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Alabama State University HBCU Conference to Focus on Entrepreneurship

Author: Timothy C. Ervin

Release Date: Feb 03, 2011

Entrepreneurship scholars from around the country will converge on Alabama State University’s campus in March for the first-ever Alabama State University HBCU Conference.

With the theme “Globalization of the New South,” the conference seeks to build economic partnerships with HBCUs and their surrounding communities throughout the United States.

The conference will be held on March 7-10 with more than 300 alumni, entrepreneurs and government officials expected to attend.

“The conference is geared for not just the higher education community but also for government officials, small businesses, corporations, federal, state and local agencies to learn how to work with the different constituents to improve economic development in regions nationwide by using HBCU resources,” said Tammi L. Thomas, an ASU alumna and vice president for Strategic Management Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated (DST).

Thomas said the conference will give attendees the opportunity to learn about business development, entrepreneurship, grants, contracting and fellowships, with a special focus in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

“Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are where a lot of funding is available and one of the places America feels will help give us a competitive edge to help keep us a global leader,” she said.

The conference features several keynote speakers who have a wealth of experience in leadership, private enterprise, economic development and education innovation. Some include:

  • U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-SC)
  • Dr. William H. Harris, president, Alabama State University
  • Kay Coles James, president and founder, The Gloucester Institute
  • Deborah Scott Thomas, president & CEO, Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated
  • Gloria Parker, president and CEO, Parker Group Consulting Inc.; former CIO at the U.S. Department of Education and CIO of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Ret. Brigadier General Velma “Von” Richardson, vice president of Department of Defense Information Technology (DoD IT) Programs at Lockheed Martin
  • Dr. Leonard L. Haynes III, senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education (OPE)
  • Dr. Reagan Flowers, founder and CEO of CSTEM
  • Dr. Winslow Sargeant, chief counsel for Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Dr. Marcus Shute, vice president of Sponsored Research, Clark Atlanta University
  • Dr. Chad Womack, founder of National Association of Blacks in Bio (NABS); White House adviser on STEM Initiatives
  • Dr. Le-Quita Booth, dean, College of Business Administration, Alabama State University
  • Dr. Cajetan M. Akujuobi, dean, College of Science, Mathematics & Technology, Alabama State University
  • Dr. George Acquaah, dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Bowie State University
  • Ret. Lt. Col. Michael Walker, co-founder and vice chairman of PCT Companies
  • Melvin Greer, senior fellow and chief strategist, Cloud Computing Lockheed Martin
  • Mike Green, CEO of Vizitnow3D, Inc. and CIO of Black Innovation & Competitiveness Initiative
  • Joyce S. Pearson, general manager, MOCA Training & Business Development
  • David Garnett, founder and president, iAM Solutions, LLC

To register and see the full conference agenda, go online to For general inquiries or support questions: or contact Tammi L. Thomas at 301-583-3500 ext 239.

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