Coalition of Black Excellence Week (“CBE Week”) was started in September 2017, with the simple goal of unifying Black professionals, employee resource groups, nonprofits, and business owners around a common desire to plan Black History Month events that uplift the Black community as a whole. The collaborators recognized that there were few events that brought together Black professionals across sectors to exchange ideas, network, and collectively recognize the inspiring accomplishments of members of the Black community.
After several months of coordination, a team of dedicated volunteers from Our Collective and companies throughout the Bay Area launched the first CBE Week in February 2018.
The week long summit was designed to connect and support Black professionals, business owners, and community members living throughout the Bay Area. It attracted hundreds of attendees to various events, including panel discussions, a gala, and a parade led by Black Joy Parade.
Due to the summit’s success, a team of volunteers decided to launch Coalition of Black Excellence (“CBE”) as an official San Francisco Bay-Area based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; incorporated in June 2018. The organization is powered by a team of volunteer Black professionals who are passionate about, and dedicated to, CBE Week becoming an annual gathering that continues to grow and expand its reach beyond the Bay Area, and serve as a platform for uniting, celebrating and uplifting the Black community as a whole.
Our mission is to unify and elevate the Black community by marshaling talented Black professionals for one week to share our varied expertise, improve our careers and uplift our community.
CBE is powered entirely by a team of volunteers who are passionate and dedicated to, uniting, celebrating and uplifting the Black community as a whole. CBE’s annual gathering will continue to grow and expand its reach beyond the Bay Area. And we need your help!
OUR 2020 VISION
CBE’s vision is to host an entirely free world class CBE Summit open to 3,000 Black Professionals by 2020. And we need your help!
NETWORKING AND CONNECTING
Black professionals across sectors to promote the exchange of business opportunities and to provide a space to strategize about how to elevate the Black community as a whole.
among Black employees, business owners, and community representatives in order to inspire future generations of leaders.
professionals about industry developments, career growth, and business opportunities.
through volunteer activities and by raising funds to financially support outreach efforts to underserved neighborhoods.
We aim to bridge the socio-economic, generational, and professional gaps in the Black community.
Providing 360 development opportunities (professional gap). We recognize that there are few opportunities that bring together Black professionals across multiple sectors to come together, exchange ideas and business opportunities, and strategically collaborate to uplift the Black community. We are filling this current void by curating panel discussion and workshops at the CBE Summit across six tracks that will be open to all attendees! We are creating one space for Black professionals to learn about leading industry development topics across our six tracks:
Technology & Life Sciences
Music, Art & Entertainment
Finance & Entrepreneurship
Government & Legal
Health & Wellbeing
Education & Social Impact
Creating affordable professional development events (socio-economic gap). We aim to bridge the socio-economic gap by ensuring that all Black professionals have access to world-class professional development and networking events. How do we achieve affordability? CBE is an entirely volunteer run organization, which minimizes the overhead costs and allows for more funds to go back to the community! CBE relies on sponsorships and donations to fund its programming. These supporters are essential to allowing CBE to fulfill its mission and ensure that our programing is inclusive of Black professionals regardless of their socio-economic status.
Facilitating organic mentorship opportunities within the Black community (generational gap). CBE aims to close the generational gap in the Black community. We recognize that there have been decades of trailblazers who have encountered the same issues the Black community is facing today. There is no need to reinvent the wheel – young professionals should be learning from seasoned professionals. But how can they if they never have the opportunity to be in the same room? To counter this problem, CBE programming is intentionally designed to reach young and seasoned professionals. Our theory is simple, if we create the space for them to come together, then maybe we can inspire more genuine mentorship and sponsorship opportunities within the Black community!
Our EXECUTIVE Team
Our Committee Leads
Programs & Operations
Marketing & Comms
Sponsorship & Finance Team
Pitch Day, Vendor Showcase, & Career Fair
Legal Pitch Day
CBE Summit Team
Senior Claims and Health Advocate, ABD Insurance and Financial Services, Inc.
Program Manager of Whole Person Care and Community Care Settings Program at Health Plan of San Mateo (HPSM)