The inaugural Georgetown University Black Alumni Summit was the first of what will be a biennial gathering planned by and for the Black undergraduate alumni of Georgetown University. We were pleased to welcome 225 Black alumni from across the globe, classes, schools, eras, professions and walks of life back to the Hilltop to reconnect with each other and with the university.
Through two days of topical programming (panel discussions, networking and social activities) we began to channel the vast and underutilized energy of Black alumni toward a heightened level of community and university stewardship.
RE-ENGAGE • RECONNECT • RECOMMIT
Panel discussions and networking events—unless specified—will take place in the Rafik B. Hariri Building on the Georgetown University campus. For information on each day's activities, click on the links below or open the schedule in .PDF format by clicking on the cover to the right.
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Welcome and Keynote Luncheon
John J. DeGioia,
President, Georgetown University,
and Kaya Henderson (F'92, EML'07)
Moderated by: Tracy Carmen Jones (B'85),
President, The Waterlight Group
This panel aims to engage prominent leaders from a variety of sectors in a conversation on leadership. Hoyas are working in nonprofits, philanthropy, big business and small business. Join the conversation and hear the panelists give their take on specific leadership skills they use to drive results, leadership approaches that work well, pitfalls made and challenges that exist in translating vision into reality. This session includes interactive Q&A, giving you the opportunity to further explore the panelists' views on leadership.
The Black Experience on The Hilltop
Moderated by: Charlene Brown-McKenzie (C'95),
Director, Georgetown University Center for Multicultural Equity and Access
Current staff, faculty and student leaders, as well as alumni, will share their experiences, discuss the current state of the community at Georgetown and answer alumni questions.
Leaning on the Blue & Gray Shield - LinkedIn 2.0
The old adage, “It's not what you know, but who you know”, has never been more true than in today's competitive and challenging economy. While connecting with people via social media is a good networking strategy, nothing beats person-to-person contact. The goal of these industry-focused networking sessions is to help build communities where you can feel comfortable sharing your dreams and need for assistance, and be inspired enough to be of service to your fellow alumni. Whether you are new to your field, hoping to change careers, or an industry titan, come prepared with your elevator pitch, business card and a willingness to leverage the collective strength of the Hoya network.
c) Technology & Entrepreneurship
f) Politics & Government
g) Health & Wellness
h) Non-profit & Philanthropy
Networking Cocktail Reception
with Black Students, Alumni,
Faculty and Staff
Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (F'88),
United States Virgin Islands, United States House of Representatives,
and John J. DeGioia,
President, Georgetown University
University Engagement Panel
Moderated by: Melody Rollins (F'93),
E.V.P. for U.S. Institutional Client Management,
Pacific Investment Management Company
As the percentage of Black alumni rises, it is increasingly important that the membership of university governing boards and advisory councils reflect the diversity of the alumni body. How can we ensure that members of our community are informed and well-positioned to assume these positions of influence that shape the direction of the university? This panel will discuss how engagement, participation and giving factor into alumni leadership, legacy admission and a greater voice in university affairs.
Moderated by: Ky Adderley (C'98, S'01),
Founder and President, The Adderley Group
This panel will explore the unique challenges Black students face in pursuing their education at all levels and will discuss pragmatic policy – and personal strategies – for ensuring educational success. What changes are needed at the national and local levels to bring about educational equity? How can parents effectively advocate for their children at school? What can we do, collectively, to support greater outcomes for Black students?
Hollywood's New Love Affair with Black Americans
Moderated by: Gordon Bobb (C'93),
Partner, Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano
Since its premiere last season, Empire has experienced unprecedented network television success, yet it goes head-to-head with Black-ish, last season's hit sitcom. In other news, Shonda Rhimes owns Thursday nights and our history was finally told in Selma by our own Ava Duvernay. But not everyone is pleased with every character or story that is being told. Should the collective "we" expect more from the few opportunities we get to create and star in depictions of our stories? Should we instead celebrate the mere existence of more of "us" on television and on the big screen? Is there room for characters like Dr. Bailey, Rainbow AND Cookie? When we may only get one character on a show or one opportunity to bring something new to the screen, do we have a greater responsibility to choose a character that fights a stereotype rather than perpetuates it? Join us as we explore the past and current images of Black America in television and motion pictures, and debate whether the increased opportunities we are now experiencing are all a "success."
Moderated by: Terri Jackson (C'89, L'92),
Director of Law, Policy and Governance, National Collegiate Athletic Association
Former Georgetown athletes will discuss the role Georgetown athletics played in their lives and careers beyond the Hilltop.
Closing Dinner and Remarks
Alumni Spotlight: Valerie Lancaster Beal (C'76)
Keynote: Kevin Warren (B'84),
President, Industrial, Retail and Hospitality Business Group, Xerox Services
D.J. and cash bar
Gospel Service in the Protestant Chapel
Barry K. Hargrove (C'88),
Pastor, Prince of Peace Baptist Church of Baltimore,
and Georgetown University Gospel Choir
Alton Adams (C'78)
Alton Adams is the consumer insights lead partner for the Customer and Operations Group within KPMG's Advisory Consulting Practice. He is KPMG's global lead partner for The Coca-Cola Company, advisory lead partner for Procter and Gamble, and the management consulting lead partner for Wal-Mart/Sam's Club.
Adams is the co-lead of diversity for KPMG Advisory and the advisory partner for Howard University. He is also the leader of KPMG's Consumer Insights initiatives in conjunction with Georgetown University.
