This year’s Texas Black Expo featured Coffee & Conversations, a gathering of some of Houston’s most successful business leaders hailing from various industries. These individuals, including Shawn Taylor (Zaxby’s Houston), Jeff Smith (Unity Bank), Sharon Murphy (McConnell Jones Lanier & Murphy, Ed Ryland (ARVO Realty Advisors), Carla Lane (Lane Staffing) and Kim Roxie (LAMIK Beauty), shared with audience members tips and insights needed to grow a business or weather difficult times. Topics of conversation included strategic partnerships, branding, professionalism, financing, social media marketing, creating a foothold in international markets and more. Texas Black Expo CEO Jerome Love greeting attendees, while Ed Ryland facilitated the panel discussion. Attendees included Leah Campbell Johnson, Dr. Margaret Ford Fisher, Jeffrey D. Wallace, Rashonner Lillie, Misty Starks, Quincy Caldwell, Yolander Jones, Camille Scott, Lisa Amosu, Tiffany Ryland, Taylor Nelson, Denisha Jackson, Jamyah Hill, Allayne Austin, Kameika Smith, Antwinette Ford and more.