Black Alumni Affinity
The Babson Black Alumni Affinity strives to maintain the bond between the alumni, the current students, and the college community. The group works closely with the Black Student Union (BSU), the Office of Diversity, and the Alumni & Friends Network to offer networking, mentoring, and programs, including the annual Black Alumni Affinity Conference.
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Homecoming and Reunion
A networking social brings together alumni and current students for the combination of brainstorming, recruitment for subcommittee members for the annual Conference, promotion of the Conference and purposeful networking in a social setting.
Annual Alumni Black Affinity Conference
The 2015 Black Affinity Conference will be held Friday February 27th - Saturday February 28th
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.
2015 Black Affinity Conference Program Highlights
Liz Walker is an award-winning television journalist, a documentary film producer, an entrepreneur and a humanitarian currently working in the war-torn country of Sudan. Liz is on the ministerial staff of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jamaica Plain, where she works with young people. She is the founder and principal of The Walker Group LLC, Communications Specialists, focused on non-profit capacity building and corporate public engagement.
Nyema Tubman '91
Nyema, a graduate of Babson College ('91), is a founder ofSundial Brands, Inc. After graduating Babson in 1991, Nyema worked to bring the healing traditions of African Black Soap and Shea Butter to global markets. Participants will hear about the entrepreneurial process and personal and professional journey of one of the nation’s well known natural consumer product companies, Sundial Brands. Participants will gain insight into how the Babson experience fueled Nyema's success and prepared him to surmount challenges in a fast paced, rapidly growing economy.
2015 Alumni Achievement Award Winner
Dexter Williams M'98
Dexter Williams M’98 has been an active member and advocate for the Black Affinity Conference since its inception in 1999. Additionally, Dexter has served on the Babson Alumni Association Board of Directors for the past four years. Dexter’s passion and enthusiasm for Babson and the Babson Black community has truly shown through is work and dedication to both the Alumni Board of Directors and the Black Affinity Conference. Dexter currently works as a Supervisory Manager for the Federal Reserve Bank in New York.
Friday, February 27
6 - 9 p.m. Film Screening: “Justice is a Black Woman” and panel discussion featuring faculty and community activists
Saturday, February 28
8 - 9 a.m. Registration, Breakfast, and Networking
9 - 11 a.m. Welcome and Morning Keynote by Liz Walker
11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m. Session 1: Circles of Influence
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch and Award Presentation
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Session 2: Color Brave: Thought, Objectivity, and Action
3:30 - 4:15 p.m. Session 3: Student Panel
4:15 - 5:00 p.m. Afternoon Keynote by Nyema Tubman '91, Sundial Brands
5 - 7 p.m. Dinner
8 p.m. Hapless Bizarre and Mo(or)town/Redux Dance Performance (separate ticket purchase required)
Color Brave Action Workshop: Presented by Babson Faculty
Participants will be guided through an interactive opportunity to assess how we can make Babson “Color Brave” as suggested in Mellody Hobson’s TED Talk.
Principles of Objectivity: Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Thornton
Participants will explore the power of seeing things as they are, without projecting mental models, biases, and fears, in order to react appropriately to changing dynamics, make sound decisions, and improve relationships with others. The Principles of Objectivity is also used as an underlying framework for collaborative, “no shame-no blame” conversations about diversity and inclusion. In addition, it is used as a guiding principle for entrepreneurs to balance their inherent subjectivity and their passion for the venture with their ability to be objective. Thornton’s Objectivity is now featured in a weekly blog on Huffington Post and she is author of forthcoming book:Objectivity: The Power of Seeing Things as They Are.
Circles of Influence: Presented by Dr. Wendy Murphy
Dr. Murphy’s research focuses on mentoring, developmental networks, identity, and the work-life interface. Specifically, she explores the mutual learning that occurs through nontraditional developmental relationships for the benefit of individuals and organizations. In addition, she is interested in how positive relationships across the work-life interface facilitate career success. Her book with Kathy Kram, Strategic Relationships at Work: Creating your circle of mentors, sponsors, and peers for success in business and life, applies the scholarship of mentoring to help everyone become an entrepreneurial protégé.
Innovation Journeys: Presented By Nyema Tubman '91
Participants will hear about the entrepreneurial process and personal and professional journey of one of the nation's well known natural consumer product companies, Sundial Brands. Participants will gain insight into how the Babson experience fueled Dennis' success and prepared him to surmount challenges in a fast paced, rapidly growing economy.
The conference will also offer Faculty speakers and panels of successful alumni and industry experts on current and relative topics.
Black Alumni Achievement Award
The Black Alumni Achievement Award is also presented. Established in 2004, the Black Alumni Achievement Award recognizes alumni who distinguish themselves in their given field as well as supports the college community around issues of diversity.
View Photos from the 2014 Black Alumni Affinity Conference.
2014 Black Alumni Affinity Conference