Nine DSU students recently attended the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s (TMCF) 13th annual Leadership Institute and Recruitment Fair, the premier recruitment conference for public HBCU students. The event took place Nov. 8-12 in Washington, D.C. at the Washington Hilton and Conference Center.
Accompanied by Lisa Moody, director in the Office of Career Services, the students – who were selected by the TMCF to attend – were exposed to a unique professional development experience with some of the nation’s top executives in sessions on leadership training, career management, life skills, as well as development and recruitment opportunities.
During the conferences plenary sessions, students learned about Financial Literacy from Anika Kahn, Director, Senior Economist, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, and Pamela Jolly, Founder and CEO, Torch Enterprises, Inc.; Global Leadership from Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, Senior Vice President, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Career Readiness from Dr. William U. Latham, Senior Advisor, Education Consultancy, Gallup; Personal Leadership Branding from Ime Archibong, Manager of Strategic Partnerships, Facebook; and Lessons On Leadership from General Dennis L. Via, 18th Commander U.S. Army Materiel Command.
One of the main components of the Leadership Institute was the Recruitment Fair, where students met and interviewed with over 60 companies and government agencies offering job and internship opportunities. Some of the recruiting agencies included Microsoft, Facebook, USDA, Booz Allen Hamilton, Hershey, CIA, Lilly, NBA, FDIC, Wal-Mart, Institute of International Education, MillerCoors, and some of the nation’s top graduate school programs such as Princeton, Harvard, and the University of D.C. School of Law.
The event culminated with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s 25th Awards Gala, entitled “Developing Minds ... Delivering Dreams”. This year’s event was hosted by Comedian Bill Cosby, and included entertainment and celebrity guests Jennifer Holiday, American Singer and Tony Award-winning Actress, Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014, MC Lyte, Hip Hop Artist and Youth Activist; Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris, and Congressman John Lewis. The event recognizes the achievements of the visionaries who have made an impact and proceeds from the event make it possible for TMCF to persist in its mission to support students at the 47 public HBCU’s.
The DSU student in attendance included Breyana Brady, Kandace Hunt, Natalie Kendall, Ebony Peterson, Jessila Simpson, Diamond Wade, Ze Wang, Rayshaun Ward and Leah Williams.