The 2015 Black Alumni Summit: Agenda [Refresh Browser to See Panel Updates]

Agenda At-A-Glance

Friday, May 1st
(Location – Loudermilk Center – 40 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta GA, 30303)

8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Morning Sessions: Keynote and Panels

12:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Lunch, Networking and Campus Update
Harry Elam, Jr.
Oliver H. Palmer Professor in the Humanities and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

2:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Afternoon Sessions: Panels

5:00 p.m.
Networking Cocktail Reception

Saturday, May 2nd
(Location – Loudermilk Center – 40 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta GA, 30303)

8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Morning Sessions: Keynote and Panels

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Lunch, Networking and Campus Update
Jan Barker Alexander
Assistant Dean of Students and
Director, Black Community Services Center

2:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Afternoon Sessions: Keynote and Panels

Summit Social Events ― Separate Online Registration

Thursday, April 31st
7:00 p.m. Welcome to Atlanta Happy Hour

Friday, May 1st
6:30 a.m. Morning Stretch/Exercise

Saturday, May 2nd
7:30 a.m. Morning Stretch/Exercise
8:00 p.m. SNBAA Party – Ujamaa ATLANTA

Sunday, May 3rd
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Religious Service, Sightseeing and Last Connect Brunch

Featured Panelists

Michael Pickrum ‘92, MS ’94, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of BET Networks

Michael_PickrumMichael Pickrum is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of BET Networks, and the pre-eminent entertainment brand serving African Americans and consumers of Black culture globally. As Chief Financial Officer, Pickrum is responsible for managing the financial operations for BET Networks and plays a strategic role in the overall management of the company. Prior to becoming Chief Financial Officer, Pickrum was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of BET Interactive, LLC, since 2003. He was responsible for the development and refinement of’s successful business model, driving the site’s growth and accelerating revenue. He also facilitated the 2006 purchase of from the site’s original non-BET investment group. Under Pickrum’s leadership, has become a leading online destination for African American content. A native of Cincinnati, Pickrum holds an MBA in finance and entrepreneurial management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He also has a master’s of science degree in engineering-economic systems and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

S. Elizabeth Ford ‘86, MD, MBA, FAAP, District Health Director and CEO, DeKalb County Board of Health

Sandra_Elizabeth_FordDr. Ford has served as the District Health Director of the DeKalb County Board of Health since February 2005. She manages an array of public health programs that serve over 730,000 people.  Her agency has successfully applied for more than $10 million in federal funds to address health disparities, including $5.6 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to promote smoke-free environments, physical fitness, and improved nutrition. Dr. Ford has created numerous programs designed to tackle infant mortality. Her dedication to minority health and health disparities has led to her appearances on CNN, CNN International, and local Atlanta stations, including FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Public Broadcasting radio. Dr. Ford has received several honors for her commitment to public health, including:  one of Atlanta’s 25 Most Influential African American Doctors in Black Health Magazine; a Legendary Humanitarian Award from the Dominique Wilkins’ Foundation; the 2012 Healthcare Hero award by the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority; recognition as a 2010 Power Player of the Year by El Club de Comerciantes and the Black Latino Council; and recognition as one of 2007 Superwomen by the Atlanta Tribune. Dr. Ford is a board-certified pediatrician. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Stanford University, a Medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Health Services Administration from Howard University’s Graduate School of Business.

Michael Tubbs ‘12, City Councilmember, Stockton, CA

Michael_TubbsMichael Tubbs was elected as the youngest City Councilmember in Stockton, California’s history, earning more than 60% of the citywide vote. While in office Tubbs has established literacy programs in concert with the Housing Authority, and the University of the Pacific; drafted and passed Ban the Box legislation, allowing those previously convicted of a crime to apply for City jobs; piloted an anti-recidivism, back to work program; and created community-wide coalition, such as the San Joaquin County Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, Reinvent South Stockton Coalition, and the Black Community Crusade. Tubbs is a Truman Scholar and a recipient of the Dinkelspiel Award. Tubbs founded The Phoenix Scholars and the Summer Success and Leadership Academy at the University of the Pacific and was featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, as a speaker at TEDx San Joaquin and Tedx Stanford. He has been honored as one of Black Enterprise Top 4 under 40, The Root’s Top 25 under 25, and one of Reader Digest’s 50 things to love about America. He is the subject of the feature length documentary True Son, which recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Amy Elisa Jackson ‘05, Content Junkie

