Black Affinity Conference

February 23–25, 2018
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.

BAC 2018 Keynote 

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The 20th Anniversary Black Affinity Conference Committee is excited to announce that Cheryl Grace will be the Keynote Speaker. Cheryl is Senior Vice President of U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement for Nielsen, the global company that measures what consumers watch and what consumers buy. Named one of Black Enterprise Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Business Women in 2017, and a Remarkable Person by the Chicago Tribune, Cheryl is a media industry veteran with a unique portfolio of capabilities including strategic planning, research and analytics, public affairs and media relations.A highly accomplished thought leader with more than 25 years of experience and the visionary behind Nielsen’s African-American Consumer Report, Cheryl has been featured in Essence Magazine,on Blavity.com, among other major media outlets. She has garnered a reputation for working horizontally with a diverse network of high visibility contacts and stakeholders to develop cohesive solutions, and is known in the industry as the “multicultural demographics expert". 

For more information about the 2018 conference, please visit the Black Affinity Conference website.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2017 Black Affinity Conference to explore its theme “Entrepreneuring While Black.” To learn more about the 2017 conference please refer to the blog reflecting on this experience. 

 Babson Black Affinity Conference 2017 on Flickr

We were thrilled to welcome back alumnus Aaron Walton ’83 to campus as our keynote speaker.

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

Erin Martinovich
Director, The Fund for Babson

Denning Aaris
Associate Director, Alumni Family and Friends

Michael Daley
Assistant Director of Student Activities and Leadership

Aaron Walton ’83
Black Affinity Conference
Black Affinity Conference
Black Affinity Conference