Black Affinity Network Conference

“Blacks in Entertainment”
February 22–24, 2019
Babson College, Wellesley Campus

This theme-driven conference was designed by a committee of alumni, current students, faculty, and administrators to present a program of professional development and networking.

The event includes the presentation of the Black Affinity Achievement Award, established in 2004 to recognize an alumnus/alumna or community member who distinguishes themselves in their given field and supports the Babson community to strengthen its commitment to diversity and inclusion.

BANC 2019 Keynote

The 21st Anniversary Black Affinity Network Conference welcomes Cathy Hughes. Cathy is a dynamic, media pioneer who demonstrates the power of one – one woman, one vision, one company – Urban One, formerly known as Radio One. As Founder and Chairperson of Urban One, Inc., the largest African-American owned and operated, broadcast company in the nation, Hughes’ unprecedented career has spawned a multi-media conglomerate that generates original content across the spectrums of radio, television and digital media. Her humble beginnings in Omaha, Nebraska, were not a deterrent to her success but rather part of the catalyst that fueled her ambition to empower African Americans with information and to tell stories from their perspective.  

Cathy Hughes’ philanthropic works are on par with her success in the business arena as well. Her passion for education is evident in her efforts to continue her family’s work and legacy at The Piney Woods School in Piney Woods, Mississippi. She is a staunch supporter of the school, which was established by her grandfather in 1909 and is the largest of only four African-American boarding schools in the country. In addition, she is a champion for the hungry and homeless, a mentor to countless women, and an advocate dedicated to empowering minority communities


For more information about student programming, the Black Affinity Network, or multicultural programming please contact:

Sadie Burton-Goss, PhD.
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Alana Anderson, PhD.
Senior Assistant Director of Multicultural Programs

Leslie Parra
Student Committee Liasion

Shatiek Gatlin
Alum Committee Liasion 

Gerri Randlett
Managing Director, Alumni Family and Friends

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