ESP and Business Leaders at 6th Annual FraserNet Power Networking Conference
(Saturday, June 30, 2007; Atlanta, GA)
Left to right: Everett L. Glenn, President & CEO of ESP, Darrell Miller, Managing Partner of the Hollywood law firm Miller & Plaikas, Jini D. Thornton, CPA and CEO of Envision Business Management Group, Bill Strickland of Blackwave Sports, and Courtney B. Vance, actor and producer, Bassett (Angela) Vance Productions.
Everett Glenn and Tiffany Taylor of Entertainment & Sports Plus joined networking guru George Fraser and over 1,000 Black professionals, business owners and community leaders at the 6th Annual FraserNet PowerNetworking Conference in Atlanta, GA.
The FraserNet PowerNetworking Conference is the largest gathering of Black professionals, business owners and community leaders from across the United States. The theme of this year’s conference was “It’s Time to Focus – Leveraging Our Global Resources for Building Wealth in the 21st Century.” Participants at 6th Annual Conference received world-class training from the best of the best minds and scholars in Black America, gained professional growth and development training--geared towards leveraging Black America's tremendous resources and intellectual capital, and met key people from major corporations who embrace diversity including, but not limited to, Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Delta Airlines, Exxon Mobil, Ford Motors, Home Depot and The Coca-Cola Company.
Keynote speaker for the 4-day conference was Dr. Myles Munroe, Founder, President, and Senior Pastor of Bahamas Faith Ministries International, an all-encompassing network of ministries headquartered in Nassau, Bahamas. Dr. Munroe is a multi-gifted international motivational speaker, best selling author and business consultant. One of the youngest recipients of the Queen’s Birthday Honors, Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in 1998, Dr. Munroe spoke to a standing-room only crowd with a message that was motivational, yet biblically based, with a central theme of transformation of followers into leaders, dealing with self-discovery, purpose and helping individuals maximize their God-given potential.
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Starting from the premise that we were all born leaders and that the leadership spirit in an inherent human quality, Dr. Munroe provided participants with a host of spiritual, moral and physical tools to enhance personal development and maximize leadership potential, to assist participants in discovering their reason for existing, maximizing their lives and inspiring future generations with a spiritual transformation that is relevant and necessary for national, social, political and cultural development.
The highlight of the conference was the BrainShare Celebrity Auction. This unique event raises money for full scholarships to selected Black college students to attend the PowerNetworking Conference…to provide them with access they would normally not have, to meet, greet and connect with Black America’s top corporate executives, entrepreneurs and business leaders.
This year auction raised over $100,000 in scholarship funds and included:
An all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles provided by Forrest Whitaker to attend the premiere of his new movie, The Great Debaters, a drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas who in 1935 inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship.
An all-expense paid trip provided by Gabrielle Union to join her and a few of her friends at the 11th annual “Zo’s Summer Groove” in Miami, a 5-day community event sponsored by Alonzo Mourning of the Miami Heat.
An all-expense paid trip provided by Chris Tucker to join him for a private screening of Rush Hour 3 in Los Angeles, CA..
An all-expense paid trip to Dallas, Texas to shadow Clovis Prince, President & CEO of Prince & Associates, a $800 million plus minority-owned firm that provides acquisition, engineering, construction and management – total solution services – to the communications industry and real estate development and renovation services nationwide.
An all-expense trip to Nassau, Bahamas, for dinner with Myles Munroe at Atlantis Paradise Island, a 2,300 room deluxe hotel including the world’s largest outdoor aquarium, and private time with him at his mansion.
Everett L. Glenn, President and CEO of Entertainment & Sports Plus, was a panelist on the Saturday Power Panel “The State of the Entertainment and Sports $ in Black America” along with Black Hollywood attorney Darrell Miller (Angela Bassett, Ludacris, etc), Courtney B. Vance, actor and producer, Bassett Vance Productions, Bill Strickland, President, Blackwave Sports Group (Corey Brewer, Joakim Noah, etc) and Atlanta CPA Jini Thornton CPA (T.I., Young Jeezy, etc). Speaking to a standing-room only crowd, the panelists examined the role of Blacks in the sports and entertainment industries and offered strategies for increasing the influence and participation by Black business owners and professionals in the sports and entertainment industries.