The Thread: Conversations Beyond The Return | Vol. 3

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With COVID affecting our lives on the continent and throughout the diaspora - where do we go beyond the year of return?

What does that look like in a moment where the world is standing still?

How can we survive (and thrive) in these circumstances while pooling our resources, insights, and information to help us all?

Wakanda is indeed forever and our momentum can't be stopped. This is fuel for all of us.

About The Thread


Presented by Tastemakers Africa, The Thread | Conversations Beyond The Return is a traveling series of conversations unpacking the potential for Pan-Africanism in a post-"Year of Return" moment for the culture that has gone virtual. Three weeks ago 1400+ people gathered in a historic moment, we're running it back to continue to build together with Vol. 3.

Here's What to Expect


Speakers
Leaders, Movers, and Doers in Africa and the diaspora sharing knowledge and ideas to move the culture forward.

Workshops
Deep-Dive sessions on Finance, Health, and Education to address some of the most pressing issues of our time with world class experts.

Networking
Meet other attendees in 1:1 speed video networking sessions and in the live chat. Grow your network and collaborate.

Entertainment
You conference DJ Wavy Fox will provide the turnup and vibes in between sessions and in the "Let Out and Happy Hour"

About Tastemakers Africa


Tastemakers Africa is an experiences platform connecting the culture to the continent. From unique day tours and events in African cities hosted by locals, to curated group trips, to virtual events and pop ups all over the world - Tastemakers offers the most connected, authentic bridge for people of African descent looking to build, seek, and explore with one another.

Schedule

· Stage
Registration + HopIn 101
Chip Kennedy Nnenna Mona Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae) Kwame Som-Pimpong
· Stage
Opening | Why We're Here
Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae) Dr. Zinga  Fraser
· Stage
Creating New Ways of Existing
@aalaofficial :) Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae) mark blake Jidenna Mobisson Swaady Martin
· Stage
Travel Africa | When + How Can We Return Again?
Bheki Dube Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae) Naledi Khabo Tiffanie Anderson Akwasi Agyeman
· Stage
Advocating for Ourselves | Race, Class, and Justice in the COVID-19 Era
Candi Castleberry Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae) Aseante Renee Irungu Houghton Rokhaya  Diallo
· Stage
Networking + Stretch Break
DJ YOUNG FOX
· Stage
Representation | Shaping The Narrative in Film and Television
Elon D. Johnson Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae) Funa Maduka Dayna North Sam A
· Stage
From Within | Art in Turbulent Times
Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae) pierre-christophe gam James Bartlett Meryanne Loum-Martin Stanley Squirewell Zohra Opoku
· Networking
Networking + Stretch Break
DJ YOUNG FOX
· Stage
Corporate Intrapreneurship | Preservation and Advocacy
MIDWIN CHARLES Umindi Francis Ezinne K. @iamezi
· Networking
Networking + Stretch Break
DJ YOUNG FOX
· Stage
Resilience | Black Joy and Pleasure
Manushka Magloire Eddie  Kadi Taiyé Samuel Penda N'diaye Maat Petrova
· Stage
Enjoyment | Rebuilding the Food and Beverage Industries To Work For Us
Keba  Konte Morgan Fykes COLIN ASARE-APPIAH Ashtin Berry Fatmata Binta
· Sessions
Deep Dive | Pathways to Wealth Building
Akinyi Ochieng Chase Ross Emanuel Kofi Anku Tijan Watt
· Sessions
Deep Dive | Afrocentric Approaches to Health and Education (hosted by Birthright AFRICA)
Nneka Mobisson Katrena Perou Elle Williams @queen_ne4titi Amaka Izuchi Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH Milan Whippa Wiley Walla Elsheikh Jidenna Mobisson
· Sessions
Meet The People | Community Room I
· Sessions
Meet The People | Community Room II
· Stage
Happy Hour + The Let Out
DJ YOUNG FOX
· Stage
Closing
Kwame Som-Pimpong Chip Kennedy Nnenna Mona Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae)

