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Kim Poole | Founding Fellow & Soul-Fusion Teaching Artist of the Teaching Artist Institute (TAI), USA EAST will facilitate the first Pan African Art & Culture component of the 2016 Pan African Global Trade and Investment Conference. TAI's Pan African Art and Culture component will include performances, exhibits and brain trust breakout sessions designed to develop the overall plan for NOMAD, a Mobile Touring Village of Pan African Art and Culture. NOMAD is being designed and introduced to the conference to preserve and promote African art and culture and encourage pilgrimages to Africa every five years for people of African descent living in the diaspora.

Gwendolyn Patrick, MBA --Founding Board Chair/CFO and Chief Strategic Business Development Officer of ABC&D International Consulting Group Corp (NV). Ms Patrick has more than 27 yrs. executive experience with Fortune 100 Multi-National Corporations, County Governments, Non-Profit Corporations, Federal Budget Title Programs and the SBA. ABC&DAdvanced Business Capital & Development--a private international consulting firm, provides specialized services in Finance, Marketing, Strategic Planning and Business Development, including extensive capabilities in competitor intelligence, industry/market trade research including economic analysis of current and future emerging markets.  Ms. Patrick recently established the USA-GHANA Project Feasibility & Trade Institute, a non-profit and NGO alliance group member of diversified industry partners that facilitate US based global development projects and investments in West Africa. 

Dr. Salim Faraji the founding Executive Director of the MAIS Africa Program at Concordia University Irvine has established a Masters in International Studies in Ghana and recently traveled to Namibia to lay the foundation for the MAIS Africa program there as well. He is also an Associate Professor of Africana Studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He completed his M.A. and Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate University. He is a member of the International Society for Nubian Studies and specializes in early Christian history, Africana and Africanist historiography, Coptic Studies and the Sudanic, Napatan, Meroitic and Medieval periods of Nubian history. He has presented papers on Africa's Tripartite Free Trade Agreement and Aquaculture and Food Security in Ghana, West Africa at the 2nd and 3rd Annual Pan African Global Trade and Investment Conference.  Dr. Faraji has served as Vice President of Building Libraries for Africa, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing libraries and literary resources for rural villages in Northern Ghana. He is one of a handful of Nubiologists in the United States and is the author of the The Roots of Nubian Christianity Uncovered: The Triumph of the Last Pharaoh.  He is also a contributor to the Encyclopedia of African Religion and the Oxford Dictionary of African Biography.

Dr. David Horne is a tenured full professor of Critical Thinking and African History, and is the former chair of the Pan African Studies Department at Cal State University Northridge. He also teaches graduate public policy and introductory political analysis, and is the graduate advisor for the department. He is the original Executive Director of the California African American Political Institute at CSU Northridge, the former Executive Director of the revised California African American Political and Economic Institute at California State University, Dominguez Hills and the founding Director of the Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus (SRDC). Currently, he is the Director of the Pan African Public Policy Institute housed in the department of Pan African Studies at Cal State Northridge, and the Co-Founder and political consultant to the Council of Black Political Organizations” (COBPO).

Thomas "TJ" Lofton has nearly three decades of business and entrepreneur coaching experience as the CEO of three multi-million dollar companies. He founded three successful global businesses, including Express Gold Plating, Compton Wire Wheels and Molded Suspension. 
Thomas was a manufacturer, distributor and exclusive dealer of dozens of auto parts and accessories, supplying over 100 stores around the world.  He then franchised his business Express Gold Plating and played a pivotal role in creating a new multi-billion dollar industry during that time. As a result, he was able to spin off other businesses such as an Auto Body Shop, Business Consulting, Real Estate and Mortgage Company, clothing company, a tow truck company, a barbershop and a beauty salon, to name a few. His classic cars led him into the film industry as his cars were featured in music videos, movies, television shows, and commercials. He was invited to be on set of NWA’s mega-hit reunion movie, "Straight Outta Compton", and "Driving While Black".TJ was featured in a two page article an on the cover of last November's issue of Wheels Magazine and just recently, an engaging press release at Loftin still manufactures and ships auto parts around the world and has now established a production company, LOF10 Productions. He travels across the country providing workshops, coaching, consulting and facilitating Boot Camps promoting the original hit concept of “Creating Wealth from the Dirt.” These workshops illustrate how to think outside the box and give examples how to be a leader in your own industry. Loftin’s presentations are designed to teach clients of all ages how to start lucrative businesses and create legacies that will withstand the test of time, teaching how to identify and create innovative investment opportunities, and adopt the most successful habits of business-minded people.

