We remain focused on the areas of funding, membership engagement and expansion, and activating as a convener.
Alex, Elizabeth, and Sean continue to make progress with funding for the CCEOC. We've had positive responses from Chase, the Crane Group, the Columbus Foundation, and Franklin County. We are awaiting directions for next steps.
New member recruitment is progressing. We expect to have a class of new members to present to the Board in the next 30 days.
The member dinners and social were a success! We are happy to report 99% attendance and 100% member satisfaction with the dinners. Several members expressed appreciation for the opportunity to be part of the CCEOC and to be able to get to know other members more intimately.
The Columbus CEO Collective members Keith Stevens, Sandra Moody Gresham, Jerry Saunders, and Elizabeth Joy represented at the 2023 Central Ohio African American Gala which was sold out in just 7 days! It was a great event. If you aren't a member, we urge you to join. Membership is affordable, and we know the importance of this organization.
5/1/23 6 PM - Adelphi Bank Grand Opening Celebration - Adelphi is the only black-owned bank in the state of Ohio, and one of only the 21 Black-owned banks in the country! This event will be hosted at The Lincoln Theatre. Please RSVP to confirm your attendance.
Alex is passionate about this topic and believes our success as a group must be measured in part by increased wealth among members. To that end, this is the first of a series of sessions we will host for members. The content is designed to add value regardless of where you are on your wealth-building journey. The session will be from 4-5 PM and hosted at Squire Patton Boggs. We will conclude with an opportunity to network and connect with the presenters and other CCEOC members. Please include time for parking and security clearance in your travel plans.
5/16-17/23 - Mobility in Color - The Beta District, in partnership with the Columbus CEO Collective and the Transportation Research Center, is hosting an exclusive, invitation-only event designed to open doors of opportunity and facilitate long-term partnerships in innovation. This is a curated opportunity for industry experts and Black and Brown business leaders to share and learn the latest trends and business needs to spark further innovation around the Columbus Region – and the globe. If you or someone you know is interested in attending this event, please message Doug McCollough ASAP as seats are limited, and an invitation is required. This is specifically for Black investors, entrepreneurs, and stakeholders in smart mobility including connected and autonomous vehicles, electric vehicle charging, battery development, advanced air mobility, and mobility software systems.
CCEOC Member Highlight - Kimberly A. Blackwell, Founder & CEO, PMM Agency
An experienced Independent Director currently serving as a Director for publicly-traded WAG! Group, Co. (Nasdaq:PET), a pet services marketplace and fintech corporation, the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), a network of the nation’s most influential African American executives of the Fortune 1000, the Chamber of Commerce (Columbus, Ohio) and over 10 years nonprofit Board service. Leadership positions include Audit Committee, Nominating & Governance Committee, Chair of Innovation & Emerging Markets, Diversity & Inclusion, Organizational Strategy Committees, Vice-Chair and Executive Committee. Appointed by its Global Chairman, Blackwell also currently serves on the Gucci, Inc. Changemakers Council.
With over 20 years experience in CPG, Kimberly Blackwell is heralded as one of the country’s top executives in new media, marketing and advertising. A disruptor of sorts, Kimberly is a technical, strategic and a creative consultant and trusted advisor to the C-Suite of publicly and privately held companies in areas of brand, culture and change management, organizational effectiveness, digital transformation as well as diversity, equity and inclusion through channels of media, high tech and experiential. As CEO of the omni-channel brand agency, PMM, Kimberly’s been called a powerhouse. As curator of consumer connections, her brand is brand – at the intersection of impact, engagement, community, commerce and culture.
No stranger to the White House, boardrooms, lecture circuit or a whiteboard challenge, Kimberly has earned a reputation as a trusted counsel. Representing the Fortune 1 as well as Fortune 500 multibillion-dollar interests of global corporations that sectors include retail, automotive, tech, insurance and financial services, beauty, shipping and logistics along with government agencies. Kimberly has developed a reputation of industry expertise, business value and end-user engagement effective in both B-to-C and B-to-B business solutions.
With experience in startup to scale for consumer product goods companies, Kimberly is a founding member, investor and serves as an advisory member to the publicly traded Legacy Acquisition Corp (NYSE: LGC.U). With an experienced lens and entrepreneurial spirit, Kimberly contributed and led areas of the company’s $300M+ IPO, M&A target transactions and integrations. Kimberly’s career reflects a demonstrated track record leading successful large-scale transformation initiatives, optimizing financial management of P&L, managing across deal lifecycle, budgeting and planning, risk management, adapting to changing markets, emerging markets and global business environments. In December 2021, she was featured as a preferred investor in Forbes for the (NYSE: WULF) public listing of web3.0 TERAWULF, a sustainable crypto-currency mining corporation. And again recognized nationally, in April 2022 as a lead investor for web3 high-growth corporation, MoonPay, the leading global crypto payments infrastructure provider.
Widely regarded for commercial innovation, business intuitiveness, measured impact and trajectory of the multimillion-dollar female business enterprise, Kimberly was appointed and has served in both the Obama and Trump administrations as one of the country’s eight female CEOs, on the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC). NWBC is a non-partisan federal advisory council serving as a source of independent counsel to the President of the United States, Congress, and the SBA on economic issues related to access to capital, access to market and job creation for female-owned and led corporations.
As a global business leader, public speaker, thought leader, and subject matter expert in areas of entrepreneurship, wealth creation, transformation, technology, new media, crisis and culture, Kimberly has appeared in both Forbes and Fortune magazines, contributed on HuffPost Live, featured in Inc. magazine and captured on the covers of business trades. As an industry expert, she’s been saluted among leaders of the smartest companies as well as “Most Admired Executives” as a Business First C-Suite Award honoree, celebrated in the midst of the nation’s “Most Powerful Women in Business” by Black Enterprise, named PR News’ “Top Women in PR”, and honored as an EBONY POWER 100. Kimberly has received national recognitions as a “Woman of Power” by both the National Urban League and the National Action Network.
A lifetime member of the National Black MBA Association®, Blackwell has served as Chair the American Heart Association Great Rivers, “Go Red for Women” campaign and is a former trustee and executive Board committee member of the Columbus YWCA, Vice-Chair of Columbus Urban League and past member of the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO).
Kimberly has also completed executive leadership trainings at Dartmouth, Northwestern and Harvard Universities. She is also a certified diversity professional of Cornell University. Kimberly holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University. She has earned a master’s degree from Xavier University (Ohio), where Kimberly, while running PMM, also once served as an adjunct professor for nearly ten years.
Keena Smith - Keena's organization, The Women's Center for Economic Opportunity, will soon launch the 3rd cohort of the Aspire Women's Business Accelerator.
Keith Stevens - While Keith continues to enjoy success in business, Keith recently got married to his partner of many years. Congrats Keith!
Resources & Information
The Columbus Chamber is hosting Google who will provide an update regarding their presence in Ohio on May 3rd at 8:30 AM. Click here for more information.
The Ohio Black Expo is coming up on Memorial Day weekend and includes a Level Up Business Conference on May 23rd. The schedule and tickets for the Expo can be found here.
The 2023 OMSDC Business Opportunity Expo is June 19-20 in Cincinnati.