Trailblazers Conference

Come join us on October 21st, 2017 from 10:00 am to 6:15 pm, as we engage and celebrate our minority trailblazers and professionals! Don't miss an opportunity to network with world- renowned professionals and partake in guided workshops in the fields of art, medicine, dentistry, business, STEM and law. Receive industry advice from professionals so you too can be a pioneer in your field of study.

Thank you to Obermann Center, Center for Diversity and Enrichment, University Lecture Committee, Graduate College, Carver College of Medicine, College of Engineering, National Association of Black Journalists and Student Government for their generous support. 

Registration:

Register yourself at: https://orgsync.com/17476/forms/275236

Format:

Workshop hosted by trailblazer. Workshops will be presented twice (45 min each) unless otherwise specified.

Schedule:

TimeScheduled ItemLocation
9:45am - 2:00pm Registration - Pick up portfolios and schedule Hubbard Commons

Session 1

10:00am - 11:30am (Two 45 minute workshops)

TimeScheduled ItemLocation
10:00am - 10:45am Workshop 1: Business and Entrepreneurship, Andre Wright Michigan Room (Room #351)
10:45am - 10:50am Five minute intermission / change of rooms  
10:50am - 11:30am Workshop 2: Mentorship and Sponsorship: The Gateway to Success, Dr. LD Britt, MD Lucas Dodge Room (Room #256)
11:40am - 12:00pm Move to Lunch  
12:00pm - 1:15pm Networking Luncheon: mix and mingle with students and guests Sunporch, IMU
2:00pm - 3:15pm Keynote: Byron Pitts* Main Lounge, IMU
3:30pm - 4:15pm Special Event: A discussion with Byron Pitts; Moderated by Davida Anderson Lucas Dodge Room (Room #256)

*Book signing immediately after lecture. Books will be on sale:

  • "Be the One," $13.50
  • Step Out On Faith, $14.47

Session 2

3:30pm - 5:05pm

TimeScheduled ItemLocation
3:30pm - 5:05pm Workshop 3: Brains Behind the Brands, Erica Douglas, Sister Scientist (two 45 minute workshops) Nebraska Room (Room #335)
  Five minute intermission / change of rooms
3:30pm - 4:30pm Workshop 4: Oral Health and Wellness, Dr. Hazel Glasper, DDS (one hour workshop) Indiana Room (Room #356)

Session 3

5:00pm - 6:50pm (two 45 minute workshops)

TimeScheduled ItemLocation
5:00pm - 5:45pm Workshop 5: Creating Your Own Industry in the Arts, Simeon Talley Lucas Dodge Room (Room #256)
  Five minute intermission / change of rooms
5:50pm - 6:50pm Workshop 6: Working With a Diverse Team, Life as a Minority in Corporate America, Simeon Talley Penn State Room (Room #337)


Speakers:

Byron Pitts

Emmy Award winning Journalist for ABC’s Nightline. Author of Step Out On Nothing: How Family and Faith Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges (2009).

Keynote Lecture

Time: 2:00-3:15 pm

Andre Wright

Business Trailblazer

Time and Location: 10:00-10:45 am, Michigan State, IMU

Dr. LD Britt

Chair of Eastern Virginia Medical School (Medical Trailblazer)

Workshop on Mentorship and Sponsorship: The Gateway to Success

Time and Location: 10-11:30 am Michigan State Room, IMU

Erica Douglas

“Sister Scientist”- STEM Entrepreneur

Workshop: Brains Behind the Brands

Time and Location: 3:30-5:05, Lucas Dodge IMU

Dr. Hazel Glasper, DDS

Founder of Comprehensive Dentist and Owner of Revive Dental

Dental Trailblazer

Time and Location: 3:30-4:30 pm, Minnesota room, IMU

Simeon Talley

Community organizer/ entrepreneur

Arts Trailblazer

Time and Location: 5:10-5:55, Minnesota Room, IMU

Eugene Whatley

Software Developer

Engineering Trailblazer - Working with a Diverse Team

Time and Location: 6:00-6:50, Minnesota room, IMU

Sponsors:

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Thank you to Obermann Center, Center for Diversity and Enrichment, University Lecture Committee, Graduate College, Carver College of Medicine, College of Engineering and Student Government for their generous support.