Economic Empowerment through Enterprise Development


2017 A.G. Gaston Meeting Location

Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC)
3rd Floor East Meeting Rooms
2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd., Birmingham, Alabama 35203

Conference Schedule  

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Theme: Women and Business: Closing the Wealth Gap

12:00 – 1:30 PM A.G. Gaston Legacy Luncheon

1:45 – 4:30 PM The Business Corner

Panel – corporate issues that impact women

  • pay equity
  • access to capital
  • breaking the glass ceiling

Moderator: Debra Nelson - Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC

Corporate Panel


Entrepreneurial Panel


Tuesday Evening Community Program

  • 4:30 – 5:30 PM VIP Reception
  • 5:30 – 7:00 PM Program

A. G. Gaston: The Man, The Mogul and His Mission

make-it-happen-birmingham-al-1Join the young actors of “Make it Happen” Performing Ensemble as they take audiences on a sneak peek tour of the life of Alabama’s own A. G. Gaston.  This production introduces us to the story of Arthur George Gaston, who became one of the greatest business leaders of our time overcoming many obstacles out of the depths of poverty, emerging into unprecedented success.

Written and directed by Alicia Johnson-Williams, this is a fascinating and inspirational story that is sure to touch the soul of many through poetry, song and dance. Gaston, the grandson of slaves, left a fortune of millions, an incredible business empire and was deemed as a hero second to none. Audiences who experience this production will not only leave the theatre knowing more about Gaston’s contributions to society… they will leave with a smile in their hearts.



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

9:00 – 10:15 AM          How Millennial Innovation is Shaping the Renaissance of Birmingham: 

  • Birmingham is experiencing an incredible resurgence fueled in part by the energy and innovativeness of millennials. This panel will highlight 3 homegrown millennials and how their innovativeness is helping to drive Birmingham's renaissance and raise the profile of their hometown to the  national scale: 

       Moderator: Anthony Hood, PhD  – Assistant Professor Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Collat School of Business UAB  

  1. Maacah Davis, Founding Publisher, Creative Director, and Editor-in-Chief  belladonna magazine
  2. Marsha Morgan, Co-Founder and Past Chairperson Birmingham Change Fund 
  3. Deontée Gordon - Director of Business Growth REV Birmingham 

10:30 – 11:45 AM The Green Power Presentation

Presenter:   Dennis Kimbro, Lecturer, author, educator and researcher in the field of management, entrepreneurship and human potential

12:00 – 1:30 PM A.G. Gaston Empowerment Luncheon

Introduction: Andrea Smith, Birmingham CEO, BBVA Compass

Speaker: Ramon RaySmart Hustle Magazine