(Baltimore, MD) February 15-17, 2007, the Baltimore Convention Center will host the 21st National Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference, a three-day event, featuring top celebrities and speakers. The Black CEO Summit, which is in its third year, will kick off the conference on Thursday, Feb. 15 with two main events–the Black CEO Power Luncheon featuring Tavis Smiley (television and radio talk show host, journalist, author and entrepreneur) and the Black CEO Technology Hall of Fame Gala & Dinner featuring Christopher Gardner, one of today´s top financiers, whose rags-to-riches American story and rise to fame and fortune is told in the movie "The Pursuit of Happyness."

A series of seminars and programs including the African American Business Forum, the Diversity Career Fair for professionals and students. The popular One-on-One Career Coaching roundtables will be held on Friday, Feb. 16. The Modern Day Technology Dinner and the Most Important Blacks in Technology Dinner will round-out the day´s events. Jeffrey Smith, national recording artist will perform at the Most Important Blacks in Technology Dinner.

The last and most anticipated day of the conference, Saturday, Feb. 17, begins with The Council of Deans of the Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Power Breakfast and Panel. The panel consists of engineering deans from the following participating colleges and universities: Alabama A&M University, Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University, Jackson State University, Morgan State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Prairie View A&M University, Southern University and A&M College, Tennessee State University and Tuskegee University. Jim Bohannon, one of America´s top radio talk show personalities, will host and moderate this breakfast and panel. Bohannon´s rise to the top was boosted when he took over the coveted late-night spot previously held by Larry King when King quit to focus on his CNN show. Bohannon was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2003.

The day will end with the 21st National Black Engineer of the Year Awards Black Tie Gala. This event draws over 3,000 people and will honor and recognize the contributions of this year´s Black Engineer of the Year inductee, Rodney Adkins, Vice President of Development for IBM. Jennifer Holliday, two-time Grammy Award winning recording artist and Tony Award winning Broadway diva of the original hit musical "Dreamgirls" will perform at the Gala. Actor Richard Roundtree, famous for his 1971 role in the movie "Shaft," and most recently seen in episodes of "Desperate Housewives" and "Grey´s Anatomy," will be the master of ceremonies.

Career Communications Group, Inc. (CCG) produces the annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference, Women of Color Technology Awards Conference, and Minorities In Research Science Conference. In addition, CCG publishes US Black Engineer & Information Technology, Women of Color, Science Spectrum and Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazines.

The 21st National Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference is co-hosted by Lockheed Martin Corporation, US Black Engineer & Information Technology (USBE & IT) magazine and The Council of Engineering Deans of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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