2023

Culverhouse African American Alumni Network

Student Development Conference & Alumni Recognition Luncheon

The inaugural Culverhouse African American Alumni Network (CAAAN) Conference will be held on February 24, 2023, on The University of Alabama campus. CAAAN is designed to provide a platform for engagement and connection between African American Culverhouse alumni and current Culverhouse students and to recognize early Culverhouse graduates and outstanding achievements among African American alumni.

The Alumni Recognition Luncheon will be held in conjunction with the CAAAN Student Development Conference on Friday, February 24th at 11:30 a.m. on The University of Alabama campus. The luncheon will highlight and celebrate the professional and societal contributions of exemplary alumni of the Culverhouse College of Business.

Proceeds from the event support the DEI Support Fund.

Conference Participants

Cynthia Almond, Owner, Capitol Park Title, LLC and State of Alabama House of Representatives, District 63, Tuscaloosa, AL

Mildred Black, Founder and CEO, People Optimum Consulting, LLC

Lisa Blatter, First VP, Dir. of Campus Recruiting and Career Development, South State Bank

Tracy Comas, President, TPM Research 

Tracy Croom, Dir., Financial Management at Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Vishal Gupta, Professor of Management, Culverhouse College of Business

Troy Haas, President & CEO, Brownell Travel

Alice Holloway, Clinical Instructor, Management, Culverhouse College of Business

Alesia Jones, Former Chief HR Officer, University of Alabama – Birmingham

Caitlin Jones, Global Dir. of Talent and Development Delivery, Coca-Cola Company

Jacqui Jones, Owner and CEO of One Degree Marketing

Dr. James E. King, Jr: Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Miles-Rose Professor of Leadership, Culverhouse College of Business

Charli Matthews, Founder and CEO, Empowering Brands

Maura Mills, Associate Professor of Management, Culverhouse College of Business

Cherie Moman: Clinical Instructor, Marketing, Culverhouse College of Business

Rob Morgan: Director, STEM Path to the MBA/CREATE Path to the MBA, Phifer Fellow and Professor of Marketing

Sandra MortalAssociate Professor of FinanceCulverhouse College of Business

Debra Nelson, President, Elevate Communications

Daphne Palmer, Clinical Instructor, Department of Accounting, Culverhouse College of Business

Pritha Powell, VP, Commercial Card Account Management Team Manager, Regions Bank

Laura Razzolini, Professor of Management, Culverhouse College of Business

Stacey Robinson, Associate Professor of Marketing, Culverhouse College of Business

Amy Savoie, Vice President, Senior Counsel, Protective Life

Gina Simpson, Clinical Instructor, Management, Culverhouse College of Business

Alexa Stabler, Sports Agent and Owner of Stabler Sports

Darlene Wilson, Managing Principal, Relay Accounting Management

Culverhouse African American Alumni Recognition Luncheon

February 24, 2023, 11:30 a.m.

Culverhouse DEI African American Alumni Recognition Luncheon is an annual gathering to highlight and celebrate the professional and societal contributions of exemplary alumnae of the Culverhouse College of Business and is held in conjunction with the Culverhouse African American Alumni Network Conference.

Ticket information is coming soon.

Meet The 2022 Honorees

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Lieutenant General (LTG) Gwen Bingham

Lieutenant General (LTG) Gwen Bingham is a US Army retired 3-star General and a native of Troy, Alabama. She graduated from Army ROTC as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Alabama in August 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce and Business Administration. LTG Bingham also has a Master’s degree in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master’s degree in National Security Strategy and Resources from the National Defense University. She has been a trailblazer serving as the first woman to hold numerous positions as a General Officer. She culminated over 38 years of service in her final assignment as the HQDA Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, The Pentagon.

 

Kathryn Hornsby

Kathryn Hornsby

Kathryn Hornsby is a retired Managing Director from Citi after a career of 33 years.  Kathryn held global leadership roles supporting corporate, financial and government institutions in service, operations, technology, consulting and implementation. Kathryn spent 10 years overseas as the Senior Country Operations Officer in Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Hungary.  She was a member of the Citi Transaction Services Women’s Council from 2001 – 2013 and served 9 years on the Executive Planning Committee and 2 years as co-chair of the council. Kathryn graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Finance from The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Business.  Kathryn served as Executive-in-Residence at the Culverhouse College of Business from 2005-2011.  She has been a member of the Board of Visitors since 2011 and was on the Executive Committee from 2012 – 2021.

 

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Sherrie LeMier-Potts

Sherrie LeMier-Potts graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Business and also received a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She retired from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama from 31 years serving as its Controller and Chief Financial Officer before moving to its Government Affairs contracting to perform Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans Administration Benefits. She is a member of the Culverhouse Student Enrichment Committee to place students with corporations for internships and co-ops and serves on the college’s Board of Visitors.

 

Sponsorship Opportunities

General proceeds go to the DEI Support Fund.

Inspiration Level

$ 5,000 +
  • Empower Level Token Gift
  • Speaking Role at Luncheon
  • Participate in Speed Interviewing Session with Students
  • Logo on Signage, Website, Conference and Luncheon Materials
  • Eight Complimentary Tickets to Luncheon and Reserved Table
  • Listed with & Introduce a Session
  • Two Conference Registrations

Mentor Level

$ 2,500
  • Mentor Level Token Gift
  • Participate in Speed Interviewing Session with Students
  • Logo on Signage, Website, Conference and Luncheon Materials
  • Eight Complimentary Tickets to Luncheon and Reserved Table
  • Listed with & Introduce a Session
  • Two Conference Registrations

Support Level

$ 1,000
  • Support Level Token Gift
  • Participate in Speed Interviewing Session with Students
  • Name on Luncheon Material and Website
  • Eight Complimentary Tickets to Luncheon and Reserved Table

Engagement Level

$ 500
  • Engagement Level Token Gift
  • Participate in Speed Interviewing Session with Students
  • Name on Luncheon Material and Website
  • Eight Complimentary Tickets to Luncheon and Reserved Table

Organization Fair Tables

$ 100
  • Placed in networking area (Hewson Atrium)
  • One Conference Registrations

Organization Fair tabling fee proceeds go to participating student organizations.

Contact Tamiko Oglen (tvoglen@culverhouse.ua.edu) about sponsorship opportunities or questions.

Conference Advisory Board

Ed Fields, Senior Advisor and Chief Strategist for the City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office

Mildred Black, Founder and CEO, People Optimum Consulting, LLC

Ryan Coleman, Senior New Logo Program Manager, Salesforce

Tracy Croom, Director of Financial Management, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Alesia Jones, Former Chief HR Officer, University of Alabama – Birmingham

Kenneth Kelly, Chairman and CEO, First Independence Corporation and First Independence Bank

James Kemp, Co-founder & CEO, Frameworq and Director, Kemp Management Solutions

Larry Lewis, CEO, BizTech and President, PROJECTXYZ

Kelsi Long, Attorney, Balch & Bingham, LLP

Kelly Mehrtens, Executive Director, The Trust (Powered by the NFLPA)

Del Smith, Co-founder and CEO, Acclinate

Isaiah Young, Associate Director of Career Services, Manderson Graduate School of Business at The University of Alabama

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