2017 Conference Trainers and Speakers

Kendra Smith

Kendra Smith

Ms. Smith is a creative and visionary executive professional with 15 years of progressive, non-profit, entrepreneurial and government experience managing and monitoring human service, workforce development and education programs and services. Ms. Smith’s areas of expertise include Workforce Development, Human Service Delivery and Alternative Education. She holds a B.S. Degree in Economics from Hampton University and a Masters of Divinity Degree with an emphasis on Urban Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary.


Dr Thomas Gordon

Dr. Thomas Gordon

Dr. Gordon has advised on large-scale change initiatives –including designing and implementing strategic diversity initiatives, synergy assessments, competency modeling, leadership seminars and retreats. A licensed psychologist and advisor to organizations on a wide range of leadership, change, and performance challenges. 


Peter J. Harris

Mr. Harris is a writer, producer, publisher, broadcaster, educator, and founding director of the Black Man of Happiness Project, a creative, intellectual and artistic exploration of Black men and joy. His Inspiration House Retreats allow men and women to commune with art, dance, theater, video arts, and creative writing and rediscover that creativity and imagination are indispensable tools for constructive personal and social change.


Carla Harris

Ms. Harris has been transforming the approach to workforce development since 2000 when she created the Building a Successful Image for Change (BASIC) program.  The BASIC program provides marginalized job seekers with the same professional development tools used by mainstream job candidates.  She has served on workforce development boards directing budgets of $100M for programs that serve youth, returning citizens TANF and senior job seekers.


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Andrew Rogers

Mr. Rogers has been creating policy in workforce development for twelve year.  He is a talented policy and compliance professional, with experience resolving complex problems impacting people, processes and programs.