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Policy Breakfast: Young, Black and Successful in Springfield

7:30am Coffee Reception
8:00am - 9:00am Program


CEO & Executive Director
Boys & Girls Club of Central Illinois

Director of Policy and Outreach
The Roosevelt Group

Program Outreach Coordinator and Community Liaison
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Legislative Affairs Specialist
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
President of the Springfield Black Chamber of Commerce

Please join us for a most interesting and stimulating conversation on Friday, February 28 at our monthly Policy Breakfast. "Young, Black and Successful in Springfield" explores the experience of black millennials Tiffany Mathis, Larry Luster, and Erica Austin. The interactive panel discussion will highlight the challenges and triumphs of growing up in Springfield. The dialogue reflects upon the role we all play in cultivating a diverse and inclusive environment. Dominic Watson will serve as Moderator.

TIFFANY MATHIS is a Springfield native, and possesses over 20 years experience serving families and youth throughout Central Illinois. Mrs. Mathis currently serves as a Springfield District 186 Board member, President of the Rotary Club of Midtown Springfield, Board Trustee for the Hoogland Center for the Arts, and Vice-Chair for the Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.

LARRY LUSTER was born in Cape Girardeau, but is a lifelong resident of Springfield. Mr. Luster has worked for the Illinois Senate in a variety of roles, including Executive Director of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation. He has served as Political Director for Attorney General Kwame Raoul. Currently at the Roosevelt Group/Reyes Kurson Law Firm he advocates for a diverse group of clients.

ERICA AUSTIN is a Springfield native with a long history of community involvement. She was an AmeriCorps Program Manager, and a 4-H Educator through U of I Extension. Ms. Austin is a board member for Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery and Springfield District 186 Foundation. In October of 2019 she started her own youth program entitled The L.Y.N.C. (Leading Youth, Networking communities).

DOMINIC WATSON has over a decade of experience in the fields of community relations, legislative affairs and business consulting. Mr. Watson has a special interest in urban planning and political strategy. His primary goal is to help revitalize the community, through economic empowerment and civic engagement.


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