Babson Magazine

Spring 2019

Celebrating Diversity

The Black Affinity Network honored Cathy Hughes and brought alumni, students, and the community to campus for its conference.

Babson’s Black Affinity Network Conference drew students, alumni, and community members to its 2019 event honoring Cathy Hughes. Hughes is the founder and chairperson of broadcast company Urban One, the largest African-American-owned and operated broadcast company in the country. This year’s theme was blacks in entertainment, recognizing contributions and achievements of black professionals from music, film, radio, television, and more. Babson students and alumni presented two revered community members with Affinity Awards: Jeffrey Meade ’98, managing director of Tara Wilson Agency, won the Alumni Award; and Jeannette F. Angles, Babson’s ARM-E risk manager, won the staff award.

Now in its 21st year, the Black Affinity Network Conference is dedicated to strengthening the leadership and legacy between black alumni and current students, and providing networking and professional development opportunities for participants. The event also is a celebration of diversity, inclusion, and the achievements of individuals within the Babson College community. – Brianna Radicioni

Eric Johnson ’72, P’08; vice president for programming and community outreach Jane Edmonds; president-elect Stephen Spinelli, Jr., MBA’92; Amanda Strong ’87

Photos by Chao Zheng Li

From left: Eric Johnson ’72, P’08; vice president for programming and community outreach Jane Edmonds; president-elect Stephen Spinelli, Jr., MBA’92; Amanda Strong ’87

Chief diversity and inclusion officer Sadie Burton Goss; BAN president Katrina Fludd ’08, MS’10; associate professor Tina Opie

From left: Chief diversity and inclusion officer Sadie Burton Goss; BAN president Katrina Fludd ’08, MS’10; associate professor Tina Opie

BAN honoree Cathy Hughes and Aaron Walton ’83

BAN honoree Cathy Hughes (left), Aaron Walton ’83

Conference co-chair Shatiek Gatlin ’16, Affinity Award winner Jeannette F. Angles, Babson’s ARM-E risk manager

Conference co-chair Shatiek Gatlin ’16 (left), Affinity Award winner Jeannette F. Angles, Babson’s ARM-E risk manager

Dyana Williams, Lynn Scott, Vivian Scott Chew, Ray Chew.

From left: Dyana Williams, Lynn Scott, Vivian Scott Chew, Ray Chew.

Alumni, students, and community members attended this year’s Black Affinity Network Conference that included panel discussions and awards.

Alumni, students, and community members attended this year’s Black Affinity Network Conference that included panel discussions and awards.