The Conference began in 1973 as a half-day lecture series. Over the last three decades, the conference has evolved considerably and has grown into a weekend event with an attendance of well over 300 students, alumni, educators, and business professionals from around the world. Since its founding, the Conference has worked to honor the contributions of Whitney Young and to further his legacy. It is the oldest student run conference at The Wharton School and one of the largest of its kind in the nation.
Distinguished leaders in business and politics, such as Kenneth Chenault, Michael Lee-Chin, Ann Fudge, Pamela Thomas Graham, Earl Graves, Sr., Alexis Herman, Bob Johnson, Vernon Jordan, Richard Parsons and Raymond McGuire have all supported our efforts to empower our attendees by giving keynote addresses.
Decades after its inception, we are still guided by the conference’s original mission: To design and implement programs that will serve as a vehicle for economic and political enrichment for minorities, enabling them to enhance their contributions to the greater community.