TGI Café


TGI Café is The Gloucester Institute’s digital platform where our students, experienced leaders and subject matter experts engage in civil discourse on topics that range from socio-economic issues to personal leadership development.

The Café’s Moton Forum series will take place monthly. TGI Café is open to the public via WebEx online videoconferencing, and all participants are required to register. Press is prohibited.

Our goal is to build and maintain awareness of the issues of today and to give our students and participants inspiration about our organization’s mission and objectives through our digital programs.

To experience these powerful discussions, please register by clicking the link below:



Shane Thomas
Shashrina Thomas

Join us for TGI Cafe’s Moton Forum Series as Shashrina Thomas, VP, Strategic Services, TGI-COR Industries and Shane Thomas, Entrepreneur & Owner, Southern Kitchen, will discuss “Women in Business”.

Moderated by: Miss Community Clovia, Producer and Community Outreach Director, Radio One Richmond

Join us for TGI Cafe’s Black History Month Program as The Honorable Michael Steele, former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland and RNC Chairman, reflects on Black History: ” Remembering our Past, Celebrating our Future”.

Join us for TGI Cafe’s Moton Forum Series as Raynard Jackson, CEO, Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC, will discuss “The Power of The Written Word”.

Join us for TGI Cafe’s Moton Forum Series as Congressman Bobby Scott will discuss “Why I’m a Progressive”.

Join us for TGI Cafe’s Moton Forum Series as Honorable Ken Blackwell, former Ohio Secretary of State and Senior Fellow for Human Rights and Constitutional Governance, Family Research Council will discuss “Why I’m a Conservative”.

Join us for TGI Cafe’s Moton Forum Series as Cheryl Bachelder. Former CEO Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, and Chick-Fil-A Board Member will discuss her book Dare to Serve: How to Drive Superior Results by Serving Others.

Join us for TGI Cafe’s Moton Forum Series as the Honorable J.C. Watts, Jr., Co-Founder and Chairman, Black News Channel and Former U.S.Congressman OK-4th District, will discuss The Power of Black Media.

Join us for TGI Cafe’s Moton Forum Series as Bob Woodson, Founder and President of the Woodson Center and 1776 Unites, will discuss Solutions to Reduce Poverty in African American Communities.

Join us for TGI Cafe’s Brown Bag Series. TGI’s very own the Honorable Kay Coles James will discuss Leading in a Time of Crisis.

Join us for TGI Cafe’s Brown Bag Series. Ja’Ron Smith is the Deputy Assistant to the President & Deputy Director of the Office of American Innovation, Executive Office of The President, The White House.

Jennifer DeCasper currently serves as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina). As Chief of Staff, she is the Senator’s principal advisor on a wide range of policy, legislative and political matters. She also is responsible for the development and implementation of his public policy priorities across five Senate committee assignments, including high profile seats on the Senate Finance Committee, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senate Armed Services Committee, and the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, where he serves as a subcommittee chairman.

Join us for a dialogue on Economic Empowerment in Minority Communities with Ron Busby, CEO & President, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.

Join us for the kick-off of TGI Cafe’s Brown Bag Series featuring Gerard Robinson, Former Secretary of Education in Virginia, and Florida Education Commissioner.