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South Florida Black Professionals Summit aims to address economic injustice

Attendees listen to workshops at the 2015 Black Professionals Summit. The 2016 annual conference will be held on Sept. 23 and Sept. 24.
Attendees listen to workshops at the 2015 Black Professionals Summit. The 2016 annual conference will be held on Sept. 23 and Sept. 24. Black Professionals Summit

Coming near the tail end of a year that has further raised questions about injustice to African Americans, this year’s Black Professionals Summit in South Florida aims to provide answers.

Injustice — political, economic or otherwise — will take center stage at the Sept. 23 to 24 summit, which hopes to draw 200 students and professionals for workshops and networking events around the theme of “Thriving Beyond Borders.”

Now in its third year, the conference is designed to help professionals maximize their careers, business and lifestyle goals and provide a bridge for students transitioning from college to professional life.

This year’s theme puts a local lens on efforts to increase equality for communities of color by helping attendees develop their careers in a multi-ethnic community, reducing the high school dropout rate and increasing access to capital.

The summit kicks off Sept. 23 with an opening reception at Fate Nightclub in Hallandale Beach, followed by a day of workshops on Sept. 24 at the Roz and Cal Kovens Center near Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus.

The keynote address will be given by Jaret Davis, co-managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Miami office and president-elect of the Beacon Council. Other speakers include state Sen. Dwight Bullard, Florida Rep. Cynthia Stafford, Broward County Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief, City of Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam, and City of Miami Commission Chairman Keon Hardemon.

If you go

What: Black Professional Summit 2016

When: Sept. 23-Sept. 24

Tickets: $55 general admission, $45 student; reception additional

Where: Fate Nightclub, 601 Silks Run No. 2499 in Hallandale Beach on Sept. 23 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Roz and Cal Kovens Conference Center, 3000 NE 151st St., North Miami, on Sept. 24.

Info: blackprofessionalssummit.com

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