Senator Scott, Rep. Walker to Host Bipartisan HBCU Conference on Capitol Hill
Baltimore Raven TE Benjamin Watson to Keynote Second Annual HBCU Fly-In
WASHINGTON - As part of Black History Month, U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) will host the Second Annual HBCU Fly-in: “Advancing Opportunity and Entrepreneurship” with Chairman Mark Walker (R-NC), the chair of the Republican Study Committee. Senator Scott and Chairman Walker have invited the Presidents and Chancellors of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to participate in a daylong conference on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, February 27th.
Last year’s inaugural conference served as a platform for productive dialogue focused on opportunity, strengthening bilateral relationships, and celebrating the importance of our country’s HBCUs. This event will provide HBCU leaders, job creators, and policymakers with the opportunity to discuss innovative avenues for promoting educational achievement, bolstering cross-sector partnerships, and meeting the ever-shifting demands of the American workforce.
Other confirmed participants include U.S. Senator James Lankford (R-OK), Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL), Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Dr. Harry L. Williams, president & CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and Dr. Michael Lomax, president & CEO of the United Negro College Fund.
Benjamin Watson, NFL player for the Baltimore Ravens and recent Bart Starr award winner, has been confirmed as the conference’s speaker for the keynote luncheon.
HBCU Fly-in on Capitol Hill Information
House Administration Committee Room
1309 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Note: The Keynote Luncheon and Panel 3 will take place at the Capitol Hill Club, 300 First Street SE. While media are welcomed to cover both, video cameras are not permitted inside of the Capitol Hill Club.
Invocation by Senate Chaplain Barry Black
DISCUSSION I: Willful Workforce: It’s about the jobs
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Vice President of Programs, Walmart
Collis R. Jones
Vice President of U.S. Policy and Strategy, John Deere
Cynthia H. Bowman
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Bank of America
Corporate Counsel, Starbucks
Moderator: Gerard Robinson
Executive Director for the Center of Advancing Opportunity
DISCUSSION II: Seizing Opportunities and Claiming Entrepreneurship
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Director of Educational Strategies, McDonald’s
Team Lead for HBCU Engagement, Google
Dr. John Hardin
Director of University Relations, the Charles Koch Foundation
Dr. Ruthie Reynolds
Director, Center for Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CEED)
Dr. Tiffany Bussey
Director, Morehouse College Entrepreneurship Center (MCEC)
Moderator: Shawn Yancy
FOX 5 DC News Anchor
***PRESS AVAILABILITY WITH SENATOR SCOTT AND CHAIRMAN WALKER at 12PM***
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Benjamin Watson, Tight End, Baltimore Ravens
National Football League
Congressional HBCU Leaders
Dr. Michael L. Lomax
President & Chief Executive Officer, United Negro College Fund
Dr. Harry L. Williams
President & CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
The Honorable Mark Walker
Chairman, Republican Study Committee
The Honorable Tim Scott
United States Senator, South Carolina
The Honorable James Lankford
United States Senator, Oklahoma
The Honorable Terri Sewell
United States Representative, Alabama
Moderator: Ja’Ron Smith
Special Assistant to the President, Domestic Policy Counsel. Executive Office of the President
All interested media should RSVP by emailing Scott_Press@scott.senate.gov.
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