GES2k23 – Overview

2023 Event Guests and Staff

Moderator – Courtney Cole

Anchor/Reporter | WBZ-TV | WSBK-TV |

Cole, an Anchor/Reporter for WBZ News, joined the family in July 2022. She’s been enjoying learning more about the history and the community of Boston – and what makes it tick.

You can wake-up with her on Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 5AM and catch her during the week on Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s, beginning at 7:00 a.m. on CBS News Boston.

The Chicago native spent the last 4 ½ years in Jacksonville, Florida where she anchored a top-rated Weekend Morning Show. She enjoys covering stories that tackle tough-but-necessary conversations, that empower viewers to be civically involved and stories that help give a voice to those who feel like they haven’t been heard. 

The proud Hampton University Alumna  (#GoPirates!)  looks forward to the opportunity to continue telling your stories here in New England! 

Speaker – Chanda Smart

CEO, OnyxGroup

Chanda Smart is a long time resident of Roxbury, MA, studied (pre)law at University of Massachusetts and most recently served as an Executive Administrator to Lani Guinier and Yochai Benkler, at Harvard Law School. Her 20 years plus of corporate experience included executing operational strategy and delivering results for employers such as Deloitte & Touche LLP, The Gillette Company, American Express, Andersen Consulting and the Ritz Carlton (Atlanta, GA).

In 2021, Mrs. Smart co-founded The OnyxGroup Development LLC is a Boston based black woman owned & operated brokerage, planning & development. The OnyxGroup focuses on providing quality, programmatic workforce housing through public and private partnerships. We believe that affordable housing should not be synonymous with poverty.

The OnyxGroup has current development projects, such as 200 Senior Affordable units in Foxboro, MA; in collaboration with Peabody Properties and Affordable Housing Service Collaborative and Parcel 3 Roxbury, MA, a Boston Planning and Development (BPDA) project consisting of 7.7 acres a joint partnership with HYM and My City at Peace (MYCAP).

In 2022, the OnyxGroup expanded and launched property management division and partnered with Concord Square Development & Planning as Property Management at 28 Petronelli and 93 Centre, Street, Brockton, MA.

As of 2023, Mrs. Smart is serving on Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s Rent Stabilization Advisory Board, MBTA and MBTA Workforce and Development Subcommittee Board, Member on Children’s Advocacy Center (Boston, MA) Board and Madison Park Development Corporation (Roxbury, MA) Board.

Speaker – Ross DeLuca

ChFC®, CRPC® Vice President, Financial Advisor – Bluestone Bank

Ross DeLuca works as a senior instructor for the Department of Communication at Bridgewater State University. He has been teaching communication courses including Intro to Public Speaking for nearly 20 years.

Ross also works as a financial planner in Bridgewater, MA. He helps people plan for their financial goals and is passionate about supporting financial literacy in his community.

Music – Athene Wilson & Friends Band

Athene Wilson – Vocals 

Rollins Ross – Keys

Daniel Day – Bass

David Fuller – Drums & Vocals

Nate Fuller – Sax


  • Moon Han
  • Stewart Dew
  • Chris McHugh
  • Nelia Arruda
  • Jennifer Dooling
  • Fred McKInney
  • David Gulley
  • Jennifer Rivers
  • Martin Dias
  • Scott Stephenson
  • Joanne Schneider
  • Ana Andrade
  • Doug Banks
  • Allan Kiser
  • Leonel Senai
  • Camille Baerga
  • Jodi Doyle
  • Madhavi Venkatesan
  • Meg Woolhouse
  • Stephanie Inniss
  • Albert Barnor
  • Kendra Edwards


  • Sara Barber
  • Bob Brooks
  • Margaret Beisenbek
  • Jim Cain

About Us

The Global Economic Symposium (GES) is an exciting event where students from across the country identify a global economic issue and attempt to solve it using realistic economic principles and creative thinking. Through the competition, students learn research and writing skills, effective cooperation, local/regional cultures, financial statuses and challenges, problem solving and public speaking.

The Global Economic Symposium nurtures the next generation of global leaders. It is a team-based and research-based learning experience for secondary students that requires them to identify a burning global issue, research the challenges this issue presents to nations, and recommend economic actions, policies, and practices that have helped mitigate the impact of this challenge on a global and local level. Students present their findings and defend their recommendations to a panel of industry executives, national thought and policy leaders, and post-secondary academicians.

Educator-advisors, GES staff, and college mentors provide just-in-time coaching to the student teams. The goal is to ensure students have the support they need to produce key deliverables and meet deadlines as they prepare for the culminating event.


Platinum Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Planning Committee