Greg Cunningham

Greg Cunningham

The Twin Cities Black Affinity group will host its fall biannual, Twin Cities Black Affinity Network Development Day (TC BANDD), at the University of St. Thomas’ downtown Minneapolis campus this coming Saturday (Nov. 8).

More than 200-plus professional people of color are expected to gather and discuss this fall's theme of Our Community, Our Story, Our Future, Let's Build It. Professionals will explore how they can build relationships, develop themselves and build community by learning from their history. Attendees can expect to kick off the day with an opening panel discussion moderated by Greg Cunningham, chief diversity officer at US Bank.

“Greg is a huge activist for diversity, equity and inclusion efforts and is also very involved within the community,” said TC BANND board member Carla Robinson.”

Cunningham was nominated for an Ebony Power 100 award in 2018.

Members of the opening panel will include Kim Nelson, former senior vice president, External Relations at General Mills, Carleton Weatherby, vice president of Surgical Synergy Sales at Medtronic and Tawanna Black, CEO and founder of the Center of Economic Inclusion.

Following the panel discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in both a morning and midday breakout session. The morning breakout session options will be No Success without a Successor led by Ken Charles of US Bank and Your Responsibility to Give Back led by Ayo Idowu of Wells Fargo. The midday breakout sessions will be Thoughtful Mentoring for Mutual Benefit led by Marcus Hill and Troylyne Womack of Best Buy and Serving on Boards led by Ron White of Target.

“Each session is carefully curated to provide additional value that attendees can take home and apply to their personal and professional development. Each speaker will bring their own flare to their presentations,” said board member Jonathan Oliver, Jr.

The day will wrap up with networking and afternoon sessions including breakout session on mental health awareness led by Brownell Mack from US Bank. Closing remarks will be given in the University of St. Thomas auditorium.

“As a board we decide the topics that we believe will be a fit with the theme, while being beneficial and interesting to our participants. Board members then go back to their organizations to find subject matter experts that can successfully present on the topics. We then select the speakers from the suggestions presented by the board,” said Robinson.

TC BANDD 13’s agenda came from direct and survey feedback from previous attendees.

For more information or to register for this free event, visit

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