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Bob Grant

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Bob Grant

Chairman of the Board

Retired NFL Players Congress and

Super Bowl Champion

In November Wake Forest honored Robert Grant and Kenneth “Butch” Henry at the inaugural Trailblazer Award Ceremony. Bob and Butch were the first Black football student-athletes to enroll at a Division I institution in the South, joining the Wake Forest family in the fall of 1964. Being the first two Black football players at Wake Forest took tremendous courage and the support of teammates, the coaching staff, our University leadership and the Winston-Salem community. They were transformational leaders of character with the fortitude to persevere and blaze trails for future student-athletes of color at Wake Forest.

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BRIAN HAMILTON

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Brian Hamilton

President & Founder, Hippo Technologies, Inc.

Pioneer in Augmented / Mixed Reality and wearable computing. Currently President & Founder, Hippo Technologies, Inc. prior to that co-founded RealWear which build the world’s first REAL hands-free and fully rugged head-mounted tablet solution for connected industrial workers (Google Glass on steroids). Expert in driving market acceptance, adoption and winning market share.  

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Dr. Joseph Bryant, Jr.

National Tech & Sports Director for Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and

CEO, PROSPEAKS

Serving as liaison to the technology sector and the sports industry,organizing sports events and engagements with current and former players from the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball. Also tasked with working with the major technology companies in Silicon Valley and the world.  

PROSPEAK is a full-service Sports Management company that works with professional sports leagues and serves professional athletes on and off the field. 

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DR. JOSEPH BRYANT, JR.

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Mary Gardner

Chief Motivational Officer, CEO

Mary Gardner Communications, LLC

Inspirational Speakers Academy

Mary’s television experience is extensive. She has reported, anchored and has been featured on national TV news programs such as Nightline, The Today Show, The Early Show, Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC among other networks. Coaches executives, celebrities and professional athletes like Billie Jean King (world tennis champion), Martina Navratilova (world tennis champion), Peggy Fleming (Olympic ice skater) Bernard King (NBA basketball phenomena), and numerous TV news anchors, executives and professionals.
 

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MARY GARDNER

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REGINALD GRANT

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Reginald Grant, MS Ed.

Business Strategist

Co-founder eSportsInstruction and

Corporate Relations for the Retired NFL Players Congress

He is a serial entrepreneur, former English teacher, and professional football athlete, New York Jets, NFL. He has a passion to empower and inspire individuals to be successful. All because he has been helped and inspired during his journey. With the understanding that success is defined differently for all of us. He is the author of “Entrepreneur: Your Guide To Starting Your Business” (2020), “Managing Your Brand: You Can Pimp Me, But You Have To Pay Me” (2019), Youth Entrepreneur Impact Program(YEIP) (2018), and more.

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Barbara Bickham

Founder & Managing Director of Trailyn VC funding pre-seed diverse deep tech founders.

Barbara is currently the Founder and CTO of Trailyn Ventures, helping investors and entrepreneurs understand emerging technology. Companies include The Aclyd Project - Sustainability, Payment and Remittance on the Blockchain; 2TransFair - Payment and Remittance on the Blockchain; Plaak - Exchange; EVRealities - AR/VR Attribution on the Blockchain; Rechain - Universal Rewards on the Blockchain, and others. Investors participate in the Emerging Tech Lab, a 3-Month Mastermind that trains them on emerging technology and investing like a venture capitalist.

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Barbara Bickham

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Dan Lebowitz

Executive Director

Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University

He is the third executive director in the Center’s 30+ year history. Lebowitz’s tenure has seen a wide spectrum of work, from a partnership with the NFL to violence prevention work with Major League Baseball, the military, and the Boston Police Department. He is a leader on normative culture change
 

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Dan Lebowtz

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Kristan Browne

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Kristan Browne Swan

CEO

Attriniti Consulting.

As the founder of Attriniti Consulting, Kristan Browne Swan focuses on helping companies develop and implement anti-racism strategies to accelerate diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) at all levels of management. Additional services include employee engagement consulting, leadership coaching, and executive coaching. She has developed comprehensive programs such as The 4 S’s of Success (Systems, Structure, Strategy, & Space) to support individuals, teams, and organizations.

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Sterling Louviere

President CEO

Financial Architects Inc.

Financial Architects (FA) is a Pasadena, CA based investment advisory firm founded by Sterling Louviere in 1996. FA advises individuals, families, and institutional clients. The firm focuses on tax mitigation, using tools such as captive insurance (through Financial Architects Insurance), deferred sales trust, qualified plans and 1031/1035 exchanges to reduce their client’s tax footprint and allow them to keep more of their own money.

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Stephen Meade

President CEO

Strategic Advisor

 Business Executive, strategic adviser[ and entrepreneur. He has created and ran three Public OTC companies in the US and has started 11 total companies. He took his first company public in 1999 which was a precursor to PayPal. Currently, Stephen serves as the Chairman at BigBamboo LLC, a holding company that incubates start-up companies and is also head of MonetaPro, MagMo, My Wet Rock, RONAstar, and ComCom (Community Commerce) Networks.

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Stephen Meade

BigBamboo, LLC
MonetaPro