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15th Anniversary Alumni Conference

Friday, June 28, 2019

Conference: 8 AM - 5 PM
Branded Exhibits, Recruiting & Networking Cocktail Reception: 5 - 7 PM
MLT After-Party: 9 PM

Grand Hyatt New York

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The 15th Anniversary Alumni Conference

Don't miss an incredible opportunity to elevate your career with over 1000 other MLT alumni and fellows.  This conference has been expertly designed to ensure that Rising Leaders understand what they need to turn pro with the most career momentum and to equip them with the network, insight and environment to help them get there -- regardless of experience level or background.


The MLT 15th Anniversary Conference's content will be relevant and actionable for individuals, whether they are working to position themselves for a promotion or greater responsibility, transitioning to a new role within their current organization, shifting to a new company or industry, or exploring a career move. The MLT 15th Anniversary Conference will deliver the same high-level of pragmatic, insightful content and heightened experiences that MLTers have come to expect from MLT Seminars and special alumni initiatives.



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Conference Agenda

Among other meaningful and experiential sessions, the conference will reinvest you in MLT’s proprietary framework for embracing your passions and unique strengths, addressing your perceived limitations, and determining the optimal pathway for the next three to five years with substantiated guidance.

Each of the four conference tracks will have five to seven sessions. 



The conference sessions will also reveal various frameworks for how the highest-performing companies evaluate executive-level candidates and help attendees re-examine the bar for success at each stage of their career. In addition, there will be ample moments to connect with senior leaders across industries and build relationships with MLT partners and other MLT Alumni and Fellows.  The entire 15th Anniversary Conference is envisioned as an accelerating platform that can help Rising Leaders turn professional and become champions in their company and community. 

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Friday, June 28, 2019
7:15 am - 8:00 amRegistration Opens (Breakfast available)
8:00 am - 8:45 amMORNING KEYNOTE: Galvanizing opening speeches from MLT guest speaker and MLT CEO John Rice in the main ballroom.
Caroline Wanga, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Target
9:00 am - 10:15 am
THINKING AS A PRO: Timely, frank, and important conversations, by industry, on disruptive trends and critical topics to support your transition into a new industry or substantive understanding of industry dynamics
10:30 am - 11:45 am
NAVIGATING AS A PRO: Personal, intensive conversations about navigating the roadmap to senior leadership, including intensive guidance on managerial pursuits, timely transitions, promotion pathways, review periods, and senior rotational programs.
Steve Pamon, Chief Operating Officer, Parkwood Entertainment
1:00 pm - 1:45 pmFIRESIDE CHAT: Frank and fascinating conversation in the main ballroom among top executives and societal leaders that bridges the turn from professional to champion.
Martin Johnson, VP, Corp. Development & Partnerships, CoStar
Marta Martinez, Director of Media Platforms, Google
Sadira Furlow, Vice President of Marketing, PepsiCo
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
WINNING AS A PRO: Rigorous deep-dives into building the complete senior leader profile, including power communication, team management, business development, strategic influence, data analytics, and authentic leadership in the midst of change.
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
BECOMING A CHAMPION: Designed to support and heighten the impact of Rising Leaders on a civic and societal level with sessions focused on joining nonprofit and corporate boards; brand legacy; running for office and campaign management; entrepreneurship and franchising; and more.
5:00 pm - 7:00 pmCHAMPIONS MEET RECEPTION: Two hours of amazing, full-access recruitment and networking cocktail reception; dynamic, immersive exhibits with exclusive access to gadgets, products, and content.
9:00 pmMLT AFTER-PARTY SPONSORED BY DELL: All good things must come to an end. But most good things don’t end quite so spectacularly. Join DJ Doug E. Fresh and the full MLT community as we celebrate the conclusion of the MLT 15th Anniversary Events. Liquor and spirits will be provided by Diageo!
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We are bringing together some of the most highly respected professionals in the industry to discuss the role in scaling companies in today's environment. Among our esteemed speakers and panelists are:


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John Affleck
Chief Economist
Kristina Anderson
Google Assistant Growth & Development
Mikeisha Anderson Jones
Global Diverse Exec Engagement
American Express
Ime Archibong
VP of Partnerships
Najuma Atkinson
VP, Global HR Operations
Dell Technologies
Mariely Bandas-Franzetti
Vice President, Dell Digital
Dell Technologies
Richard Barth
Chief Executive Officer
KIPP Foundation
Brian Bejile
Managing Director, Markets
Nikki Bethel
SVP of Talent Management
Adolpho Birch
SVP of Labor Policy & League Affairs
John Bonhomme
Managing Director, Banking & Wealth Management
JPMorgan Chase
Paul Burroughs
Managing Director, Banking
Sheryl Chamberlain
Vice President, Strategic Alliances
Medidata Solutions, Inc.
Virginia "Ginny" Clarke
Tech Executive Recruiter
Khalilah Cooper
Director, Service & Hospitality
Gilbertson Cuffy
Director of Digital Marketing
Justin Dean
Partner and Managing Director, DC
The Boston Consulting Group
Sandy Dondici
VP of Product and Service Operations
Keri Donofrio
SVP, Advertising Solutions
Mitch Draizin
Founder and President
Longview Capital advisors
Romy Drucker
Deputy Director, K-12 Education
Walton Family Foundation
Amy Ellis
Managing Director
Morgan Stanley
Suzanne French
Product Operations Principal, Search
Sadira Furlow
Vice President of Marketing
Jim Ganthier
SVP, Customer Solutions Strategy
Dell Technologies
Kenneth Gardner-Smith
Group Vice President
DaVita Inc.
Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr.
Managing Director
Golden Seeds
Gene Han
Vice President of Innovation - New Ventures
Christy Haubegger
EVP, Chief Inclusion Officer
Simone Hill
DEI Strategist
Omidyar Network
Annie Jean-Baptiste
Head of Product Inclusion
Martin Johnson
VP, Corp. Development & Partnerships
Marc Jones
Chairman and CEO
Michelle Jordan
Vice President, Talent Acquisition
Al Lee
Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer
Colgate-Palmolive Company
Christopher Lemoine
VP, Software Development Lead
Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall M.D.
Chief Patient Officer and EVP
Pfizer Inc.
Mark Madrid
Chief Executive Officer
Latino Business Action Network (LBAN)
Marta Martinez
Director of Media Platforms
Jane Martinez Dowling
President & CEO
ExpandED Schools
Broderick McClinton
Director and General Manager
Omar McGann
Glenda McNeal
President, Enterprise Strategic Partnerships
American Express
Andrew Miller
Formerly PTC & Cepheid
Lauren Moses
Senior Coach, MBA Professional Development
Gisselda Nunez
Executive Director, Head of Diversity Recruiting Strategy
Morgan Stanley
Andrea O'Neal
Senior Coach, College Programs
Steve Pamon
Chief Operating Officer
Parkwood Entertainment
Kenneth Powell
CEO, HBSAAA President
HBSAAA, Powell Consulting
Brian Reaves
SVP and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Dell Technologies
Damien Reid
Managing Director, Cultural Marketing
Brian Reilly
Global Head of Equity Capital Markets
Shannon Reinard Demko
MBA Prep Senior Coach & Team Lead
James Rhee
Executive Chairman and CEO
Ashley Stewart
John Rice
CEO and Founder
Ryan Robertson
Innovation Director/Head of Multicultural Marketing
Michael Ryan
Bullet Point Network
Jarvis Sam
Senior Director, Talent Sourcing & Diversity Recruitment
Nike, Inc.
Dan Sanborn
President and Chief Marketing Officer
Wheelhouse Group
Rhonda Sarmento
NA Career Services Coach
The Boston Consulting Group
Liz Schimel
Global Head of News Business
Greg Shell
Managing Director, Boston
Bain Capital
Dallas Smith
CEO and Founder
T. Dallas Smith & Company
Mark Taguchi
VP & West Coast Managing Director
Ana Villegas
Senior Director, Dell Marketing North America
Dell Technologies
Caroline Wanga
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Joe Wehri
Leadership Development Consultant
Joe Williams
Education Advocacy Director
Walton Education Coalition
Kevin Young
Manhattan Franchise Owner
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The 15th Anniversary Gala

On Thursday, June 27, the evening before the conference, we would love to see you at MLT's 15th Anniversary Gala. We will be celebrating MLT's impact over the past 15 years, and hoping to secure the support we'll need to propel the next 15 years of progress.

Registration and additional information are here: ml4t.org/gala. Tickets are $1K per seat. However, the first 300 conference ticket holders can purchase a gala ticket for $500.  For information, or to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact mlt15@ml4t.org.


