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The Source Summit

Convening Communities for Economic and Social Change

November 10–12, 2022

Columbia, Missouri

About the Summit

The Source Summit is a 2 1/2 day gathering scheduled for November 10th – 12th, 2022. The Summit is designed to convene community-based organizations, corporations and the faith-based community to influence economic and social change for individuals within the Columbia community. There are a plethora of economic and social concerns in which every community across the country is struggling with today. Some of those concerns include access to childcare, eldercare, affordable housing, transportation, homelessness, food deserts, quality education, gun violence, community policing and gainful employment, just to name a few. Moreover, the lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to manifest within every community and sector across the country, while exposing social and economic inequalities. These concerns are compounded, when you add systemic racism and unjust policies that have negatively impacted disadvantaged communities.

The overall intent of the summit is to bring together key community stakeholders to identify these concerns and work together to establish resolutions that will enhance economic and social equity. There are already several institutions and organizations providing services to address some of these concerns; however, the intent of the summit is to bring a greater awareness of those efforts and introduce individuals to those agencies and services. One of the advantages of this effort is the intentional inclusion of the faith-based community in the discussion. Consequently, the summit will provide information, tools and resources for faith-based organizations to increase readiness to partner with other organizations and the business community to better serve the community at-large. Finally, and most importantly, the summit intends to connect employers to interested candidates and minority/women owned business to potential opportunities. The summit proposes to convene, collaborate, and change the distressing conditions of disadvantaged individuals and improve the quality of the life in the community for all.

The Source Summit-Columbia is planned and organized by Dr. Lester Woods, Jr., and the Urban Empowerment Development Corporation (uEDC), which is a 501(c)3 Community Development Corporation, recognized by the Internal Revenue Service and the State of Missouri. uEDC welcomes sponsors and supporters for this initiative and invites faith-based organizations, local agencies, organizations and the business community to join in this effort.

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Keynote Speakers

Dr. Lester Woods

The Source Summit Convener, Dr. Lester Woods, is the Senior Pastor of Urban Empowerment Ministries and the Chief Executive Officer of Urban Empowerment Development Corporation. Dr. Woods is also a 19 year veteran of the Missouri Department of Transportation, where he serves as the Chief Administrative Officer.

He is a 1993 graduate of Grambling State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He furthered his education by obtaining a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Missouri, in 1996. He recently earned a Doctor of Ministry degree focused on Social Justice from United Theological Seminary in May 2020.

He is the proud husband of Dr. Christine Woods, who is a Professor at the University of Missouri School of Social Work, proprietor of Crowned Counseling and the mother of their two beautiful daughters, Lesli and Kiyah Woods.

Dr. Rudy Rasmus

Rudy Rasmus is a pastor, author, and humanitarian. He co-pastors the St. John’s United Methodist Church, located in Downtown Houston, with his wife Juanita. He founded Bread of Life, Inc, which is a nonprofit dedicated to feeding those in need. He has also worked with Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s organization, BeyGood, to help countless people in his community. Rasmus attributes the success of the church to people who have embraced the vision of tearing down the walls of classism, sexism, and racism and building bridges of unconditional love, universal recovery, and unprecedented hope.

Dr. Brian Yearwood

Columbia Public Schools-Superintendent

Dr. Brian Yearwood’s 30 year career has been focused on understanding how scholars learn and providing opportunities through an educational framework that meets the needs of scholars and staff. He is originally from Trinidad and Tobago, and attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico (on a tennis scholarship). Yearwood also received a tennis scholarship at Texas Tech. At Texas Tech, he received a Bachelor of Science, a Masters of Educational Administration, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Dr. Cassandra Gould

Rev. Dr. Cassandra Gould is a native of Demopolis, Alabama. She serves as Executive Director of Missouri Faith Voices, a statewide grassroots organization, and is an Itinerate Elder in the A.M.E. Church. She served as a Sr. Pastor for 10 years. At the last traditional church she pastored, she led the congregation in a relocation, land acquisition and multi-million dollar building project during the first 3 years of her tenure. She currently serves as a pastor in the public square.

