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Leadership for the 21st Century
Tools, tips and advice on advancing your career and business during tough times.
Don't miss this stellar group of entrepreneurs and corporate executives who will share with you how to lead during turbulent times.

Thursday, November 11, 2010
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Support Center for Non-Profit Management

305 Seventh Avenue @ 27th Street
New York, NY 10001-6008
Training Room, 11th Floor

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Description: Tough times? Tough decisions to make? Gain insight from 5 experts about how to lead during these times and set yourself apart for growth and opportunity. Network with the panelists after the event as well as have the opportunity to network with your fellow Ivy League alumni.

Andre Taylor is the author of You Can Still Win!, and many other books, audio, and video titles. He's a regular contributor to ABC News, Money Matters, a serial entrepreneur and founder of TAYLOR INSIGHT WORLDWIDE, a premier leadership development firm providing innovative, forward-moving advice, information, and resources for entrepreneurs, sales professionals, and entrepreneurial enterprises. He's an accomplished business leader with diverse experience, having held executive positions on Wall Street, led the marketing activities of multi-national organizations, and built successful entrepreneurial companies. He’s been featured in a wide range of national media and won numerous awards including Black Enterprise Magazine’s Business Innovator of the Year.

Karl Franz Williams A graduate of Yale University, Karl Franz opened his first restaurant, Society Coffee, in the spring of 2005. Society has a mantra of "Life in Sips," and has grown to become a profitable and popular neighborhood haunt. With more reviews and press than the majority of its peers, Society has been recognized by ABC Eyewitness News' Neighborhood Eats, as well as by AOL as one of the top cafes in New York City, and been featured on FOX, as well as in the New York Times, and in the top-selling book, café life NEW YORK – An Insider’s Guide to the City’s Neighborhood Cafés. Karl Franz’s latest concept -- 67 Orange Street -- opened in December of 2008 receiving strong reviews from New York magazine, the New York Post, and the New York Times. Rated excellent by Zagat in every category, it is a classic cocktail bar that takes its name from the address of one of the first successful black-owned bars in New York City.

Andrew Morrison is the founder of Small Business Camp which delivers an intensive 2-day program that allows the participants to walk-in with just an idea and leave with a marketing plan, public relations strategy, money-making website, direct-mail campaign and 90 days of follow-up coaching. Previously Andrew built a multi-million dollar company by providing innovative direct marketing services to Fortune 500 companies. He was featured in the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Network Journal, Crain's Magazine 40 Under 40, Advertising Age. He also appeared as a "Young Millionaire" on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Andrew serves as an adjunct faculty member at New York University and the Fashion Institute of Technology and he recently completed a book entitled, "21 Questions That Can Build Your Business in 90 Days."

Maurice Coleman While attending high school in a tough neighborhood in Trenton, N.J., Maurice Coleman picked up his graded tests and papers after class because he was embarrassed by his high marks. "I pretended to be just a basketball player," says Mr. Coleman, who went on to play basketball and earn two degrees at Columbia University. Today, as Senior Vice President at Bank of America, he works to close the divide between being street-smart and book-smart -- and between the poor and the rich. His work includes managing nearly $400 million that Bank of America invests in affordable housing, community development and small businesses in low-income areas. Mr. Coleman also belongs to the Harlem Education Activities Fund, which teaches kids that they can do well in school and still be cool. "It became clear to me growing up that just because you start out in poverty doesn't mean you have to end up there," he says.

Sandi Webster As one of the principals of Consultants 2 Go, Sandi has spent years advising her clients on the latest trends and strategies in marketing. As a former Director at American Express, Sandi has over 15 years experience in marketing and has managed all facets of new product launches including Automatic Bill Payment and Membership Rewards. She created and executed national direct mail campaigns, website launches and telemarketing programs. Prior to joining American Express, Sandi worked for Saks Fifth Avenue as their database-marketing executive. She holds an MBA in Marketing and is the founder of the Brooklyn Executive Women's Association, a local NAFE chapter. She is also an active Big in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of New York.
Hosted by: Malla Haridat (Columbia '97) & Petra E. Lewis (Columbia '92 and '98)
Registration: Sorry -- registration has been closed for this event!
Questions?: Please email Malla Haridat (Columbia '97) & Petra E. Lewis (Columbia '92 and '98) at with any questions!
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