The DuSable conference was started in 1985 by African American students who believed that as an elite global institution, the University of Chicago needed a conference that leveraged the experiences of people of color. With no financial support, nor a clear roadmap, these determined students were able to realize their vision and lay the foundation for great things to come. It is fitting then that their conference was named after Jean-Baptiste Point DuSable.
Jean-Baptiste Point DuSable, Haitian by birth, founded the settlement now known as Chicago on March 4, 1750. For 20 years, DuSable operated an elaborate fur-trading post, establishing the city as a vital commercial center in the new world. DuSable's home was the location of the city's first recorded birth, first formalized wedding, first election and court session. DuSable, a true pioneer of his day , inspires Chicago Booth African-American MBA Association and the greater Chicago community to continue his spirit of exploration, innovation and leadership.
Today, the Dusable conference stands as the longest running conference in the University's history (true or nah?) with early conferences boasting prominent speakers like former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington. With the 32nd annual conference set for Spring 2017, the Chicago Booth African-American MBA Association continues a long standing legacy of bringing together current students, alumni and community leaders for a day of inquiry and insight.