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

Devyn Keith Councilman, Huntsville (AL) City Council

Devyn Keith
Councilman, Huntsville (AL) City Council

Justin Tanner Former Presidential Appointee, US Department of Commerce

Justin Tanner
Former Presidential Appointee, US Department of Commerce

Monique Dorsainvil Fmr. Deputy Chief of Staff to Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, White House

Monique Dorsainvil
Fmr. Deputy Chief of Staff to Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, White House

Chris Upperman Former Assistant Administrator , Small Business Administration

Chris Upperman
Former Assistant Administrator , Small Business Administration

Leah Wright Rigueur - Moderator Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Leah Wright Rigueur - Moderator
Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government


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 Fmr. Associate Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education , U.S. Department of Education Office of Innovation

Ursula Wright
Managing Director, FSG
Fmr. Associate Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education , U.S. Department of Education Office of Innovation

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

Ebony N. Bridwell-Mitchell - Moderator Associate Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Ebony N. Bridwell-Mitchell - Moderator
Associate Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

 

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 roles do newly minted MBAs play? What roles do Limited Partners play? How is this 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

Ray Whiteman Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Stellex

Ray Whiteman
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Stellex

Jason Wood Managing Director, AIG Investments

Jason Wood
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. 

Michelle Gadsden-Williams  Co-Founder and CEO, Ceiling Breakers                                    Board Experience Jackie Robinson Foundation Black Girls Rock Hip Hop Sisters Foundation SLE Lupus Foundation

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

Board Experience
Jackie Robinson Foundation
Black Girls Rock
Hip Hop Sisters Foundation
SLE Lupus Foundation

Reatha Clark King Fmr. President and Executive Director, General Mills Foundation Fmr. Vice President, General Mills, Inc Board Experience ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) Department 56 International Trachoma Initiative Minnesota Mutual Companies

Reatha Clark King
Fmr. President and Executive Director, General Mills Foundation
Fmr. Vice President, General Mills, Inc

Board Experience
ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM)
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC)
Department 56
International Trachoma Initiative
Minnesota Mutual Companies

David Rawlinson President - Online Business, Grainger Board Experience Nielsen Holdings (NYSE:NLSN) MonotaRO (TYO:3064)

David Rawlinson
President - Online Business, Grainger

Board Experience
Nielsen Holdings (NYSE:NLSN)
MonotaRO (TYO:3064)

Carol Fulp President and CEO, The Partnership, Inc Board Experience Eastern Bank American Student Assistance Corporation Massachusetts Convention Center Authority City of Boston Compensation Advisory

Carol Fulp
President and CEO, The Partnership, Inc

Board Experience
Eastern Bank
American Student Assistance Corporation
Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
City of Boston Compensation Advisory

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

Evita Robinson Founder and CEO, Nomadness Travel Tribe  

Evita Robinson
Founder and CEO, Nomadness Travel Tribe
 

Lockie Andrews CMO, Nora Gardner

Lockie Andrews
CMO, Nora Gardner

Jonathan Jackson Co-Founder and Head of Corporate Brand, Blavity

Jonathan Jackson
Co-Founder and Head of Corporate Brand, Blavity

Stefon Burns - Moderator Engagement Manager - Northeast Office, McKinsey & Company

Stefon Burns - Moderator
Engagement Manager - Northeast Office, McKinsey & Company

 

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 Corporate Attorney, Horwood Marcus & Berk 

Layla Lumpkin
Corporate Attorney, Horwood Marcus & Berk 

William Lumpkin Associate Director, Shire

William Lumpkin
Associate Director, Shire

Les Williams - Moderator Chief Revenue Officer, Risk Cooperative

Les Williams - Moderator
Chief Revenue Officer, Risk Cooperative