With boxes packed and ready to ship from the Foundation's downtown headquarters to the Grand Hyatt Hotel in midtown Manhattan,(shown above), The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is preparing to greet over 300 JRF Scholars and alumni starting Thursday, February 27th as its annual Mentoring and Leadership Conference (MLC) and alumni reunion gets underway. The four days of activities include critical leadership training linking personal and professional development with community service, civic engagement and global citizenship. JRF Scholars will have the opportunity to network with accomplished leaders in a wide array of professions and with many of JRF's friends and supporters whose generosity and service make the work of the Foundation possible.
"We are excited to greet our Scholars who hail from 36 states and the District of Columbia and who attend 96 colleges and universities across the country," said JRF President and CEO Della Britton Baeza. "We also look forward to connecting with the many JRF alumni who come back each year to interact with each other and serve as mentors the current Scholars. We are excited this year to salute “42 Under 40” alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally and in their communities."
With over 1400 alumni on its roster, the Foundation will recognize these alumni at the opening reception of their annual reunion on Friday, February 28, 2014. Nominated by their peers, these distinguished individuals span a variety of careers and engage in a vast array of civic activities and community service across the country.
The conference theme is "Innovation". JRF Scholars will be asked to explore the trends that are moving society radically forward in the areas of ecology, business, law, health, technology, education, as well as the arts. JRF alumni will engage around the concept that effective leaders are known not only for developing innovative strategies, but for creating and sustaining a culture that fosters innovation.