AALC Conference Presenters

Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Adewale "Wally" Adeyemo

President, Obama Foundation

Chicago, IL

Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo currently serves as the president of the Obama Foundation.

Formerly senior advisor at BlackRock and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Adeyemo was appointed by President Obama in 2015 as his senior international economics advisor. In this capacity he was the deputy national security adviser for international economics and deputy director of the National Economic Council, representing the president and the country at the G7 and G20 summits.


Afternoon Keynote

Tawanna Black

CEO, Center for Economic Inclusion

Minneapolis, MN

Tawanna is the founder and chief executive officer of the Center for Economic Inclusion, an unprecedented cross-sector social enterprise committed to strengthening the Minneapolis-St. Paul region’s civic infrastructure and collective capacity to disrupt systems and influence market forces to catalyze shared prosperity and advance an inclusive economy.


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African-American Legends Award

Roger Sayers

Hall of Fame Athlete, Co-Founder of Union Pacific’s Black Employee Network, Community and Church Leader

Omaha, NE

Morning EmPower Talks & Breakout Sessions

National Strategist & Partner

Jaylen Bledsoe

CEO, Bledsoe Collective

Los Angeles, CA

Motivation, perseverance, good old fashioned hard work, and the willingness to take risks, fall down, get back up, and do it again have made Jaylen D. Bledsoe an amazing entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and technical prodigy at the young age of 18 years.


National Strategist & Partner

Dr. Pamela Jolly

CEO, Torch Enterprises

Philadelphia, PA

Pamela C.V. Jolly, Founder and CEO of Torch Enterprises Inc, brings more than 18 years of proven leadership and strategic management expertise; her primary focus is legacy wealth creation that passes on for generations.

Her company Torch Enterprises is a strategic investment firm focused on growing and sustaining minority-owned businesses. She is skilled at assisting legacy organizations across the country elevate their standard of business through strategic succession planning and practical application of business and financial acumen.


National Strategist & Partner

Dr. Randal Pinkett

CEO, BCT Partners

Newark, NJ

Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, author and scholar, and as a leading voice for his generation in business and technology. He is the founder, chairman, and CEO of his fifth venture, BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar research, consulting, training, technology, and analytics firm headquartered in Newark, New Jersey.


National Partner

Dr. Will Moreland

CEO, Moreland International

Phoenix, AZ

Dr. Will is a Military Veteran and President of Will Moreland International, LLC, a leading training and consulting company dedicated to helping individuals and organizations maximize their potential.

Dr. Will is a highly sought after Keynote Speaker for Leadership and Business Growth, known as America’s #1 Leadership Life Trainer, he is one of the most inspiring thought-leaders and leadership trainers of our time.