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2017 Honorary Chairs

General Colin Powell

 

Honorary Chair General Colin Powell, an American statesman and retired four-star general in the United States Army, is also former U.S. Secretary of State. General Powell spoke at BDPA’s National Conference Opening Ceremony in 2015 in Washington, DC.

 

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Roland S. Martin

 

Respected as a nationally syndicated columnist as well as a television and radio host, Honorary Chair Roland S. Martin, is a two-time NAACP Image Award winner and has been named as one of the 150 most influential African Americans in the United States. At past BDPA conferences, Mr. Martin has served as a speaker, emcee and Honorary Chair.

 

 

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Valeisha Butterfield Jones

Valeisha Butterfield Jones is the Head of Black Community Engagement for Google and the cofounder and CEO of the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN).

 

Valeisha has a deep passion for diversity and inclusion, as evidenced by her work for nearly two decades driving social responsibility campaigns and community engagement programs for

corporations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

 

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