This year’s ALC will be more than just parties and receptions. Young black professionals are still recuperating from heightened scenes of racial violence that have played out in the media for months on end. As we gather this week, the focus will be on equality and inroads for black professionals in tech and corporate america.
The 2015 ALC will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Place NW, 20001) from September 16 to September 20, 2015. Register for the conference here.
Tuesday September 15
5th Annual TCA Social Mixer
The Communications Agency and Publicity Magazine is set to host this reception in honor of CBC week. It will be held at 201 Lounge on Capitol Hill. Info + RSVP here.
“Speed Networking” by the Young Lawyer’s Division
An evening of mixing, mingling, and networking, hosted by the Young Lawyers Division of the Washington Bar Association, will take place at Dirty Martini. RSVP here.
Evergreen Reception at the Embassy of Ghana
6:30 PM.- 9:00 PM
Join His Excellency Ambassador Joseph Smith of Ghana and Karen Britton, the COO of E-Management and former CIO of the White House, along Congressman Cedric Richmond for a reception sponsored by Evergreen Information Technology Services, Inc. The event, at the Embassy of Ghana, will feature complimentary light fare along with beer and wine.
Young, Black, & Innovative Reception
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
The United Negro College Fund, Capital Cause, and General Assembly are set to host the “Young, Black, & Innovative” Reception, which will feature motivational TED-style talks, innovation booths, networking, a DJ, and an open bar. This will be held at GA DC @ 1776. RSVP here.
Wednesday September 16
#STEM4US! Energy, Technology, and Education Festival
Join tech, energy, and STEM industry executives, members of Congress, senior federal government officials, venture capitalists, academic leaders, and students at the only festival of its kind during CBC Week. Attend workshops and receptions with notable figures in the industry, and even have the chance to land a job or contract at the career fair. This event will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Info + RSVP
Health & Wellness Luncheon
12:00p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
This luncheon will provide attendees with a deeper understanding of how propensity, prevention and policy contribute to health disparities related to ever-increasing numbers of African Americans diagnosed with these diseases. Panelists will discuss the primary challenges to understanding propensity and prevention, proposed methods to decrease health disparities through policy, and proposed methods to increase access to health services and preventive care.
Annual Reception at the Park Fourteenth
Join the Mu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Mu Lambda Foundation, and D.C. Councilmember At-Large Vincent Orange at their annual reception. RSVP here.
“Get Engaged” Forum with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.
Thought leaders and experts in policy, advertising, and entertainment will come together for a discussion on how to collectively create more balanced media images. The event will be held at the Renaissance Hotel. RSVP here.
CBC Veterans Appreciation
6:00 PM- 7:30 PM
Join the African American Civil War Museum for a reception titled “CBC Veterans Appreciation” to be held at the museum. Refreshments will be served at the event.
CBCF ALC Green Room Reception by Vestige Strategies
6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.
Vestige Strategies along with EARTHJUSTICE bring you the “4th Annual Green Room Reception” at Carmine’s Restaurant. The evening will be recognizing African American energy and environmental professionals, and will be hosted by CBS Radio’s Guy Lambert. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. RSVP here.
“Action & Authority Reception” with the National Action Network
The National Action Network is set to host the “Action & Authority Reception” at the Human Rights Campaign Building. RSVP here.
Second Annual Pink and Green CBC Welcome Reception
Join honorary hosts Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, and Congresswoman Alma Adams along with AKA’s on the Hill and the Xi Omega, Xi Zeta Omega, and Rho Mu Omega Chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated for the “Second Annual Pink and Green CBC Welcome Reception” at 201 Bar.
Black Man: Entrepreneurship, Social Justice, and Legacy
Join in on the multi-generational conversation with The Root in “Black Man: Entrepreneurship, Social Justice, and Legacy,” presented by Prudential. The event, which is exclusively for men, will be held at the District Architecture Center. RSVP here.
First Annual “Black Professional Homecoming” with Suited Lifestyle
6:00p.m. – 11:00p.m.
