CUP Fellowship

Dear CUP Members & Friends,

The Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) is seeking dynamic and emerging leaders from the digital and technology, legal, business, media and entertainment, consulting, finance, public and non-profit sectors for its CUP Fellows Program.

Through the CUP Fellows Program, participants complete a rigorous ten-month leadership development experience that includes comprehensive training, events and board placement services that prepare them for impactful civic involvement.
There is no greater experience than being a CUP Fellow!  

In addition to equipping professionals with the skills needed to lead with impact, the CUP Fellows Program provides participants with a lifelong springboard for prestigious opportunities such as appointments to high profile cultural institutions, policy commissions and more. By exposing CUP Fellows to public sector opportunities and cultivating their networks, the program is designed to equip participants with the skills, information and resources needed to manage their careers effectively and position themselves for leadership opportunities. 


  • Capstone Experience: Held over the course of an entire day, the experience provides the CUP Fellows with the opportunity to strengthen their bonds as they attend plenary discussions and smaller hands-on workshops.
  • CUP Board Matching Program: Recent research demonstrates that boards, which are the governing bodies of the sector, are not as diverse in age, gender or ethnicity as the communities with which they work. CUP assists in placing Fellows on nonprofit boards in the interest of transforming the sector.
  • CUP Executive Level Membership: At the conclusion of the program, CUP Fellows receive a one year CUP Executive Level membership. This membership gives access to members-only receptions, networking opportunities, leadership development forums and more.
  • CUP Fellows Alumni Board: The CUP Fellows Alumni Board is a voluntary collaboration between CUP Fellows Alumni and CUP Staff. The Alumni Board assists in the selection of CUP Fellows and offers strategic insight on the future direction and scale of the program. 

Application and Selection Information:
All information about the application process can be found here

The application deadline for the 2013 CUP Fellows is December 12, 2012

Interviews of select candidates will be scheduled between January 7, 2013 and January 25, 2013. 

The 2013 CUP Fellows will be announced on February 4, 2013. 

Please let us know if you have any questions and we look forward to receiving your application materials.

Best regards, 

Alicia L. Young, Director of Programs, CUP Leadership Institute  

Congratulations to Vincent Chang, one of CUP’s Catalysts for Change in Law

We received word today from James Francis, Board Chair of the Council of Urban Professionals, that Vincent Chang, past AABANY president and current co-chair of the Judiciary Committee, has been named one of CUP’s 15 Catalysts for Change in Law.  This is the first time that CUP is awarding this recognition and we are pleased and proud that Vince has made the list along with 14 other highly distinguished and accomplished members of the New York legal community. Please join us in congratulating Vince.  You can post your congratulations to Vince (and any of the other change catalysts) in the Comment section.

The formal recognition of all the Catalysts for Change in Law will take place at the Third Annual CUP Lawyers Forum on October 25, at which Don Liu will be a keynote speaker.

Below is the text of the announcement:

The Council of Urban Professionals (CUP), announces and congratulates our inaugural list of 15 CUP Catalysts: Change Agents 2012 | Law – wave-making, tree-shaking executives and entrepreneurs who are transforming the legal sector, driving economic growth, and giving back to their communities through board service, mentorship and philanthropy:

Debo Adegbile
Acting President and Director-Counsel
Legal Defense Fund
Beatrice Hamza Bassey
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
Fernando Bohorquez
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Vincent Chang
Partner, Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP
Eunu Chun
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Anne Cooney

Managing Director, General Counsel
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Dean Garfield
President and CEO
Information Technology Industry Council
Tracy Richelle High
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Hakeem Jeffries
Congressman Elect
New York’s 8th Congressional District
Jaime Mercado
Corporate Partner
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
John Page
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Golden State Foods
Luis R. Penalver
Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLC
Wanji Walcott
Managing Counsel
American Express
Joseph West
President and CEO
Minority Corporate Counsel Association
Adrienne Wheatley
Latham and Watkins LLP

Please join us in recognizing this list of CUP Catalysts: Change Agents 2012 | Law at our 3rd Annual Lawyers Forum, taking place next Thursday,  October 25th!

You also do not want to miss the dynamic fireside dinner chat between our Keynote Speaker Don H. Liu, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary at the Xerox Corporation, and our Moderator,  Werten F.W. Bellamy, Jr., President of Stakeholders, Inc.

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CUP 5th Anniversary Leadership Gala

THE Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) will hold its 5th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at ESPACE, 635 West 42nd Street (between 11th & 12th Avenues).  Cocktails are at 6:00 PM, Dinner and Awards start at 7:30 PM.

Purchase tickets here.  Download a printable version of CUP’s 5th Anniversary Leadership Gala Invite here.

There will also be an After Party at Lucky Strike, 42nd Street & 12th Avenue from 9:00 PM – Midnight. Ticket prices are as follows:

VIP Tickets: $300, (CUP Members $250), Exclusive Access to LuXe Lounge Featuring 4 Private State-of-the-Art Bowling Lanes, Billiards, and Open Bar from 9:00pm – Midnight.

General Admission Tickets: $150 (CUP Members $125) Access to Main Lounge Featuring Open Bar from 9:00pm – 10:30pm.
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CUP 2nd Annual Lawyers Forum 10/27

The Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) invites you to its Second Annual Lawyers Forum, taking place on October 27 at the Eventi Hotel (Ventana Ballroom) starting at 6:30 pm (cocktails; dinner follows at 7:30 pm).

Here’s more about the event from Elisa Espiritu, Director of Leadership Development:

The Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) works to connect, empower and mobilize the next generation of diverse business and civic leaders. We are a network of over 800 members across New York that works through a series of programs and forums to offer professional development, access to powerful decision makers and institutions, and civic engagement and service opportunities for diverse leaders. Specifically, we match our members with impactful nonprofit and public sector board placements; we train and empower emerging leaders through our Fellows Program; we work to generate access to capital for minority and women led businesses; and we educate and mobilize our communities through our dynamic Distinguished Leadership Speaker Series.

The 2nd Annual Lawyers Forum will once again convene over 120 senior level professionals of color and women partners from law firms as well as general counsels and associate general counsels from New York based investment firms and corporations for a dynamic evening of networking, high level discussions, and business generation. Major themes of the evening include key strategies and approaches to building a division and leading a team, revenue generation, the importance of cultivating and maintaining a network, and the effect of the recession on diversity and inclusion.

Our keynote speakers for this year are John Page, Corporate Vice President, General Counsel for Golden State Foods and President-elect of the National Bar Association; and Louise M. Parent, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for American Express, who will give remarks during dinner in a moderated ‘fireside chat’ format.

For more information, click on the image below.

2nd Annual CUP Lawyers Forum