- Created on 17 March 2011
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Drs. Randal Pinkett and Jeffrey Robinson will discuss their book, "Black Faces in White Places: 10-Game Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness," with Philana Patterson on Saturday, March 12 at Georgia Tech at the Klaus Advance Computer Building.
The co-authors will host Redefine the Game National Town Hall at 2:45 p.m. The Town Hall is designed to detail how Black Americans can redefine the "corporate America" game by leveraging ethnic and cultural assets to not only be successful in any arena, but to reshape America and leave a powerful legacy.
The Town Hall participants include: DLA Piper LLP's Associate, Anthony Webb, Esq.; Co-owner of ICON Studios, Stone Stafford; and Director of Title I of Fulton County Schools, Tawana D. Miller. The event is part of the Black Leadership Conference and ties in with Georgia Tech's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the matriculation of Black Students.
Pinkett and Robinson believe every person of color has had a "moment;" a not quite "aha" moment, but rather, that "moment" when he or she is confronted with a challenge related to race.
They call this the "Black Faces in White Places Moment."
Pinkett had "a moment" immediately after becoming the first Black winner on "The Apprentice," when Donald Trump asked him to share his victory. He stood firm as the sole apprentice, backed by his unrivaled, undefeated, record on the show and Trump's own rules for competing for a coveted executive position.
"It all came down to this moment. Onstage at New York's Lincoln Center, on live television with millions of people watching the possibility of me, Randal Pinkett, being chosen as real estate mogul Donald Trump's next Apprentice," said Pinkett.
"African Americans represent 12 percent of the U.S. workforce. Yet, according to some sources, African Americans only hold between 3 percent and 4 percent of senior-level positions in Fortune 1000 companies today, a scant increase from 2.5 percent in 1995," Pinkett continued. "I wrote this book with Dr. Jeffrey Robinson, to share strategies found to be most effective for African Americans to compete, win, and ultimately change for the better an ever-changing game."
In addition to Pinkett's "moment," "Black Faces in White Places" interviews other game-changers who share their experiences -- Don Thompson, president of McDonald's USA; actor and social activist Hill Harper and television and radio personality Roland Martin.
"Plain and simple -- to succeed at anything, you need a plan; a strategy for success; an outline of escalating accomplishments to reach your desired goal," says Robinson. "Black Faces in White Places" provides a game plan uniquely tailored to the specific issues that affect African Americans and can be a critical tool for their success."
Klaus Advance Computer Building is at 266 Ferst Drive. The keynote speech to the Black Leadership Conference will begin at 2 p.m.
- Created on 17 March 2011
SUNY College At Old Westbury & Morehouse Manhattan Alumni Association Honor Dr. Butts' Works At Reception
New York -- Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, president of SUNY College at Old Westbury, recently received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from Morehouse College during a celebratory reception hosted by SUNY College at Old Westbury and the Morehouse Manhattan Alumni Association. Dr. Robert M. Franklin, president of Morehouse College, presented Butts with the prestigious degree among a host of colleagues, political associates and friends including New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Congressman Charles Rangel, Oscar Winner Maryann DeLeo and others.
Butts was awarded this prestigious degree for his unyielding commitment to educational justice and economic empowerment within academia and the global community. As president of SUNY College at Old Westbury, Butts has garnered recognition for preparing Old Westbury students to succeed in the global marketplace, earning accreditation from National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and securing funding to continue to expand its campus.
Noted as one of the most diverse public college campuses in America, SUNY College at Old Westbury is located in Nassau County and has more than 4,300 students with an emphasis on liberal arts and professional fields. In addition to his 12 years of leadership at Old Westbury, Butts is the pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, and sits on the boards of Abyssinian Development Corporation, Youth On The Move, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, the American Red Cross of Greater New York, and the Levin Institute.
Joining Butts in celebration was the program's master of ceremonies, Garrick Utley, who is president of the Levin Graduate Institute of International Relations and Commerce; Manhattan Morehouse Alumni Association President Davon Snipes, and SUNY Board of Trustees member Geri Warren-Merrick. The private reception was held March 2 at The SUNY Global Center, 116 East 55th St. from 7 to 9 p.m.
Located on the historic North Shore of New York's Long Island, the State University of New York College at Old Westbury is a small public college that seeks to teach its students to lead at work, in the community and in life.
