11/5 – Celebrating 30 Years of the BBSA Conference

The Black Business Students Association’s Annual Conference is the longest running student-led event in Columbia Business School’s history.  This year BBSA is proud to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this event.  To commemorate the great strides Blacks have made in business and industry, as well as the vast potential for future success, we have chosen the theme, “Looking Back, Moving Forward.”

For more information about BBSA and registration visit the BBSA website

BBSA Gala Benefit
Friday November 4, 2011
The Hemsley Park Lane Hotel, New York, NY

BBSA 30th Annual Conference
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Lerner Hall, Columbia University, New York, NY

Registration Levels:

  • Students (w/ID) – Conference + Gala:  $150
  • Students (w/ID) – Conference: $85
  • Students (w/ID) – Gala: $125
  • Professional – Conference + Gala: $200
  • Professional – Conference: $100
  • Professional – Gala: $150
  • BBSA/HBA Members – Conference:  $75

Register today!


Lisa Price – Founder, Carol’s Daughter












Frederick Terrell – Vice Chairman, Investment Banking, Credit Suisse












  • Doug Holloway, President, ION Media Networks Inc.
  • Hansel Tookes, Director, Ryder Systems Inc.
  • Shelley Stewart Jr., Chief Procurement Officer, Tyco
  • Kesha Cash, Co-Founder, Jalia Ventures
  • Bruce Schlein, Director in Corporate Citizenship & Foundation, Citigroup
  • Sheldon Gilbert, Founder/CEO, Proclivity Systems
  • Chuck Baker, CEO, FileBlaze
  • Duane McKnight, Senior Parnter, Syncom Venture Partners


“The Life Cycle of a Career”
This panel is a talk with “C-suite” black executives. The first portion of the panel discussion will focus on the importance of active career management versus a work hard wait and see approach. The panelists will draw on their own experience navigating through large firms and will leave us with a framework that can be applied to any professional career. The second part of the panel is intended to give students the opportunity to hear and learn from individuals who have had successful careers away from finance, sports or music. All of the panelists have significant experience as executives at multi-billion dollar firms and also have been on the Boards of Directors of a variety of different public companies across industries.

” Impact Investing & Corporate Social Responsibility“
Can African Americans look at corporate social responsibility and impact investing as a way to give back to their communities in a sustainable manner? An overview on both areas and how the black community can aim to solve social or environmental challenges while generating a financial profit.

“Black Consumer Spending”
How are African Americans dollars spent? A discussion on black consumer spending and how socio-economic factors like education, occupation and income relate to spending behavior. How does economic hardship, income disparity, credit discrimination, and financial education shift the financial motivations of African Americans and what role does the corporate America have in addressing these challenges? In addition, what can black business do to better to attract and retain black customers?

“The Tech Sector & Entrepreneurship”
A discussion on the representation of African-Americans in the technology entrepreneurship space. A closer look into how geography (the presence of African Americans in Silicon Valley), education (blacks pursuing science, technology, and engineering), mentorship (black role models in entrepreneurship), and funding for start-ups play a role in motivating blacks to join the online entrepreneurship movement.

For questions regarding the conference please email conference co-chairs Elizabeth Butler, ebutler12@gsb.columbia.edu and Olivia Byanyima, obyanyima12@gsb.columbia.edu.