Recently, UNCF brought 34 students to Washington for its inaugural Student Leadership Conference, sponsored by three transformational UNCF programs: the UNCF K-12 Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program, which builds a pipeline of talented African-American college graduates ready to apply business principles to education reform; the Gateway to Leadership Program, a partnership of UNCF and the Money Management Institute that offers internships in the financial services industry; and UNCF’s Corporate Scholars Program, which gives students scholarships and paid internships at top corporations and national organizations.
The three day “boot-camp” experience brought students together with top executives from DC- headquartered national corporations and non-profits. Together, students and executives talked about what career success requires. Students learned about how to enhance critical thinking and project management skills, how to improve communications and networking, and how to increase productivity and develop a better understanding of leadership.
Here, in their own words, is what the students took away from the first UNCF Student Leadership Conference: