WHY GIVE TO CUP?

The Council of Urban Professionals’ (CUP) mission is to inspire, elevate, and empower the next generation of diverse business and civic leaders. Currently in our 15th year, we support the career progression of diverse professionals and women in New York and Los Angeles by delivering compelling skill-building programs focused on accelerating careers and enhancing visibility; curating groups of top diverse professionals for impactful conversations and networking opportunities that result in community building, thought leadership, business development; and providing a platform for recognizing diverse talent and inspiring service.

Our vision for the next ten years is to become the voice of diverse professionals and, through the delivery of talent development activities and compelling thought leadership, be a catalyst for the promotion of diverse professionals and women into positions of leadership.

Please join CUP on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, when the CUP community will come together for #GivingTuesday, a global movement that celebrates and encourages philanthropic giving.

I support CUP because it seeks to inspire, elevate and empower the next generation of diverse business and civic leaders and women. CUP advances the careers of diverse professionals and women by identifying and cultivating leaders across various sectors - including finance, law, media & entertainment, technology and sports - and connecting them to a broad network to amplify their impact.

Together, we hope to raise $15,000 to support the following offerings:

 

CUP Fellows Program

2022 marked the 15th Anniversary year of our landmark NY Fellows Program and the 5th year of our LA Fellows Program, developing 41 successful mid-career professionals in over 10 industries. This highly-selective program provides critical skills and professional development training to propel the Fellows into leadership and c-level positions. The Fellows Program has also prepared talented leaders to choose careers in civic engagement and to win political seats in public office. These programs were sustained due to last year’s successful #GivingTuesday campaign. 

 

CUP Catalysts - Change Agents of 2022: 

In 2022, CUP has celebrated our CUP Catalysts - senior diverse professionals who have achieved extraordinary professional success while making significant and impactful contributions to our community through volunteerism, philanthropy, board service and mentorship. In partnership with our corporate sponsors, CUP recognizes these change-makers throughout the year during our CUP Power Forums, covering the fields of Finance, Law, Media & Entertainment, Technology and Sports.

 

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CUP 15th Anniversary Leadership Gala: 

· Our CUP 15th Anniversary Leadership Gala – “Our History, Our Truth” at the Mandarin Oriental NYC, took place on June 15th as part of our 15th milestone year. The Gala celebrated the advancements of diverse professionals, showcasing CUP’s impact and honors extraordinary diverse leaders who embody CUP’s mission and vision. The Gala featured five honorees including The Morgan Stanley Institute for Inclusion, Corporate Innovation Award, Accepted by Susan Reid, Troy Vincent, Sr., Breakthrough Leadership Award, Executive Vice President, Football Operations, National Football League, Pilar S. Ramos, Change Agent Award, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, TelevisaUnivision, Danielle Lee, Industry Innovator Award, President, Warner Music Artist & Fan Experiences, Warner Music Group and Baratunde Thurston, Thought Leader Award, Writer, Activist and Comedian.

Thank you to all of our corporate partners for making our CUP 15th Anniversary Leadership Gala – “Our History, Our Truth” a quintessential success!

Champion Partners, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America; Visionary Partner, NFL; Catalyst Partners, Barclays, Carlyle, Goldman Sachs and Weil; Ally Partners, Akin Gump, American Express, Ares Management, BakerHostetler, Bloomberg LP, Bryant Rabbino LLP, CAPCO, Capital Group Private Client Services, Citi, Cleary Gottlieb, Clifford Chance, Covington, GCM Grosvenor, Hogan Lovells, IMB Partners, J.P. Morgan Wealth Management, Kirkland & Ellis, Match Group, Meta Business Partners, Nomura, Paul | Weiss, Sheppard Mullin, Sidley Austin LLP, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, TelevisaUnivision, United Talent Agency, Warner Music Experience (WMX), and White & Case.

CUP15 Gala Highlights Video:

https://vimeo.com/723487167

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CUP Summits: 

CUP Summits convene senior level diverse executives and inspirational thought leaders to discuss key transformational trends, provoke action, support business generation and enhance connectivity. CUP delivers these high-level programs featuring insights from c-suite executives from our corporate partners across various sectors. 

 

Our 4th Annual Pipeline to Power Summit “The Power of Purpose” - Hosted by Goldman Sachs. This power forum explored how uniting over a common purpose can lead to even greater success, personally and professionally. It also discussed how leading, investing, and being commercial with purpose creates deeper connections with clients and your communities.

CUP deeply thanks all our corporate partners for making this summit a success!

