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 MY DREAM SUMMIT 

A weekend of power, unity, elegance and social consciousness.

August 27th and 28th

2022

Mr. Eli Smith Presents

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Syracuse
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Rochester

Dream Conference and Exposition

Join Mr. Eli Smith and others for an interactive, day-long event.

 

 

 

 

Saturday, August 27, 2022 8:00 am till 5:00 pm 

Dream Gala II

-VIP Reception-

Join Mr. Eli Smith, Dream Summit celebrities, guest speakers, presenters, award winners, and sponsors for an open bar cocktail reception.

Saturday, August 27, 2022 7:00 pm till 8:00 pm

-Black Tie Event-

Dream Gala

Join Mr. Eli Smith and hundreds of other entrepreneurs for an Evening of Celebration.

 

 

Saturday, August 27, 2022 8:00 pm till 12:00 midnight

-Black Tie Event-

Day Dream Party

Join Mr. Eli Smith and others for a relaxing brunch to wind down an extraordinary weekend of bringing about equality and economic justice for all.

Sunday, August 28, 2022 11:00 am till 3:00 pm

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KeyNote Speakers & Panelists

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Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

Professor at Vanderbilt University, Author, Speaker

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Soledad O’Brien

Documentarian, Journalist, Speaker, Author and Philanthropist

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Jemele Hill

Emmy Award Winning Journalist

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Dr. James Braxton Peterson

Author, Educator, Consultant

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Dorsey Levens

Former NFL Running Back For Green Bay Packers, Super Bowl Champion

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Kelly Copes-Anderson

Associate Vice President and Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Eli Lilly and Company

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  Lara Price

Executive Vice President-

Philadelphia 76ers

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Marc Jones

Founder/CEO and Inventor

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Ryan Gillum

Founder/CEO and Inventor

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James Schuler

Advocate

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Hasan Stephens

Advocate

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Bertram L Lawson II

President and CEO of YMCA

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Joanie Mahoney

President of SUNY ESF

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Moderators

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Tamika D. Otis

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Baye Muhammad

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Summer Willow Fitch

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Juhanna Scholar

 

 The Dream Team

Eli Smith

Founder

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Arel Moodie

Steering Committee

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Steering Committee

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Lekia K. Hill

Steering Committee

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Me'Shae Brooks-Rolling

Steering Committee

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Lindsay Wickham

Marketing Manager

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Whitney Ford

Social Media Manager

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Mariella Canady

Chief Philanthropy Officer YMCA

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Kathleen Peplinski

Event Coordinator

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Eileen Collins

Event Prep

 

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The OnCenter

800 South State Street Syracuse, NY 13202

The Oncenter is a perfect location for the Dream Summit. It is located in downtown Syracuse, NY. The Oncenter is a spacious, three-city-block facility that offers premium accommodations for exhibitions, conventions, break-out sessions, banquets, and for an elegant evening in the ballroom.

The Marriot Hotel

100 East Onondaga Street Syracuse, New York 13202

Located in the heart of downtown Syracuse, we are conveniently near Armory Square and State University of New York (SUNY). We are the official hotel of The Oncenter Convention Center, suitably situated steps from the hotel. Mention the Dream Summit for discounted rates.

Eli Smith

    Eli Smith is a committed and energetic entrepreneur who was born in Elmira, NY. He is following in the footsteps of his parents, who were successful business owners for more than 40 years. In 2012 he began SGTR, formally known as So Gone Trash Removal. He made a start by cleaning and removing trash from basements and attics. Now, he owns SGTR and E. Smith Contractors which are now both MBE certified general construction companies. He is hopeful that one day, one of his own five children will be inspired to make a difference in the community they live in by starting their own business. 

He most recently was awarded the 2019 National Harriet Tubman Award from Sean embodiment of the lauded characteristics that made Harriet Tubman who she was. 

    His community involvement includes sitting on the boards of the Syracuse Boys and Girls Clubs, The Association of Builders and Contractors(Empire State Chapter), and the Urban Business Association of Syracuse. He is also an alumnus of Babson College and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program. Most recently, he was recognized by local news channels for purchasing two Harriet movie showings. He gave over 200 free movie tickets to children and members of the community so that they could see the story of Harriet Tubman and feel inspired. 

    Currently operating out of offices in D.C. and Syracuse, Eli continues to give back to his community by mentoring students at area high schools and colleges, including Syracuse University and Onondaga Community College. He can also be seen at local events and business fairs, recruiting employees and independent contractors to be a part of his growing corporation. 

Honors and Achievements

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NYS Senate Empire Award    Madame C.J. Walker Small Business Award

National Harriet Tubman Award    Centerstate CEO Economic Champion

NYS Entrepreneur Assistance Program Entrepreneur of the year

D’Aniello Entrepreneurial Internship Program from the Falcone Center For
Entrepreneurship at Syracuse University 2017

Onondaga Small Business Development Center Bonded Contractor of the year

 

CenterState CEO Economic Champion

Carey Gabay Excellence and Innovation award from Governor Cuomo

D’Aniello Entrepreneurial Internship Program from the Falcone Center