The Executive Leadership Council’s Symposium and Recognition Gala Week Wraps Up with $1M Community Impact Investment

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The ELC Scholars Class of 2023. This year, 138 scholars were awarded $3M in scholarships. Students hailed from 67 academic institutions, including 40 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Photo credit: Matt Ellis Photography
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The Executive Leadership Council announced today that it will launch a $1M community impact investment geared towards boosting entrepreneurship and addressing social and economic justice. Recipients include the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs, Legal Defense Fund, and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

R&B legends Boyz II Men perform at The Executive Leadership Council (ELC) Recognition Gala on October 6, 2023. The annual ELC Symposium and Recognition Gala welcomes nearly 4000 Black executives, including corporate CEOs, executives and up-and-coming business leaders from the largest global corporations. Credit: Imagine Photography
R&B legends Boyz II Men perform at The Executive Leadership Council (ELC) Recognition Gala on October 6, 2023. The annual ELC Symposium and Recognition Gala welcomes nearly 4000 Black executives, including corporate CEOs, executives and up-and-coming business leaders from the largest global corporations. Credit: Imagine Photography
The ELC Scholars Class of 2023. This year, 138 scholars were awarded $3M in scholarships. Students hailed from 67 academic institutions, including 40 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Photo credit: Matt Ellis Photography
The ELC Scholars Class of 2023. This year, 138 scholars were awarded $3M in scholarships. Students hailed from 67 academic institutions, including 40 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Photo credit: Matt Ellis Photography
The announcement was made during the organization’s annual recognition gala, a celebration that wraps up ELC Week, an energizing and enriching week of programming geared towards fostering growth and prosperity for the next generation of Black business leaders through programs like its CEO GameChanger Conference and Mid-level Managers Symposium.

This year’s event hosted nearly 4000 guests, including corporate CEOs, executives and up-and-coming business leaders from the largest global corporations at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center Oct. 3 – 6. The closing event featured a star performance from R&B legends Boyz II Men and honored Black leaders in Corporate America including Ariel Investments Co-CEO Mellody Hobson, independent board member and corporate executive Arlene Isaacs-Lowe and Synchrony.

A focal point of the week for attendees was the The ELC Scholars Annual Honors Symposium which provided a record-breaking $3M in scholarships and brought together 138 collegiates from 67 academic institutions, including 40 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). During the symposium, scholars had the opportunity to receive professional development and participate in workshops hosted by corporate sponsors including “Executive Presence: Gravitas Like a Boss,” hosted by Bank of America, “Your Network is Your Net Worth – Leveraging Sponsors & Mentors,” hosted by Amazon, and “Navigating The Interview & Cultivating a Confident You,” hosted by Synchrony, among others.

This year’s scholarships were made possible by 3M, ADM, Amazon, Bank of America, Bristol Myers Squibb, Brunswick, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Hewlett-Packard, HSBC, Johnson & Johnson, Lowe’s, Moody’s, Nationwide, Otis, Otsuka, Raytheon, Synchrony, The Coca-Cola Foundation, and UnitedHealth Group.