January 11, 2019

I AM EMPOWERED Young Professionals Summit


How do you define yourself? Maybe it's I AM DRIVEN. I AM OPTIMISTIC. I AM AUTHENTIC.


MOTHER, MANAGER, MENTOR. The list goes on.

Our individual definitions make up who we are as a community... an evolving community that wants (and needs) your voice!

The future of Broward county starts with us. Our community calls for us to learn, grow, and excel here. And also asks that we give back. By sharing our ideas and talents, while respecting the history that came before us, we can improve this place we all call home – now and for generations to come.

At the inaugural I AM EMPOWERED Young Professionals Summit, we invite you to activate your curiosity, discover new ways to grow personally and professionally, foster connections, and dig your roots deep into the community to initiate positive change and make a lasting impact.

Join other young professionals in this day-long exploration, fueled by inspiring keynote speakers, insightful panel discussions, motivating change-maker sessions, and opportunities to connect with the leaders of today and tomorrow. We are all in this together.

Those who are empowered, empowers others. Let's reaffirm our magic by chanting the mantra: I AM EMPOWERED.

I am ________. Join us ‪on Feb 23rd‬ to fill in the blank the way you want to define yourself, your future, and our community.

General admission tickets include:
Admission to all sessions
Light breakfast
Full lunch

2019 Summit Schedule

Time Session Speaker
9am – 10am I AM EMPOWERED Breakfast mixer
10am – 10:30am Welcome, Thank You to Sponsor and Opening Keynote Ricardo Clerge, ULBCYPN | VP of Professional Development
Toby Young, ULBCYPN | President
Ray Shackelford, National Urban League Young Professionals | Southern Regional Vice President
 10:30am – 11:15am SPEAK Your Mind and Command the Room Suzette SpeaksTelevision Host, Speaker, Author, and Attorney
Leading Organization Change and Breaking Barriers Deborah BethuneTeal Talents | VP of Talent Development
11:15am – 11:30am Break
11:30am – 12:15pm Financial Independence and Securing the Bag Marcus MoonFinancial Services | New York Life Securities & Mainstay Investments
Navigating Success Using Emotional Intelligence Phillip Wells, Broward County Public Schools | High School Counselor
Sankofa: Light the Past for a Brighter Future Rudy Jean-BartBroward College | Assistant Professor of History
12:15pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch Keynote Marie Waugh, APTIM | Chief Human Resources Officer
1:30pm – 2:00pm Entertainment Ian Mann, Violinist and Artist
2:00pm – 2:45pm State of Young Black Broward
2:45pm – 3:00pm Thank you and raffle giveaway Jasmine Felton, Senior Vice President, ULBCYPN

Opening Keynote Speaker

Ray Shackelford


 National Urban League Young Professionals - Southern Regional Vice President


I am an innovative, passionate, goal oriented & entrepreneurial leader who thrives when given challenges. My past work experience is a blend of Education, Sports, Non-profit & For Profit industries. While completing my MBA program I worked on projects as a fact based Management Consultant providing analysis, strategy, and implementation in the Non-profit, IT, and Retail industries. I am highly proficient at problem solving, public speaking, written communication, and relationship development across the client spectrum. My passion lies in helping people, personal learning, and making the greatest impact possible by fully utilizing my talents and skills every day.


Lunch Keynote Speaker

Marie Waugh

APTIM – Chief Human Resources Officer

As Chief Human Resources Officer, Marie has purview over Performance and Talent Management, Benefits, Compensation, Human Resources Systems, and Recruiting. Marie has more than 20 years of progressive human resources (HR) leadership roles in large energy and financial organizations. Prior to being named Chief Human Resources Officer, Marie served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources; Environment, Health, Safety; Facilities; SUEZ NA Foundation, accountable for overseeing the company’s North American human resource, environment, health and safety strategies and programs for SUEZ, one of the nation’s leading environmental organizations.

Before SUEZ, Marie held senior level HR roles with Energy Transfer, Washington Mutual Corporation, Fannie Mae, and JP Morgan Chase.


Ian Mann


Freelance Videographer specializing in Event Coverage, Event Promotion, Commercials/Advertisements and Short Sketches



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