Jump start your corporate or entrepreneurial career by attending this exciting and thought-provoking conference that will help you "charge forward in this fragile economy." The Chicago Booth Black Alumni Association (CBAA) will hold it's 4th Annual Black Business and Economic Forecast (BBEF) on October 29, 2010 at the University of Chicago's Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago. This year's theme, Charging Forward in a Fragile Economy, will focus on both the current and the future domestic and global economic conditions. The event features not only the traditional economic forecast luncheon, but it also includes three concurrent panel discussions on business and professional opportunities in Africa, Brazil, and China. As the current economic turbulence raises questions about how businesses should move forward in an uncharted economic terrain, the CBAA invites their extended business and professional communities to discover, pursue, and support new and existing business opportunities in the U.S. and abroad.


Gleacher Center
450 North City Front Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois

Event Details

The morning panel discussions will be repeated in the afternoon, allowing registrants the opportunity to attend two of the three panels (Africa, Brazil, and China). Following the concurrent morning panels, the luncheon panel will provide a global economic outlook with a focus on Black business and professional opportunities. Customized regionally, the three international panel discussions will: *Explore the economic/geopolitical climate for doing business *Identify viable business and professional opportunities *Examine our panelists' current business and professional experiences *Identify roadmaps for doing business abroad and *Discuss professional opportunities within those markets Pre-Event Reception Thursday, October 28, 2010 For an evening of live Jazz and networking 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Close Up 2 416 South Clark Chicago, IL Price: No Charge, Cash Bar. Sponsors/Recruiters: Northern Trust, Northwestern Mutual, William Blair. For more information on job descriptions, plesae email BoothCBAA@yahoo.com.


Registration through October 14th: $70 CBAA Member $85 Non-CBAA Member $40 Students Registration October 15th - 29th: $80 CBAA Member $95 Non-CBAA Member $40 Student


Register Online

Deadline: 10/28/2010


9:00 AM-1:00 PM: Registration

10:00 AM-11:20 AM: Concurrent Panels: Africa, Brazil, China

11:30 AM-1:30 PM: Luncheon Keynote on Black Business & Economic Forecast

1:30 PM-2:00 PM: Break

Speaker Profiles

Wallace Little (Luncheon Panel) (Moderator)
Retired Partner, Ernst & Young LLP

Stephanie Neely, '89 (Luncheon Panel) (Keynote Speaker) (Speaker)
City Treasure, City of Chicago

Steven Rogers (Luncheon Panel) (Keynote Speaker) (Speaker)
Professor of Entrepreneurship, Kellogg School of Management

Mvemba Dizolele, '02 (Africa Panel) (Moderator)
Independent Journalist and Fellow, Hoover Institute Stanford University

Michael Armstrong, '02 (Africa Panel) (Panelist)
Senior Vice President and GM, BET International

Francis Kalitsi, '01 (Africa Panel) (Panelist)
Founding and Managing Partner, Serengeti Capital - Accra, Ghana

Gregory Marchand (Africa Panel) (Panelist)
CEO, Gizmos LLC - Lusaka, Zambia

Larry Seruma (Africa Panel) (Panelist)
Managing Principal, Nile Capital Management LLC

Tyrone Rachal, '98 (Brazil Panel) (Moderator)
Senior Development Manager, Tax Allocation Districts, The Atlanta Development Authority

Claudette Christian (Brazil Panel) (Panelist)
Partner, Co-Chairman of the board, Hogan Lovells

Ernesto Araujo (Brazil Panel) (Panelist)
Minister-Counselor of Energy, Science & Technology, Innovation, and Environment, Embassy of Brazil

Frutuoso Santana (Brazil Panel) (Panelist)
Trade and Investment Department, Consulate General of Brazil

Jerry Ong (Brazil Panel) (Panelist)
Vice Counsul, Jupiter Realty

Derryl Reed, '76 (China Panel) (Moderator)
President/CEO, Smokin-Joe Products, LLC

Julie Carducci (China Panel) (Panelist)
Director, Commercial Service, Chicago, U.S. Department of Commerce

Andrew Edlefsen (China Panel) (Panelist)
Director, Commercial Service, Las Vegas, U.S. Department of Commerce

Janet Sampson (China Panel) (Panelist)
Consultant, Sampson Consulting and Member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Tracey Pavlishin, '06 (China Panel) (Panelist)
Senior Director, Alumni Affairs and Events, Chicago Booth


Kim Marchand