This Year's Speakers

Dr. Pernessa C. Seele

Founder & CEO, The Balm In Gilead

Dr. Barbara L. Shaw

Board Chair, The Balm in Gilead Inc. Board of Directors

Freda Lewis-Hall, MD

Keynote Speaker

Clinician, Educator, Researcher, and Leader in Biopharmaceuticals and Life Sciences Industries

Rev. Dr. Shively T. J. Smith

Keynote Speaker

Assistant Professor of New Testament at Boston University School of Theology (Boston, MA)

Rev. Delman L. Coates, PhD

Keynote Speaker

Pastor of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, MD

Bishop Horace E Smith, MD

Keynote Speaker

Senior Pastor, Apostolic Faith Church Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Chicago, IL

Winnie Byanyima

Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Dr. Ala Stanford

Pediatric Surgeon, Founder of The Black Doctors COVID19 Consortium, Medical Consultant and Health Advocate

Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University, Durham, NC

Michelle Williams

Grammy Award-winning, singer/songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, designer, and television host.

Harriet A. Washington

Science writer, editor and ethicist. Author of Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Experimentation from Colonial Times to the Present

Dr. Khaalida T. Forbes

Founder and Chief Executive Officer Metamorphosis Enterprises

Karen Winkfield, MD, PhD

​Board-Certified Radiation Oncologist Specializing in the Treatment of Hematologic and Breast Malignancies

Michel Hamala Sidibé

Former Minister of Health and Social Affairs of Mali; Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Former Executive Director of UNAIDS.

Fred Hammond

Grammy Award-Winning Gospel artist

Sam Dagogo-Jack, M.D., D.Sc.

Professor of Medicine & Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

Executive Director, President, Healthcare Ready Contributor Humanitarian Disaster Institute

Keith C. Ferdinand, MD, FACC, FAHA, FNLA, FASCP

Professor of Medicine at the Tulane University School of Medicine

Kevin Williams, MPH, MD, JD

Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer Rare Disease

Kevin A. Alexander, MD

Advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist at Stanford University

Zanetta Lamar, MD

Triple Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Oncology

Tiffany Avery, MD

Medical Oncologist​ and Founder of CancerCall ​

Rev. Dr. Da’Henri R. Thurmond, Sr

Senior Pastor, St. Paul Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Savannah, Georgia

Tiffany H. Williams, DNP, APRN

Multiple Myeloma Patient advocate

Kim Burney, BSN, RN, MSNed, OCN

Oncology Clinical Educator

Maisha Amusa, BSN, RN

Oncology Clinical Educator

Donna Mitchell

Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and President/CEO of Covenant Counseling & Consultation Services, LLC

Dr. DeAnna Henderson

DeAnna Henderson, MD Board-certified Endocrinologist, Delta Companies Atlanta, GA

Dr. Deirdre James

Deirdre James, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine University of Tennessee

Eugenia Sanders MD

Board-certified Pediatrician, Lawndale Christian Health Center, Chicago, IL

Geraldine Peacock

Critical Care Nurse

Jacqui Patterson

Director, NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program

Fallon Wilson, PhD

Co-Founder of #BlackChurch Futures

Antonio (Tony) Williams

Executive Director of Comcast Public Affairs

Donald I King, FAIA

Architect, Planner and Educator

William Isaac McCoy

Dean of the School of Business at historic Stillman College

Pamela D. Price

Deputy Director of The Balm In Gilead

Cary L. Goodman

Program and Development Consultant

Angela Short

Certified Social Worker and Community Mental Health Liaison Representing Janssen Medical Affairs

Don Chaney

Former Professional Basketball player and Coach

Francy Y. Shu, MD

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor Department of Neurology David Geffen School of Medicine University of California, Los Angeles

Rev. Michael Malcom

Executive Director Alabama Interfaith Power & Light (AIPL) Birmingham, AL

Bishop La’Tresa M. Jester

La’Tresa M. Jester Senior Pastor Gideon Baptist Church Tucson, Arizona

Christopher T. Pullins MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine Mayo Clinic College of Medicine Scottsdale, AZ

Joyce Moon Howard, DrPH, MPH

Clinical Associate Professor of Community Health Science and Practice NYU School of Global Public Health

LaPrincess C Brewer MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine Mayo Clinic College of Medicine Rochester MN

Catherine Weikart Yeckel

Assistant Professor of Clinical Public Health at the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH)

Sherry Blake PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist / Media Personality / Author / Essence Magazine Contributor

Jay Ell Alexander

CEO of Black Girls RUN!

Stephanie Nicole Carter, MS, RDN

Leading nutrition, fitness and wellness expert

Christophe Bourdon

Senior Vice President & General Manager, US Oncology

Mike Edmondson

Vice President, Global Field Excellence and Commercialization

Stephanie King

Digital Health & Innovation, and Vice-Chair, Amgen's Black Employee Network

Nia Reed, PhD

ORISE Fellow Alzheimer's Disease and Healthy Aging Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Ima Ebong, MD

Assistant Professor Dept of Neurology, University of Kentucky

Richard King, MD

Associate Professor Dept of Neurology, University of Kentucky

Rayvann Kee II, PsyD

Psychologist & Owner, EmpowerMeant Counseling, Coaching, and Consulting, LLC

Dr. Donna Baptiste

Department Chair Clinical Mental Health Counseling Family Institute @ Northwestern University Chicago, IL

Janet Kitchen

Founder, Positively U, Inc.

