Thurgood Marshall College Fund Hosts Award-Winning Leadership Institute in the Nation’s Capitol for Nearly 500 HBCU Students

by LP Green, II

Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will come to Washington, DC to participate in the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s (TMCF’s) award-winning Leadership Institute – at the Washington Hilton, November 9-13, 2014.

Every year, for the last 13 years, some of the best and brightest students attending publicly-supported HBCUs come together to participate in a professional development and recruitment fair hosted by TMCF.  This year marks the second time the hand-picked group of student scholars will come to Washington, DC to participate in TMCF’s 14th Annual Leadership Institute.

Recognized in 2013 by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the TMCF Leadership Institute gives talented future leaders a one-of-a-kind intensive professional and career development experience as well as an opportunity to network and interview with some of the nation’s top executives and elite graduate school recruiters.

“It’s like the perfect matchmaking – inviting the best employers and graduate schools to personally meet the best HBCU students,” says TMCF President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.  “We know that whenever this incredibly talented, diverse group of college students meet over 50 leading employers and graduate schools, sparks fly and mutually-beneficial post-undergraduate relationships emerge.”

During the conference, students participate in sessions, taught by “faculty” from the nation’s top senior executives, on leadership development, career management, life skills, financial literacy, and global competitiveness.  On the last day of the conference, students then take all they have learned and been exposed to, dress up in their best interview attire to compete for coveted internships and full-time jobs with companies like Wells Fargo, Walmart, GALLUP, Comcast NBCUniversal, Bloomberg, John Deere, and the Marines.  Students will also have an opportunity to compete for graduate school seats at Harvard University, Stanford University School of Business, and more.  For a complete list of recruiters and graduate schools, click here to visit TMCF’s website.

TMCF wraps-up the Leadership Institute by hosting over 1,500 of its closest friends at its premier black-tie Gala saluting community, business, and education leaders. This year, Entertainment Icon LL COOL J will serve as Host; and, Grammy award-winning Regina Belle as the Entertainer for the evening.  George Lopez and Trey Songz will participate in this black-tie gala – as TMCF shares the evening with an impressive group of Congressional Members, Fortune 500 executives, and HBCU Presidents/Chancellors at the Washington Hilton on November 12th.

“Our Leadership Institute changes lives,” said Taylor.  “Every year, employers say how inspired they were to interact with TMCF student scholars from schools their recruiters never would’ve considered as a source of strong talent for their workforce pipeline.  Likewise, students have said the leadership sessions changed their lives; and, exposed them to post-college opportunities.”

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