San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Peebles Corporation
National Black MBA Association Metro New York Chapter
Black Ivy Alumni League
Metro Black Bar Association
Stanford Black Alumni Association – New York
Dominican Bar Association
Columbia University - Black Alumni Council
National Society Black Engineers – NYC Professionals
Yale Black Alumni Association
Puerto Rican Bar Association
New York Alumnae Association of Spelman College
New York Black Journalists Association
Panel Discussion Topics
Tawan Davis spearheads capital raising initiatives, directs developments, and implements strategy for The Peebles Corporation. Most recently, Mr. Davis led public private partnerships with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) in the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. During that time, he analyzed, structured and executed high-profile transactions that brought nearly $1 billion to New York City’s coffers, created more than 5,000 jobs, and initiated several billion dollars in economic activity.
Born near Seattle, Wash., and raised in Oregon, Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in political economy from Georgetown University, a master’s in economics and sociology from Oxford University, England, and a master’s in business administration from Harvard Business School.
Among other achievements, he repositioned a broad portfolio of Harlem sites, including the future home of a civil rights museum. In addition to being an adjunct professor in real estate, finance and economics at New York University, he serves on the advisory board of the New Horizon’s Children’s Advocacy Corp.
Faith Taylor currently oversees Wyndham Worldwide Corporate Social Responsibility program’s policies and strategies which include sustainability, philanthropy, wellness, diversity, human rights, ethics and responsible sourcing.
The program is implemented across 40 hospitality brands, over 36,000 employees and over 100,000 locations in 100 countries. In 2006 she created the Wyndham Green program.
Under her leadership in 2014, Wyndham was ranked as one of the top 50 Greenest Companies in America by Newsweek and in 2014 and 2015 was recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index as both World and North American leader in the Hotel, Resort and Cruise line sector.
She is the former Chair of the Sustainability Group of the World Travel & Tourism Council and Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the USGBC of New Jersey. In 2014 the National Diversity Council named her “One of the Most Powerful Women in the Industry”.
She has an MBA from the Wharton business school and a BA from Stanford University. She is happily married to Gary Taylor, President of Newtek Business Credit and they have two children Jordan and Kiyomi.
Kimberly A. Harris
Kimberly Harris is the CEO of America Needs You. Kimberly was previously a founding member and secretary of the New York Needs You Governing Board.
Prior to joining America Needs You, Kimberly was an Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where she represented leading companies in a variety of industries in global mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other complex corporate transactions. In a pro bono capacity, Kimberly worked with clients on education reform initiatives, political asylum matters, child custody disputes and domestic violence cases. Additionally, at Skadden, she was actively involved with the summer associate committee, the diversity and inclusion department and recruiting. Skadden recognized Kimberly as an Outstanding Civic Leader in 2011 for her commitment to the firm and pro bono efforts.
Kimberly received a Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School in 2006 and in 2008 was recognized as an “Outstanding Alumnus” by Columbia’s Black Law Student Association. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration, with high distinction, from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in 2003, where she concentrated in Finance and Computer Information Systems. Kimberly is from Chicago, Illinois, where she attended public schools.
Daryl Shore is a Vice President within Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co, a global leader in corporate philanthropy with $200 million invested in communities annually. As Program Officer, he is responsible for managing a sophisticated, highly-visible housing and community development portfolio consisting of traditional grants and other flexible capital. Mr. Shore joined the firm in 2010.
He sits on the board of Gesu School, an independent school, pre-K to 8th grade, in one of the most marginalized neighborhoods of Philadelphia, as well as on the board of the Harlem Wellness Center, a nonprofit health and wellness center which supports life-long healthy living practices in Harlem, New York City. He also sits on the board of governors for National Housing Conference, which is dedicated to helping ensure safe, decent and affordable housing for all in America.
Prior to joining Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co, Mr. Shore held two previous roles in the firm's Community Development Banking Group and Business Banking. Before joining JPMorgan Chase, Mr. Shore spent six years at Fannie Mae in various roles. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, a Master of Business Administration degree from Clark Atlanta University and a Master of Science degree from Johns Hopkins University.
Founder of Success Mentor Education. Bert is a national best-selling author, speaker, and Direcotr of the Pathways ot Leadership After School Program in East New York.
When & Where
Catalyst Network Foundation Inc. (CNF)
Founded in 2011, CNF is focused on life enrichment and professional development, with a mission to engage high-potential youth (ages 14-25) and veterans (ages 21-30) with successful projects by providing the proper tools, network, and development opportunities.
CNF was conceived after its two founding members had a conversation about the future of youth and veterans in their community. After reviewing the lack of communal resources, skill development programs, and career-field opportunities for adults – the founders developed a vision. Through their combined efforts and strategic planning, the two founders recruited additional professionals to support the formation of Catalyst Network Foundation.
The social enterprise is fundamentally grassroots, steered by a volunteer leadership team in New York City and Washington, D.C. In July of 2012, Ranking Congressman Ed Towns awarded a proclamation to the Foundation, in recognition of the organization’s achievements.
The nonprofit holds a Summer Intensive Program for high school (HS) sophomores and juniors in New York City and Washington, D.C. Successful applicants are enrolled at a CNF partnership high school. Over 200 HS students have been admitted to the Fellowship Program and are CNF Fellows (99% have graduated HS, and more than 90% of them have enrolled in college or a trade school).
The fellowship scholars are trained from day one: they tour corporate offices, pitch business ideas, and develop professional skills. CNF personnel assess the Fellows career aspirations, expose them to various opportunities, and foster intrapersonal growth. Each student receives individualized attention and internships in preparation for higher education and community service.
Through CNF’s Mentorship Program, Fellowship scholars are paired with a mentor that is a trailblazer in the profession or career field the fellows aspire to pursue.
The CNF Internship Program secures CNF Fellows with internships at top startups, corporations, and medical institutions. Many fellows have gone on to attend prestigious colleges and universities.
Since 2011, the Fellows have participated in corporate tours and create or pitched presentations about inner-city school challenges to several corporations, including: Google, Goldman Sachs, NIKE, LinkedIn, Morgan Stanley, HBO, Microsoft, Covington & Burling LLP, GAP, BET, Essence Magazine, NPR, Kaye Scholer LLP, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Hughes Hubbard Reed LLP, Bloomberg, Peebles Corporation, Infor, Deloitte, FOX News, and NBC Studios.
The organization works with American veterans (ages 21-30), connecting them with resources and information to assist them with their career and academic ambitions.
CNF host a professional mixer and panel discussion called The Meeting of the Minds (MOTM) a gathering that is held quarterly it uniquely combines networking and thoughtful policy discussion on topics affecting minority communities. The goal is to provide a forum for critical conversation on issues often ignored by mainstream media outlets. After the general discussion, the event transforms into an in-person social component allowing attendees to build on ideas.