Official launch and inaugural weekend conference celebrating Rolodex and the contributions and accomplishments of professional gay men of African descent. Hear from panelists, our amazing keynote speaker, and meet other Rolodexers from around the nation and around the world.

JUNE 21: "A PLUSH Affair" Meet  & Greet 

Ruby's Vintage Harlem Restaurant | 6 - 9PM | Open Bar | Unlimited Appetizers 

Sponsors:  PLUSH Vodka, Pepsi Zero 

JUNE 22: Rolodex Global Conference "RGC"

Aon Headquarters NYC | 9:00AM - 3:30PM | Continental Breakfast | Lunch 


  • Registration & Networking Breakfast

  • Opening Remarks 

  • Rapid Mini-Panels

  • Networking Lunch

  • Award & Keynote

  • Closing Remarks


Private Residence Location | 12:30PM-3:30PM

Cocktails | Heavy Hors D'oeuvres | Champagne Toast

Sponsors:  PLUSH Vodka, Pepsi Zero 


  • Orlando Reece is the interim Chief Executive Officer of Pride Media, the largest LGBTQ+ media brand reaching more users per month than any other in the market. With past experiences at Viacom, Disney, Yahoo!, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and others, Orlando has come to be known as an experienced senior executive, who transforms and disrupts business models with proven expertise in revenue generation and sales management. As a dynamic, engaging, collaborative communicator, Orlando has spent his career driving strategic initiatives in the areas of linear, digital, print and cross media marketing, product integration, and app development.

    Chief Executive Officer

    Pride Media


  • Mark Anthony Thomas is the Senior Vice President-Partnerships of New York City Economic Development Corporation. In this position, he leads teams that foster and manage industry and international relationships and business attraction. Mark previously worked for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, serving as the Director of the Operations Innovation Team, and piloting Fuse Corps as LA’s first executive fellow. With nearly two decades of work in the creative, media, and civic sectors, Mark has counseled local, national, foreign policy leaders, and industry innovators and serves as an advisor for nonprofits that incubate creative and civic talent.

    SVP, Partnerships

    NYC Economic Development Corporation


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    Allyn L. Shaw is the Chief Operating Officer for Global Information Security at Bank of America. He serves on Bank of America’s LGBT Executive Council and Black Executive Leadership Council. Allyn is the executive sponsor for the Charlotte, NC chapter of the bank’s Black Professional Group, and a member of the Global Technology & Operations Diversity & Inclusion Council as well as the Women in Technology & Operations Global Advisory Board. He joined the board of Out and Equal Workplace Advocates in 2018.

    COO, Global Information Security

    Bank of America


  • James Felton Keith is an award winning engineer, economist, author, and serial entrepreneur, who has built a global ecosystem of Cyber, FinTech, and AdTech firms spending the past 20 years between 4 continents obsessing about economic inclusion, and reparative equity. Affectionately known as JFK, he was the first Black member of the LGBT community to run for US Congress and is a frequent keynote at global venues like the United Nations, Future Tech Congress, Data Protection World Forum, Money 20/20, and Hope Global Forums. 

    Candidate for US Congress

    Author | Engineer | Entrepreneur


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    Larry Miller is a Weekday Anchor at WUSA-9 TV in Washington, D.C.  He anchors segments for WUSA 9's morning show called 'Get Up DC!' and leads the afternoon team at 12pm.  He also files special reports for the Special Assignment Unit. His work has taken him all over the country and earned him an Edward R. Murrow Award for Hard News Reporting - and most recently and Emmy Award for his story about the struggles of grocery shopping in Wards 7 & 8 of Washington, D.C. He is also invested in the community; working as an adjunct professor at Prince George's Community College and mentoring young students pursing journalism careers.

    Weekday News Anchor


  • Zach Stafford is the Editor-In-Chief of The Advocate, the nation's oldest gay magazine still in circulation today, and is the first black editor-in-chief of the magazine since its establishment. He is also the newest co-host of "AM to DM", a morning news show on Twitter presented by Buzzfeed News. Zach comes to his role as both the former chief content officer of Grindr, as well as the editor-in-chief of the Grindr-owned publication INTO, during which time he spearheaded projects like Kindr, aimed at addressing discrimination in the app. He has also been an editor-at-large at OUT magazine and a contributor to The Guardian.

    Editor-In-Chief, The Advocate


  • Dakarai Gerrard Larriett is a New York-based cosmetics industry executive and consumer packaged goods entrepreneur with experience at L’Oréal, LVMH and Reckitt Benckiser. Gerrard Larriett Aromatherapy Pet Care, his natural pet products line, has earned him recognition as Pet Age Magazine’s Forty Under 40 and Harlem Demo Day’s inaugural winner. Gerrard Larriett products are sold across the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan both online and in stores. Dakarai enjoys staying active in his community and serves as board member at Harm Reduction Coalition, a national advocacy organization that works to promote the health and dignity of individuals and communities who are impacted by drug use.

    Founder, Gerard Larriett Aromatherapy Pet Care

    Dakarai Larriett

  • David is the owner of McKnight Image Lab, a boutique image, brand consulting and executive coaching agency in NYC. David has 20 years of Corporate experience, most recently as the Head of Change Management for Third Party Risk Management at AIG, and prior to that as a 15 year management consultant at Deloitte and Accenture. Today, he loves helping ambitious professionals achieve breakthroughs as they build a premium brand.  A published author, David is a frequent speaker on topics including professional image, corporate etiquette, and developing your own unique brand. He has been featured in Inc. Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Market Watch, Time Out NY, MSNBC.com, Huffington Post, and more.

    Founder, McKnight Image Lab

    David McKnight



Retired Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

Reginald (Reggie) Van Lee is a philanthropist, an arts advocate, and retired Executive Vice President of the global management and technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. He was appointed by President Obama to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and was formerly appointed by President Obama to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. He is the co-author of the book, “Mega communities – How Leaders of Government, Business and Non-Profits Can Tackle Today’s Global Challenges Together.”

Reginald Van Lee


The Rolodex Global Conference aims to bring together our members to recognize and honor the role that we have played in influencing business and culture around the world.

Consisting of talks and discussions with thought leaders who are making a difference, the conference intends to create opportunities for deep conversation about the role we will play in shaping the future socially, professionally, and culturally.


Meet and connect with men who are going through the same journey as you, who have been where you are, and have overcome the same obstacles.

Hear from powerful speakers who are challenging the status quo and making a real difference through their efforts and leaderships.

Learn about ways to give back to our community by becoming role models for LGBT POC youth


Perfect for the professional seeking to meet and network with other gay corporate professionals as well as employers.

Perfect for entrepreneurs looking to network with other businesses and increase their brand awareness.

Perfect for social impact leaders who are looking to make a difference in their communities.


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