National Leaders Convene in Omaha

The Empowerment Network is commemorating the Eighth Anniversary of its formation in September with the 3rd Annual African-American Leadership Conference. Eight years ago, the first meeting brought together local African-American leaders and concerned residents from every sector and area of Omaha. Eight years later, African-American leaders from across the United States are convening in Omaha to share best practices and learn more about the work and results occurring in Omaha. Cities across the country are looking to The Empowerment Network and Revive! Omaha Magazine as best practice models that should be replicated. George Fraser has issued the challenge to establish the Network in over 20 cities over the next five to 10 years.

We are incredibly excited to welcome back some of our national partners, Dr. Randal Pinkett, George Fraser, Sondra Samuels, Shawn Dove, Leon Andrews, Marc Philpart and Denise Gilmore. They are all internationally recognized for their work in their respective fields. They share our passion for transforming African-American and urban communities across the nation and even internationally. We are also delighted to have Pamela Jolly, one of America’s most strategic thought leaders and legacy builders, join us as a keynote speaker. And, we’re honored to have Dr. John Yancy Odom here with us as a special guest.

Pamela Jolly

Pamela Jolly

Pamela Jolly

Pamela C.V. Jolly, Founder and CEO of Torch Enterprises Inc., brings more than 18 years of proven leadership and strategic management expertise; her primary focus is legacy wealth creation that passes on for generations.


Denise Gilmore

Denise Gilmore

Denise Gilmore

Denise E. Gilmore is recognized as an authority on redevelopment in urban communities, with a particular focus on cultural heritage preservation and equitable development. For eleven years, she shaped the redevelopment of the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District.


Randall Pinkett

Randall Pinkett

Dr. Randal Pinkett

Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, author, scholar and community servant. He is the co-founder, chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion dollar management, technology and policy consulting firm based in Newark, NJ.


George Fraser

George Fraser

George Fraser

George C. Fraser is Chairman and CEO of FraserNet, Inc. —a company he founded some 25 years ago with the vision to lead a global networking movement that brings together diverse human resources to increase opportunities for people of African descent.


Sondra Samuel

Sondra Samuels

Sondra Samuels

As the President and CEO of the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ), Sondra Samuels leads a collaborative of partner organizations and schools toward a single goal—to prepare low-income children to graduate from high school ready for college.



Shawn Dove

Shawn Dove

Shawn Dove

Shawn Dove joined the Open Society Institute in May 2008 as manager of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement. He has more than two decades of leadership experience in youth development, education, and community building.