Tam Hawkins is currently the President and CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce. Prior to this role, she served as the Vice President of Corporate Engagement & Membership. Her background includes a primary concentration in Corporate Sales & Marketing management roles for some of the nation’s most admired companies. Although well versed in large corporate space, the local commercial real estate entrepreneur is also able to relate to small to medium business owners as well. The Dallas native’s volunteer commitments have been directly in line with her passion for the following local, national, and international organizations: Sickle Cell Disease Association Dallas Chapter, Special Events Chair; Literacy Instructions for Texans – Volunteer Teacher; Airline Ambassadors – United Nations Liaison; Susan G. Komen: Dallas Affiliates Chapter – Fundraising committee and a Mocha Moms Austin former board President. Tam is a board member of Leadership Austin, East Austin Conservancy; a group committed to strengthening the fabric of East Austin by promoting affordable housing and economic diversity. She also serves on Austin Partners in Education and Ronald McDonald House Central Texas boards.
Hakeem Adewumi is currently the Special Projects & Communications Manager at the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce. Adewumi is an emerging artist from Dallas, Texas who uses photography and image-making as a form of storytelling. He has traveled to various countries throughout the African diaspora to build a comprehensive body of work that celebrates the diaspora. His work is informed by his personal and political identity that intersects at various points to shape a narrative that is provocative and affectionate. With a discerning eye, he aims to keep viewers seeing things they never expected to see; to keep us remembering things that are important to remember.
Neal Whetstone is currently an Intern for the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce. Hailing from Houston, Texas, Neal is a rising senior at St. Edward’s University majoring in political science. He is also a McNair scholar with plans to pursue African-American studies and Political Science at the graduate level.