Connect with Black-owned businesses and community organizations, fostering local partnerships and collaborations. This zone serves as a vibrant marketplace, highlighting the value of supporting local enterprises and community initiatives.

Weather alert: Due to inclement weather, all events scheduled to take place outdoors on Callaway Plaza have been moved indoors to the Galleria.

Schedule of Panel Discussions:

  • RICE Community Lunch and Learn Open to Public
    11:15am-Noon | Callaway Plaza
  • Aspire TV Panel: See and Be Seen: Black in Media Panel
    Noon-12:50pm | Callaway Plaza
  • Atlanta Influences Everything – "Civic, Corporate, Cultural: Shaping Atlanta's Impactful Narrative"
    1-1:30pm | Callaway Plaza

    Moderator: Christopher Daniel

    Panelists: Tory Edwards, Ian Ford, Bem Joiner

    Announcement of Atlanta Influences Everything Art of Symphony: Art + Design Contest Winners This panel will discuss how civic engagement, corporate responsibility, and cultural heritage collaborate to shape the city’s impactful story. Gain insights into their initiatives, projects, and partnerships that empower communities and contribute to Atlanta's narrative.
  • Morris Brown College Choir Performance
    1:30-2pm | Callaway Plaza
  • The Shift from Engagement to Empowerment: Community Investment in Pathways & Pipelines
    2-2:45pm | Callaway Plaza

    Moderator: Chris Webber (NBA Hall of Fame and ASO Board Trustee)

    Panelists: Dr. DeRetta Rhodes, Executive Vice President, Chief People Capital Officer - The Atlanta Braves; Angela Benjamin, General Manager, Diversity Talent Acquisition Strategy; Nikki Barjon, Founder and Managing Director - the Brandshoppe; Brandi Hoyos, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

    This discussion features a panel of trailblazers who will share their experiences and insights on how their organizations have actively invested in the pipeline of HBCUs and aims to shed light on the strategies and initiatives employed by these leaders to foster growth and opportunities within the Black community.
  • Invesco QQQ Presents How Not to Suck at Money: A Financial Education Conversation
    3-4pm | Rich Theatre

    Moderator: Taylor Rooks, Warner Brothers Discovery and Amazon's Thursday Night Football reporter

    Panelists: Renee Montgomery, NCAA Champion and Part-Owner of the Atlanta Dream; Chad Easterling, Hampton University Graduate and Co-Founder of Obsidianworks; Jewel Burks Solomon, Howard University Graduate and Managing Partner of Collab Capital

    Moderator Taylor Rooks will facilitate a conversation about experiences with money and financial literacy with HBCU alumni and Atlanta-area industry leaders.
  • DJ MARS Block Party
    3-6pm | Callaway Plaza