In honor of Black History Month, the MBA for Executives program is hosting a panel discussion with SOM alumni Kurt C. Small EMBA ‘09, Senior Vice President, Elevance Health and President, Commercial and Specialty Business Division – East Region and Renee M. Greene EMBA ‘21, Vice President, Investment Grade Credit Trader at Goldman Sachs. This session is moderated by Meshie Knight EMBA ’23 Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Kurt C. Small serves as Senior Vice President and President, East Region, within Elevance Health’s Commercial and Specialty Business Division. He is responsible for the strategic direction, performance, and growth of Elevance Health’s commercial health plans in the East. Kurt has more than 25 years of experience in the industry, applying his in-depth knowledge of healthcare strategy and operations management experience in helping grow both commercial and government health plans. Kurt has been recognized for his leadership, being named as one of Savoy magazine’s 2022 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America and he is a member of the Executive Leadership Council.
Renee M. Greene is a Vice President, Investment Grade Credit Trader at Goldman Sachs. Prior to working at Goldman Sachs, Renee served for six years active duty in the United States Army as a Korean Cryptologic Linguist. During her service, she led signals intelligence teams in South Korea and also served as a Military Language Instructor, teaching Korean at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. Renee serves as the head of the Goldman Sachs Firmwide Black Network (NY/NJ Chapter) Recruitment, Integration and Mobility pillar and serves on the Goldman Sachs Veterans Network Steering Committee. In addition to working with veterans, Renee served as a mentor to students from the Borough of Manhattan Community College through the Goldman Sachs Local College Collaborative program - a program designed to provide marginalized students with access to resources, career readiness and practical experience in financial services. Renee currently serves as a board member on the Canisius College Alumni Association Board of Directors and the EastSide Charter School Board of Directors. Renee is passionate about increasing financial literacy levels in America and previously served on the Associate Board of the Council for Economic Education - an organization committed to providing educational tools to increase financial literacy levels among K-12 students.
Meshie Knight is a Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest philanthropy in the U.S. dedicated solely to health. In her work, Knight supports innovations at the intersection of healthcare, public health and equity. She is driven by a personal mandate to center populations with a history of marginalization in designing and advancing solutions to the nation's greatest health and healthcare challenges. Meshie earned a BA from Howard University in Washington, DC, and a MA from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She is thrilled to be back in Connecticut while earning her MBA at the School of Management at Yale University. She proudly refers to Connecticut as her second home. Jamaica is her first.