Kieth Cockrell, president of Bank of America Charlotte. He also serves as the head of Executive Escalations for the company. As President of Bank of America Charlotte, he is responsible for connecting banking and investment resources offered through the banks’ eight lines of business to people and companies across the region, deploying Bank of America’s resources to address social and economic concerns, and helping the local community thrive. Kieth is a passionate ally and advocate for a diverse and inclusive workplace. Previously, he served as vice-chair of the Global Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Council. In this role, he was instrumental in establishing several employee networks, including the Black Professional Group; the Hispanic/Latino Organization for Leadership and Advancement; the Military Support and Assistance Group; and the Black Executive Advisory Council. In 2019, he received two D&I awards, the Root Award and the Vanguard Award, for his role promoting equality, unity and
Maurianna Adams, Chief Community Investment Officer of MetaFund. Maurianna works to expand MetaFund’s efforts to equitably invest in creative solutions for under-resourced communities. She brings more than a decade of public service experience focused on community development, community wealth building and inclusive economies to the position. As Progress OKC’s executive director, she provided strategic direction, program development and fundraising expertise to expand the community development corporation’s impact in areas of neighborhood revitalization, small business development and workforce initiatives.
Maurianna serves on various boards and committees including the City of Oklahoma City – COVID-19 Assistance Program For 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organizations, City of Oklahoma City – Small Business Continuity Program, Northeast OKC Renaissance Inc., Oklahoma City Human Rights Commission Task Force and Urban Land Institute of Oklahoma.
Jorge Hernandez, founder and president of Tango Public Relations. In 2006, Jorge Hernández founded Tango PR and under his leadership and passion turned Tango PR into the premiere Latino PR firm in Oklahoma. Jorge is a native of Mexico but grew up in Austin, Texas and in 1991 moved to Oklahoma City, where he studied Human Relations at Southern Nazarene University (91-95). Jorge has a passion for culture, community and effective communications. He proudly serves as a community advocate, creating programs for the Latino Community Development Agency and other community organizations such as “Fiestas de las Americas.” He sits on the Board of the Oklahoma Red Cross, Thrive/Central Oklahoma Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and is a member of Oklahoma City’s Leadership Class XIX. Jorge has been recognized with the “40 Under 40′′ award from the OKC Business magazine in 2007 and has also received other awards and several recognitions for his continuous work in building bridges between Corporate America and the Hispanic Community in Oklahoma City.
Peggy Simmons, president and chief operating officer of Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO). Peggy has responsibility for all aspects of electric service for PSO’s more than 550,000 customers, including distribution operations, safety, customer service, communications, external affairs and regulatory functions. Prior to her current role, Simmons was manager of regulatory commodity sourcing for AEP Ohio. She also served as manager of renewable energy in AEP’s competitive business. Simmons joined AEP in 1999 as an energy trading scheduler in Commercial Operations.Community service has been a vital part of Simmons’ career. Simmons serves on the board of trustees for the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust and Tulsa Community Foundation; the board of directors for the State Chamber of Oklahoma, Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Tulsa Area United Way as well as the advisory council to Meals on Wheels Metro Tulsa. Additionally, Simmons serves on the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) Members Committee and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Economic Advisory Council.
Apollo Woods, entrepreneur and real estate developer, has spent the past 14 years providing client partners with technology and consulting solutions to improve productivity and bottom-line profits. In 2017, Apollo founded OKC Black Eats to increase awareness and visibility of Black-owned restaurants and culinary artists in OKC. The goal is to stimulate the local economy by circulating local dollars in predominately African/African American communities. In less than 2 years, OKC Black Eats has generated more than $420,000+ in sales revenue for small business restaurants in OKC Metro. In January 2019, Apollo took a leap of faith into entrepreneurship to provide marketing and consulting solutions for minority owned businesses in Oklahoma City. In 2019, OKC Black Eats hosted the inaugural NEOKC Developer’s Conference at the University of Oklahoma – Downtown Campus. The mission of the NEOKC Developer’s Conference is dedicated to giving investors and investor hopefuls, both men and women alike, the skills to achieve their real estate investing goals to build wealth through real estate in NEOKC.