Denise Davidson is the Founder/ Executive Director of the Village Mindful-Wellness Counseling Program(VMWC) at the Village Health Foundation (VHF) a Los Angeles based alternative community acupuncture health clinic. Denise currently manages the VMWC program and has successfully completed a five-year sub- contract in collaboration with UMMA Community Clinic under the L.A. Department of Mental Health AAA/ISM program. These programs at the VHF are dedicated to making holistic health care modalities available to under served communities.She is a member of the Executive Board of the Celebration of Education Scholarship Program and previously the program director for ten years for Community Build Youth and Community Center (2000- 2010) where she developed the college preparation and retention program that assisted thousands of families with community resources. Denise is a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor for 16 years. She provides instruction through workshops and classes for community members and students ranging from ages 2 to 92.  She served on the board of the International Association of Black Yoga Teachers and was honored as “Trail Blazer of the Year” for 2 consecutive years. She is the Founder and CEO of Your Opportunity For Growth & Awareness (Y.O.G.A.) and has launched her K-YOGO line of Yoga Wear, to bring awareness of Yoga in the Black Community as a lifestyle and a vehicle to self-care. She is presently in collaboration with Ashley Sauls aka The Bible Coach in developing an International Cultural Exchange Program with the integration of a Holistic Mental Health program/component in South Africa.

Nawilli whose name means “pleasant to be with”, is an African-American braiding artist practicing the tradition of cornrowing. She is a child born of the red clay of Georgia and transplanted to the land of California sun. As a child, her hands braided flowers, ribbons, paper, yarn and anything that stood still long enough.  She was born into the world of hair; her mother was a professional cosmetologist and there was no escaping “hair” destiny. Her early years were spent in Altadena, CA. While at U.C.L.A she continued to pursue the art of braiding with her mentor Malakia (Rosa Johnson) at Inner City Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Her dormitory room was the salon and sanctuary to many friends and classmates. She graduated from UCLA in 1975. 

Her strong desire to identify, preserve and expand the tradition of braiding fueled her passion to move forward in her work. Her work is sculptural feeling the texture of the hair, seeing shapes and following the direction that hair dictates.  Her trademark is small intricate braids, unique designs, thread wraps and beads. Her quest for the balance of spirit, beauty and culture continues to manifest in new concepts and creations.  She is here to inspire an appreciation for the art of braiding and natural hair.
Her accomplishments include: Appreciation Hair Show Centinela Park Outdoor Theatre 1980 Inglewood, CA: Archived/Study CAFAM (Craft and Folk Art Museum) 1980, Los Angeles, CA; Smithsonian Institute, Black American Contemporary Braids 1982, Washington, DC; National Braiders Guild, Recognition Award for Creative Educator in the Art of Braiding 1986, Chicago, Illinois; A Summer Wrappsidi 1988, Los Angeles CA; Nappywood Natural Hair and Lifestyle Expo 2014, 2016, Los Angeles, CA; KJLH Women’s Expo 2016 Los Angeles. CA.

Ben Caldwell is the founder of Kaos Productions and a design research project investigating a new role for the local phone booth in preserving culture and building sustainable business. The project is a collaboration between media technologists, academics, local artists, and the cultural businesses of Leimert Park that addresses the question “What does a payphone look like when redesigned for culture?” The booth could trigger video recommendations of an historic restaurant. Wifi in the booth could be activated by the motion of a passerby offering a free download of a pre-release music track by a hot local jazz musician. A quarter in the booth could deliver a map of local merchants who support local artists, and where to buy their art. Treasure hunters could use the map, blending the digital with the physical to build a social connection. If successful, this collaborative project could be a model for how communities around Los Angeles can bridge the physical and digital, bringing social issues and gentrification into public space and still promoting sustainable development.

