Schedule of Events

Events are subject to change. Follow us @texasblackexpo for updates.

Signature Events

Summer Celebration

Corporate Luncheon

Coffee & Conversations

Professional Networking

Friday | May 17, 2024

8:00A - 11:00A | Coffee & Conversation Business Series

J.W. Marriott

8:00A – 9:00A | Education and Economics Panel( College)
9:15A – 9:35A | Education and Economics Panel( College)
9:35A- 10:00A | Education and Economics Panel( College)
10:15A- 10:35A | Education and Economics Panel( ISD)
10:40A- 11:00A | Education and Economics Panel( ISD)

11:00A - 12:00P | Photo Reception

J.W. Marriott

Meet and greet Pro-Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe at Texas Black Expo Summer Celebration.

12:00P - 2:00P | Corporate Luncheon

J.W. Marriott

Keynote: Shannon Sharpe
Black Money Tree live with Shannon Sharpe
Q&A session

Join us for the Texas Black Expo’s prestigious 21st Annual Corporate Awards Luncheon featuring NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe, set to be held on Friday, May 17, 2024, at the luxurious JW Marriott in the heart of Houston’s vibrant Galleria area. Esteemed as one of the most eagerly awaited events of the year, this luncheon attracts the crème de la crème of Texas’s business sphere, including top executives, corporate influencers, and community leaders.

3:00P - 5:00P | Educational Excellence Reception


Join us on Friday, May 17th, at the prestigious JW Marriott Hotel for the Texas Black Expo’s annual E2 Educational Excellence reception. This exclusive event will bring together the finest educators from across the city and state, as we come together to celebrate their invaluable contributions to shaping the minds of our youth. Join us in honoring these dedicated professionals who play a pivotal role in nurturing the future leaders of tomorrow.

3:00P - 6:00P | The Scrimmage at TEXAS BLACK EXPO

J.W. Marriott

Franchise Master Class and Exhibit

Gear up for an enlightening experience at the Texas Black Expo Scrimmage – where we’re diving deep into the world of franchising.

We’re dishing out the ultimate playbook on franchising straight from veterans in the game!

We look forward to coming together with the business community for a day filled with education, networking, and transformative insights that will shape careers for years to come.

6:00P | Millennials After Dark Professional Networking

J.W. Marriott

Get ready to mingle and make connections at the most exclusive professional networking reception of the year! Join us on Friday, May 17th, at the luxurious JW Marriott in the heart of Houston’s Galleria for an evening of sophistication and opportunity. Rub shoulders with the state and city’s top young professionals, including doctors, lawyers, realtors, and more. Elevate your network, expand your horizons, and enjoy a night of dynamic conversations and new connections. Don’t miss out – register now to secure your spot at this unforgettable event!

Saturday | May 18, 2024

11:00A-7:00P | Texas Black Expo Beauty Pavilion

JW Marriott

Join BUOR ( Beauty Under One Roof) as Top Hairstylists, Beauty & Barber Expert Influencers share valuable insight on Natural Hairstyling, Nails, Lashes, Haircuts, Make Up, products & more. They will also offer hair loss consultations by a Certified Trichologist.

11:00A-11:45A | Houston Line Dance

Main Stage

Shake, shimmy, and groove at the Texas Black Expo’s electrifying line dancing exhibition! Join civic clubs and senior groups from across the vibrant city of Houston as they come together for a toe-tapping, hip-swinging extravaganza. Get ready to feel the rhythm, as participants showcase their moves and share the joy of dance with the community. From classic favorites to funky twists, this lively event promises fun for all ages. Don’t miss out on the chance to join the dance floor and be part of the infectious energy at the Texas Black Expo – where every step is a celebration!”

12:00A - 12:45A | Youth Business Pitch Competition

Harris Hidalgo Room

Get ready to witness the brilliance of young minds at the Texas Black Expo’s FEW Program Business Plan Competition! After weeks of intensive training in Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Wealth Development, our students are gearing up to showcase their innovative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit at our summer celebration tradeshow. From revolutionary startups to game-changing business concepts, this competition promises to be a showcase of creativity, determination, and ambition. Join us for a day of excitement, inspiration, and the thrill of entrepreneurship as we witness the next generation of business leaders take center stage!

