Advancing Diversity

Black Entrepreneurship in America, A Historical Perspective



Advancing Diversity: Black Entrepreneurship is a 4-part series bringing together Harvard alumni for a conversation on the universal themes and unique facets of being black within the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

This first session will set the stage for the subsequent discussions by going through relevant aspects of the history and experiences that define Black entrepreneurship in America.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM



Jill Johnson, ‘90, Co-Founder and CEO, Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership


James H. Lowry, HBS, Senior Advisor, The Boston Consulting Group 

Ron Mitchell, ’92, HBS ’97, Founder, Virgil Holdings

Susan Smith Richardson, HKS ’04, CEO & Board Member, Center for Public Integrity 

Please note that registration for this event closes 1 hour prior to the start of the session.


Mayor James has served in numerous leadership positions to address a range of issues in the community. Mayor James was the former Chair of the West Palm Beach Citizens’ Ethics Task Force, a position to which he was appointed by then-Mayor Lois Frankel. Mayor James is a former Board Member of the Florida League of Cities, Palm Beach County League of Cities, Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission, Grassy Waters Conservancy and Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council. A trailblazer in his own right, Mayor James was the first African American Chair of Leadership Florida and the Quantum Foundation.




Advancing Diversity: Black Entrepreneurship brings together Harvard alumni for an honest and authentic conversation about the unique challenges facing black entrepreneurs. All are invited to listen, learn, and engage. 

Details: Sept. 16, 23, and 30 at 1pm EDT on Zoom
Register at https://www.harvardae.org/advancing-diversity



Please contact Club Administrator, Tricia Wansor: HarvardBroward@gmail.com or 954-914-3148.