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A Look Back

Follow the evolution of Black Diamond Weekend and the incredible speakers,
experiences, connections, and impact we've fostered through the years. 
Year SIX | 2021

Theme

Diamond University: It's A Different World Powered by Dominion Energy

Highlights

  • Over 30 Classes with 3 different tracks in addition to a bonus Tech Track

  • Over 400 attendees attended BDW as a hybrid event for the first time

  • Featured Celebrity Guests Daryl Bell and Tempest Bledsoe

Keynote Speaker


Angel Rich delivered an inspired keynote complete with golden tips on building wealth with purpose and perseverance. 

Year Five | 2020

Theme

Pressure Makes Diamonds: Sparkle. Fire. Brilliance powered by Cox Communications

Highlights

  • 26 Classes with 3 different tracks

  • Over 400 attendees attended virtually for the first time

  • Fashion Show at Norfolk City Zoo

Keynote Speaker


Les Brown delivered a riveting keynote on how to leverage the power of our stories. 

Year Four | 2019

Theme

2020 Vision

Highlights

  • The Unveiling of our Legacy Council and 150-year plan

  • Over 300 attendees and 55 vendors

  • The launch of Wealth Machine and awarding of $15K to our youth winners!

Keynote Speaker


Dr. George Fraser conducted a masterclass and rendered a game-changing keynote during the 4th Annual Black Diamond Affair!

Year Three | 2018

Theme

Connected AF (As Family)

Highlights

  • Conversion of Black Diamond Affair to Black Diamond Weekend

  • Over 300 attendees and vendors

  • Mega shopping experience during expo event supporting black owned businesses

Keynote Speaker


NBA Referee and Men for Hope Founder Tony Brothers connected business to community to help the audience see that when everyone participates, everyone wins.