He has more than 20 years of management and consulting experience specializing in the use of data, analytics and technology to help companies accelerate organic growth. His experience includes building and leading practices focused on the customer agenda.
Adams has served on numerous not-for-profit boards including Jobs For Youth Boston, the Georgetown University Board of Regents, chairman of Georgetown University's African American Advisory Board and board vice chairman of TechBridge Atlanta. He currently serves on the board of the Atlanta chapter of the Boy Scouts of America and on its executive committee as the vice president of marketing, and on the board of the Woodruff Center High Museum of Art. He has a B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University and an MBA in Marketing/Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ky Adderley (C'98, S'01)
A Teach for America alumnus who was named 2002 Outstanding New Teacher of the Year, Ky Adderley was recruited into the KIPP Schools Leadership Program in 2004 as a Fisher Fellow and tasked with the mission to create his own school. In July 2005, he founded KIPP AMP Academy, a successful charter school in Brooklyn, New York, and served as principal until 2011.
In 2011, he formed The Adderley Group to provide world-class expertise in education leadership training and school reform. His current focus is designing and implementing unique learning models in Brazil. He consulted for the opening of the groundbreaking Olympic-development public schools, where students enjoy a substantive mix of both academics and Olympic sport practice in a nine-hour school day. He also consults for education organizations in South Africa, including EdVillage, an organization working to increase the number of quality schools available to low-income children worldwide.
An All-American athlete in high school and college, Adderley earned both bachelor and master's degrees from Georgetown University where he also excelled at track and field. He is working towards his doctorate in educational leadership from National Louis University.
Carmen Twillie Ambar (F'90)
Carmen Twillie Ambar, president of Cedar Crest College in Allentown since 2008, has been largely responsible for the vision, development and implementation of the college's strategic plan, designed to help Cedar Crest transform into a 21st century women's college.
Under Ambar's leadership, Cedar Crest launched the new School of Adult and Graduate Education (SAGE) as well as nearly 22 new initiatives focused on global connectivity, creativity and the liberal arts, civic engagement, and health and wellness.
She has earned several awards including the 2012 Girls Scouts "Take the Lead" Award, the 2011 American Association of University Women (AAUW) Gateway to Equity Award from the organization's Allentown Branch, and the 2010 Athena Award from the Women's Business Council (WBC) of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Ambar came to Cedar Crest College after a highly successful tenure as dean of Douglass College at Rutgers University, where she was the youngest dean in the university's history. Prior to her time at Rutgers, she served as assistant dean of graduate education at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
She earned her bachelor's at Georgetown, her public affairs master's at Princeton University and her J.D. at Columbia School of Law.
VALERIE LANCASTER BEAL (C’76, Parent’10)
Valerie Lancaster Beal is the founder of VLB Associates, a management consulting firm that provides interim and outsourced chief financial and chief administrative officer services to emerging businesses and non-profit organizations. She is also a board member for Sierra Income Corporation, a closed-end management investment company.
In addition to serving as a visiting lecturer at several high schools and colleges, Lancaster Beal is active in civic and community organizations, with a primary focus on financial management, program evaluation and public education. She is passionate about advancing the mission of high quality educational institutions and increasing access to such institutions for historically underrepresented groups.
She is a past member of the Georgetown University Board of Regents and currently serves as a Trustee of the City University of New York (CUNY). At CUNY, she co-chaired the Chancellor’s Initiative on the Black Male in order to examine the status of Black males in our society and ways of using education to improve the outcomes.
She is a past president of the Metro-Manhattan Chapter of the Links, Inc., one of the largest volunteer service organizations of women. She is also a board member for KIPP NYC, a network of free, open-enrollment public charter schools.
Lancaster Beal holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and a M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Gordon M. Bobb, Esq. (C'93)
Gordon Bobb is a partner in the Santa Monica law firm of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano. He works with the firm's film, television and new media clients including actors Jamie Foxx and Cedric The Entertainer, as well as feature writer/directors Ava DuVernay (Selma), Malcolm D. Lee (Best Man Holiday), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights) and Justin Simien (Dear White People).
After receiving his B.A. from Georgetown, Bobb earned a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. He began his legal career as a securities attorney in the New York office of Willkie, Farr & Gallagher in 1996. In 1998, his passion for the arts sparked a relocation to Los Angeles to join the Century City firm of Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler. In 2000, he joined his current firm as an associate.
Bobb is on the board of directors of the Blackhouse Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding opportunities for Black filmmakers and encouraging their inclusion at the world's premiere film festivals by fostering an environment for continuing support, community and education. He is also an active member and advisor to the Georgetown Entertainment and Media Alliance (GEMA).
Charlene Brown-McKenzie (C'95)
As a student at Georgetown, Charlene Brown-McKenzie was deeply engaged in several service programs such as CMEA's Peer Mentors and the Center for Social Justice's After School Kids program. A sociology major, she went on to earn an MSW degree at Columbia University before returning to the Hilltop to work in CMEA's pre-college programs.
In 2004, she became executive director of the Institute for College Preparation (ICP) and since 2007 has also been associate director of CMEA, sharing in all key decisions about the center's programs. She now assumes full responsibility for day-to-day operations of the center. And as an alumna, she also has a keen interest in expanding CMEA's connections with generations of Hoyas. In addition to focusing on the access and success of our students in post-secondary and graduate education, her goal is to foster their growth as responsible world citizens. Brown-McKenzie has developed and led numerous students and staff to Latin America and Africa.
