Hennessy Fellows Boot Camp – RECAP
July 28th through August 2nd, 10 Hennessy Fellows – MBA students from prominent Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) – gathered in New York City for the Hennessy Fellows Boot Camp, a week-long, immersive experience at the LVMH and MHUSA offices. The boot camp focused on crucial competency areas, including leadership, communication, executive presence, accountability and influence, and business acumen. Ultimately, the boot camp worked as the first touchpoint in a year-long program geared towards celebrating and championing the next generation of African-American leaders. The Hennessy Fellows program is the first-ever HBCU graduate program with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF).
LVMH and other executives, influencers and entrepreneurs from across industries participated in the boot camp, networked with the Fellows and enjoyed customized sip and savor events. Hennessy Fellows had the unparalleled opportunity to gather insights from industry leaders while building their professional expertise and learning the language of how to unlock the c-suite.
The below highlights key sessions and speakers that contributed to the boot camp.
DAY 1: LEADERSHIP
After that, Fellows heard from Harry Williams (President & CEO, TMCF) and Charles Merinoff (TMCF Board Chair and Co-Chairman, Breakthru Beverage Group). They shared their career journey and strategies with the Fellows on how to thrive in corporate America. Day one concluded with executive remarks from Rodney Williams (President and CEO, Belvedere Vodka). The Fellows obtained a diverse perspective on what it takes to be an executive at a leading, luxury brand.
DAY 2: COMMUNICATION
DAY 3: EXECUTIVE PRESENCE
Following the executive sessions, the Fellows explored LVMH brands (Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior Couture, LVMH Fashion Group, Fresh, Rimowa and LVMH Inc.) and experienced the Hennessy Brand with a Le Voyage mixology presentation.
DAY 4: ACCOUNTABILITY AND INFLUENCE
Shortly after, Fellows enjoyed an intimate dining experience with Bernard Peillon (Chairman and CEO, Hennessy) and Giles Woodyer (SVP Hennessy, Moët Hennessy USA). Dining at New York’s famous QUALITY ITALIAN, Fellows learned tips for c-suite success and how to differentiate yourself from the rest.
DAY 5: BUSINESS ACUMEN
Fellows participated in personal reflections and spoke about their Hennessy Fellows experience. From personal and professional growth to overcoming self-doubt and increasing confidence, not a dry eye remained during the reflections. The program concluded with a Hennessy VIP “Nightlife” Experience at New York’s iconic TAO restaurant.