2023 Conference Keynotes

Dr. Dennis Kimbro

Few individuals impact the day-to-day management of organizations and institutions as Dennis Kimbro.  A tireless educator, best-selling author, and Business school professor, Dr. Kimbro is universally characterized as an authority on leadership, wealth, and success.  As one of today’s top business speakers, he has documented and shared his principles and insight on peak performance with thousands of followers around the globe.  As a lecturer and researcher in the field of management, entrepreneurship and human potential, Dr. Kimbro encourages his readers to look within to extract the keys that underlie all accomplishment.  He received his B.A. degree from the University of Oklahoma, and a M.A. and doctorate from Northwestern University where he studied wealth and poverty among underdeveloped countries.  With his course work behind him, Dr. Kimbro combed the country interviewing scores of America’s most notable achievers.  Eventually his inquisition led to the question:  How can impoverished Black Americans pull themselves out of their poverty and reach their full potential?

 

To broaden and enhance the scope of the project, Dr. Kimbro studied the methodology of Napoleon Hill, author of the phenomenal best seller Think and Grow Rich.  Using Think and Grow Rich as a reference, Dr. Kimbro decided to do what Hill had done in the 1930’s.  He developed a survey to use among peak performing Black Americans.  Two years later, he learned from the foundation bearing Hill’s name that, Hill himself, had drafted a book in 1970 that explored the identical question.  Moreover, Hill had written nearly one hundred pages on the subject, which turned out to be his last.  After a personal meeting with W. Clement Stone, president of the Napoleon Hill Foundation, Dr. Kimbro was commissioned to update and complete Hill’s original manuscript.  Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice, the results of Dr. Kimbro and Hill’s efforts, distills the secrets of success contained in the lives of peak performing men and women, and reveals how readers can use utilize these keys to make their dreams come true.

 

Dennis is married and the father of three daughters, Kelli, Kimberli, and MacKenzie.  His honors include various awards bestowed by the business community as well as the Dale Carnegie Personal Achievement award.  Currently, Dr. Kimbro teaches on the faculty at the Clark Atlanta University School of Business Administration where he was awarded “Professor of the Year” on three occasions.  In 1996, he served as one of eight national judges for the prestigious Ernst & Young USA Today Entrepreneur of the Year held in Palm Springs, California.  As a certified Napoleon Hill Science of Success trainer and leadership coach, Dr. Kimbro’s writings have influenced readers from the streets of Melbourne, Australia, to Johannesburg, South Africa to Seoul, South Korea, Saigon, Viet Nam, to Reykjavik, Iceland, and Tokyo, Japan; to the boardrooms of General Motors, Walt Disney Corp., Citigroup, Frito-Lay, Eli Lilly, Apple Computer, Exxon Mobil, NIKE, and the Gallup Organization to name a few.  He has addressed the Ohio State ‘Buckeye,’ Wisconsin Badger, and the Notre Dame ‘Fighting Irish’ football teams, the Kansas City Royals Baseball team, the St. Louis Rams football team, as well as the Denver Nuggets Basketball team.  He has appeared on the Today Show, Larry King, CNN, and has been featured in Success! Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today on numerous occasions.  Dr. Kimbro’s highest honor occurred when the Nat’l Black MBA Association presented him with the 2005 H. Naylor Fitzhugh award, emblematic as one of the top professors in the nation.  As the author of Daily Motivations for African American Success and the highly acclaimed What Makes the Great Great: Strategies for Extraordinary Achievement,” his fifth book, The Wealth Choice:  Success Secrets of Black Millionaires—the long awaited sequel to Think & Grow Rich—A Black Choice, is another best seller.

 

Author of:

Think & Grow Rich: A Black Choice

Daily Motivations

What Makes the Great Great

What Keeps Me Standing

The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaire

Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker 

Charlie Cytron-Walker became the new rabbi at Temple Emanuel in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on July 1, 2022. He is a nationally recognized leader on combatting antisemitism and building strong interreligious relationships. 

Rabbi Charlie arrives at Temple Emanuel with a history of working to bring a sense of spirituality, compassion, and learning into the lives of the community. He loves finding a connection with people of every age and strives to welcome all who enter the congregation, from interfaith families to LGBT individuals and families to those seeking to find a spiritual home in Judaism, along with all others. 

He previously served at Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) n Colleyville, Texas. He came to CBI in 2006 and was the congregation’s first full-time rabbi. 

He developed positive relationships with local school districts and has helped organized interfaith gatherings including numerous vigils, walks, and relationship building events. He is a past President of the Southwest Association of Reform Rabbis and serves on the steering committee of Peace Together. In 2022, he was honored as a Hero Against Hate by the Texoma Anti-Defamation League. 

On January 15, 2022, Rabbi Charlie and three CBI congregants were held hostage by a gunman in the CBI sanctuary. After an 11-hour standoff, all the hostages were able to escape when Rabbi Charlie threw a chair at the gunman, distracting him long enough for everyone to get out of the building. Since then, he has spoken out on the importance of security training for religious communities, and especially small congregations, as well as the need to build stronger bridges between faith communities, especially on a local level. He has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees, has been published in news sources including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and has been interviewed and/or profiled for outlets from CNN to CBS. 

Rabbi Charlie is originally from Lansing, Michigan and he graduated from the University of Michigan in 1998. After graduating, Rabbi Charlie worked at Focus: HOPE, a civil and human rights organization in Detroit, Michigan, and then became the Assistant Director of the Amherst (MA) Survival Center, which housed a food pantry, free store, and soup kitchen. 

Rabbi Charlie attended Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion at its Jerusalem and Cincinnati campuses, receiving his rabbinical ordination in 2006 and a M.A. in Hebrew Letters in 2005. His rabbinical thesis was titled, “Jewish Service-Learning: Integrating Talmud Torah and Ma’asim Tovim.” As a student, he served congregations in Ishpeming, MI, Fort Walton Beach, FL, and Cincinnati, OH. During his time at HUC-JIR, he received multiple awards for his service to the community, along with an award for leadership from QESHET: A Network of LGBT Reform Rabbis. 

Rabbi Charlie remains completely in love with Adena Cytron-Walker and simply adores his two daughters. 

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