Harvard Black Alumni Society

Harvard Black Alumni Weekend 2014

October 10 - 12, 2014
Cambridge, MA

Harvard College • Harvard Business School • Harvard Law School • Harvard Medical School •
Harvard School of Public Health • Harvard School of Dental Medicine •
Harvard Divinity School • Harvard Kennedy School of Government •
Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences • Harvard Graduate School of Design •
Harvard Graduate School of Education • Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University •
Harvard University Division of Continuing Education • Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Leadership Team

Cheryl C. Joyner (MBA '90)

Lead Co-Chair, HBAS Board Member


Cheryl C. Joyner is a Senior Executive Consultant who advises entertainment companies, manages talent, produces live events and raises capital for various startups, nonprofits and multinational organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Advisors and is the former EVP and Chief Marketing Officer of Blazetrak, the online-based platform providing direct video access to the world's top professionals across a variety of verticals including music, television, film, fashion and sports.

Previously, Joyner served as Vice President of Alliances for Live Nation, executing multimillion dollar corporate strategic alliances in the live entertainment space for clients such as American Express, AT&T, Adidas, GEICO and Major League Baseball. She was also responsible for sponsorship activations for concert tours such as Aerosmith, Ozzfest, Jay-Z among many others.

She also served as the Director of Marketing and Creative Services for Jazz at Lincoln Center, responsible for the successful growth of the Jazz at Lincoln Center audience, spearheading the Columbus Circle grand opening marketing campaign, exceeding earned income goals and promoting the brand name worldwide.

She led marketing strategy and execution for industry giants Universal Music Group, Sony Music,
Warner Bros. Records and MCA. Joyner has created and executed some of the industry’s most highly successful marketing campaigns in music for Prince, Maxwell, Fleetwood Mac, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Brian McKnight, Branford Marsalis, David Byrne, Stevie Wonder among many others. From the start of her illustrious career in 1990, she was tapped by legendary music executives such as Mo Ostin, Benny Medina, Donnie Ienner and Alvin Teller to serve as their key marketing executive to introduce new artists to the marketplace and revitalize the careers of music legends. Joyner is one of the industry’s most respected and successful executives and is widely considered one of the most talented, creative and formidable forces in entertainment.

She is an active member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and has been recognized with a professional Grammy Award for her support of its education, advocacy and human service initiatives. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP), Board Member of the Harvard Black Alumni Society, Member of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association and Chairperson of the International Committee for the Metro-Manhattan Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. She is also the Founder of The Global Ivy Society (www.globalivysociety.com), established in 2009, catering to the social, professional and civic interests of alumni from undergrad and graduate schools within the eight Ivy League institutions.

She is a graduate of Harvard Business School (M.B.A., 1990) and Williams College (B.A., 1985).

Kimberly Celestine (MBA '12)



Kimberly Celestine is a Senior Consultant in the Industrial Sector of the Strategy and Transformation practice of IBM's Global Business Services. A native Houstonian, Kimberly graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. During her undergraduate career, Kimberly held various leadership roles in the school community including her role as the Career Fair Chair for the Engineering College's 29th Annual Career Fair. In 2012, she earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. While a student at HBS, Kimberly served as the African American Student Union's Conference Director for the 40th Annual H. Naylor Fitzhugh Conference.

Prior to HBS, Kimberly worked as a Process Engineer for DuPont overseeing all aspects of the conceptual, preliminary and detailed plant site design. Later, Kimberly moved on to become a Production Supervisor for one of DuPont's most profitable Titanium Dioxide plants. Outside of work, Kimberly spearheaded several initiatives to introduce female and ethnic minorities to engineering. In her spare time, Kimberly enjoys latin dance, event planning, and traveling.

Candice T. Player (AB '02, JD '09, Ph.D '13)



Candice Teri-Lowe Player graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 2002 with an AB in Medical Ethics and Health Policy. Candice holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. in Ethics and Health Policy from Harvard University. In 2003 she earned an M.Phil in Criminology from Cambridge University, where her research addressed the use of civil commitment to restrain dangerous offenders preventively and indefinitely, both in the United Kingdom and the United States. Candice is currently the Naidoff Fellow in Health Policy, Law and Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine. Her scholarly research examines efforts to improve treatment compliance among people with mental illnesses who require care, but resist treatment nonetheless. Candice is a native New Yorker and a member of the New York State Bar. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading and hiking.

Justin Walker White (AB '10)



Justin recalls Black Alumni Weekend 2006 to be one of his best undergraduate experiences; it was there that he established and solidified strong friendships and relationships with countless peers, professors, and mentors. He is extremely excited to replicate this experience for black students, alumni, and faculty from all 15 Harvard schools at Black Alumni Weekend 2014.

Justin was born and raised in New York City. He attended Hunter College High School, where he developed interests in writing and journalism. He played varsity basketball, and competed both nationally and internationally in tennis. At Harvard, Justin concentrated in Anthropology, with a secondary in Psychology.

Since graduating in 2010, Justin has worked as a consultant for both a large management consulting firm and a large marketing and advertising firm. He has case experience in such diverse industries as pharmaceuticals, aerospace and defense, renewable energy, education philanthropy, CPG/FMCG, and mobile commerce. Justin is passionate about creating connections, and currently serves as Social Events Chair of the Harvard Black Alumni Society of New York. His other interests include fitness & nutrition, technology, comedy, and travel.

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