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2021 Speakers 

Dr. David Anderson, Founder and President, BridgeLeader Network (BLN)

Dr. David Anderson, founder and President of the BridgeLeader Network (BLN), is one of the world’s leading authorities on building bridges across the deep divides of race, faith, culture and wealth. His work has brought hope and healing to communities, families and people in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America, including work in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland, during recent civil unrest around issues of race and police brutality. Known as the bridge-building voice in the Nation's Capital, Anderson hosts the daily radio talk show "Real Talk with Dr. David Anderson" on WAVA (105.1 FM) – the most listened to Christian Talk Station on the East Coast and the 2nd most listened to Christian Talk station in the nation. As the founder and senior pastor of Bridgeway Community Church, Dr. Anderson reaches a dynamic, multicultural congregation of over 10,000 weekly attendees, viewed in over 100 countries, with two locations, from more than 52 different nations, located in Columbia, Maryland, and Owings Mills, Maryland.


Victor Branch, Richmond Market President, Bank of America

As Market President, Victor Branch is Bank of America’s leader for the Richmond, VA Market. He connects businesses, families and individuals to the banking and investment teams that will help improve their financial lives. He also leads the work to deploy Bank of America’s resources across the market and the region to address social and economic concerns and build strong communities. In addition to the Market President role, Victor also serves as the Market Manager for Richmond, on the Local Market Organization team. As Market Manager for Richmond since 2003, Victor has worked with local Bank of America leaders to shape our strategy for delivering one company in the Richmond market. 


Shannan Herbert, EVP, Chief Credit Officer, City First Bank

Shannan Herbert is the Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer for City First Bank, a $350M Community Development Financial Institution located in Washington DC. With more than 20+ years of experience, she has served in key leadership roles for most of her career, leveraging her expertise to direct enterprises in the strategic development and delivery of value-driven, user-friendly solutions in the commercial credit and financial services arena. Prior to joining City First, Shannan was the Senior Vice President and Director of Loan Review for United Bank, where she was responsible for the oversight of a $20B loan portfolio. In a previous role with United Bank, she served as Vice President and Credit Officer, where she improved the quality of underwriting and was responsible for reviewing and analyzing transactions ranging from $2M to $50M. She serves as Vice Chair of the board of Beacon House, a nonprofit organization that offers one-on-one mentoring, educational support, and sports programs for children in the Edgewood neighborhood of Washington DC. Shannan graduated cum laude with a BBA in Finance from Howard University and holds an MBA with a finance concentration from Loyola University Maryland. 


Brian Hoffman, Chief Evangelist and Co-Creator, BankTalentHQ

Brian Hoffman is Chief Evangelist and Co-Creator of BankTalentHQ.com, the premier resource for financial industry careers promoted by state banking associations. Hoffman also serves as President of Illinois Bankers Business Services, Inc, the for-profit subsidiary of the Illinois Bankers Association. Hoffman is a 2006 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking – Madison, Wisconsin and a 1999 graduate of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.


John Holdsclaw IV, EVP, Strategic Initiatives, National Cooperative Bank

John Holdsclaw IV serves as executive vice president of strategic initiatives at the National Cooperative Bank (NCB). John is charged with establishing NCB as a thought leader in community development and cooperative expansion that leads to business development and solutions. NCB’s mission is to support and be an advocate for America’s cooperatives and their members, especially in low-income communities, by providing innovative financial and related services. He holds a B.S. degree in Political Science from North Carolina A&T State University, a M.S. in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University, Diploma from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking and Wharton Leadership Certificate from the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at The Wharton School. In 2020, he received a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion Cornell University.


Markita Jack, SVP, Sr. Manager Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, First Horizon National Corporation

Markita has always had a passion for serving others and finds complete joy in pursing this passion with her career in Human Resources. She currently works as the SVP, Sr. Manager of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at First Horizon National Corporation. As Senior Manager of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I), Markita manages the design and execution of various DE&I programs in support of the company’s strategic priorities. Her team works to create DE&I learning objectives and partners with the Talent Development team to build best in class DE&I content into milestone training and talent processes. Additionally, she oversees the external development program relationships and participants, working to ensure that the company’s programs, policies and initiatives support a diverse and inclusive culture. A native of Memphis, she earned her Bachelors of Science and Master of Business Administration from Bethel University.


