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Program Calendar

  • NO GBALI Session November 28, 2015
  • GBALI Session - WMAR TV Station Visit December 5, 2015 at 8:44 am – 12:00 pm WMAR-TV (Baltimore), Baltimore, MD 21211, United States
  • GBALI Session - George Mason University December 12, 2015 at 8:44 am – 3:00 pm George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

Program Hours & Location

The 11th Annual Gilman Black Alumni Leadership Institute will meet weekly on Saturdays from 8:44am to 12:00pm beginning October 24, 2015.

Sat, 11/21/15: “Cleaned up all clean” -KJW


As previously mentioned and warned, this Saturday, 11/21/15, we will be having a professional photographer come in to take professional head shot portraits. This is valuable so that you all have HIGH quality, non-cellphone photos that can be used for professional purposes (college applications, job applications, LinkedIn profile, etc.)… Or if you just want to floss on IG or Snapchat or whatever you all do with photos. The dress code is business professional. See below.

Also, your social media, marketing and creative skills will be tested. So, bring anything that you think will be helpful, e.g. camera, video camera, phone, tablets, laptop, sketch pad, karaoke machine, etc.

Another reminder… Business Professional:

  • WHEN IN DOUBT ASK! That’s how you learn. Not the time to get it wrong.
  • S.A.W. (Subtle Always Wins)
  • Dark colored suits: Can’t go wrong
  • Dress pants and knee-length skirt/dress
  • Collared shirts (men and women); Some exceptions for women
  • Men: Tie not optional (ask if you don’t own or can’t tie one); Simple pattern and not bright
  • Minimal or no jewelry
  • Well groomed
  • No jeans. No sneakers. No boots.
  • No sweat pant/shirts.
  • No extremely high-heels or form fitting clothing.
  • No extremely bright colors

Saturday, 11/14/2015: It’s Time To Play The Feud

XWe will be meeting on Saturday, 11/14/15, at Gilman in Centennial Hall. Usual time. Several GBALI alums will be joining us in the fun and discussion around transitioning to and through college.

Also, as a heads up, next Saturday, 11/21/15, we will be taking professional photo head shots. By professional, we mean the dress for this will be business professional and the photographer will be a professional. We will be discussing what business professional attire is. If you think you will have a problem obtaining business professional attire, this Saturday will be the time to let us know. The shame is not in asking, it’s in not asking.

Saturday, 11/7/2015: Stevenson University Visit


As mentioned, we will be visiting Stevenson University this Saturday, 11/7/15. We had some slots re-open. So, if you’re interested in attended send an email to dirs@gbali.org and pre-register on their website. Registering (see below) is required to get the free goodies, tuition credit (if you enroll) and the free lunch (all-you-care-to-eat in the dining hall – which is great!). Those not attending the visit should not show up at GIlman.

We will be meeting at 9:44 outside of the Admissions Office (Garrison Hall). See their website for directions (click here). Dress code is business. We should be done by 1:00 PM.

Professional Dress:

  • WHEN IN DOUBT ASK! That’s how you learn. Not the time to get it wrong.
  • Dress pants, khakis, knee-length skirt/dress
  • Collared shirts (men and women); Some exceptions for women
  • Preferred (not required) for Men: Tie, Sport Jacket or Sweater
  • Suits are OK.
  • No jeans. No sneakers. No boots.
  • No sweat pant/shirts.
  • No extremely high-heels or form fitting clothing.
  • No extremely bright colors


Use the following:

  • Desired Visit Date: 11/7/15
  • Number of Visitors: 1
  • How did you hear about the Daily Visit: Other

Saturday, 10/31/15: Location Change to Lumen Center

We will be meeting in the Lumen Center this Saturday instead of Centennial Hall in Carey Hall. Easy to get to:

  • Driving: Drive past normal drop off at Carey Hall and turn right at drive way. Entrance will be on side of building.
  • Walking: Walk past normal drop off at Carey Hall and follow sidewalk to the right. Entrance will be on side of building.
  • See map and be sure to read previous post (below) with assignment details


Saturday, October 31, 2015: A Whole Rack of Stuff… Read Thoroughly

Cousins, there are a lot things that came from our first session and a few things that need to be mentioned for this Saturday….

  1. TIME SENSITIVE: We have 12 slots for our visit and tour of Stevenson University on Saturday, November 7, 2015
    • If you would like to attend, send a well written email requesting to be added to the list to dirs@gbali.org by Friday, October 30, 2015. Priority will be given in order of grade (Sr, Jr, So and then Fr). Since some people have already visited or may not be interested, still submit your name, regardless of grade, if you would like to attend.
  2. Review attendance policy, AGAIN, and make sure you truly get it: http://gbali.org/attendance-policy/
  3. NOT OPTIONAL: 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 (“kinda 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). “Real” first name can be middle name if that’s the name by which you go.
    • 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, October 30, 2015.
  4. The Program Calendar will give you details about sessions. Subscribe and/or check often along with webpage.
  5. For this Saturday’s session (Oct 31, 2015), you are encouraged to wear college gear since we’ll be starting our discussion on college OR wear a school appropriate Halloween costume.

Program Directors

Kellee Parrott Gonzalez
McDonogh '96

Kourtney J. Whitehead
Osbourn (VA) '96

Terrance T. Whitehead
Gilman '95

Karlo G. Young
Gilman '97


New student applications are due by Friday, October 2, 2015, 11:59PM

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