29th Annual Columbia Black MBA Conference

REFRESH: Ethics, Innovation, and Ideas in Action

Launch Success: A Recap of Our Reception with RACE Cast

Over 50 guests joined us for the Conference kickoff event, A Night at RACE on Broadway.  We enjoyed a commanding performance led by Eddie Izzard and Dennis Haybert, as well as a 45 minute reception with the cast following the show.

This year’s conference aims to do many things differently, in particular, to engage the powerful and discerning perspectives of the Columbia Black MBA community.

Accordingly, we decided to bring life to a third of this year’s REFRESH conference theme, Ethics, Innovation & Ideas in Action.  Sponsored by the production of RACE on Broadway, we spent an evening at the David Mamet hit play, which included a conversation with the cast, in its final days running.

Following a stirring performance, Susan Fales-Hill, daughter of Broadway’s first black star, Josephine Premice, led the discussion with the cast, regarding topics of race in America and the idea of ethics.

The thought leadership and passion of the cast allowed for an incredibly thorough and delightful conversation, which felt a lot like a lost episode of Real Time with Bill Maher.  True to their leading roles within the cast, this audience was ignited by the fiery missives and challenges presented by  comedian Izzard and actor Haysbert, best know for his roles including Kenneth in the film Waiting to Exhale and President David Palmer in the hits television series 24, and as the spokesman for Allstate.

Far more wonderful than their worthy performances was the hospitality and energy of the cast in hosting us following the show.  So enlivened were they by our visit, the evening only ended when our guests ran out of questions.

Following the theater portion of the evening, we joined Susan Fales-Hill, producer for The Cosby Show, A Different World and Lincs for a night cap at B. Smith’s.  Fales-Hill, much like the characters of her new novel One Flight Up, charmed those of us who endured the late night with the talk that happens only in New York among spirited and discerning company.

As with most nights where cameras are not allowed, we had an unforgettable time.  All of our hosts were true to the energy of Columbia Business School, convivial and warm.

We are looking forward to the  good times ahead, as we make our way to REFRESH, the 29th annual Columbia Black MBA Conference, to be held November 19th at the Westin Times Square.

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