Clark Atlanta University’s School of Business Partner with PUMA to Host Fireside Chat with former NBA All-star Jalen Rose

As part of PUMA’s $2 million commitment with Clark Atlanta University to help students launch careers post-graduation, the sports retailer juggernaut will partner with CAU’s School of Business to host an informative fireside chat with former NBA All-Star and sports analyst Jalen Rose. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will feature a panel discussion with PUMA executives.  

This incredible event is one in a series of occurrences in the ongoing partnership between PUMA and Clark Atlanta University through their HBCU initiative, which provides unique experiences built around mentorship, career preparation, and empowering students with invaluable insights and exposure to working within the sportswear manufacturing industry. 

“This amazing opportunity is part of a multifaceted partnership that Puma has engaged with Clark Atlanta University, and it positions our scholars to interact with and learn from sportswear industry professionals,” said Silvanus J. Udoka, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Business. “Furthermore, this event will provide our students with insight into roles at PUMA, thus preparing them with the necessary tools and resources to be successful career professionals. Through this partnership, our goal is to educate, engage, and inspire our students to pursue their career objectives with the understanding they have learned from the best.” 

The fireside chat will allow students to network with PUMA executives and Mr. Rose and will provide guidance on how students can approach their careers from a strategic standpoint to find success. This intimate chat will be a unique opportunity for students to glean career advice from visionary leaders and a notable NBA powerhouse player.  

This collaboration with Clark Atlanta University and PUMA supports fashion and business students by opening doors to diverse and enriching experiences. It empowers students to cultivate essential skills, expand their networks, and ultimately thrive in their future endeavors in today’s competitive job market.  

About Clark Atlanta University  

Clark Atlanta University was formed with the consolidation of Atlanta University and Clark College, both of which hold unique places in the annals of African American history. Atlanta University, established in 1865 by the American Missionary Association, was the nation’s first institution to award graduate degrees to African Americans. Clark College, established four years later in 1869, was the nation’s first four-year liberal arts college to serve a primarily African American student population. Today, with nearly 4,000 students, CAU is the largest of the four institutions (CAU, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Morehouse School of Medicine) that comprise the Atlanta University Center Consortium. It is also the largest of the 37-member UNCF institutions. Notable alumni include: James Weldon Johnson, American civil rights activist, poet, and songwriter (Lift Every Voice and Sing – “The Black National Anthem”; Ralph David Abernathy, Sr., American civil rights activist; Congressman Hank Johnson, Georgia District 4; Kenya Barris, American award-winning television and movie producer; Kenny Leon, Tony Award-winning Broadway Director; Jacque Reid, Emmy Award-winning Television Personality and Journalist; Brandon Thompson, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for NASCAR; Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Recording Academy. To learn more about Clark Atlanta University, visit