Black in Business

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Be. Lead. Accomplish. Connect. Know.

The series hopes to broaden the perspectives of Black students and expose them to unique mentorship opportunities. This series is in collaboration with the Division of Student Life's Being Black@Iowa Project. Our goal is that students will learn more about business from black professionals, discover their inner entrepreneur, and be empowered. Students do not have to be business majors to attend as we encourage them to see that anything they do in their professions can be seen as a business.

For more information, contact Tevin Robbins (link sends e-mail).

Black in Business Dinner

Black in Business Dinner


The Center for Diversity and Enrichment (CDE) and the Tippie College of Business will hold this event in Spring 2020.

For students: email invites are forcoming in January 2020, so please mark your calendars for that email invite.

The Center for Diversity and Enrichment (CDE) and the Tippie College of Business held this event on February 24, 2018  to focus on the cultivation of our next leaders, supporting their growth, igniting their passions, and connecting them to successful professionals.

Quotes from Participants:

“I learned to say yes to opportunities even if it sounds terrifying for me.”

“I connected with various professionals, some that I believe will be valuable to my network as connections to possibly work for in the future.”

“I was able to connect with a couple individuals because of this, who I now have the ability to email and keep in contact with. Hopefully, these connections blossom into somewhat of a path for me to follow through the rest of my time at Iowa and beyond.”

The Black in Business Series strives to bring professionals from around the nation and in our backyard to campus to create experience that we hope will inspire students and staff to improve on their professionalism and keep moving forward in their respective fields of interest. Below you will find who we have invited to campus or professionals that are already on campus that will be speaking at our events:

Simeon Talley

Simeon is the co-founder of Iowa Fashion Project (IFP) and co-creator of Flyover Fashion Fest. 

Kyra Seay

Kyra is the co-founder of Regi Me. 

Carlos Grant

Carlos is the principal of Metro High School.

Andre Perry

Andre serves as the Executive Director of The Englert Theatre and is also the co-founder / director of Mission Creek Festival and Witching Hour, key initiatives of The Englert. 

Tuma Basa

Tuma Basa: global programming head of hip-hop at Spotify—is arguably the most important tastemaker in hip-hop music today. Personally choosing every song that goes onto the Rap Caviar playlist is a particular kind of power. With over 5.7 million followers, the service’s second most popular playlist has been partially responsible for the overnight success of artists like Lil Uzi Vert (whose daily Spotify streams leapt from 442,000 to over one million after strategic Rap Caviar placement), Rae Sremmurd, Migos and, more recently, Los Angeles' very own Kyle.

Harold Hughes

Harold is the Founder & CEO of BANDWAGON - an online marketplace and fan community designed to improve the game day experience for sports fans everywhere. Also, as a leader in the growing startup community in Greenville, South Carolina, he is the Co-Managing Director of Collective - a co-working space for small teams and entrepreneurs; Director of the Founder Institute-Greenville chapter; and is a member of NEXT as well as the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. He also recently participated in the Google for Entrepreneurs Exchange Program in Durham, NC.A man of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Harold is actively involved in the community with ventures like Rebuild Upstate, TEDx and Hands On Greenville. As a strong believer in mentorship, he makes time to speak with youth and his fellow peers about his journey to entrepreneurship and how he has found success along the way.