Culverhouse DEI African American Alumni
Network Conference
February 24, 2023
Conference Schedule

11:00 AM


Hewson First or Ground Floors

12:00 – 1:00

Organization Fair – Part 1

Hewson Atrium

All sessions in Fitzpatrick Auditorium.



Dr. James E. King, Jr., Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Culverhouse College of Business, Miles-Rose Professor of Leadership (UA, 1989)


S1: Honoree Presentation and Remarks

Moderator: Ed Fields, Senior Advisor and Chief Strategist for the City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office, Culverhouse 2007


S2: What I Would Tell my College Self

James Kemp, Co-founder & CEO, Frameworq and Director, Kemp Management Solutions, 2017
Kelsi Long, Attorney, Balch & Bingham, LLP, 2017 & 2021
Tariq Draine, Site Director at SMASH Morehouse, 2017


S3: Getting the Most Out of Internships and Your First Months on a Job

Ryan Coleman, Senior New Logo Program Manager, Salesforce, 2015 & 2017
Tracy Croom, Director of Financial Management, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, 1983
Daryl R. Grant, Managing Director, Customer & Operations, KPMG Advisory Services, 1998


S4: Entrepreneurship as a First, Second, or Side Career

Mildred Black, Founder and CEO, People Optimum Consulting, LLC., 1998
Kenneth Kelly, Chairman and CEO, First Independence Corporation and First Independence Bank, 1998
Larry Lewis, CEO, BizTech and President, PROJECTXYZ, 1992
Del Smith, Co-founder and CEO, Acclinate, 2007


Speed-Interviewing (Pre-signup required)

Alesia Jones, Former Chief HR Officer, University of Alabama – Birmingham; Principal Consultant and Owner of AMJ HR Solutions, LLC., 1989
Paige Miller. Manager of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Culverhouse College of Business (UA, 1997)
Isaiah Young, Associate Director of Career Services, Manderson Graduate School of Business at The University of Alabama (UA, 2018)
Dr. Josephine Jackson Banks, Executive Director of Talent Acquisition at UAB. (UA,1994)


Networking and Organization Fair-Part 2 (Hewson Atrium)