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Spike Lee to Deliver Keynote Speech at Annual Black Business Student Conference

11/12/2008 --

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The Black Business Student Association (BBSA) at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business has announced that Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated film director, producer, writer, and actor Spike Lee will deliver the keynote speech at the Association's Alfred L. Edwards 33rd Annual BSSA Conference, Dec. 4-7, 2008.

Lee, best known for his films Do The Right Thing and Inside Man, along with recently released Miracle at St. Anna, will deliver his speech at the conference's Gala Banquet on Saturday, December 6th. Speaking to over 300 attendees, Lee's speech will focus on the theme of this year's conference, "Building your Legacy: Achieving Personal, Professional and Philanthropic Success," discussing the ways in which conference participants can create personal roadmaps toward success.

Building upon its theme, the conference will feature a series of workshops and panel discussions hosted by leaders in the fields of finance, marketing and entrepreneurship, as well as include breakfast and lunch keynote speeches by Derek Ferguson, Chief Financial Officer of Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group, and Jim Reynolds, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Loop Capital Markets.

"We are honored and excited that not only Spike Lee, but also so many other accomplished leaders have agreed to join us and help each of us better understand how we can leverage our passions and unique experiences to make a lasting impact on the African American community," said Michael Pittman, a conference co-chair.

About Alfred L. Edwards

Dr. Alfred L. Edwards was a Professor Emeritus at the Ross School Business with a career that spanned over 40 years. Joining the business school faculty in 1974, Dr. Edwards was instrumental in the school's diversity initiatives, helping to recruit top minority students. He was the driving force behind the school's decision to join the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management (CGSM), a 14-school alliance dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion in business, and was also a personal and professional resource for African American students at the business school.

In 2006, the Annual BBSA Conference, founded in 1976 as a platform for African American alumni of the business school to share their experiences, knowledge, and insight with current students, was renamed in Dr. Edwards' honor, in recognition of all of his contributions to increasing and improving diversity relations at the business school.

About the BBSA

The BBSA was founded in 1970 and is one of the largest student-run organizations at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. The association is dedicated to the recruitment of black business students and the professional and academic success of its membership. Currently there are over 75 BBSA members at the business school.

For more information, contact:
Quanda Brown, (917) 709-6457,