Group of attendees at Black Affinity Dinner last year

Black Unity Summit

The Black Unity Summit is an annual event that seeks to bring together Black students, staff, faculty, and alumni of Babson College to foster a network and build community, offer a space of celebration of Black excellence and leadership, and develop a greater capacity for entrepreneurial leadership that will benefit Black leaders of all kinds.

Black Unity Summit - Black to the Future: Entrepreneurial Leadership without LimitsThe Future is Black

After the celebration of a Babson centennial and a 50th-anniversary commemoration of the Black Student Union, our charge this year is crucial. We aim to bring the Black Babson community together to build a necessary foundation for us to thrive. From essential skills to personal branding to entrepreneurial leadership, we are committed to investing in a brighter future for us, by us.

Agenda at a Glance

March 26, 2021

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Q&A with “A Most Beautiful Thing” Director Mary Mazzio, Babson Filmmaker in Residence

The viewing link for “A Most Beautiful Thing” will be shared via email in the week leading up to the summit. Attendees are encouraged to view the film at their leisure prior to the special Q&A session with Mary. Learn more about the film here.

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Student Networking Dinner

8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Social Activity

March 27, 2021

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:15 AM - 10:50 AM

Keynote Address: Mandy Bowman ‘12

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Black Graduate Club Business Expo

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch/Screen Break

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Ideathon Presentations & Pitches

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM

Join our New Community of Entrepreneurial Leaders

2:30 PM - 3:40 PM

Group Discussion: What Does It Mean to Be a Black Entrepreneurial Leader?

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM

Closing Address: Jamele Adams

4:15 PM - 4:25 PM

Ideathon Results Announcement & Wrap-Up

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Networking Session


Babson Alum Mandy Bowman '12, Founder and CEO of Official Black Wall Street

Mandy Bowman '12

Opening Speaker

Founder and CEO, Official Black Wall Street

Jamele Adams, acclaimed poet and Dean of Students at Brandeis University

Jamele Adams

Closing Speaker

Acclaimed Poet and Dean of Students at Brandeis University

Donna Levin, CEO of The Blank School

Donna Levin

Panel Moderator

CEO, Arthur M. Blank School of Entrepreneurial Leadership

Asa Cary '13

Asa Cary '13


Co-Founder & Executive Producer, ArtSea Dance

Wes Woodson '20, author

Wes Woodson


Author and Chief Storyteller, thehidden company

Mary Mazzio, Filmmaker in Residence

Mary Mazzio

Babson Filmmaker in Residence

Film Producer and Director, "A Most Beautiful Thing"


Janice McLean DeLoatch

Ideathon Presenter & Judge

Founder, The Black Shopping Networks

Jennifer Bailey

Dr. Jennifer Bailey

Ideathon Judge

Professor, Technology and Operations Management, Babson College

Shakenna Williams

Dr. Shakenna Williams '94

Ideathon Judge

Director of Global Initiatives, Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership