Northwestern Mutual Panel Event in Harlem, NYC on February 11, 2023

Judith Davis
2 min readFeb 18, 2023
Ron Adams, Marcus Samuelsson, Katrell Lewis, Anthony Williams, Nikoa Evans, and Karl Franz Williams

Northwestern Mutual Hosts “Community Conversations” Event to
Deepen their Commitment To Closing The Racial Wealth Gap
on Saturday, February 11 in Harlem, NYC. The event was attended by small business owners, entrepreneurs and other leaders in the business community.

Host Ron Adams

The brunch began with cocktails, and a panel discussion about the racial wealth gap, and what we can do together to help close it — like building generational wealth and steps we can collectively take as a community.

The panel featured Harlem’s own award-winning chef, restaurateur, and co-owner of Red Rooster Harlem, Marcus Samuelsson. The “Community Conversations” was held specifically at Ginny’s Supper Club located within the Red Rooster restaurant. The space that pays homage to the classic Harlem speakeasy and the legendary music of the neighborhood.

According to Samuelsson, “As an important member of our community, we want your voice to be heard.”

Moderator Darryl Roberts, Marcus Samuelsson, Katrell Lewis, Anthony Williams, Nikoa Evans, and Karl Franz Williams

In addition to Samuelsson, panel guests included an introduction from Ron Adam as MC and Vice President of Distribution Performance, Northwestern Mutual. Darryl Roberts who is CEO/Founder, Bridging Structural Holes Inc held the position as moderator.

The panelists included:

Anthony Williams — Panelist
Director of Growth and Development, Northwestern Mutual

Marcus Samuelsson — Panelist
Celebrity Chef, restaurateur and television personality

Nikoa Evans — Panelist
Co-Founder, Strategy & Business Development, Harlem Festival of Culture

Karl Franz Williams — Panelist
Owner, Uncle Waithley’s Bev Co. and 67 Orange Street

Katrell Lewis — Panelist
Principal, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

In addition to good food and music, the panelist shared tips on the their success and even missteps in their entrepreneurial journey.



Judith Davis

A professional writer, content manager, and web producer who has worked for quite a few high profile brands.