TU to be first major private university to host Black Executive Exchange Program

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Published on 3/5/08

The University of Tulsa will be the location of the Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP), a March 7 event designed to encourage college-aged students to interact with African American professionals in business and Industry.

The Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League Young Professionals and the TU Equal Access and Opportunity Committee are co-hosting BEEP. TU is the first private university that is not an historically black college or university to host this event.
“TU is the first major private university to host BEEP, joining 84 four-year historically black colleges and public universities,” said Darick Morton, MTULYP President and TU College of Law alumnus. “We’re very excited to partner with TU for our first event for young professionals of color.”
BEEP is designed to expose students enrolled in colleges, universities and professional school systems in Tulsa County to working African American professionals in their fields of interest. Since the program’s national inception in 1969, students have utilized this direct contact to become familiarized with the demands and expectations of those industries. The program helps students become sophisticated and well-prepared professionals in a global economy.
BEEP provides an opportunity for professionals and corporations who are interested in giving back to communities to help all college students, African American and otherwise, achieve their goals.
BEEP is a voluntary partnership between the National Urban League, businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, and other institutions. BEEP’s mission is to share learning experiences across generations, cultivate new leaders and inspire achievements through committed involvement and operational excellence.

Confirmed panelists for the event include:
• Yvonne Hovell, Owner & General Manager, Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep of Tulsa,
• David Hopkins, Managing Director, M&E Information Technology Systems, American Airlines,
• Colleen Payne-Nabors, CEO/Founder, MCI Diagnostic Center
• Jim Goodwin, Esq., Solo Practitioner and Managing Editor, The Oklahoma Eagle Newspaper,
• Dr. Darnell Blackmon, Orthopedic Surgeon, The Orthopaedic Center of Tulsa,
• Yolanda Taylor, Associate Vice President for Enrollment & Student Services/Dean of Students, The University of Tulsa,
• Risha Grant, President & Publisher, Xposure Business Magazine,
• Lamar Guillory, Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch.

The March 7 program at TU is free and open to the public. More information on BEEP can be found at www.nulbeep.org.