Dedrick Asante - Muhammad
Detavio Samuels, President of One Solution, Founder of The Bare Group
Detavio Samuels
History Makers Now

I am proud that I have been able to build DIVERSANT, a successful business that not only allows me to provide for my family including our employees and consultants. I am proud that I have played a part in helping 1000s of people find jobs and had the opportunity to mentor other current and aspiring minority entrepreneurs along the way

Gene Waddy is the heart behind Diversant, the largest African-American owned staffing and consulting firm. The New Jersey native, who is committed to helping others, has planted offices in five states with more than 600 consultants working nationwide-- hence being named as a 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year among other titles.

With his extensive background in the staffing and technology services industry, Waddy continues to make waves around the country by developing transformative programs that promote diversity in the workforce and supply chain, including coaching minority youth about technology in his local community.

"One of my guiding principles can be crystallized by the words 'Lift as You Climb'. In other words, stay humble. Reach out and help others who are trying to climb the ladder of success. It’s just like your mama always told you, 'It never hurts to be nice to people-- especially those that don’t always deserve it'," says Waddy.

The Gentlemen

History Makers Now

Roger M. Bobb

President and CEO of Bobbcat Films

Hajj Flemings

CEO and Founder of Brand Camp

Kwanza Hall, Atlanta City Councilman

Kwanza Hall

Atlanta City Councilman

D'Wayne Edwards, Founder, PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy

D'Wayne Edwards

Founder, PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy

Shawn Dove

CEO, Campaign for Black Male Achievement

Jamil Crews

Entrepreneur and Coordinator for Office of the Mayor, City of Buffalo

Dedrick Asante - Muhammad

Sr. Director of the Economic Department, NAACP

Detavio Samuels, President of One Solution, Founder of The Bare Group

Detavio Samuels

President of One Solution and Founder of The Bare Group

Ryan Cameron

Radio Host, V-103 and Co-Founder of the Ryan Cameron Foundation

L-Mani S. Viney

National Guide Right Director of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc and Educator

Christopher Jordan Tyson Associate Professor

Christopher Jordan Tyson

Professor of Law and candidate for Louisiana Secretary of State

Tyrone Johnson

V.P and General Manger at Euramax International

David Mann

Actor, Gospel singer, Comedian

Kehinde Wiley


Keith Marcel Radford

General Manager at Uber Atlanta

Rev. Matthew Lawrence Watley

Minister and Author

Clyde E. Mize, Jr.

Esquire Partner

James Toney III

Cofounder, Sew

Tony Rock

Comedian and Founder of MyRock Foundation


Software Development Agency

Justin Dawkins

Inflex Digital, CEO, Principal

Warrick Dunn

Founder at Warrick Dunn Charities

Street Disciples

Youth Motivational Speakers

Dr. Dennis Kimbro

Clark Professor and Author