September 26-27, 2019 | Hyatt Regency Atlanta


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Our Mission

The HBCU Sustainability Summit connects HBCU Leaders with C-Suite Executives, Foundation leaders and other national membership organizations in order to develop financial resources and clear strategies that lead to the long term fiscal sustainability of our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

September 26 -27, 2019

Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Sustaining Our HBCUs

Our History | Our Future | Our Responsibility

Dr. Robinson Luncheon X2

2018 Summit Highlights

Presidents, corporate and foundation leaders, along with experts across leading industries participated in this historic think tank. This Summit brought HBCU Presidents together, in an unprecedented collaboration, to secure the future of our institutions for our students.

Conference Agenda

7:00am – 2:00pm
Summit Registration
8:30am – 9:45am
President and Trustee Breakfast

Special Remarks: Katrice Albert, Executive Vice President of Inclusion and Human Resources, NCAA
Guest Speaker: Emory Edwards, Outreach Director, EdChoice

HBCU Presidents and leaders will discuss educational issues affecting students of color, K-12, and potential reforms. This dialogue will serve to increase awareness and understanding with the goal of leveraging resources for broad-based solutions and options in local HBCU communities.

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10:00am – 11:15am
Pre-Summit Training “Leaving a Legacy – How To’s for the Individual and Institution”

Legacies are created over decades not days. There is a sizable portion of the roughly 5.3 million high net worth individuals in the United States who do not have a plan for sustaining or transferring their wealth. This session will give a high level view of the power of educating your alumni and donors about the long term impact of estate and tax planning that can benefit both them and their families. A primer on making bequests and impactful gifts during their lifetime and bequests for lasting legacy. Institutions must also plan for their legacy. We will explore the strategies your university/college can utilize to cement its legacy through planned giving, endowment management and “opportunity zones”.

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11:30am – 2:00pm
Opening Session

Summit Co-Chairs
Dr. Roslyn Artis, President, Benedict College
Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., Chairman, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. & National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc.

“The Keepers of the Legacy – A Tribute to the Divine 9”

Lezli Baskerville, President & CEO, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO)

Divine 9 Representatives
Dr. Everett Ward, President, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Caroline G. Randolph, South Atlantic Regional Director, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Dr. David Marion, Grand Basileus, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Kendra Hatcher King, National Director of PR & Marketing, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Dr. Griena Knight Davis, International Grand Anti-Grammateus, Sigma Gamma Rho, Inc.,

~ Award Presentation to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. ~

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2:15pm – 3:45pm
“Collaborative Resource Development – Foundation Strategies”

This session will bring leaders of major corporate foundations together to discuss opportunities available to HBCUs. Panelists will explore relationship building strategies and “tips and tools” for developing successful funding proposals.  Attendees will have the opportunity to engage the panelists during this highly interactive session and will come away better prepared to engage corporate foundation leaders and to build strategic partnerships for their institutions.

Helen Price, Vice President of Global Community Affairs and President, Coca Cola Foundation

Debra “Debby” Ballard, Director, Community Affairs and President, Sprint Foundation
Rodney Bullard, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility and Executive Director, Chick-fil-A-Foundation
Dewey Norwood, Relationship Manager, Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations, Wells Fargo

4:00pm – 5:15pm
“Collaborative Resource Development – Leveraging Federal Action to Create Local Competitive Advantages”

This session will explore groundbreaking approaches to creating local competitive advantages for HBCUs by leveraging federal actions to create local public-private partnerships for institutional development.

Johnathan Holifield, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Michael Lomax, President & CEO, United Negro College Fund
Harry Williams, President & CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund
Leonard Haynes, Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
Dr. Billy Hawkins, President, Talladega College

5:30pm – 7:30pm
Networking Reception – “A Meet & Greet Event”


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7:00am – 10:00am
Summit Registration
7:30am – 8:45am

Dr. Belle Wheelan, President, Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges

9:00am – 10:00am
“Collaborative Resource Development – Corporate Philanthropy”

Keith Parker, President, Goodwill of North Georgia

Curley Dossman, President, Georgia Pacific Foundation
Ebony David, Executive Director, Human Resources. Quest Diagnostics
Regina Heyward, Senior Vice President, Head of Supplier Diversity, Supply Chain Management, Wells Fargo & Company
Leah Moody, Director, South Carolina Community Partnerships, Juul
William Pickard, Chairman, Global Automotive Alliance
Debby Ballard, President, Sprint Foundation

10:15am – 12:00pm
“Collaborative Resource Development – Public/Private Partnerships”

Opening Remarks: Gourmet Food Services, Inc.

Dr. Larry Robinson
, President, Florida A&M University

Venessa Harrison, Georgia President, AT&T
Damon House, Senior. Business Program Manager in Public Sector, Microsoft Global Services
Thomas Lowery, Renewable Energy Manger, Duke Energy
Dr. Ken L. Harris, President & CEO, National Business League
Tarsha Calloway, Vice President of Advancement, Woodruff Center

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12:15pm – 2:00pm
Closing Luncheon: “Our Story – HBCU Narratives”

Cathy Hughes, Founder, Radio One

Jamal Watson, Editor-At-Large, Diverse Magazine
Dr. Makola Abdullah, President, Virginia State University
Dr. Walter Kimbrough, President, Dillard University
Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, President, Howard University

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2:00pm – 2:30pm
Closing Session

Summit Co-Chairs
Dr. Roslyn Artis, President, Benedict College
Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., Chairman, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. & National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation

National Summit for the Sustainability of HBCUs

Our History. Our Furture. Our Responsibility