Black Alumni Association

Chicago Booth Alumni Special Interest Group

Chicago Booth

Network, learn, socialize, and stay connected with Chicago Booth alumni in your area.

About Us

Club Mission

Our mission is to increase the success of our members by providing a cohesive network and programs that enhance our ability to impact our environment.

The Chicago Booth Black Alumni Association (CBAA) believes that the strength of one's network is key to maximizing professional and personal success, and in expanding one's influence and power. CBAA offers a supportive and strategic global network by linking the leadership within the Black elite professional community. This leadership emanates from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is available to all CBAA members for professional, personal, and community advancement purposes.

Goals Of CBAA

  • Become the leading source of black executives and entrepreneurs
  • Leverage our collective resources to significantly impact our community
  • Become the primary resource to our members for the refinement of their skill base through education, information sharing, and communications
  • Engage 100% of all Black Chicago Booth Alumni as members of CBAA
  • Support Chicago Booth in becoming the diversity leader among business schools as gauged by student and faculty representation
  • Assist Chicago Booth in becoming the #1 business school in the world 

Club Leadership

Erika Danina Williams, '08 (XP-77)

Ken Thompson, '97
Immediate Past President

Derryl Reed, '76
Vice President Operations

Alton Byrd, '05



Kyle Jones, '06

Peter Washington, '09

Darrylyn Bakshi, '97
DC Metro Region Chair



CBAA Advisory Council

Barbara Bowles, '71
Chairman/CEO - The Kenwood Group

James Hill, '67
Chairman/CEO - Hill, Taylor, LLC

Lyle Logan, '89
Senior Vice President - Northern Trust

Dumas M. Simeus, '72
Chairman & CEO - Simeus Foods International, Inc.

Ava Youngblood, '85
President & Chief Executive Officer - Youngblood Executive Search, Inc.

Get Involved

Join Now!

Join a National Committee
Contact the following chairpersons if you have an interest in joining one of the following teams. If you would like to pursue an open chairperson position, contact Alaina Anderson, '06.

Marketing and Communications
Create, build, and manage the CBAA brand. Help develop marketing and communication efforts for CBAA programs and events. Coordinate media contacts, external publicity, and communications for all CBAA committees. Chairperson: Vacant

Organize and conduct the membership drive to attract new members and assist other committees in developing programs to retain existing members. Serve as a primary contact for new members and develop and administer membership management tools. Chairperson: Peter Washington, '09

Student Affairs
Plan events and programs which foster interactions between current students and Black alumni. Coordinate programs to assist in recruiting talented Black students to Chicago Booth in partnership with Chicago Booth Admissions and Diversity Affairs. Facilitate the partnership between the African-American MBA Association and CBAA in the planning of the annual DuSable Conference and Economic Forecast Luncheon. Student Affairs: Jacob Qualls, '08,

Liaise with the African-American MBA Association. Coordinate alumni-student mentoring program and other forums for student interactions with Chicago Booth Black alumni. Coordinate programs to assist in recruiting talented Black students to Chicago Booth in partnership with Chicago Booth Admissions and Diversity Affairs. Coordinate with alumni representatives to serve on the annual DuSable Conference planning committee. Chairperson: Vacant

Set policies, priorities, and goals for fundraising programs with a vision toward building a self-sustainable organization. Collaborate with other members of the CBAA leadership team to design and execute fundraising initiatives. Chairperson: Vacant

Regional Directors At-Large
Coordinate and mobilize alumni in the designated geographic areas. Serve as a representative voice for the area alumni on the board.

Chairperson – Midwest: Erika Danina Williams, '08 (XP-77)

Chairperson – Eastern: Vacant

Chairperson – Northeast: Vacant

Chairperson – West Coast: Vacant

Chairperson – Sourthern: Vacant