Calling all MEN in the DFW area... This one's for YOU!!!
The MEN’S Brunch is back and it’s the Return of the M.A.C. – Men About the Culture!
The MEN’S Brunch is an OUR Foundation event to bring awareness to OUR MENtors Program, recruit MENtors, and connect like-minded MEN.
The MEN’S Brunch highlights men of distinction and leadership while addressing cultural topics on mental & physical health, relationships, goal setting, finances, and appearance.
The OUR Foundation collaborates with corporate partners, community organizations, and social influencers to support the mission of the OUR Foundation, highlight small businesses and most importantly celebrate men!
Men, this day is all about you!
Come enjoy an afternoon dedicated to the appreciation of you. For those of you who attended last year, make sure to tell your boys, brothers, and partners not to miss this one!
The MEN'S Bunch Agenda
September 18, 2021
Cocktails & Cigars Check-In
The Male Review | On-site Interviews
MEN’S Mall | Vendor Shopping Experience
The MEN’s Brunch | catered brunch
M.O.D.E.L. Panel Discussion
MENTOR call to action
Giveaways & closing remarks
Men of Distinction, Empowerment & Leadership
City Council Member
Junior Ezeonu is a city council member representing the city of Grand Prairie, Texas as an at-large member. Junior recently won a run-off election against an incumbent who had been in office for 12 years. Junior is the first African-American council member to represent the city of Grand Prairie since the early 1990s, and he is also the youngest city councilmember to represent Grand Prairie. Mr. Ezeonu was born in Nigeria and moved to Texas at the age of 2 years old. He is a recent graduate of UT Arlington and studied Political Science and plans to use the knowledge that he gained to improve the quality of life for the residents of Grand Prairie. During college Junior served as a substitute teacher/tutor and educated students throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Area. He has worked in Oak Cliff, Highland Hills, Pleasant Grove communities of Dallas as well as Fort Worth, Carrollton & Mansfield. His passion to improve lives and inspire others led to him serving as a substitute teacher and he has carried that passion to his service as a council member for the city of Grand Prairie.
Dr. Jake has been educating families and college students on the topic of financial literacy since 2012. Though he is passionate about teaching on the topics of legacy building and financial freedom, Dr. Jake never thought in a million years he would actually build a business in the financial industry that would be recognized all over the world. Seeing a huge disparity and misrepresentation of diversity in the fin-tech industry, and the absence of proper education, skillsets, and the usage of technology in the minority communities worldwide, Dr. Jake and his companies have made it their mission to make education on business, trading, finance and self-development more easily available to these underserved communities. Not only has he created programs, courses, and curriculum but all of his companies have made huge strides in creating easy-to-use technology for their consumers. Their technologies cover many different sectors in the financial industry: Customer Retention and Support, Business efficiency software, web builders, auto traders, financial advisor software, NFT platform, cryptocurrency exchanges, and more to come.
Social Media Strategist
Jacob Clayton is a leading social media strategist, an empowerment speaker, and an authority of style. Also known as the Image Ambassador, he has used social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook to solidify contracts with more than 40 companies in the last year and build his very own custom clothing business, J.C. Scott. Starting his professional speaking career 3 years ago, he travels the country impacting high schools, colleges, universities, and conferences with dress for success presentations that aid in the personal and professional development of our youth. His passion for transforming lives both mentally and physically have driven him to gain expertise in the industry to ensure he provides actionable information, tools, and resources that will give the ability to create change in one’s life.
Germaine Christopher Gaspard
Founder of Good Life Living Group
Germaine Gaspard is a CEO, TEDx and international speaker, author, and coach. Fueled by an entrepreneurial spirit that exists in all great leaders, he created the Good Life Living Group, an organization that builds top-notch leaders and extraordinary team members.
With over twenty years of successes, Germaine has served as a lifeguard, college football MVP, Five-Time Junior Olympic National Championship Coach, criminal investigator, and Texas Ranger Special Ops team member.
He has received numerous awards for his performance as an athlete, for his excellence on duty as a public servant, and for his work and leadership within his community. Germaine holds a BA in Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Business Administration, but more importantly he holds the heart of a Teacher and the Spirit of a Warrior.
David C. Williams
Assistant Vice President at AT&T
David began his career with AT&T in the Network Technology Organization. He’s held a number of roles and assignments from Training, Data Center management, Enterprise Support, Customer Experience, and Chief of Staff. David is the 2021 Legacy Award recipient at the Black Engineer of the Year Awards for creating a solution that enabled 40K employees to work securely from home during the US outbreak of COVID-19. He has since been featured on NBC, EBONY magazine, & Spectrum News, to share the herculean effort, much of which is also detailed in his debut literary work You’re a Business Model. David leads a Tech Tuesday each month that introduces Solar power & Robotics to under-served communities/students in his hometown Dallas, TX. He’s a proud mentor of multiple Employee Groups, Diversity Ambassador, AT&T Champion of Diversity Award winner, and founded AT&T’s Annual Our EG Thing which reaches globally to bring employees from different backgrounds celebrate diversity & help others.