Amy_KeithAmy Elisa Jackson is an established expert in entertainment and lifestyle journalism, content management and social media strategy.  Amy currently serves on the Public Content Operations team at Facebook. In this role, she assists public figures in maximizing their experience with Facebook and executes high-profile initiatives to expand the reach of the company throughout the entertainment and lifestyle verticals. Previously, Amy spent 10 years as an award-winning journalist. She was the Lifestyle Editor for Ebony Magazine, executing cover stories and exclusive interviews with Magic Johnson, Mariah Carey and Mike Tyson. Additionally, Amy was instrumental in launching, a pop-culture destination for young women of color, in 2012 and serving as the Senior Entertainment. Amy kicked off her career at PEOPLE Magazine where she earned a coveted LA Press Club Award. Her work has been consistently featured in Essence Magazine, Latina Magazine, and on iVillage. An on-air entertainment expert, Amy has appeared on Good Morning America, E!, Access Hollywood, Inside Edition and BET. Whether she is conducting a milestone interview with Muhammad Ali or launching a new digital property, she handles it all with poise, passion and a unique blend of sassy sophistication.

Joe Brewster, ’74, MD, Producer & Director, Rada Film Group

Joe_BrewsterJoe Brewster (Producer & Director) is a Stanford and Harvard educated psychiatrist who specializes in organizational analysis, the use of psychoanalytic principles to understand and improve organizations. He moved to New York City in 1985 to pursue media studies in the service of social change. In 1992, Brewster sold his first screenplay to the Jackson/McHenry group under the Warner Bros. imprint. In 1996, he wrote and directed The Keeper, which was an official selection in the dramatic narrative competition section of the Sundance Film Festival and garnered numerous national and international awards, including an Independent Spirit Award nomination. His documentary and feature film projects have received broadcast on PBS, Showtime, the Sundance Channel and the Starz Network. Brewster is a recipient of Sundance, Tribeca-All Access, Tribeca New Media and BAVC fellowships. His recent documentary film, American Promise, was the winner of the 2013 African-American Critics Association Award for Best Documentary, The Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize and the Full Frame Film Festival Grand Jury Prize. His transmedia work has been supported by Kellogg, Open Society Institute and the Blank Foundation.

Nichole Pinkard, ’92, PhD, Chair, School of Experience Design, College of Computing and Digital Media, DePaul University

Nichole_PinkardNichole Pinkard is an Associate Professor in the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University in Chicago.  Dr. Pinkard is the founder of Digital Youth Network.  She is also the co-founder of Inquirium LLC and Remix Learning – the home of iRemix,  a social learning platform that connects learning opportunities for youth in school, home, and beyond. In collaboration with the Chicago Public Library,  Dr. Pinkard helped establish YOUmedia, a public learning space that immerses high school students in a context of traditional media – books – to make and produce new media artifacts like music, games, videos, and virtual worlds. Dr. Pinkard is the recipient of several awards including the 2014 Northwestern Alumni Award, 2010 Common Sense Media Award for Outstanding Commitment to Creativity and Youth, and  2004 Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research and Scholarship in Learning Technologies.  Dr. Pinkard also received a NSF Early CAREER Fellowship and a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for research on how digital media affects literacy. Dr. Pinkard holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and an M.S. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University.

Harry Elam, Jr., Oliver H. Palmer Professor in the Humanities and the Freeman-Thornton Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Stanford University

Harry_ElamHarry J. Elam, Jr. is the author of Taking It to the Streets: The Social Protest Theater of Luis Valdez and Amiri Baraka;  and the Erroll Hill Prize winning The Past as Present in the Drama of August Wilson;  and co-editor of five books, African American Performance and Theater History: A Critical Reader;  Colored Contradictions: An Anthology of Contemporary African American Drama;  The Fire This Time: African American Plays for the New Millenium;  Black Cultural Traffic: Crossroads in Performance and Popular Culture; and The Methuen Anthology of Postblack Plays. In addition to his scholarly work, he has directed professionally for over twenty years: most notably, he directed Tod, the Boy Tod by Talvin Wilks for the Oakland Ensemble Company, and for TheatreWorks in Palo Alto California, he directed Radio Golf by August Wilson, Jar the Floor by Cheryl West, and Blues for an Alabama Sky by Pearl Cleague, which was nominated for nine Bay Area Circle Critics Awards and was the winner of Drama-Logue Awards for Best Production, Best Design, Best Ensemble Cast and Best Direction.

and many more!

Featured Panel Topics

  • Hands Up, Don’t Shoot! — Racial profiling, law enforcement, and potential solutions
  • Educating our Kids — Are Black boys and girls being left behind?
  • Obama Care to Ebola — Race, access, and public health policy
  • Life After … — Stories of resilience and survival

and many more!

Black Alumni Authors' Pavilion

Visit our Authors’ Pavilion and discover the works of the very creative and very talented authors in the Stanford Black Alumni community.  A variety of fiction and non-fiction books will be on display and the authors will be available to sign these books as you meet and greet in the Pavilion. Authors who are interested in being featured in the Pavilion should apply here.