Black Executive Network

Cooley’s Black Executive Network (BEx) is a forward-thinking community of Black leaders across a wide range of industries that is committed to building a deep sense of connection, collaboration and mission-critical knowledge sharing.

“The power of the Black Executive Network lies in our willingness and ability to support and elevate each other as a united community.”

– Yvan-Claude Pierre, Cooley partner and co-founder of BEx

Since its inception, BEx has brought together more than 600 C-level executives, investors, founders and influencers through intimate dinner gatherings in major cities throughout the US and UK – culminating in a larger annual gathering hosted on Martha’s Vineyard. Through this growing network and our parallel industry partnerships, BEx has supported numerous board connections and appointments, as well as driving more venture capital into high-growth companies led by Black entrepreneurs. We are proud to support an ever-expanding list of Black founders and investors from this network.

There is so much work ahead of us, but we believe that communities like BEx serve as a critical tool for creating a more equitable and profitable marketplace. Some organizations parallel to BEx that we partner with include: