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NIU alumnus to moderate ‘The Black C-Suite: Challenges and Opportunities’ webcast

July 22, 2020

Produced by the Controllers Council, “The Black C-Suite: Challenges and Opportunities” is a complimentary webcast that will address the gap in representation of African Americans and minorities in the top executive ranks of U.S. corporations. The webcast will feature black executives who will share their respective journeys to the executive suite. The panel discussion will explore ideas and solutions for improving representation.

Panelists include Kofi Bruce, CFO of General Mills, and Jerry Raphael, CFO/Controller of Stack Overflow.

Brandt Kucharski, Chief Accounting Officer at Grubhub, and NIU alumnus of the institution’s accountancy program, will serve as the discussion moderator and webcast Q&A facilitator along with  Sarah Harris, General Counsel and Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee at Armanino, a Top 25 CPA firm.

“The small percentage of Black and minority business professionals to achieve the highest executive positions is well documented,” said Lindy Antonelli, Controllers Council Board Chair. “Our lively discussion will share some of the challenges experienced by our featured speakers and panelists, and importantly identify and debate how to address problems and achieve positive change now and in the future.”

Controllers Council™ is a community and platform of controllers, accounting and finance professionals that is focused on accounting best practices, information and resources, recognition and networking. The organization’s Executive Director is Neil Brown, who is an NIU marketing alumnus.

NIU students and alumni, from the business school and beyond, are invited to register. “The Black C-Suite: Challenges and Opportunities” webcast is scheduled for Thursday, July 30, 3 PM CST. Registration is free and required.