Suited Lifestyle is set to host their first-ever Black Professional Homecoming for the CBCF’s ALC. They’re kicking off the festivities at Lucky Strike. RSVP here.
Networking Event with Special Guest: Brittany Packnett
DC Young Democrats, Young Democrats of Maryland, and the Black Caucus of the Young Democrats of America are set to host a networking reception. The event, with special guest, Brittany Packnett of Campaign Zero Planning Team, will be held at Red Rocks. RSVP here.
Screening of Wilhemina’s War, a film by June Cross
6:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.
Join the CBCF, the National Black Women’s HIV/AIDS Network, the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council- POSITIVE Voices, and the Red Pump Project for a special film screening of Wilhemina’s War, a film by June Cross. The screening, held at Landmark E Street Cinema, will be followed by a discussion with Cross and the executive director of the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council, Dr. Bambi Gaddist.
Technoir 24: The Innovators Classic at Capital
An event titled “Technoir 24: The Innovators Classic at Capital” is inviting African-American business professionals and innovators to their pitch party. You can apply to pitch, or just come to Capitale to dance with the DJ, enjoy live music, and indulge in their drink specials.
CBC Spouses 19th Annual Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts
8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
The Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts recognizes the contributions of individuals who have influenced African American history and inspired generations in the fine arts. This year’s Celebration of Leadership will honor the achievements of luminaries in publishing and media, and help to raise scholarship funds for students who have demonstrated exceptional talent in the arts.
Thursday September 17
Community Breakfast and Health Fair
7:00a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Each year, CBCF and African American members of Congress and their spouses serve breakfast and provide clothing, toiletries, health screenings and community resources to more than 400 of the District’s homeless community. This signature ALC program raises awareness around homelessness. Limited capacity event.
Voting Rights Braintrust
1:30 PM- 3:30 PM
Join Honorary Host Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge at this year’s A. Leon Higginbotham Voting Rights Braintrust during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference. This year’s panelist will include both young elected officials and national mobilization organizations. Info+RSVP here.
Emerging Leaders Town Hall
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Emerging Leaders Town Hall highlights the significant contributions from as well as the challenges and opportunities facing young professionals of color in the United States and around the world.
This year, the discussion will focus on diversity in corporate america. Info+RSVP here.
ELC/Boule/Links, Inc. Networking Reception
4:30p.m. – 6:00p.m.
The Links, Incorporated, The Executive Leadership Council, and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (The Boule) invite you to a networking reception held at Sadden Arps, LLC. RSVP here.
Microsoft Professionals Networking Reception
5:00 PM- 8:00 PM
HBCU Connect and Microsoft is inviting experienced black technology professionals to connect with Microsoft to discuss excellent opportunities within their IT, Networking, Information Security, and Risk Management group (ISRM). This will feature an open bar, free food, and great networking opportunities. RSVP here.
Outdoor Reception with The Social Architects
Join The Social Architects at Cities for a reception at an outdoor patio. Enjoy live jazz, a celebrity guest DJ, and a full dinner menu. Business attire is suggested. RSVP here.
Attorney’s Congressional Black Caucus Soiree
The Attorneys- Charles “Tex” O’Banion, Ted Holmes, and Julian Tucker – want you to join them at their “Attorney’s Congressional Black Caucus Soiree” at Bliss Nightclub. Guests will enjoy three rooms of dancing to the sounds of DJ Julian Tucker along with tons of hors d’oeuvres. RSVP here.
Democratic National Committee’s 2015 CBCF’s ALC Open House and Reception
Democratic National Convention Chair Rep. Debbie Wassenman Schultz and DNC Black Caucus Chair Virgie M. Rollins cordially invite you to attend the Democratic National Committee’s 2015 CBCF’s ALC Week Open House and Reception at the Democratic National Committee Headquarters. This event is private.
2015 Congressional Black Caucus Health Care Leaders Reception
Join the Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives for their “2015 Congressional Black Caucus Health Care Leaders Reception” at the Renaissance Hotel. Enjoy an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and live musical entertainment. RSVP here.
