Theme: “Investing Together is Always Better”

Registration - Soundscape Provided by DJ Soniwithaneye

After registration community members arriving for first time receive journals + pens and are encouraged to find space to ground their planted offerings and will have the opportunity to contribute personal photos in the Community Roots Gallery.

Plant Based Breakfast + Networking

Menu Curated by Black Girls Eat and Brooklyn STEAM Center Scholars.

Welcome to the YD Community

Brooklyn STEAM Center scholars co-host introduces Malik Yoba Founder/CEO Yoba Development who sets the theme and intention for the activation.

Generational Wealth Growth Mindset Training Part 2 w/Cognitive Coach Krystal Rosa - Founder Mindful Me

A 10-minute guided meditation on cooperative economics and collective responsibility.

How the Minority Business Development Agency is Helping to Create More BIPOC Millionaires

Undersecretary of MBDA Donald Cravins Jr. shares his vision for making an impact in the lives of BIPOC entrepreneurs across America. His agenda and mission is to make sure that every established or aspiring entrepreneur of diverse backgrounds knows that they have an ally in a federal agency dedicated to helping their business scale.

Harvest Season

Screening Episode 4 – The Real Estate Mix Tape – “Who Built What?”

In this episode, Malik introduces the cohort to the men and women who risk life and limb working in construction building NYC’s Skyline. A behind the curtain view into the lives of the nameless and faceless builders of our city and just how much money can be made as a skilled tradesperson. The cohort also explores the possibility of pursuing a real estate deal of their own, while we address the pressing needs of housing for returning citizens. Q & A co-hosted by a Brooklyn STEAM Center student along with cast members and director Malik Yoba.

Power in Collaboration: Financing a Pipeline of BIPOC Projects Together

Mikiyon Alexander – Head of Coverage at Momentus Securities

Mikiyon has thought long and hard about how to fill the gaps and find solutions for multifamily financing. Working at big legacy banks he knew that they had little interest in working with the smaller scale black developers. He knew he could make the numbers work so decided he would leave those banks and work with mission-based institutions that are driven to work with BIPOC developers. His strategy is to leverage mission-based institutions (issuers of bond debt) that are established in
the capital markets space, whose mission is to work with affordable housing developers and providers via their lending platform and focus on growing the capacity BIPOC firms.

** INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY – Mikiyon will review presentations by 3 BIPOC Developers in need of capital for their projects to Momentus Capital for consideration.

Your Network is Your Net Worth

Networking + Community Move Members are encouraged to move to a different “neighborhood” from where they originally settled at top of day. Meet new neighbors and network.

Flipping The Hood with Schelton Assoumou of Brownstone NYC

Schelton shares the secrets of his company’s success which helps preserve minority communities and creates value for both investors and homeowners by buying distressed assets and rehabilitating them, and turning them into exceptional investment opportunities. BNYC has a strong track-record in real estate investing, renovation, and value creation. BNYC provides superior risk-adjusted returns by capturing the real estate growth opportunities in New York while also promoting economic equity and racial equality in New York City’s culturally rich neighborhoods: Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.

Panel 1 - How Technology is Building Black Billionaires

  • Bruce Jackson (Moderator) – An associate general counsel at Microsoft and managing director for strategic partnerships out of the office of the president at Microsoft.
  • Keenan D. Williams – Co- Founder, REZI – raised $200M + for property-tech startup launched in 2018 whose mission is to make leasing your next home or apartment simple, accessible and free through an app. One of only 3 Black owned Prop-Tech companies in commercial real estate in the space.
  • David Adefeso is the CEO of The Pacific Group, a leading wealth management and financial advisory firm based in Los Angeles that he started 19 years ago. He is also the founder and CEO of Sootchy Inc., a technology company focused on eliminating long-term poverty in America by providing all 8.7 million underserved and underrepresented children of color the opportunity to attain a college education with no student debt.
  • Jaye Watts – Founder and CEO of Coexist Gaming. A subscription based gaming lounge that has revolutionized the gaming experience. A modern-day renaissance woman, Jay is a tournament champion gamer, a Grammy Nominated Recording Artist, published songwriter and has serviced thousands of patrons in the Michelin Star world as a culinary expert and Certified Wine Sommelier. She has dedicated her life to empowering and motivating marginalized communities through education and activism.
  • Martha Underwood – Founder and CEO of Prismm, a company dedicated to revolutionizing the wealth transfer process at the end of life through technology. By leveraging best-in-class digital practices, Martha and her team are taking a fresh, creative approach to handling documents and assets. A highly accomplished software technology industry veteran who has built a storied career spanning from IBM in Florida to Silicon Valley, and now Birmingham, Alabama. Martha is a true innovator in the industry.

*College Fund Opportunity for student attendees courtesy of David Adefeso + Sootchy

LUNCH - Pop up by local food vendors

"Build Your Own Generator So When They Turn off The Power You Still Have Lights"

Highlighting founders in various industries making a difference building businesses , buildings and enriching our communities

Panel 1 Black Developers + Owners Building from the Ground Up

  • Kirk Goodrich – President Monadnock Development
  • Dan Bythewood – Principle La Cite Development
  • Ian Arias – Principle La Cite Development
  • Beatrice Sibblies – BOS Development
  • Jude Bernard – Brooklyn Bank
  • Julien Gordon – Multi Family Movement
  • Storm Leroy – The Employed Millionaire
  • Malcolm A. Punter – President & CEO of Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement
  • Micah Hunter – NHP Foundation
  • Craig Livingston – Principle – Exact Capital

Property Management isn’t for Black People

Kervin Puckett – Former Housing Insecurity (youth) and Founder Black Brix Property Management shares his journey in finding success in an overlooked lane in residential real estate – Black Brix Property Management & Brokerage Specializes in Multifamily Property Management, our superpower is giving our residents the respect filled, human experience that is rare in urban areas, leading to longer successful tenancies, healthy relationships with management, and lowered maintenance and turnover costs.

Panel 2: Beauty inside and Out – Black + Latino Architects, Interior Designers and Artists

A frank discussion on the challenges and successes of black architects and interior designers in the real estate industry and what is being done to create more space for them.

  • Leyden Lewis – Leyden Lewis Design Studio
  • Keita Turner- Keita Turner Designs
  • Gary Bates – Principal – Make Make
  • Pascale Sablan- Adjaye Associates
  • Randall Lopez- 3rd year Architect Student Pratt
  • Malene Barnett – Artist Black Artist and Designers Guild

Your Network is Your Net Worth

Networking + Community Move. Community members are encouraged to move to a different “neighborhood” from where they originally settled at top of day. Meet new neighbors and network.

How To Make Millions of Dollars in Government Contracts + Grants

Black folks talk about reparations all the time. We deserve them and learning to work with the same government that created policies to keep us out of opportunities has a little known secret called the SBA 8a Program. Learn from subject matter experts who have collectively procured billions of dollars in contracts and grants.

  • Trinette Chandler – Chandler Law
  • Paula K. Watts – Government Procurement Innovators (GPI)
  • Stacey Mollison – Libra Management Group
  • Mehdi Bousaidi – Horus
  • Michelle Walker Davis – Imperial Management Group
  • Venus Quates – LaunchTech

** Launching Scholars Space Camp Scholarships Available for Girls 15-18 powered by LaunchTech
** Scholarships for space, aviation, and cybersecurity camps

Closing Remarks

Malik Yoba

**** Programming Schedule Subject to Change