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Program Calendar

  • GBALI Session - Centennial Hall February 7, 2015 at 8:44 am – 12:00 pm Gilman School, 5407 Roland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21210
  • GBALI Session - Centennial Hall February 21, 2015 at 8:44 am – 12:00 pm Gilman School, 5407 Roland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21210
  • GBALI & B.E.S.T. Session - Centennial Hall February 28, 2015 at 8:44 am – 1:00 pm Gilman School, 5407 Roland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21210

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, January 31, 2015: Show Your School or Team Spirit

For this Saturday, 1/31/15, you all are encouraged wear, don, sport or rock some paraphernalia  (‘nalia) of your actual school, favorite college/pro team or jersey/uniform for a team on which you compete.

Saturday, January 24, 2015: Meeting Location & Weather Watch

Because of SAT’s, we will be meeting in the Gilman Middle School on this Saturday, 1/24/15. We will be in room 102/103. The Middle School is the FIRST building on the right when you turn on to the Gilman driveway. If you’re not being dropped off, the Middle School is the far right building if you’re looking at Gilman from the street (Roland Avenue).

Also, we will be watching the weather. The website and calendar will updated by 7AM if we have to cancel our session. If there is no cancellation message posted, we are having our session.

Saturday, January 17, 2015: Meeting Location (Mercy Medical Center)

We will not be meeting at Gilman this Saturday, 1/17/15. We’ve been invited to visit Mercy Medical Center in downtown Baltimore. Dress code is Business Professional and the meeting time is 8:44am to 12:00pm. Here are the details:

Entrance Location:
Mercy Medical Center
345 Saint Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
NOTE: Meet in Main Hospital Lobby

We will be escorted as a group from the main lobby to our meeting location so please be on time. If you are running late, please contact Karlo directly.

Parking: Please park in the Bunting Garage. We will provide FREE parking to the first eight (8) students who arrive and need parking (suggest carpooling where possible). The Bunting Garage entrance is located on Pleasant Street between Guilford and Calvert Streets. Take the elevator to the 4th floor, proceed to the security desk and ask for directions to the bridge to the new Main Hospital (The Bunting Center) lobby. See the link below for directions to the Bunting Garage:


Attire: Business Professional

Food: Lite refreshments will be provided.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Cousins, for this Saturday, 1/10/15, please bring the documentation that you all used and submitted for your team projects.

No Session, 1/3/15 & Assignment

This assignment was previously posted so you you all should have a head-start. During our last session, you all elected to continue with the discussion instead of working on your assignments in person. It’s highly recommended that you all make plans to meet IN-PERSON as groups on this Saturday, 1/3/15, to work. Returners could help coordinate the locations and times for their respective groups, e.g. Starbucks, Panera Bread, Barnes & Noble, library, etc.

Drafts are due by email to dirs@gbali.org by Sunday, 1/4/15 at 6PM. It’s very easy to tell work that is done by 1 person. Those will be rejected. If there are any issues with total team participation, let us know, immediately.


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.

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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