The National Endowment for the Humanities at the Capitol Visitor Center
The National Endowment for the Humanities invites you to an event honoring Dr. Norman Francis, President Emeritus of Xavier University of Louisiana. The event will be hosted by Rep. Cedric Richmond, Rep. Alma Adams, Rep. Bradley Byne, Chairman William Adams, the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the co-chairs of their Bipartisan HBCU Caucus. It will be held at Orientation Theater North in the Capitol Visitor Center. RSVP here.
4th Annual Networking Reception: American University Black Alumni Alliance
Join the American University Black Alumni Alliance and the AU Washington College of Law Black Alumni Association for their 4th annual networking reception. With your ticket, you will receive two drinks and hors d’oeuvres. The event, chaired by 2013 alumnus Tangela Richardson, will be held at the Renaissance Hotel. RSVP here.
The National Bar Association CBC Reception with Benjamin Crump
The National Bar Association is set to host a reception featuring special guest Benjamin Crump, President of the NBA. The event, hosted by partner A. Scott Bolden, will be held at the Offices of Reed Smith. This is a private event.
2015 CBC Women in Business Reception at Google DC
Join Walker’s Legacy and the National Women’s Business Council for the “2015 CBC Women in Business Reception” at Google DC. The evening, which will be hosted by WJLA-ABC 7 anchor, Jimmy Olabanji, will feature remarks from Congresswoman Robin Kelly, Michelle Howard, Mignon Cleburne, Alejandra Castillo, Angela Rye, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, and Maria Cardona. RSVP here.
Washington DC Chapter of African American Real Estate Professionals CBCF Reception
The Washington DC Chapter of African American Real Estate Professionals is hosting a reception at 1805 7th Street NW. Take in the DC Skyline while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. RSVP here.
Leadership Reception – Honoring Rep. GK Butterfield, Chair of the CBC
6:00p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sojourner Truth Women’s Leadership Reception
6:00p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
This reception, an outgrowth of the CBC Women’s Annual Sisterhood Congressional Reception, provides a platform to celebrate and recognize the leadership provided by the women of the CBC as well as other African-American women who are making great strides in their respective arenas. The reception and celebration serves as a kickoff event for the Sojourner Truth Legacy Project forum the following morning. The women of the CBC present the Sojourner Truth “Woman of Truth” award to an individual who excels in her leadership, commitment to service, and embodies the spirit of Sojourner Truth.
The National Newspaper Publishers Association’s Leadership Reception
7:30p.m. – 11:00p.m.
The National Newspaper Publishers Association will host a “Leadership Reception” at the Marriott Marquis. Enjoy Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the event which will be hosted by NNPA Board Chair and Washington Informer publisher Denise Rolark Barnes, members of the NNPA Association Board and NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin Chavis, JR. Invite only.
The Black Party: Live and Direct
9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
The Black Party is the premier social event for emerging leaders and other ALC participants each year. Those who attend will enjoy great music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and the company of changemakers in Washington, D.C. Good people, good tunes, good vibes. Come to socialize and dress to impress! All- Black attire. Attendees must have a valid ticket and be 21 years or older for entry. Event will take place at the Park on 14th.
Sojourner Truth Women’s Leadership Reception
8:00 PM -12:00 AM
Join the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation at the “Sojourner Truth Women’s Leadership Reception” held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (1250 New York Avenue, NW). The Evening will honor women with the Sojourner Truth “Woman of Truth” Award, given to women who are excelling in leadership and commitment in the spirit of Sojourner Truth. RSVP here.
Celebration of Black Entrepreneurs Gala & Fundraiser
8:00 PM – 2:00 AM
AmazingBusinesses, a network of entrepreneurs and professionals, along with Revolt, Radio One, and the National Black MBA Association is set to host the “Celebration of Black Entrepreneurs Gala & Fundraiser” at Carnegie Library (801 K Street NW). DJ Kid Capri will be on the turntables. Info+ RSVP.
Linked In– The Young Alumni Party
Suite Lifestyle is set to host the Linked In – The Young Alumni Party at Ultrabar. RSVP here.
2015 CBC Kickoff with Unique Society
Unique Society wants you to join them at The Huxley for their “CBC Kickoff” event.
