Category Archives: Chapter Events

Recap: Mandela Washington Fellows Mixer

For those that missed out, on Monday, July 6th the FIU Black Alumni Chapter and Young Professionals Network of Miami hosted the Mandela Washington Fellows.


For the 2nd year in a row, FIU’s Training and International Research Initiatives (TIRI) unit is hosting a group of 25 Mandela Washington Fellows who are a part of President Obama’s flagship Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) program.

Through this initiative, Africa’s brightest young leaders in the business, civic, and public sectors spend six weeks in residence at U.S. colleges and universities to connect with Americans and deepen their knowledge of business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and public management. The Fellows also join together in Washington, D.C. for a Summit hosted by President Obama before returning to their home countries to continue their work. The emerging leaders hail from 49 countries across sub-Saharan Africa and have shown a commitment to improving their home countries and to establishing strong ties between Africa and the United States.

The Black Alumni Chapter alongside YPN Miami will be joining forces with FIU’s Training and International Research Initiatives to co-host a networking event on Monday, July 6th so that the Fellows can get the opportunity to meet young professionals in the South Florida Community.

Please join us for an evening of cultural networking.

FIU Wash Fellows 2014
Monday, July 6th
5:30PM – 8PM

N’Namdi Contemporary
177 NW 23rd St, Wynwood


Recap: Black Professionals Summit

The Black Professional Summit was a sold-out-over 200 people attended event! People were excited and eager to learn about all of the various topics offered. This is what you missed:

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Event Included:

• On the spot professional head shots by Photo Bella Images
• 15 professional organizations including NATIONAL BLACK MBA ASSOCIATION, INC. – SOUTH FLORIDA CHAPTER, National Sales Network,T.J. Reddick Bar Association, One United Bank, and more
• 12 professional workshops ranging from career development, marketing, negotiating salary, getting into the green jobs, learning how to fund a sustainable start-up, learning all about the academic & career hustle and so on! Jeffrey Zelaya, Ebonni N Bryant, Dr Pandwe , Takeyah Young ,LeToya StairsMatthew Pigatt, Mary V. Davids
• An entrepreneurship panel ranging from the best in the business Gordon Eric Knowles Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce, Dexter Bridgeman, Legacy Magazine, Jay Reynolds of WolfCreek Consulting, Felecia Hatcher of Code Fever and Feverish Pops, Casandra Yourlifecoach Roache “Coach Cass”
• An etiquette lunch presentation by the incomparable Rose Hedgemond
• An enriching conversation with these dynamic community leaders Dr Bendross-Mindingall (School Board), Kenasha Paul, Benjamin ‘Brotha Ben’ Evans, BMe Community; Aaron McKinney, Merdochey LaFrance and Dr Patti Rose

Thank you Sponsors:

FIU Alumni Association

Wells Fargo

FIU Black Student Union

South Florida Black Professionals Network

ICABA Media Holdings, LLC

FIU Student Government

FIU Campus Life

In-Kind Sponsors

D & M Consulting

Avenues of Excellence

Juanita’s Kitchen

Sèlman Dous

South Florida’s Black Professional Summit

South Florida Black Professionals, LLC, the Black Alumni Chapter of the FIU Alumni Association and the Black Student Union are co-hosting the inaugural Black Professionals Summit, themed “Molding the Keys to Success.”

This is an open invite to all Black professionals in South Florida! Link up with professionals in law, accounting, education, STEM, graphic and design, hospitality, and the list goes on! Get additional career development skills while building connections and relationships. Undergraduate (specifically juniors and seniors) and Graduate students from all of the South Florida Colleges and Universities should be in attendance to get mentors, inside scoop and resources how to successfully transition from student to professional.

​​The event will be held on:

Saturday, September 27th, 2014
9AM to 4PM

General Admission: $10

Dress Code: Business Casual

Florida International University –Biscayne Bay Campus

Wolfe University Center
3000 NE 151 Street
North Miami, FL 33181

Keynote Speaker: Jerome Hutchinson, Jr., is the President/CEO of ICABA™ Media Holdings, LLC, a South Florida based marketing and technology enterprise dedicated to connecting and activating accomplished black professionals and entrepreneurs. Hutchinson brings 23 plus years of broadcast and marketing experience to the ICABA™ brand. Before launching ICABA Media Group, LLC, in 2008, Hutchinson enjoyed a successful career as a radio broadcasting executive.  From 2002 through 2008, he served separate stints as General Sales Manager for three of the nation’s top five urban radio stations beginning with Houston’s KMJQ-FM, Majic 102, Atlanta’s WVEE-FM, V-103, and ended with Miami’s WEDR-FM, 99JAMZ.

Featured Workshops:

  • Negotiating Your Salary by Mary v. Davids of D&M Consulting
  • Resume Writing by NAAAHR
  • How to Build a Fundable Start-Up by Felecia Hatcherof Code Fever
  • Transitioning from Student to Professional by Letoya Stairs, Managing Partner of RSVPLive
  • Marketing and Social Selling by Jeff Zelaya

 Panel Discussions include:

Entrepreneurship: Walking the Road Less Traveled.” The topic will broadly discuss and engage audience members to think of the challenges that the black entrepreneur face, what avenues and resources we have at our disposable and what skill sets are necessary to walk this path featuring Casandra Roache of Inspiremany and Marcel Haywood of DirtPros.

