September 13 - 14, 2024

MASTER OF CEREMONIES

THOMAS CUNNINGHAM​

Production Director and
Social Commentator

2024 AWARDS DINNER
Co-CHAIR

Icilma fergus, MD

Internal Medicine
Cardiovascular Disease
Mount Sinai, New York

2024 AWARDS DINNER
Co-CHAIR

barbara hutchinson, MD, PHD

Cardiologist
Chesapeake Cardiac Care

2024 Title Sponsors

Amgen-Logo

Previous Sponsors

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Diamond Sponsors

Biosense-Webster_Logo

platinum Sponsor

bristol

Gold Sponsors

Merck
esperion
Amgen-Logo

Silver Sponsors

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bronze sponsors

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Morehouse
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Samuel

Sponsors

accuhealth
Amgen-Logo
astrazeneca 2
Biosense-Webster_Logo
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KP_Stacked_307
MM_PrimaryLogo
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phrma_2012logo
Regeneron-Logo-Sci to Med Pink tagline
vertex
Wellstar logo 2

media partners

THOMAS CUNNINGHAM

Thomas Cunningham IV is a 30-year veteran as a producer of television and live events across the globe. He has coordinated and produced programs for Black Entertainment Television (BET), as well as the Zain Africa Challenge, which aired in eight countries across the continent. As a manager for Montell Jordan, he coordinated tours nationwide and abroad.

With the emergence of digital media, he found himself tapped as a frequent contributor to HuffPost Live, where he logged more than 60 appearances. He has appeared on TV One’s Unsung, and brought his baritone voice to the drama To Hell and Back on the same network.

Cunningham graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Florida A&M University. His writing has appeared in a number of national publications on a wide range of creative and political topics. He was honored to lend his design acumen as editor of his fraternity’s national publication, The Kappa Alpha Psi Journal. He also advises non-profits on digital and web branding. Launched in 2020, Cunningham co-hosts a weekly podcast centered on current events and political commentary from an unapologetically Black perspective called Steel Sharpens Steel. He is developing several new projects, including: a reality program, a short film based on one of his stories, and a pilot his team hopes to bring to air in the near future.

icilma fergus, md

Bio coming soon.

Barbara hutchinson, md, phd

Bio coming soon.

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Phyllis Newhouse

Phyllis Newhouse is a serial entrepreneur and investor, retired military senior officer and mentor. She is CEO and Founder of ShoulderUp Technology Acquisition Corp, Founder and CEO of Xtreme Solutions, Inc. (XSI), CEO of Athena Technology Acquisition Corp. and Founder of ShoulderUp, a 501c3.

In 2021, she founded ShoulderUp Technology Acquisition Corp, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) led by industry veterans to carry out mergers, capital stock exchanges, asset acquisitions, stock purchases and reorganizations with one or more businesses in the technology and cybersecurity space. ShoulderUp Technology Acquisition Corp closed an upsized $300 million IPO in November 2021.

In 2020, she also co-founded Athena Technology Acquisition Corp. Athena closed a $250 million IPO in March 2021, making it the only SPAC listed on the NYSE with an African American female CEO. In July 2021, the company announced it was taking concentrated solar power company, Heliogen, public in a $2 billion merger.

Newhouse is also the Founder of ShoulderUp, a nonprofit she founded alongside Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis. Dedicated to connecting and supporting women on their entrepreneurial journeys, ShoulderUp introduced ShoulderUp Ventures, the first women-founded and led influencer fund providing impact and exclusive access to a diverse portfolio of media, technology companies and sports entertainment. In 2019 alone its members and affiliates have invested over $10 million in companies like Lime, Rent the Runway and Airbnb

As a pioneer in cybersecurity and business, she is the first woman to win an Ernst & Young (EY) Entrepreneur Of The Year® award in the technology category. She was admitted into the 2013 class of EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women, and in 2019 was inducted into the Enterprising Women Hall of fame. Additionally, XSI received inclusion in the Inc. 5000 list in 2013 and 2014, and has been recognized as one of Women’s Presidents’ Organization’s (WPO) 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned Companies in the U.S. consecutively for the past seven years.

Passionate about women-led businesses, Newhouse teaches aspiring entrepreneurs to recognize and capitalize on their leadership skills and empowers others to operate in greatness. She has been featured in Today, Entrepreneur, Inc., CNBC, Forbes, Yahoo Finance, Cheddar News, Bloomberg and more. She received her degree from John F. Kennedy University and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, please visit phyllisnewhouse.com.   

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