African American Black Male Staff

UC African American Black Male Staff Employee Resource Group Presents...

The 2nd Annual UC Black Male Summit

When: Saturday April 8, 2023 9:00AM-3:00PM

Location: AACRC, 60 W. Charlton, UC Main Campus


Nia, the 5th principle of Kwanzaa, means “purpose:” “To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.” By understanding and applying this principle, we as Black Men can live up to our true purpose: To Lead, to Learn, and to Love

The vision of the University of Cincinnati Black Male Summit is to provide aid in bridging identifiable gaps relating to social opportunities, innovations, and professional networking for Black male students, staff, and faculty. The UC Black Male Summit will provide a seminar, workshops, and community awareness education relating to:

  • Entrepreneurship/Career Development
  • Health and Wellness
  • Mind, Body, and Spirit
  • Making a Difference Within Your Community
  • A Call For Change: Providing Solutions For Black Male Achievement and Success 
  • Educated Black Men and Their Role In Higher Education

The agenda for the event will be as follows

  • 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM | Light Breakfast/Opening Ceremonies
  • 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM | Keynote Speaker: Power of Organization and Unity
  • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM | 1st Breakout Session
  • 10:45 AM - 11:00 AM |Break/Network
  • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM |2nd Breakout Session
  • 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM |Catered Lunch/Network
  • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM |Lessons in Leadership Panel
  • 1:30 PM - 1:45 PM |Break/Network
  • 1:45 PM - 2:00 PM | Group Discussion/Closing Remarks
African American Cultural Center
University of Cincinnati
Office of Equity & Inclusion

Individuals with an interest in addressing ways to bridge identifiable gaps affecting black males relating to social opportunities, innovations and professional networking will find the summit useful. Any student, faculty or staff is welcomed to attend the free Summit.

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William M Harris

Lessons in Leadership Panel

Henry Brown

Henry Brown

Mr. Brown is a principal with WEB Ventures, a management consulting firm focused on strategic planning for diversity and economic inclusion. WEB is helping to ensure inclusion in all aspects of the development and operating process of the Uptown Innovation Corridor, centered at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Reading Road in Uptown Cincinnati. Their work includes construction contracts, employment, developers, and investors. The WEB Ventures team was played a central role in recruiting the principals of Queen City Hills, LLC to the Corridor. This will be largest African American-led real estate development project in the Cincinnati region's history.

Mr. Brown retired from Procter & Gamble in 1999 as the Director of World Wide Engineering. Before founding WEB Ventures in 2014, he provided consulting services to small and mid-size construction and construction-related companies.

Mr. Brown’s record of community service is long and deep. He was the volunteer project manager for the design and construction of a full service Carl H. Lindner family branch of the YMCA built in Cincinnati’s inner city in 2005. He is a member of the Greater Cincinnati YMCA Board of Directors, past member of the YMCA of the USA Board of Trustees, past board chair of the Greater Cincinnati YMCA and member of the Wesley Education Center volunteer board.

In addition to his work for the YMCA, Mr. Brown was project manager and advisor to the Board for design and construction of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Museum, which opened on the Cincinnati riverfront August 2004. He was a past director of for Seven Hills Neighborhood House and past director and board chairman of Lenox Savings Bank (now Foundations Bank).

Mr. Brown has also maintained generous and continuous involvement and support for his alma mater, Missouri University of Science and Technology. He served on the Diversity Subcommittee of the MSM-UMR Alumni Association Board and as Chairman of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh (philanthropic out reach) board for two terms. Brown also served as chairman of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on 

Eliot Isaac

Eliot Isaac, Director of Public Safety, Police Chief

Isaac began his career with Cincinnati Police in 1988. During his time as an officer, he worked on patrol in Districts One and Four. He also worked in District One on the Community Policing Unit, the Violent Crimes Unit, and the Investigative Unit. Isaac was promoted to sergeant in 1997, first working as a shift sergeant and then as the Internal Investigations Section Investigator. In 2002, Isaac became a lieutenant, and in that role served as the District Four third shift commander.


