Past Speakers and Panelists

Eddie Armstrong

Eddie Armstrong

Served two terms in the Arkansas House of Representatives representing District 37 where he was elected to serve as Minority Leader of the House Democratic Caucus. He also served as the national spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

John Boozman

John Boozman

United States Senator for Arkansas since 2011.

Ken Clark

Ken Clark

Founder and Clinical Director of Chenal Family Therapy PLC. He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

JaNan Davis

JaNan Davis

JaNan has practiced law for twenty years, including in the area of Civil Rights Defense at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton since 2005.

Andy Davis

Andy Davis

Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, and he is also the Founder and Owner of New Water Systems.

Dale Dawson

Dale Dawson

Founder of Bridge2Rwanda, an enterprise born to build a bridge from the United States to Rwanda and transform lives at both ends. He also serves on Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s Presidential Advisory Council.

Bill Dillard III

Bill Dillard III

Senior Vice President of Dillard’s Inc. He has served as a board member of Young Life Arkansas, Search Ministries, eStem Public Charter Schools and Arkansas Baptist University.

CJ Duvall

CJ Duvall

Former officer and executive of Alltel Corporation and former senior pastor of Theressa Hoover United Methodist Church in Little Rock.  He is the founder and principal of the Duvall Family Charitable Endowment.

Tamika Edwards

Tamika Edwards

Tamika serves as the Executive Director of the Social Justice Institute at Philander Smith College.

Tim Griffin

Tim Griffin

16th Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas.

Harris III

Harris III

Harris III was named “one of America’s most influential young people,” by the Catalyst Conference. He’s made a variety of film, television and live event appearances during the course of his 20-year career, inspiring and challenging communities to consider the role of wonder, magic and imagination in the creative life.

Shawnee Hightower

Shawnee Hightower

Managing Partner for Business Sales for the state of Arkansas for Verizon Wireless and former Vice President and General Manager for Alltel Corporation. He has served on the boards of Positive Atmosphere Reaches Kids, Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, and the Club 99 team of the Little Rock Rotary Club.

Asa Hutchinson

Asa Hutchinson

46th Governor of Arkansas.

Keith Jackson

Keith Jackson

Founder and board president of Positive Atmosphere Reaches Kids (P.A.R.K.) in Little Rock. He is a former NFL player for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Yessica Jones

Yessica Jones

Yessica is the chief technology officer and director of the Arkansas Department of Information Systems.

Jud Jones

Jud Jones

Regional Director of YoungLife in Arkansas and Louisiana.

Mark Leverett

Mark Leverett

District Judge in Little Rock since 2008 and former partner at Leverett & Watts Firm. He has served as the Public Defender for the City of Sherwood and the Special Judge in several Pulaski County Circuit and District Courts.

Scott McLean

Scott McLean

Founder and Executive Director of Pathway to Freedom, Inc., an organization that seeks the transformation of prisoners’  lives through educational, values-based, pre-release services, preparing them to reintegrate into society and become productive citizens.

Georgia Mjartan

Georgia Mjartan

Former Executive Director of Our House, a comprehensive program that provides shelter, housing, adult education, job training, childcare and youth programs to working homeless families and individuals. She has served on the boards of Harmony Health Clinic, Central Arkansas Team Care for the Homeless, and the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Board.

Dawn Prasifka

Dawn Prasifka

Dawns serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

Mark Pryor

Mark Pryor

United States Senator for Arkansas from 2003-2015.

Gina Radke

Gina Radke

Gina and her husband, Wade, own the interior hardware business Galley Support Innovations. Gina also serves as a trade advisor to congress on the International Industry Trade Advisory Committee in DC where she advocates for small and minority businesses.

Rhea Lana Riner

Rhea Lana Riner

Founder and owner of Rhea Lana’s Franchise Systems Inc, with more than 80 franchises around the country.

Bill Scholl

Bill Scholl

Former president of First Security Bancorp, and Vice Chairman of First Security Bank of Arkansas. He has served on the board of the Arkansas Bankers Association and the Risk Management Association, where he was the national chairman in 2000-2001.

Brooke Vines

Brooke Vines

Owner and founder of Vines Media LLC, a media buying advertising firm in Little Rock.

Millie Ward

Millie Ward

Millie is the co-founder and president of Stone Ward, a full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency, with offices in Little Rock and Chicago.