the Board of Directors for various not-for-profit educational and community service based organizations. These organizations provide a range of academic, personal enrichment and mentoring services to under priveleged students from high school through college and throughout their careers.
Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA
Gavin McGuire is the Branch Executive Director of the Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA. Gavin has 20 years of experience in nonprofit and organizational management and development including five years as the Associate Director of the Young Family YMCA. He has also held the position of Chief Operating Officer at Usher’s New Look where he oversaw the organization’s day-to-day operations and under his leadership, the organization certified over 43,000 youth both nationally and internationally in the organization’s four pillars of Talent, Education, Career and Service. Prior to Usher’s New Look, Gavin worked with Future Foundation in East Point, Ga., helping to secure local and state funding to launch various STEM, physical fitness, college readiness and career pathways programs for over 750 middle and high school students in South Fulton County. In addition to a proven track record of capacity building and creating measurable impact for the Y and other institutions, Gavin is skilled in the areas of organizational management and growing and managing human capital. Gavin and his wife Tracy live in Jonesboro with their three children.
Bobby Van Buren
American Family Insurance
With a background steep in sales, Bobby Van Buren considers himself an educator, mentor and Protector of Dreams. Raised in the Midwest, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Kansas State University. He honed his professional sales skills in the IT industry working with Fortune 100 companies across the US on how to utilize technology to manage, grow and protect their businesses. Currently, as the owner and operator of Van Buren Insurance Agency, Inc., (An American Family Insurance Agency in Marietta, GA) Bobby is a mentor and council representative to multiple agents and agencies in the Atlanta area. He currently holds multiple insurance licenses including: Property & Casualty, Life & Health, Variable and Series 6 & 63.