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Darla Moore School of Business

African American Leadership Conference

February 2020

Presented by Diversity and Inclusion at the Moore School, in collaboration with the Black Business Student Association

Saturday, February 29  |  8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Sonoco Pavilion
Free to attend  |  Registration includes breakfast and lunch

Aims to empower aspiring African American young professional and connect them with global business and community partners. Keynote speakers are Boeing's Jen Mahone-Rightler and Dixon Hughes Goodman's Moe Brown. Other participating companies include Kohl's, Equifax, Ernst & Young and SC Student Loan.


Speakers and company representatives attending

Headshot of Jen Mahone-Rightler 

Global Diversity and Inclusion Leader, Boeing
Opening Keynote Speaker

Jen Mahone-Rightler leads Global Diversity and Inclusion activities at Boeing South Carolina, a position she has held since April 2018. In this role, Mahone-Rightler is responsible for developing and executing an integrated strategy that will increase the capability of leaders to build inclusive environments where everyone feels they have the opportunity to be successful. She is a principal partner and consultant with Elements2Inclusion, a boutique firm that focuses on diversity and inclusion services. Mahone-Rightler holds a B.S. in architectural engineering from Prairie View A&M University and is a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE). She has held board positions with the Illinois Diversity Council (President) and with the Kenosha Community Foundation as the scholarship chairwoman for the Mary Lou & Arthur F. Mahone CEO Youth Scholars Award. 

Headshot of Moe Brown 

Manager, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
Closing Keynote Speaker

Moe Brown’s experience includes six years working at the South Carolina Department of Commerce in economic development after he graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in marketing and finance. He served on the University’s Association of Letterman Board from 2013 to 2017 and was president of the association in 2016. He also served on the university's board of visitors and the Darla Moore School of Business Young Alumni Board.

Headshot of Niya Calderon 

CEO, NWC Counseling
Panel: Mental Health Matters

Niya Calderon is the owner and chief executive officer of NWC Counseling, a Columbia, South Carolina,-based counseling firm. Prior to NWC, Calderon has held roles at LRADAC (formerly The Lexington/Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council), New Beginnings Treatment Center, The Mentor Network, among others. Calderon earned her B.A. in psychology from Bowling Green State University and her master's in professional counseling from South University.

Headshot of Larento Campbell 

Founder, JETLAG
Panel: Entrepreneurship and Intricacies of Small Business

Larento Campbell is the founder of JETLAG, a multimedia platform covering sports, fashion, news and entertainment. Campbell is currently a student at the University of South Carolina and plans to graduate with a bachelor’s in mass communication/media studies in December 2020. 

Headshot of Zari Case 

Senior, UofSC
Panel: Establishing Your Place in Business

Zari Case is a senior at the University of South Carolina majoring in computer information systems and minoring in business information management. Case serves as the treasurer for Minorities in Computing and has been a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. since spring 2019. Throughout her college career, she has attended conferences such as Black ComputeHER and the Grace Hopper Celebration where she gained the opportunity to interview with some of the top tech companies in the U.S. Case is currently interning at the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services as an IT specialist and will begin her full-time career with Microsoft in Charlotte, North Carolina, as a support engineer in August of this year. 

Headshot of Mary Ruffin Childs 

Mary Ruffin Childs, Senior Director of Alumni Engagement, Darla Moore School of Business
Panel: The Importance of Mentorship

Mary Ruffin Weaver Childs earned her Bachelor of Science in business management from the Darla Moore School of Business. After working as the development coordinator and annual fund manager at Palmetto Health Foundation in Columbia, South Carolina, she worked at her alma mater at the University of South Carolina Alumni Association. In her current role as senior director of alumni engagement at the Darla Moore School of Business, Childs looks forward to connecting and strengthening the network of the 44,000 Darla Moore School of Business alumni around the globe who are doing amazing work and together are extending the powerful brand of UofSC. 

Headshot of Ngozi Chukwueke 

Senior, UofSC
Panel: The Importance of Mentorship

Ngozi Chukwueke is a senior management and marketing student at the Darla Moore School of Business. Chukwueke has held roles with the City of Columbia, Medical Care Developmental International, UofSC Housing and UofSC Student Government. 

Headshot of Walter Davis

Co-Founder, Peachtree Providence Partners
Panel: Entrepreneurship and Intricacies of Small Business

A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Walter L. Davis is a founding member of Peachtree Providence Partners Holding Company, LLC, an Atlanta, Georgia,-based private investment and consulting firm with a focus on small- to middle-market businesses. Prior to this role at PPP, Davis held roles at CertusBank, Wachovia and of Bank of America.  

