February 18-24, 2019, San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Coalition of Black Excellence

2nd Annual CBE Week

Build. Promote. Inspire.


Coalition of Black Excellence Week

 Organized by the Coalition of Black Excellence (CBE), a San Francisco Bay Area-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, CBEWeek is an annual, week-long event designed to highlight excellence in the Black community, connect Black professionals across sectors, and provide opportunities for professional development and community engagement that will positively transform the Black community. CBEWeek is open to professionals and entrepreneurs of all industries. 

Learn More About CBE's Mission & Goals





CBEWeek is run by dedicated volunteers who are passionate about elevating the Black community. Find out how you can get involved!

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CBEWeek 2019 will feature  networking events, dynamic speakers, and opportunities to advance your career!

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Get your company involved. There are opportunities to sponsor CBEWeek, host and speak at events.  Check out the sponsorship and partnership opportunities for more information.




CBE's Impact Nonprofit Program was established to fund and promote nonprofits that are having a positive impact on the Black community.  Learn more about the 2019 program and nominate a nonprofit program for funding!

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Highlights from  CBEWeek 2018


Inaugural, Code Black Gala: Recognizing Trailblazers and Nonprofits

The Inaugural Code Black Gala brought together over 600 attendees to celebrate Black excellence, build community, recognize trailblazers, and honor nonprofits who are positively impacting the Black community. BET’s own Jeff Johnson was the Master of Ceremony and assisted with honoring the Inaugural Award Recipients: Morgan DeBaun with the Tech Innovation Award, Monique Woodard with the Impact Investor Award, Build with the Nonprofit of the Year Award, and Fam 1st Family Foundation with the Community Champion Award.


CBEGives Back: Supporting Our Community

CBEWeek is not just about recognizing members of the community and hosting events - it's about giving back. We kicked off the week by bringing together a host of volunteers from companies across the Bay Area. Volunteers served breakfast to more than  600 people at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco. Check back soon for volunteer events during CBEWeek 2019!

Bloomberg Hosted Getting started: Early stage considerations for startups impacting diverse communities


Bloomberg hosted a lively discussion led by Ropes & Gray attorney Michelle Behrens that covered challenges and opportunities for minority entrepreneurs. Criminal justice advocate Brandon Anderson, CEO of tech nonprofit Raheem AI, told his life story and provided insight on how he launched a nonprofit that is impacting communities of color by offering a secure and easy way of reporting police encounters. IP counsel, Anthony Briggs covered the IP fundamentals and Anthony Heckman, an Entrepreneur in Residence at XSeed Capital and member of the US FinTech Advisory Board, gave an insider perspective on how VCs make decisions on early stage investments.