Champion Partner, Goldman Sachs; Catalyst Partners, Match Group and Morgan Stanley; Ally Partners, Bloomberg LP and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; Supporter Partners, PNC Bank and S&P Global.

 

Our 15th Anniversary Inaugural Martha’s Vineyard Summit - Hosted by J.P. Morgan Wealth Management, Goldman Sachs, and Tarrus Richardson, Founder and CEO, IMB Partners and CUP Co-Founder, as part of our 15th milestone year celebrated with an exclusive inaugural Martha’s Vineyard Summit in historic and charming Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. This curated three-day celebration brought together CUP Founders, Catalysts, Fellows, Board Members, Corporate Partners and special guests for a rich cultural experience of thought leadership, networking and community building. The summit included Power Player Panel discussions with senior diverse cross-industry leaders; wealth generation and management insights; CUP Fellowship; and exclusive access to a beachfront estate while dancing under the sun. This unique retreat created memorable experiences, building powerful connections, that will last a lifetime.

CUP deeply thanks all of your corporate partners for making this summit a success!

Visionary Partners, Goldman Sachs, IMB Partners, J.P. Morgan Wealth Management and Morgan Stanley; Catalyst Partner, Meta Business Partners; Ally Partners, Carmichael Lynch, Kirkland & Ellis, Mirror Digital, Frey Vineyards, Kwana and Maison Marcel Rosé.

CUP 15th Anniversary Martha’s Vineyard Inaugural Summit | Oak Bluffs Highlights Video:

https://vimeo.com/721414423

 

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CUP Power Forums: 

CUP Power Forums convene senior level diverse executives and inspirational thought leaders to discuss key transformational trends, provoke action, support business generation and enhance connectivity. CUP delivers these high-level programs featuring insights from c-suite executives from our corporate partners across various sectors. 

 

· Our 15th Anniversary Wall Street Partners Power Forum & Finance Catalyst Recognition Ceremony - Hosted by Citi, took place on Thursday, November 10th, and featured thought leadership from Chief Executive Officer, Jane Fraser, in a fireside chat with Mark Mason, Chief Financial Officer at Citi. Panel discussion included Citi leaders, Maria G. Hackley, Global Co-Head Industrials Banking, Capital Markets and Advisory, Citi and Ida Liu, Global Head of Citi Private Bank, Citi; moderated by Erika Irish Brown, Chief Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer and Global Head of Talent, Citi. These leaders shared their personal stories and commitment to diversity and inclusion with the CUP Community. We also announced and recognized CUP's 2022 Finance Catalysts Cohort!

CUP deeply thanks all of your corporate partners for making this power forum a success!

Champion Partner, Citi; Visionary Partners, Bank of America and Morgan Stanley; Catalyst Partners, Bloomberg LP and Goldman Sachs, Ally Partners, GCM Grosvenor, Nomura and S&P Global.

 

· Our 13th Annual Lawyers Power Forum & Law Catalyst Recognition Ceremony - Hosted by Paul | Weiss, will take place on Thursday, December 1st, and will featured thought leadership with a panel discussion with Melissa Murray, Frederick I. And Grace Stokes Professor of Law, New York University School of Law, Co-host of the “Strict Scrutiny” podcast and Elie Mystal, Justice Correspondent, The Nation, moderated by Julián Castro, MSNBC/NBC Political Analyst and Guest Anchor, Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Klinsky Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School. A special award for this year entitled, “CUP Legal Trailblazer of the Year Award” will be awarded to George C. Fatheree, Partner, Real Estate, Sidley Austin LLP, CUP 2019 Law Catalyst for his landmark Bruce’s Beach Pro Bono Win. We will also announce and recognize CUP's 2022 Law Catalysts Cohort!

 

CUP deeply thanks all our corporate partners for supporting this power forum!

Champion Partner, Paul | Weiss; Visionary Partner, Sidley Austin LLP; Catalyst Partners, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP, Morgan Stanley and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; Ally Partners, BakerHostetler, Bryant Rabbino LLP, Citi, Cleary Gottlieb, Equitable, Kirkland & Ellis, and S&P Global.

 

· Our CUP LA Entertainment Power Forum Series: Risin’ To The Top: Inside The Studio System- Hosted by CAA, took place on Wednesday, March 23rd. The power forum discussed the impact of controlling the narrative in film & tv production. The power forum featured thought leadership from Tendo Nagenda, Vice President, Original Film, Netflix, Karen Toliver, Vice President, Animated Film, Netflix; Oscar Winner, Best Animated Short Film, Hair Love, moderated by Arthur Lewis, Creative Director, United Talent Agency. Opening Remarks by Jean-Rene Zetrenne, Global Chief People Officer, United Talent Agency, CUP Board Member; Closing Remarks by Michael A. Persaud, Portfolio Manager, Global Sports and Entertainment, Associate Director, Morgan Stanley; Introductions by Crescent Muhammad, Managing Director, CUP LA.

