About The Speaker
J Hackett is the founder of Black Wall Street AVL and founder of GRIND – Asheville’s first Black Owned Coffee Shop. While actively working to advance economic development locally, he has previously worked on projects across the globe focusing on the UN Sustainability Goals. J is currently pastor of New Mt Olive Missionary Baptist Church and an instructor at Lenoir Rhyne University’s Equity and Diversity Institute. Aside from being married with three children, J is a diehard fan of Golden Girls.