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John Rice, founder and CEO, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT)
John Rice, founder and CEO, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT)

The Management Leadership for Tomorrow pre-MBA seminar will take place June 16-18, 2017 at Scheller College of Business.
The Management Leadership for Tomorrow pre-MBA seminar will take place June 16-18, 2017 at Scheller College of Business.

Scheller College Focuses on Diversity as Host for Management Leadership for Tomorrow Seminar

Three hundred high-achieving, pre-qualified prospective MBA students will come to Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business as part of a pre-MBA prep seminar designed for African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans. The seminar will take place June 16-18, 2017.

This signature event is organized annually by Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), as part of its MBA Prep Program. MLT is a nonprofit dedicated to equipping African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans with the skills, coaching, and connections they need to lead organizations and communities worldwide.

Within the United States, 30% of the population is African American, Latino and Native American, however only 3% of the senior leadership within the country come from those same groups.

“We cannot afford to leave diverse talent on the sidelines,” said John Rice, founder and CEO of MLT. “Increasing diverse leadership throughout our corporate and social sectors is a powerful lever for driving innovation and ensuring our nation can continue to compete and thrive globally,” he added.

MLT helps partner schools—such as Scheller College—better reflect the rich diversity of the global business community and society by providing unique insights, actionable strategies, and efficient access to the best pool of diverse MBA candidates. Since its founding in 2002, MLT has transformed the careers and lives of more than 6,000 talented African American, Latino and Native American women and men through its Career Prep, MBA Prep, and MBA Professional Development programs.

Scheller College Dean Maryam Alavi said creating a culture of “inclusive excellence” is a key element of a world-class business education.

“We believe diversity and inclusion are cornerstones in our school’s collaborative and vibrant community. When people with varied backgrounds combine their experiences and efforts to benefit the whole — that is the point where learning and innovation happens,” Alavi said.

Alavi said hosting MLT is a unique opportunity to help develop an inclusive culture that embraces and fosters sponsorship of talented employees.

“That’s why we wanted to leverage the strong relationships we have within the metro Atlanta business community,” Alavi explained adding that AT&T, The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, and Southern Company are all collaborating with Scheller College for this initiative as Platinum Corporate Partner Sponsors.

“Atlanta is a major destination for young and diverse professionals which is one of the reasons we have over 20,000 employees in Georgia and why partnering with Scheller College is important to us,” said Glenn Lurie, president and CEO, AT&T Mobility and consumer operations. “Talent is only part of the equation, as we need the collaboration and depth of ideas that comes with a workforce as diverse as the customers we serve.”

“Scheller College is an important strategic partner of The Coca-Cola Company, and we strongly believe in supporting our partners, particularly when they are championing causes that are near and dear to our values and core beliefs,” said Ashley Berg Jensen, vice president, diversity, inclusion, and engagement for The Coca-Cola Company.

“We truly believe that if you can be as diverse and inclusive as our 500+ brands, we can truly unleash the power of perspectives,” said Andrew Davis, chief diversity and inclusion officer for The Coca-Cola Company. “Perspectives drive innovation, and ultimately drives growth. If you put those things together, that is what makes us The Coca-Cola Company.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Scheller College,” said Joanne Smith, executive vice president and chief human resources officer for Delta Air Lines. “We are a global airline. Diversity for Delta Air Lines is a business imperative. We were once a small domestic airline with a few international roots and now we offer service to six continents.”

"As Southern Company builds the future of energy, diversity and inclusion is not a standalone objective, it is how we do business," said Nancy Sykes, executive vice president and chief human resources officer for Southern Company. "It is impossible to innovate without being inclusive. Our partnership with Scheller College and MLT is an important way to help the next generation of diverse leaders and the Atlanta business community thrive."

The 300 MLT fellows are coming from throughout the U.S. MLT provides its MBA Prep Fellows with one-on-one coaching and the social networks needed to successfully gain admittance and succeed in a top full-time MBA program. The goal is simple: success in a MBA program means they may develop business and leadership skills to lead in organizations and worldwide.

At the Summer Seminar, which will be held June 16-18, the MLT fellows will be able to interact directly with admissions officers from all of the organization’s partner schools, helping them learn more about each school and gain a better understanding of the admissions process. For three days, the fellows will work to strengthen their personal pitch and take a deep-dive into the essay writing process among other things.

Scheller College officially joined the MLT community a year ago, bringing the partner total to 29 member schools. The MLT network includes the top 25 ranked schools from throughout the U.S., including: Harvard Business School, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.


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