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MLT selected The Grand Hyatt NYC as its venue destination for all things related to the 15th Anniversary. The hotel is gorgeous and large enough to accommodate 1000+ attendees for the gala and conference. Yet, it is intimate enough to only afford one major group the space for the weekend. If you run into someone in the hotel, it is 99% likely they are affiliated with MLT! All of the 15th Anniversary Gala (held Thursday June 27 - see FAQs for details) and Conference festivities will be on site at the Grand Hyatt, which means attendees can simply go upstairs to their hotel room for quick breaks, work calls, wardrobe changes, and more.


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Grand Hyatt - New York City - MLT Special Rate

  • Book Online or phone 1-800-233-1234 (mention code FMLT)
  • Address: 109 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017
  • All rooms are available on a first come, first served basis
    • Single: $289, Double: $319, Triple: $314, Quadruple: $339
  • All rooms must be booked by June 11, 2019 in order to receive MLT group rate
  • Transportation Proximity:
    • Grand Central Terminal: 230 feet
    • Laguardia Airport: 8 miles
    • John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport: 15 miles
    • Newark Liberty International Airport: 17 miles
    • Subway / Ferries:
      • 4, 5, and 6 (Green Lines) at Grand Central Terminal and 42nd St
      • 7 (Purple Line) at Grand Central Terminal and 42nd St 
      • Pier 11 / Wall St Ferries


New York University Stern School of Business  

  • Room Requests for NYU Stern can be requested HERE.
  • Address: Founders Residence Hall, 120 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003
  • All rooms are available on a first come, first served basis
    • Single Occupancy: $100/night
    • Double Occupancy: $68/person/night 
  • All rooms must be booked by June 5, 2019
  • Transportation options here


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Guidance From Alumni

The MLT15 Alumni Council Logistics Committee graciously collected additional venues and opportunities in the New York City area. Please click here for more guidance on lodging and transportation options during your visit.

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MLT 15th Anniversary Sponsors



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How can I learn more about the MLT15 GALA?
As you make your plans, you may want to attend MLT’s 15th Anniversary Gala the evening before the conference, Thursday, June 27, 2019, also at the Grand Hyatt New York. Gala registration: ml4t.org/gala
What is the suggested attire?
Our theme is Turn Pro. Become a Champion. As such, the official attire is Suits and Sneakers (aka business attire and comfortable shoes).  MLT encourages fellows and alumni to participate, depending on your comfort level or current industry norms.  Be professional, but be comfortable and bring your whole self to the conference.  
When will the planning team release the conference sessions and speakers?
MLT is creating a high impact and customized experience for each attendee. The overall conference agenda and four tracks are listed above.  Specific conference session topics and speakers will be released in late Spring. There will be six sessions during each of the four tracks engaging a range of sponsors, innovators, expert coaches, and partner organizations.
How much are conference passes or gala tickets? How may I attend the events for free?


All-Access Pass (covers all events on Friday, June 28): $250

Conference only: $150

Recruiting reception: $40

Party: $75

Guest of MLTer: $50 (note: cannot be another MLT alum or fellow)

Professionals of color may directly purchase a guest ticket to any of the events listed above. There is a $100 premium.  

Select sponsors will offer complimentary passes, and will reach out to alumni directly. In addition, here is a sample email for a supervisor or group lead to help you request the day off and reimbursement for the conference as part of professional development. 

GALA: The gala tickets are now priced at $250 per seat for alumni and fellows.  The pricing matches what MLT did for its 10th Anniversary gala in 2014. At that time, the MLT team decided the gala would be more focused on acknowledging and celebrating past and current major donors, sponsors, board members, and partners — as well as serving as a critical fundraiser for MLT to propel growth across the programs.  It worked and the $2M raised help MLT to go from serving about 700 fellows a year to the 1000 fellows we serve today. 

In 2014, about 200 seats out of the 1000 gala seats were reserved for alumni although about 300 ultimately purchased a ticket.  We recognize the high ticket price may not be in the cards for many alumni but the fundraiser is for the entire MLT community, not only alumni. We will have a conference after-party hosted by Dell with drinks from Diageo as a celebratory event for alumni and fellows (as Target sponsored a Red Room for MLT’s 10th). That will be free to anyone with an all-access conference pass. 

How much of the conference pass cost will count toward a tax-deductible donation? 
For the 15th Anniversary Alumni Conference - the amount of your ticket price that is over $200 is tax deductible; for example if you pay $250 for a ticket - then $50 of that amount can be claimed as a tax-deductible donation. 
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Send us a note via the portal or directly at mlt15@ml4t.org

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