Mannone A. Butler, Esq. (B'94, L'99)
Mannone A. Butler has been the executive director of the District of Columbia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) since 2011. The CJCC is an independent District agency that serves as a forum for identifying issues and their solutions, proposing actions and facilitating cooperation to improve public safety in the District of Columbia for its residents, visitors, victims and offenders.
She is responsible for bringing together local, federal, legislative, executive and judicial leaders to develop comprehensive strategies to address criminal and juvenile justice issues facing the District of Columbia. Butler oversees the District's integrated justice information system, JUSTIS, and the District's Statistical Analysis Center. Prior to joining the CJCC, Butler practiced law with the Law Offices of Curtis T. White, P.C. and served as director of program operations for the Urban Family Institute where she managed all of the organization's programmatic efforts; streamlined its models, policies and strategies to create sustainable community-based initiatives; and developed the Bridge, a program for incarcerated fathers to engage and stay connected with their children.
Butler earned her B.S. in finance from Georgetown University and J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. After law school, Butler served as a Law Fellow for Georgetown University Law Center's Street Law Clinic.
Tracy Carmen-Jones (B'85)
Tracy Carmen-Jones is the founder and president of the WaterLight Group, a leadership coaching and management consulting firm founded on the idea that individuals and organizations can consistently reach higher levels of performance by developing future-oriented strategies, cultivating skills and sharpening interpersonal behaviors. Consulting engagements include line-of-business strategy creation, process reengineering, strategic marketing plan development, change management and team effectiveness building.
Carmen-Jones is also a leadership coach and an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University. On the coaching front, she provides individual- and team-based coaching to high-potential leaders, seasoned professionals and C-suite individuals and teams. Her approach leverages a blend of best-in-class coaching methodologies, organizational change insights and business acumen to generate high-impact, sustainable results. Carmen-Jones is the creative spark behind WaterLight Group's PITstop program, a series of experiential workshops designed to facilitate self-awareness and stimulate participants to move towards committed goals.
She earned bachelor's degree from Georgetown before continuing on to earn an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Carmen-Jones also earned an Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching from the Georgetown Institute for Transformational Leadership.
John J. DeGioia, President, Georgetown University
For over three decades, John J. DeGioia has helped to define and strengthen Georgetown University as a premier institution for education and research. Since graduating from the university in 1979, he has served both as a senior administrator and as a faculty member.
Dr. DeGioia is sustaining academic excellence at Georgetown by helping to recruit faculty and secure funding for scholarly research, academic programs and scholarship support for students.
He has expanded opportunities for intercultural and interreligious dialogue, welcomed world leaders to campus, and convened international conferences to address our era's most challenging issues. Dr. DeGioia places special emphasis on sustaining and strengthening Georgetown's Catholic and Jesuit identity and its responsibility to serve as an instrument for justice.
Dr. DeGioia is chair of the Board of Directors of the Forum for the Future of Higher Education and the Consortium on Financing Higher Education; a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and of the Executive Committee of the Council on Competitiveness; and a Commissioner on the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.
The Reverend Barry K. Hargrove (C'88)
The Reverend Barry Kennard Hargrove has been the pastor of The Prince of Peace Baptist Church of Baltimore, Maryland since 2006. He has developed ministries to address the spiritual, emotional, educational and health needs of the congregation and the surrounding community. Currently, Pastor Hargrove is working in coalition with other faith leaders to restore a spirit of safety and security to the city of Baltimore.
Pastor Hargrove was educated at Georgetown University and Wesley Theological Seminary. Before entering into full-time pastoral ministry, he held politically appointed positions in the D.C. Government and also worked for the National Campaign Against Youth Violence, the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Pastor Hargrove, a two-time kidney recipient, is active in the transplant community. He serves as a spokesperson and religious affairs advisor for the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland and the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland. He is also writing a book on his experiences living with a chronic illness.
A tireless worker for social justice, Pastor Hargrove is the president of the Progressive Baptist Convention of Maryland. He is on the executive committee of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Maryland, and represents Maryland on the national steering committee of the African American Ministers Leadership Council.
Kaya Henderson (F'92, EML'07)
Kaya Henderson has served as chancellor of DC Public Schools (DCPS) since November 2010. Under her leadership, DCPS has become the fastest-improving urban school district in the country. She championed the launch and expansion of a range of innovative programs, including blended learning, the Schoolwide Enrichment Model and Extended Day.
Henderson joined DCPS in 2007 as deputy chancellor responsible for overseeing the Office of Human Capital. Prior to joining DCPS, she was a partner at The New Teacher Project (TNTP) to help urban school districts recruit and retain effective teachers. Previous to her work at TNTP, she was executive director of Teach For America-DC and national admissions director and recruiter at Teach For America. Henderson began her career in education as a middle school Spanish teacher in the South Bronx.
She earned her bachelor's in international relations and master's in leadership from Georgetown University. Henderson serves on Board of Directors for Georgetown University and on the Board of Trustees for The College Board, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Student Achievement Partners. She is also involved in the Executive Committee of the Council of Great City Schools, Pahara Aspen Fellowship, Nevada Leadership Institute and Raise DC.
C. Edward "Eddie" Hill (B'92)
Eddie Hill is the senior vice president of consumer marketing and brand strategy for BET Networks (a Viacom Company), responsible for all facets of the consumer marketing and social media strategies for both BET and CENTRIC, across all platforms.
He has led the consumer marketing campaigns for such hit programming as The Game, BET Awards, Being Mary Jane and Real Husbands of Hollywood, among others. He also helped develop the launch of BET's new brand campaign in 2012, and CENTRIC's brand refresh in 2014.
