Willie Barney


Founder, President, and Facilitator

Willie Barney is the Founder, President, and Facilitator of the Empowerment Network, a united group of residents, leaders, and organizations working to facilitate positive change in our community. Launched in September 2006, the Network works collectively to improve the quality of life for African-Americans, North Omaha, and the Greater Omaha area. The movement is based on 13 Covenant Areas and a strategic plan that focus on individual, leadership, and community empowerment with the goal of transforming Omaha into a GREAT city, in every zip code and neighborhood!

For over 22 years Mr. Barney has worked in media, strategic planning, marketing, advertising, communications, community building, and facilitation. He is president of SMB Enterprises, LLC, a company that provides positive events, media, and entertainment in the greater Omaha area. SMB is the parent company of Revive! Omaha Magazine and Revive! Twin-Cities Magazine. He is also president of WDB Resultants, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in strategic planning and marketing, communications, community organizing, and facilitation. His experience includes work with corporate, non-profit, and faith-based organizations.

He has been an active volunteer and actively involved in his church. Barney graduated with a double major in Economics and Business Administration from St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa. A strong supporter of life-long learning, he has continued his education through advanced leadership training including, the Summer Leadership Institute for Community Development at Harvard University and Executive Leadership and Management Training at the Northwestern University Media Center in Chicago.

He and his wife Yolanda have been married for 15 years. She is the Vice-president of SMB Enterprises, Revive! Omaha Magazine, and WDB Resultants. They have two children, Nehemiah Barney (11) and Priscilla Barney (6). Their focus, passion, and purpose is to work together with others to see the community and each person reach their full potential.