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Chicken & Waffle Brunch & CLE Panelists



Kyle Pitts

Managing Director for Wealth Management, Momentum Wealth Management Investments Insurance 

Kyle joined Momentum in 2014, from PNC Investments.  Kyle’s financial services experience began in 2005, when he received a fellowship to study Investment Banking in Verbier Switzerland as a college student. After graduating in 2006, Kyle spent several years at UBS, where he worked in wealth management supporting a team of financial advisors.  He then entered the financial advisor training program at Merrill Lynch before landing at PNC. Kyle has a strong passion for financially literacy.  In 2010, he founded a non-profit called Corporation Me. The organization teaches financial literacy to children by showing them how to operate and view themselves as a business. Kyle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University.

Calvin Butts

Co-Founder, Getaway Society

Calvin Butts, Jr. is a natural born leader. This HBCU grad is co-founder of Getaway Society, a luxury vacation rental home company with a real estate portfolio valued at more than a $5 million. Butts and his business partner Carrington Carter are both Hampton University alum who were tactile enough to turn their passions into profits. As co-founder of Getaway Society, Calvin and his partner Carrington Carter purchased their first property in the Poconos Mountains in September 2014. Since their initial purchase, Getaway Society has purchased three additional vacation properties in Martha’s Vineyard and Hilton Head, SC. Calvin serves on the trustee board at Hampton University. He is a member of the Penn Medicine Princeton Health System foundation board and an angel investor for several black-owned businesses, including Rainbowme and McKinley Carter Enterprises.They are looking to expand their business with additional purchasing in Martha’s Vineyard, the Poconos Mountains, as well as new purchasing in Virginia Beach, The Hamptons, Orlando and much more. The goal is to explore locations where there are top beaches, big attractions, and top destinations for traveling. They hope to one day own properties in all the major cities. Calvin, and his partner strive to give their guests the luxury experience of owner operated which is the key to their success. Calvin is married to April Haston Butts and they have two daughters and one son. Calvin enjoys spending time with his family, barbequing, and playing golf.


Elections & Redistricting 

CLE Panelists

*co-sponsored by YLD 




Danielle Holly Walker Howard

Dean, Howard University School of Law


Danielle Holley-Walker is the Dean and Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law.  Dean Holley-Walker earned a B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Harvard University.  Dean Holley-Walker teaches Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, Legislation and Regulation, Federal Courts, and Inequality and Education.  Dean Holley-Walker’s ongoing research agenda deals with the governance of public schools, and diversity in the legal profession. She has published articles on issues of civil rights and education, including recent articles on No Child Left Behind, charter school policy, desegregation plans, and affirmative action in higher education.

Dean Holley-Walker has won numerous awards and is active in her community. She won the inaugural Montgomery Summer Research Diversity Fellowship Distinguished Alumni Award from the American Bar Foundation. Dean Holley-Walker has also been awarded the Heman Sweatt award from the National Bar Association, the GWAC Trailblazer Award, and the Lutie Lytle Conference Outstanding Scholar Award. She has also won the Distinguished Alumni Award for Top Teens of America. She received the University of South Carolina Educational Foundation’s Service Award for performing significant service to the University and the community. She currently serves on the Board of the Middle School for Math and Science in Washington, DC. She is also on the board of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.



CK Hoffler 

NBA President-Elect

Tricia “CK” Hoffler is President-Elect of the National Bar Association and the CEO of The CK Hoffler Firm, an Atlanta-based law firm that specializes in representing plaintiffs in trucking accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury, civil rights litigation, commercial litigation, employment discrimination, opioid litigation and global commercial transactions. Ms. Hoffler is licensed in 5 states including Georgia, Florida, Virginia, DC and Pennsylvania. To date, Ms. Hoffler has tried and/or settled cases totaling over $800 million. An accomplished attorney, Ms. Hoffler was previously a partner at Edmond, Lindsay & Hoffler, LLP and a partner at Gary, Williams et al. in Florida. While a partner at Gary, Williams et al., she ran the commercial and international litigation practice for Willie Gary for 12 years. She is also counsel to civil rights icon Reverend Jesse Jackson and has represented him, and the Rainbow Push and related organizations for the past 30 years. Ms. Hoffler also lectures extensively on trial strategies and winning trial techniques throughout the nation.

Congressman Gregory Meeks 




Gregory W. Meeks

Congressman, New York

Now in his eleventh term, has devoted his energy and skill to serving one of the most diverse constituencies in the nation.  His efforts on behalf of his district, New York City and State, and the nation as a whole have earned Rep. Meeks the respect of his constituents, New Yorkers, and Democrats and Republicans alike. He is known for being an effective, principled, and common sense leader. Congressman Meeks is a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, where he serves as the Chairmen of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions which oversees all financial regulators such as, FDIC, Federal Reserve and all matters pertaining to consumer credit and the stability of the banking system. Congressman Meeks is also a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where he is serves as an influential member on both the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy and the Environment and the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security and Trade. Meeks is a multilateralist with decades of experience in foreign policy. Meeks is a graduate of Aldephi University and Howard University School of Law. 


Leigh Chapman

Director of Voting Rights Program, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights



Leigh M. Chapman is tasked with overseeing projects that advocate voting protections for marginalized people. Previously, Chapman was Senior Policy Advisor at Let America Vote, where she advised the organization on election law and policy issues at the state and federal levels. Before that, she was appointed director of policy for the Pennsylvania Department of State by Governor Tom Wolf, where she managed the department’s policy and regulatory development process in coordination with the Governor’s Office of Policy in the program areas of charities, corporations, elections and professional licensure. Chapman began her civil rights career at Advancement Project where she served as a staff attorney in the Voter Protection Program. Chapman graduated from the University of Virginia earning a B.A. in American Studies and History and received her J.D. from Howard University School of Law.