Prior to joining BET Networks, Hill held senior marketing roles at WWE, American Express, Nickelodeon, ESPN, and The Walt Disney Studios.
He earned his MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, and his BSBA degree in marketing from Georgetown University.
Olivia Holmes (C'16)
Olivia Holmes (Liv) is a senior in the College, studying Government with minors in Spanish and African American Studies. Originally from Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Liv enjoys making connections with young students of color that are transitioning into the college environment. She is currently the Resident Director of the Black House and a member of the Georgetown Black Leadership Forum. Liv has also served as the Hosting Coordinator for Hoya Saxa Weekend 2014, a mentor for the After School Kids (ASK) Program and a choreographer for the CCC's Passa Passa Showcase. When not she's in the library or at work, you can find Liv spending time with friends, binge watching Empire and working on new choreography. In her final year at Georgetown, Liv looks forward to memorizing Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp a Butterfly" and fostering a greater sense of community.
TERRI CARMICHAEL JACKSON (C'89, L'92)
Terri Carmichael Jackson is the NCAA's Director of Law, Policy and Governance. She is the connector across the three divisions of governance, association-wide committees and the NCAA Board of Governors.
She joined the NCAA in June 2012 as an associate director for the Office of the Committees on Infractions (OCOI). At that time, the enforcement and infractions areas were in the midst of major reforms and Jackson, in a role very similar to a staff attorney, provided advice and support for the work of the Committees on Infractions in each division. In an effort to reaffirm a commitment to providing a service to the membership and educating the media and general public, she also worked with staff across the NCAA to co-design and implement an outreach program that facilitates the current enforcement reform process.
Prior to joining the NCAA, Jackson served as assistant general counsel at the University of the District of Columbia, focusing on athletics, student affairs and business operations. She was also the president's appointee to the academic senate.
Jackson has been a part of the adjunct faculty at Tulane, American, Trinity-San Antonio and the University of the Incarnate Word.
Obehi Janice (F'09)
With an award-winning comedic short (BLACK GIRL YOGA) and a highly acclaimed one-woman show (FUFU & OREOS) under her belt, Obehi Janice uses her innate skills and toned expertise to promote and explore the power of voice in identity, politics, cultural exchange and testimony.
Named Boston's Best Actress in 2014 by The Improper Bostonian, Janice shines as a performer on stage, film and television. The Georgetown University graduate is classically trained by Shakespeare & Company and has honed comedic improvisation through instruction at ImprovBoston. She was named Boston's Best Actress in 2014 by The Improper Bostonian, and was recently named as a recipient of the Fox Foundation Fellowship for actors.
Her voice can be heard in video games, radio and commercials while her potent writing has been featured in Kinfolks: a journal of Black expression. She has also garnered esteem and recognition from Bustle, WBUR, DigBoston, For Harriet and The Boston Globe.
Monique Jones (B'87)
Monique Jones has been a finance executive in the film industry since 1996. She currently serves as vice president of finance/controller for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment in Beverly Hills. She is responsible for providing financial analysis and decision-making support to the executive management team on a variety of projects involving motion picture production, distribution, financing and business affairs. Her areas of responsibility also include forecasting film profitability; production finance and accounting; distributor collections; and corporate finance and accounting.
Prior to her affiliation with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Jones held senior finance positions with Sony Pictures Television International, Icon Entertainment International, Myriad Pictures and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment.
A native of Omaha, Nebraska, she graduated with a B.S. in Finance from Georgetown University and obtained her MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA.
Jones serves on the executive board of the UCLA Anderson Alumni Network and the Advisory Council of Dress for Success Worldwide - West. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., a lifetime member of the National Black MBA Association and an alumni interviewer for the Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Program.
KIMPARIS GUNTER UPSHAW (B'88)
KimParis is a dynamic singer and songwriter whose love of Christ shines through in her voice and lyrics.
Since becoming a Christian, KimParis has devoted her music gift to serving on her church choirs and praise teams as a lead singer and director. Called "The Voice", she is currently a member Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia, where she sings on several choirs and participates in the praise and worship team.
KimParis has been pleased to sing before many notable and distinguished people including a former President and First Lady of the United States. She was also blessed to offer a song of encouragement to legendary football great Walter Peyton just months before his untimely death.
She is most proud, however, of the service the Lord has blessed her to provide to seniors and others who need the encouragement and support that only the sacred songs of Zion can offer.
Influenced by jazz, rhythm and blues, and traditional southern gospel, KimParis' sophisticated sound can be heard on her album "His Way" which is available through iTunes and Amazon.
Tim King (F'89, L'93, Parent'03)
Tim King is founder, president and CEO of Urban Prep Academies, a nonprofit organization operating a network of public college-prep boys' schools in Chicago (including the nation's first all-male charter high school) and related programs aimed at promoting college success. One hundred percent of Urban Prep graduates-all African-American males and mostly from low-income families-have been admitted to four-year colleges/universities.
King also serves as an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University and has published extensively. In 2014, he was honored at the BET Awards as a recipient of the "Shine A Light" award for his work with Urban Prep Academies and has also been named "Person of the Week" by ABC World News, "Chicagoan of the Year" by Chicago magazine and "Hero of the Year" People magazine. He appeared in Ebony magazine's "Power 100" list and was recognized by Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton for his work with youth.
King received his B.S. in Foreign Service and J.D. from Georgetown University. He has completed post-graduate work in Kenya and Italy; holds the Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Adler School; and serves on several boards, including the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners.
Malcolm D. Lee (C'92)
Lee has been making films since the age of 12 in animation, video and Super-8 film formats. He has been working professionally in the industry since age 17 as a production assistant, apprentice film editor, casting associate, assistant director and director's assistant.