Ms. Daphne Germaine worked with children, adults and families for 15 years as a Children's Social Worker with the Dept. of Children and Family Services. In addition to providing legal services, she also encouraged individuals and families to believe in themselves, and explore latent potential in spite of their current circumstances. Ms. Germaine received a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology/Psychology from UCLA, in 1979.
As  Practitioner License of Metaphysics since 1987 she is certified to conduct lectures and teach: workshops, provide meditation to individuals/groups and Spiritual counseling.
She has a Masters of Arts in Spiritual Psychology in 2013, from the University of Santa Monica (USM). Her focus is on the personal and interpersonal development of individuals to nurture the qualities of self-worth, and self-love from a spiritual understanding of who they are and to have self mastery.
Ms. Germaine has:
- A thriving, life coaching and spiritual counseling clientele practice; locally and nationally. She writes spiritual insights for a monthly international circulation, “Inner Vision”, A guide for daily inspiration.
- Underdevelopment - a spiritual blog to connect community for support and feedback.
- Her memoir is slated to be published in 2018, for the purpose of inspiring others to realize, “no life obstacle is insurmountable. With faith and a desire to live a purposeful life, all things are possible.”
Ms. Germaine is an accomplished clothing designer of over 30 years. She has conducted fashion shows and had a photo fashion write-up in the Los Angeles Sentinel, in 2007. She is a personal stylist/coordinator with a celebrity clientele and is in collaboration with other established designers.
Ms. Germaine has combined her training as a Life Coach and Fashion designer to launch a Self Development and Tutoring Program. This approach is to inspire clients to understand the correlation between self realization and their innate self-worth. In addition, an important factors is proper grooming and imaging.   Ms. Germaine incorporates her skills as a life coach, designer and writer with her vocation to empower her clients.

Corey Nash is a Youth Social Worker and Community Organizer who began as a service consumer before becoming a service provider in Los Angeles Count. Corey is also the founder of Rap Sessions, a community event that uses Hip-Hop music and group discussions to influence and rebuild the community. Mr. Nash spent a large portion of his youth growing up in Compton California. After graduating from King/Drew Magnet High School in Los Angeles he continued his education by earning a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology at Morehouse College and a Master's of Social Work from San Diego State University. Mr. Nash began his career in social work as a psychiatric social worker providing mental health treatment for 16-24 year olds experiencing mental health issues. Mr. Nash then transitioned into child welfare as a child abuse investigator. Currently, he assists AB-12 eligible youth transition out of foster care and into adulthood. He also spends his weekends assisting the Grassroots organizations of Sylvia Nunn's Angels in Compton and Wisdom From The Field in Los Angeles. Both organizations provide support and services to families in need.
Kelley Settles is an African-American Social Photographer. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.  At a very young age she always had the gift of sociological imagination having the vivid awareness of the relationship between personal experience and the wider society.  At the age of fifteen she picked up her first camera and started to document her peers.  She participated in the 1982 march for the killing of Ron Settles murder at the Signal Hill Police Department. This was the year where she proactively began to capture the essence of human struggle and joy.  Inspired by Carrie Mae Weems, Gordon Parks, PH Polk, and Roy DeCarava, she was marveled with their story telling, through the lens of a camera on the African American community. As a concerned social photographer with a clear vision she embarked on a mission to extensively document various aspects of human struggle and joy, from relationships, cultural identity, sexism, homeless, and religious beliefs. Kelley says her goal is to educated and bring social awareness globally to contribute to the preservation of world history and culture. Over the years Kelley has volunteered, working with a wide range of organizations centered on inspiring people in the field of photography and social responsibility on the weekly radio talk show with Team DLW Radio show in Ohio.  Kelley is an advocate for Human Trafficking and Human Rights. She has traveled  abroad to Istanbul, Turkey; Brussels, Belgium; France and Spain  and as well as the majority of the fifty states, to document and educate the struggles and joy of all humans.

Melvin 'Deep Red' Boyce II began his journey as an Advocate for youth excellence in 1996. As a graduate student at the Illinois State University, Melvin taught a career choice class for incoming freshman. These students where part of a program that help guide youth who came from underserved first generation college families. This is where Melvin found his passion in educating youth. While attending college He began performing spoken word and encouraging his students to use their journals as healing tools. Melvin moved to Los Angeles in 1996. For 8 years Melvin work in The entertainment industry with his family. He he toured every major arena in the country with his spoken word in 2001. His eyes where opened to youth across the country who had no emotional outlet for their inner frustration for their environmental conditions. 2004 Melvin returned back to his passion, educating youth at the Los Angeles Bridges gang prevention after school program at Audubon Middle school, the People Who Care Youth center and Operation Read, an amazing program that helped previously incarcerated youth who where between the ages of 13-18 and read at a 3rd grade it below level. Many of the students in the program had issues communicating with their words so Melvin would teach them some yoga poses to bring calm to the room. This is where Melvin found the healing powers of yoga for youth. At that moment Melvin decided to become trained to teach Yoga to youth and adults. For the last 9 years Melvin has used the combination of spoken word and yoga to guide youth to where they can share their story from a balanced place. For the last 20 years Melvin has taught at Amazing Grace Conservatory where Young theater actors use the power of their poetry to heal and entertain. Presently Melvin is teaching yoga in 7 LAUSD schools a be one private school. He has had the honor of just completing his first year as the yoga instructor for Walter Brown PHD counseling services.

