Leaders of Tomorrow prepare for college and beyond at Quinlan
This summer, high school students from 20 cities nationwide met at Quinlan for the 2017 National Black MBA Association Leaders of Tomorrow Leadership Summit.
The summit is an annual, four-day youth leadership training event, culminating with the National Business Case Competition.
“The success of this year's program was due in large part to our academic partner, Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business," says Jesse Tyson, president and CEO of the National Black MBA Association. “They brought a holistic approach to the engagement and delivered a comprehensive pre-college experience for the students.”
The association, which serves more than 9,000 members across 45 professional chapters, works to create educational and career opportunities for black professionals.
Four productive days
During the summit, teams of students representing their home chapters competed in the National Business Case Competition for a combined total of $30,000 in scholarship awards.
The teams presented a formal analysis of the selected MBA-level business case to a panel of corporate executives, who grilled them on business fundamentals, as well as the merit of their specific recommendation.
“Quite simply, I was blown away by the teams’ presentations,” says Geraldine Rosa Henderson, PhD, associate professor of marketing at Quinlan. “They had incredible poise and deep preparation, and presented very innovative ideas.”
Also during the summit, the students were welcomed by Quinlan dean Kevin Stevens, listened to inspiring guest speakers, participated in leadership sessions and team building activities, and took college and career tours, including a tour of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE). They experienced living on a college campus, as they lodged at Loyola’s Baumhart Hall, an apartment-style student residence on the Water Tower Campus.
“Loyola—and the Quinlan School of Business—believe in the transformative nature of education,” says Katherine Acles, Quinlan's assistant dean of graduate programs. “We are honored to help these talented students prepare for college, their careers, and perhaps even an MBA.”
In addition to the Quinlan School of Business, summit sponsors were FedEx, State Farm, and Starbucks.
Watch a recap of the summit below or on the association’s YouTube channel.