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8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Professional Development Breakfast: Energizing Communities of Color: Why Today’s Energy Sector Matters
Powered by BP and ExxonMobil
The oil and natural gas industries touch our lives in countless ways each day — from fueling our cars to heating our homes, and from cooking our meals to carpeting our homes. Today’s emphasis is on "clean” fuels as well as innovation in the production of traditional fossil fuels. This breakfast session will offer insider perspectives on the industry from policy makers and private decision makers.

Bertha Coombs, General Assignment Reporter, CNBC

Ray Dempsey, Jr., Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, BP America
Lonnie Johnson, Senior Director, Federal Relations, Exxon Mobil
Frank Stewart, President and COO, American Association of Blacks in Energy
Warner Williams, Vice President, Gulf of Mexico Business Unit, Chevron

Professional Development Breakfast: Sports Task Force Mentor Breakfast

Powered by ESPN 

Join the NABJ Sports Task Force for its annual mentorship breakfast, where aspiring journalists are paired with professional mentors from broadcast, print and online newsrooms. 

Moderator: Michael Smith, ESPN Talent

Presenter: Jemele Hill, ESPN Talent

Featured Speaker: Stan Verrett, ESPN SportsCenter Anchor 


7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Professional Development Breakfast: Negotiation and Persuasion 
Powered by Comcast|NBCUniversal

Not sure how to ask for the raise? Want to sell your story pitch? Think you’re ready for a promotion?

The art of negotiation can never be underestimated. The ability to influence a group or individual can be a powerful game changer in a career at any stage. Whether you are hoping to use powers of persuasion to gain either a large pay increase or simply to convey a creative idea, phrasing, body language and timing can play a huge role. Our panel of experts will give you the tools you need to negotiate your position from any point in your career path. Experienced leaders in the field of journalism and talent management will provide insight on the best ways to turn your dreams to reality.

Elena Nachmanoff, Vice President, NBC News
Princell Hair, Senior Vice President, News and Talent, NBC Sports Group
Sharon Epperson, Senior Commodities Correspondent & Personal Finance Correspondent, CNBC
Olivia Metzger, Agent, Creative Artists Agency
Camille Edwards, Vice President of News, WRC-TV, Washington, D.C.

Dollars & Sense: Money Matters in the African American Community 
Powered by Prudential Financial, Inc.
The recession has had a disproportionate impact on African Americans and the disparity has become even more glaring in this election year. Yet there are still many opportunities to maximize wealth. Prudential Financial presents this expert panel offering tips and strategies for covering personal finance and retirement issues. The session also will send out a call to action for achieving personal financial success.

Moderated by:
Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, 
The Money Coach - author and journalist , personal finance expert

Rodney Brooks. personal finance editor, USA Today
Bertha Coombs, business and general assignment reporter, CNBC
Deborah Owens, personal finance expert and author
Valerie Coleman Morris, personal finance advocate and author

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