Black Future Leaders Experience Conference October 24, 2020

Mission Statement

The purpose of Black FLEX is to provide a space for young, thriving black scholars to cultivate the most distinguished versions of themselves. As the black leaders of today, we strive to promote leadership, individuality and self-discovery, in order to better our tomorrow.

Theme: The Black Playbook

The theme for this year's Black FLEX conference is The Black Playbook. Come and learn the plays that you'll need in your playbook to help you win the game of life. The wide array of panelists and speaker-led discussions will aid you in becoming your own MVP, ready to take on the challenges of everyday Black life. This year we will be discussing identity, mental health, and financial literacy, along with many other survival tactics that will ensure that you are in the best shape for game day. This is definitely the game that you won't want to miss. This virtual leadership conference is hosted by the Student Association for Black Unity at Washington & Lee University.


Carliss Chatman

Associate Professor, Washington and Lee University School of Law

Renita Gabriel

Founder and CEO of Breakthroughs Psychological Services

Amber Cooper

Assistant Director of Admissions, Washington and Lee University

Michael Hill

Professor of Africana Studies, Washington and Lee University

Nneka Dennie

Assistant Professor of History, Washington and Lee University

Elicia Cowins

Assistant Professor of Accounting, Washington and Lee University

3:00 - 3:15 Opening Remarks & Welcome!
3:15 - 4:15 Session 1
It's Time to be Selfish
by Renita Gabriel
Unapologetically Intersectional
by Kyhree Davis, Nneka Dennie, Sybil Prince Nelson
4:15 - 4:25 BREAK
4:25 - 5:25 Keynote
Sybrina Fulton
5:25 - 6:25 Session 2
by Carliss Chatman, Amber Cooper, and Michael Hill
Protecting Your Black Coinz
by Elicia Cowins
6:25 - 6:40 Closing Remarks


Time to be Selfish

The weight of the world is not yours to wield. It's time to be selfish and prioritize yourself. This session not only focuses on the importance of maintaining a healthy mind but teaches you techniques on how to practice mindfulness, positivity, and putting yourself first.

Unapologetically Intersectional

Come learn how to empower yourself through embracing all of your identities. This session will equip you to maintain your newfound confidence in who you are by introducing tools and resources to help lay foundation for your future.


Many can agree the way you greet your friends is not always identical to the way you greet individuals in professional settings. We are subconsciously code-switching, but what exactly does code switching mean? Come learn what it means to both navigate and thrive in predominantly white spaces while staying true to your identity.

Protecting Your Black Coinz

Money and financial wealth is essential in this rapidly growing economy. The black dollar is crucial, and you deserve to know how and when to properly save your money. Come and learn about stocks, how to properly build your credit, FICA and a multitude of other resources to build your financial wealth and health. We're always trying to ‘chase the bag' but let's make sure that we're doing it properly and building generational wealth along the way.


Student Association for Black Unity, Division of Student Affairs, Alumni Engagement Office, Office of Inclusion and Engagement.


How much will the conference cost?

This virtual conference is free for everyone.

How long will the conference last?

The conference will be approximately three hours and forty minutes. Check the schedule for more information.

Additional questions?

Contact Lauryn McCray at or Tammi Simpson at