project23 Minority Franchise Ownership Initiative

Hosted By

Dallas-Fort Worth Urban League Young Professionals

Where Diversity Champions will be identified…

Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) will be ready to assist…

African American Entrepreneurs will be discovered…


Diversity Champions Forum

Thursday March 23, 2023
8:30 AM - 12 PM CST

Dallas, TX

Hybrid Event


Pegasus Park

3000 Pegasus Park Dr.

Room: 101

Dallas, TX 75247


Melinda Sykes

Melinda Sykes

Owner of Waxing the City, Dothan AL

Waxing The City - Self Esteem Brand
Tony Nicholson

Tony Nicholson

VP of Sales, Self Esteem Brands

Self Esteem Brands
Brian Woods

Jennifer Callender

Resale Franchise Developer Neighborly

Neighborly - A community of home service experts
Anthony Williams

Anthony Williams

Market President, AltCap

AltCap - Alternative Capital For Community Impact
Carlos White

Carlos White

Partner, Lathrop GPM

Lathrop GPM - Dallas, TX
Harrison L Blair

Harrison L Blair

President, Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce

Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce - Dallas, TX
Project 23 Dallas is an event that was inspired by Tony Nicholson, VP of Sales at Self Esteem Brands, LLC, Platinum J3 VIP, and Diversity Champion.
The key is pairing good prospective entrepreneurs with brands that have a proven track record of success and scaling, access to capital, and great legal guidance to make it all successful. 
You will also be hearing from major franchise brands like Self Esteem Brands and Neighborly as well as successful African American franchise owners and an alternative funding expert.
This event is tailored for anyone curiously interested or seriously considering franchise business ownership with brands that are strategically focused on the support and success of African American franchise owners.
That's what this event brings together, ALL the parties needed to create the next generation of successful African-American Entrepreneurs!
By attending this event you will walk away with the roadmap to successful business ownership, and the vital connections needed to sustain that success.
• 8:30am Kick-Off by Jade Tinner- Host DFWULYP | Welcome by Co-Moderators (Jennifer & Jack) w/opening remarks 
• 8:40am Carlos White- Dallas Mayor's Franchise Initiative
• 9:10am Tony Nicholson- Self Esteem Brands, LLC
• 9:40am Melinda Sykes- Waxing the City
• 10:10am Anthony Williams- AltCap
• 10:40am Jennifer Callender- Neighborly
• 11:10am Eric Stewart - Window Genie 
• 11:40am Harrison L. Blair- Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce
• 12:00pm Open Panel discussion