Pastor Corey B. Brooks

Pastor Corey B. Brooks, founder and Senior Pastor of New Beginnings Church of Chicago and founder and CEO of Project H.O.O.D. Communities Development Corporation, has become a leading voice and presence in the fight against the violence gripping Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods. He has helped create a safer place for his community, and given children the tools to reach for a brighter future. Pastor Brooks attended Ball State University, University of Florida, Dallas Theological Seminary, and Grace Theological Seminary. He has been pastoring since 1990.

Dr. Lester Woods

The Source Summit Convener, Dr. Lester Woods, is the Senior Pastor of Urban Empowerment Ministries and the Chief Executive Officer of Urban Empowerment Development Corporation. Dr. Woods is also a 19 year veteran of the Missouri Department of Transportation, where he serves as the Chief Administrative Officer.

He is a 1993 graduate of Grambling State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He furthered his education by obtaining a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Missouri, in 1996. He recently earned a Doctor of Ministry degree focused on Social Justice from United Theological Seminary in May 2020.

He is the proud husband of Dr. Christine Woods, who is a Professor at the University of Missouri School of Social Work, proprietor of Crowned Counseling and the mother of their two beautiful daughters, Lesli and Kiyah Woods.

Dr. Rudy Rasmus

Rudy Rasmus is a pastor, author, and humanitarian. He co-pastors the St. John’s United Methodist Church, located in Downtown Houston, with his wife Juanita. He founded Bread of Life, Inc, which is a nonprofit dedicated to feeding those in need. He has also worked with Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s organization, BeyGood, to help countless people in his community. Rasmus attributes the success of the church to people who have embraced the vision of tearing down the walls of classism, sexism, and racism and building bridges of unconditional love, universal recovery, and unprecedented hope.

Dr. Brian Yearwood

Columbia Public Schools-Superintendent

Dr. Brian Yearwood’s 30 year career has been focused on understanding how scholars learn and providing opportunities through an educational framework that meets the needs of scholars and staff. He is originally from Trinidad and Tobago, and attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico (on a tennis scholarship). Yearwood also received a tennis scholarship at Texas Tech. At Texas Tech, he received a Bachelor of Science, a Masters of Educational Administration, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Dr. Cassandra Gould

Rev. Dr. Cassandra Gould is a native of Demopolis, Alabama. She serves as Executive Director of Missouri Faith Voices, a statewide grassroots organization, and is an Itinerate Elder in the A.M.E. Church. She served as a Sr. Pastor for 10 years. At the last traditional church she pastored, she led the congregation in a relocation, land acquisition and multi-million dollar building project during the first 3 years of her tenure. She currently serves as a pastor in the public square.

Pastor Corey B. Brooks

Pastor Corey B. Brooks, founder and Senior Pastor of New Beginnings Church of Chicago and founder and CEO of Project H.O.O.D. Communities Development Corporation, has become a leading voice and presence in the fight against the violence gripping Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods. He has helped create a safer place for his community, and given children the tools to reach for a brighter future. Pastor Brooks attended Ball State University, University of Florida, Dallas Theological Seminary, and Grace Theological Seminary. He has been pastoring since 1990.

Special Guest Speakers

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The Source Summit Global is designed to convene communities and mobilize a community’s greatest asset — it’s people — toward collective productivity in local change generation. The Source Summit is a catalyst to consistently assemble and encourage thought-leadership among local stakeholders to collectively unify and activate a wide range of available resources, solution-based initiatives and empower collaborative economic and social movements.

