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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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Annual Events

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
Keynote Speaker
Liz Walker 

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.
 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. ​- Justice is a Black Woman 

Saturday February 28
8 - 9 a.m. - Registration and Breakfast 
9 - 11 a.m. - Opening Remarks and Keynote 
11:15 - 12:00 p.m. - Session 1: Color Brave 
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Lunch and Award Presentation 
1:30 - 2:15 p.m. - Session 2: Principles of Objectivity 
2:30 - 3:15 p.m. - Session 3: The Innovation Economy 
3:30 - 4:15 p.m. - Session 4: Circles of Influence 
4:15 - 4:45 p.m. - Undergraduate and Graduate Student Update
5 - 7 p.m. - Dinner 
8 p.m. - Hapless Bizarre and Mo(or)town/Redux Dance Performance (Seperate ticket purchase required) 

Session Descriptions

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.

The conference will also offer Faculty speakers and panels of successful alumni and industry experts on current and relative topics.

Become a Sponsor!

If you are interested in sponsoring this legacy event, please contact Matt Cotty​. The various sponsorship packages are below.

Platinum Sponsor $2,000+ 
Prominent Signage at Keynote, Breakfast and Lunch
Recognition as Event Sponsor in Program and Invitation
10 Mins. Speaking Opportunity during Lunch Program
Prominent table location at Lunch
All benefits of premier sponsor level

Premier Sponsor $1,000
10 Tickets to Conference
Prominent signage at keynote, breakfast and lunch
Recognition as Premier Sponsor in program and Invitation
Verbal Acknowledgement during Lunch Program

Gold Sponsor $500
5 Tickets to Conference
Logo advertisement in lunch program
Recognition as Gold Sponsor in program

Silver Sponsor $200
2 Tickets to Conference
Recognition as Silver Sponsor in program
Verbal Acknowledgement during Lunch Program​​ ​

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

Black Alumni Affinity Group in Cape Cod

Black Affinity Committee

Matthew Cotty, Co-Chair 
Katrina Fludd '08 M'10, Co-Chair 
Koby Avvan-Saah M'15
Candace Armand ‘10
Karene Alexander Thorne
Robin Allen Glover ‘04
Shatiek Gatlin '16
Tina Opie
Phyleka Rogers ‘13
Shaina Silva ‘08
Leticia Stallworth ’99. M’13
Kadia Tubman '14