The Source Summit 2021 Itinerary

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Pre-Summit Event and Expo (6-8pm)

Friday Morning (8:30am–12pm)

Greetings and Invocation

Dr. Clyde Ruffin, Senior Pastor, Historic Second Baptist Church

Welcome and Remarks

Mayor Brian Treece, Mayor, City of Columbia


Mary Ratliff, President, Columbia Mo NAACP


Rep. David Tyson Smith, Missouri State Representative in House District 45

Why Are We Here?

Dr. Lester Woods, Jr., Senior Pastor, Urban Empowerment Ministries, and Convener, The Source Summit

Project H.O.O.D. Case Study: Vision to Reality

Pastor Corey Brooks, Pastor, New Beginnings Church of Chicago and CEO of Project H.O.O.D. Community Development Corporation

The Power of Social Change through the Work of Local Non-Profit Organizations

Jane Williams, Executive Director, Love Columbia
Heather Wall, Director of Parenting Services, Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri
Andrew Grabau, Executive Director, Heart of Missouri United Way

Luncheon Event (12pm–1pm)

The Source Summit Award Ceremony
“Economic and Social Concerns Advocacy Award”

Dr. Lester Woods, Jr., Convener, The Source Summit-Columbia

Lunch will be provided during the 12-1pm Awards Ceremony

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Brian Yearwood, Superintendent, Columbia Public Schools

Friday Afternoon (1–5pm)

The Future of Workforce Diversity: A Vision for Inclusion

Steven A. Smith, President & CEO, Job Point
Mike Reynolds, Principal, Columbia Excel Center
Conrad Hake, Side by Side Program Coordinator, Love Columbia
D’Andre Thompson, Program Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist for Boone County Community Services Department

Unleashing the Power of Minority and Women Owned Businesses

Jim Whitt, Director Supplier Diversity Program Development, REDI
Jessica Cooper, Owner, JL Cooper Consulting, LLC
Corey Bolton, Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity-State of Missouri Office of Administration

Creating a Diverse and Successful Work Force: An Employer’s Perspective of Work Force Development

Stacye L. Smith, Shelter Benefits Management, Inc.
Blake Morris, IMKO Workforce Solutions, Strategic Partnerships, Regional Business Development Manager—Mid Missouri

Houston Community Case Study: Vision to Reality

Dr. Rudy Ramus, Pastor, St. John’s Downtown Church

Saturday Morning (9am–1pm)

Greetings, Remarks and Invocation

Pastor David Ballenger, Senior Pastor, Log Providence Baptist Church

Houston Community Case Study: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Dr. Rudy Ramus, Pastor, St. John’s Downtown Church

Back to the Basics: Prepared for the Marketplace

Apostle Whittley Walker, Chief Operating Officer, Lamont Walker Ministries Executive Director and Vice President, Nevada Health Centers

Survive and Thrive: Mental and Behavioral Health Mandate

Dr. Christine Woods, Pastor, Urban Empowerment Ministries Christine Woods, LLC., and Crowned Counseling Services

Bridging the Gap: Faith-Based Partnership Solutions that Work

Apostle Russel Freeman, Senior Pastor, United Community Cathedral
Bishop Harold Long, Senior Pastor, Faith Walk Ministries
Bishop Charles Stephenson, Senior Pastor, Powerhouse Ministries
Dr. Clanton Dawson, Facilitator

The Role of the Church in Social, Economic and Racial Equity

Dr. Cassandra Gould, Executive Director, Missouri Faith Voices

Proof of vaccination will be requested or a proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the past 3 days. Masks will be required while in the building until seated.