Headshot of Michael Durroh 

Director, Inclusion and Diversity, Synovus
Panel: Creating a Seat at the Table

A graduate of the University of Delaware, Michael Durroh is the director of inclusion and diversity at Synovus. Prior to this role, Durroh held various roles at Bank of America and MBNA Co. 

Headshot of Angel Earle

Master of International Business Managing Director, Darla Moore School of Business
Panel: Grad School Opportunities

Angel Earle is the managing director of the Master of International Business program at the Darla Moore School of Business. Earle received a master’s from the London School of Economics and held roles at SkillsTrain Distribution and the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

Headshot of Kelsey Garner 

Leadership Development Program Coordinator, GEICO
Panel: Establishing Your Place In Business

Kelsey Garner began her journey at GEICO in June 2014 as a participant in the Management Development Program for claims. As a participant of the Management Development Program, Garner gained experience and rotated through multiple levels of claims in addition to working on projects. In August 2016, Garner was promoted to claims service supervisor and subsequently held the position as the hiring lead for the claims department. Thereafter, Garner served as a Management Development Program/Supervisor Preparatory Program coordinator for centralized services from January 2018 - September 2019. Garner was recently promoted again to start a new position as the hiring supervisor for the Leadership Programs and Auto Damage positions. Garner is also a 2019 graduate of GEICO's Pathways Mentoring Program. Garner holds a bachelor’s in business administration and a master’s in public administration from Valdosta State University. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling and watching movies.

Headshot of Danielle Gleaton 

Governance, Risk and Compliance Manager, Equifax
Panel: The Importance of Mentorship

Danielle Gleaton, a native of Columbia, South Carolina, is a technical project manager focused on legal and compliance solutions at Equifax. Gleaton has more than 15 years of collective work experience in the consulting, financial services, information technology and telecommunications industries. She worked in IT leadership roles at Bank of America, BlackBerry and Accenture. She received her Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of South Carolina, where she double majored in international business and management science specializing in business information systems and minored in French.  Gleaton also graduated from the South Carolina Honors College. She received her MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Gleaton currently serves as the president and chair of the Young Alumni Board at the Moore School. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Headshot of Deborah Hazzard 

Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Darla Moore School of Business
Panel: The Importance of Mentorship

Deborah Hazzard serves as associate dean of diversity and inclusion at the Darla Moore School of Business. A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Hazzard holds a doctorate from Georgia State University, an Executive MBA from Winthrop University and a bachelor’s in business management from North Carolina State University. She also earned a Diversity and Inclusion Professionals Certificate from Cornell University.  Hazzard transitioned into academia after a rich career in business and industry, where she spent more than 20 years building and nurturing strategic business relationships, alliances and collaborations in both the public and private sectors. 

Portrait of Warrenetta Mann 

Director of Counseling & Psychiatry, University of South Carolina
Panel: Mental Health Matters

Warrenetta Crawford Mann, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist whose career was inspired by a passion for people, places and politics. This passion is fueled by her early life growing up in a family of educators in Atlanta. She found her love for these areas came together in an unlikely way at her alma mater, Vanderbilt University, when she discovered the field of psychology.  It was there that she decided to pursue graduate studies in psychology with a focus on the impact cultural contexts have on how people grow, develop and interact with their environments. While completing her master’s at the University of Louisville and her doctoral degree at Spalding University, she worked with a wide range of diverse populations spanning age, income, educational, racial, ethnic, religious, geographic and resource backgrounds. It was in this work that she became keenly aware of the juxtaposition of personal and institutional privilege and power. Throughout her time completing her doctoral work, she found herself focusing on both individual and organizational interventions aimed at strengthening multicultural competence and creating inclusive environments. Her understanding of the essence of the common human condition has been instrumental in creating her unique ability to help any individual or group to identify their core values, goals and potentials for greater success. Mann has spent the past 15 years working in higher education as an instructor, advisor, counselor and administrator. She came to the University of South Carolina in August 2017. She lives in Columbia with her husband, her teenage daughter and their dog.  

Headshot of Daniel Martin III 

Law Clerk, 13th Judicial Circuit
Panel: Establishing Your Place In Business

Hailing from Charleston, South Carolina, Daniel Martin III is a 2018 graduate of the Darla Moore School of Business and the UofSC School of Law, where he obtained his MBA and Juris Doctorate. He is also a 2014 alumnus of Howard University. He currently serves as the law clerk for the Honorable Alex Kinlaw Jr. in the 13th Judicial Circuit located in Greenville, South Carolina. 

