NNPA LEADERSHIP

KAREN CARTER RICHARDS

NNPA CHAIR
Publisher, Houston Forward Times

JANIS WARE

NNPA VICE CHAIR
Publisher, The Atlanta Voice

FRAN FARRER

NNPA SECOND VICE CHAIR
Publisher, The County News

JACKIE L. HAMPTON

NNPA NATIONAL SECRETARY
Publisher, The Mississippi Link

CHERYL SMITH

NNPA NATIONAL TREASURER
Publisher, Texas Metro News

DR. BENJAMIN F. CHAVIS JR.

NNPA PRESIDENT AND CEO

CONFERENCE SESSIONS AND EVENTS — (click on each session title for more info)

1830 - 2100
Meet for 2nd Line at Hotel Entrance, then to Mark Twain Courtyard
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NNPA Convention Chairman’s Reception (6:30 PM – 9:00 PM)

Meet for 2nd Line at Hotel Entrance, then to Mark Twain Courtyard Welcome to New Orleans Greetings and Acknowledgments: Karen Carter Richards, NNPA Chair Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., NNPA President and CEO New Orleans Host Committee:  Terry B. Jones, Chair, NNPA Convention Planning Committee Beverly McKenna, Publisher, New ...
0800 - 0930
St. James Ballroom, 3rd Floor
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Prayer Breakfast Session (8:00 AM – 9:30 AM)

WELCOME AND REMARKS: Karen Carter Richards, NNPA CHAIR Terry Jones, NNPA National Convention Planning Committee Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., President and CEO Introductions: Terry Jones, Chair, NNPA National Convention Planning Committee and Local Host  Pastor Fred Luter, Jr., Senior Pastor, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, New Orleans, LA (First ...
0930 - 1045
Jefferson Meeting Room, 3rd Floor
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Amplifying Voices of Generation Z and Millennials Through the Black Press of America (9:30 AM-10:45 AM)

GENERAL SESSION 1 – PANEL DISCUSSION Moderated by: Mark Thompson, Host of “Make It Plain,” from NYC Times Square, Broadcast Journalist and Commentator for MSNBC, CNN and the NNPA “How Do Young African Americans View the Importance of the Future of the Black Press” Panelists:  Jonita “Go J J ...
1100 - 1200
Jefferson Meeting Room, 3rd Floor
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The Black Press on Equity and Wealth Building for Black America (11:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

GENERAL SESSION 2 – PANEL DISCUSSION Presenter: Melinda Hightower, Managing Director, Head of Multicultural Strategic Client Segments, UBS Bank  NNPA Responders:  Paris Brown, Editor, Baltimore Times Kenneth Miller, Publisher, Inglewood Today Rosetta Miller-Perry, Publisher, Tennessee Tribune James Wright, Reporter, Washington Informer
1230 - 1445
St. James Ballroom, 3rd Floor
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Luncheon — The Path to Inclusion is Electric: How GM is Building An All-inclusive Workforce to Build An All-electric Future (12:30 PM – 1:45 PM)

Hosted by: Fireside Chat Moderated by: Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. Featuring: Tarshena Armstrong, Director of Diversity Marketing and Development, General Motors Tamberlin Golden, Executive Director of Workforce Strategy, Office of Diversity Equity & Inclusion General Motors Bridgette Gray, Leader, Customer Success & Delivery, Opportunity at Work
1600 - 1645
Jefferson Meeting Room, 3rd Floor
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Digital Success Model for Black Press of America Pt. 2 (4:00 PM – 4:45 PM)

GENERAL SESSION 5 – Presentation – PART 2 Presenter: Pamela Bakewell, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Bakewell Company, LA Sentinel, LA Watts Times and the Taste of Soul Family Festival Audience Questions & Answers
1915 - 2130
St. James Ballroom, 3rd Floor
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NNPA Fund 2022 Messenger Awards Dinner (7:15 PM – 9:30 PM)

Greetings: Pluria Marshall, Jr., NNPAF Chair, President & CEO, WAVE Communications Jayme Cain Casimere, NNPAF Treasurer, Publisher, The Times Weekly Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., NNPA President and CEO Invocation: Reverend Dr. John Warren, Publisher, San Diego Voice & Viewpoint NNPAF Scholarships: Jackie Hampton, Publisher, The Mississippi Link Awards ...
0800 - 0930
St. Charles Ballroom, 3rd Floor
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Breakfast Session (8:00 AM – 9:30 AM)

