Black in Business

Black in business Series 2018 - Be.Lead.Accomplish.Connect.Know.

Be. Lead. Accomplish. Connect. Know.

The CDE and the Tippie College of Business present: The Black In Business series which will expand dialogue in the Black community around issues of higher education, business, and entrepreneurship. 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. Come learn more about business from black professionals, discover your inner entrepreneur, and be empowered. 

"...road bumps will happen on the journey to your vision, remember why you want it. Don't look away."

For more information, contact Jamal Nelson or Tevin Robbins.

Black in Business Dinner

Black in Business Dinner

February 24, 2018 – TBA, Doors open at 5:45pm

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

This program is invitation only. There will be free parking for those that will be driving to the event. The dress code is Business or Business Casual, and if you are a students in need of assistance in this area, contact either Jamal Nelson or Tevin Robbins. To reserve your seat for this event please fill out this online form (available soon) before February 12, 2018. Seats are limited so fill out the form as soon as possible. Students do not have to be business majors to attend. Professionals should bring many business cards with them and information on the places that they work. For questions please contact Jamal Nelson, or Tevin Robbins,

​All events are advantage Iowa approved. Students do not have to be business majors to attend.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Jamal Nelson in advance at 319-335-3555 or by email


Contact Jamal Nelson at 319-335-3555 or at

Quotes from the Past:

“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.”

Meet our Sponsors

The Center for Diversity and Enrichment would like to thank the following people and organizations for their contributions to this series:

Diversity Resource Team, Chief Diversity Office

Division of Student Life

MidwestOne Bank

Tippie College of Business

Marketing and Design

John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC)

Keynotes & Panelists: Meet the Professionals

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

Originally from Columbus, OH; Simeon is the co-founder of Iowa Fashion Project (IFP) and co-creator of Flyover Fashion Fest. He came to Iowa in 2008 to work for the Obama campaign and after traveling across the country for the campaign came back to Iowa to finish his degree and lay entrepreneurial roots. His work now focuses on growing IFP and its related projects as well as collaborating with other social-good entrepreneurs on creative projects. 

Kyra Seay

Kyra earned a BA in  Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation, a major she created in partnership with the Interdepartmental Studies Department, completed a minor in Spanish, and earned the Critical Cultural Competency Certificate at the University of Iowa. During her undergraduate career she was the founder of a social justice organization, and founded several other initiatives that are considered integral programs to the university campus & culture today. As an active student leader Kyra worked closely with student governments, international programs, and many academic departments on topics related to diversity, inclusion, international student relations, sustainability, and social entrepreneurship.  She continues some of that work today as the Communications Coordinator for her alma mater’s Chief Diversity Office. Her past work experience includes stellar startup company Ellison Eyewear (a fashion startup), where she served in an Operations position while leading their Customer Service strategy. Kyra’s in the process of developing a startup herself for women of color. Originally from Keokuk, Iowa, Kyra has spent time in the Dominican Republic, Japan, and China.

Carlos Grant

Dr. Carlos C. Grant was born in Winston-Salem, NC and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology Education from SC State University, Masters of Education (MEd) in Educational Leadership from Winthrop University, and Educational Doctorate (EdD) in Educational Leadership and Superintendency from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Dr. Grant over 15 years of experience in the educational field. T

He came to Iowa to serve as the Principal of Metro High School. His vision for Metro is centered on three key areas: (1) 21st century technology, (2) boundary-free collaboration, and (3) “outside the box” flexibility. They want to directly impact the shortage of current and future skilled workers in the technical areas of ACE.

In the summer of 2016, he was promoted to be the Executive Director for Personalized Learning, Middle Education & Partner Development. He will be responsible for administrative supervision of all services and programs for personalized learning and middle school education in the Cedar Rapids Community Schools and for all instructional services provided in partner-based programs. He also serves a dual role within the school district as the interim Principal at Washington High School. 

He currently reside in Marion, IA where he and Michelle two wonderful children, Cameron (10) and Cayden (8). Beyond being an avid golfer and reader, he spends a tremendous amount of time in community activism through his involvement with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and the Metro North Rotary Club.

Andre Perry

Andre Perry lives in Iowa City. He 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. He sits on the boards of the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature designation, and FilmScene, Iowa City's nonprofit art house movie theater.