Now in its 43rd year, the annual H. Naylor Fitzhugh Conference, hosted by the African-American Student Union at the Harvard Business School, provides a significant forum for the exchange of knowledge and ideas critical to the success of African-American business and community leaders.  Each year, more than 500 current HBS students, alumni, faculty, prospective students, prominent business leaders, and community members attend the conference.  In 2002, the conference was formally named after H. Naylor Fitzhugh to honor the rich and inspirational legacy he left after graduating from Harvard Business School in 1933.


  • To bring together AASU members, alumni, prospective students, and the broader African-American community for a weekend of inspiration, reinvigoration, education, networking and development.
  • To introduce and reconnect African-American alumni, business leaders and students to issues surrounding Black professionals and the impact these issues have on the community at-large

Don Thompson

Don Thompson, retiring President and CEO of McDonald’s Corporation, has driven business results and led strategic innovation at the world’s largest foodservice company since his first days as an electrical engineer. Thompson also serves on the Board of Directors for Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Purdue University and the Brazier Foundation.

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Mellody Hobson

Mellody Hobson is president of Ariel Investments. Beyond her work at Ariel, Hobson has become a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy and investor education. Hobson is Chairman of the Board for DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. as well as a director of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and Starbucks Corporation.

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Kasseem Dean “Swizz Beatz"

Kasseem Dean is a Grammy Award-Winning Hip-Hop Artist, Producer and Record Executive. Dean is also an advisory board member of Monster, Vice President of Sports Style Marketing, Design, and Brand Music Development for Reebok, and Vice President of Design & Global Marketing for Lotus Cars. Dean is a member of HBS OPM 48 - Executive Education.

Adebayo Ogunlesi, MBA 1978
Professional Achievement Award

Adebayo Ogunlesi is currently Chairman and Managing Partner of Global Infrastructure Partners, a $15 billion joint venture whose initial investors included Credit Suisse and General Electric. He is also the Lead Director of the Goldman Sachs Board of Directors. Ogunlesi is also a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association.

Ed Olebe, MBA 1999
Bert King Award for Service

Ed Olebe is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of Reela, Inc., a mobile commerce technology company (www.ree.la). Prior to Reela, Olebe oversaw MasterCard’s emerging payments business in the United States. He is the co-founder and lead for the Business & Technology Program at the KIPP Academy middle school in New York’s  South Bronx, on behalf of the Harvard Business School African-American Alumni Association (HBSAAA).


March 6-7, 2015


Harvard Business School
Soldiers Field
Boston, MA 02163