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Program Calendar

  • NO GBALI Session December 20, 2014
  • 14th Annual Gilman Alumni Basketball Day and Lunch December 27, 2014 at 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Redmond C.S. Finney Athletic Center/McCarthy Room 12:00 - 2:00p: Alumni Basketball & Networking 2:00 - 3:00p: Al umni Basketball Reception & Networking (McCarthy Room) RSVP at http:// www.gilman.edu/news/item/index.aspx?pageaction=ViewSinglePublic&LinkID=1438 2&ModuleID=43&NEWSPID=1

Program Hours & Location

The 10th Annual Gilman Black Alumni Leadership Institute will meet weekly on Saturdays from 8:44am to 12:00pm beginning October 25 2014.

Saturday, December 13, 2014: Assignment

Cousins, please, prepare for our Saturday, 12/13/14, session….

Your teams are your chance to promote real change. We’re sure you all have complained about how we do things and how you would want things done. You now have a chance to prove you “know what you’re talking about.” You all will begin work on your team projects, so you need to come prepared as follows. These assignments do not need to be completed before Saturday but EACH of you should show up ready to work. Keep in mind that this is not a closed book test. You are HIGHLY encouraged to work across groups. That’s how real business gets done and this is real business.

  1. Archives Team: You all will be responsible for “tracking” and surveying past GBALI students.
    • Assignment: Develop a pool of survey questions that would allow us to capture the path of former GBALI students and the impact that GBALI has played in their lives. Avoid generic questions since we came come up with those on our own.
  2. Information Technology (IT) Team: You all will be responsible for proposing hardware and software solutions that improve how GBALI operates and how GBALI students navigate & manage life successfully and more effectively.
    • Assignment: Develop a list of technology “tools” that a typical GBALI students should use (“GBALI Survival Kit”). Also, propose technology services that GBALI directors and students could use to better communicate internally, manage daily operations and promote/market the program. Being “cool” and “popular” are not good reasons by themselves. Think “added value, simplification and attainability/affordability.
  3. Logistics Team: You all are responsible for making GBALI work and maintaining our brand. That being said, motivation and rewards are just as important as penalties.
    • Assignment: Develop options that can be part of a motivational and reward system for GBALI students. Think “relevant” and “creative.” Nothing is off the table. Be able to explain the rationale.
  4. Multimedia Team:  You all are responsible for the development of our 10th anniversary documentary video. This will be crucial in marketing and promoting GBALI over the next 10 years. This video will include interviews of present & past GBALI students/families, supporters, presenters, etc.
    • Assignment: Develop a pool of interview questions that would allow us to visually capture their thoughts on GBALI and the role it has played in their lives and on their families. Avoid generic questions since we came come up with those on our own. Also, determine what skills and tools your team members have that will be useful for audio, video and photography work.
  5. Programming & Sessions Team: You all are responsible for making sure the content of GBALI is relevant and entertaining to the GBALI students. Having fun should be fun.
    • Assignment: Propose suggestions for educational & discussion topics and “just-for-fun” session themes. Think “relevant” and “creative.” Nothing is off the table. Be able to explain the rationale.

Bring laptops, tablets, phones, notepads and any other items needed to do work and research as needed. Also, listen to the following Podcast: The Science of Gratitude and Financial Success.

Saturday, December 6, 2014: Goucher College Visit

We will not be meeting at Gilman on Sat, 12/6/14. We will be meeting at and touring Goucher College in Towson. Business professional dress code is in effect. It will be cold so dress warm. Gentlemen, tighten up the ties and no sneakers or construction/hiking boots. Ladies loosing up & lengthen the skirts/dresses and lower the heels a little bit. If you have any questions, ask us. For those who have…. Well played. Better to ask than don’t and then get it wrong.

  • Do some background research on Goucher and be prepared to ask questions.
  • Arrive at Admissions office at 9:28am (next to Kraushaar Auditorium. See map)
    • Parking is in the visitor lot in front of the Dorsey Center (See map)
  • Tour ends at 12/12:15pm.



Important Details for Procter & Gamble Business trip on 12/4/14

Here are the important details for our business trip to visit Procter & Gamble (CoverGirl).