Greetings: Karen Carter Richards, NNPA Chair Acknowledgments of Attending Special guests (Special Guest Shoutouts to NNPA for 195 Years): Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. Virtual Presentation: Public Education and Black America:  K-12 Interview with National Education Association (NEA) President, Rebecca Pringle, First African American President and CEO of the ...
0945 - 1045
Jefferson Meeting Room, 3rd Floor
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Public Policy and Media Income (9:45 AM – 10:45 AM)

GENERAL SESSION 6 – Workshop and Dialogue Presenter: Reverend Dr. John Warren, Publisher, San Diego Voice and Viewpoint Abstract:  Public Policy is the result of local issues growing and becoming law. Such laws become public policy and media, for a price, provides discussion.
1130 - 1230
Jefferson Meeting Room, 3rd Floor
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The Black Press and the Antidote to Racism in America (11:30 AM – 12:30 PM)

GENERAL SESSION  8 – Presentation  Presenter:   Dr. David Childs, Professor of Black Studies, Education and History, No. Kentucky University NNPA Correspondents:  ReShonda Tate-Billingsley, Managing Editor, Defender Network Aswad Walker, Social Justice Journalist, Associate Editor, Defender Network  
1231 - 1300
St. Charles Ballroom, 3rd Floor
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Conversation with NNPA Chair, Karen Carter Richards and Chandra Vasser, Nissan, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer (12:30 PM – 1:00 PM)

Topic: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Abstract:  NNPA Chairman, Karen Carter Richards, converses with Nissan’s first-ever Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Chandra Vasser, about Nissan’s current DEI and philanthropic initiatives, and the importance of the Black press in corporate America.  
1400 - 1500

NNPA 2022 Regional Meetings (2:00 PM – 3:00 PM)

Region 1   Camp Conference Room, 3rd Floor Region 2   Commerce Conference Room, 3rd Floor Region 3   Canal Conference Room, 3rd Floor Region 4   Parish Conference Room, 3rd Floor Region 5   Newberry Conference Room, 3rd Floor

SPEAKERS

keynote Dr. David Childs, PH.D. Associate Professor of Social Studies, Education and History, Northern Kentucky University
keynote Jennifer Butler Senior Director, Government Relations and Community Engagement | Zillow
keynote Daryl Jones Board Chair of the Transformative Justice Coalition
keynote Barbara R. Arnwine President & Founder of the Transformative Justice Coalition
keynote Pamela A. Bakewell Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Bakewell Company, LA Sentinel, LA Watts Times and the Taste of Soul Family Festival
keynote Eric Rosato Strategy and Operations Manager, Google News Initiative
keynote Paris Brown Associate Publisher, The Baltimore Times
keynote Rosetta Miller-Perry Publisher, Tennessee Tribune — Entrepreneur
keynote Fred Luster Jr. Pastor, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church
keynote Todd Stauffer Association Manager for the Association of Alternative Newsmedia
keynote JJ Buchanan Content Director and Lead On-Air Personality for the historic Forward Times Publishing Company in Houston, TX. 
keynote The Honorable Cedric L. Richmond senior advisor to the president and director of the White House Office of Public Engagement
keynote Deion Sanders Head Football Coach, Jackson State University
keynote James Washington President and General Manager of The Atlanta Voice newspaper
keynote Janis L. Ware Publisher of The Atlanta Voice Newspaper
keynote Derek Ellington Head of Small Business Banking Consumer and Small Business Banking, Wells Fargo & Company
keynote Joshua “Josh” McMillian Lead Videographer for Black & Forward, powered by the historic Forward Times Publishing Company
keynote DaNeshia “TotallyRandie” Bell Media Personality and Digital Marketer
keynote Brigette Gray Leader, Customer Success & Delivery, Opportunity@Work
keynote Chandra Vasser Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Nissan
keynote Erica Miles Senior Consultant, SVP Diverse Segments, Representation and Inclusion, Wells Fargo & Company
keynote Michael Nordman Senior Manager of Community Affairs, Molson Coors
keynote Munson Steed CEO of Rolling Out
keynote Dr. John Warren President of Warren Communications and Publisher the San Diego Voice & Viewpoint Newspaper
keynote Tarshena Armstrong Director of Diversity Marketing & Development, General Motors
keynote Stephanie Mills Legendary Performer
keynote Karen Carter Richards CEO and Publisher for the Forward Times Publishing Company, Inc.
keynote Norman Rich President and CEO, Lighthouse Strategic Group
keynote The Honorable Maxine Waters (D-CA) Congresswoman (D-CA) 43rd District

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