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Organizations Convened

Churches
(14)

Urban Empowerment Ministries
The Oasis Church
Log Providence
Missionary Baptist Church
Unity Christian Center
Catholic Charities of Central Northern Missouri
AME Church
United Community Cathedral
Powerhouse Ministries
Second Baptist Church
Faith Walk Ministries
Quinn Chapel AME
Compass Church
Christian Fellowship

Corporations
(41)

CROWNED Counseling, Veterans United Home Loans, City of Columbia, Boone County, Columbia Public Schools, Burrell Behavioral Health, Heart of Missouri United Way, MU ABPSI, Love Columbia, Lacrasha’s Cleaning, JI Cooper Consulting LLC, Theological Education Initiative, Redefined Writing Services, Shelter Insurance, NAACP, MAAC Adult Education and Literacy, Victory Finances LLC, University of Missouri, Compass Health Network, Job Point, EduStaff, Dynamic Credit Repair LLC, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri, Moss Transportation Solution LLC, Cradle to Career Alliance, Noble Necessities LLC, Goodwill Excel Center, Caring Community Partnership, Grandma’s Southern Eats LLC, Columbia Vet Center, Voluntary Action Center, Columbia Community Land Trust, ARW Equity Advisors LLC, Naturally Taylored Skincare, Boone County Community Services, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc, Luthern Family and Children Services, Defense Against Diabetes, Columbia Chamber of Commerce, WEHOIT, JHOIT LLC

Community (CBOs)
(7)

Regional Economic Development Inc.
United Community Builders
Grade A Plus Inc
Fresh Start Sober Living Programs
Powerhouse Community Development
Boone County Community Against Violence

Experience

Very well done!

— Source Summit Attendee 2021

It was a phenomenal experience!

— Source Summit Attendee 2021

Thanks for taking this important first step!

— Source Summit Attendee 2021

Great event! Everyone was hospitable, the presentations were amazing.

— Source Summit Attendee 2021

Thank you kindly! This was very much appreciated.

— Source Summit Attendee 2021

Thank you for reaching out and having us participate as a vendor!

— Source Summit Attendee 2021

Wonderful event!

— Source Summit Attendee 2021

Thanks for sharing strategies and community concerns.

— Source Summit Attendee 2021

Thank you so much for coordinating such an impressive group of people and organizing a large event!

— Source Summit Attendee 2021

Investment

The following sponsorship packages are available to partner with The Source Summit Columbia:

Platinum Sponsor

$10,000 or more

  • 25 Complementary Tickets
  • Logo Recognition
  • Marketing
  • Promotional Spot
  • Source Summit EXPO Booth

Gold Sponsor

$7,500 to $9,999

  • 20 Complementary Tickets
  • Logo Recognition
  • Marketing
  • Source Summit EXPO Booth

Silver Sponsor

$5,000 to $7,499

  • 15 Complementary Tickets
  • Logo Recognition
  • Marketing
  • Source Summit EXPO Booth

Bronze Sponsor

$2,500 to $4,999

  • 10 Complementary Tickets
  • Logo Recognition
  • Market
  • Source Summit EXPO Booth

Source Sponsor

$1,000 to $2,499

  • Logo Recognition
  • Marketing
  • Source Summit EXPO Booth

Business Sponsor

$500

  • Source Summit EXPO Booth

Church/Faith Based Sponsor

Member Scholarship(s)*

  • Logo Recognition
  • Marketing

Attendee/Event Registration

Registration for the Summit is free of charge and open to the public.

Source Sponsors

Business Sponsors

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

In-Kind Sponsor

Summit Business Expo Vendors

  • The Source Summit Global
  • The City of Columbia
  • TRIO Educational Opportunity Center
  • Voluntary Action Center
  • University of Missouri
  • Columbia African-American Business Association (CAABA)
  • Quintella’s Kitchen
  • Job Point
  • Love Columbia
  • Heart of Missouri-United Way
  • NAACP
  • Shelter Insurance
  • Powerhouse Ministries
  • Crowned Counseling

For more information regarding The Source Summit Columbia, please contact Dr. Lester Woods, Jr. at (573) 823-9679, or TheSourceSummit@gmail.com.