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Transcend


Redefining expectations

44th annual h. naylor fitzhugh conference

February 5-7, 2016

Harvard business school

 

THE CONFERENCE IS SOLD OUT!

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Transcend


Redefining expectations

44th annual h. naylor fitzhugh conference

February 5-7, 2016

Harvard business school

 

THE CONFERENCE IS SOLD OUT!

Register →

The conference is SOLD OUT. There is still an opportunity to buy party and brunch tickets, while supplies last!

***Note: Party and brunch tickets are not included in conference ticket. The exception is the conference and party bundle ticket.*** 


 

Welcome to the 44th annual H. Naylor Fitzhugh Conference

The African American Student Union (AASU) at Harvard Business School invites you to the 44th Annual H. Naylor Fitzhugh Conference, a student run conference. With the theme of the 2016 Conference–Transcend: Redefining Expectations–we aim to celebrate African-American achievements, inspire many new milestones, and provide a forum for attendees to take on issues facing our community such as: What is the African-American business community’s response to social injustice? Where do African-Americans fit in to the ever expanding definition of diversity?


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Keynote Speakers


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Keynote Speakers


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KENNETH CHENAULT

Chairman and CEO of American Express

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DEVAL PATRICK

Managing Director of Bain Capital (Former MA Governor)

Richelieu Dennis

Richelieu Dennis

Founder and CEO of Sundial Brands

 

 
 

Beyond the Limit Series

About Beyond the Limit Series

The word transcend is defined as to rise above or go beyond the normal limits.  Building off of the theme of this year’s conference, the Beyond the Limit Series was created to highlight the remarkable accomplishments of our outstanding keynote speakers and prominent alumni.  Each of these individuals have redefined the expectations of what it means to be an African-American business professional and have gone above and beyond the limit of their circumstance to achieve success.


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2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards


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2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards


Congratulations to the 2016 Awards winners!

 
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DEAN Linda Oubre, MBA 1984

Bert King Award for Service

Vivian Hunt, MBA 1995

Professional Achievement Award


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Agenda


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Agenda


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2016

TIME

4:30pm – 5:30pm

5:15pm – 5:30pm

5:30pm – 6:30pm

 

6:30pm – 8:00pm

 

event description

Registration Check-In

Welcome & Poetry Reading by Shannon Nelson

Opening Keynote Address: Kenneth Chenault, Chairman and CEO of American Express Company;

Moderated by Professor Henry McGee, Harvard Business School

Black Business Showcase Reception

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2016

TIME

7:30am

8:00am – 8:30am

8:30am – 9:30am

 

9:30am - 9:45am

9:45am – 10:30am                       

10:30am – 10:45am

10:45am – 11:45am

 

 

11:45am - 12:00pm

12:00pm – 1:15pm

 

 

12:00pm – 1:15pm

1:15pm - 1:30pm

1:30pm – 2:30pm

 

                                                       

2:30pm – 2:45pm

2:45pm – 3:45pm

 

 

3:45pm - 4:00pm

4:00pm – 5:00pm

 

5:00pm – 6:00pm

10:00pm – 

 

EVENT DESCRIPTION

Registration Check-In Opens

Continental Breakfast

Morning Keynote Address: Governor Deval Patrick, Managing Director of Bain Capital;

Moderated by Dean Nitin Nohria, Harvard Business School

Networking Break

TED-Style Talk: The Global Expat Corporation - How Language Can Change Everything by Professor Tsedal Neeley

Networking Break

Breakout Session

Panel A: Black*OUT - Can I Be Myself in the Workplace?

Panel B: Changing How the World Sees Us - Black Portrayal in the Media

Networking Break

Alumni Awards Luncheon

Professional Achievement Award: Vivian Hunt, MBA 1995

Bert King Service Award: Linda Oubre, MBA 1984

Small Group Lunches

Networking Break

Breakout Session

Panel C: Changing the Face of Alternative Investments

Panel D: The New Retail Challenge - Creating and Selling in the Hyper-Competitive Data-Driven Age

Networking Break

Breakout Session

Panel E: Entrepreneurship - Developing Black Owned Businesses

Panel F: The Business Response to Injustice

Networking Break

Closing Keynote Address: Richelieu Dennis, Founder and CEO of Sundial Brands;

