Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and Hennessy announced today, the selection of the inaugural cohort of the Hennessy Fellows. Three of the 10 hand-selected Hennessy Fellows are MBA graduate students from Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) School of Business and Industry. The Fellows will spend a week in New York City for an intense professional and leadership development experience that will focus on specific competency areas such as leadership, communication, executive presence, accountability and influence, and business acumen. Hennessy executives, and industry leaders will provide interactive lectures, simulations, and executive coaching.
Hennessy Fellows is made possible by a $10-million-dollar commitment from Hennessy into TMCF over 10 years. This groundbreaking graduate scholarship initiative designed to equip the next generation of African American leaders through financial assistance, access to training and professional development experiences, and real-world skill application. Hennessy Fellows plays a critical role in building the pipeline of diverse, executive talent as failure to develop essential levels of competence, credibility, and confidence early on can jeopardize future advancement of minorities, according to Breaking Through: The Making of Minority Executives in Corporate America.
The Hennessy Fellows from FAMU’s School of Business and Industry are:
- Brianna Collins
- Jonathan Jones
- Jonas Laboo
“This impressive group of future C-Suite executives from Florida A&M University will have the opportunity to learn and be mentored by some of the best in the business in Corporate America,” said Harry L. Williams, president & CEO, TMCF. “Our partnership with Hennessy is singularly devoted to our graduate HBCU students making our Hennessy Fellows the new symbol of success.”
The Hennessy Fellows were selected after an exhaustive application process. In addition to the all-expenses paid trip to New York City for the boot camp, each fellow will receive executive coaching, up to $20,000 per academic year, $10,000 annual stipend for other educational expenses, an opportunity to compete for a community-related project grant up to $10,000, and access to online training forums, boot camps, networking events and professional development experiences.
For more information, including eligibility requirements and how to apply for the second cohort, please visit tmcf.org/HFP.