In one word…What does it mean to be Black in Business?

Black in business

To work with a diverse group of people, you have to first take the time and effort to understand and respect each person on the team and what they bring to the table. During Black History Month, we asked our Black students “What does it mean to be Black in business?” Read their full responses here: https://bit.ly/306v6f3

Posted by Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa on Friday, February 26, 2021

Being Black in Business — Noella Kabula

Meet Noella Kabula. Let’s see what Noella has to say about what it means to be black in business:

“I consider being black in business a journey. Where it has its ups and downs because it can be challenging and difficult to fit in as a minority. At the same time that challenge is necessary because it allows me to step out of my comfort zone and succeed.”

📸: @matt_chia_

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Being Black in Business — Morgan Conrard

Meet Morgan Conrard. Here are Morgan’s thoughts on what it means to be black in business:

“I’d say creative. You gotta be able to maneuver your way through things. And sometimes that, that means you have to do unorthodox things to get you to where your goals and objectives are. I’ve been blessed for that to be an opportunity and it’s opened a lot of doors for me to pave my way to my goals.”

📸: @matt_chia_

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Being Black in Business — Deb Destahun

Meet Deb Destahun. Here are her thoughts on what it means to be black in business:

Unveiled. You have more self-awareness of how people view you and how the skills you maintain and the way you act will be viewed by others. Some people are going to dismiss your qualifications and think you got something just because you are diverse. Using diversity as a scapegoat is a defense mechanism, a veil. It is not my job to correct their rationalization, but at the same time, you can’t help wanting to protect yourself from it.”

📸: @matt_chia_

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Being Black in Business — Neah Howlett

Meet Neah Howlett. Let’s take a look at what she has to say about what it means to be black in business:

Perseverance. Being Black in business you don’t have a ton of support and you also don’t have a lot of role models to look up to. So it’s kind of like you’re doing it on your own. It’s all worth it in the end though because you know that you will be a role model for another Black student who’s coming into the business world and they need somebody to look up to. And they can say, ‘Hey, if they can do it, I can do it.’”

📸: @matt_chia_

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Tippie Top 21 Nominations OPEN NOW

Twenty-one student leaders
The Tippie Top 21 award recognizes 21 of the college’s outstanding student leaders. These students are young people who have excelled in the areas of scholarship, leadership, experiential learning, and advancing diversity, inclusion, and global engagement.

Why Re-Branding?
We encourage our students to propel themselves into the college experience by getting involved within Tippie and beyond. That being said, credit should be given where credit is due. Tippie’s Top 21 gives well-deserved recognition to outstanding leaders who begin their college journeys from many different backgrounds. Moving forward, we hope to re-brand this award in order to be more inclusive of the undergraduate student population who come from all these backgrounds.

Whether it is through stellar academics or impressive initiative, our faculty and staff know that students can impact the Tippie community in countless ways. It is important to us to acknowledge these impacts and highlight the students who make them.

Submit a nomination

How do I know if a student is qualified?
We’re sure you’re thinking of all the great Tippie students you could nominate for a Top 21 award. First, be sure that the student you have in mind is admitted to Tippie OR has declared pre-business. No matter their age, ALL Tippie students and pre-business students are eligible to be nominated. Nominees also are expected to have demonstrated excellence in at least two of the following areas:

  • Scholarship
  • Leadership
  • Experiential learning
  • Advancing diversity, inclusion, and global engagement

If you have questions, please contact Tevin Robbins at tevin-robbins@uiowa.edu.

Being Black in Business — Kethia Mulongo

What does it meant to be black in business? Let’s see what Kethia Mulongo has to say:

Opportunity. Seeing the difference in the room, the lack of black people in the business world. Where I don’t see a lot of people who look like me, who don’t have the same identity. Opening a room or creating a positive thing where you see a lot of black people in the business world. I could use that as an opportunity to create a business for me and for people like me.”

📸: @matt_chia_

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Being Black in Business — Lewis Howard

Meet Jacob Lewis Howard. Here is what being black in business means to him:

Adaptable. To be Black in Business you have to choose and wear so many different hats depending on the situation. You can’t take yourself so seriously that you’re seen as aggressive and overly dominant, trying to take over. You can’t be so whimsical and carefree that you’re viewed as lazy. It’s about striking the middle balance, depending on the situation. It’s about being adaptable. To be able to show yourself through your adaptations. Being able to grow a community around you and to adapt to that community.”

📸: @matt_chia_

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Being Black in Business — Baaba Saisie

Meet Baaba Saisie, the first of many Tippie students that will be sharing their unfiltered thoughts on what it means to be Black in business. Here is what she has to say:

Inspiring. Being Black in business is inspiring because it encourages people to pursue success in places that seem unattainable.