Moderated by Professor Tsedal Neeley, Harvard Business School

Closing Networking Reception

Afterparty at Hard Rock Cafe*

Sunday, FEBRUARY 7, 2016

Time

10:00am – 12:00pm

Event Description

Jazz Brunch at Darryl's Kitchen Bar & Grille*

 

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

*Requires separate ticket

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Panel Summary


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Panel Summary


Ted-style talk - THE GLOBAL EXPAT CORPORATION: HOW LANGUAGE CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING by professor tsedal neeley

Saturday, February 6, 2016, 9:45am - 10:30am

Tsedal Neeley, Harvard Business School Professor

Tsedal Neeley, Harvard Business School Professor

Global organizations are at the frontier of the language phenomenon with English having securely claimed the lingua franca (common language) position in international business for nearly three decades. How firms manage the English language stipulation and how employees experience and respond the English language stipulation, but especially in one e-commerce high tech giant, Rakuten, is the subject of this talk. An in-depth and longitudinal study of Rakuten’s English language mandate provides the context for illuminating the ways in which language can shape the globalization process of a workforce both linguistically and culturally.


Panel A - BLACK*OUT: CAN I BE MYSELF IN THE WORKPLACE?

Saturday, February 6, 2016, 10:45am - 11:45am

Discuss the benefits and tradeoffs of navigating a career as a double minority with leaders who identify as both African-American and LGBT. This panel will focus on the business solution needed to address the challenge of African-American professionals who feel the pressure to cover and assimilate fluidly in corporate environments.

Antonious Porch, General Counsel, Shazam

Antonious Porch, General Counsel, Shazam

Craig Robinson, Executive Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer for NBCUniversal

Craig Robinson, Executive Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer for NBCUniversal

Sarita Hatcher, Vice President, Goldman Sachs

Sarita Hatcher, Vice President, Goldman Sachs

Orlan Boston, Senior Partner, Ernst and Young

Orlan Boston, Senior Partner, Ernst and Young

 

Panel B - CHANGING HOW THE WORLD SEES US: BLACK PORTRAYAL IN THE MEDIA

Saturday, February 6, 2016, 10:45am - 11:45am

Determine what role media personalities and executives have in shaping the perception of African-Americans and explore the role that the media plays in constructing what it means to be “African-American.” The portrayal of African-Americans in the media either reduces or re-enforces stereotypes and biases, which has an impact on employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.

Vanessa De Luca, Editor-In-Chief, ESSENCE Magazine

Vanessa De Luca, Editor-In-Chief, ESSENCE Magazine

Lenard McKelvey (bka Charlamagne tha God), Host Power 105 and MTV

Lenard McKelvey (bka Charlamagne tha God), Host Power 105 and MTV

Kaira Akita, NAACP Award-Winning Actress and Founder of Reality Revolution

Kaira Akita, NAACP Award-Winning Actress and Founder of Reality Revolution

Brandon Odoi, Founder of B. Green and Former ABC News Producer

Brandon Odoi, Founder of B. Green and Former ABC News Producer

 

Panel C - Changing the face of alternative investments

Saturday, February 6, 2016, 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Explore the growth of African-Americans in Hedge Fund, Private Equity, and Real Estate fund management with the Founders/CEOs of leading alternative investment organizations.

Troy Dixon, Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Hollis Park Partners

Troy Dixon, Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Hollis Park Partners

Tammy Jones, President of Basis Investment Group

Tammy Jones, President of Basis Investment Group

Sengal Selassie, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Brightwood Capital

Sengal Selassie, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Brightwood Capital

Frank Baker, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Siris Capital

Frank Baker, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Siris Capital

 

Panel D - The New Retail Challenge: Creating & Selling in the Hyper-Competitive Data-Driven Age

Saturday, February 6, 2016, 1:30pm - 2:30pm

African-American executives and entrepreneurs in beauty, fashion, retail, and advertising/marketing today are affected by what is arguably a higher competitive bar. People used to launch and run businesses based on a good idea, gut instinct, creativity, and hard work. In the current marketplace, however, two key factors have changed the game: one, low barrier to entry has created lots of competitive noise—and two, data-driven marketing puts creative entrepreneurs at risk of being outsmarted and outspent by expensive algorithms and established brands.  Can African-American entrepreneurs and executives still win by operating on the classic principles of their pioneering predecessors? Or are the former tenets of profitable business (a great idea, focused execution, and hard work) now no longer enough? If a comprehensive strategy, real capital, and access to top talent are now mandatory requirements for success from the start, where does that leave emerging African-American business stars?

