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Saturday, October 28, 2023

Please see below for the conference agenda. All events will be in-person in the Kellogg Global Hub.

8:00 - 9:10 AM

Attendee Check-in and Breakfast

Gies Plaza | French Quarter

Check in, receive your name tag, and join us for breakfast.

9:10 - 9:25 AM

Welcome Address & Opening Remarks

White Auditorium

As we celebrate the 37th anniversary of the BMA Conference, our Co-Chairs will shed light on the role Money & Power play in closing the Black wealth gap.

Maya Davenport | Kellogg '24, BMAC Co-Chair

Lorena Santiago Hernandez | Kellogg '24, BMAC Co-Chair

Keyaira Lock Adewunmi | Spice & Sage Founder & Garage Director of Entrepreneurship 

Francesca Cornelli | Dean of Kellogg School of Management

9:25 - 10:15 AM

Opening Keynote

White Auditorium

This Fireside chat brings together two accomplished investors with decades of experience creating transformational change within their communities and organizations.


Nickol R. Hackett | Kellogg '97, Chief Investment Officer & Treasurer at The Joyce Foundation

Darrel Hackett | Chief Executive Officer, BMO Financial Corp.

Moderator: Dwight Hutchins | Kellogg '91, Boston Consulting Group Managing Director

10:15 - 10:25 AM


10:25 AM - 11:15 AM

Elevation through Innovation

White Auditorium

This panel brings together two accomplished creators with years of experience amplifying and showcasing Black talent and business owners. Our goal is for audiences to leave with an understanding of how Black creatives are breaking through historical barriers to increase ownership of our cultural influence,


Lela Coffey | Kellogg'98, Procter & Gamble Vice President

James Whitner | Founder & Owner


Keyaira Lock Adewunmi | Spice & Sage Founder & Garage Director of Entrepreneurship 

11:20 AM - 12:10 PM

Be Your Own Boss

White Auditorium

This panel showcases founders closing the wealth gap through entrepreneurship that creates paths to build wealth and economic mobility within our communities.


Elizabeth 'Liz' Thompson | Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education Group CEO

Timothy 'Tim' Greenfield | Kellogg'98, Demopolis Equity Partner Founder and Managing Partner


Dr. William Towns | Kellogg Professor in Sustainability & Social Impact

12:10 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch & Transition

French Quarter | White Auditorium

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Corporate Change Makers

White Auditorium

This panel highlights changemakers who are making pathways and pipelines for Black professionals to advance and succeed within the corporate landscape.

Justin Dean | Kellogg'08, Managing Director and Senior Partner at BCG

Kourtney Gibson | Kellogg'10, TIAA Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Institutional Client Officer 


Corey Hicks | AMGEN Regional Medical Director

1:50 PM - 2:00 PM


2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Closing Keynote

White Auditorium

This fireside chat focuses on the importance of community building, entrepreneurship, and group economics to close the Black wealth gap.

Ryan Wilson | CEO & Co-Founder of The Gathering Spot


Bernie Banks | Kellogg Associate Dean for Leadership Development & Inclusion

2:50 PM - 2:55 PM

Money & Power Poem

White Auditorium

Osamase Ekhator | Kellogg'24, Black Management Association Co-President

2:55 PM - 3:00 PM

Closing Remarks from BMA Presidents

White Auditorium

Justin E. Mott | Kellogg'24, Black Management Association Co-President

Osamase Ekhator | Kellogg'24, Black Management Association Co-President

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Celebratory Networking Happy Hour 

French Quarter

Please join us for a networking happy hour to foster relationship-building and create a space for collaboration and community.

*agenda subject to change without notice

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