After completing his undergraduate studies at Georgetown, Lee accepted a year-long fellowship in screenwriting from Walt Disney Studios. He gained entry New York University's Tisch School Of The Arts, honed his craft as a director and writer, and went on to make the award-winning short film, Morningside Prep. With his sixth screenplay, The Best Man, Lee made his directorial debut. The film scored a #1 ranking at the box office in 1999. He then directed the action comedy Undercover Brother in 2002. His third feature, Roll Bounce, debuted September 2005 and he went on to make Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins and Soul Men in 2008.
Lee scored his biggest box-office hit with the sequel to his first film in November of 2013 (a banner year for African American films). With a game-changing debut, The Best Man Holiday grossed $30.5 million in its opening weekend alone. Another installment of The Best Man franchise is in the works.
SID LEVY (C'90)
Sid Levy has been with Snyder's-Lance since April 2010. As the senior director of communications and community relations, he is responsible for developing and managing the company's strategy for corporate communications, brand public relations, community relations and sports partnerships.
His 20-year career includes managing over 10 different brands including Milk-Bone, Ajax, Murphy's Oil Soap, RoTel and Chef Boyardee for companies including Nabisco, Colgate Palmolive and International Home Foods. He also worked as a senior account director for GMR Marketing where he was responsible for managing sports activation programs for Bank of America and Alltel Wireless. Prior to joining GMR, Levy was the director of marketing for the National Football League and the director of marketing for the New Jersey Nets.
He is currently on several boards including: the CPCC Foundation, MeckEd and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors. Levy was previously a board member for the Charlotte Chapter of the 100 Black Men, Charlotte Sports Commission, and the Georgetown University African American Advisory Board.
As a student at Georgetown, Levy was a men's basketball team manager from 1987 – 1990. Following his B.A. from Georgetown University, he earned an MBA in Marketing from the University Of Michigan.
DEWAYNE LOUIS (B'01)
DeWayne Louis is founding partner at ARP Investments based in New York. He has over 15 years of experience in investment banking, private equity and hedge funds. In his role at ARP Investments, Louis focuses on business development and investor relations strategies designed to serve the investment needs of institutional asset allocators.
Prior to ARP Investments, Louis spent nearly a decade with Investcorp's hedge fund business —joining at the inception of the firm's North American and European hedge fund business. Before joining Investcorp, he spent two years as an associate director in UBS' Private Equity Secondary Group, focusing on buying and selling private equity interests in the secondary market. He also worked an associate in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse, focusing on mergers, acquisitions and project finance transactions.
Shawn Lytle (B'92)
Shawn Lytle was named president of Delaware Management Holdings, Inc. (Delaware Investments) in June 2015, and is responsible for all aspects of the firm's business. Lytle oversees more than $180 billion in assets under management (as of March 31, 2015) across several distinct investment teams that span all major asset classes and provide investment solutions for a wide variety of individual and institutional clients.
Prior to joining the firm, he was regional head of the Americas at UBS Global Asset Management for five years, based in Chicago and New York. Before that, Lytle worked in London for UBS in various roles within the equity group, including deputy global head of equities. Prior to joining UBS in 2002 as a global equities portfolio manager, he worked at JPMorgan Asset Management for 10 years in a variety of roles in London and New York, including global equities client portfolio manager and U.S. mutual fund sales.
He earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Lytle serves as chair elect on the board of directors of the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP), and he is on the board of directors of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).
Michael Martin (C'17)
Michael Martin is a junior in the College from beautiful and sunny Los Angeles, California. In addition to majoring in computer science, he am a fellow in the Patrick Healy Fellowship program.
In his free time, he is an executive board member for the Black Student Alliance (BSA), serving as treasurer, and a coordinator for the After School Kids Program (ASK), which works with adjudicated youth in Washington, D.C. And last, but definitely not least, starting this year he will be living in the URBAN House on Magis Row. URBAN stands for Under Represented Brothers from Across the Nation and the house looks to empower men of color on campus and in the greater Washington D.C. area.
Kodwo (Kojo) Mills (C'91)
Kojo Mills is the founder and CEO of Invictus Africa Group, an investment company that partners financial and strategic investors seeking opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa.
Mills has been extensively involved in sourcing, structuring, implementing and monitoring various private equity investments in African markets and has over fifteen years of investment experience. He is the former acting CEO and a co-founder of Shanduka Group, a South African investment company that has a multi-industry portfolio of 30+ investments valued in excess of $1 billion. He was also previously the managing director of Shanduka's R300 million private equity fund, Shanduka Value Partners Fund I. He also worked for the investment banking division of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Inc. (or DLJ, now Credit Suisse First Boston) and was seconded to African Merchant Bank Limited as DLJ's representative. Prior to joining DLJ he was a financial analyst at Salomon Brothers Inc.
Mills is currently a director of numerous companies including Invictus Africa Group and Stanbic Bank Ghana, the Ghanaian subsidiary of the Standard Bank Group of South Africa.
He has an economics degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Rev. Jonathan V. Newton, Esq.
Rev. Jonathan V. Newton is the executive minister for the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., "The National Cathedral of African Methodism," and the acting pastor of Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Brunswick, Md.
He attended Georgetown University, but transferred to the University of Maryland College Park where he graduated cum laude. He then earned a law degree from Harvard Law School and a Master of Divinity from Virginia Union University.
