Black Alumni Summit to Showcase Accomplished Alumni Community

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By Na'Tasha Jones,
Managing Editor, Georgetown Alumni

From Oct. 23-25, 2015, Georgetown will host the inaugural Black Alumni Summit, a biennial gathering planned by and for the Black undergraduate alumni of the university. The summit seeks to bring Black alumni from across the globe back to the Hilltop to reconnect with one another and with the university, and is co-chaired by Tammee Thompson (C'91), an accomplished senior executive and member of the Georgetown University Board of Regents, and Eric Woods (B'91), founder of Paladin Ventures, in collaboration with the Office of Advancement.

The theme of the 2015 summit is Re-engage – Reconnect – Recommit. Each panel discussion, networking event and social activity will use this theme to emphasize the diversity of Georgetown's Black alumni family, and provide an avenue to link and bond over common experiences and successes.

"This is an exciting opportunity to foster a deeper connection to Georgetown and within the black alumni community," said Woods.

The weekend agenda will showcase the experiences of Georgetown's accomplished Black alumni community across all classes, schools and professions. Through its unique programming, the summit will channel the vast and underutilized energy of Black alumni toward a heightened level of community and university stewardship.

"We wanted to provide a vehicle for black alumni to consistently come together and celebrate our many post-graduate accomplishments," said Woods.

The schedule of events includes panels on timely topics such as Leadership; University Engagement; Arts, Media and Entertainment; The Black Experience on the Hilltop; and much more. Distinguished alumni will act as moderators and speakers and there will be a special welcome from Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia. Networking sessions will offer alumni the opportunity to engage with others in their respective fields through a series of vertical-focused meetups.

"The value of a Georgetown degree lies not just in the education and experience you gain, but also in our network. Alumni need to be able to harness and leverage the power of this vast network through engagement," said Woods. "These networking sessions, and indeed the entire Black Alumni Summit, will provide the opportunity for such meaningful engagement amongst alumni, faculty and students. "

Industries represented in the networking events will include Education; Business and Entrepreneurship; Entertainment and Media; Law, Government and Politics; Health and Medicine; and Technology.

The summit will be held on campus, with the majority of the events taking place in the Rafik B. Hariri building. Registration is open. Visit the Black Alumni Summit website to view the full schedule of events and register today.

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