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Howard University’s Black Executive Exchange Program to Explore Critical Leadership and Career Development Issues

Howard University’s Black Executive Exchange Program to
Explore Critical Leadership and Career Development Issues

Washington, D.C., February 20, 2006 – Stephanie J. Jones, executive director, National Urban League’s Policy Institute, will be among 20 of the nation’s top African-American corporate, entrepreneur and community leaders who will visit Howard University as part of the National Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP) on Wednesday, February 22, 2006. By sharing their experiences, wisdom and insight these executives, known as “BEEPers,” reinvest in the community as they contribute to the growth and development of college students -- future African-American business and government leaders of America and the global community.

Howard University’s “power-packed” one-day career and leadership development initiative is one of the best in the nation and will include a dean’s roundtable discussion with the executives and students, a luncheon with presentations from Jones; Carl Brooks, president and CEO, Executive Leadership Council; and Preston Edwards, editor-in-chief, Black Collegian Magazine. The program will also include panel discussions on Black men in the workplace, global career opportunities, and entrepreneurship. Omarosa Stallworth of “The Apprentice” fame will be the moderator of a dynamic panel on the “State of Black Women in Corporate America.”

The 35-year-old national BEEP initiative was founded by the National Urban League and is coordinated at top Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the nation. At Howard University, it provides the ideal forum for top executives, students, faculty, and staff to together engage the critical professional issues of our time, and to explore best practices in developing African-American leaders for today’s job market.

Program Overview

Tuesday February 21, 2006:
Welcoming Reception
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Blackburn Center, Gallery Lounge

Wednesday, February 22, 2006
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.               Panel: Dean’s Roundtable … Visiting Executives Respond
Blackburn Center Auditorium, Featuring School of Business Dean, Dr. Barron Harvey as Moderator; Also featuring Mr. Carl Brooks, President and CEO, Executive Leadership Council
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.             Panel: Howard Alumni: Coming Home, Giving Back
Blackburn Center Forum, Featuring Assistant Vice President of Alumni Affairs, Mr. Raymond Archer III as Moderator; Also Featuring Ms. Omarosa Stallworth of “The Apprentice”

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Photo and Interview Opportunity (Media)
Executives and Howard University Officials
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.               BEEP Luncheon (Invitation Only)Student Jazz Performance
                                                -Blackburn University Center, Gallery Lounge
                                                -Greetings from Howard University Leadership (Cabinet Member) 
-Keynote Speakers:  Stephanie J. Jones, Executive Director, National Urban League’s Policy Institute, and Byron Stewart, Howard University Student Association President (Marc Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League, originally slated as keynote speaker, is expected to call)
                                                -Recognition, Preston Edwards, Publisher and CEO, Black Collegian Magazine
                                                -Visiting Executives Acknowledgements
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.                 Panel:  Women in Executive Roles: Challenges and Rewards
Blackburn Center Forum, Featuring Ms. Omarosa Stallworth of “The Apprentice” as Moderator; Also Featuring Ms. Norma Leftwich, Esq., University General Counsel

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.                 Panel:  Black Men in the Executive Workplace: Strategies for Success
Blackburn Center Auditorium, Featuring Eric Ellis, President, CEO, Integrity Development as Moderator; Also Featuring Alonzo Byrd, Director of Corporate Community Affairs, Enterprise Rent-A-Car

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.                 Panel:  Preparing for the Global Job Market
Blackburn Center Auditorium, Featuring Mr. John Chaisson, Esq., Senior Director, Human Capital Institute; Also featuring Ambassador Gordon Shirley of Jamaica and Mr. Garnette Stowe, Principal, Booz-Allen & Hamilton  
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.                 Panel:  Being a Successful Entrepreneur: Owning Your Success
Blackburn Center Forum, Featuring Mr. Dean Sirjue, Assistant Dean, School of Business as Moderator; Also featuring Mr. Preston Edwards, CEO and Publisher Black Collegian Magazine


Other Visiting Executives Include:

  • Armentha “Mike” Cruise, President and CEO, The Aspen Group
  • Charlene L. Esaw, Chief Strategist of Human Resources and Information, CIA
  • Samuel Ewing, Jr, President and CEO, Ewing Capital
  • Beverly Harris, Vice President of Diversity, Turner Construction Company
  • Rosie Allen-Herring, Senior Deputy Director for Business Development, Fannie Mae
  • Vicki Marks, Marketing Director, UPS Capital Corporation
  • Chris Tabourne, Corporate Diversity Manager, Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Claudia Tattanelli-Skeini, CEO, Universum Communications
  • Linda J. Washington, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Department of Transportation
  • John Webb, Head of Select Accounts, Aetna
  • W. Frank Williams III, Senior Vice President, Bank of America

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, 13 Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at


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