Originally from New York City, Chris Lodgson is a legal and business researcher, organizer and activist in Sacramento, CA Chris has organized both independently and with local community groups for over 10 years on both the East and West Coasts, as well as with national nonprofit organizations. He has help found at least 2 CA based nonprofits supporting Sacramento Black-owned businesses, including Maximum Reach 4 Economic Equity where he serves as Board President. Chris is also the creator of Sac Black Biz, a free marketing tool for local Black businesses and members of the California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity. He is former Chair of the Racial and Social Justice Committee at Organize Win Legislate Sacramento, as well as former Communications Director for the CA Young Democrats Black Caucus. Chris is currently an analyst at a legal research and information company in Sacramento, as well as a contributing writer at the Elk Grove Tribune where he writes on issues including local business, politics and government. Chris is also an active and local advocate for businesses owned by Black American Descendants of Slavery.
Angela Lofton Moore
Angela Lofton Moore is a Hybrid Professional. She is the President & CEO of coworking space WorkFlow Lounge, business structuring company MoorePark Enterprises, and InfoPrincess Graphics & Design. She established her nonprofit Beyond the Village, in 2018 to assist Veterans, Adults 55+ and other marginalized groups with job related training and resources. Ms. Moore has been a full-time entrepreneur since 2009 when she walked away from a 31-year corporate career as a voice and data network designer. Her passion is small business development, structuring corporations from the ground up and setting companies up for business financing. All of her companies provide interconnecting services and offer valuable resources, and products every business can use. Angela is a graduate of Sawyer Business School and has studied business law, corporate structuring, financial accounting and employee management.
Dr. Dene' Starks
Ms. Starks is an educator, author, and international speaker who specializes in working with other professionals to find innovative and sustainable ways to transform lives through teaching and learning. Because of her passion for education, Ms. Starks founded a Non-Profit called Diversif-I Education Group which promotes diversity through education by offering student and staff development programs, mentoring programs, and a host of other educational services to the underserved community. To tackle the increase in suspensions among black and brown youth, Ms. Starks successfully partnered with local schools to implement behavioral coaching programs, developed site specific student development programs, and mentoring programs. Ms. Starks has a proven track record of building strong corporate and community relationships as well as creating and implementing innovative programs and services. Ms. Starks serves as facilitator of governance workshops, leadership development programs, and strategic planning for organizations within the United States and abroad. Her professional experience includes developing community and economic development programs with a focus on student and staff development, workforce development, and compliance monitoring. In 2019, Ms. Starks was awarded with the Community Impact Award from the Sacramento Tapestry for her passion and extensive work transforming lives in the community.
Deanna Vestal is President of Career Path Development Group, published author, executive coach and champion of unsung heroes. Her research studies how self-discovery is the most effective and aggressive way to achieve career goals. Deanna helps exceptional CEO's find collaborators and decision makers to change the world. Her goal in facilitating learning discussions is to unleash thought leadership and explore how do-ers survive and thrive. Deanna is a LinkedIn All Star and she consults with innovators to build meaningful relationships using the LinkedIn platform.
Donald Williams, ESQ.
Donald R. Williams, Jr. is the founder and principal attorney of Reed Williams, A Professional Law
Corporation. Mr. Williams regularly handles claims involving allegations of workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, unpaid overtime and wages, missed meals and rest periods, and class actions. Donald provides advice and counsel to employers on compliance and litigation avoidance strategies. He is admitted to practice law in all California state courts, the United States Court of Appeals of the Ninth Circuit, and the following U.S. District Courts: Eastern District of California, Northern District of California, and Central District of California. In 2017, 2018, and 2019, Mr. Williams was named a recipient of The National Black Lawyers’ “Top 40 Under 40” Award for the state of California. Donald received his Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science from Grambling State University, a historically black university in Louisiana.
Lorreen Pryor-Trowel, Moderator
Lorreen Pryor-Trowel is the President of the Black Youth Leadership Project (BYLP). BYLP provides civic engagement opportunities, hands-on experience of learning the legislative process, and exposure to Legislators, community leaders and key staff in the State Capitol. Lorreen was honored with the California Association of Black Lawyers 2019 Civil Rights Activist Award for her "advocacy on behalf of our youth." Lorreen's extensive rolodex of elected officials and community leaders, coupled with her more than 8000 members gives her the ability to communicate and provide outreach specifically to the Black community quickly. Lorreen is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications.