The 2020 HBCUgrow LEAD Conference & Awards is set for April 7! This year’s theme: The Intersection of Business and Education. This forum will bring together leadership from HBCUs and MSIs to engage with corporate diversity, inclusion and equity leaders.

Meet our LEAD 2020 speakers

UPDATE: Due to travel restrictions imposed due to COVID-19, we have decided to hold the LEAD Conference & Awards virtually. The price has been reduced to account for the change.

2020 LEAD Agenda

8:30-9:00amLogin to virtual platform (details will be sent prior to the event)
9:00-10:10amWelcome and Building Equity & Business Partnerships (Keynote)
It seems as if everyone has a diversity and inclusion policy today, but how many are truly effective? Join us as we learn about a partnership between Red Ventures and Johnson C. Smith University that is really working. You’ll leave today understanding more about how you can build strong partnerships that lead to true equity.
10:10-10:20amBreak
10:20-11:20amBusiness Panel
Ask questions of our business panelists on what has worked (and what hasn’t) for their diversity and inclusion programs. They will field your questions on how they have achieved success and what the future looks like. Our panel includes:
– Maria Pia Tamburri, Dominion Energy
– Don Lee, Impact Professional Group, Inc.
– E.J. Dickerson, PwC
– Susan Jacobs, Huntington Ingalls
– Dr. Jennifer Farmer, Northrop Grumman
11:20-11:30amBreak
11:30-12:30pmPresidential Panel
The Presidential Panel – a conference favorite – is back! Every college and university wants to see its students graduate and have a successful career. Hear how Presidents are addressing equity challenges and building corporate partnerships in the ever-changing HBCU higher-ed environment. Schools and businesses are invited to ask questions and share their needs and expectations. Our panel includes:
– Dr. Hakim Lucas, President, Virginia Union University
– Dr. Aminta Breaux, President, Bowie State University
– Dr. Roslyn Artis, President, Benedict College
– Dr. Donald Palm, Provost, Virginia State University
12:30-1:00pmLunch Break
1:00-2:30pmPresentation of the 2020 LEAD Awards
Help us celebrate the 2020 LEAD Awards! Awards are chosen based on input from the public and our judge’s panel. Be the first to congratulate the winners for:
LEAD Innovation
LEAD Marketing
LEAD Website
LEAD Military-Friendly
Best Leadership