 “What If We Were United? Panelist will discuss the importance of acknowledging the different cultures within the black race as a means to improve as a whole and not divide. Furthermore, discuss how we can leverage our resources for the betterment of our community featuringJean Monestime, District 2 Commissioner and Benjamin Evans, Managing Director of BMeCommunity.

Networking-Etiquette Lunch: This is no ordinary lunch! We will have an interactive lunch that will teach the fine points of business dining etiquette provided by Avenues of Excellence, Rose Hedgemond and all attendees will gain a significant advantage over the competition.

 Attention Organizations and Companies!

If you would like to table during our vendor/organization showcase fair, we are having a vendor and organization fair the cost is $50 and the price includes reservation of the table and two individuals. Register here.

Relay for Life: Make Noise to Help Finish the Fight!


The last thing we need in the fight against cancer is silence.

So, I need you to help me make noise. Let’s get loud!

Please join the Black Alumni Chapter of FIU American Cancer Society Relay For Life team or make a donation to my fundraising goal. Or make even more noise by doing both!

Relay for Life builds awareness of this dreaded disease and makes a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer HERE AND NOW!

Saturday, April 5th at 3pm

Griffing Park | 12220 Griffing Blvd, North Miami

North Miami’s goal this year is to raise $10,000 to help fight cancer. We are asking for your support to contribute towards this goal. Your tax-deductible contribution of $25 or more will help our community step up the fight against cancer. Please send a check, payable to the American Cancer Society, to my address today:

11200 SW 8th Street · MARC 230 · Miami, Florida 33199

Thanks in advance for your thoughtfulness and generosity!

Let’s finish the fight!

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Black Alumni’s March Events

Hello Golden Panthers!

March is Women’s History Month! and all over America, organizations are showing their appreciation for the work and advancement women have made to society. Florida International University’s Women Center is hosting their 6th Annual Women Who Lead conference featuring keynote speaker Donna Brazile on March 24-25th, 2014.   Her keynote address will cover topics such as leadership, professional development, and mentorship specifically for women. The event is $20 for alumni, for more information, click here

View other South Florida Women’s History events.

BOWL-A-THON with YPN Urabn League

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 4-7pm

We need bowlers! The Black Alumni Chapter is bowling for a cause! We need teams made up of 5 to bowl to raise money for the YPN Empowerment Scholarship fund! $20 a person, come as an individual and we will match you with a team or you can set-up your own team of 5 and email

The Relay for Life – North Miami

The Black Alumni Chapter would like to put a team together for Relay for Life. If you are interested please contact Service Chair, Makissa Lewis – or donate! Every dollar counts, donate to the Black Alumni Relay Team here. Each year the City of North Miami teams up with the American Cancer Society to host the Relay For Life.  More than four million people in over 20 countries raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay for Life movement. During the Relay, participants and survivors of cancer celebrate what they’ve overcome, remember people lost to the disease, and honor people who have fought or are fighting cancer.  The event will kick off at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 5th at Griffing Park, located at 12220 Griffing Blvd. 

FIU Black Alumni host Social Xchange!

Friday, March 21st at 6pm.

Social Xchange 3rd Fridays invites members of FIU to come out and enjoy the opportunity to meet and network with the finest of South Florida’s young a relaxed setting; bonfire, great music and the best mixed drinks around! You don’t want to miss out!  RSVP HERE!


is After School All-Star’s (ASAS) unique NBA season-long campaign that combines the excitement of pro-basketball with providing quality after-school programming to at-risk youth across the country. Each player commits to raising funds and awareness around the need for after-school programs for underprivileged youth. In addition to fundraising, each athlete spends meaningful time inspiring ASAS children.

CHH mentor must…

•Be college educated and over 21

•Enjoy playing basketball and able to work in a team/group environment

•Be committed to developing a mentoring relationship with a camper

•Be available to attend at least three evening sessions from 6:30-9:30pm (Tuesday, March 26, Wednesday, March 27, Thursday, March 28, Friday, March 29)

Sign-up to be South Florida Hoop Hero before March 21st, 2014!

Karoke Night

Saturday, March 28th 

Black Alumni Chapter takes over Sing Sing Karaoke!  It is Miami’s newest karaoke lounge and bar with seventeen karaoke rooms and bar karaoke! Their all-ages karaoke rooms are decked out with flat screen TVs, comfy couches, cocktail tables, two mics, sound-activated party lights, and state-of-the-art remote control karaoke system. You control the karaoke with access to over 120,000 songs in 14 languages! RSVP

Ankara Miami 2014

Feb 22Africa Meets the Runway… Miami Style!

Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 7pm
Ankara Miami 2014: The 3rd Annual Ankara Fashion & Cultural Show” will feature another electrifying night of fresh patterns, eclectic designs, and bold attitudes in celebration of African culture, entertainment, & apparel. Ankara Miami is the FIRST & LARGEST major runway fashion production in Florida featuring established and emerging designers solely from the African Diaspora. Enjoy the latest trends in African fashion, a red carpet entrance, door prizes, vendors, live art, and more.One lucky guest will even win a trip for 2 to Africa!

Dance and Greet!

Alvin Ailey Performance & Reception

Feb 23Join South Florida alumni chapters such as Howard, Hampton, Spelman and Morehouse  for a spectacular night of dance and culture.

Click here to receive the promo code for discounted tickets for the show.  Enter promo code at the Adrienne Arscht website. Following the production,  Howard University’s South Florida chapter will host a black alumni reception. FIU Black Alumni members please register and bring your RSVP ticket to enter in the reception’s raffle!

Eventbrite - Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Performance & Post Reception

Where: The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Time: 2pm