Francis Janes, Industry Relations and Partnerships Director, Beneficial State Foundation

Francis Janes is the Director for Industry Relations at Beneficial State Foundation. He directs DEI strategy at Beneficial State Bank and Foundation. He has worked in a management capacity at a number of financial institutions including Beneficial State Bank, U.S. Bank and AlaskaUSA Federal Credit Union. Prior to joining the foundation, Francis served as an Associate Director at the International Living Future Institute where he directed the JUST Program. Francis has also served in a management capacity in the food service and information technology sectors. Francis has been a resident of Seattle, WA for over twenty years.


Calandra Jarrell, SVP, Diversity & Inclusion Executive, Bank of America

Calandra Jarrell is a Diversity & Inclusion Executive within Global Human Resources at Bank of America. In this role, she is responsible for the strategy and execution of programs, processes and initiatives focused on increasing the representation, investment and advancement of under-represented talent across Global Strategy & Enterprise Platforms, Private Bank and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. She is also the Market Human Resources Executive for Richmond, VA. 


Dee McDougal, US Head of DEI, Capco

Dee McDougal is US Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Capco. She joined the firm in early 2021 from Pacific Western Bank. As Senior Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion at PWB, Dee led corporate diversity and inclusion strategy and developed education and engagement programs for internal and external audiences, including candidates, employees, clients, partners, suppliers and community groups. Previous positions also include Vice President, Marketing & Communication and roles in banking compliance and commercial real estate development.


Roselle Rogers, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Circa

Roselle is an accomplished HR executive, with 30+ years of practical application. She joined Circa in 2006 and has been instrumental in the company’s growth from local job board provider to the launch of its OFCCP compliance and diversity products. Roselle leads Circa’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategy and thought leadership as well as the company’s OFCCP compliance relations. She is a subject matter expert in HR and OFCCP Compliance, affirmative action, EEO, and diversity; and frequently speaks on these topics at various HR conferences and webinars, educating and keeping employers abreast of trends and recent developments in AA/EEO and diversity. Prior to this role, Roselle was responsible for the company’s OFCCP compliance operations for its federal contractor clients. She holds senior professional certifications with HR Certification Institute and SHRM and is the Vice President of the Milwaukee Industry Liaison Group. She has a Bachelor of Arts, Economics, from the University of the Philippines and a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources Development from Ateneo de Manila University.


Monica R. Sylvain, PhD, Founder & CEO, Monica Sylvain Consulting LLC

Dr. Monica Sylvain is the Founder and CEO of Monica Sylvain Consulting LLC, a management consulting firm and trusted advisor of diversity, equity and inclusion strategy and execution. She has nearly 30 years of proven experience leading in financial services, commodity chemicals, higher education, and the not-for-profit sector. In her prior role as the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer at IBERIABANK, Monica was the strategic thought leader for the enterprise-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion vision that she expertly integrated into business objectives and operational cadence. Over the course of her career, she has honed expertise in corporate social responsibility, ESG, board diversification, inclusive culture transformation, and identification & retention of diverse talent. Dr. Sylvain earned her Analytical Chemistry Ph.D. with honors from Louisiana State University and graduated at the top of her class receiving her B.S. in Chemical Engineering magna cum laude from Howard University. 


Darrin Williams, CEO, Southern Bancorp, Inc.

Darrin is a banker, securities and consumer protection attorney, former legislator and passionate advocate for financial inclusion. Currently serving as the CEO of Southern Bancorp, Inc., Williams oversees the strategic direction and operations of each of Southern’s three Community Development Financial Institutions: Southern Bancorp, Inc., a bank holding company; Southern Bancorp Bank, one of America’s largest rural development banks; and Southern Bancorp Community Partners, a 501(c)(3) development finance and lending organization –collectively known as “Southern.” With $1.8 billion in assets, more than 65,000 customers and 49locations, Southern Bancorp operates largely in the Arkansas –Mississippi Delta, one of the nation’s most impoverished communities. Focused on net worth building strategies of homeownership, entrepreneurship and saving, Southern Bancorp believes that wealth building isn’t just for the wealthy; they seek to be wealth builders for everyone.

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