After law school, Rev. Newton was accepted into the U.S. Attorney General's Honor Program as a law clerk and then he returned to New York to serve as an assistant district attorney in Bronx County, where he was raised. For the past 18 years he has worked in various capacities at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency including counsel to the Environmental Appeals Board and special assistant to the deputy chief of staff. He was also a congressional fellow for the Honorable John Conyers, Jr.
However, the most important thing to Rev. Newton is his salvation. He rededicated his life to Christ at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, Fort Washington. After accepting the call to ministry he was appointed minister to young adults.
MORRIS "WILL" O'KELLY (B'91)
Morris "Will" O'Kelly is a radio and television commentator specializing in politics and current affairs. Presently, he is heard weekends as host of "The Mo'Kelly Show" on the #1 news/talk station in America, KFI AM640 in Los Angeles, and iHeartRadio. Additionally, he is a featured commentator regarding American affairs for BBC Radio and for the nationally syndicated "America Now with Meghan McCain."
Complementing his on-air work is his column "The Mo'Kelly Report," which ranges from politics to popular culture and explores the vastness in between the two. Prior to forging his own media brand, O'Kelly helped guide the radio careers of entertainment personalities Jim Rome, Ryan Seacrest and Tavis Smiley.
Oyetola Oyeyemi (F'16)
Oyetola (Tola) Oyeyemi, an SFS senior from New Castle, Del., is majoring in international economics with a concentration in development, while earning a certificate in African studies.
In her free time, Tola serves as the vice president of Georgetown's Minority Pre-Law Association. She also served on the board of the African Society of Georgetown and mentored incoming GSP freshman. Since her freshman year, Tola has worked for the DC Reads program and will be working as a coordinator for her third year.
She spent the summer after her sophomore year abroad in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Tola also enjoys dancing, drawing and hairstyling.
Dr. Robert Patterson (C'02)
Robert Patterson is an Associate Professor of English and African American Studies, and Director of the African American Studies Program at Georgetown University. His book, , argues that African American literature written after the civil rights movement challenges society's tendencies to think of civil rights solely in terms of race, to deem Black male leadership as necessary for civil rights attainment, and to contain the scope of the civil rights movement to the fifteen year period between 1963-1968.
In addition to his book, Exodus Politics: Civil Rights and Leadership African American Literature and Culture, Dr. Patterson has published articles on W.E.B. Dubois, Toni Morrison, African American Women's Writing, and Tyler Perry's films. Dr. Wright graduated from Georgetown College, and holds a Ph.D. in African American Literary and Cultural studies from Emory University.
Joe Pierce (B'91)
Joe Pierce has been vice president and general counsel at Hornets Sports & Entertainment since 2013. He joined the franchise from Bank of America, where he spent five years as senior vice president and associate general counsel for global marketing and corporate affairs. Prior to Bank of America, Pierce spent four years as vice president of business and legal affairs for Comcast Sports Group.
He began his career in sports with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he served as associate general counsel from 2002-2005, after spending four years as a corporate lawyer at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, California.
Pierce is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he received a bachelor's in business administration and was captain of the track & field team. He earned dual J.D. and MBA degrees from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Wharton School of Business.
He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Mint Museum and the Board of the Charlotte Hornets Foundation.
STACEY PLASKETT (F'88)
Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett represents the at-large district of the U.S. Virgin Islands in the United States House of Representatives.
Plaskett received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and attended law school at night while she worked full time during the day with the lobbying arm of the American Medical Association and then with the law firm, Jones Day. After law school, she worked as an assistant district attorney in the Bronx, New York.
Following a move to Washington, D.C., Plaskett worked as counsel on the U.S. House of Representatives' Ethics Committee. Her career then shifted to the Department of Justice, where she focused on an initiative to increase the number of minority and women attorneys at the Justice Department. She served on the Terrorism Litigation Task Force and the September 11th Victims' Compensation Fund. She was also one of the lead attorneys on U.S. v. Phillip Morris.
She then relocated full time to her ancestral home of the U.S. Virgin Islands and worked in the private sector and then with the Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority. While there, she worked on tax incentive programs and public private partnerships as a means to bring economic growth to the development of the territory.
Melody Rollins (F'93)
Melody Rollins is an executive vice president and head of U.S. institutional client management for Pacific Investment Management Company LLC (PIMCO), a global investment management firm with $1.6 trillion in assets under management. She is also member of PIMCO's Inclusion, Diversity & Culture Committee and on the Board of the PIMCO Foundation. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2001, Rollins held positions in debt capital markets and liability management at Salomon Brothers and Deutsche Bank.
She received her undergraduate degree in economics from Georgetown and her MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. Rollins holds both the Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designations.
Outside of work, Rollins is very active in the community, focusing on organizations and programs that are eliminating educational and health disparities in underserved communities. She currently serves on the Board of Regents of Georgetown University as well as the Boards of Trustees of New York Academy of Medicine, Coro New York and Neighborhood Defender's Service of Harlem. Rollins is active in the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), the Toigo Foundation and the Council of Urban Professionals (founding member). She previously served on the board of Future Leaders Institute Charter School.
Stacey D. Stewart (C'85)
Stacey Stewart, U.S. President of United Way Worldwide, is responsible for leading the U.S network of nearly 1,200 local and state United Ways to create opportunities for a better life for all. Stacey leads multiple teams responsible for creating change to improve lives through the areas of education, financial stability and health. Under Stacey's leadership, the U.S. Network engages thousands of local partners, over 11 million individual donors and volunteers, and raises over 3.9 billion dollars each year to rally around initiatives in these vital areas. Coming from a family with a rich heritage of service to the community, Stacey has dedicated her career to ensuring that all people have an opportunity for a better life. Throughout her professional life, Stacey has applied sound business principles to efforts dedicated to helping those in need.
Before becoming the U.S. President of United Way Worldwide, Stacey served as Executive Vice President for Community Impact Leadership and Learning, where she led the transformation of local and global communities in the areas of education, financial stability and health. Prior to joining United Way Worldwide, Stacey held several positions at Fannie Mae and the Fannie Mae Foundation. As President and CEO of the Fannie Mae Foundation, Stacey directed approximately one billion dollars in total giving dedicated to affordable housing and community development. Stacey also managed all corporate diversity efforts and corporate giving programs for Fannie Mae in her role as Senior Vice President of Community and Charitable Giving and Chief Diversity Officer. Prior to Fannie Mae, Stacey began her career in investment banking, leading municipal finance efforts with Merrill Lynch.
Stacey has a master of business administration degree in finance from the University of Michigan and a bachelor of arts in economics from Georgetown University. She also holds honorary degrees from Trinity Washington University, Morgan State University, Texas Southern University, Lincoln University, and Alabama A&M University. She serves and has served on multiple national advisory councils and boards, including the U.S. Board of United Way, the Alumni Board of Governors for the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts Nation's Capital, and the Board of Trustees for PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust.
David A. Thomas
David A. Thomas is Dean and William R. Berkley Chair of Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, where he is committed to creating transformational educational experiences that prepare students to become principled and globally minded leaders poised to serve both business and society.
Since joining Georgetown McDonough in 2011 following a two-decade career at Harvard Business School, Thomas has enhanced academic and professional opportunities for the school's undergraduate and graduate students, including a curriculum redesign and expansion of career management activities for MBA students and the addition of the Global Business Experience and an Office of Professional Development for undergraduates. He also has increased the diversity of faculty and staff, launched new research initiatives and increased research funding, grown Executive Education program revenues by 400 percent, and has grown the school's endowment and increased philanthropic giving.
Partnering with the Washington, D.C., community, Thomas is a member of the Federal City Council, and in 2014, the Washington Business Journal recognized him as a top Minority Business Leader.
Thomas received a bachelor's degree, as well as master's and doctoral degrees in Organizational Behavior, from Yale University. He also holds a master's in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. He currently is a member of the Board of Governors for the American Red Cross, the Board of Directors of DTE Energy, and the Estoril Conferences Advisory Board. He also is an industry advisor for Brightwood Capital Advisors.
Michelle Lynn Thompson (C'89)
Michelle Thompson currently serves as a consumer specialist with Fairfax County's Consumer Affairs Branch, conducting consumer education outreach events.
Thompson graduated from the College in 1989 with a B.A. in Government. In September 2008, she began volunteering as Alumni Admissions Program (AAP) interviewer. In 2011, she was introduced to the Georgetown Scholarship Program (GSP) and has been increasingly engaged with the students and programming activities. She currently serves as the GSP chair for her AAP 210 Committee. In that capacity, she keeps other committee members informed about the program's activities and seeks out ways for alumni to connect with the GSP students as personal and professional mentors.
Thompson mentors students in the Community Scholars Program and supports student activities and programming sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access. She connects with the greater student body at various alumni-student networking events such as Careers for the Common Good and Hoya Gateway's Ready, Set, Connect.
She has been a member of the Georgetown Loyalty Society since 2011 and supports the Office of Advancement by serving as a Social Media Ambassador for online fundraising campaigns.
MARLENE UNDERWOOD (I'86)
Marlene Underwood is a technical writer and an instructional designer currently on assignment at GE Healthcare. She also followed a call to ministry and served as Old Testament teacher at The People's Community Baptist Church (Silver Spring, Md.), minister of education at God, Self, and Neighbor Ministries (Atlanta, Ga.), associate minister at Sankofa United Church of Christ (Atlanta), and interim associate pastor at Bethany Congregational United Church of Christ (Thomasville, Ga.).
Underwood's research interests explore the interplay of empire, exile, economics, and ethnicity in Hebrew Bible texts, and, in particular, the roles that women inhabit and negotiate in these arenas.
In 2009, she was a respondent for the Charles B. Copher Annual Lecture, "Looking Back to Step Forward: What the Dead Sea Scrolls Teach the Black Church" at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC); and in 2010, she presented "Top Tips for Graduate School" at the Forum for Theological Exploration's (FTE's) meeting with prospective graduate students during the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Conference. In addition, Underwood has served as both teaching assistant and research assistant for Dr. Randall C. Bailey, distinguished professor emeritus of the ITC.
After graduating from Georgetown University (1986), she earned a M.Div. from the Interdenominational Theological Center (2005), and an M.Phil. in Hebrew Bible from Drew University (2014).
Kevin M. Warren (B'84)
Kevin M. Warren is president of the Industrial, Retail and Hospitality Business Group for Xerox Services. He was named to this position in September 2014, having joined the corporation in 1984 as a sales trainee and moving into increasingly responsible positions, including president of United States Client Operations, where he was responsible for revenue, profit and operations for all Xerox business in large enterprises nationwide.
Warren received his B.S. in finance from Georgetown University and he is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, having completed the Advanced Management Program.
He serves as a director of Illinois Tool Works (ITW), Georgetown University, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and the Rochester Business Alliance. In addition, he is a current member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC).
Warren has been named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America by Savoy and one of the 75 Most Powerful Executives in America by Black Enterprise. In 2013, he was honored with humanitarian awards from both the Young Presidents' Organization and CADCA for his work in mentoring at-risk youth.