Speakers

Ashtin Berry
Ashtin Berry

Founder, Radical XChange

Irungu Houghton
Irungu Houghton

Executive Director, Amnesty International Kenya

Sam A
Sam A

Actor, Dynasty CW Series

Akinyi Ochieng
Akinyi Ochieng

Marketing, Nova Credit

COLIN ASARE-APPIAH
COLIN ASARE-APPIAH

Senior Ambassador, Bacardi USA

Penda N'diaye
Penda N'diaye

Founder, Pro Hoe

Aseante Renee
Aseante Renee

Director of Communications, Common Justice

Dayna North
Dayna North

Writer/Exec producer., Former EP on Insecure

Morgan Fykes
Morgan Fykes

Founder, DCFunemployment

Taiyé Samuel
Taiyé Samuel

Entrepreneur

Naledi Khabo
Naledi Khabo

Executive Director, Africa Tourism Association

Ezinne K. @iamezi
Ezinne K. @iamezi

Head of Inclusion & Diversity, H&M

Kofi Anku
Kofi Anku

Investor & Real Estate Developer, AyiMensah Park

Jidenna Mobisson
Jidenna Mobisson

Artist

Walla Elsheikh
Walla Elsheikh

Co-Founder & CEO, Birthright AFRICA

Milan Whippa Wiley
Milan Whippa Wiley

Creative Director, Fear & Fancy

Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH
Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH

Chief Health Equity Officer, American Medical Association

Amaka Izuchi
Amaka Izuchi

Nurse & Actress

Elle Williams @queen_ne4titi
Elle Williams @queen_ne4titi

Founder, Nefertiti Media

Katrena Perou
Katrena Perou

Executive Director, Inspiring Minds

pierre-christophe gam
pierre-christophe gam

Artist

Nneka Mobisson
Nneka Mobisson

Co-Founder & CEO, mDoc

Funa Maduka
Funa Maduka

Director of International Original Films, Netflix

Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae)
Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae)

Founder & CEO, Tastemakers Africa

Nnenna Mona
Nnenna Mona

Consultant

@aalaofficial :)
@aalaofficial :)

Founder, Aala Care

Bheki Dube
Bheki Dube

Founder, CURIOCITY Backpackers

Candi Castleberry
Candi Castleberry

VP, Diversity Partnership Strategy + External Engagement

Elon D. Johnson
Elon D. Johnson

Senior Creative Executive, Tyler Perry Studios

Umindi Francis
Umindi Francis

CEO, Umindi Francis Consulting Group (UFCG)

MIDWIN CHARLES
MIDWIN CHARLES

Managing Principal, Midwin Charles & Associates LLC | Contributer, Essence Magazine

Manushka Magloire
Manushka Magloire

Social Impact & Community, AFROPUNK

Keba  Konte
Keba Konte

Founder, Red Bay Coffee

Chip Kennedy
Chip Kennedy

Chief Technology Officer, Tastemakers Africa

mark blake
mark blake

DJ and Wellness Practitioner

James Bartlett
James Bartlett

Artist

Eddie  Kadi
Eddie Kadi

Comedian

Kwame Som-Pimpong
Kwame Som-Pimpong

Consultant

Chase Ross Emanuel
Chase Ross Emanuel

Ecosystem Builder, Carta

Dr. Zinga  Fraser
Dr. Zinga Fraser

Director, Shirley Chisholm Project of Brooklyn Women’s Activism, Brooklyn College, CUNY

Maat Petrova
Maat Petrova

Founder, FEMMAGIC

Fatmata Binta
Fatmata Binta

Chef

Meryanne Loum-Martin
Meryanne Loum-Martin

Founder, Jnane Tamsna

DJ YOUNG FOX
DJ YOUNG FOX

Artist + Creative

Tijan Watt
Tijan Watt

General Parner, Wuri Ventures

Oummou Diallo (@tizzy.sassy)
Oummou Diallo (@tizzy.sassy)

Sales Operations Strategist, Hootsuite

Swaady Martin
Swaady Martin

Founder & CEO, YSWARA

Akwasi Agyeman
Akwasi Agyeman

CEO, Ghana Tourism Authority

Tiffanie Anderson
Tiffanie Anderson

Founder, Away to Africa

Rokhaya  Diallo
Rokhaya Diallo

French Journalist, Writer, Film Director

Stanley Squirewell
Stanley Squirewell

Artist

Zohra Opoku
Zohra Opoku

Artist

David A. Wilson
David A. Wilson

Founder, AFAR Ventures

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