Thank you to Creative Artists Agency (CAA) for their continued support of this power forum!

CUP LA Entertainment Power Forum Series Part II - Risin’ To The Top: Inside The Studio System - Video

https://vimeo.com/710258032

 

 

· Our Inaugural Alternative Paths to Alternative Investments Power Forum, Hosted by Ares Management and Morgan Stanley, took place on Wednesday, May 4th. CUP LA partnered with alternative with alternative asset managers to increase the knowledge base & highlight pathways to diverse investment opportunities. The power forum featured thought leadership from Sherrese Clarke Soares, Founder and CEO, HarbourView Equity Partners, Jason Howard, Co-Head Private Equity Diverse Manager Practice, GCM Grosvenor, Eddie Keith, Partner, Ares Secondary Solutions Group, and Bahiyah Naseem Robinson, CEO + Founder, VC Include, moderated by Michael A. Persaud, Portfolio Manager, Global Sports and Entertainment, Associate Director, Morgan Stanley.

Topics discussed were: What are investment strategies with multi-platform content creators and non-traditional entertainment executives?  What are your thoughts on putting less money into 401Ks and stocks and move into “safer” less speculative cryptocurrencies?

Thank you to Ares Management and Morgan Stanley for your steadfast support of this new power forum offering!

Video Live Testimonials - Alternative Paths to Alternative Investments Power Forum

https://vimeo.com/708774805

 

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André Farr Executive Sports Dinner:

CUP LA announced our new sports vertical entitled, André Farr Executive Sports Dinner, Co-hosted by United Talent Agency and André Farr International. The event honored Arthur “Art” McAfee III, SVP, Football Operations with Senior Executive of the Year Award for all of his groundbreaking work at the National Football League (NFL). 

CUP deeply thanks United Talent Agency and André Farr International for making this sports dinner a night to remember!

André Farr Executive Sports Dinner Highlights Video:

https://vimeo.com/694200229

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CUP 2022 Convening:

Our Annual CUP 2022 Convening took place on Saturday, October 15th, both virtually and in-person, and featured a half-day virtual program of leadership development with thought leaders and an in-person fellows reception at the Gansevoort Hotel - Greenhouse Rooftop Terrace.

CUP deeply thanks Corporate Partner Match Group for your support for the 2nd consecutive year!

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CUP Conversations Series: 

CUP continued with our stellar CUP Conversations Speaker Series presenting thought leadership webinars and interviews featuring individuals who shared strategies, concepts and tools to educate our CUP Community on a variety of topics including:

•            CUP Conversations: Art as an Alternative Investment

https://vimeo.com/701049339

Speakers included Peg Alston, Dealer/Art Consultant, Peg Alston Fine Arts, Garry Grant, Visual Artist, Garry Grant Studio, Lewis Long, Founder and Owner, Long Gallery Harlem; moderated by Reggie Van Lee, Chief Transformation Officer, The Carlyle Group.

 

•            CUP Conversations: Diverse Leaders Driving Community Impact

https://vimeo.com/704301363

Speakers included Miguelina Camilo, Associate Counsel, NYC Board of Elections (CUP 2020 NY Fellow); Jason Clark, Executive Director, Tech: NYC (CUP 2013 NY Fellow); Quamid Francis, Senior Vice President, Executive Director, City Year New York (CUP 2021 NY Fellow); Janet Peguero, Deputy Borough President, Office of the Bronx Borough President, Vanessa A. Gibson (CUP 2019 NY Fellow); Jordan Stockdale, Chief of Staff Manhattan District Attorney’s Office (CUP 2019 NY Fellow); moderated by Melissa Fenton, Executive Director, CUP.

 

•            CUP Conversations: “Ready in Plain Sight: Expanding the Tech Talent Pipeline with 250 Women of Color”

https://vimeo.com/716595290

Speakers included Candice L. Dixon, Coalition Development Director, NPower Inc.; Nicole Foster, Head of Global Marketing, Amazon; PaShon Mann, VP, Talent Acquisition, Comcast; Ateika Samuel, AVP of Experience & Strategy, Citi (Command Shift Coalition Member and NPower Alumni); moderated by Timicka Anderson, Managing Director, Consumer Products & Retail Head, U.S. Commerical Bank, Citi (CUP Board Member); hosted by Melissa Fenton, Executive Director, CUP.

