TMCF 27th Awards Gala: Developing Minds and Delivering Dreams By Empowering High-Achieving Students to Overcome Barriers

Dec 7, 2015 3:35 PM ET

If your business believes in the power of education and opportunity, and is committed to developing and hiring a new generation of global leaders, then you should know about a truly inspiring event that took place in Washington, D.C. a few weeks ago – the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s 27th Annual Awards Gala, themed “Developing Minds... Delivering Dreams.

For 27 years, TMCF has held this annual Awards Gala as the culmination of its annual Leadership Institute – a program in which TMCF trains today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders. This year’s Awards Gala celebrated the achievements of the country’s foremost visionaries who have used their status to impart a positive impact on the lives of these students and publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), including celebrities, dignitaries, and leaders like:

  • Daymond John, Founder & CEO of FUBU, Co-star of ABC’s Shark Tank, and CEO of Shark Branding
  • Samuel R. Allen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Deere & Company
  • John O. Brennan, Director of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • Thomas A. Cole, Partner and Former Chair of the Executive Committee Sidley Austin LLP
  • David Hall, President of University of the Virgin Islands

You can click here to listen to each of these fascinating visionaries’ speeches from the gala, but possibly one of the most riveting speeches at the gala, which merits your attention, was from Mary Bacon, a Junior at Choppin State University.

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