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The 37th Annual ELEVATE Conference and Alumni Gala (April 5 - 6)

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258 West 118th Street

New York, NY 10026

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The Black Business Students Association at Columbia Business School invites you to join us for the 37th Annual ELEVATE Conference and Alumni Gala on Friday April 5th and Saturday April 6th.

Each year, the Black Business Student Association at Columbia Business School sponsors a conference to connect current students, alumni, prospective students, and other professionals. The theme of this year’s conference is “Igniting Our Power - From Conversation to Action” Accordingly, the Elevate Conference will address how to drive action to advance and strengthen the black community.

April 5th - Tech Summit (10:00AM - 4:15PM)

Get ready to hear from black technologists, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists. Purchase includes boxed lunch. Smart Casual Attire.

April 5th – Alumni Gala (7:00PM - 10:00PM)

Calling ALL alumni! Join us for a night of elegance and fun!

The evening will be a chance to reconnect with one another while recognizing the accomplishments of BBSA alumni, both old and young. Food, drinks, music and an unforgettable time will be provided!

All ticket sales are general admission, but there are limited number of premium seats are available for purchase via a Class Table or Corporate Sponsorship. Please see the ticketing page for details.

Other FAQ’s:

  1. I’m not an alumni. Can I attend? Unfortunately, no. The gala is open to CBS Alumni who were BBSA club members.
  2. I’m an alumni, can I bring my spouse/significant other? Yes! Please purchase an additional ticket for your guest.
  3. What should I wear? Black Tie is strongly encouraged. Cocktail and business formal will be allowed. Come dressed to impress.
  4. Will there be food? Yes. Dinner will be available.
  5. What is the agenda for the evening? A formal agenda will be available soon.
  6. I’m attending conference on Saturday. Is there reduced ticket pricing? Yes. A discounted ticket package is available for Friday gala and Saturday conference.
  7. Any other questions? Please reach out to gveney19@gsb.columbia.edu.

April 6th - Saturday Conference (10:00AM - 5:00PM)

Hear from executives, leaders, and influencers in the finance, media, technology, sports, politics, non-profit industries, as well as timely discussions on intersectionality, allyship, and culture. Purchase includes buffet lunch and gift bag. Business Casual Attire.

The conference and tech summit will feature keynotes, lightning talks, and panels that include the speakers below. For the agenda, working speaker line-up, and logistics please visit our website.

  • Pascal Desroches CBS '92, CFO of WarnerMedia and Turner Administrative Officer

  • Beth Chandler CBS '95, President and CEO of YW Boston

  • Tracey Brown CBS '94, CEO of the American Diabetes Association

  • Fatoumata Ndiaye, Deputy Executive Chief at UNICEF

  • Vanessa De Luca, Former Editor-In-Chief at ESSENCE Magazine

  • Dara Treseder, CMO of Carbon

  • David Simas, CEO of The Obama Foundation

  • Erika Bennett, Global Head of Social Marketing and Influencer at YouTube

  • Alero Akuya, Senior Director North America Olympics, Athlete and Purpose Marketing at Nike

  • Cashmere Nicole, Founder, President & CEO of Beauty Bakerie Cosmetics

  • Julian Mitchell, Journalist & Forbes Columnist

  • Walter Mosley, Entertainment Lawyer and Partner at Mosely & Associates

  • Sarah Henry, Senior Vice President, General Manager North Amerca at Fresh Cosmetics

  • Maloni Goss CBS '08, Head of Accounts, Fragrance and Beauty at Chanel

  • Fred Greene, III, Real Estate Developer and Co-Founder of Project Destined

  • Mandell Crawley, Head of Private Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley

  • J. Stratford Dennis CBS '17, Managing Director at Goldman Sachs

  • Grace Eleyae, CEO & Founder of Grace Eleyae satin-lined caps

  • Danielle Lee, Global Head of Partner Solutions at Spotify

  • Shawn Gee, Head of Live Nation Urban

  • Valerie Rainford, Head of Advancing Black Leaders & Diversity Advancement Strategies at JPMorgan Chase

  • Collette Smith, President of Believe N You, Inc. & Former NFL Coach

  • Wade Davis, Former NFL Player and Corporate Inclusion & Culture Advisor

  • Stewart Cornelius, Agency Development Lead at Twitter

  • Ofo Ezeugwu, Founder of WhoseYourLandlord, Inc.

  • Chad Hall, Founder & CEO of remodelmate

  • Aaron Holiday, Co-founder & Managing Partner at 645 Ventures

  • Jennifer Richard, Senior Associate at Cross Culture Ventures (CCV)

  • Ryan Wilson, Co-founder & CEO of The Gathering Spot

  • David Haber, Partner at WilmerHale

We look forward to connecting with you!

Note on Tickets: Undergraduate students are eligible for discounted tickets. Please email cbselevate@gmail.com for more details. All ticket sales are final.

Reduced CBS student ticket pricing made possible by the Columbia Business School Dean’s Office and the Office of Student Affairs.


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