Courage. It takes courage to be in a field of unfamiliar faces. At times, I feel discouraged by the lack of people I can relate to. It also takes courage to be in a competitive field where my color may be put into account concerning my skills. Despite the challenges, I know that with courage, I can achieve anything despite my skin color.”

📸: @matt_chia_

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Black in Business Presents – BIB Talk: Journey to Venture Capital & Investment Banking (featuring Siddig Siddig, Venture Capitalist at Mubadala Ventures)

Please join the Black in Business Series on February 11th  from 2:00-3:00pm CST to hear from Siddig Siddig, Venture Capital Investor at Mubadala.

Siddig Siddig is a Tippie Alum and will speak about his experiences as a person of color navigating his way in the venture capital field. Some of these experiences are transferable to any industry and can help you in your journey in corporate America.

RSVP is required to receive the Zoom link to attend this event. Please fill out the link below to before February 10th.

BIB Talk: Journey to Venture Capital & Investment Banking: https://forms.gle/bK5Qfkc9CAnBb9Vn8

If you have any questions, feel free to contact rawan-taha@uiowa.edu.

 

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Tevin Robbins in advance at 319-335-1037 or tevin-robbins@uiowa.edu.

Being Black in Business

Black in Business

In honor of the unique contributions of Black people in the field of business, during the month of February the Tippie College of Business is sharing stories from currents student and alumni. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3teFNcA

Posted by Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa on Friday, January 29, 2021

In honor of the unique contributions of Black people in the field of business, during the month of February the Tippie College of Business is sharing stories from currents student and alumni.

This project is done in collaboration with the  Black in Business Series Planning Team (Tippie DEI Ambassadors).

Learn more at https://bit.ly/3teFNcA

Tippie team places third at National Diversity Case Competition

A student team from the Tippie College of Business placed third at the 10th Annual National Diversity Case Competition hosted by the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

The team included Jaiden Goodman, Baaba Saisie, Gina Waters, and Anna Zinselmeier. Goodman and Zinselmeier are peer tutors at the Frank Business Communication Center where they coach Tippie students in writing, speaking, and visual design.

“The Tippie College of Business is committed to graduating strong communicators and equipping students to think seriously about social issues relating to diversity and inclusion,” said Pamela Bourjaily, director of the Frank Business Communication Center and associate professor of instruction. “Our team’s placement at the premier diversity case competition in the country showcases our success in both those efforts.”

The case was provided by 3M’s Social Justice Strategy and Initiatives team and asked students to consider how the multinational company could engage “the broader organization to address some of the racial and socioeconomic inequities in our society.”

The competition is held annually over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. This year’s competition was conducted virtually and included teams from the University of Michigan, Boston College, and the University of Washington. For more information, visit the NDCC website.

LEARN, REFLECT, & SERVE as part of the 2021 Tippie Hawkeye Service Breaks Experiential Course(counts for Tippie RISE)

Register for Hawkeye Service Breaks (LS:1024) during Early Registration for a Tippie RISE experience!

This course is an introduction to theoretical approaches to service-learning and shared experiential learning. The class includes concepts of the intersectionality of varied social and community issues, reflection and reciprocity, active citizenship and community building, practical implementation of skills from student’s academic disciplines, and leadership development. This is a 10-week course that meets in person for 1 hour 15 minutes once per week in addition to a weekly online module that students must complete before class.

Due to the change in the academic schedule, the immersive portion of this year’s program will happen over the course of three weekends. Students will participate in there retreat immersion experience with their designated team as part of the course requirements. Through these weekends, students will complete approximately 24 total hours of service and impact related to the team’s topic and participate in critical reflection each evening.

Students in the Tippie College of Business and Pre-Business students are strongly encouraged to apply to the Tippie sponsored team at the link above.

For additional questions about the Tippie Hawkeye Service Team contact tevin-robbins@uiowa.edu.

Black in Business Presents – BiB Talk: Accounting and Entrepreneurship (featuring Lee Henderson, Partner at Ernst & Young)

Please join the Black in Business Series on October 29 from 2:00-3:00pm CST to hear from Lee Henderson, partner at Big Four accounting firm Ernst & Young. Lee will speak about his experiences as a person of color navigating his way to becoming a partner at a major accounting firm.

These skills of advancement are transferable to any industry and can help you in your journey in corporate America. This is also a great opportunity to pick his brain on what makes the entrepreneurs that he works with successful.

RSVP is required to receive the Zoom link to attend this event. Please fill out the link below to before October 29th.