Call him a genius then, because comedian Michael Shawn will surely have you rethinking the everyday behaviors of humans. With a style that is brash while all the while captivating and sympathetic to the muses he observantly ponders, Michael Shawn sharpens the minds of his audiences. But please don’t fool yourself that you can do what he does…after all he was born to be a crowd pleaser. From Michael Shawn’s early Bronx, NY roots to his formative years growing up in New Jersey, Michael Shawn had the itch to entertain and move the crowd. In his high school days, Michael Shawn commanded a “cipher” type audience by displaying his skills in the realm of the then young Hip-Hop culture. Whether Michael was ripping another emcee apart with his ingenious word play or invoking droves of onlookers to watch him “pop, lock, and break dance”, he was confident that he had the product to sway the thoughts of many to believe in his undeniable talent. And in the classroom…well let’s just say Michael was more of a humorous commentator, rather than the academic philosopher. Michael Shawn admits that he was a class clown, who realized that the school structure just wasn’t for him. “I was busy wondering how comedians actually made a living doing what they did. I couldn’t wait to get out of school…to just be free to explore the world!” As soon as high school graduation came, Michael, young and ambitious, without a blueprint, just a burning desire, went in search of his true calling…the world of comedy.
Meet The Ladies
Leading and Making a Impact
Founder of The O.U.R. Foundation
Jade Tinner, Vice President of Community Investment at the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, is an influential millennial leader, communications professional, and relationship cultivator. Prior to obtaining the VP position, she was an elected member of the DBCC Board of Directors, where she served diligently from 2018 to 2020. Jade previously worked as a Major Gift Officer for Catholic Charities Fort Worth. In 2019, she produced CCFW’s first-ever INCLUSION Dinner and Fundraiser, specifically targeting multicultural leaders in the Fort Worth diocese. This event heightened awareness for the need to diversify the organization’s leadership and donor base for long-term sustainability.
Miss Tinner, affectionately known as “The Brand Enhancer,” is the founder of HIGHRIZE Solutions, and The One Unified Resource Foundation, INC. (OUR Foundation). Both entities’ missions focus on the need for the betterment of the community through financial literacy,, strategy creation, and community engagement. Through the OUR Foundation, Jade constructed OUR MENtors program, to support young men, ages 12-18, through positive male role models and the BE MEN Curriculum. In conjunction with the mentor program, she introduced The MEN’S Brunch, the first men-only brunch and panel, providing men with a day of encouragement, empowerment, and pampering.
Tashara Parker is an award-winning anchor and reporter at WFAA News 8 in Dallas, Texas covering traffic, breaking news and inspirational stories. Featured as one of WFAA’s preeminent voices, the Daybreak anchor brings experience, vibrancy and authenticity — capturing the attention of viewers in an engaging and informative way, all the while creating loyalty and social impact.
Coined as a “community-focused storyteller”, Tashara is the go-to source for highlighting organizations and individuals who have historically been underrepresented and misrepresented in mainstream media. As a dedicated visionary and one of Dallas’ most influential voices, Tashara utilizes her platform to volunteer hundreds of hours to many organizations, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.
Dr. April Bee
Writer, Activist, and People’s Coach
Dr. April Bee is a Writer, Artivist, and People’s Coach. Bee has received a Doctor of Social Work from the University of Southern California focusing on the self-efficacy and wellness of high school black boys. Dr. Bee has previously worked in higher education as an Assistant Professor of Social Work, Director of Multicultural Affairs, and as a Clinical Social Worker within a Juvenile Law Clinic. Dr. Bee has interests in criminal justice, artivism, mental health, advocacy for the black community, and educating youth. Dr. Bee specializes in everything wellness, community liberation, facilitation, public speaking, and coaching. Dr. Bee takes heavy involvement in the community as a District Activist for the MS Society, and as a Yoga Instructor partnering with community organizations to address and heal trauma. Dr. Bee also serves as the Director of the Community Center in the Roseland neighborhood within Dallas.
Dr. Bee is the Founder and CEO of RAW Honey Wellness and Coaching, LLC, which uses artistic expression and therapy to liberate people from social norms and create wellness in communities. She uses her artistic nature, as well as her passion for physical wellness, to share testimonies and energize all to collectively reflect, express, and heal.
DJ Lex in Box
DJ & Media Influencer
Our Event Sponsors
Vendor and Sponsor Opportunities
Do you have a product or service made for men? Would you like to reach a diverse and elite group of men while gaining local and national brand exposure? Make The MEN’S Brunch great by joining the team as a vendor or sponsor.Vendor payments can be made via Eventbrite by clicking tickets and selecting the appropriate option.
Ladies, ladies, ladies...
We need your support too! Volunteer as one of the Ladies of The MEN’S Brunch and help up ENCOURAGE, EMPOWER, and PAMPER well deserving men in our community. Click the link to register! VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION
If you have volunteer questions please contact Event Coordinator: La’Wonda Peoples at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can’t volunteer? Purchase a ticket for the men in your life!
Connect With Us
Is this for men only?
Yes! This event is to ENCOURAGE, EMPOWER, and PAMPER men across north Texas. Ladies are welcome to volunteer at the event at the link in the description above.
How old do I have to be to come?
This event is for men 21 and up. We will be serving alcohol and tobacco products at the event.
What is the dress code?
Dress to impress brunch attire.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
There will be free self-parking at the venue.
Can I purchase a ticket at the door?
Yes, ticket purchase will be allowed at the door.
Can I purchase vendor items at the event?
Yes! Please support our vendors.