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Thurgood Marshall College Fund Convenes over 400 Students for 18th Annual Leadership Institute Conference Presented by Wells Fargo

///Thurgood Marshall College Fund Convenes over 400 Students for 18th Annual Leadership Institute Conference Presented by Wells Fargo

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Convenes over 400 Students for 18th Annual Leadership Institute Conference Presented by Wells Fargo


Top corporate and government recruitment partners attend to identify top talent from HBCUs

WASHINGTON, DC (October 17, 2018) – The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) continues its tradition of convening one of the largest, most exclusive, talent and development recruiting conferences for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs) at the 18th Annual Leadership Institute presented by Wells Fargo, pledging an additional $1.1M into TMCF.

The four-day award-winning conference will be held Friday, October 26 – Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington DC. Leadership Institute is designed to develop the hand-picked scholars’ leadership skills, provide companies access to a talented and diverse student population, and help students make meaningful connections that lead to successful internships, fellowships, and careers at Fortune 500 companies and government agencies.

“Wells Fargo has invested over seven million dollars into TMCF and the Leadership Institute because we believe that these students are the best of the best,” said Jimmie Paschall, Wells Fargo executive vice president and head of enterprise diversity and inclusion & strategic philanthropy. “Seeing them succeed, and have the resources and opportunities to make sound financial decisions, both now, and in the future is our main priority.”

One of the highlights of the conference is the recruitment fair where major companies, government agencies, and graduate program representatives identify top talent and offer jobs, internships and continuing education opportunities.

Black Enterprise Magazine will serve as the 2018 Leadership Institute media partner highlighting the main focus areas of the conference: financial literacy, personal branding, 21st Century skill development, and leadership. Through a host of plenary sessions and, experiences the students will be exposed to critical insights and techniques to help them achieve success in the next phase of their lives as students and future graduates.

“No other organization in the higher education and talent development space provides Corporate America and government entities with such a diverse, high-quality talent pool of HBCU and PBI students in one place,” said Dr. Harry L. Williams, TMCF president & CEO. “We appreciate our presenting partner Wells Fargo’s $1.1M gift, and all of our recruitment partners who are investing not only in TMCF, but in the future global leaders by supporting Leadership Institute and literally changing lives.”

On the final evening, students will attend TMCF’s 31st Anniversary Awards Gala on October 29.

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Established in 1987, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. TMCF member-schools include the publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Predominantly Black Institutions, enrolling nearly 80% of all students attending black colleges and universities. Through scholarships, capacity building and research initiatives, innovative programs and strategic partnerships, TMCF is a vital resource in the PK-12 and higher education space. The organization is also the source of top employers seeking top talent for competitive internships and good jobs.

TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization. For more information about TMCF, visit:

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