Executive Director | National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
As Executive Director of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Dwayne oversees all internal and external activities and affairs for the organization. Dwayne’s experience in management, sales, marketing, operations, finance, and labor relations has spanned multiple industries, including electronics, financial services, medical devices, computer technology and non-profits. As such, he has held senior management positions with 100 Black Men of America, Inc., ADT Security Services, and the Bank of New York, among others. A strong leader with a special passion for team building, motivational training, and mentoring, Dwayne has a strong track record of delivering double-digit growth while spearheading significant organizational change. His leadership and skills have garnered him a range of awards and recognition, including the Atlanta Business League Men of Influence, Atlanta Consumer Choice Award for Business Excellence, the United Way “Top 10 Corporate Per Capita Award,” and Outstanding Young Men of America. Dwayne currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum, Prevent Child Abuse America, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Ervin Academy. He has previously served on the American Red Cross National Diversity Advisory Council, Delta Air Lines Curator Board of Directors, Nicholas House Board of Directors, and 100 Black Men of North Metro, Inc. Board of Directors. He is also the Past Chairman of the Atlanta U.S. Army Board of Advisors. A native of Philadelphia, he earned a BS degree from Hampton University and a MBA in Marketing and Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Overview: In this session, we will explore how negative media portrayals of Black men lead to the normalization
of violence against them, especially through police brutality. Panelists from media, law enforcement,
government, entertainment, and Corporate America will analyze examples of negative media
portrayals, such as the "thug" or "gangster" image, examine how they contribute to systemic racism
and oppression, and discuss the harmful effects of these stereotypes and ways to challenge and
dismantle them. Participants will walk away with practical steps they can take to help advocate for
accurate and positive representations of Black men in media and society.