Friday September 18
Black Woman’s Agenda Symposium
12:00 PM -3:00 PM
The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc. is set to host their 38th Annual Symposium Workshop and Luncheon at the Marriott Marquis (901 Masacheussetts Ave NW). The afternoon will honor the 2015 BWA Award recipients, including Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, President of Alabama State University, Reverend Tammie Denyse, Co-Founder of Carrie’s TOUCH, Inc., Sherece T. West-Scantlebury, President/CEO of Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Carla Harris, Vice Chairman of Global Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley, and Maya Kryslan McFadden. RSVP here.
CBCF Chair’s Reception
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Networking Reception; This event is only open to paid registrants and your invitation must be presented for admittance.
The Usual Suspectz Returns: Level Fridays
5:00p.m. – 3:00a.m.
The Usual Suspectz returns to the CBCF’s ALC with “Level Fridays,” a rooftop experience featuring drink specials, food, and hookah. The event will be held at Ozio. RSVP here.
Blue Flowers Presents: Shades of Blue Reception and Launch Party
6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.
Blue Flowers, a non-profit organization empowering women and the men in their lives against prostate cancer, is set to host their “Shades of Blue Reception and Launch Party.” The event will be hosted at City Club of Washington. Enjoy an open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Guests are asked to wear shades of blue. RSVP here.
Networking for Influencers
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Join Black and Brown People Vote for a networking reception at Capitale on 1301 K St NW from 6 PM to 9 PM. There will be a 1 hour open bar beginning at 6.
CBCF Alumni Association Networking Reception
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Calling all CBCF Alumni! Join us as we honor the achievements of several CBCF alums and the CBC Congressional Chiefs of Staff. These dedicated individuals play a pivotal role in mentoring, hiring, and providing opportunities for the CBCF interns and fellows, which allow them to grow and advance professionally. This is an opportunity for alumni to network with the most accomplished and dedicated professionals across the country who are working to positively impact their communities. Invitation only.
2nd Annual Sangria Social Networking Party
6:00p.m. – 10:00p.m.
Join Candice Nicole and Tommie Collins as they host the “2nd Annual Sangria Social,” a networking event in honor of CBCF’s ALC. Enjoy drink specials, appetizers, and trivia games to help you unwind from the conference bustle. The fun will be happening at Avery’s on H Street. RSVP here.
2015 Michigan CBC Reception and Motown Live Afterglow
7:00 PM- 2:00 AM
The Michigan CBC Host Committee will host the “2015 Michigan CBC Reception and Motown Live Afterglow” presented by Ford Motor Company and AT&T at Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square (801 K Street NW). The evening will honor Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, Shirley Stancato, DTE Energy, ChemicoMays, Reginald M. Turner Jr., and Staff Sgt. James Butler III, US Army Retired. The “Afterglow,” which kicks off at 10:00p.m., features DJ Biz Markie. RSVP here.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity’s 2015 Congressional Black Caucus Reception and Party
The Metropolitan Chapters of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. are set to host their “2015 Congressional Black Caucus Reception and Party,” honoring achievement on the Hill. The event will be held at the Renaissance Hotel. The evening will feature three artists, beginning performances at 10:00p.m. RSVP here.
The Usual Suspectz Presents: Meet the Press
The Usual Suspectz are set to host “Meet the Press” during the CBCF’s ALC at Barcode. Enjoy drink specials, food, and hookah, along with an indoor/outdoor experience. DJ Marvelous will be on the turntables. RSVP here.
Saturday September 19
Women Who Lead Reception
11:00 am – 1 PM
Women in Leadership Congressional Black Caucus 2015 Brunch
Let’s Do Brunch NYC and Digital Divas present the “Second Annual Congressional Black Caucus Brunch.” The event, dubbed “It’s Time For a Change Women in Leadership, Breaking the Political Glass Ceiling,” will be held at George Brown’s. RSVP here.
2015 Georgia Reception by the Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company is set to host the “2015 Georgia Reception” at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Special honor will be given to Congressmen John Lewis, Stanford Bishop, David Scott, and Henry “Hank” Johnson, JR. This event is private.
