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Target Market News publisher among honorees for Univ. of Chicago Black Alumni Awards

(February 20, 2013) The University of Chicago Booth School of Business Black Alumni Association (CBAA) will host its Third Annual Black History Month Awards Program to recognize outstanding business and community leaders on Tuesday, February 26th at the Union League Club at 6:00 PM. BSB is one of the premiere business schools in the world, with a faculty and alumni group that have won more Nobel Prizes that any other institution. This year's honorees include:

Ken Smikle, President and Founder of Target Market News, is considered one of the nation's leading authorities on marketing, advertising and media directed to the African-American market. Target Market News covers business activities in advertising, marketing and media, and also publishes the annual report, The Buying Power Black America, now in its 17th year of examining the billions of dollars spent annually by black consumers.

Warrick L. Carter, Ph.D., is the President of Columbia College Chicago, the nation's largest Arts and Communications College. He joined Columbia in 2000, following a four-year term as director of entertainment arts for Walt Disney Entertainment. At Disney, he was responsible for developing global education and live arts programs for the entire corporation.

Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President, has been a dedicated community leader for over two decades, providing independent and progressive leadership founded on experience, coalition building and a commitment to practical results. Preckwinkle's independent and progressive leadership earned her the IVI-IPO Best Alderman Award in 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2005 and 2008, and the 1997 and 2009 Leon Despres Awards.

Hermene Hartman, Publisher of NDIGO Magazine, is one of the most significant and influential Black Women in media and American publishing. She is a rounded media personality addressing the soul, spirit and sensibility of America with insight, curiosity, historical context, wit, and reality. Her behavioral scientist education is replicated in her writings and commentaries.

Tim King is founder, President and CEO of Urban Prep Academies, a nonprofit organization operating a network of public college-prep boys' schools in Chicago (including the nation's first all-male charter high school) and related programs aimed at promoting college success. One hundred percent of Urban Prep graduates -- all African-American males and mostly from low-income families -- have been admitted to four-year colleges or universities.

Earlier in the day, The Chicago Booth School of Business Black Alumni Association's Sixth Annual Luncheon will feature David Axelrod. A University of Chicago alumnus, Axelrod has served as a key strategist and aide to President Barack Obama, including service in the White House as senior adviser. He left that role in early 2011 to serve as a strategist for President Obama's re-election campaign. Now he is turning his focus to helping inspire and train the next generation of political leaders at the Institute for Politics, at the University of Chicago.

Register for this event online by clicking here. The luncheon is also a time to re-connect with existing friends/colleagues, and to meet new people as well. The public is invited to come and join CBAA and the greater Booth community.

Sixth Annual Luncheon Members and students, $55.00 Non-members, $60.00. Black History Month Awards Members and students, $30.00 Non-members, $35.00 Combined Registration w/discount (Luncheon and BHMAP) Members and students, $75.00 Non-members, $85.00. On-site registration available

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Early Registration Until February 20 6th Annual Luncheon Registration: 11:30am Program: Noon-2pm Black History Month Awards Reception: 6pm Program: 7-8:30pm Dress Code: Business Attire Only (Coat and Tie of Men)

For additional info contact: Derryl L. Reed CBAA National Vice President and Black History Month Awards Program, Committee Chairman (586) 214-5557, Erika Danina Williams CBAA Midwest Chairmain, or Peter Washington 6th Annual Luncheon Committee Chairman (312) 893-7403.

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