During his time with the Cincinnati Police, Isaac also served as the Department Night Chief, the Internal Investigations Section Commander, the District Four Commander, and the Captain of the Criminal Investigations Section before he became the Executive Assistant Police Chief. In 2015, Isaac was promoted to Chief of Police, where he notably led crime reduction efforts that yielded a 23 percent reduction in property crime and a 32 percent reduction in violent crime from 2015 to 2019. He also managed and launched new technology, including Body Worn Camera Systems, a Shot-Spotter Audible Detection System that covers 13 square miles, and an Axon Records management system.


Isaac holds a Bachelor of Arts and holds a Master of Science in Human Resource Development, both from Xavier University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute, the FBI National Academy, Leadership Cincinnati, the Senior Management Institute for Police, and the Urban League African American Leadership Development Program. Isaac was also a member of the United States Army National Guard for six years.”

Chuck Session

Chuck Session

Chuck Session is a retired Executive at Duke Energy.  He served as vice president of government affairs for Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky and was responsible for leading local and state government and regulatory policies, strategies and relationships impacting the company’s interests in Ohio and Kentucky, and those of its 880,000 electric customers and 550,000 natural gas customers. Prior to that role in 2018, Chuck was vice president of government and community affairs for Duke Energy Kentucky. He was responsible for leading local / state government affairs, local community relations with the company’s key stakeholders in Northern Kentucky and led Duke Energy’s economic development activities in both Ohio and Kentucky. Chuck worked for Duke Energy and its predecessor companies for 42 years.

Early in Chuck’s career, he was a district manager responsible for customer service, transmission, and distribution operations.  He later promoted to area manager, where he oversaw customer service, community relations and regulatory affairs for the company. He also served as a manager in Duke Energy’s meter reading department, which coordinated the reading of 1.4 million natural gas and electric meters in Ohio and Kentucky.

Before relocating to Northern Kentucky in 2014, Chuck worked in Charlotte, N.C., where he was the director of the lab services team that provided services such as meter testing, rubber goods testing and small tool repair for all six of Duke Energy’s regulated jurisdictions.

Chuck has served on numerous boards over his career including Tri-Ed Economic Development, Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Kentucky State Chamber and Leadership Kentucky.  He was chosen by his peers to receive the Lisa Murrell Award in recognition of the courage, compassion, dedication, and selflessness he demonstrated over the course of the program.

In 2021, Chuck was honored with the 2021 Horizon Award, which recognizes extraordinary contributions of an individual who exemplifies dedication, integrity, and honorable service to Northern Kentucky through community leadership.  In June of 2022, he received the Northern Kentucky Community Service Award, November of 2022 the NKY Tribune Image Maker Award and in November of 2022, The Men of Honor Award in the greater Cincinnati Region, a salute to African American Men who have succeeded against all odds and achieved special greatness. 

A native of Clinton, Ind., Chuck earned a business degree from Brevard College in Brevard, N.C., and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from MacMurray College. in Jacksonville, Ill.

In his spare time, Chuck enjoys traveling, spending time with his family, and volunteering at his church and in the community. Chuck and his wife, Maida, have one daughter. 

He recently began a second career and serves as the Executive in Residence Kentucky for United Way, working to help Northern Kentucky families achieve sustained economic mobility.


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J. Phillip Holloman

Mr. Holloman was with Cintas for 22 years and held many positions including Vice President of Engineering/Construction, Vice President of Distribution/Production Planning, Executive Champion of Six Sigma Initiatives, Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain Management, Rental Division President & COO, and President & COO. Mr. Holloman is a founding member of Cintas’ Diversity Committee and also received the Excalibur Award, the company’s highest award reserved for business executives who demonstrate excellence during their tenure.