Bambi W. Gaddist DrPH

CEO of the South Carolina HIV Council dba Wright Wellness Center

Cynthia J. Finch, LMSW,CCM,CMCE

Licensed Master Social Worker New Direction HealthCare Solutions Founder/Executive Director

Natalia Kanem, MD

United Nations Under-Secretary-General Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Chewe Luo, MD

Associate Director and Chief of the HIV/AIDS Section in the Programme Division UNICEF

Dazion Dixon Diallo

Founder & President SisterLove, Inc.

Linda Golfer-Blunt

Linda Golfer-Blunt President & CEO Black Women's Health Imperative

Marsha Henderson

Former Assistant Commissioner for Women's Health at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Wintley Phipps

Vocal artist, motivational speaker, and education activist

Rev. Dr. Kevin McGill, Sr.

Pastor, Rock Hill AMEZ Church, Concord, NC

Bishop Harry L. Seawright

Presiding Prelate, The 9th Episcopal District, The African Methodist Episcopal Church

Bishop Teresa E. Jefferson-Snorton

Presiding Prelate, Fifth Episcopal District, The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

Bishop George Crenshaw

Chairman, Board of Bishops, The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

Molly French

Director of Public Health, The Alzheimer's Association

Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson

Chairman, The Conference of National Black Churches and Senior Pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Mt. Vernon, NY

Rev. Evatt Mugarura

Priest, The Anglican Church of Uganda, Kampala, Uganda

The Right Rev. Dr. Stephen M. Moreo

Bishop of the Diocese of Johannesburg

Saidi Mpendu, MD

Country Director, Balm In Gilead – Tanzania

Rev. Dr. Danielle L. Brown

Pastor, Church Life @ Cathedral International, Perth Amboy, NJ

Bishop Dennis V. Proctor

Presiding Prelate, The Northeastern District, The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick, III

Senior Bishop, The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

Dr. Glenda Glover

International President, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole

NCNW Chair & National President, National Council of Negro Women

Quanda Baker

President, Richmond Metropolitan Area Chapter, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.

Bishop W. Darin Moore

Presiding Prelate, Mid-Atlantic Episcopal District, The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

Nicolette Louissaint, PhD

Executive Director, President, Healthcare Ready Contributor Humanitarian Disaster Institute

Bishop James B. Walker

The Presiding Prelate of the Seventh Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.

Rev. Dr. Dominique A. Robinson

Dean of Chapel and Assistant Professor of Religion, Wiley College, Marshall, TX

Melanie Pratt

Dean of Chapel and Assistant Professor of Religion at Wiley College

Rev. Milton A. Williams, Jr.

Pastor, Pennsylvania Avenue AME Zion Church Baltimore, MD.

Lisa Fitzpatrick, MD, MPH

Medical Epidemiologist & Infectious Disease Physician

Jonathan Jackson, PhD

Founder & Executive Director, CARE Research Center @ Mass General Hospital/Harvard University Medical School, Boston, MA

Carolina Randall Williams

Author, Historian, Artist, Poet, Teacher

Greg Millet, MPH

Vice President & Director, Public Policy, AMFAR, New York, NY

Reverend Dr. Jacqueline A. Thompson

Senior Pastor, Allen Temple Baptist Church, Oakland, CA

Reverend Dr. Renita J. Weems

, Theologian, Scholar, Writer, Minister, Co-pastor Ray of Hope Community Church, Nashville, TN

Dr. Jessica Young Brown

Counseling Psychologist & Assistant Professor, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA

Dr. Kyle Brooks

Assistant Professor of Homiletics, Worship, Black Church & African American Studies, Methodist Theological School, Delaware, OH

Debra Peek-Haynes

Health & Wellness Advocate, Author of Debra’s Healing Kitchen

Dr. Ansel Augustine

Executive Director, Cultural Diversity and Outreach, Archdiocese of Washington, DC

Rev. Dr. Claudette A. Copeland

Co-Founder & Pastor Emeritus, New Creation Fellowship Church, Windcrest, TX

Lawrence L. Craig, Jr.

Internationally Acclaimed Baritone

Bishop Samuel L. Green, Sr

Presiding Prelate, 7th Episcopal District, The African Methodist Episcopal Church

Dr. Michele Halyard

Dean, The Mayo Clinic, Alix School of Medicine, Arizona Campus

Corey Y. Brown “C-Yo Brown”

Creator of the Urban Cardio Dance (UCD) class

Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III

Black Church Food Security Network

Alice Freeman, M.A.C.E.

Registered Naturopath with the American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board, Nutritionist, Certified Nutritional Consultant

Donna Green-Goodman, MPH

Health Educator, and host of "Cookin' Up Good Health"

Sidney Hankerson, MD

Psychiatrist, Assistant Professor, clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University, NYC

Tina Thomas, MS, BS, CDP, CADDCT, MHS

Senior Director of Programs and Services, The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Richmond and the Central and Western Virginia Chapters

Rev. Dr. Nathaniel T. Brooks DMin

Senior Pastor, Greater Saint John Baptist Church, Birmingham, AL

Deborah Faye Beasley, PhD, Therapist,

Evans and Evans Counseling and Consulting Services in Chicago, Illinois

Denisha DeLane

Project Coordinator, Crossbay Together

Greg S. Jenkins, PhD

Professor of Meteorology, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Penn State University

Stephanie J. Monroe

Executive Director, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s African American Network

Rev. Dr. Willie Francois

Senior Pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church of Pleasantville, NJ.