PANELISTS

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ARTHUR CUTLER II

TEDxUStreetSalon Speaker '2021

Cutler has been invited on several occasions by the US Department of State to join the US Delegation to travel to Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria and serve as an NGO expert and provides training, lectures and presentations for government officials, NGOs and academic institutions. Cutler also serves as an adjunct professor at Michigan State University College of Law where he teaches Nonprofit Law.  

 

Cutler was most recently appointed by County Executive Alsobrooks to the Inaugural Prince George's County Commission for Fathers, Men and Boys. Cutler is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, Cofounder of the Prince George’s Youth Lacrosse League, Administrator and coach for the Fort Washington Cannons lacrosse team, Former PTA President at Fort Foote Elementary and a member of Fort Foote Baptist Church. Arthur is married to Tracy Cutler and they have two children: Arthur III and Braelyn and reside in Fort Washington, MD.

Arthur L Cutler, II President & CEO at Open Arms Housing, an organization providing permanent supportive housing and ongoing support for women experiencing chronic homelessness. Cutler has a B.A. in political science from Morehouse College, a law degree from Michigan State University and completed his Nonprofit Executive Management studies at Georgetown University. 

Cutler was named by the Aspen Institute and American Express as one of the Emerging Social Purpose Leaders in 2015 and is also a graduate of the American Express Leadership Academy. 

 

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DR. CHERYL WOOD

TEDxUStreetWomen Speaker '2020

Dr. Cheryl Wood is an International Empowerment Speaker, TEDx Speaker, 14x Best-Selling Author and Master Speaker Development Coach.  She equips women with the tools to unleash the power of their voice, transform lives with their story, and monetize their subject matter expertise.  Dr. Wood has trained women across the United States and abroad including South Africa, India, France, United Kingdom, Canada and the Bahamas.  She empowers women to get out of their comfort zone, take calculated risks, pursue their big dreams, and become the best version of themselves.

Dr. Wood has been featured on ABC, Radio One, Forbes Magazine, Huffington Post, ESSENCE, Black Enterprise, Rolling Out, Sheen Magazine, Good Morning Washington, Fox 5 News, Fox 45 News, The Washington Informer, The Baltimore Times, Afro-American Newspaper and numerous other media outlets.  She has delivered riveting keynote presentations for organizations including NASA, The United Nations, Verizon, Capital One, the FBI, United States Department of Defense, United States Department of Agriculture, National Association of Legal Professionals, Federally Employed Women, Blacks In Government and the Congressional Black Caucus, to name a few.  Dr. Wood is committed to empowering women globally to make their unique fingerprint count and to create legacy starting today!

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DR. ROSELYN AKER-BLACK

TEDxUStreetWomen Speaker '2019

Roselyn V. Aker- Black, Psy.D (affectionately known as Dr. Roz) is a native of Rome, Georgia and currently resides in the Washington, DC metro area with her husband. Dr. Roz is an award- winning psychologist and has over 14 years of experience in providing psychological services to children, families, and couples in the nonprofit, government, and private industry sectors.  Currently, she is the Chief Operating Officer for the Goal Grinders Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides Leadership and Entrepreneurial training with a STEM Focus for at risk middle and high school girls. 

Dr. Roz’s media experience includes psychological consults with the Anderson Cooper Talk Show (2012), the OWN’s Network docuseries Unfaithful (2012), Huffington Post, Fox5DC, NBC4 and a regular guest appearance on Howard University’s WHUR 96.3 as a relationship expert. Dr. Roz is the Series Psychologist on TV One’s limited series, “For My Woman” and the host of the Dr. Roz Show podcast. Moreover, Dr. Aker-Black’s work has also been published in International Journals.


She is a sought-out keynote speaker, commencement speaker, and advice columnist for her advice on practical relationship functioning, Human trafficking, Intimate Partner Violence, and Organizational Behavior and Management. Dr. Roz is also a TEDx speaker and presented the topic, “Surviving Betrayal” at the TEDx U Street Women’s Conference 2019. 

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SHAKIR MCDONALD

TEDxUStreetWomen Speaker '2020

Shakir McDonald, “The Queen Bee” is an educator, entrepreneur, author, parenting and education expert and the founder of The B.E.E. Academy and The B.E.E. Kid’s Box. The B.E.E. model developed by Shakir is a dynamic program and product model combining nearly 20 years of supplemental educational programming with social emotional learning and character formation for youth success.

 

 

Shakir is at the forefront of advocacy and advancing youth development and the creator of the “Regenerative Parenting Paradigm” and has been recognized locally and nationally for her advances in educational excellence. Mrs. McDonald is dedicated to the mission of equipping parents with tools to ensure that they can raise Brilliant, Educated and Empowered children through education, advocacy, character and skills building. Mrs. McDonald uses her platforms to share dynamic programs, tools and solutions for the advancement of today's youth.