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Friday, April 21 • 8:00am - 3:00pm
Society & Justice Conference

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A sustained look at the ways the structures and resources of our community can be used to assist everyone, and bring everyone into a conversation on the future.

Future Forward conference ends with a sustained look at the ways the structures and resources of our community can be brought to bear to assist everyone and bring everyone into a conversation the future.

This day will feature critical conversations around criminal justice reform, art and culture, financial access and empowerment, and early childhood education.

Note: This conference is a ticketed event. To create your event schedule here on Sched you must first purchase your tickets on Eventbrite. Click here to purchase your ticket. (All Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can)

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Sherry Bryant

Education and Outreach Specialist, University of Virginia, School of Education and Human Development, Youth-Nex
Sherry Bryant, a native of Newport News, VA, has taught secondary social studies education including U.S. history, government, and civics and economics in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. During her time as an educator, Bryant prioritized integrating strategies that addressed... Read More →
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Paul Beyer

Executive Director, Tom Tom Foundation
My professional interests and passions are around community building; with a specific focus on my hometown of Charlottesville, VA. I love the instigators, entrepreneurs, artists, activists, and healers who are filled with civic purpose and desire to create communities of friendship... Read More →
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Aria Florant

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Liberation Ventures
Aria Florant is constantly traversing worlds -- Black and white, grassroots and corporate, ethnic studies and finance – and building bridges in between. Aria Florant is Co-Founder of Liberation Ventures (LV), a field catalyst and intermediary accelerating the Black-led movement... Read More →
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Freddy Jackson

CPP: Sunrise Meditation w. Freddy Jackson, LoveNoEgo
Freddy is an inspirational and transformational speaker, mentor, personal trainer, educator, author, and founder of The Love No Ego Foundation, located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Freddy's  Love...No Ego philosophy serves as the foundation for pushing the human spirit into greatness... Read More →
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Daniel Fairley II

CPP: #100Cuts Initiative, 100 Black Men of Central Virginia
Daniel is a passionate advocate for young black men in Charlottesville. With years of experience working in community development and education, Daniel has dedicated his career to creating opportunities and empowering young men of color to succeed. Through his work as the President... Read More →
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Gregory Thompson

Co-Executive Director, Voices Undergound
Gregory Thompson (PhD, University of Virginia) is an artist of diverse creative background who works at the intersection of moral imagination and social healing. Focusing on matters of race, religion, public memory, and hospitality, Gregory currently serves as Co-Director of Voices... Read More →
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Denise Johnson

Supervisor of Equity and Inclusion, Charlottesville City Schools
Ms. Johnson is a native of Charlottesville and a 1998 graduate of Charlottesville City Schools. She studied Health at Virginia State University and received her Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has twelve years of experience as a... Read More →
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Jaundiego Wade

Vice Mayor, Juandiego Wade
Juandiego Riccardo Wade is the Vice Mayor the City of Charlottesville and the Career Center Coordinator with the County of Albemarle Department of Social Services. He is married to Claudette T. Grant. They have one daughter, Gabriella Ruby Lee Wade. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in... Read More →
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Scott Hamler

Owner, 4Z Digital
Scott Hamler is the Owner of 4Z Digital, a marketing company that he started 3 years ago. Scott is a very active community member, working with many local organizations and serving on multiple boards.Scott and his wife Shelly are raising their daughters Zaya and Nova in southern Albemarle... Read More →
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Kori Price

President, Charlottesville Black Arts Collective
Kori Price is a multi-disciplinary artist and photographer based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Originally from Culpeper, Kori has been proud to call Central Virginia home for most of her life and is passionate about telling the stories of her community. Kori holds a B.S. in electrical... Read More →
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Martize Tolbert

National Director of Client and Community Engagement, Fountainfund
In his role as National Director of Client and Community Engagement, Martize is providing leadership in our expansion to new Fountain Fund communities. Working with our staff and community partners across the nation, Martize ensures that Fountain Fund programming and implementation... Read More →
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Nick Feggans

Co-Founder of PITS | DJ Runway, Uhuru-Peace in the Streets
Nick aka Mr. Nick aka DJ Runway is a community staple by day and DJ by night! Whether bringing joy to members at his Boys & Girls Club or assisting individuals in need through Uhuru Foundation-Peace in the Streets non-profit organization, Mr. Nick is for sure ‘Mr. Community’
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Ravi Respeto

President and CEO, United Way of Greater Charlottesville
Ravi Respeto joined United Way of Greater of Charlottesville in July 2018 as President and CEO. Her career in nonprofit leadership started as Campaign Manager for Charlottesville Waldorf School with a $3 million-dollar campaign to build an environmentally sustainable school. Her commitment... Read More →
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Ben Wilkes

Director of Development, United Way of Greater Charlottesville
Ben Wilkes is the Director of Development at United Way of Greater Charlottesville. He is fueled by people and the possibilities we create through collaboration and belonging. Prior to his role at United Way, Ben was Program Manager at Tom Tom Foundation, helping develop new models... Read More →
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Dejua Lewis

Owner - Entrepreneur, Dejua's Creationz
The "Dejua" Behind Dejua's Creationz is a young entrepreneur who started off helping her mother proud business owner Jeanetha Brown - Douglas of "JBD Event Catering & Soul Food" for years before spreading her wings to start a business of her own. She  has a world - renowned passion... Read More →
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Dr. Kevin McDonald

Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, University of Virginia
Kevin McDonald is the University of Virginia’s vice president for diversity, equity, inclusion, and community partnerships.  He joined UVA after serving as the chief diversity officer and vice chancellor for inclusion, diversity, and equity at the University of Missouri System... Read More →
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Robert Gray

Co-Founder & Executive Director, The Uhuru Foundation
Robert Gray is a visionary, businessman, brand strategist, and social entrepreneur with a passion for criminal justice reform and economic empowerment. As a native of Albemarle County, VA who was born in Charlottesville, he was able to experience firsthand both the opportunities and... Read More →

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The Fountain Fund

Implementing a “one-stop shop” model is the most efficient and convenient way to cover thewide range of needs of the formerly incarcerated population. Additionally, things like intensive job search assistance and education/job skills training have proven to lower recidivism r... Read More →
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Peace In The Streets

Peace In The Streets, co-founded by Jamey Rush, Martize Tolbert, Robert Gray, Derek Rush, and Nick Feggans spreads their message of hope and compassion by assisting the inner city community with its daily needs. We believe that a single action can make a difference in the community... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2023 8:00am - 3:00pm EDT
CODE Building