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BUILDING ON THE LEGACY


45th annual h. naylor fitzhugh conference

march 24-26, 2017

Harvard business school

 

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BUILDING ON THE LEGACY


45th annual h. naylor fitzhugh conference

march 24-26, 2017

Harvard business school

 

Register →


 

Welcome to the 45th annual H. Naylor Fitzhugh Conference

Our theme this year is Building on the Legacy.

Since our country’s founding, American business leaders of African decent have developed a rich history of success through struggle. African Americans from Harvard Business School have helped to lead the way in the 21st century, and although they have created a solid foundation, we must build on the legacy that has been forged over AASU's 49 years of existence. Through this conference, we aim to highlight our past while finding ways to create a brighter future.

This year, our keynote speakers include Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald, Airbnb CMO Jonathan Mildenhall and New York State Common Retirement Fund CIO Vicki Fuller! Certainly, this is not an event you want to miss.

 


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Keynote Speakers


Keynote Speakers


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Arnold Donald

President & CEO — Carnival Corporation

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Jonathan MildenHall

CMO — Airbnb

Vicki Fuller

CIO— New York State Common Retirement Fund

HBS Professor in the Spotlight


HBS Professor in the Spotlight


David A. Thomas

David Thomas is H. Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School.  His research addresses issues related to executive development, cultural diversity in organizations, leadership and organizational change.  He recently served as a professor of management at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where he served as dean from 2011 to 2016.

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2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards


2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards


Congratulations to the 2017 Awards winners!

 
VivianHunt

George van Amson
MBA 1982

Professional Achievement Award

 
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Shari Hubert
MBA 2000

Bert King Award for Service

 

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Agenda


Agenda


FRIDAY, March 24, 2017

event description

4:30pm – 5:30pm  | Registration Check-In (Spangler Hall - Meredith Room)

5:15pm – 5:30pm  | Welcome Address from AASU Presidents and Conference Co-Chairs

5:30pm – 6:30pm  | Opening Keynote Address: Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation

6:30pm – 8:00pm | Networking Reception with Community Partners (Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served)

SATURDAY, March 25, 2017

EVENT DESCRIPTION

7:30am  | Registration Check-In (Spangler Hall - Meredith Room)

8:00am – 8:30am  | Continental Breakfast

8:15am – 8:30am  | Welcome and Opening Remarks: Nitin Nohria, Dean of Harvard Business School

8:30am – 9:30am  | Morning Keynote Address: Vicki Fuller, CIO of New York State Common Retirement Fund

9:30am – 9:45am  | Networking Break

9:45am – 10:30am  | TED-Talk: Dr. David Thomas, Harvard Business School Professor  

10:30am – 10:45am | Networking Break

10:45am – 11:45am | Panel Breakout Session
Panel A: Call to Action: Shaping and Engaging in our Political Future
Panel B: Closing the Achievement Gap in the 21st Century

11:45am - 12:00pm  | Networking Break

12:00pm – 1:15pm  | Alumni Awards Luncheon
Professional Achievement Award: George Van Amson, MBA 1982
Bert King Service Award: Shari Hubert, MBA 2000

12:00pm – 1:15pm  | Gold Sponsor Lunch Discussions

1:15pm – 1:30pm  | Networking Break

1:30pm – 2:30pm | Panel Breakout Session
Panel C: The Changing Face of Private Equity
Panel D: Corporate Governance- Black Presence in the Highest Levels of Business

2:30pm – 2:45pm  | Networking Break

2:45pm – 3:45pm  | Panel Breakout Session
Panel E: Building Brands for the Black Community
Panel F: Power Couples - Effectively Managing Dual Career Households

3:45pm – 4:00pm  | Networking Break

4:00pm – 5:00pm | Closing Keynote: Jonathan Mildenhall, CMO of Airbnb

5:00pm – 6:00pm | Closing Networking Reception (refreshments will be served) 

10:00pm – 2:00am | Afterparty at Monroe Nightclub (450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Event Description

10:00am – 12:00pm  | Jazz Brunch at Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen (604 Columbus Ave Boston, MA 02118)

 

All parties and receptions must be 21+. Nametag required.

*Requires separate ticket

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Panel Summary


Panel Summary


Call to Action: Shaping and Engaging in our Political Future

The purpose of this panel is to highlight ways in which we, as black millennials and future business leaders can become more involved in politics at both local and national levels. How can we mobilize to ensure that social justice and the needs of our community are served? How can we share our stories in a way that allows us to bridge the gap with our fellow Americans?

