Advisory Board Team

Bill Haley Jr.

Grandson of Alex Haley

Bio Coming soon

Loida Nicole Lewis

Attorney, Chair, Reginald F. Lewis Foundation

Mrs. Lewis is Chair and CEO of TLC Beatrice, LLC, a family investment firm.  She is the widow of Wall Street titan Reginald F. Lewis, who in 1987 engineered a leveraged buyout for $985 million of Beatrice International Foods thus becoming the 1st African American to create a billion dollar company.

Gordon Pennington

Former Director of Marketing, Tommy Hilfiger

Gordon Pennington, former director of marketing with Tommy Hilfiger, is a full-time international consultant to a number of corporations, governments and institutions. He’s known for his broad understanding of the growing power and influence of technology and the nexus of global media and entertainment industries. Gordon is the founder of the Dangerous Romantic Poets and currently managing director of Burning Media Group. Bio from

Fadhilika Atiba-Weza

Executive Director, National Alliance of Black Educators

Fadhilika Atiba-Weza works as a Executive Director at National Alliance of Black School Educators.  The National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) is the nation’s premier non-profit organization devoted to furthering the academic success for the nation’s children – particularly children of African descent.

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