The Emerge Experience

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Welcome to The Emerge Experience; an official event of the Cracker Barrel National of the Bands weekend.


Entrepreneurs, Creatives, Small Business Owners and Start Ups within Houston, TX and the communities-at-large.


Saturday, August 31 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

*Followed by a Networking Mixer from 3:30 p.m - 5:00 p.m.


Greater Houston Partnership Building in partnership at the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority

(701 Avenida De Las Americas)

Meet The Speakers


Derek D. Ross, MBA

Co-Creator & Speaker

Founder, The D² Group

Branding, Marketing & PR Strategist

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Nikki Woods

Workshop Presenter & Moderator

CEO, Nikki Woods Media

Author | Speaker | Influencer

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Fern Carty Dawkins

 Fireside Chat Speaker

Owner, JM Carty Holdings

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The Carter Brothers

Workshop Presenters

Dr. Sterling L. Carter

Stephen Levi Carter, MBA

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Kyra Hardwick, MBA

Co-Creator & Speaker

Founder, The Kyra Company

Author | Business Developer | Consultant

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Misty Starks

Keynote Speaker

President, Misty Blue Media &

3B Resources Group Public Relations

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Christopher Dawkins

Fireside Chat Speaker

Owner, C LuGrand-Dawkins Enterprises

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Sherhara Downing


Level Comm Founder | Master Trainer

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Entrepreneurs, Creatives, Minority Business Owners and Start Ups: Come connect, collaborate, and learn practical steps, as well as, gain access to resources to grow your business and profits.


Fireside Chats:

  • Christopher Dawkins, Owner, C LuGrand-Dawkins Enterprises & Fern Dawkins, Owner, JM Carty Holdings

  • Topic: Resiliency - Navigating the dynamics of business, family, social initiatives, media and growth.

  • Moderated by Derek Ross & Kyra Hardwick

  • Derek Ross, Founder of The D² Group and Kyra Hardwick, Founder, The Kyra Company & Co-Creators of The Emerge Experience

  • Topic: How to position and scale your business for profit and growth.

  • Moderated by by Nikki Woods 



  • Nikki Woods, CEO, Nikki Woods Media | Author | Speaker | Influencer

  • Workshop: Defining/Redefining your position in the market and developing a message that sells.


  • Dr. Sterling L. Carter & Stephen Levi Carter, MBA - “The Carter Brothers:

  • Workshop: Developing the Millionaire Mindset: Using their DYS Success Principals to guide business owners through the process of becoming a multi-million dollar business owner. 


Keynote Speaker:

Misty Stark - President, Misty Blue Media & 3B Resources Group Public Relations

Keynote: Advancing business brands through visibility campaigns, and helping businesses that are hungry and ready for their brand to “Pop” and create influencer level demand.


Host & Moderator

Sherhara Downing, Level Comm Founder | Master Trainer