In an environment that demands academic excellence and offers close interaction among students and faculty, Old Westbury offers baccalaureate degrees in more than 40 majors through three academic schools -- Arts and Sciences, Business and Education, including degrees that have earned accreditation from the prestigious National Council on the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
On the graduate level, Old Westbury offers 15 graduate degree programs in accounting, adolescence education, mental health counseling and taxation.
U.S. News and World Report named the institution, in 2010, the most diverse student body among liberal arts colleges in America.
- Created on 17 February 2011
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Allen Temple AME Church will be the site of the 30th Anniversary Silver Scholarship Luncheon sponsored by the Women for Morris Brown College Inc. The event will be in the church's A. D. Powell Fellowship Hall on March 5 at noon. The Rev. Scottie Sweeney, a Morris Brown College graduate, is the pastor of Allen Temple.
The theme for the occasion is "Celebrating our 30th Anniversary and Honoring 30 Phenomenal MBC Women." The Morris Brown College women who will be honored include Helen Threatt, founder of the organization; Dr. Louise T. Hollowell, the first elected president; Joyce Porter Wyatt; Eloise Phillips Burwell, Eddye Wiley Peacock; M. Pauline Morgan White; Victoria W. Jenkins; and Joycelyn Wyatt King, all former presidents of the organization; many women in civil rights including Alberta Williams King Sr., mother of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (posthumously); noted business woman Miranda Mack McKenzie; recent presidential appointee Beverly J. Harvard; accomplished radio personality Joyce Littel; renowned jazz singer Jean Carne, and recently elected State Sen. Donzella James, to name a few.
"We want to raise a minimum of $30,000 to be donated to our alma mater on our 130th Founders Day Celebration on March 18, 2011," says Willene White-Smith, president of the Women for Morris Brown College, Inc. affinity group. "As Morris Brown graduates, we invite and encourage our friends and supporters to attend this exquisite luncheon and to honor and pay tribute to the lives and contributions of 30 dynamic MBC graduates who have truly demonstrated their passion for our community and our dear ole Morris Brown," White-Smith added.
"This is one of many efforts planned by our alumni to raise funds for scholarships for Morris Brown College students, said Dr. Stanley Pritchett, Morris Brown College president. "All of us who love Morris Brown certainly owe our alumni a debt of gratitude."
- Created on 05 March 2011
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M. Chieoke Moore, a graduate of Morehouse College and a candidate for the degree of Master of Business Administration at Georgia State University, has been honored with a $25,000 scholarship from the Blanchard Award for Outstanding Stewardship and Business Ethics.
Moore was awarded the scholarship at the Monday, Feb. 28 meeting of the Atlanta Rotary Club.
About 75 students from public and private schools throughout metro Atlanta attended the scholarship presentation, along with 250 Atlanta area business leaders in Rotary.
Assisting Georgia Lottery Chief Executive Margaret DeFrancisco in making the award was B. Franklin Skinner, former head of BellSouth Telecommunications and the winner of this year's Blanchard Award.
As the recipient of the award, Skinner was allowed to choose the college or university from which the scholarship recipient would be drawn. He chose Morehouse College, on whose board he serves, and the college nominated Mr. Moore.
The Blanchard Award is given annually to a Georgia business leader whose lifelong career demonstrates sound business ethics. The award promotes business support of education throughout the state by offering a scholarship to a graduate business student who has demonstrated exceptionally high ethical standards.
"I'm very excited to receive this scholarship," said Moore. "But I am also honored to be associated with an award that is attached to some of the most influential business leaders in the state. I hope that I can live up to the standard they have set."
Moore, whose grandfather was a "Morehouse man" in the 1950s, graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Morehouse in May 2010 with a degree in accounting. Outside of the classroom, Moore served as president of the Morehouse Business Association, the largest organization on campus.
He was nominated by the faculty to represent Morehouse College on the Citi International Spring Tour, which introduced a select group of students to some of the leading corporations in Europe. His work experience includes internships with several of the world's premier financial institutions, including Standard & Poor, Lehman Brothers and PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.
In addition to his studies at Georgia State, Moore is a teaching assistant for undergraduate accounting students. He, his wife, Dereka, and their daughter, Zayani Elise, live in Atlanta.
"This award demonstrates Georgia's high regard for the link between ethics, scholarship and business leadership," said DeFrancisco.
The Georgia Lottery Corporation is the lead sponsor of the Blanchard Award. Other award sponsors are the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Trend magazine.
The award is named after its first recipient, former Synovus CEO and Chairman Jimmy Blanchard.