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Catalyst Network Foundation Inc. Presents:

“A Meeting of the Minds”

A panel discussion and mixer on Entrepreneurship + Economic Mobility + Collective Economics + Paying it Forward

Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Location: TAJ Lounge – NYC

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Sponsored By: New York Life Insurance Company


Kourtney Gibson
Loop Capital Markets

Kourtney Gibson is President of Loop Capital Markets, the largest minority-owned financial services firm and one of the largest privately-held investment banks in the United States.

She oversees all brand building efforts at Loop Capital, in addition to cultivating and enhancing major strategic client relationships across the firm’s various business lines. Ms. Gibson works in conjunction with the Chairman and CEO in the development of strategic initiatives and translating the company’s vision and strategy into action plans to be carried out by its various business units. Ms. Gibson serves on the firm’s Management Committee and Fairness and Valuation Committee.

Possessing nearly 20 years of experience at the firm, Ms. Gibson has extensive knowledge and involvement across all of Loop Capital's platforms and has been intimately involved in their growth. Ms. Gibson is a CNBC contributor, providing insight, analysis, and outlook on the markets for various shows on the network.

Ms. Gibson received a Master’s of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Miami. In addition, she is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago and the treasury market practices group and sits on the board of trustees at Viterbo University and the University of Miami as well as the boards of the University of Miami Alumni Association (President-Elect) and Chicago Scholars Foundation. She holds Series 7, 57, 24 and 63 FINRA registrations.

Donahue Peebles III
Real Estate Development Executive
The Peebles Corporation

Donahue Peebles III is an Executive at Peebles Corporation, a development company of luxury hotels, high-rise residential and commercial properties in New York City Washington, D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Miami Beach. Donahue Peebles owns 100% of The Peebles Corporation.

The company is the largest black-owned real estate company in the nation and has become an industry leader with a portfolio of completed and current developments totaling more than 7 million square feet and $6 billion in major cities.

Donahue handles acquisitions and development at his company. He is a 2016 Columbia University graduate, who began working with The Peebles Corporation full-time in 2012 while earning his degree in Economics. Donahue is currently leading the company’s Washington, D.C. development efforts, including the day-to-day development of the SLS Hotel and Residences, in which he was an integral part of both the negotiating and pre-developmental teams. He is also overseeing the day-to-day pre-development activities of five projects in the D.C. area.

Donahue is an active part of The Peebles Corporations public image, as he often participates in local and national business and entrepreneurial summits, as well as serving on real estate panels and forums.

Meeting of the Minds (MOTM):

Is a gathering that is held quarterly that uniquely combines networking and thoughtful policy discussion on topics affecting minority communities. The goal is to provide a forum for critical conversation on issues often ignored by mainstream media. We partner with the local chapters of collegiate alumni and national professional organizations to spread awareness of the event. Most of the audience members are urban professionals. Our goal is to provide a forum for critical conversation on issues often ignored by mainstream media outlets. Identify the root cause of the issue (if discussing a concern), share best practices/innovative solutions focused on improvement and determined practical action steps to implement immediately. Recognize how all organizations at the event can mobilize and share resources to address the concern.
Throughout the discussion, audience members are invited to ask questions, to which the panelists respond by sharing their insights on the matter at hand. After the general discussion, the event transforms into an in-person social component allowing attendees to build on ideas.

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