African-American CEOs, Senior Executives: Greater diversity and Inclusion will make the U.S economy more competitive
In addition to outlining its vision for the future, the ELC will also announce its scholarship winners for its Foundation programs including the Alvaro L. Martins Scholars, National Essay Competition, and the National Business Case Competition. The organization also will recognize the night’s honorees including Ed Lewis, co-founder of Essence Communications, Inc.; Chris Williams of the Williams Capital Group L.P.; and Sodexo, a leading provider of integrated food and facilities management services in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
“The Annual Recognition Gala is our opportunity to recognize our scholarship winners and celebrate the achievements of African-Americans in corporate America as well as Fortune 500 companies that promote a diverse and inclusive environment,” said Ronald C. Parker, ELC Interim President and CEO. “We look forward to an engaging evening where we recognize our progress, but also present the roadmap for the future.”
During the gala, the ELC also will promote the work of its Foundation, which invests in education, leadership training and executive development programs, including providing scholarships and mentoring young people interested in corporate careers. In particular, the ELC will highlight its Community Impact Initiative, in which the organization is providing grants to LEAD, INROADS, and A Better Chance, which are working to close the achievement gap for African-American high school and middle school students and prepare the next generation of corporate leaders.
* Corporate Award winner Sodexo
* Achievement Award winner Christopher J. Williams, Chairman & CEO, The Williams Capital Group, L.P.
* Alvaro L. Martins Heritage Award winner Edward Lewis, Founder, Essence Communications, Inc. and Senior Advisor, Solera Capital
Celebrity Guests include: