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EVENT: New Kmart CEO Headlines Annual BBSA Conference - 9:00 a.m. Jan. 22 in Hale Auditorium

1/13/2005 --

Industry innovators address topics critical to a successful business.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Kmart President and CEO Aylwin Lewis will deliver the keynote address at the 29th Annual Black Business Students Association (BBSA) Conference at 9 a.m. Jan. 22 in Hale Auditorium at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

The four-day conference, "Cultivating Relationships, Creating Synergies for Success," begins Jan. 20 and will bring corporate sponsors and attendees together to participate in professional development workshops, panel discussions and social events.

Lewis will address Kmart's recent merger with Sears and the future strategy of his company to compete with Target, a major competitor as well as a corporate partner of the conference.

Lewis started his career in the restaurant business, beginning as a district manager of operations for Jack in the Box and advancing to president, chief multi-branding and operating officer at Yum! Brands – a franchisor and licensor of quick service restaurants including KFC, Long John Silver's, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and A&W.

He serves on the boards of directors at Halliburton and Walt Disney and received bachelor's degrees from the University of Houston in 1976 in both business management and English literature and an MBA from the University of Houston in 1990.

Leading one of six workshops on Jan. 22 is Trudy Bourgeois, founder and president of the Center for Workforce Excellence, which provides individuals and organizations with strategies and solutions to bring out their best performance. She is an expert on transformational leadership and personal growth and is the author of the upcoming book, "The Hybrid Leader: Transforming Corporate America." Other workshops include "Minority and Urban Investing," "Diversity in the 21st Century," "Leadership in the 21st Century," "Professional Development through Board Participation" and "Defining Your Destiny."

Corporate sponsors include ATKearney, Boston Consulting Group, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Procter & Gamble and Quaker. In addition to Target, other corporate partners include Black Enterprise, Lilly, Kraft, Gillette and Pepsico.

The BBSA was founded in 1970 and is one of the largest student-run organizations at the Ross School of Business. The association is dedicated to the recruitment of black business students and the professional and academic development of its members.

For more information and conference registration, please visit

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat
Phone: (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847