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)