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Grand Hyatt New York

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Join us for an evening of extraordinary inspiration and amazing entertainment as we look back on 15 years of accomplishment and look ahead to the next 15 years of exponential impact.

By supporting MLT’s 15th Anniversary Gala, you are helping ensure more people of color will be able to 'turn pro' in their respective fields and advance to senior leadership.  When you 'become a champion' of MLT, you are making a powerful commitment to diverse leaders and to a nation of greater equity and economic mobility.

We don’t hold a Gala every year, but when we do, we do it big.

Whether you are a long-time MLT supporter or are just getting acquainted, the Gala is your opportunity to experience the transformative power of MLT and our community of game-changers.

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Grand Hyatt New York
109 East 42nd Street
New York

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MLT will celebrate the meaningful accomplishments of our luminaries and alumni. Their amazing stories will convey the singularity of MLT’s work and inspire deeper understanding of MLT’s model as a proven solution for transforming lives and advancing socioeconomic mobility.  MLT will salute and engage a prestigious group of leaders in business and philanthropy. 

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Chaka Khan
Performer & Ten-Time Grammy Award Winner

For more than four decades, Chaka Khan has amazed audiences with the breadth and versatility of her musical gifts, transcending genres from R&B to rock, jazz, disco, gospel, country, and more. During her nearly five-decade career, Khan has sold approximately 70 million records globally and has won 10 Grammy Awards.  From her initial acclaim with “Tell Me Something Good,” to her “i-Khanic” anthem “I’m Every Woman,” to her recent release, “Hello Happiness,” Ms. Khan continues to inspire and empower generations of fans.

In addition to her singular musical talent, Ms. Khan is a philanthropist whose Chaka Khan Foundation supports at-risk women and children in underserved communities. Ms. Khan is a successful entrepreneur who has launched a range of home goods and beauty product lines. Proceeds from her businesses benefit those served by her foundation. We are thrilled that MLT’s 15th anniversary Gala will culminate with a performance by the incomparable Chaka Khan.

Gayle King
Chief Anchor and Co-Host of “CBS This Morning”

Gayle King, Chief Anchor and Co-Host of “CBS This Morning,” will support the MLT community by serving as emcee for the MLT15 Gala. An Emmy Award-winning journalist, Ms. King has been recognized for her news coverage and masterful interviews that have distinguished her as a titan of the industry. Time magazine named Ms. King one of 2019’s Most Influential People. Ms. King also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning O, The Oprah Magazine.

King previously hosted The Gayle King Show, a live, weekday television interview program on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. The program, which featured a discussion of a broad variety of topics that include politics, cultural developments, was also broadcast on XM Satellite Radio, where it premiered in 2006. Before moving into print and radio, King worked for 18 years (1982-2000) as a television news anchor for CBS affiliate WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut. 

King has received numerous awards for her extensive work as a journalist. In addition to three Emmys, she was honored in 2008 with the American Women in Radio & Television Gracie Award for Outstanding Radio Talk Show and in 2010 with both the Individual Achievement Award for Host-Entertainment/Information and the New York Women in Communications’ Matrix Award recipient.

Deval Patrick
Managing Director, Bain Capital

Governor Patrick joined Bain Capital in 2015 and is a Managing Director and Co-Managing Partner of the Double Impact business. Prior to joining the firm, he served as Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for eight years.

Before entering public office, Governor Patrick was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of The Coca-Cola Company. He also worked as Vice President and General Counsel of Texaco, Inc. and served on the company’s Executive Council. Governor Patrick was previously a Partner at Day, Berry & Howard and a Partner at Hill & Barlow. In 1994, he was appointed by President Clinton as Assistant Attorney General overseeing the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Mr. Patrick graduated cum laude with a BA degree from Harvard College and earned his JD degree from Harvard Law School.

David Stern
CEO, DJS Global Advisors and Former Commissioner of the NBA

David Stern completed his 30-year tenure as NBA commissioner on February 1, 2014.  Currently, as CEO of DJS Global Advisors, Mr. Stern is a Senior Advisor to the NBA, investment bank PJT Partners, venture capital firm Greycroft Partners and PWC’s Entertainment and Media Advisory Practice, as well as an advisor to several sports technology start-ups.

As commissioner, Mr. Stern built the model for professional sports in league operations, public service, global marketing, television distribution and digital technology. He oversaw the NBA’s extraordinary growth with seven new franchises, a more than 30-fold increase in revenues, a dramatic expansion of national television exposure and the launch of two leagues, the Women’s National Basketball Association and the NBA Development League. Under his leadership, the league launched NBA Cares, a global social responsibility program that builds on the NBA’s mission of addressing important social issues in the United States and around the world. 

Mr. Stern is a 2013 recipient of the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, awarded by Harvard University, and a recipient of the Yale Executive Leadership Institute’s Legend in Leadership Award which celebrates contemporary business leaders who have made transformational contributions across sectors. A native of New York City, Mr. Stern is a graduate of Rutgers University and Columbia Law School.

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Reception and Awards Dinner

6:30 PM - Cocktail Reception

7:30 PM - MLT 15th Anniversary Gala


Celebrate and amplify MLT's 15 years of transformational impact.  We will gather the evening of June 27 to recognize and elevate MLT's full network of champions -- including you -- who are ensuring we create a multiplier effect that transforms our organizations, communities, and society.  


Cocktail attire (not black tie). 

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"Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision."  -Muhammad Ali

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