There is a place somewhat hidden in the rural regions of Nicaragua. A modest coffee farm on land with vast growth potential. The soil is rich and the air is soothing. When you close your eyes and inhale deeply you almost feel transported, but there is no time for that. You have work to do. There are fields to tend, repairs to make, and vendor orders to fill.

These days of the year offer a bit more sunlight, but other than that, the earth gives man no favors. Through your toil you can secure the sustenance to live, but you…


There are many stories I tell about my solo bike ride down the California coast from San Francisco to San Diego back in 2013. I typically start my story the same way. I bought the bike on a Monday, left that Saturday, and with little money or knowledge about bicycles. My first night on the road, my good friend Mark Wilker and his then girlfriend, now fiancé, drove down to Pigeon Point to give me what would be my last home cooked meal until the trip ended. …


Her floors were a glossed honey brown. Seeing my reflection shining on them made me believe I had elevated several tax brackets. The creamy white walls offered an elegant balance of smooth and sharp edges that made you believe these weren’t just walls, they were a statement on what walls should be. Her loft wasn’t a place that gave you the impression it was lived in, it was more like a commercial that stated this lifestyle is brought to you by… a woman that gets exactly what she wants, when she wants it.

I was in her world now. I…


I’ve gained a reputation for being late. The small amount of authority voters granted me as a local elected official made me accustomed to having people wait on my arrival- whenever that may be. I didn’t often intend to make people wait on purpose, but to this day I’m not the best gauge for how long certain tasks take to complete.

I have learned that most things take more time to get started than they do to get finished. This is a lesson I intend to share with generations of men if I get the opportunity. This lesson of course…


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Carl Sherman Jr. is an American Politician, businessman and son of Carl Sherman Sr, who is the former Mayor of Desoto, TX. Desoto is a suburb of Dallas, TX and one of the country’s few affluent Black communities. Mr. Sherman Jr. formerly served two terms on the Desoto Board of Education where he also served as its President.

During our conversation we discuss his upbringing in Texas, starting a family at the age of 20 and what led him to initially get involved in politics. We share a fondness for the legacy…


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A native son of San Francisco, Eric McDonnell went from growing up in public housing to becoming the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of United Way Bay Area. He has over 25 years as an experienced executive leader with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit management industry. Currently, he serves as a Principal at Peacock Partnerships LLC, promoting diverse perspectives and leading to better solutions. McDonnell has expertise in strategy development, management & leadership development, executive coaching, facilitation, and keynote speaking.

He also serves on the boards of Museum of the African Diaspora…


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Clive Downie is the Chief Marketing Officer at Unity Technologies, a company that brings state-of-the-art, affordable multi platform tools & services to developers of interactive content everywhere. Downie has been in the gaming industry for more than 20 years, with 15 years of experience at Electronic Arts overseeing franchises like FIFA Soccer, Need for Speed, Medal of Honor and Command & Conquer. Born and raised in the small hamlet of Devon, England, Downie spent his youth watching planes pass overhead and daydream about travel and endless possibilities. …


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Dr. Bryant T. Marks, Sr. is an ordained minister, the founder and Chief Equity Officer at The National Training Institute on Race & Equity, as well as, a Psychology Professor at Morehouse College. For over twenty years Dr. Marks has provided unparalleled diversity, equity, and inclusion training. He served on President Obama’s Board of Advisors with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans and as Senior Advisor with the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Dr. Marks was a contributor/trainer with the Obama Administration’s My Brother’s Keeper…


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JJ Hanley is a Williams College alumnus, proud father of two, and the Co-Founder of Filigreen, a third-party cannabis distributor based in San Francisco. Filigreen aims to be the conduit that outputs a safe, secure product — shouldering the load of compliance so that cultivators can focus on refining their craft, and retailers can keep their shelves stocked with California’s best brands. A self proclaimed “risk averse” businessman, Hanley put it all on the line (including his house!) to get Filigreen off the ground. With a keen understanding of the disparate cannabis culture…


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Emily Stubb is a documentary filmmaker who’s environmental activism exposes issues such as food inequity in her hometown of Baltimore. Recognizing that the lack of access to nutrient dense food is an endemic crisis occurring in Baltimore City, Emily decided to highlight the stories of everyday people effecting positive change and reclaiming their human right to healthy food. Her short documentary, Deserted, which premiered at the 2019 Maryland Film Festival, has gained critical acclaim and continues to be screened throughout the country. Emily holds dual degrees in Documentary Filmmaking and Environmental Studies from…

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