Joint Interest Presents: The Stimulus CBC Weekend Brunch and Day Party
Joint Interest presents “The Stimulus CBC Weekend Brunch and Day Party” at Brixton’s Rooftop DC. The event will feature special guest Roland Martin. King Iven, and Brenden Hill will be on the turntables. RSVP here.
TopGolf Day Party: 80th Anniversary of Norfolk State University
2:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
Join the Greater Northern Virginia Chapter of the Norfolk State University Alumni Association as they celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Norfolk State University. They are set to host “TopGolf Day Party” at Topgolf Alexandria. RSVP here.
The Network DC’s #CAPITALEDAYPARTY
Join The Network DC for #CAPITALEDAYPARTY at Capitale. DJ Carmo and DJ Chubb E. Swagg will be on the turntables. RSVP here.
CBC Sol Day Party with Forward Vision Group
Forward Vision Group presents “CBC Sol Day Party” at The Gryphon. Jerome Baker III and DJ Biggs will be on the wheels of steel. RSVP here.
The Usual Suspectz: Day Trip at Ozio
The Usual Suspectz returns to host “Day Trip at Ozio” located at Ozio Restaurant & Lounge. Along with DJ Schemes on the turntables, enjoy half-priced appetizers and hookah. Entry is free before 4:00p.m. RSVP here.
Day Party with Unique Society
Join Unique Society for a day party at Rosebar. Enjoy an open bar until 5:00p.m.
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The reception before the Phoenix Dinner.
Phoenix Awards Dinner
6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
As the culminating ALC event, the Phoenix Awards Dinner pays tribute to the legacy and achievements of remarkable individuals who positively impact the African-American experience. This year’s honorees include Civil Rights attorney Fred Gray; North Carolina NAACP President Rev. Dr. William Barber, II; Montgomery Bus Boycott organizer Juanita Abernathy; Bloody Sunday organizer Amelia Boynton Robinson; and leaders in the movement for the MLK National Monument, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.
The Social Architects Presents: 2nd Annual Black & White Gala
8:00p.m. – 2:00a.m.
Join The Social Architects at their Second Annual Black and White Gala inside the Renaissance Hotel. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres along with a live performance by Jazz musician Brian Lenair. RSVP here.
CBC Week 2015 Mansion Finale
9:00p.m. – 3:00a.m.
Celebrate the conclusion of CBC Week with Avid Life Entertainment at the “CBC Week Mansion Finale,” hosted at Hunt Mansion Estate. RSVP here.
Decadence: Presented by Infiniti
The Root cordially invites you to “Decadence,” an extraordinary after-dinner experience following the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Phoenix Awards Dinner. Arena Stage. This event is private.
Illinois and New York Delegations Post-Phoenix Awards Event
The Illinois and New York Delegations are set to host an event following the CBCF’s Annual Phoenix Awards. This event is private.
18th Annual International Ball, VIP Reception and California Party- A Royal Affair
10:00p.m. – 2:00a.m.
The California CBC Delegation is set to host their “18th Annual International Ball, VIP Reception and California Party- A Royal Affair” at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. The evening will be hosted by Academy Award- Winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr. and Congresswoman Diane Watson. DJ Julian will be on the wheels. RSVP here.
The Nation’s Classic: A Celebration of HBCU Excellence
“The Nation’s Classic: A Celebration of HBCU Excellence” will be held in honor of the CBCF’s ALC and the Howard University versus Hampton University Football Classic. The party will be held at Howard Theatre.
Sunday September 20
CBCF Donald M. Payne Memorial Fellowship Cruise
11:30 AM– 2:30 PM
AmazingBusinesses for their “Network & Pitch
11 AM- 2:00 PM
Join AmazingBusinesses for their “Network & Pitch” brunch at Meridian Mount Vernon Triangle (425 L Street NW). Entrepreneurs will also have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to other professionals. RSVP here.
Fab Empire Sunday Brunch at Howard Theatre
12:00 PM- 2:00 PM
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