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CUP Connections Series (Part I & II): 

CUP continued with our stellar CUP Connections Series presenting thought leadership webinars and interviews featuring individuals who shared strategies, concepts and tools to educate our CUP Community on a variety of topics including:

•            Bank of America Part I: Female Entrepreneurs Elevating Their Communities

•            Speakers included Adeola Adejobi, Esq., Founder, Avant-Garde Network, Inc. (CUP 2017 NY Fellow); Angela Antonia, Senior Vice President, Small Business Region Executive, Bank of America; Demisse Lamas, CEO & Founder, Hispanic Family Counseling, Bank of America Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurs at Cornell Recipient; Cicely Washington, Vice President, D&I Lateral B/AA Strategy Manager, Bank of America, Bank of America Representative; Moderated by Lynn Fairbanks, Senior Vice President, Global Women’s Talent Strategy, Bank of America; Hosted by Melissa Fenton, Executive Director, CUP.

 

CUP Connections: Bank of America Part I: Female Entrepreneurs Elevating Their Communities - Video

https://vimeo.com/710851520

•            Bank of America Part II: Investing in Female Entrepreneurs for Impact

•            Speakers included Krystle Ellis, Owner, Ellis K. Consulting, Bank of America Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Cornell Recipient; Jill Johnson, Co-Founder & CEO, Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL); Patricia Pacheco De Baez, Managing Director, Market Leader & Diverse Segment Champion, Bank of America Private Bank; Cicely Washington, Vice President, D&I Lateral B/AA Strategy Manager, Bank of America, Bank of America Representative; Kenneth Ebie, Executive Director & Chief Development Officer, Black Entrepreneurs NYC (BE NYC); Moderated by Lynn Fairbanks, Senior Vice President, Global Women’s Talent Strategy, Bank of America; Hosted by Melissa Fenton, Executive Director, CUP. 

CUP Connections: Bank of America Part II: Investing in Female Entrepreneurs for Impact - Video

       https://vimeo.com/714172638

CUP deeply appreciates our corporate partner Bank of America for sponsoring this 2 Part Series!

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CUP Fellows Alumni Leadership Series:

•            CUP Fellows Alumni Leadership Series: Fulfilling Your CUP - Creating a Thriving & Fulfilling Career

 •            CUP Fellows Alumni Leadership Series: It’s a Bird, It’s A Plane, No It’s an NFT!

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CUP Fellows Spotlight: 

CUP featured our fellows in their entrepreneurial endeavors to educate our CUP Community including:

•            Alicia Cepeda Maule - Co-Founder - givepact - CUP 2020 NY Fellows Alumna

https://vimeo.com/725496177

 

CUP needs YOU! Now, more than ever, we must draw inspiration from others and work toward a more just and equitable society.

 Please join me in supporting CUP by making a gift on #GivingTuesdayAll donations are 100% tax deductible and every dollar raised will go toward CUP’s mission to inspireelevate, and empower the next generation of diverse business and civic leaders. No amount is too small, and each dollar is a sound investment in a more diverse and inclusive future. 

Thank you in advance for your support!

P.S. Please spread the word about your support for CUP via social media!  Post photos demonstrating why you love CUP on Twitter (@CUPUSA07), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/cupusa07/), Instagram (@cup.usa) and LinkedIn (CouncilofUrbanProfessionals) with the hashtags #IGiveCUP, #GivingTuesday & #CUP15.

Sincerely,

The CUP Team

 

COUNCIL OF URBAN PROFESSIONALS

The Council of Urban Professionals’ (CUP) mission is to inspire, elevate, and empower the next generation of diverse business and civic leaders. Currently in our 16th year, we support the career progression of diverse professionals and women in New York and Los Angeles by delivering compelling skill-building programs focused on accelerating careers and enhancing visibility; curating groups of top diverse professionals for impactful conversations and networking opportunities that result in community building, thought leadership, business development; and providing a platform for recognizing diverse talent and inspiring service.

Our vision for the next ten years is to become the voice of diverse professionals and, through the delivery of talent development activities and compelling thought leadership, be a catalyst for the promotion of diverse professionals and women into positions of leadership.

CUP was founded in 2007 and operates in New York and Los Angeles. The non-profit organization’s cross-sector, cross-industry network of professionals of color is 18K strong and growing. Click here for more information on CUP.

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