About Our 37th DBCF Annual Conference

Key Note Speaker

Fredrick Hicks

Top Rated Political Strategist

Fredrick Hicks is the Founder and President of the Hicks Evaluation Group (HEG), a consulting firm that specializes in candidate and issue campaigns, consulting and public affairs. The firm has provided consulting services to numerous clients across the country since its creation in 2006. His current work is focused on targeting/data analytics, consulting, polling and training candidates for office. He has been cited in Politico, the LA Times, Huffington Post, Talking Points Memo, Foxnews.com, Nbcnews.com, the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, the Jacksonville Times Union and multiple other media outlets and is a regular commentator on political issues. In 2015 Fredrick was named to the prestigious Top 40 Under 40 and is 2016 he served as a member of the Truman National Security Project’s SuperPac. In 2018 he served as the Florida Coordinator for Black Voters Matter and, in recognition of his work, was named Top Political Strategist in Georgia in 2019.

Fredrick’s individual clients include candidates for School Board, City Council, City Council President, Mayor, County Commission, District Attorney, Judge, Sheriff, Delegate, Judge, State Representative, State Senate, Congress and Attorney General (Primary). Further, he has provided campaign and political consulting for National Education Association affiliates in Arkansas and Georgia, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Atlanta (MARTA) and Labor. In addition to these candidate campaigns, he led coordinated and issues campaigns, including securing more than $3.5 billion for infrastructure and education via referenda.

Fredrick received his BA from Clayton State University in 1999, where he served as President of the Student Government Association. He received a master’s degree in International Affairs with a focus on Demography from Florida State University in 2004. Additionally, Hicks received a graduate level certificate in Educational Planning, Evaluation and Policy Analysis from Florida State University on his way to becoming a doctoral candidate in Program Evaluation. He served as an Adjunct Professor at Florida A&M University’s College of Education for several years. Prior to launching HEG, LLC, Fredrick served as the Statewide Data and Evaluation manager for the FEMA funded Project H.O.PE at the Florida Department of Children and Families. Fredrick maintains a home in Tallahassee, Florida.

Key Competencies:
Communications (speech writing/tactical planning)
Direct Mail
Polling
Scripting
Strategy

For more information about Fred, please visit: www.fredhicks.com

Workshop Facilitator

Kionne L. McGhee, Esq.

Kionne L. McGhee, Esq., Florida State Representative of District 117, former assistant state attorney, bestselling author of Conquering Hope: The Life You Were Destined to Live, and A Mere I Can is AMERICAN. His story is one of triumph in the face of adversity. Categorically stamped emotionally handicapped from the age of six (6), McGhee’s future forecast was cloudy with no silver lining. To the world, the numbers said it all…78 IQ, 1.9 GPA, 580 SAT score, and 0% chance of surviving past the age of 21. These, and other factors, contributed to a difficult childhood educational experience that included subpar test scores, negative labeling and placement in special education.

McGhee’s accomplishments to date include publisher of Broken Veil,, adjunct-college professor, former Assistant Regional Counsel, and nationally recognized motivational speaker. He is motivating and inspiring generations of people into the next phenomenon of consciousness on issues ranging from education to politics. Representative McGhee, graduate of Howard University and Thurgood Marshall of Law, has been seen by millions on national television. Listeners and viewers are drawn to this modern-day, legal scholar, author, educator, and speaker who is armed with relevant information, a quick wit, an informed opinion, and a unique ability to inspire others to own their full potential despite their personal experiences.

Attorney McGhee has been featured on the reality television show “College Hill,” recognized by AT&T and the Miami Herald as a one of Miami’s Rising Voices, recognized as a Legal Trendsetter by Trendsetter magazine, recognized as a Second Chance Advocate by The Miami Times, and published in different publications around the country. He has been featured on Miami’s premiere radio stations: HOT 105, 99JAMZ, WMBM 1490, Chicago’s WVON 1690 , The Dr. Empowerment Show , and Inspire Me Radio: American Hope . Attorney McGhee interned with the First Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas, the United States Senate, Miami-Dade County Board of County Commission and numerous prestigious law firms. Currently, Attorney McGhee volunteers as a board member on many community organizations and has received many community awards.

In 2012, Attorney Kionne L. McGhee was elected to the Florida House of Representatives. During his freshman year in the Florida Legislature, Representative McGhee received numerous award s, including Florida’s Middle Class Champion, Florida’s Bar Legislator Award, for his expertise and advocacy . In 2014, when the legislature considered a bill that would have allowed "unlicensed gun owners to carry their weapons after evacuating during an emergency," which McGhee voted against when it was considered before the House Judiciary Committee, saying that it would result in "local militias." The Miami Herald praised McGhee for his "sensibly cast" vote against the legislation, which it called "misguided." Additionally, when the legislature failed to act on legislation that would have raised the state's minimum wage from $7.93 to $10.10 an hour, McGhee joined several of his colleagues in living on the minimum wage for a week, and was followed by TV cameras while he purchased food for the week at a Publix store .
In 2017, Representative McGhee was elected to serve as the 2018-2020 Florida House Minority Leader. Representative McGhee was named to Legacy Miami Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Black Professionals in Business and Industry List . Representative McGhee ’s leadership qualities have been recognized by former Governors, current and former judges , Miami Dade Public Defender Carlos Martinez, the Miami Herald newspaper, the Miami Times newspaper, The Gospel Truth magazine, Greater Miami Service Corps, Transition Inc., MPACT program, Miami Dade County School Board, Miami - Dade Board of County Commissioners, Miami Dade Community Action Agency, South Florida Workforce and many others for his dedication and hard work.

Attorney McGhee is a member of Peaceful Zion Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. C.P. Preston. Representative McGhee experienced a humbling beginning while living in public housing in the poorest area of Miami - Dade County. At a young age, he was exposed to violence. While attending public school, McGhee was labeled emotionally handicapped, suspended many times, scored 580 out of 1600 on the standard achievement test, graduated with a 2.0 GPA, and number 252 out of a possible 280 graduates, lost family members, including his father, to violence, and exposed to the criminal justice system. With the help of a few, Representative McGhee realized that his struggles were not just black struggles or white struggles. He realized his struggle for better housing, education, jobs, and family life were American struggles. And that deep down in his struggles, were the ingredients for success. Representative McGhee’s journey led him to one final conclusion: the American Dream is neither material nor is it only available to a certain class or race of people. It is simply having a second chance to do what was not done the first time around.

Workshop Facilitator

Janette

Janette Spencer-Davis is a mentor, a friend, and a role model to many. Family values, Christian morality, and compassion are just a few of the principles that grace her.

She has been married to Dr. Mack Davis, III for 39 years, and they are the proud parents of daughter, Mallory. Janette and Mallory are proud members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Janette has always been a leader. Two of the most influential people in her life have been her parents. They taught her the importance of family, religion, culture, and community service, and she does the same for the many young people she mentors.

Janette is a 1975 graduate of Lincoln University in Oxford, Pennsylvania, and a 1978 graduate of Rutgers Law School, Newark, New Jersey. She worked as Legal Writer-Analyst for a legal publisher for 31 years. While quite successful as a legal writer, Janette has fulfilled her passion for teaching for the past 15 years as an adjunct instructor at Hillsborough Community College.

The African Methodist Episcopal Church and Delta Sigma Theta are the organizations closest to Janette’s heart. She finds fulfillment in her service as a steward, choir member, and choir directress at Allen Temple. She is an active member and past president of the Tampa Alumnae Chapter of Delta and the incoming President of the Tampa Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction. Janette believes that her “service is her blessing.”