The Whitney M. Young, Jr. Memorial Conference is The Wharton School’s African-American MBA Association (AAMBAA) premier annual event that celebrates the legacy of the author, humanitarian, educator and civil rights activist, Whitney M. Young, Jr.  At the conference, prominent business and civic leaders will share reflections on the themes and experiences that have helped them chart their personal and professional paths to inspire and educate students, alumni, and business professionals. Given the most recent events throughout the country, we find it critically important for our community to gather together to discuss current events and ideate next steps.  This year, our conference theme is Make it Happen, Make it Matter: Building a Stronger Community, Together.

Past speakers of the conference include Raymond McGuire (Global Head of Corporate and Investment Banking at Citi), Vernon Jordan (former adviser to Bill Clinton), Kenneth Chenault (CEO of American Express), Clarence Otis Jr. (CEO of Darden Restaurants), and Russell Simmons (Chairman and CEO of Rush Communications).  



Crafting a theme for this year’s Whitney M. Young, Jr. Memorial Conference was a tougher task than we anticipated — turns out creative, effective alliteration is much more difficult than it appears! There was a single point of clarity, however. We wanted our theme to underscore the politically and socially turbulent times we live — and its implications for communities of color. We also wanted our theme to speak to our responsibility in this moment. Most importantly, we wanted our theme to guide our keynotes and panelists to deliver a meaningful message encompassing professional and social impact.  

Our theme for this year’s conference is Make It Happen, Make It Matter: Building a Stronger Community, Together. We are ecstatic to have this conference serve as a forum that will bring together business and civic leaders to share reflections on the themes and experiences that have helped them chart their personal and professional paths.

Summer Search Partnership

Summer Search is a $20M college success nonprofit in five regions around the country – Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Seattle, and the Bay Area.  Since 1990, Summer Search has worked to close the opportunity gap for low-income students through professional mentoring, transformative summer experiences, and start-to-finish college support.

This year, we have invited students, alumni, and staff from Summer Search to attend our annual Whitney M. Young conference.  During the conference, we will be hosting an informal career fair that will allow students to connect with current MBAs, alumni, and professionals within a field of their interest– including: Marketing, Finance, Operations, Strategy, etc. Not only will this opportunity support Summer Search’s mission of helping young people soar, but it will also serve as a great way to bring two high impact communities closer together.

If you’re interested in participating in the career fair during lunch, please submit your information to the registration form below.  Thank you for supporting Summer Search and the objectives of the 2017 Whitney M. Young Conference.



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