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.  

 
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OUR
MISSION

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.

VOLUNTEER
FOR CBE

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

 
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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!

 

Our Goals

 
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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.

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HIGHLIGHTING EXCELLENCE

among Black employees, business owners, and community representatives in order to inspire future generations of leaders.

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EDUCATING BLACK

professionals about industry developments, career growth, and business opportunities.

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GIVING BACK

through volunteer activities and by raising funds to financially support outreach efforts to underserved neighborhoods.

 

BRIDGING GAPS

 

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!   

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Our EXECUTIVE Team

 
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Angela Johnson

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Litigation Counsel, Uber
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Nakeena Taylor

Chief Operating Officer
Sr. Counsel, Atrium
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Shannon Nash

Chief Financial Officer
Inside Source, CFO
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Michele Ross

Chief Marketing Officer
Associated Director of Integrated Marketing, Forbes
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Julian Ross

Chief Technology Officer
Product Manager, Apple
 
 
 
 

Our Committee Leads

Programs & Operations

Marketing & Comms

 
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Monica Monroe

Impact Nonprofit Program Director
Partner, Tucker Ellis
 
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Taylor Weaver

Programs & Operations
Corporate Associate, Winston & Strawn LLP
 
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Rhashad Pittman

Communications Director
Entrepreneur
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TraceyLynn Counts

Digital Media Director
Creative Lead - Digital Producer, CreativityCounts
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Felicia Davis

Communications Director
CEO, Black Women’s Collective
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Kimberly Gant

Social Media Director
Web & Digital Marketing Manager, ABD
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Jordan Medina

Public Relations Director
Manager, Social Impact Partnerships, LinkedIn
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Milan Williams

Social Media Specialist
Social Media, 15thgrd

Sponsorship & Finance Team

 
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Eva Pulliam

Sponsorship Director
Associate, Ardent Fox LLP
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Halima Sow

Grant Director
Compliance Attorney, Intesa Sanpaolo
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Shauntrice Martin

Grant Research
Association of Black Argumentation Professionals
 

Pitch Day,  Vendor Showcase, & Career Fair

 
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Ben Wanzo

Pitch Day Chair
Entrepreneur
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Francine Marquis

Vendor Showcase Fair Chair
People Operations, Google
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Sadasia McCutchen

Career Fair Chair
People Analyst, Google
 

Legal Pitch Day

 
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Robert White

Legal Pitch Day Chair
Executive Director, California Minority Counsel Program
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Nikkisha Smith

Legal Pitch Day Committee Member
Associate, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
 
 

Gala Team

 
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Kevin Scott

Gala Director
Program Manager, Google
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Imani Bordeaux

Gala Committee Member
Senior Sales Coordinator, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
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Kyle Gordon

Gala Committee Member
Search Business Partner, Google
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Gerald Jean-Baptiste

Gala Committee Member
Intern Programs Specialist, Google
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Drea Alphonso

Gala Committee Member
Head of Partnerships, Black Tech Women
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Mariah Smith

Gala Committee Member
Google
 
 

CBE Summit Team

 
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Kariithi Kilemi

Finance & Entrepreneurship Chair
Business Development and Partnerships, Manager
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Jamal Thompson

Finance & Entrepreneurship Committee
Manager of Engineering Programs, BART
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Terell Sterling

Finance & Entrepreneurship Committee
Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
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Nori Sakatsume

Finance & Entrepreneurship Committee
Industrial Designer, HP Inc.
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Gael Hatchue

Finance & Entrepreneurship Committee
Senior Software Engineer, Google
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Michael Flanigan

Finance & Entrepreneurship Committee
Associate, Reichman Jorgensen LLP
 
 
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Robyn E. Cross

Health & Wellbeing Chair
Senior Claims and Health Advocate, ABD Insurance and Financial Services, Inc.
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Kathrina Weeks

Education & Social Impact Chair
Associate Director of Admissions, Head-Royce School
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Luarnie Bermudo

Health & Wellbeing Committee
Program Manager of Whole Person Care and Community Care Settings Program at Health Plan of San Mateo (HPSM)
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Shauntrice Martin

Education & Social Impact Committee
Association of Black Argumentation Professionals
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Aminah Robinson

Health & Wellbeing Committee
Founder, Aminah Robinson dba Chef Mimi
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Khalid White

Education & Social Impact Committee
Owner, Blkmpwr (Black Empower), LLC.
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Lakeisha Poole

Health & Wellbeing Committee
Talent Karma, Founder/CEO
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Leslie Spencer

Tech & Life Sciences Chair
Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP
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Jamal Thompson

Tech & Life Sciences Committee
Manager of Engineering Programs, BART
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Marcus Barber

Gov’t & Legal Chair
Kasowitz, Benson Torres LLP
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Eva Pulliam

Gov’t & Legal Committee
Associate, Arent Fox LLP
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Liku Madoshi

Gov’t & Legal Committee
Attorney, Bledsoe, Diestel, Treppa & Crane LLP
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Y'Anad Burrell

Music, Art & Entertainment Chair
Owner/CEO, Glass House Commumications
 
 
 

Partnerships

 
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Morgan Elam

Partnership Director
Counsel, Electronic Arts
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Kevin Coleman

Community Outreach Co-Chair
Managing Partner, UrbanFarmers Inc.
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Jeremiah Tolbert

Community Outreach Co-Chair
Board Member, Fam1st, Self E-Stem
 
 

Our strategic partners

 
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Elisha Nichole Greenwell

Black Joy Parade
 
 
 
 

Our advisory Committee

 
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Taj Clayton

Advisory Board Chair
Partner, Winston & Strawn
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Shellye Archambeau

Former CEO of MetricStream, Board Member of Verizon and Nordstrom
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Tony West

Chief Legal Officer, Uber
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Aminah Robinson

Founder, Aminah Robinson dba Chef Mimi
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Melanie Gross

AGC & Global Practice Group Leader, Genentech
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Robert White

Executive Director, California Minority Counsel Program
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Christophe Mosby

VP & Associate General Counsel, HP Inc.
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Angela Wilbourn

Area Development Director, UNCF (United Negro College Fund)
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Jeremiah Tolbert

Board Member, Fam1st, Self E-Stem
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Lloyd M. Johnson Jr.

CEO, Chief Legal Executive LLC
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Saafir Rabb Jr.

CEO of Intercultural Inc.
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Achia Swift

Legal Director, Uber
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Cristal Waldrop

Former Nonprofit Executive
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Bruce Jackson

Assistant General, Global Sales, Marketing, & Operations, Microsoft
 
 

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