Breakfast of Champions event will cap breakthrough year for the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin

For Immediate Release

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Nov. 16, 2021) – Deborah N. Allen, Ph.D, president and CEO of The DNA Network LLC, will receive the 2021 Business Champion Award from the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin.

The Breakfast of Champions is the signature annual fundraising event aimed at bringing the Greater Milwaukee community together to support the AACCW’s mission and to honor a local business leader who is passionate about economic development and wealth creation in the African American community.

This year’s event will be held virtually on Wednesday, Dec. 15.

Deborah is an accomplished entrepreneur and forward-thinking business executive who has more than 30 years of experience driving business sales, increasing revenues and cultivating talent to achieve organizational goals.

In addition to the Business Champion Award, the AACCW will present its Rising Star Award to  Denise Thomas, known as The Effective Communication Coach, and the Young Pioneer Award to Raynetta Hill, executive director of the MLK Business Improvement District.

“Deborah Allen, Denise Thomas and Raynetta Hill are among the leaders who are making a difference helping our organization to propel Wisconsin businesses that are owned by African Americans,” said Ossie Kendrix Jr., president and CEO of the AACCW.

The keynote speaker at the 2021 Breakfast of Champions will be philanthropist and entrepreneur David Banner, who is the CEO of A Banner Vision (ABV). Banner is a Grammy Award-winning music producer, recording artist, philanthropist, activist and actor with more than 26 films under his belt. The Mississippi native is an entrepreneur dedicated to preserving culture, economic empowerment and freedom of expression.

The chair of this year’s Breakfast of Champions is Nikki Purvis, chief equity officer of the City of Milwaukee. The emcee will be Bailey Coleman of V100 Jams. The Presenting Champion of the fundraiser is Advocate Aurora Health.

The theme of this year’s Breakfast of Champions is “The Time Is Now!”

The Breakfast of Champions will cap a breakthrough year for the AACCW, which recently opened its new Chris Abele Legacy Co-Working and Innovation Space at 1920 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Milwaukee’s Bronzeville Neighborhood. The 4,000-square-foot Legacy Space features a commercial kitchen tailored for baking to help grow catering and other businesses, private offices, a coffee shop and retail space.

To become a sponsor or to register to attend the 2021 Breakfast of Champions, visit