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Babson Campus: Black Affinity Conference
Start Date: 4/6/2013 All Day
End Date: 4/6/2013

Event Description:
The Babson Alumni & Friends Network and
the Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion

In today’s rapidly changing world, you can’t stay still. You must constantly reinvent yourself to protect your brand. We’ve reinvented the Black Affinity Conference to leverage your identity, network, and resources for your personal and professional growth. With dynamic panels, discussions, and programming, students, alumni, and friends will leave feeling confident that YOU are your next great idea.


7:00 p.m.
Black Hair and Identity
--Sharifa Barnett, Author, The 5 Hair Archetypes (Book Signing to follow event)
--Gennifer Miller M'08, Founder, Healthy Textures LLC
--Tina Opie, Assistant Professor, Babson College
--Moderator: April Tabor M’13, Senior Attorney, Federal Trade Commission of the Secretary
Are you defined by your hair? Do you feel ostracized because your friends have gone natural and you love perms and weaves? Are you concerned that your current style may not work in corporate America? Join us for an in depth discussion about Black hair and the journey to find your identity.


10:00 a.m. 
Networking Breakfast
Sponsored by Leticia Stallworth ’99, M’13 & Otwan Lowery ’05
featuring Frederick Douglass Opie, Professor History and Foodways, Babson College
Author, Hog & Hominy: from Africa to America, Black Labor Migration in Caribbean Guatemala, 1882-1923

11:00 a.m.
Keynote Speaker
Juliette Mayers, Executive Director, Multicultural Marketing, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Author, A Black Woman's Guide to Networking: Advance Your Career, Grow Your Business!

12:00 p.m.
Lunch and Program
Black Affinity Achievement Award Winner
Leticia Stallworth ’99, M’13
Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services Inc.

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Reinvention: Staying Relevant and Keeping Marketable Skills
--Sadie Burton-Goss, Babson College
--Reginald Johnson ’02, M’10, Moody’s Corporation
--Otwan Lowery ’05, OJLowery, LLC
In the past five years, we have witnesses downsizing, rightsizing and the potential extinction of  entire careers and industries.  Staying relevant and keeping marketable skills have become another job in and of itself.  However, the ability to do so gives you the capacity to reinvent yourself no matter what the job climate.   From Corporate America to self-employment to the non-profit sector, this panel is full of reinvention life lessons to educate and inspire.

The Art of the Pivot
--Heidi Neck, Babson College
Sharing insights from her Entrepreneurial Thought and Action research, Professor Neck will highlight what really contributes to the success of individual and organizational reinvention for entrepreneurship of all kinds.  In response to  the chaotic, nonlinear nature of 21st century life, participants will discover how  entrepreneurs continuously reinvent themselves and their ventures through creative problem –solving, calculated risk taking and improvisation to capture the right opportunities, at the right time, for the right reasons.

The Swag Factor: Interview Etiquette
--Candace Armand ’10, Corporate Etiquette and International Protocol Consultant
--Kerryann Benjamin ’02, Goldman Sachs
--Donna Bonaparte, Babson College
--Emmanuel Egolum ’06, Arnold & Porter, LLP; Façon Magazine
--Mikki Wosencroft ’99, L’Oreal USA Inc.
You possess the intellectual and technical skills needed to success but how do you distinguish yourself from your peers in an increasingly globally competititve environment? This interactive session will provide valuable insights about the interview process and some of the unspoken factors that can help propel your success.

Essential Ways to Revitalize Your Résumé for the Job You Want
--Cathy Merlo, Babson College
Resumes are important, but they're only a part of your total "brand."   Learn how to revitalize your resume and LinkedIn profile to land the job you want in a marketplace that's still recovering from a deep economic recession.  Learn how executive recruiters use LinkedIn to find talent for tomorrow's challenges. 

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

6:30 p.m.
Dinner at Papa Razzi with special guest Toni Blackwell 
Cost for dinner is $50 per person, includes 3 course meal and non-alcoholic beverages
Advance registration is required
Please contact Anne Heller to register for the dinner.

9:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Game Night at Babson Executive Conference Center, Woodside Room
Sponsored by Veronica Chapman M’08 and Lashonda Jefferson ’00


Contact Information:
Name: Anne Heller
Black Affinity Conference
Additional Information:
The Black Affinity Conference is dedicated to strengthening ties between alumni and students and to celebrating diversity and achievement of individuals from the community.

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