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Greenville Business Magazine



Wednesday, March 16th, 2022

7:30AM - 6:30PM - Greenville Convention Center



8:30AM - 8:40AM - Master of Ceremonies J. Dew introduces Editorial Director David Dykes 

8:40AM – 9:20AM: SESSION #1 – “Unconscious Bias/Implicit Bias” S: Selena Goodwin-Hay, MBA, PMP-Risk, DEI/Abilities Leader, Ernst & Young LLC.

9:20AM – 10:00AM: SESSION #2 – Communication Strategies to Promote DE&I in the Workforce S: Think Up Consulting’s Ron Doney 

10:0AM – 10:40AM: SESSION #3 – Minority Organizations Forum S: Evelyn Lugo, President of the SC Hispanic Chamber (SCHCC), Rev. J. M. Fleming, President of the Greenville Branch of NAACP #5522, Tyler Prescott, Executive Director of Upstate SC LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce, Jerri Davison, SVP/Chief Program Officer of Able South Carolina. Moderator: Robyn Grable, Founder of Veteran’s ASCEND and Ability ASCEND

10:40AM – 11:20AM: SESSION #4 – The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Journey S: Milliken & Company’s Rene Vaughn, Director of Marketing and Sales  

11:20 – 12:00PM: SESSION #5 – Leading through Diversity S: Dr. Tracy Powell (ATL-based), Founder of Executive Coaching Institute for Minority Women.

12:00PM – 1:00PM: LUNCH/NETWORKING BREAK - with Joey Withinarts - Live Performance Artist

1:00PM – 1:40PM: SESSION #6 – KEYNOTE: Equity in Education: Access, Inclusion & Empowerment S: Lee Gill, J.D., Clemson University’s Chief Inclusion and Equity Officer 

1:40PM – 2:20PM: SESSION #7 – Transforming Opportunity to Wealth S: Dominik Mjartan/CEO/Optus Bank 

2:20PM – 3:00PM: SESSION #8 – “Leading with Conscious Inclusion: A Call to Action” S: Dr. Nika White/President & CEO/Nika White Consulting

3:00PM – 3:40PM: SESSION #9 – “Real Talk about Navigating Supplier Diversity in Today’s World” S: Dominique Milton, prexy Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Diversity Council (CVMSDC), Jerry Knighton (Clemson) - Upstate CVMSDC, Carlo White (President, White Holdings Trucking LLC) MBEIC - Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee Chair, and Ronald L. Harvey (VP/Chief Operating Officer, Global Core Strategies & Consulting) MBO - Minority Business Owner 

3:40PM – 4:20PM: SESSION #10 – “Building an Inclusive Recruiting Process” S: Dr. Rebecca Battle-Bryant. Battle Plan Consulting, LLC. 

4:20PM – 5:00PM: SESSION #11 – “Where do We Go from Here?” S: Merl Code/Co-founder/REEM - Racial Equity & Economic Mobility 


Speaker Bios:

Dr. Rebecca Battle-Bryant

Dr. Rebecca Battle-Bryant is a certified professional with the Society for Human Resource Management and the president and owner of Battle Plan Consulting LLC, which was founded in 2019.

She is a consultant who specializes in executive/high performer coaching, team productivity, human resources solutions, motivational speaking and more.

Battle-Bryant previously worked for the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce as assistant executive director for workforce and economic development.


Merl Code

Merl Code is an attorney for Ogletree Deakins, as well as co-chair of the United Way Racial Equality and Economic Mobility Commission, which was formed in 2020 to look at matters of racial inequality, social justice, and disparities in areas that negatively impact Greenville’s Black community.

He is the first African American to serve as chair of the Greenville County United Way board of directors and chairman of the Board of Governors for the University Center of Greenville.

He was also Greenville’s first African American Municipal Court judge.


Jeremiah Dew

Jeremiah Dew, also known as JDew, will serve as master of ceremonies for Living Color.

Dew is the former Director of Fun for the Greenville Drive, a position he held for 10 years, and he has served as on-court hype man for Clemson University men’s and women’s basketball games.

Dew’s one-man show, “One Voice: A Black History Narrative,” features the performer’s impressions of such figures as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass, and Barack Obama.


Ron Doney

Ron Doney is the creator of WOW and founder/CEO of Think Up, a Greenville-based strategic consulting firm.

He has nearly 30 years of experience in consulting, learning, and business operations, and works with his team to design, develop, and implement solutions to broaden employee skills, advance change, and drive business results.

Doney previously worked for Marriott International, and he holds a Master of Arts degree in organizational management. He has worked in hotel operations, information systems, and training and development.


Rev. J.M. Flemming

The Rev. J.M. Flemming, who is president of the Greenville branch of the NAACP #5522, is a long-time minister, community leader, and civil rights activist. A Vietnam War veteran who earned a Purple Heart, Flemming has been president of the Greenville NAACP since 2013.

He also serves as president of Southernside Economic Development Inc., and is facilities manager for Brockwood Senior Housing Inc.

He has pastored several churches in the Upstate, beginning in 1973 with Athens Baptist Church. Flemming is the recipient of many community awards, including the Jewel of Greenville Community Service Award from Beyond Difference Inc., and Greenville Tech’s Unsung Hero Award for Outstanding Service to Humankind.


Lee Gill

Lee Gill is Clemson University’s chief diversity officer and Special Assistant to the President for Inclusion and Equity.

Gill, who came to Clemson in 2016, holds a law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law. He founded a consulting firm advising businesses and organizations on how to diversify.

