The income disparity between Black and White Americans is a persistent issue – and one that has been worsening over time. According to data from the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan Washington, D.C.-based think tank, the difference in median household incomes between White and Black Americans has widened from about $23,800 in 1970 to approximately $33,000 in 2018. This inequality contributes to other disparities affecting Black communities – healthcare, education, technology, and employment, among others.

The 3rd Annual FUEL: The Ultimate Black Men’s Summit – Virtual, will gather thought leaders across the public and private sectors to examine paradigm-shifting solutions to this economic crisis. With the theme, “Building a Pathway for Economic Equity,” the Summit will identify strategies to advance Black professionals and entrepreneurs and leverage their economic impact to help close the income gap and create income parity.


  • Meeting Makers Make More Money
  • Talent and Content - Receive Tools & Resources to Further Advance Your Business and Career From World Class Speakers
  • Meet Investors and Corporate Sponsors
  • Learn of Opportunities to Invest in Black Owned & Operated Companies
  • Improve Your Financial Literacy
  • Celebrate Black Excellence
  • Elevate Your Network by Meeting Like-Minded Individuals - You'll build connections that will last for years to come.


11:45 a.m. | iLeadership Kick-Off

Tech Check

12:00 p.m. | FUEL Men Starts

12:00 p.m. | Opening Remarks

Maximillian L. Hamilton, Founder at Rogue Media Group, LLC
Sonia Alleyne, Co-founder at Storytellers, Author of I Kick Ass at Work and Host of Business First with Sonia Alleyne Podcast

12:15 p.m. | Opening Keynote: A Fireside Chat on "The Great Resignation and Getting to Economic Equity in Hiring for Business, Corporate and Skilled Trades."

Douglas C. Freeman
, Founder & Chairman, Arena Football Association (AFA) and President of Global Reflections and Inclusive Leadership Practice, UWG, a WPP Company

Justin Grant
, Head of Community Development and National Partnerships, JPMorgan Chase Advancing Black Pathways

12:45 p.m. | Investing in Financial Innovations to Narrow the Racial Wealth Gap

Otis Rolley
, Senior Vice President, U.S. Equity and Economic Opportunity Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation

Alan Hughes
, Chief Content Officer at Hughes Communications Consulting LLC

1:15 p.m. | Black Men’s Health & Wellness

Dr. Derek J. Robinson MD
, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL)

Robert Ingram
, Founder at Urban Health Report

1:45 p.m. | Workshop: TBD

1:45 p.m. | How to Transfer or Build Wealth with Life Insurance

Jason Murray
, Financial Services Entrepreneur | Best Selling Author at World Financial Group/Transamerica Financial Advisors

John L. Green, III
, Founder /Agent, TGC Agenc

2:15 p.m. | Break

2:15 p.m. | Visit Virtual Expo Hall

2:30 p.m. | Workshop

2:30 p.m. | Franchising Opportunities in America 2.0, the New Normal

Kevin Hicks
, Managing Partner at Blackman & Associates

3:00 p.m. | Diverse Suppliers: How Corporations Work to Elevate Emerging Minority Suppliers, Service Providers and Business Partners

Oliver Turman
, Director of International Procurement Operations at AT&T

Ralph G. Moore
, President at RGMA

3:30 p.m. | Investment: Fintech, Digital Assets and Cryptocurrency

Dr. Charles E. Williamson
, Founder & CEO, AppThat

Andrew Hamilton
, President, Metro New York Chapter of NBMBAA

4:00 p.m. | Break

4:00 p.m. | Visit Virtual Expo Hall

4:15 p.m. | CEO Roundtable: Community First – Building Black Wealth

Marcel Benson
, Founder & CEO, The Benson Watch Company
Jarryd Carver, President & Owner, Winners Circle Automotive Group, Carver Holdings (Commercial RE)
Roderick A. Hardamon, Founder & CEO, URGE Development Group

Sonia Alleyne
, Co-founder at Storytellers, Author of I Kick Ass at Work and Host of Business First with Sonia Alleyne Podcast

4:45 p.m. | Closing Keynote: A Fireside Chat on “Sustainability and Social Equity – People Planet, Profit.”

Rodney Williams
, President & CEO, Belvedere Vodka, a LVMH Compan

Dr. Jean C. Accius
, Senior Vice President, AARP Global Thought Leadership

5:15 p.m. | Closing Remarks

Gwendolyn McCoy
, MBA, U.S. Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at John Hancock

5:15 p.m. | Ones to Watch Awards - LIVE

Hosted by AARP

5:45 p.m. | Virtual Networking

Hosted by RMGLive

Featuring DJ 5Starr

6:00 p.m. | Summit Ends

  • Speakers

  • Alan Hughes

  • Andrew Hamilton

  • Charlie Williamson


  • Dr. Derek J. Robinson


  • Jason Murray

  • John L. Green III Bio

  • Oliver Turman

  • Ralph G. Moore

  • Robert “Bob” Ingram

  • Roderick A. Hardamon

  • Rodney Williams



Ones to Watch Awards recognizes rising Black male leaders who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential and a willingness to push the boundaries of their profession. These individuals are viewed as leaders by their peers and colleagues within and outside of their organizations and has demonstrated professional achievements or successes while working to make a difference in the city they call home.

  • Lawrence Bailey

  • Marcel Benson

  • Kojo Mensah-Bonsu III

  • Joseph Dennis

  • Jarryd Carver

  • Andrew Hamilton

  • Walter Harris

  • Hayden Leacock

  • Chris Phang

  • Kevin Williams


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