BIB Talk: Accounting and Entrepreneurship Featuring Lee Henderson: https://forms.gle/TRNx5A8z28t9Wzqx7

If you have any questions, feel free to contact caymen-woods@uiowa.edu

Black in Business Presents – Stretch & Destress: Virtual Yoga

Has this semester been stressful, hectic, and difficult? Do you wish you had better distressing techniques? During a tough academic, social, and emotional semester, our bodies need some relaxation and mediation. Yoga is a healthy technique that teaches you how to relax your mind, body, and soul. Yoga can help you recenter your energy, rejuvenate your mind, relieve anxiety, improve sleep quality, and provide a better quality of life. All it takes is 45 minutes out of your day to feel brand new.

Join the Black in Business team for “Stretch and Destress: Black in Business”, a virtual yoga event on October 21st 12:00pm – 12:45pm. Come learn how to connect your mind, body, and soul with some virtual yoga.

RSVP to attend this event. Please RSVP by October 20th. Please fill out the link below to RSVP for this event.

Stretch and Destress: Black in Business RSVP Link:  https://forms.gle/HKtmemMTsJBVyx8F7

For any question or concerns feel free to contact myran-brewer@uiowa.edu.

Apply for the (Virtual) National Diversity Case Competition Team by October 20th

The Kelley School of Business (Indiana University) – National Diversity Case Competition (NDCC) is a premier event that brings together top-level, diverse talent from colleges and universities across the country. The two-day event includes a networking reception and dinner, case competition, and workshops. The 10th annual event will include 42 teams from across the country as they compete for $20,000 in cash prizes during the weekend of January 15-16. Due to COVID-19, this annual event will be held virtually. For more information about NDCC visit their website.

The NDCC team chosen to represent the Tippie College of Business will be a team of four students who exhibit a passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion in their academic and professional interests. Tippie students will apply individually at the link below. You will then hear back from the Selection Committee after all applicants have been initially reviewed. Students will be selected based off of demonstrated interest in competition, leadership, and involvement experience. The team can have no more than one Senior and at least two members must come from an underrepresented student background. Application extension deadline is Tuesday, October 20 at 3:00PM.

Apply Here: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2ahR1sM1AJZWnMp

Student who compete in the competition will:

  • Prepare competition material and practice presenting with Frank Center staff
  • Find opportunities to engage with corporate partners and recruiters to make career connections
  • Network with other talented students from across the country
  • Compete in a case competition with over 40 universities to win $20,000 in cash prizes

For more information about NDCC and the Tippie team contact tevin-robbins@uiowa.edu.

Black in Business Series presents — Adapt & Achieve: How to Successfully Navigate Life Transitions

During a confusing time like COVID, it’s important to adapt to the changing environment of the workplace. Black in Business Series presents Adapt & Achieve: How to Successfully Navigate Life Transitions featuring Kevin Amoo-Mensah, Associate Client Strategist for BNY Mellon Wealth Management.

Join us for a virtual “lunch and learn” on September 9th where Kevin, a former first-generation student, will provide his insight on virtual networking, job hunting, life transitions, and the general workplace.

For Zoom link sign up now: https://forms.gle/UKZYibziyUrSMVYWA

Learn more about professional development opportunities with BNY Mellon Wealth Management here: https://www.bnymellon.com/us/en/careers/campus-recruitment/index.jsp

Diversity and Business Ethics Case Competition in Boulder, CO (APPLY by December 10th)

Participate on a case competition team and put your business knowledge to the test! Compete in the Diversity and Business Ethics Case Competition this upcoming February 21-22, 2020 in Boulder, CO.

The Diversity and Business Ethics Case Competition (DBECC) is hosted by the Leeds School of Business at University of Colorado, Boulder. DBECC is an opportunity for students to gain real world experience while competing in a case challenge focused on diversity and ethics in a business setting. Their aim is to bring together diverse and well-rounded students from business schools across the country. Learn more at their website.

The Tippie College of Business invites interested students to bring their knowledge, skills, and creativity to compete with other diverse talent across the country to win the 2020 DBECC. Apply Here by Tuesday, December 10th at 4PM: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eXrHflgG3849ZK5

Case Competition Details:

  • Meals, lodging, and travel expenses provided to selected team members (flight and ground travel)
  • Four person team (Teams must include one Freshman and no more than one Senior) – WE NEED FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS TO APPLY
  • Tippie students will apply individually at the link above.
  • Prepare competition material and practice presenting with Frank Center staff
  • Find opportunities to engage with corporate partners and recruiters to make career connections
  • Network with other talented students from across the country
  • Compete in a case competition for CASH prizes

For more information about DBECC and the Tippie team contact tevin-robbins@uiowa.edu.