2018 MLCDC’s 11th Expo

Conference and Job Fair

Oportunidad Knocks

Annual Expo, Conference & Job Fair


Wednesday Oct. 17, 6 to 9 p.m.
Kick off & Silent Auction

Thursday Oct. 18, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Expo, Conference & Job Fair

Livestock Exchange Ballrooms
4920 S. 30th St Omaha, Ne 68107


Table of 8 $500

Exhibitor booth $150 (Does not include lunch)

Donation to students $30

Individual lunch tickets at $60

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8:00 a.m.    Registration, Job Fair & Expo

8:30 a.m.    “Activate your Untapped Potential”

Speaker:  Marco LeRoc

Founder, Marco LeRoc & Co.

9:15 a.m. Expo & Networking

9:30 a.m. “Power and Possibility: The Economic Contribution of Refugees”

Speaker:  Ryan Overfield

Manager – Refugee Education and Employment Programs

Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, Inc.

10:15 a.m.   Expo & Networking

10:30 a.m.   “It’s Possible”

Speakers: Jaymes Sime

Executive Director MICAH House

Erik Servellon

Legislative staff for State Senator Tony Vargas

11:15 a.m. Expo & Networking

11:30 a.m. Luncheon

“Innovation in Community Economic Development: How a CDC in California has supported for 40 years underserved and immigrant communities from rural and urban areas to create wealth, jobs and assets through entrepreneurship: Incubator Centers and Co-packing models”

Speaker: Carmen Herrera

Executive Director El Pajaro Community Development Corporation

1:00 p.m. Expo & Networking

1:10 p.m. “Stay Job Sharp”

Speaker: Karlus L Cozart, Sr.

Director of Economic Inclusion Omaha Public Schools

2:00 p.m. Closing

Conference Speakers

Marco LeRoc

LeRoc is the founder of Marco LeRoc & Co. . an organization that inspires people to grow personally and financially.An international speaker, Marco has engaged audiences in the Americas, Europe, and Africa on the subjects of financial literacy education and self-leadership/leadership. He is the author of three books: Activate Your Untapped Potential, Screw College Debt, and Cash In with Your Money. Marco has been featured on many news outlets nationally and internationally, including: Huffington Post, ABC7 Good Morning Washington, Yahoo Finance, CBN News, Black Enterprise, Good Morning Ghana and WGN.Marco LeRoc is an emerging thought leader and a leading personal achievement expert.

Ryan Overfield

Since 2011 Ryan Overfield has managed the Refugee Education and Employment Program (REEP) with Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska. During this time, the program has assisted with more than 2,000 job placements, been recognized nationally for their employment outcomes through ratings from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR. Prior to joining LFS, Ryan held positions in Washington, D.C., Nigeria and Kenya managing the operations of international development projects.
Ryan developed an interest in serving international populations while pursuing his political science degree at Missouri State University. He continued his studies upon returning to Nebraska, receiving his M.S. in political science from UNO.

Jaymes Sime

Jaymes Sime is the Executive Director of MICAH House, an emergency homeless shelter located in Council Bluffs, IA. He is a Commissioner for the Council Bluffs Housing Authority, Board Member with the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands and he is active with the Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless.  Jaymes is a recipient of the 2017 TOYO (Ten Outstanding Young Omahans) award, and 2017 Midlands Business Journal 40 under 40 award recipient. Jaymes has also been recognized as a John Maxwell Transformational Leadership Award Top 100 candidate in 2017 and 2018.

Erik Servellon

Born in Los Angeles to Salvadoran parents, Erik is a first-generation Latino-American who affectionately calls Omaha his home. Erik earned both his Bachelor of Art in Political Science and Master of Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Less than month after earning his Masters, Erik deployed to Afghanistan with the Nebraska Army National Guard as a Flight Medic Sergeant. Beyond public education, Erik strongly advocates for Veterans’ rights, immigrant and refugee rights, and empowering our economy through investment in peoples’ health, well-being, and higher education. Erik currently works as Legislative Staff for State Senator Tony Vargas at the Nebraska Unicameral.

Carmen Herrera

Herrera-Mansir is the Executive Director for El Pajáro Community Development Corporation a microenterprise development organization in Watsonville, California that has mission of “promoting equal access to economic opportunity.” Herrera-Mansir holds a Law degree from Universidad Iberoamericana, in Mexico and a Master’s s degree in International Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

She is certified in Economic Development Financing from the National Development Council (NDC). Under her leadership , El Pajaro CDC has become a leading practitioner of effective and innovative microenterprise development in California’s Monterey Bay region.

Karlus Cozart, Sr.

Kozar is the Project Director, Division of Economic Inclusion, Omaha Public Schools. Karlus
is a decorated, retired, U.S. Army Major, with over 20 years of active duty service as an Army Engineer Officer. He earned an Executive-MBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from Webster University, and his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lincoln University, in Jefferson City, Missouri . Cozart enjoys making positive impacts in the lives of others. He is an active member of the Omaha ACE Mentor Program Affiliate, the 100 Black Men of Omaha Inc., Urban League of Nebraska, Omaha Empowerment Network, UNO-EMBA Alumni Association, and Salem Baptist Church.

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