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.


HBCU and Black Alumni MARLINS Night



Join the South Florida HBCU Alliance (Historically Black College and Universities) for a night of networking. Show your pride by wearing your school shirt while you socialize with some of the most prominent black alumni leaders in South Florida. The event begins at 5:30 pm at Bar 201 located on the Lexus Legends Level and immediately after, watch your Marlins take on the San Francisco Giants from your All You Can Eat seats!

Saturday, July 19, 2014 – 7:10 P.M.
All You Can Eat Seats: ONLY $35.00*
Baseline Reserved ONLY $20.00*

Payments can be made by going online to:

For any additional information contact:
Rickey Pierre II

*Seating and pricing based on availability
All-You-Can-Eat Seats include a game ticket and unlimited Kayem Beef Franks, Peanuts, Popcorn, Nachos, Pepsi Sodas, and Aquafina Water



2014-2015 Goals


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  1. Advocate for FIU

  2. Secure scholarship funding for students

  3. Develop an alumni-student mentorship program

  4. Make meaningful change in our community

  5. Create and support multi-cultural programming

  6. Develop social and professional networking

  7. Build relationships with affinity organizations

  8. Increase visibility


Take the Survey

We want the 2014 Black Alumni Reunion to be the best one ever and we need your help to make it a success! Your feedback will have a direct impact on this incredible experience. Completing this shortsurvey will assist us in the development and planning of the 2014 Black Alumni Reunion.

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Please complete the survey by April 25. All answers are confidential and appreciated.

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

Taylormade Strategies, LLC

Merdochey T. LaFrance

March-Merdochey LaFranceMs. LaFrance is a proud alumna of FIU and the newly appointed Vice President of Operations for the Black Alumni Chapter. Ms. LaFrance is no stranger to leadership as she has served on numerous boards across South Florida warranting her induction into the Women Who Impact coalition, additionally earning the coveted Juila Award by the Women’s History Coalition of  Miami-Dade County, Inc. Furthermore, the City of Miami and the Board of Commissioners announced through proclamation on March 2nd as her own day! Currently she serves as chair for Young Women’s Leadership Symposium hosted on April 26th, 2014. For more information about this amazing alum visit her company site here.


FIU’s Women Who Lead Conference

Keynote Speaker for the Women Who Lead Conference
Keynote Speaker for the Women Who Lead Conference

The aim of the WWL Conference is to provide the FIU community with exceptional speakers and current topics related to women’s and gender issues in leadership. Our upcoming conference is no exception!

We invite you to register for the event, which includes:

  • Networking breakfast and lunch
  • Negotiation skills workshops
  • And our exciting 2014 conference keynote speaker, Ms. Donna Brazile

Registration deadline is March 17.

The conference fee can be paid in cash, check (made out to FIUWomen’s Center), or on the day of the event, credit cards will be accepted:

For questions, please contact the Women’s Center at 305-348-1506 or

For more details and to register, visit:

Honoring Women’s History Month

If you didn’t know, now you know now, MARCH is national Women’s History Month.

This year’s theme, Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment, honors the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women. Against social convention and often legal restraints, women have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come. They have demonstrated their character, courage and commitment as mothers, educators, institution builders, business, labor, political and community leaders, relief workers, women religious, and CEOs. Their lives and their work inspire girls and women to achieve their full potential and encourage boys and men to respect the diversity and depth of women’s experience. – See more

South Florida Celebrates Women’s History Month

North Miami‘s Councilwoman Marie Erlande Steril cordially invites you to “A Celebration of Women” click here for more info.

Miami Beach: 6th Annual Miami Beach Women’s Conference:  Women In Uniform. FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014. Click here for more info

Broward: The Broward County Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) honors seven local women with an exhibit in the lobby of the Governmental Center.  The seven women honored are 2014’s Unsung Sheroes in Broward County.  On March 11, at 2 p.m., Broward County will recognize the honorees during the County Commission Board meeting with a proclamation recognizing National Women’s History Month. Click here for more info.

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