Bakari Sellers Political Commentator, CNN Attorney, Strom Law Firm

Bakari Sellers
Political Commentator, CNN
Attorney, Strom Law Firm

Justin Tanner Former Presidential Appointee, US Department of Commerce

Justin Tanner
Former Presidential Appointee, US Department of Commerce

 

Closing the Achievement Gap in the 21st Century

The panel will focus on progress that has been made and challenges in closing the achievement gap in education. The achievement gap will refer to differences in educational achievement between black students and other ethnicities as well as issues facing the education of low income students.

Ronald Ferguson Director, Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University Adjunct Professor, Harvard Kennedy School

Ronald Ferguson
Director, Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University
Adjunct Professor, Harvard Kennedy School

Ursula Wright Managing Director, FSG

Ursula Wright
Managing Director, FSG

Julie Jackson Chief Schools Officer, Uncommon Schools

Julie Jackson
Chief Schools Officer, Uncommon Schools

Colin Rose Assistant Superintendent of Opportunity and Achievement Gaps, Boston Public Schools

Colin Rose
Assistant Superintendent of Opportunity and Achievement Gaps, Boston Public Schools


The Changing Face of Private Equity

A real talk (not for attribution) addressing the reasons for the dearth of diversity (at both junior and senior levels) in Private Equity and Alternative Investments and what steps can be taken to change this. What roles do senior black investment professionals play? What well do newly minted MBAs play? What roles do Limited Partners play? How this is changing in the current environment and what further steps need to be taken?

Verdun Perry Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Strategic Partners, Blackstone Strategic Partners

Verdun Perry
Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Strategic Partners, Blackstone Strategic Partners

Greg Shell Managing Director, Bain Capital

Greg Shell
Managing Director, Bain Capital

Jason Woods Managing Director, AIG Investments

Jason Woods
Managing Director, AIG Investments

Willie Woods - Moderator President and Managing Director, ICV Capital

Willie Woods - Moderator
President and Managing Director, ICV Capital


Corporate Governance: Black Presence in the Highest Levels of Business

Understanding black representation on corporate boards. How to build your personal brand to become a trusted leader and advisor. Understanding where corporate boards fit in with advancing diversity in corporate America. 

Paula Price Senior Lecturer, HBS

Paula Price
Senior Lecturer, HBS

Michelle Gadsden-Williams Co-Founder and CEO, Ceiling Breakers LLC

Michelle Gadsden-Williams
Co-Founder and CEO, Ceiling Breakers LLC

David Rawlinson President - Online Business, Grainger

David Rawlinson
President - Online Business, Grainger

Andy Zelleke - Moderator MBA Class of 1962 Senior Lecturer of Business Administration, HBS

Andy Zelleke - Moderator
MBA Class of 1962
Senior Lecturer of Business Administration, HBS


Building Brands for the Black Community

Statistics show that the economic clout of the Black consumer is on the rise and continues to energize the U.S. consumer market. Total Black spending power has increased to over $1 trillion and it is estimated to have increased by over 70% since 2000. Furthermore, Black consumers' share of total buying power is estimated to increase to 9% by 2017 - 9 cents out of every dollar spent. The primary purpose of the panel will be to showcase successful black business players who are leading thriving brands. We aim to explore some of the key areas of opportunity in building brands for the Black community as Black buying power increases going forward.

Larry Miller President Jordan Brand, Nike

Larry Miller
President Jordan Brand, Nike

Zim Ugochukwu Founder/CEO, Travelnoire

Zim Ugochukwu
Founder/CEO, Travelnoire

Lockie Andrews CMO, Nora Gardner

Lockie Andrews
CMO, Nora Gardner


Power Couples: Effectively Managing Dual Career Households

How do couples successively thrive when managing two demanding careers? This panel will highlight the tradeoffs, decisions, and rewards of successfully navigating a dual career household.

Nadia Rawlinson  Chief Human Resources Officer, Live Nation Entertainment

Nadia Rawlinson
 Chief Human Resources Officer, Live Nation Entertainment

David Rawlinson President - Online Business, Grainger

David Rawlinson
President - Online Business, Grainger

Layla Lumpkin Business and Finance Associate Attorney, Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered

Layla Lumpkin
Business and Finance Associate Attorney, Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered

William Lumpkin Associate Director, Shire

William Lumpkin
Associate Director, Shire

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Logistics


Logistics


CONFERENCE DATES

March 24-26, 2017

CONFERENCE LOCATION

Harvard Business School
Soldiers Field
Boston, MA 02163

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