Felicia Slaton-Young is the founder and owner of Belle Lucre, LLC, a financial advisory firm based in Chicago, Illinois. She has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and more than 15 years as a financial advisor. She holds a BA in Business and an MBA from Webster University. Felicia Slaton-Young is a founding member and Executive Director of the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce and GE Chamber Foundation, two organizations with a mission to transform Greater Englewood into a popular commercial and retail destination by advising, developing, and showcasing its established businesses and acting as a comprehensive economic development partner.
Felicia is currently a board member of St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Centers’ mission calls us to care for the sick and promote the health of the residents in the community while witnessing the Christian values of respect, dignity, caring, and compassion for all persons. Relationships are key and Felicia believes building and developing strong have allowed her to grow and sustain her business and build lasting relationships between businesses and community.
Having grown up in Bronzeville as a child and then moving to the North Shore suburbs for high school Damola recognized, at a young age, the disparity in resources and commerce that existed on the different sides of Chicago. Since that recognition, Damola has always been interested in helping raise the south side of Chicago and other underserved communities to the level in which he experienced while living in various north side neighborhoods.
Widely respected as a visionary and coalition builder, Mr. Layne is a wonderful addition to the non-profit space - he joined the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce as Board Member and Secretary back in 2016. Born and raised in Harlem, NY, Mr. Layne is a lifelong New York Knicks fan. With a background in Information Technology, he completed his undergraduate work at Cornell University studying the African diaspora. After working in the industry for several years, Mr. Layne chose to return to school and completed his engineering work, graduating summa cum laude, from Northwestern University. He has been working in the computer and telecommunications field for over two decades with experience as a professor, trainer, senior technical project manager, CEO and consultant.
Mr. Layne is a Co-founder and Co-CEO of TwinFlame Ventures focused on social impact, where he continued the Nature, Technology and Tomorrow initiative dedicated to providing educational opportunities and experiences in technology for underrepresented populations globally. Mr. Layne is currently directing two major projects in California and looks forward to the amazing opportunities this will facilitate for the community. He, most recently, was awarded a $5,000,000 grant from the Department of Education to leverage virtual and augmented reality to help close the skills gap and to construct an Outdoor classroom in conjunction with a community garden to help fight food injustice. Mr. Layne also received $6,108, 912 to build a mobile Makerspace, a 4,150 sq ft Makerspace & Innovation center, and two high-end computing labs and looks forward to expanding on this work with Clean Tech in Chicago.
“The Universe is not outside of you. Look inside of yourself; everything that you want, you already are.” ~Rumi
Eric McLoyd is a firm believer in supporting economic development. That passion led him to co-found and become the first Executive Director of the Greater Englewood CDC. He later co-founded the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Englewood Chamber Foundation. He has also had a hand in other organizations, such as E.G. Woode, a co-op for entrepreneurs of color.
Eric holds an MBA in Corporate Finance and is a Northwestern University-Kellogg School of Management alum. He is passionate about personal finance and has spent over ten years working in the financial industry. In 2018, he launched his company, Hubris Global Wealth Management, to support high-income entrepreneurs in building and sustaining generational wealth. Eric has also worked in real estate for almost two decades, supporting developers in the finance and legal aspects of Affordable Housing and other community development projects.
Eric believes that constantly creating is the key to his happiness and success. He is a poet, an aspiring DJ, and a freestyle rap battler back in the day. Eric hopes to parlay his experiences into becoming a well-sought-after keynote speaker.
Rachael Nicole Turner
Rachael Nicole Turner is a brand designer and strategist with nine years of experience producing advertising for hundreds of businesses. Through website creation and design, business planning, and digital media strategy, Rachael helps leaders showcase their power in the business and philanthropic world. Rachael has consistently exhibited an exceptional way of thinking. Her inquiring mind has been the motivating force to pursue roles, shaping new media, spaces, channels, environments, and emerging markets.
The proud Founder and Creative Director of Rosemint Media, a brand growth agency established in 2013, she specializes in helping the brands of first-generation entrepreneurs evolve from a vision to a digital masterpiece. Rachael has produced custom campaigns for brands 6 to 8 figure brands and directed the personal brand strategies of creative entrepreneurs and corporate executives.
Vision obsessed and design-savvy, Rachael envisions designs, campaigns, and strategies quickly in her mind and runs multiple variables before manifesting them in real-time. Her superpower is understanding the back and front end of platforms and systems and developing an aesthetic that embraces the brand. Her specialty is developing and cultivating brands of socially conscious entrepreneurs. She prides herself on creating clean designs with impactful details.
Rachael is an independent and creative businesswoman with a solid reputation as a visionary in the industry of brand advertising, sales, media production, direct marketing, and professional development. In 2017, she launched Radiant Thorns, an art and organization brand for entrepreneurs. In 2022, Rachael launched Rosemint NFT as a trusted spacedfor black and brown entrepreneurs to leverage Web 3 and blockchain technology for profits and visbility.
In 2015, Rachael received the 40 Under 40 Young Women Professionals League Award and in 2017, she was honored by the organization as the inaugural Member of the Year. In Spring of 2021, Rachael was selected as one of the “50 Black Marketers on the Rise” by the African American Marketing Association. She also received the “Top 100 Marketing and Advertising Leaders” Award from MARSum.
Rachael gives back to her community as the Director of Digital Platforms for the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce.
With Rachael’s guidance, her clients have cut production costs by forty percent, doubling their sales conversion rates, tripling their ability to attract ideal client leads, expanding their influential reach, earning respect in their industries. Her plan is to start a non for profit, training and equipping marketing professionals to become powerhouses.
Rachael hails from the south suburbs of Chicago. When she’s not creating bold brands for super-star clients, she’s relishing on weekend mornings and making pancakes for her sweet daughter, Kristen Rose.