Tracey West (C'84,L'87)
Tracey West is the associate dean for External Relations, Diversity & Inclusion at Boston College Law School, where she oversees initiatives designed to address the various obstacles that impact the lack of diverse leadership throughout the legal profession. Many of the students who work with Dean West have found these programs, which specifically focus on assisting the diverse student population with their transition to law school and the legal profession, directly responsible for their academic and professional success. In April 2015, The National Association for Law Placement professionals [NALP], recognized Dean West as a Diversity Champion, with specific focus on her 1L LAHANAS pipeline initiative.
As the former assistant dean for students and academic affairs, Dean West has extensive experience assisting students with their academic, personal and professional developmental goals. She also works closely with BCLS' Admissions Office, overseeing outreach and recruitment projects that focus on diversity initiatives.
Dean West attended Georgetown University and Georgetown University Law Center. A former trial attorney, she has worked in both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining the Boston College Law School community, she was a clinical law instructor at Harvard Law School.
GEORGE WILLIAMS (B'99)
George Williams has served as the media relations manager for the District of Columbia Public Library since 2008. He was recruited to help communicate the work being done to make the library one of the fastest-improving urban systems in the country. In that role, he has managed media for 17 completed and three ongoing construction projects worth more than $500 million. Williams also prepares staff and Library Board of Trustee members for media interviews as well as advises the executive director on how decisions could impact the public's opinion of the library.
Before joining D.C. Public Library, Williams developed sports, pharmaceutical and consumer branding public relations campaigns for clients in the U.S. and Canada.
From 2005 to 2013, Williams served as the chair of the Georgetown University African-American Alumni Advisory Board. He also served on the university's Alumni Board of Governors and currently serves on the Alumni Senate.
Williams holds a bachelor's degree in management from the Georgetown McDonough School of Business and a J.D. from Howard University.
- Q: What is the Black Alumni Summit?
- A: The Georgetown University Black Alumni Summit is a biennial gathering planned by and for the Black undergraduate alumni of Georgetown University. In collaboration with the Office of Advancement, our ambition is to bring several hundred Black alumni from across the globe, classes, schools, eras, professions and walks of life back to the Hilltop to reconnect with each other and with the university. Through two days of topical programming (panel discussions, networking and social activities) we hope to channel the vast and underutilized energy of Black alumni toward a heightened level of community and university stewardship.
- Q: Where and when is the event?
- A: The Black Alumni Summit will be held from Friday Oct. 23 to Sunday Oct. 25 on campus at Georgetown. The first event begins at noon on Friday on Copley Lawn, and the summit will conclude early Sunday afternoon.
- Q: Who should attend the summit?
- A: Are you a Black undergraduate alumnus or alumna of Georgetown? Then you should attend. All undergraduate schools, classes and eras will be represented.
- Q: Why should I attend the summit?
- A: This will be the first ever Georgetown University event that will gather Black alumni to connect across classes, eras and schools. We will tap into the powerful networks of our Black alumni to create a weekend that will forge new connections and energize existing ones, draw inspiration, share information, and impact our community.
- Q: How is the Black Alumni Summit different from other activities previously held for Black alums at Georgetown?
- A: The inaugural Black Alumni Summit is a partnership between the Office of Advancement and a group of Georgetown alumni, which aims to bring Black alumni from many of Georgetown's undergraduate programs together for three days of programming, panel discussions, networking and social activities.
- Q: This sounds great--how do I register for the summit?
- A: Registration is now open on our website.
- Q: Are graduate alumni of Georgetown able to participate in the summit?
- A: While we do appreciate the support of Black alumni from Georgetown University's graduate school programs, this year's Black Alumni Summit is primarily geared towards undergraduate alumni. However, we may revisit this question as capacity allows.
- Q: How many people will be able to attend the Summit?
- A: The maximum capacity for the Summit is 330 people. Please register early in order to secure your spot.
- Q: May I bring a guest?
- A: Yes, you may bring one adult guest to the summit
- Q: Who should I be in touch with if I need special accommodations?
- A: If you have a disability that requires special accommodations, please email GUBlackAlumniSummit@gmail.com.
- Q: What does registration include?
- A: Your registration includes admission to every panel, plus lunch and heavy hors d'oeuvres on Friday as well as breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks and the celebration dinner on Saturday.
- Q: Should I still attend if I wasn't very connected to the Black community while I was in school, or if I've been disconnected from the university since graduation?
- A: Of course! One of the overarching goals of the summit is to reconnect with fellow alumni that you haven't seen in years, or never had the opportunity to get to know.
- Q: Who is organizing the event?
- A: Tammee Thompson, Eric Woods and a committee of Black alumni are organizing the Black Alumni Summit, in partnership with the university.
- Q: Are there hotel discounts available for the summit?
- A: Yes, we will have hotel blocks at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center on campus, as well as the Fairmont, the Georgetown Holiday Inn, the Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, and the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.
- Q: Is there parking available on campus?
- A: A limited number of daily parking spaces are available in the Southwest Garage and can be accessed via the Canal Road entrance. The daily rate is $20. All daily passes expire at 6:00 a.m. the following day, except weekends.
- Q: What is the dress code for the summit?
- A: The dress code is business casual.
- Q: How do I sign up for updates on future events?
- A: You can join our mailing list and keep your contact information updated here, and you can follow us on Twitter at @hoyaBAS.
- Q: What if I have a question that's not listed here?
- A: You can send an email to GUBlackAlumniSummit@gmail.com.