12:00P-1:30P | The Black Money Tree Live

Main Stage

Trill Conversation With Bun-B

Join us for an electrifying live episode of The Black Money Tree podcast, featuring none other than Hip Hop legend Bun B from UGK

In this special session, titled “Trill Conversation with Bun B,” we’ll delve into the fascinating journey of UGK’s rise to prominence, exploring the untold stories behind their success and the invaluable business lessons learned along the way.

But that’s not all! Bun B will also share insights into his latest venture, Trill Burgers, offering a sneak peek into the world of entrepreneurship and culinary innovation.

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to witness hip-hop history in the making and gain invaluable wisdom from one of the industry’s most iconic figures.

2:45P - 3:45P | Houston Hollywood Panel

Harris Hidalgo Room

Join us for an engaging and insightful panel discussion titled “Houston to Hollywood: Pathways to the Spotlight.” This panel is a must-attend for anyone aspiring to make a mark in the entertainment industry. Featuring a dynamic lineup of insiders from television, film, and academia, this session provides a unique opportunity to learn firsthand about various entry points into the exciting world of entertainment.

Our expert panelists will share their experiences, tips, and strategies to help you navigate the complexities of breaking into the industry. Additionally, this event offers a rare chance to network with decision-makers and seasoned professionals who can provide guidance and potentially open doors to new opportunities.

Don’t miss out on this chance to connect with the minds shaping the future of entertainment and to start building your own path from Houston to Hollywood.


Tera Stidum, Moderator, Producer
D’Artagnan Bebel, Fox Soul Streaming Platform
Holly Charles Pearson, Fourth Industrial Pictures
John “Dr. Teeth” Tucker, Texas Southern University


1:30P - 5:00P | Real Estate: GAME DAY Panel

Main Stage

Hosted by: Onaje Barnes

Discover the keys to success in real estate investment with Game Day, brought to you by Texas Black Expo in collaboration with Barnes Marketing, LLC. Join us for an insightful session where we delve into the intricacies of finding the perfect properties, securing loan approvals, and mastering the art of managing both long-term and short-term rentals. Whether you’re a seasoned investor or just starting out, this event offers invaluable knowledge and strategies to elevate your real estate portfolio. Learn from industry experts, gain practical tips, and network with like-minded individuals passionate about building wealth through property investment. Don’t miss this opportunity to level up your game in the dynamic world of real estate. Register now and take the first step towards achieving your financial goals!


Saturday | May 18, 2024
Youth Entrepreneurship & Financial Programming

8:30 - 10:30 | Game Day For Kids

Harris Hidalgo Room

Get ready for an exciting collaboration between Texas Black Expo and Barnes Marketing, LLC. Introducing Game Day for Kids, a dynamic crash course in real estate investing tailored specifically for young minds. Join us for a fun-filled learning experience where kids will gain valuable insights into the world of real estate and discover the power of financial literacy from industry experts.

Mad Money by Smart Financial


Prepare for an engaging partnership between Texas Black Expo and Smart Financial, as we bring you an interactive financial literacy experience designed especially for kids. Join us for a down-to-earth and enjoyable journey where children will learn the fundamentals of money management and finance in a relatable and fun-filled manner. Don’t miss this opportunity for young minds to gain essential skills for a bright financial future!

STEAM Pavillion

Exhibit Hall

Step into the future with Texas Black Expo’s electrifying STEAM activation at our summer celebration tradeshow! Get ready to embark on a thrilling journey into the world of robotics, where innovation meets excitement. Explore cutting-edge technology, unleash your creativity, and dive into hands-on activities that will spark your imagination. From building your own robots to engaging in thrilling challenges, this immersive experience promises non-stop fun for all ages. Don’t miss out on the chance to be part of the STEM revolution – join us and discover the endless possibilities of robotics!