Benny Pough

Founder & Creator of It’s Your Time Conference, Music Executive

Doc Wynter

President of Hip Hop/R&B Programming @ iHeartMedia

Ezekiel Lewis

President @ Epic Records


The Voice of the next generation of independent artists ​

Steve “Steve O” Carless

President of A&R @ Warner Records

Juliette Jones

COO @ Alamo Records

Josh “J1” Raiford

VP of Music Programming @ Pandora

AC The Plug

Head of Content @ The Shade Room


2023 Grand Prize Winner

Andre Powell

Founder of Goldsainte & Charlotte’s Youngest Franchise Owner with the Largest Franchises of Jimmy John’s

Monica Barnes

Executive Producer of the Steve Harvey Morning Show

Freddy Cameron Jr.

MBA, Senior Director Retail @ Cookies

David Melhado

VP of Music & Marketing @ United Masters

Ray Daniels

Founder & CEO @ The Gauds Show

Orlando McGhee

Head of Urban Music @ ONErpm

Steve Hegwood

CEO & President of Core Communicators Broadcasting

Dr. Aerial Ellis

Author, Executive Coach, & Wells Fargo Endowed Chair/Distinguished Professor of Public Relations @ North Carolina Central University


Founder of Diemon Records

Michelle Richburg

CEO @ Richburg Enterprises, Wealth Management

Azim Rashid

Music Executive and Marketing Strategist

Kimberly S. Reed

DEIB Executive and Author

Nathan McCartney

Former SVP Marketing Roc Nation and Founder/CEO of The Bag

Alston Pough

Founder of D.VERSE Connect

Ivy Rivera

Lifestyle Specialist

No Limit Larry

Radio Veteran, Host of No Limit Larry and the Morning Madhouse

Tracey Waples

Lead Strategist for DNA Creative

DJ Chuck T

Premier Music Executive

Earnest Strickland

President/CEO of the Black Business Association of Memphis

Dennis Reed

Ceo of Inspire The Fire and Co-Founder the Sainted Trap Choir

Monique Douglas

Executive Director of the Brooklyn Collective | Co-Owner of CBK Branding & Consulting Firm & Society at 229 | Founder of Grooming Greatness (501c3)

Aliyah Terry

Ceo of The Bam GRP Sports Entertainment Group


HipHop Radio Personality and Charlotte Hornets G League Arena Host

Cornell Mapp

CEO of HOT 10 Music Group

Serita Wesley

Award-winning Entertainment and Marketing Industry Veteran

June Archer

Author Speaker Music Executive

Dominique Casmir

Senior Vice President, Chief of Staff Office of the CEO, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health


Ceo of Fleet DJs

Ohavia Phillips

Charlotte Hornets Arena Host

Jeff Uzi D Anderson

Operations Manager at Radio One

ReeCee Raps

Artist, Curator, Content Creator

Keith Dorsey

Founder and CEO of Youngguns Entertainment and Founder of Collab Studios ATL

DJ Glove

Emmanuel The Merchant

Director of Community Engagement and Monetization at Winsflow Digital

Bilal Issifou


Speaker and artist lineup is subject to change.