Photos: Inaugural Influencers’ Brunch During BET Honors Weekend

Ascension Three Leadership Group with BET Exec and Sponsors Bottom Row - Tarek Stevens, Anthony Anderson Standing - Ronald Montgomery, Christopher Chestnut (The Chestnut Firm), Hermond Palmer (Industrial Bank), Chris Spencer, Robert Rumley (Morgan Stanley), Reginald Williams (BET), Scott Bolden (Reed Smith), Donald Woodard. Photo by Elizabeth Townsend

Ascension Three Leadership Group with BET Exec and Sponsors Bottom Row – Tarek Stevens, Anthony Anderson Standing – Ronald Montgomery, Christopher Chestnut (The Chestnut Firm), Hermond Palmer (Industrial Bank), Chris Spencer, Robert Rumley (Morgan Stanley), Reginald Williams (BET), Scott Bolden (Reed Smith), Donald Woodard. Photo by Elizabeth Townsend

All photos taken by Elizabeth Townsend.

Washington, DC – On Saturday, Comedian and writer, Chris Spencer was joined by friend and fellow entertainment elite Anthony Anderson at the inaugural Influencers’ Brunch.  Ascension Three Leadership Group organized the brunch to celebrate leaders in the world of business, entertainment, sports and politics who use the weight of their influence to impact the world for good.

The Influencers’ Brunch is the brainchild of Ronald Montgomery, Tarek Stevens and Donald M. Woodard.  The three friends have collaborated and supported each other on entertainment ventures for over two decades.  Forming Ascension Three Leadership was an opportunity to formalize their partnership.

“We appreciate the support of our sponsors Industrial Bank, Morgan Stanley, The Chestnut Firm and Reed Smith,” said Ascension Three partner Donald M. Woodard, “They made our first brunch such a success.  Next year, we look forward to building on that success and continuing to provide a forum for our guests to fellowship, network and make new friends.”

The Influencers’ Brunch will take place every year during BET Honors weekend in Washington, DC.

About The Ascension Three Leadership Group

Tarek Stevens – Stevens reached high levels of success in the music industry as a member of the band Whistle. Over the last twenty years, he has used his inside knowledge of the creative and business side of entertainment to help manage the success of artists and organizations.

Ronald Montgomery – Representing a roster of talent that boasts some of the most celebrated influences in music over the past decade, Montgomery is a mainstay with some of the biggest companies and brands in entertainment, including music, television and film.

Donald M. Woodard, Esq.  – Woodard is a partner in Gordon & Rees’ Business Transactions and Sports, Media and Entertainment Law practice groups.   Woodard was recently honored by Who’s Who in Black Atlanta and has been recognized by legal and business organizations as one of the top lawyers in Georgia.

Deana Bass, Steven Hill (President of Music Programming and Specials for BET Networks), Dee-Dee Bass Wilbon, Tasha Punch. Photos by Elizabeth Townsend.

Deana Bass, Steven Hill (President of Music Programming and Specials for BET Networks), Dee-Dee Bass Wilbon, Tasha Punch.

Brooklyn Mack (Washington Ballet) and Guest stop for a photo with Anthony Anderson. Photo by Elizabeth Alexander

Brooklyn Mack (Washington Ballet) and Guest stop for a photo with Anthony Anderson.

Tarek Stevens, Ronald Montgomery, Robert Rumley & Donald Woodard. Photo by Elizabeth Townsend.

Tarek Stevens, Ronald Montgomery, Robert Rumley & Donald Woodard.

Producer Samad Davis

Producer Samad Davis

Kelly Griffin of BET Music Programming

Kelly Griffin of BET Music Programming

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