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      The Business of Faith

    Description

    This year's conference seeks to have a progressive discussion surrounding the business of faith. We will shed some light on the intricate financial considerations of our black churches, the future financial viability of small and mega churches, the spending power of congregations and, finally, the social responsibility of our churches to positively impact the black community. From the local mega-churches in Philadelphia, to the gospel music industry, to the theatrical plays to the Bible-Belt south, "Church Business" os no longer just about the air conditioning committee and the annual church picnic. How can the skills and processes we learn in the classroom and in corporate America be applied to manage this industry?

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    NoLa: Rebuilding New Orleans
    Description
    The past year has been full of many discussions and articles detailing the events, personal stories, heroics, and missteps involving hurricane Katrina. What happened in New Orleans was awful and those who lost their lives should be mourned, but the future of the city is still in the balance. How do you rebuild a city to accommodate 500,000 residents? How do you build a school system when you don't have teachers or students? How do build a thriving economy when you don't have consumers or producers? How do you build credible government programs when municipal bonds have little tax revenue backing? Most importantly, how do you rebuild a city that has the culture and flair fitting of the "Big Easy"?

    We have built a panel of politicians, academics, humanitarians, and businesspeople, all in hopes of getting a better sense of the current status of the rebuilding effort as well as some insights into the opportunities for young business school students.

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    Corporate Diversity: Is there a business case for diversity?
    Description
    We believe that frank discussions regarding the importance of corporate diversity are vital to understanding our place and value in Corporate America. Focusing on diversity is often touted as, simply, best practices and a way to avoid negative attention. The truth is that many companies can and do benefit from diversity of thought, product design, and customer service. Does this benefit result in tangible improvement in top and bottom line financial results? Do these benefits apply to all markets? Is this benefit solely a product of racial diversity? What can we expect to be the hot button area of focus in the future? We invite you to join us as we revisit the roles students will be able to play in our future companies and the steps we can take to ensure our firms maximize the diversity we bring.

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    Education No Child Left Behind?
    Description
    Public education will always be the most critical institution to affect the minority community. Unfortunately, most of our children are learning in areas that are underperforming and our children are being handicapped. While it is easiest to simply blame this underperformance on deteriorating learning environments caused by the quality of our teachers or the amount of government funding, staking such claims is often misguided and downplays the intricacy of our education system. We will bring together a panel of legislators, teachers, superintendents, and charter school backers. The intent is to have a discussion of the financial facts and challenges faced when attempting to improve our education systems and what needs and opportunities exist for bright, driven business school students.

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    Sports Business The businesses behind the jump shot
    Description
    This panel will bring together athletes-turned-businessmen as well as those whose business is serving them.
    The sports industry is one of the few around where minorities play the critical roles and are paid significantly for it. Thirty year-old men and women bring millions of dollars of capital to the table to invest. Now, a new fleet of minority professionals with no "jump-shot" to speak of are making a living in what is the business of sport. It is our hope that those in attendance can better understand the opportunities to excel in this environment as well as the need for high character professionals to improve the perceptions of the capabilities that minorities bring to the table.

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    Private Equity
    Description
    The new private equity environment has been characterized by an increase in institutional trading, smaller funds, an increased number of group deals, and an increased emphasis on differentiating factors (operational). Concerns continue to abound regarding whether returns can continue at their current levels and how private equity models will adapt to the new environment.

    Hear from industry veterans representing some of the leading PE Funds and emerging leaders who have built
    their own successful funds and participate in a discussion about the shifting planes of the PE landscape.

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    Healthcare Panel Overview
    Description
    Over the past several years, a number of prominent African Americans in the fields of entertainment, athletics, and politics have become personally engaged with the plight of people living with AIDS in Africa. Similarly, the Global Business Coalition has led the private sector response to the epidemic. Despite some very notable exceptions, the American black business community, including Africans working in the U.S., have yet to actively apply their business skills and resources to address an epidemic which continues to have devastating human and economic consequences for Africa.

    On this panel, we hope to provide future African and African-American business leaders with an overview of the magnitude and impact of AIDS in Africa in epidemiological and financial terms. We also seek to answer the question, "Is there a business case for investing in the fight against AIDS in Africa?" We will provide examples of both successful corporate employee policies on HIV/AIDS and of public-private partnerships focused on mitigating the impact of the epidemic. Finally, we hope to demonstrate how innovative companies and individuals have applied their public and private sector expertise to build the results orientation of public, nonprofit, and private organizations engaged in AIDS work in Africa. Our goal is for attendees to leave the panel with the sense that

    they can draw on their diverse array of experiences in the private sector to contribute to the fight against AIDS in Africa in the short-term and the long-term.

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November 3Oth -
December 3rd , 2006
Loews Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
 

 

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The Whitney M. Young, Jr. Memorial Conference is produced and administered by the African American MBA Association,
a student-run organization of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.