Lisa Price, Founder of Carol’s Daughter, Inc.

Lisa Price, Founder of Carol’s Daughter, Inc.

Kent Matlock, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Matlock Advertising & Public Relations

Kent Matlock, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Matlock Advertising & Public Relations

Shawn Outler, Senior Vice President of Weddings, Gifts, and Multicultural Business Development, Macy’s, Inc.

Shawn Outler, Senior Vice President of Weddings, Gifts, and Multicultural Business Development, Macy’s, Inc.

Tiffany Burn, Associate Principal, McKinsey and Company

Tiffany Burn, Associate Principal, McKinsey and Company

 

PANEL E - ENTREPRENEURSHIP: DEVELOPING BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES

Saturday, February 6, 2016, 2:45pm - 3:45pm

With more unicorns (startups valued at $1 billion or more) today than ever before, value is being created in new markets where it is vital that African-Americans take part or risk being left behind. Here, we’ll focus on the unique challenges that African-American entrepreneurs face and how to develop the untapped creativity and talent of a community that continues to shape American culture.

Kenneth L. Coleman, Chairman of Saama Technologies, Inc.

Kenneth L. Coleman, Chairman of Saama Technologies, Inc.

Carmichael Roberts, General Partner at North Bridge Venture Partners

Carmichael Roberts, General Partner at North Bridge Venture Partners

 
 
 

Panel F - The Business Response to Injustice

Saturday, February 6, 2016, 2:45pm - 3:45pm

With what seems to be an endless stream of un-prosecuted incidences of police brutality directed towards young African-Americans and the commercialization of incarceration with the growing market of private prisons, this panel will focus on what the business community must do in response.

Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO and Executive Director of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA)

Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO and Executive Director of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA)

Richard Buery, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives

Richard Buery, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives

 


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Featured Events


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Featured Events


Black Business Showcase Reception

Friday, February 5, 2016, 6:30pm EST

The Black Business Showcase Reception will be a display of African American Entrepreneurship resulting in job and wealth creation. We believe HBS should be the center for African American Capitalism in the United States and what better way to display this then to highlight the individuals who are actively disrupting industries or creating value through entrepreneurship. We have selected early stage and growth stage companies across the country who represent this year's conference theme of Transcend: Redefining Expectations. 

Join us after the opening keynote as we create a classy yet jazzy environment where individuals can mingle and get to know the entrepreneurs as they connect with new and old friends. 

Event is included with general conference ticket. The reception will include:

  • Live Music by Trey Daniels
  • Open Bar
  • Light Appetizers
  • Networking

Read more about the businesses below:

 

 

Grown Up Sports (GUS)

Houston, TX

Mission Statement: GUS aims to provide the best, most organized, and fun adult sport recreational sports leagues, while promoting both health and wellness, and community.

Company Overview: GUS is a for profit adult sports and social club, also known as GUS Leagues. GUS primarily organizes and coordinates sports leagues, both seasonally and year round. GUS is a connected network of leagues for adults to play organized sports in a controlled environment. GUS is positioned to appeal to the full spectrum of athletes, from casual to competitive. Each sport and league has it’s own identity, allowing flexibility in the level of social-to-competitive aspect. GUS is a customer facing service organization that builds rapport through customer service and participant recognition. GUS facilitates community building through planned social events and structured community service activities.

Business Philosophy: GUS’ success is predicated on attention to customer service, participant recognition, and an active web presence.

Company Goals and Objectives: GUS aims to be the leading provider of adult sports leagues. In the next five years we intend to expand from the Houston, Texas market to additionally service the major metropolitan areas in Texas and other well-positioned markets.

CONTACT:

www.gusleagues.com

Joe@gusleagues.com | favor@gusleagues.com

 

 

 

The Social Club

Detroit, MI

The Social Club, a barbershop that impacts community and the natural environment with a single location in Detroit, has created a concept that goes well beyond haircuts, shaves. By cultivating a voice and destinations; The Social Club has been able to expand into all realms of the modern gentleman: Fashion, Music, Lifestyle, Grooming and others. At The Social Club, we follow these traditions and create new ones, all in the name of rebuilding a great American community.


