Black Enterprise BE Smart HBCU Summit

HBCU Summit invitation-final


In Partnership with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
A Pipeline to Leadership: Securing Opportunities in the 21st Century
Morgan State University
February 27–28, 2017


Monday, February 27, 2017

5:30 p.m. Registration
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

President’s Reception


  • Earl “Butch” Graves Jr., President & CEO, BLACK ENTERPRISE

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:45 a.m.



  • Earl “Butch” Graves Jr., President & CEO, BLACK ENTERPRISE
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Harvesting Talent for Corporate America’s Future
This panel will analyze the strategies corporations and HBCUs can use to build stronger alliances and ensure that students gain access to lucrative career options, support systems, and placement on the corporate leadership track.

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Foundations: Partners in Driving Students Success
Several large nonprofits and advocacy groups support the educational attainment of students of color. What new collaborative models can these organizations develop with HBCUs to advance student achievement and career success?

11:00 a.m. –11:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

The HBCU Experience: Millennial Minds Matter
Hear stories and feedback of students and alumni on their take on current curriculum, experiences and readiness for the corporate arena.


  • Luke Lawal Jr., Founder & CEO, HBCU Buzz, Graduate of Bowie State University
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Presidentially Speaking: Strategies for Sustaining Your Institution
Learn how to financially sustain your institution in these turbulent times. Does the Trump presidency provide any unexpected opportunities? What role does student retention play?

1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Lunch and Keynote One-on-One:

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Silicon Valley: Tackling the 2% Challenge
It’s no secret that Silicon Valley lacks diversity. Have established tech giants and unicorns embraced HBCUs as a source of entry-level talent and future corporate leadership? Our panel explores what it takes to become a valued part of the ecosystem.



  • Derek Dingle, Senior Vice President/Editor-in-Chief of BLACK ENTERPRISE
4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Announce TechConneXt Summit 2017 and BE Smart Hackathon, show sizzle reel

Wrap-up/Closing remarks 

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.   Wine and cheese reception


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