The 2017 Stanford Black Alumni Summit: Agenda

The Fire Next Time: A Spark For Action

We are closing in on The 2017 Stanford Black Alumni Summit: The Fire Next Time – A Spark for Action!  We have assembled a powerful agenda and set of speakers to get you thinking, talking, moving and acting on 5 key themes: Health, Wealth, Purpose and Legacy, Education, Policy and Politics!  The 2017 Summit takes the next step – based on the call-to-action from previous Summits – to “ignite the spark of potential” in this gathering of Stanford Black Alumni.  We heard you!

*5-minute Wellness (led by Tanya Leake, ‘92 | Trina Wiggins, ’82) and 20-30-minute Networking breaks will occur at various intervals during the main program on Friday and Saturday.

(Location – The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago – 220 E Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611)

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Trustee Welcome Reception (Space Limited, Registration Required)

(Location – Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile – 633 N St Clair St, Chicago, IL 60611)

7:15 am – 8:30 am | Registration & Breakfast

8:30 am – 9:00 pm | Conference Welcome & Baldwin Intro
Professor Michele Elam

9:00 am – 10:30 am | Black Health Concurrent Sessions

The Savvy Black Patient
Dr. Camara Jones, MD ‘81 | Dr. Terrence Satterfield, ‘96

Overcoming Stigma: Caring for Our Mental Health
Dr. Adia Gooden, ‘07 | Erika Kendrick, ‘96 | Dr. Dawn Porter, ‘87

11:00 am – 12:30 pm | Not Just For the Wealthy
Karen Routt, MBA ‘83 | Jennifer Williams, ‘93

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm | Lunch & Black Angels: Turning the Power of Our Networks into Venture Gold

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Are You Who You Say You Are?
Stacy Parson, ‘90

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Life After: Legacy
Roger Clay, ‘66 | Mary Haynes, ‘83 | Bacardi Jackson, ‘93 | Jamila Webb, ‘03

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm | Reception and Black Boudoir: Exploring Partnership and Play
Denae Famada aka Ravenessa, ‘06 | Dr. Shane Perrault, Ph.D.

(Location – Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile – 633 N St Clair St, Chicago, IL 60611)

7:15 am – 8:30 am | Registration & Breakfast

8:30 am – 8:45 am | Opening Remarks
Ryan Michelle Bathe, ‘98

8:45 am – 9:45 am | Campus Update – University Affairs
Harry Elam, Jr.

10:00 am – 11:00 am | Campus Update – Black Community & Admissions
Jan Barker Alexander | Femi Ogundele

11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Still Separate and UNequal
Dr. Allyson Hobbs | Tonia Karr, ‘92 | Tony Miller, MBA ‘92 | Dr. Wesley J Watkins IV, ‘97, Ph.D.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Lunch

1:00 pm – 5:45 pm | Policy and Politics Three-Part Session

Beyond the Line (Group Working Session)
Dereca Blackmon, ‘91

Armchair Discussion
Valerie Bowman Jarrett, ‘78 | Michael Tubbs, ‘12, MA ‘12

“A Spark for Action” (Group Working Session)

5:45 pm – 6:00 pm | Closing Remarks
Angel Davis, ‘06 | Jamilah Jefferson, ‘98 | Ryan Michelle Bathe, ‘98

8:30 pm – 1:30 am | Club Ujamaa: Chicago Style Party – REGISTER
(Location – Highline Bar + Lounge, 169 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654; $40 – advance, $50 after April 20th)

Turn up at the Summit after party and unwind after a full day of engaging panels and discussions. Join us at one of Chicago’s newest downtown hot spots. Registration includes a complimentary drink ticket. Arrive early for free Chicago Step lessons (8:30 – 9:30) and free appetizers (9 – 10:30).


10:00 am – 1:00 pm | Historic Bronzeville Cultural Tour – REGISTER
(Registration Fee:  $25)

Take a tour of the historic Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago. The tour not only reflects the history, but also the deeply personal struggle of generations of African Americans whose lives have been shaped by the Great Migration. Highlights include the Walk of Fame in Bronzeville: 91 bronze plaques of cultural luminaries from Bronzeville’s past, including musician Louis Armstrong, poet Gwendolyn Brooks and Dr. Margaret Burroughs, founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History.  Tour leaves from Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile.  Minimum of 30 attendees must register or event will be cancelled and fee refunded.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm | Sunday Brunch – REGISTER
(Location – Highline Bar + Lounge, 169 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654; Pay on your own at restaurant)

Before leaving town, indulge in an all-you-can-eat brunch and connect one last time with fellow alums. Join us at the Highline for a brunch buffet. Brunch includes Carving Station, Smoked Brisket, Waffle Bar, Omelette Station, and Dessert Bar.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Stanford OVAL Training Workshop (10-11am) & Thank You Reception (11am-12pm)
(Location – Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile – 633 N St Clair St, Chicago, IL 60611)

Interested in interviewing Stanford freshman applicants? Volunteer with the OVAL program to interview applicants in locations across the U.S. and around the world. To attend the workshop, alumni must be registered OVAL volunteers living in an interview area. If you are registered with the OVAL program and live in an interview area, please RSVP on the MyOVAL homepage. The RSVP link is towards the bottom of the Homepage under the Upcoming Interview Training Workshops section.  If you have any questions about your eligibility to participate, please email Current OVAL volunteers, please join our new volunteers at a Thank You Reception to celebrate your service to the OVAL program.

 For speaker bios click HERE