He has also served as the chief diversity officer at University of Akron in Ohio and as dean of the Institute for Diversity and Leadership/Professional Development and the affirmative action officer at Lake Michigan College, Mich. 


Selena Goodwin-Hay

Goodwin-Hay is Risk Management Product Manager for EY Americas. She also diversity, equity, and inclusion leader for EY’s Greenville office, as well as the Abilities Co-Chair for EY AccessAbilities local leaders.

She is a member of the EY Central region DEI Council, the Greenville People Advisory Forum, and the Americas AccessAbilities Partners Advisory Council.

Goodwin-Hay received the first EY Spirit of Abilities Award at the 2016 U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) convention. She serves on the boards of the Abbeville Area Medical Center Hospital board and the AAMC Foundation.


Robyn Grable

Robyn Grable is the founder and CEO of Veterans ASCEND and Ability ASCEND, which she created to help employers invest in a talent acquisition strategy that is an intentional model for military veterans and talented people with disabilities.

She served in the United States Navy for nine years and has more than 30 years of experience in human resources in the private sector.

Grable has created skills assessment programs at such companies as McDonald’s Corporation and McGraw-Hill, and during her tenure as a strategic client partner at ADP, she managed a client portfolio of Fortune 100 companies.


Ron Harvey

Ron Harvey is co-founder and vice president of Global Core Strategies and Consulting LLC. He is also a certified leadership coach, speaker, trainer, and facilitator with more than 35 years of leadership experience.

Harvey has worked in DEI training for more than 20 years.

He retired from the United States Air Force after 21 years of service.


L. Jerry Knighton Jr.

L. Jerry Knighton Jr. is Clemson University’s assistant vice president for access and equity and executive director of supplier diversity.

 In addition, Knighton is the university’s Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity officer.

He works with the school’s Diversity Procurement Initiative, which implements programs and activities to achieve diverse business participation goals, and he coordinates with the Graduate School in its efforts to increase the enrollment and retention of underrepresented doctoral students of color who are pursuing careers in academia.


Evelyn Lugo

Evelyn Lugo is the president and founder of the South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which was incorporated in 2007.

A native of Puerto Rico, Lugo worked for a credit card processing company in Greenville, and she discovered that many Hispanic-owned businesses had difficulties interacting and doing business with other companies in the area, which inspired her to start the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Lugo is also the owner of the Palms and Pastries bakery in Greenville.


Dominque Milton

Dominique Milton is the president and CEO of the Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council (CVMSDC), a role she has held since 2018.

She previously served as director of corporate services for an affiliate office of CVMSDC in Charleston.

From 2004 to 2015, Milton was vice president of business development and emerging markets for A10 Clinical Solutions Inc., a certified Minority Business Enterprise that focuses on clinical research for the health care and pharmaceutical industries.


Dominik Mjartan

Dominik Mjartan is president and CEO of Optus Bank, an FDIC-designated minority depository institution.

He joined the bank in 2017, and has overseen the bank as it has directed 90 percent of its loans to underserved people and communities.

He serves on the finance committee of the Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network and on the board of directors for the South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development.


Allison Moore

Allison Moore is director of communications and partnerships for Optus Bank.

Moore, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Norfolk State University and a master’s from George Washington University, has worked in human resources and diversity for more than a decade. She also owns a media company that creates content centered on financial literacy, self-improvement, and professional development.


Dr. Tracy R. Powell

Dr. Tracy R. Powell is founder of the Executive Coaching Institute for Minority Women, also known as Synergetic Solutions LLC, and a certified executive and professional coach.

She is the author of “Practical Leadership: Lessons Learned From Mickey” and “The Journey to Authorship: A Pocket Guide for Writers.”

In 2016, Powell became a Certified Mediator and serves as a mediator for the federal Shared Neutrals Program.


Tyler Prescott

Tyler Prescott is the executive director of the Upstate LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce.

He became involved with the Upstate LGBT+ Chamber while working as LGBT+ Resource Chair at TD Bank.

He works for Kona Business Technologies as business manager, as executive producer for Alchemy Comedy Theater, as a stand-up comic and improv performer, and as a freelance event planner.


Rene Vaughn

Rene Vaughn is director of strategic sales at Milliken and Company.

A graduate of Alabama State University, Vaughn has worked in sales positions for several companies, including Kimball Office, Steelcase Inc., and Knoll Inc.


Carlo White

Carlo White’s company White Holdings Inc., has built a financial service business model that has more than quadrupled its revenues since 2004.

In 2015, White launched the logistics division WH Trucking, which has gone through two acquisitions and grown its revenue from zero to more than $7 million.


He is also a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he rose to the rank of captain while serving as comptroller of Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base in Kuwait during the Gulf War.


Nika White

Nika White is the president and CEO of Nika White Consulting, working with businesses, governmental agencies, nonprofits, and educational institutions to help them develop and implement diversity, equity, and inclusion programs.

Over the past two decades, White has worked with more than 200 organizations and managed more than $200 million in business assets for her clients. She was named a Top 10 D&I Trailblazer by Forbes.

White is the author of “The Intentional Inclusionist” and “Next Level Inclusionist: Transforming Your Work and Yourself for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Success.”


Joey Withinarts

Joey Withinarts, whose real name is Joseph Mack, creates paintings based on African American icons, including Prince, Muhammad Ali, and Anderson native Chadwick Boseman.

Withinarts creates both portraits and murals. A Virginia native, Withinarts moved to the Upstate in 2016.