Sherrie Ross is the facility social worker for Little Peoples World group home in Compton, Ca, Assistant Director of The Village Mindful Wellness Counseling in Los Angeles and founder of F.L.Y. Girlz (Fearlessly Living Your Life) Coaching Services life coaching company for women. Born in Inglewood Ca, Sherrie Ross completed high school at Bellflower High School with honors and then attended California State University, Chico. During her tenure at Chico State she served as the President of Black Student Alliance working to organize events such as the Black Consciousness Conference. Sherrie later completed her studies at California State University, Long Beach where she continued activism focused on women's issues, organizing events such as the Women in Prison Conference held on campus. After graduating with a Master's Degree in social work, Sherrie has worked with diverse populations including the elderly, children and severely mentally ill adults. Sherrie is trained in many evidenced based and community oriented practices such as trauma focused, anger management, play therapy and crisis intervention. A mother of two and currently Sherrie has a passion for community mental health and social justice.

Misty Powell is an international Yoga teacher whose deep passion for yoga infuses every aspect of her life. She currently leads yoga classes in Los Angeles, California at Yvonne B Burke Senior & Community Center, Department of Children and Family Services, Kinetic Studio, as well as the Center for Spiritual Living. Misty also works closely with inner city youth through Los Angeles Unified School District, while also maintaining private and individual group therapy. In addition to being certified in Kundalini, Hatha and Kemetic Yoga, Misty is also skilled in the area of West African dance and enjoys facilitating classes focusing on the healing energies of scared dance. She also offers sound bowl healing sessions for groups and individuals. Her teachings are full of love, joy, compassion, and an authentic desire to help students connect to their own limitless potential. Misty heals, teaches, presents, and host retreats. She believes that true healing includes the whole being, which includes the mind, body, and soul. Having received training and education with some of the best master teachers around the world, Misty is passionate about wellness, spirituality, community, traveling, yoga dance, and teaching various specialized workshops around the world with diverse cultural backgrounds. Misty is honored to share the wealth of wholistic healing traditions and encourage people to experience their infinite potential. She is on a quest to empower others to discover a greater awareness and clearer perspective in their everyday lives.  

Khubaka, Michael Harris is a native of Sacramento, California.  He serves as Chair, of the California Black Agriculture Working, a statewide multidisciplinary collaborative providing tangible action plans to increase the number and participation by urban and rural agriculture producers of African ancestry in the #1 Agriculture industries in the world. For over 15 years, Mr. Harris served as the Development Director, California Black Farmers and Agriculturalist Association and for 5 years as a member of the USDA/Community Based Organization Partners Team. In 2004-2008 he served as the Urban Agriculture representative on the Food and Farm Policy Diversity Initiative Team, highlighting successful outcomes during negotiations leading up the creation of the 2008 Food, Conservation and Energy Act. Pigford II class action claimants, those who suffered under past racial discrimination by the USDA employees and policies, received nearly a billion dollars in a second round of financial payments and priority assistance meant to partially offset major losses by Black Farmers in America. He is currently the Project Manager for Carson Creek Ranch, Food and Agriculture Center. The Africa/USA International Chamber of Commerce and Industry, California Black Chamber of Commerce and additional collaborative partners will collaborate with him to develop the Carson Creek Ranch, Food and Agriculture Center into a world class facility that expands job creation, technical education, career advancement and economic development between California and the Pan African Diaspora

