The Blueprint II Virtual Town Hall

Featured Speakers and Presenters

About The Blueprint II

Kenneth Braswell

Kenneth Braswell has spent over 30 years in the service of family and community. Husband and father of 5, in 2004, he created Fathers Incorporated (FI) and has served as Chief Executive Officer since its inception. With national and international missions, the agency has provided capacity building services to thousands of organizations working to ensure that fathers contribute to the healthy well-being of their children.

FI is currently the prime contract for National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (Fatherhood.gov). Braswell is the author of "When The Tear Won't Fall: One Man's Journey Through The Intimate Struggles of Manhood and Fatherhood." He is also the author of four children's books Daddy, There’s A Noise Outside, Daddy Is Feeling Blue, Daddy’s Family Tree and Daddy, Can I Cry. In addition to writing books, Mr. Braswell is also the creator of three powerful documentaries: “Spit’in Anger”, "Dark Hearts" and "A Queen's Discovery. He is a much sought-after keynote speaker, presenter, trainer and media consultant in issues related of Faith, Family & Fatherhood, with an intentional focus on Black Men and Boys.

Shawn Dove

Shawn Dove is the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), a national membership organization committed to improving the life outcomes for Black men and boys. Under Dove’s leadership, CBMA has leveraged more than $212 million in national and local funds for Black Male Achievement, and has grown to include nearly 6,000 individual and 3,000 organizational members across the U.S.

Jeffrey R. Gardere

Dr. Jeff Gardere, better known as “America’s Psychologist”, was born in Manhattan and raised in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. His parents were born in Haiti. Dr. Jeff attended Brooklyn Technical High School and earned his BA from The University of Rochester. He earned a Master’s degree from Columbia University, and a Masters and Ph.D. in philosophy and clinical psychology from the George Washington University.

Dr. Jeff is a Board-Certified Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor and Course Director of Behavioral Medicine, Cultural Competence and Behavior and Public Health, at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City

Dorsey Levens

Herbert Dorsey Levens is a former running back in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round (149th overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft. He helped the Packers win the Vince Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XXXI against the New England Patriots. He played college football at Notre Dame and later Georgia Tech. In his career, Levens also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants. While playing for the Packers, he rushed for 1,000 or more yards twice and was selected to the Pro Bowl after the 1997 season.

Dorsey Levens is a Senior Consultant with Empowerhouse Sport™. He is focused on developing leadership skills in organizations and athletes. He understands that to be the best you can be takes coaching, training and strengthening in two areas, on the field and off the field.

Lorenzo. P. Lewis

Turn your pain into purpose. It’s a philosophy that speaker and social entrepreneur Lorenzo Lewis lives by. With a decade of professional experience in behavioral health and founder of The Confess Project, an initiative that empowers barbers to become mental health advocates for men of color, Lorenzo helps you confess to your issues to begin to build a better process of living. Born in jail to an incarcerated mother, Lorenzo struggled with depression, anxiety, and anger throughout his youth.

At 17, he almost re-entered the system of mass incarceration he had come from. It was then he snapped in and began his journey to wellness.

Sadiqa N. Reynolds, Esq.

Sadiqa Reynolds is the President and CEO of Louisville Urban League. Her appointment made her the first woman to hold this title in the affiliate’s 95-year history. She has previously served as Chief for Community Building in the Office of the Mayor where she oversaw approximately 1,500 employees. Sadiqa serves on several boards including Fund for the Arts, the Louisville Chamber, WAVE3 Editorial Board, WDRD Advisory Board and is a Director for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Sadiqa earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Louisville and her law degree from the University of Kentucky. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Bates Memorial Baptist Church.

Dr. Latrice Rollins

Latrice Rollins is an Assistant Professor at Morehouse School of Medicine in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine and Prevention Research Center. She is also the director of the National African American Child and Family Research Center. Dr. Rollins is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader, whose work is focused on father engagement and father-inclusive practices in health and human services.

She provides father engagement training for practitioners in various sectors. She is the editor of the book, Engaging and Working with African American Fathers: Strategies and Lessons Learned. She received her master’s and doctorate in social work from the University of Georgia and a bachelor’s in sociology from Spelman College.

Anthony D. Smith

Anthony has spent his lifetime building skills suited for the CEO of Cities United. He has over 20 years of experience organizing, facilitating, managing, mobilizing, and building networks, and a long track record of success working with civic and political leaders to create community change. Anthony was the inaugural Director for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods for the city of Louisville, establishing the department and creating Louisville's first comprehensive violence prevention plan. Anthony successfully coordinated efforts through national initiatives like Cities United and My Brother's Keeper.

He helped secure the selection of Louisville in 2014 as one of only five new sites added to the Department of Justice National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, a federal initiative focused on reclaiming streets and schools from violence and revitalizing communities. Smith's work to align national initiatives with local efforts has generated over $10 million in public and private investments.

Lawrence Wilbon

Lawrence Wilbon serves as the Director for Business and Program Development Director for Fathers Incorporated. With over 20 years of non-profit experience, he is tasked in assisting the organization with funds development and strategic partnerships. Prior to his current position, he served as the Director of Education for the Louisville Urban League.

In this role, he was responsible for the creation of the several educational and violence prevention programs. Additionally, he has had the sole responsibility of leading a local non-profit as the executive director. He attended The Ohio State University where he met his wife, Dr. Matisa Wilbon, of 22 years. They have two children and reside in the Metro Atlanta area.

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