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46th H. Naylor Fitzhugh Conference

Brave Leadership: From a Moment to a Movement in an Age of Disruption

March 8 - 9, 2019 Register


46th H. Naylor Fitzhugh Conference

Brave Leadership: From a Moment to a Movement in an Age of Disruption

March 8 - 9, 2019 Register

Keynote speakers

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Gabrielle SulzberGer

Partner & Investment Banker, Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners, LP


John Rogers, Jr.

Founder, Chairman, CEO and Chief Investment Officer, Ariel Investments, LLC


Steve Pamon

President & COO, Parkwood Ent., Beyonce’s Management Company




On March 8th and 9th 2019, the African American Student Union, a student organization at Harvard Business School, will host its 46th Annual H. Naylor Fitzhugh conference – Brave Leadership: From a Moment to a Movement in an Age of Disruption. The conference seeks to answer the question: How do black leaders create or leverage moments of change and disruption to catalyze movements, action, and impact to make a greater difference in their lives, in the lives of people of color, and in the world?

The conference will inspire and equip current students, prospective students, alumni, and professionals across the country with the courage to act in moments of uncertainty and influence. We live in a time when disruption is inevitable and to thrive we must learn to leverage these moments of change and even transform them into impactful movements. We hope that you join us on this journey to inspire and equip the next generation of black leaders.


2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards

2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Congratulations to the 2019 Awards winners!


Beverly Anderson
MBA 1997

Professional Achievement Award


Ian Rowe
MBA 1993

Bert King Award for Service





March 8th - Evening

International Women’s Day - A Celebration of Black Women in Business

Registration will take place starting at 5:00 PM in Klarman Hall - West Lobby

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Sister Circle - Women Only Roundtable

  • Ceená Beall, Class of 2019 student, Harvard Business School

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Brave Leadership: A Conversation with Women In Business

  • Nina A. Bowman, Managing Partner, Paravis Partners, LLC

  • Desirée Rogers, Entrepreneur, CEO, One Brown Girl, LLC.  & former CEO, Johnson Publishing

  • Benaree Pratt Wiley, Principal, The Wiley Group

March 9th - Morning

Registration will take place starting at 7:30 AM in Klarman Hall - West Lobby

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM - Welcome from the Dean of Harvard Business School

  • Nitin Nohria, Dean of Harvard Business School

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Keynote Address

  • John W. Rogers, Jr., Founder, Chairman, CEO and Chief Investment Officer, Ariel Investments

10:10 AM - 11:10 AM - Breakout Session #1 - Private Investment and Athletics as a Social Impact Platform

Panel- Private Investments in the Black Community: Building the Next Billion Dollar Black Business

  • Brittany Davis, Head of Deal Flow, Backstage Capital

  • Henri Pierre-Jacques, Founder, Harlem Capital

  • Nasir Qadree, Associate Director, Social Investments at AT&T

  • Darryl Thompson, Chief Investment Officer of New General Market Partners and Managing Director, New Voices Fund

  • Alice Vilma, Managing Director, Multicultural Innovation Lab at Morgan Stanley

Panel- More than an Athlete

  • TJ Adeshola, Head of U.S. Sports Partnerships, Twitter

  • Domonique Foxworth, Write, ESPN, The Undefeated

  • Devin Johnson, President, Uninterrupted

  • Michele Roberts, Executive Director, National Basketball Players Association

11:20 AM - 12:05 PM Breakout Session #2 - Interactive Workshops: Personal Credo, Case Discussion, and Young Entrepreneurship

Workshop: Building Your Brand; Creating your Personal Credo

  • Chakilla Robinson White, Group Vice President, Davita

Workshop - Case Discussion: “The Black List”

  • Henry W. McGee, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School

Workshop - Young Entrepreneurs - Stay in your Element

  • Devin Espadron, Co-Founder, Element Beverages Co.

  • Danion Green, Co-Founder, Element Beverage Co.

  • Brandon Rapp, Co-Director of AASU Conference, Harvard Business School

March 9th - Afternoon

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM Bert King Service and Kenneth A. Powell Professional Achievement Awards Luncheon

  • Beverly Anderson, Executive Vice President, Consumer Financial Services, Wells Fargo; 2019 Kenneth A. Powell Award for Professional Achievement Award

  • Ian Rowe, CEO, Public Preparatory Network; 2019 Bert King Award for Service

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Keynote Address

  • Steve Pamon, President and COO, Parkwood Entertainment

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Breakout Session #3: Philanthropy, Mental Health and Beauty

Panel - Giving Back: We’ve Made it to the Mountaintop, Now What?

  • Michelle Henry, Vice President Senior Philanthropy Manager, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

  • Alvin Irby, Founder and Chief Reading Inspirer, Barbershop Books

  • Rhoden Monrose, Founder and CEO, CariClub

  • Robert Simmons, CEO, Maya Angelou Schools & Board Member, Black Girls Code

  • Candace Stanciel, Partner, New Profit

  • Monique Burns-Thompson, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School

Panel - Insecure: Mental Health in the Black Community

  • Kevin Dedner, CEO and Founder

  • Ashley Edwards, Founder and CEO, MindRight, Forbes 30 under 30

  • Darian Hall, Co-Founder, HealHaus

  • Jasmine Marie, Founder, ‘black girls breathing’ and ‘adulting with ease’

Panel - “Black” is not a Shade

  • Kenya Hunt, Class of 2019 Student, Harvard Business School

  • Atima Liu, Founder and CEO, NUDEST

  • Amanda Jones, Estée Lauder Companies, Director, Brand Marketing, BECCA Cosmetics

  • Cashmere Nicole, CEO, Beauty Bakerie

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Breakout Session: Politics, Tech, and Media

Panel - Black Leaders and the Future of Politics

  • Yohannes Abraham, Former Senior Advisor in the Obama Administration and MBA 2019

  • Wen-Kuni Ceant, Co-Founder of Politicking

  • Adem Bunkeddeko, Former Congressional Candidate (NY-9) and HBS MBA Class of 2017

  • Shaniqua McClendon, Director of Politics at Crooked Media

  • Rodney Slater, Partner at Squire Patton Boggs and Former US Secretary of Transportation (Clinton Administration)

Panel - Tackling Diversity in Tech and Media

  • Poni Bepo, Class of 2019 student, Harvard Business School

  • Porter Braswell, Co-Founder and CEO, Jopwell

  • Devin Griffin, EVP, The Story Lab

  • Lisa Skeete Tatum, Founder and CEO, Landit

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Final Keynote Address

  • Gabrielle Sulzberger, General Partner and Investment Manager, Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners

  • Savannah Greene, Class of 2019 student, Harvard Business School (Moderator)





March 8-9, 2019


Harvard Business School
Soldiers Field
Boston, MA 02163



Thank you H. Naylor Fitzhugh 2019 Sponsors

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