Twelve S.C. State students from various academic programs were selected by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) to attend the 18th annual Leadership Institute Conference in October at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. Presented by Wells Fargo, the event is deemed one of the largest, most exclusive, talent and development recruiting conferences for students attending historically black colleges and universities and predominately black institutions.
The conference is designed to develop 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.
“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, and all of our recruitment partners who are investing not only in TMCF but in the future corporate, government and global leaders from South Carolina State University.”
SC State senior marketing major, Matthias Williams, stated of the conference: “I truly enjoyed the experience. I’m thankful that I had the chance to attend a notable event such as this, with fellow SC State students. The conference provided many professional development tools and resources that I can use in all phases of life.”
One of the highlights of the conference was the recruitment fair, where Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and graduate program representatives identified top talent and offered jobs, internships, and continuing education opportunities. This year’s conference comprised of more than 1,000 attendees, including over 400 HBCU and PBI students. The conference also had 600 corporate, government and graduate program partners, speakers and recruiters.
Black Enterprise Magazine served 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 were exposed to critical insights and techniques to help them achieve success in the next phase of their lives as students and future graduates.
For more information about the Leadership Institute Conference or TMCF, visit www.tmcf.org.