Mr. Holloman is also the recipient of numerous external awards and recognition. In 2009, he was recognized in Black Enterprise magazine as one of the “100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America.” He received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Wilberforce University; was a 2010 Cincinnati “Men of Honor, A Salute to African American Men” award recipient, and received the Merlin Pope, Jr. Diversity Leadership Award in 2012. Mr. Holloman was named a University of Cincinnati Kautz Alumni Master in 2012 as well. 

Mr. Holloman serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Rockwell Automation; serves on the Business School Advisory Board for Florida A&M University and on the Advisory Boards for the Business School and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences for the University of Cincinnati; is a Board Member of the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati; serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC); serves on the University of Cincinnati Foundation’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council; and serves on the Advisory Board of the Middletown, Ohio Teen Mentoring Program.

Breakout Session Presenters

Kenny Glenn

Kenny Glenn

Presentation Topic | Career Development & Entrepreneurship

Kenny Glenn is a student success strategist and the award-winning author of the educational book, Question Everything: Advice for Students & Graduates.

Kenny graduated high school at age 16, and then achieved his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting from Miami University. While at Miami, he was a leader on the track & field team, where he set records in the long jump and became a 3-time national championships qualifier. Later on, as a professional athlete, he set records for the Central American country of Honduras.

By age 22, Kenny served as a School Board Member for his alma mater, Mt. Healthy City Schools. Today, in addition to being a professional speaker, he works as a Program Associate with the Leading Men Fellowship in Cincinnati. The group is sponsored by The Literacy Lab, which aims to improve Pre-K to 3rd-grade educational success and increase the number of male teachers of color.


Anthony Stone

Anthony Stone

Presentation Topic | Black Male Intimacy


Anthony Jerome Stone Jr. is a PhD candidate in the department of sociology here at UC, where he currently serves as Assistant Editor for Social Problems and an instructor for Africana Studies. A native of Lansing Michigan, Brother Stone attended Michigan State University where he began to hone his speaking skills under the guidance of world-renowned speaker, Eric Thomas, while achieving a Bachelor of Science in political science-pre law. He has been invited to speak for youth sports organizations, undergraduate students, and broad audiences. Before coming to UC, Brother Stone obtained an MA in sociology from The University of Memphis. He studies racial identities, experiences with race and racism, and racial memories—and how each of those shape our racialized experiences and who we are. He teaches on topics such as sociology of hip hop, sociology of media, race and ethnicity, and sociology of the Black family. He has published and presented on topics regarding race, Blackness, and our historical memory. His scholarship includes on topics such as Native American Mascots, the animated series The Boondocks, and the radical rhetoric of MLK. His research and community services have been generously awarded and funded at UC and beyond. He has served on the AACRC MLK Celebration and Tyehimba Steering Committees, a judge for Kuamka, and is always glad to support and celebrate The Center and anything Black UC


A lifetime beneficiary of the mentorship of other Black men, from college students in mentoring programs to grade school principals, from college readiness programs to peers, Bro. Stone always seeks to give back to Black men and boys. Bro. Stone will be an assistant professor of race and ethnicity in sociology at the University of Memphis in fall of 2023.


Charlie Winburn

Charlie Winburn

Presentation Topic Spirit, Mind & Body


CHARLES E. WINBURN, M.Ed. helps thousands of people to focus and understand their thinking preference so that they can be clear about their vision in life through the Law of Attraction techniques.

During a career of more than 35 years in leadership management, he is recognized as one of the nation’s new visionaries. He holds a master’s degree in social foundations of education from the University of Cincinnati. He attended Harvard University, earning a certificate in urban education. Winburn also attended Brendon Burchard Expert Academy, California, and the Wendy Lipton-Dibner Elite Video Mastery Seminar in Atlanta, Georgia. He is certified in HBDI (Whole Brain/Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument, Levels 1 & 2) and Emotional Intelligence (Levels 1 & 2). He also completed the Harvard Business School Authentic Leadership Development Program and received his certificate in Mindfulness from PESI Inc. Winburn has received his certification as a facilitator in the Law of Attraction, under best-selling author Michael J. Losier, whose book, Law of Attraction, has sold more than 2.5 million copies. Losier has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey radio show several times.

