29th Annual Columbia Black MBA Conference

REFRESH: Ethics, Innovation, and Ideas in Action

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Westin Times Square New York

270 West 43rd Street New York, NY 10036


An Afternoon at the Bill Hodges Gallery

We cannot wait until November 19th, so we are doing a pre-National Black MBA Conference reception at the Bill Hodges Gallery at 24 West 57th Street, one of the few black-owned galleries in Manhattan, for a conversation with the owner on September 19th at 2:00PM.

As the most powerful networks seem to always gather around the arts, we are hosting a conversation with Bill Hodges, patron of the Norman Lewis collection, on the presence of blacks in the arts scene.


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.

We’re Kicking off the 29th Annual Conference

It is with great pleasure that we announce this year’s Columbia Business School Black Business Students Association Conference with a special kick-off event. Please join us on August 12 at 7:45PM for an evening at RACE on Broadway. As guests of the production, we will enjoy a reception after the show with the cast, which includes Dennis Haysbert (best known as the black president from 24), Eddie Izzard, Afton Williamson, and Richard Thomas. You will find attached documents with event details. The following link allows you to reserve your seat. [Purchase specially priced premium seats. Please note that some links may be blocked from corporate internet connections.] Business in New York is exciting. That is what this year’s Black Business Students Association Conference is about. We are building an experience that will convene black professionals in a series of conversations, interviews and case reviews designed to foster interactive discussion and easy, purposeful networking, as can only happen in this city. You will want to take part in a conference that is as exhilarant as business school. Find out why this November’s conference should be saved to your calendar now. Join us at RACE on Broadway, Thursday August 12th at the Barrymore Theater for a wonderful launch, cocktails, and more information on REFRESH 2010, the Columbia Black MBA Conference. We look forward to hosting you.