Arrive at 9:21AM. Go in the main entrance (near visitor parking) and wait in the lobby. Address: 11050 York Rd in Hunt Valley/Cockeysville, MD. If you need transportation to and from, send a message to dirs@gbali.org with pick-up and drop-off locations.

Dress code is Business Professional. However, we will be going on a plant tour so EVERYONE must wear long pants, closed toe shoes and limit jewelry and hair accessories. Items needed for religious observation are fine. We will be done around 11:45/12:00 pm and yes, we will have pizza lunch around 11:30 am.

You can get to the location via York Rd (between Shawan and Warren roads….there is an entrance on York Rd just south of Wight Ave or, you can turn left on Wight Ave and enter that way as well (Valley View Farms is across from Wight Ave). You can also get there by going North on 83 to exit 20A – Shawan Rd East. Turn right at first light, McCormick Rd, and then left onto Wight Ave – just past Royal Farms. On the right past the post office and police station. There is visitor parking in the front.

Give to Get…. Service opportunity

The holiday season is upon us. To get into the spirit, we are offering an opportunity to you. This Saturday (11/15/14), you can earn 0.5 (1/2) point for every 2 canned goods that you bring in (Max = 1 point; 4 cans).

For those of you that have lost points due to attendance or non-completion of an assignment, now is your chance to recoup your loss. For everyone else, this is an opportunity to earn an extra credit point.

The collected cans will be donated to Bea Gaddy’s kitchen. If you don’t know who Bea Gaddy was or what her kitchen does, Google it.

Suggestions: string beans, sweet potatoes, beans, greens, sauerkraut…

Assignments due by Friday, November 14, 2014

Johns Hopkins Visit & Tour & Projects/Assignments Accountability System

  • If you were absent on Saturday, November 8, 2014, we discussed the new points system that will be applied to projects and assignments. Ask someone who was present for details. This system will work like the attendance policy. If you accrue six (6) or more points, you will be dismissed from the program. This is separate from the attendance policy and is in response to the lack of response on previous assignments. Students who didn’t complete the Project Teams assignment you have already been assessed one (1) point.

Get a Professional Email Address

  • All students must evaluate their email address for professional acceptability:
    • Every student should have a non-school issued professional email address. It’s recommended that you use a major free email provider, not one provided by Cox, Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, etc. If you lose or cancel the service associated with them, you will lose that email address. Using Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, Outlook, MSN, etc. will mean that you can have that email address permanently (“forever”).
    • Use some form of your REAL name (e.g. John Smith: smithj@email.com, john.smith@email.com, jsmith15@email.com). You may use your middle name or some other name, if you formally go by that name (i.e. your school teachers use that name).
    • Use your real name as the name that shows up in the FROM field.
    • You don’t have to get rid of your existing email account. Ask for help if you need assistance linking accounts or forwarding mail between multiple accounts.
  • Forward your new email address to dirs@gbali.org by Friday, November 14, 2014.

Prepare for Johns Hopkins University Visit

In preparation of our visit and tour of Johns Hopkins University (see Program Calendar & Announcements), complete the JHU Student Information Form no later than Thursday, November 13, 2014. Do not submit it to the directors. It must be brought with you on Saturday to give to the JHU admissions personnel. Also, visit www.jhu.edu to make sure you know something about Johns Hopkins. Please, don’t show up unprepared.


PROFESSIONAL DRESS CODE IN EFFECT. See the included file below (“Clothing Tips“). Also, see the videos below. If you have questions, please ask or do some research.

For young men and women, a sweater may be an appropriate substitute for a suit jacket.



GPS Instructions If you are using your vehicle’s GPS system or an online mapping service for driving directions, please enter the following address: 3101 Wyman Park Drive Baltimore, MD 21211 This address will bring you to the Wyman Park Bldg., across Wyman Park Dr. from the Homewood campus. Keeping the Wyman Park Bldg. on your left, continue on Wyman Park Dr. to the third driveway on the right, and enter the underground visitor parking garage (South Garage). PLEASE NOTE: Due to construction on Charles St. near the university, please follow the directions below once you get to the area. If you use GPS or other mapping directions you will need to follow detours to get to the campus.



Program Directors

Kellee Parrott Gonzalez
McDonogh '96

Kourtney J. Whitehead
Osbourn (VA) '96

Terrance T. Whitehead
Gilman '95

Karlo G. Young
Gilman '97


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