Edward Wallace

Edward Wallace

Presentation Topic  Black Men's Health & Wellness

Dr. Edward V. Wallace is an Associate Professor and the founder of the Minority Health Certificate in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Cincinnati. He is trained in the field of Health Promotion and specializes in health disparities. Dr. Wallace has extensive research experience working with vulnerable populations and has been involved in the development, implementation, and evaluation of a number of minority health initiatives. Dr. Wallace has numerous publications and has presented at national and international conferences on health disparity topics such as, access to dental care, eliminating food deserts, and reducing anxiety and stress among African Americans.


KL Allen

KL Allen, PhD

Presentation Topic | Educated Black Men and Higher Education - The Role of Black Men in Higher Education

Dr. K. L. Allen has served as chancellor of WGU Ohio, the state affiliate of the online nonprofit Western Governors University, since being appointed to this role on May 4th, 2020. During his tenure, enrollment has increased to over 4,900 students, a 41% increase.
Dr. Allen has nearly two decades of higher education experience, from launching and leading collegiate departments of business development and veteran affairs to being a professor in business, economics, and education. He is also a veteran of the Army National Guard.
Dr. Allen advocates for socioeconomic equality, education, and entrepreneurship, as illustrated by his 60-plus published op-eds and his testimony at the Ohio Statehouse. A native of North Carolina, Dr. Allen is passionate about removing social and economic barriers so that individuals may pursue educational opportunities to help improve their chances of overcoming those barriers. As Chancellor of WGU Ohio, he has championed the university’s mission of changing lives for the better by creating pathways to opportunity.
Dr. Allen earned a B.A. in criminal justice, an M.B.A. in global management, and a doctorate in educational leadership, where his research focused on employee engagement, socioeconomics, and leadership. He is an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi. He sits on several boards in Ohio, such as the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Dayton Chamber of Commerce EPI foundation, and the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
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Warren Williams

Presentation Topic Making a Difference within Your Community

A native of Dayton, OH, Warren LeSell Williams serves as Vice President of Customer Success and Marketing at LISNR, a local startup who is the leading ultrasonic proximity platform, enabling secure and seamless data transmission. Via a secure and scalable software solution, LISNR sends micro communications using sound between devices on standard speakers and microphones. He has been instrumental in setting and driving the strategy for customer engagement from onboarding through the implementation of the company’s products and solutions and has been in the tech field for nearly 20 years.


Warren is a proud HBCU advocate. He is a 2009 graduate of Jackson State University, where he earned a full football scholarship and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He is an active member of the JSU Computer Science Alumni Network as well as an active member of the JSU Cincinnati Alumni Association. He graduated with his Masters of Business Administration with a focus in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017. During his time in graduate school, he earned the Leadership Initiative Distinction and was featured as a November 2016 Student Spotlight to the entire program for his work inside and outside of the classroom. Between his academic degrees, Warren completed the Urban League’s African American Leadership and Development Program as a part of Class XXI, the best class, back in 2014.


Warren has always possessed a passion for giving his time to our youth and community via service outside of his career. Warren is a Co-Founder of the nonprofit Cincinnati Young Black Professionals (CYBP), served as Board President of Orion Academy and Board Member of Alliance Academy from 2012-2021, Past Polemarch of the Cincinnati Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and currently a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Board Member of the Cincinnati Reds.


Warren has been recognized by the Cincinnati Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. as the 2017 recipient of the Ray E. Clark Award – the highest award in the chapter, a proclamation from Mayor John Cranley declaring December 9, 2017 Cincinnati Young Black Professionals Day, and a 2018 Affirmed Young Professional Honoree by the Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Southern Ohio. Warren is married to his wife, Chanelle, and acknowledges his family and tight circle of friends for always challenging each other to leave spaces better than they were before they arrived.