Join the Chicago Booth Black Alumni Association (CBAA) and our extended business and professional community at the 5th Annual Black Business & Economic Forecast on November 4, 2011, at the Union League Club. This year's theme, "Removing the Boundaries to New Opportunities: Navigating your career, your business and the economy", will be captured in three afternoon workshops and consummated after cocktails by keynote speakers.


Union League Club
65 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, Illinois

Event Details

Afternoon Workshops: The International Business Opportunities Workshop focuses on doing business three global hotspots: South Africa, Brazil, and India. The Entrepreneurial Business Opportunities Workshop will allow attendees to explore requisite certifications and benefits for minority- and women-owned businesses as well as current business opportunities. Kathy Graham, alumnus of University of Chicago and co-founder of HQ Search, Inc., will lead the "Career Strategies for You" Workshop.

Cocktails begin at 5:00 PM and will be followed by the keynote panel discussion on what to expect in 2012.


$50 per person (non-members)
$40 per person (CBAA members)
$35 per person (students)


Register Online

Deadline: 11/3/2011

Speaker Profiles

Martin Claessens (International Business Opportunities Workshop) (Speaker)
Commercial Officer, U.S. Department of Commerce, Commercial Service

Gary Gardner (International Business Opportunities Workshop) (Speaker)
Chief Executive Officer, Namaste Laboratories, A Dabur Enterprise

Lawrence Gavin (Entrepreneurial Business Opportunities Workshop) (Speaker)
Purchasing Director, Asia Pacific, Body, Electrical & Bus, Navistar

Marquis Miller (Entrepreneurial Business Opportunities Workshop) (Speaker)
Vice President of Field Operations, National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.

Ralph Moore (Entrepreneurial Business Opportunities Workshop) (Speaker)
President, Ralph G. Moore & Associates (RGMA)

Jerry Smith (Entrepreneurial Business Opportunities Workshop) (Speaker)
Assistant District Director, Small Business Administration (SBA)

Kathy Graham (Career Opportunities Workshop) (Speaker) '00
Career Strategist, Principal, HQSearch, Inc

Truman E. "Rick" Cobb (Keynote Panelist) (Speaker)
Executive Vice President of Global Outplacement Consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc

Hesna Genay (Keynote Panelist) (Speaker)
Senior Economic and Research Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Gene Saffold (Keynote Panelist) (Speaker) '79
Former Chief Financial Officer, City of Chicago

Shundrawn Thomas (Keynote Panel Moderator) (Speaker) '99
Managing Director, Exchange Traded Funds Group, Northern Trust Global Investments


Philip Nevels, '10