SOURCE: Black Enterprise

May 18, 2010 07:00 ET

BLACK ENTERPRISE, ExxonMobil Promote Entrepreneurship and Education

Energy Imperative Session and STEM Education Forum Highlight Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo, May 18 -19 in Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - May 18, 2010) -  BLACK ENTERPRISE continues the 15th annual Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo hosted by ExxonMobil on Tuesday, May 18 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Designed to promote the economic growth of emerging and established minority businesses, the three-day event brings together more than 1,000 of the nation's leading entrepreneurs and corporate professionals to network and seek out new opportunities. 

Returning as conference host for the second consecutive year, ExxonMobil will present two of this year's most vital topics:

The Energy Imperative: Converting Policy into Opportunity examines the investment the Obama Administration and major corporations are making in alternative energy and what kind of entrepreneurial opportunities there are within the green economy. The panel, moderated by Black Enterprise Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle, includes Jesse Tyson, Global Aviation Director, ExxonMobil Fuels Marketing Company; Rick Wade, Senior Advisor & Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce; and Chris Womack, Executive Vice President, Southern Company.

The STEM Forum, taking place at Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center on Wednesday, May 19 examines short-term and long-term workforce preparedness in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (known collectively as STEM), with an emphasis on education (college and K-12) and workforce retraining. The half-day session kicks off with the Hon. Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta and continues with Bernard A. Harris Jr., president, The Harris Foundation Inc.; Donna Ennis, project director, Georgia Minority Business Enterprise Center; Sylvia Bozeman, professor of mathematics, Spelman College; Thomas Boston, professor of economics, Georgia Tech; and Kevin Warren, chairman, president & CEO, Xerox Canada.

"It's clear that the recovery and long term growth of the American economy will be heavily dependent on advancements in science and technology, which represent many of the nation's highest-paying jobs," says Black Enterprise President & CEO Earl "Butch" Graves Jr. "Together with the projected growth of the green industry, it represents critical areas of opportunity that we must seize. We are extremely grateful to ExxonMobil for sharing our forward-thinking focus."

For more information about the 2010 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo hosted by ExxonMobil, visit

The 2010 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo is hosted by ExxonMobil. Presenting sponsors include American Express OPEN, Ariel Investments, Buick, FedEx, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Rewards, PepsiCo, and Wells Fargo. Platinum sponsors include EMC2, Southern Company, UnitedHealthcare, and Wendy's International. Corporate partners include The Cashflow, CNN, and Georgia-Pacific.

Black Enterprise, your ultimate source for wealth creation, is the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers. Every month, Black Enterprise magazine provides 4.3 million readers with information on entrepreneurship, careers, and financial management. A multimedia company, BE also produces television programming, business and lifestyle events, Web content, and digital media. Black Enterprise is the definitive source of information for and about African American business markets and leaders, and the authority on black business news and trends.

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