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Noted Business Leaders to Speak at Duke

Reporters interested in attending any of the sessions are asked to contact in advance Chris Privett at (919) 660-8090.

January 17, 2007

The public is invited to attend at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business class lectures by several noted national and local business leaders during the spring 2007 semester. 

The first featured speaker will be Alfred A. Edmond, senior vice president and editor-in-chief of Black Enterprise magazine. Edmond will offer an overview of the history of minority entrepreneurship and the status of minority-owned businesses in America. The presentation will be from 1:15 to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, in Fuqua’s Geneen Auditorium.

Edmond is an award-winning reporter and editor, honored as one of America’s 100 most influential financial journalists. As a nationally recognized expert on business and economic trends, he has appeared regularly on such television shows as CNNfn’s MarketCall, BET Nightly News and America’s Black Forum.

The speaker series is part of a new course offering, “Small and Minority Business Finance.” The course, developed by Lucy Reuben, visiting professor of finance and strategy, will focus on solutions to the unique challenges facing minority businesses in areas such as marketing and strategic planning.

Additional speakers in the series include:

  • Joseph Hill, executive vice president, Global Strategic Sourcing, Bank of America, 1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 26, Geneen Auditorium.
  • Ronald Langston, national director, Minority Business Development Agency, Washington, D.C., 1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 23, Geneen Auditorium.