Jeanne F. King MA, LMFT is known for her work with women of color and their many life transitions in the community for many years.   She has devoted much of her career as a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist to encouraging and supporting women of color to find their “way out of no way” in a world that has not found a need to make it easy for them. Using manIy modalities including the arts, history, sometimes, even planned experienced that have made major shifts that has changed their lives forever.  Ms. King began her professional career by wanting to eradicate the many things that plagued the black community. Her specialties became child abuse, treating victims, substance abuse, PTSD and family dysfunction for many years. Ms. King believes that multidimensional Holistic methods are required for the treatment of people who are multidimensional. During her career she has taught parenting skills, worked with teenagers in order to build healthy self-images and to build healthy boundaries that reduced the behavior that contributed to this environment. Ms. King coordinated an OCAP program that was designed to work with boys between the ages of 10 to 14 years old who lived in household with no male’s present. She conducted individual and group therapy for the boy sand their family members. She also introduced them to cultural artistic and social experiences.   A graduate of Antioch University with a Master Degree in Clinical Psychology in 1987 and licensed in May of 1989 as a Marriage, Family, Child Counselor. 

Harvey Reed is an Agricultural Marketing and Cooperative Development Consultant. He as served as a member of LSU Agriculture Leadership Graduates to tour Brazil and Argentina for agriculture observation.  He was a Team Member that conducted consultant to three Agriculture Cooperatives that were selected by Land O'Lakes and Jamaican sponsoring organizations (USAID) to participate in their International Farmer Program (IFP), as a hands-on training program primarily conducted on Land O'Lakes member farms. As an Adjunct Instructorat Delgado Community College, New Orleans heprovided both students and inmates with the basic skills and knowledge to begin a career in the Green Industry. He also served as a member of the Trainer-to-Trainer Program funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Ag-Terror Preparedness Center where he taught disciplines on “Foreign Animal Disease Response” across the United States. Training took place on the campus of Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and was design to inform and train emergency responders, agricultural producers and industry, public health, veterinarians, and public officials. He has collaborated with the Louisiana Disaster Relief and Recovery Foundation by providing community outreach assistance in those Parish devastated by hurricanes and flooding. He prepared local community volunteers with Emergency Response plans and procedures for local officials, residents, farmers and ranchers. He served as the Principle Investigator USDA’s Small Socially-Disadvantaged Producers Grant where he helped to promote, enhance, facilitate rural, small and medium enterprises including agribusinesses, international trade/marketing and businesses thereby improving the economic conditions of these individuals and groups in the emerging markets. While Serving as Secretary of the National Conference of State Councils of Cooperatives, he was responsible for maintaining activities records that councils perform for their members include technical assistance, issue analyses, strategic planning, running foundations (for scholarships, educational programs, and other member services) and affiliations with other organizations for coordinated activities and synergies.He is currentlyserving to educate those suffer the risk of food supply disruptions because of disasters as our agricultural systems and the land that sustains us continue to respond to the pressures of climate change, energy needs and population increases through the Global Agriculture Initiatives Program.

Copeland Richards, originally from Far Rockaway, New York, is a Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, and a licensed Neuromuscular Massage Specialist and Community Organizer. Copeland enriches the lives of others through loving guidance and altruism. He is an advocate for mental wellness, holistic healing, providing opportunities for others to utilize their unique greatness and building with fellow organizers to create more spaces for wellness services in the community. As a massage therapist, he teaches how the conditions of the physical body have direct effects on one's mental and spiritual well-being. 

As an educator, music artist, and philanthropist born in Washington, D.C., Lemond aka IMAG continues to give consistently to those in need. After graduating with BAS Architectural Engineering from Drexel University in 2012, Lemond returned to Washington, D.C. and founded the Swaliga Foundation with the mission of inspiring young people to find their true passion.Recently featured on TEDxMidatlantic, Lemond has become a pioneer in the field of STEAM education. For the past year, Lemond IMAG has been piloting this groundbreaking new program known as #STEAMtheBlock (#STB) in the DC(Ward 7&8), Maryland, and Virginia area, at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW).With over 15 years of experience in music, IMAG continues to use his passion for the arts to inspire young people around the world. Prior to releasing his debut album the Melanin King Project (2015), IMAG began creating educational songs to strengthen the program’s curricula. The Swaliga Foundation has partnered with many artists, schools, and businesses to bring these opportunities to the young people who need them most. Currently the #STEAMtheBlock program is preparing to take a group of select students and teaching artists from Washington, DC to South Africa to work with community leaders and young people on engineering service learning projects near Cape Town.

Click the link provided below to see the current conference schedule.Contact the conference coordinator 
Al Washington at 626.243.3614 for more information.

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