Headshot of Jennifer Ninh 

MBA Managing Director, Darla Moore School of Business
Panel: Grad School Opportunities

Jennifer Ninh is the managing director of Full-Time MBA Programs at the Darla Moore School of Business. Jennifer received her master’s from the SUNY Polytechnic Institute and held roles at Syracuse University, Morrisville State and SUNY Polytechnic Institute. 

Headshot of Jesse Prioleau 

MHR Student, Darla Moore School of Business
Panel: Grad School Opportunities

Headshot of Brandi Riggins 

Senior Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, Wells Fargo & Company
Panel: Creating a Seat at the Table

Brandi Riggins is a human resources and diversity and inclusion professional with more than 15 years’ experience in HR management with extensive knowledge of diversity and inclusion, HR best practices, employment law and organizational design. Currently, Riggins is employed as a senior diversity and inclusion consultant supporting Corporate Finance and Wells Fargo Technology for Wells Fargo. In this role, she is responsible for consulting on inclusion and culture, which includes team member networks and diversity councils, employee engagement, diversity and inclusion sponsorships and external engagement. Riggins also partners with internal stakeholders and external partners to execute the Enterprise Finance & Information Technology Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and framework across the organization.

Previously, Riggins was a senior diversity and inclusion manager for Spectrum, formally known as Time Warner Cable, responsible for leading inclusion and culture. Prior to Spectrum, Riggins was a vice president, diversity and inclusion consultant for Bank of America supporting Global Technology and Operations. In addition to diversity and inclusion, she was responsible for Global Technology & Operations human resources integration and Line of Business HR support for Consumer Technology and Operations. While at Bank of America, she led a team of campus alumni for Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU), which championed diversity and inclusion events at designated universities. 

Riggins received her master’s in human resources from Cumberland University in human relations and organizational science and holds a Bachelor of Science in mass communications from Tennessee State University.

Portrait of Aithyni Rucker

Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager, Duke Energy
Panel: Creating a Seat at the Table

Aithyni Rucker Robinson is a diversity and inclusion program manager with Duke Energy. During her tenure with the company, she has been responsible for managing enterprise-wide D&I programs and initiatives in support of the company strategy and specific D&I goals including the Historically Black College and University strategy, communications, employee resource groups and D&I councils.  She also serves as a the D&I consultant to the business, HR partners and recruiting.  As an attorney, she is trained to see the big picture while applying strategy, logic and creativity. Rucker Robinson spent a total of six years in private practice at a large law firm practicing employment law with a focus on anti-discrimination and at a mid-sized firm with a construction/personal injury-based practice.  She also served as a career counselor and diversity career opportunity consultant with the Center for Professional Development at the Charlotte School of Law.  Rucker Robinson is the owner of The Career Design Lab; over the past seven years, Aithyni has helped hundreds of job seekers rocket their careers to the next level. With a keen eye for career strategy, she has helped clients pivot to new industries, leverage their power, negotiate promotions and land their dream jobs. Rucker Robinson possesses a Bachelor of Arts from Spelman College and is a cum laude graduate of Western Michigan Thomas Cooley Law School. She is from Las Vegas and currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Headshot of Dwayne Sutton 

Entrepreneur, Parrish Street Partners
Panel: Entrepreneurship and Intricacies of Small Business

Dwayne Sutton is an alumnus of the University of South Carolina and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, is a bestselling author and a media/entertainment entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur, Sutton has completed projects with the Jordan Brand, Cox Media Group, Columbia Records, Inner City Broadcasting, HBO, NFL Players Association and Universal Music Group. 

Headshot of Yohance Thomas 

Technical Solutions Specialist, IBM
Panel: Establishing Your Place In Business

Yohance Thomas is originally from Florence, South Carolina, where he attended Wilson High School. After his graduation from the University of South Carolina in spring 2019, he accepted a full-time position with IBM as a technical solutions specialist in the Atlanta area. 

Headshot of Cynthia Walters 

Corporate Director of Inclusion, Prisma Health
Panel: Creating a Seat at the Table

Cynthia Walters is the corporate director of Inclusion at Prisma Health. She has been with Prisma for more than 20 years and has been in her current position since 2013. Walters received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of South Carolina.

Portrait of Joe Wright 

Digital Strategist and Senior Consultant, Ernst & Young
Panel: Networking

Joe Wright is from Clover, South Carolina, and graduated from the Moore School at the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in finance and marketing. Since graduating in 2012, he worked for two management consulting firms and now works for Ernst & Young in their Digital Transformation in Practice advising Fortune 100 companies. 

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