Founder | The Adele Johnson Fund Supporting Untold Stories
Cooper is the Chief Curator for The Inclusive Edge, a niche consulting practice focused on inclusion, leadership and small business strategies. T.I.E. works with its clients to unleash the power inherent in difference. By using difference as a lever for success rather than allowing it to be a distraction, organizations are often able to do more with less by strengthening the effectiveness of their interactions. This is the genesis of cross-cultural competence – a key ingredient for innovation and success in business today.
He also serves as Director, Diversity Strategies for Atlantic Constructors, Inc., a Richmond, Virginia- based mechanical and industrial construction firm. He says, “At ACI we are working towards a culture of inclusion – one where we don’t just count people but instead, strive to make people count.”
He has served as Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond where he opened and was responsible for the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI). As Director of Supplier Diversity at the University of Virginia, spending with minority- and women-owned firms increased from less than $10 million to more than $60 million annually. And as the President and CEO of Choice Communications, Inc., a commercial printing operation in Richmond, VA, Bill was successful in transforming a former in-house printing operation, into one of the largest minority-own printing firms in the country.
Vice President of Diversity and Engagement | Community Foundation
Stephanie is currently the Vice President of Diversity and Engagement at the Community Foundation where she leads the development and implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion strategies across the organization. Stephanie leads a groundbreaking analysis of Black philanthropy in our region, titled Giving Black® Greater Richmond. This initiative is designed to bring forth a paradigm shift in philanthropy from focusing on Black deficits to shining a light on our contributions to communities of color using philanthropy to become change agents and positively impact the lives of children and families in their communities.
Entrepreneur | Timalove Enterprises, Inc.
Daphne Maxwell Reid is best known as Aunt Vivian from the hit comedy, "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air". Her 40- year acting career is still vital with roles on many new television programs including starring and guest-starring roles on TV and in film: Jacqueline & Jilly, Harriet, and The Business of Christmas.
Presently serving on the following boards, her involvement in the community at large rounds out a full schedule, the Richmond Ballet Board, ChildFund International, and the Culture Works Board.
Daphne Maxwell Reid is an avid photographer of DOORS from around the world and is exhibiting and selling her collection entitled “Daphne Maxwell Reid’s Fresh Prints®” at speaking engagements, art gatherings and on her website: http://www.DaphneMaxwellReid.com. Four beautifully published books of her photographs, “DOORS”, “Opening Closed Doors: Cuba 2015”, “Belgium: Doors Old & New”, and “France”, (accounts of her worldwide journeys to capture the portals) are available on her website. Also available on the website, “Grace, Soul & Motherwit: A Cookbook Spiced With Personal Memories”, which was 36 years in the making!
In keeping with her desire to express all facets of her creativity, Daphne has launched her limited edition, wearable art collection: Chinese silk brocade “toppers” called Daphne Style. She is exhibiting the two current style collections at fashion shows from Virginia to Las Vegas to New York. She is also offering a collection of face masks with removable HEPA filters. Yes, she custom makes them all herself.
Speaker / Business Development Manager | INC-ART_NATION
Micah “Bam-Bamm” White has spent over 25 years in the entertainment industry as a stand-up comedian, host, and philanthropist. He has performed in four countries, and in over 80 U.S. cities in 30 states. The go-to guy for corporate comedy and hosting, White’s talents have led him to perform for 40 corporations, 30 non-profit organizations, and 20 colleges doing everything from stand-up to hosting and delivering the commencement address. He’s gone on tour with Gary Owen, has hosted and performed aboard the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage, and has appeared in Denzel Washington’s “Unstoppable” and the Lifetime network’s “Army Wives.”
White is also the Founder of RVA Has Talent, which creates collaborations between local artists and non-profits in the Greater Richmond community. From that, he’s developed an initiative that allows inmates at the Richmond City Jail to hone creative abilities and equips them with tools for gainful employment after incarceration.
Micah White is a man who loves everyone. He strives to give to those who are less fortunate, and always makes it a point to pat people on the back for the accomplishments they have. Not only will he be remembered as possibly one of the funniest men to ever touch Earth, but he will also—and most importantly— be remembered, not for what he did for his life, but what he did for the lives of others.
Through his various efforts, White’s mission is simple: to use comedy and entertainment to find common ground by bridging racial, religious, socioeconomic, and generational gaps.
CEO | ChildSavers
Since October 2012, Mr. Bolling has led ChildSavers, a nearly 100 year old nonprofit, focused on increasing access to trauma-informed mental health and child development services. Mr. Bolling’s professional career spans more than three decades and includes well-balanced experiences in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. As a graduate of Amherst College with a degree in political science, he also completed a post-college, two-year fellowship through Amherst. Continuing his education, Mr. Bolling studied leadership at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, completed coursework in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Snead School of Business, and is a member of the 2005 Class of Leadership Metro Richmond. As a leadership volunteer, he has served on many boards, including a 13-year tenure at his high school alma mater, the Groton School in New England. In 2016, Mr. Bolling received the Distinguished Grotonian award which recognizes graduates whose lives of highly distinguished service reflect the essential values of the School. Mr. Bolling has a passion for mentoring young people and seeks each day to find peace.
Veronica Fleming is the Principal for Veronica Fleming Consulting. Launched in 2020, she provides
interim executive leadership and coaching as well as fundraising, project planning and community
engagement. Ms. Fleming is a founding Partner of Community Engagement and Charette Associates,
focused on engaging the authentic community voice in neighborhood and commercial revitalization
initiatives. She also brings an extensive history of leadership experience in non-profit organizations and
community initiatives, most recently, serving 5 years as Executive Director of Partnership for Families.