The Social Club is committed to offering a hassle-free, yet high quality experience, without the pretensions of a salon. We represent the traditions of the barbershop culture and our expertly trained personal groomers provide classic men’s cuts and straight-razor shaves to a discerning clientele.

ABOUT THE FOUNDER, SEBASTIAN JACKSON

My first three business plans‑were rejected by Wayne State University, which is where I was determined to establish my first Social Club. In 2012, my wife and I, Gabrielle eventually succeeded in opening the Social Club Grooming Company, built with reclaimed lumber from blighted Detroit homes, on WSU’s main campus. We've partnered with a local park to build a greener city and already, clippings of cut hair have been used as fertilizer for 200 new trees. I take pride in the diversity of both my staff and clientele. The barbershop has historically served as a community hub, and I plan to recreate that experience for all Social Club members, while disrupting the industry. Meet my team, who is just as passionate as I am about this opportunity.

CONTACT:

http://atthesocialclub.com/

 sjackson3501@gmail.com

 

 

UnshRinkit

Founded in Boston, MA

Desiree Davis Stolar (Des) is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Harvard Business School.  Stolar spent most of her career as a consultant for Fortune 500 media, tech and retail companies.  During her first semester at HBS in 2013, she accidentally shrunk a beloved cashmere sweater in the dryer and decided to do something about it!  Right in the HBS dorms, Stolar and a few classmates launched a patent-pending product (Unshrinkit) that unshrinks shrunken wool clothing.

Highlights: Unshrinkit has sold over 12,000 bottles in a little over a year.  It has been featured on The Today Show, Bloomberg, Good Housekeeping and many other media outlets.  The company was 2015 finalist with MassChallenge and Intuit Quickbooks. Most notably, it was featured in November on Shark Tank.

Goals: Looking to partner with people passionate about consumer retail and consumer goods. Additionally looking to connect with angel investment communities

CONTACT:

www.unshrinkit.com

 desiree@unshrinkit.com

 

 

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT BY TREY DANIELS

It’s not surprising to learn that Trey’s soulful, spirit-filled sound was birthed from his hometown church, New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Since the age of 12, Hosea L. Daniels III, also known as Trey, has gained nearly virtuoso status as an Alto Saxophonist. Trey is an acclaimed musician by the way of Tampa, FL that specializes in genres which include but are not limited to; R&B, Gospel, Traditional and Contemporary Jazz, and Neo-Soul.

As Trey has grown musically throughout the years, he has been given the opportunity to perform at several prestigious venues such as Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL with Pieces of a Dream and the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. He has also played with several jazz ensembles at The Florida State University under the direction of Leon Anderson. Trey was selected as the Performer of the Year at the Patel Conservatory in Tampa (2008) and performed for Lionel Richie and Laila Hathaway in New Orleans, LA at the 103rd Alpha Phi Alpha National Convention.

Trey Daniels currently resides in Atlanta, GA where he is taking the city over by storm. He has done everything from headlining his own show at Kat’s Cafe in Midtown to perform at the Lenox Square July 4th Extravaganza where more than 10,000 people were gathered. We can’t wait to see where this rising star shines next!

Learn more about Trey at http://treydanielsmusic.com.

In addition to networking and engaging with these disruptive entrepreneurs, conference attendees will also enjoy open bar, appetizers, and live entertainment.  The Black Business Showcase Reception is included in the conference ticket price. Buy tickets today before they sell out!


"#Elevate" AFTER PARTY AT HARD ROCK CAFE

Saturday, February 6, 2016, 10:00pm

Celebrate after a weekend of informative sessions with old and new friends at the afterparty on Saturday night at Hard Rock Cafe. Take your night life to new heights! 

Sounds by DJ Papadon

Purchase tickets separately for $40. Price includes entry and open bar, while supplies last. Conference ticket is not required to attend the afterparty. 

 
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Jazz Brunch at Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen

Sunday, February 7, 2016

"When you are looking for soul, spice and all that jazz, just look around the corner. Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, known as DCBK, serves up great southern comfort food and signature cocktails with a side of some of the best jazz in Boston."

- Darryl's About Us Page

Purchase tickets separately for $30. Price includes all you can eat buffet, tax, and gratuity. Drinks are not included. Conference ticket is not required to attend brunch. 

Website: http://dcbkboston.com


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CONFERENCE DATES

FEBRUARY 5-7, 2016

CONFERENCE LOCATION

Harvard Business School
Soldiers Field
Boston, MA 02163

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