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Power Series: Understanding the Complexities of On-Ramping and Off-Ramping

On Thursday, May 11, 2017, CUP and the Robert Toigo Foundation Alumni Association held a conversation on managing considerations and complexities of entering or exiting a firm. Executive contract negotiations are complex and difficult to navigate, often including conversations about equity, stock options, employment agreements, separation agreements, deferred compensation, and other important HR issues. This intimate conversation helped to shed light and offer guidance on important do's and don'ts of executive transitions. The event's featured speakers included, Laurence Moy, Partner at Outten & Golden LLP, Robert Phansalkar, Associate at Outten & Golden LLP and Nicholas Sikon, Associate at Outten & Golden LLP.

2017 CUP Fellows Kickoff

The 2017 CUP Fellows Program kicked off on February 25th with a day-long session hosted by RBC. The Fellows participated in an interactive workshop designed to assess their leadership and communication styles. The day-long session also included a discussion with CUP’s Executive Director, Chanda Gibson.

2016 Fellows Graduation

On Thursday, February 16, 2016, CUP presented A Conversation on Public Service with Commissioner Gregg Bishop in honor of the 2016 CUP Fellows upon their completion of the CUP Fellows Program. The event, hosted by Baker & McKenzie LLP, featured a fireside chat with Commissioner Gregg Bishop and a 2016 CUP Fellows Panel Discussion.

10th Annual Holiday Party

On Friday, December 1, 2016, CUP hosted its 10th Annual Holiday Party at the Copacabana NYC. The CUP community celebrated yet another successful year with a night was filled with fun, networking and a lot of dancing.

8th Annual Media and Entertainment Forum

On Thursday, December 1, 2016, CUP hosted its 8th Annual Media & Entertainment Forum, featuring a dynamic conversation with Bill Whitaker, 60 Minutes Correspondent, CBS News and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University Sociology Professor. In addition, we announced our fifth annual list of CUP Catalysts in Media and Entertainment, leaders who have achieved extraordinary success in business while simultaneously making a significant impact on their community.

7th Annual Lawyers Forum

On Tuesday, November 1, CUP hosted its 7th Annual Lawyers Forum, featuring Secretary Johnson, United States Secretary of Homeland Security. In addition, we announced our 5th Annual List of CUP Catalysts: Change Agents 2015 | Law, leaders across the legal sector who have achieved extraordinary success in business while simultaneously making a significant impact on their community.

2016 Executive Leadership Program

The CUP Executive Leadership Program (ELP) kicked off with a two and a half day retreat on October 24-26, 2016 at The Westin Jersey City. CUP ELP is a leadership development program aimed at developing high-performing professionals who have been nominated by their firms. Through a mix of leadership workshops, keynote conversations, and coaching sessions, CUP ELP equips leaders with the skills needed for professional advancement. To learn more about the CUP Executive Leadership Program, please email Avital Tamir Temchin, Managing Director, CUP Leadership Institute at

9th Annual Wall Street Partners Forum

On Monday, September 26, 2016, CUP hosted its 9th Annual Wall Street Partners Forum featuring a Keynote Conversation with Jamie Dimon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co. In addition, we announced our 5th Annual List of CUP Catalysts in Finance, leaders of color and women who are affecting change in both the business and civic sectors.

4th Annual CUP Fellows Convening

On Saturday, September 17, nine classes of CUP Fellows gathered for an interactive and enriching day of development and networking. The 2016 Convening, hosted by Ogilvy & Mather, focused on skills and strategies for the authentic leader, including a CUP Fellows Alumni Panel featuring Gabrielle Lyse Brown, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, New York City Bar Association (2014 Fellow), Rakhi Bahadkar-Rajpaul, Director, Anti-Money Laundering Investigation Group, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (2012 Fellow), Celina Lee, Founder, Give One Dream (2015 Fellow), Saxonny Rich, Customer Success Executive, Everwise (2013 Fellow), and Paul Rodriguez, Deputy Counsel to the Mayor of New York City (2014 Fellow); and workshops on time management, sponsorship, feedback, and negotiation, with the negotiation session led by 2014 Fellow Fatimah Gilliam, Founder and CEO of The Azara Group. The program also included keynote remarks from Kenji Yoshino, Author, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights, followed by a discussion on covering with Angelina Darrisaw, Founder, C-Suite Coach (2014 Fellow) and Esther Kim, Vice President, BlackRock (2014 Fellow). The day closed with a powerful discussion on issues of race and social justice in the workplace and our communities, led by Paula Edgar, Principal, PGE LLC (2015 Fellow) and Chantá Parker, Supervising Attorney, Legal Aid Society (2015 Fellow).

Distinguished Leadership Series: Lifestyle Shift - Transformative Tech Impacting Our Lives

On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, CUP held a Distinguished Leadership Series: Lifestyle Shift - Transformative Tech Impacting Our Lives, event hosted by JPMorgan Chase & Co. The evening's program included a conversation featuring Chinedu Echeruo, Founder of HopStop and Gigameet. The conversation was moderated by Tiffany Norwood, Founder & CEO of Tribetan.