Career Diversity

Real talk about diversity and careers: The things you want to talk about at work but can't...and probably shouldn't.

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On March 19th-22nd, the National Society of Black Engineers is hosting its 34th Annual National Convention in Orlando, Florida, themed Igniting the Torch: Engineering in Action.

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Minority College Sophomores,

The MLT Career Prep Program invests $10,000+ into minority professional development by providing 30+ hours of one-on-one career coaching, Four all inclusive leadership development weekends throughout the country and an invaluable network of peers. While MLT Career Prep does NOT directly hand the student $10,000, the students’ will have greatly enhanced their market value by participating in Career Prep which amounts to a $10,000 investment per participant. Here’s how!

Career Prep Program

The MLT Career Prep Program is a comprehensive 12-month program designed to prepare students for fast track entry level jobs. Skills training includes:

  • One-on-one career coaching and planning
  • Exclusive exposure to leading companies
  • National networking with young professionals
  • Four all-inclusive leadership development trips

Click here to see the Program Time Line or the CP Program Presentation


Candidates must...
  • Demonstrate achievement in and outside of the classroom.
  • Identify as an under-represented minority of any of the following groups: Black/African, Latino, and/or Native American.
  • Be a member of the class of 2010. Students apply to the Career Prep program during their sophomore year and participate during their junior year.
  • STUDENTS DO NOT HAVE TO BE A BUSINESS MAJOR! We are looking for candidates from all academic disciplines.


Fellows are required to dedicate an average of 3 hours per week over the course of the 12-month training program. Students who want to learn and jump start their professional career are encouraged to apply!

due Feb 29th

Jim Collins, already established as one of the most influential management consultants, further established his credibility with the wildly popular Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don’t, originally published in 2001. The book went on to be one of the bestsellers in the genre, and it is now widely regarded as a modern classic of management theory.

Collins takes up a daunting challenge in the book: identifying and evaluating the factors and variables that allow a small fraction of companies to make the transition from merely good to truly great. ‘Great,’ an admittedly subjective term, is operationally defined according to a number of metrics, including, specifically, financial performance that exceeded the market average by several orders of magnitude over a sustained period of time. Using these criteria, Collins and his research team exhaustively catalogued the business literature, identifying a handful of companies that fulfilled their predetermined criteria for greatness. Then, the defining characteristics that differentiated these ‘great’ firms from their competitors were quantified and analyzed.

The resulting data are presented in Good to Great in compelling detail. Over the course of 9 chapters, Collins addresses a number of management, personnel, and operational practices, behaviors, and attitudes that are both conducive and antithetical to the good-to-great transition. One overarching theme that links together virtually all of Collins’ arguments is the need to define a narrowly focused objective and field of competency and then focus all of the company’s resources toward that area of strength. Repeatedly, Collins warns that straying too far from a company’s established strengths is inimical to the attainment of greatness. Finally, Collins links the findings of Good to Great to the conclusions he reached in his previous book, Built to Last, which focused on the factors that define companies that survive in the long-term, meshing both sets of results into an overarching framework for enduring success.

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Check out the top 30 Full-Time MBA Programs

Top 30 U.S. Programs

1 University of Chicago
2 University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
3 Northwestern University (Kellogg)
4 Harvard University
5 University of Michigan (Ross)
6 Stanford University
7 MIT (Sloan)
8 UC Berkeley (Haas)
9 Duke University (Fuqua)
10 Columbia University
11 Dartmouth (Tuck)
12 UCLA (Anderson)
13 Cornell University (Johnson)
14 NYU (Stern)
15 University of Virginia (Darden)
16 Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)
17 UNC - Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler)
18 Indiana University (Kelley)
19 Yale University
20 University of Texas - Austin
21 University of Southern California (Marshall)
22 Georgetown University (McDonough)
23 Emory University (Goizueta)
24 Purdue University (Krannert)
25 University of Maryland (Smith)
26 University of Notre Dame (Mendoza)
27 Washington University (Olin)
28 Rochester (Simon)
29 Michigan State University (Broad)
30 Vanderbilt University (Owen)

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The Top 20
# 1 University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
# 2 University of Virginia (McIntire)
# 3 Notre Dame (Mendoza)
# 4 Cornell University
# 5 Emory University (Goizueta)
# 6 University of Michigan (Ross)
# 7 Brigham Young University (Marriott)
# 8 New York University (Stern)
# 9 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)
# 10 University of Texas-Austin (McCombs)
# 11 UC Berkeley (Haas)
# 12 UNC at Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler)
# 13 Villanova University
# 14 Boston College (Carroll)
# 15 Washington University (Olin)
# 16 Indiana University (Kelley)
# 17 USC (Marshall)
# 18 University of Illinois
# 19 Georgetown University (McDonough)
# 20 Richmond (Robins)

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John Rice: The Corporate Visionary

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Management Leadership for Tomorrow started out as an independent-study project at Harvard Business School. John Rice, a second-year student, wondered why there were so few nonwhite faces in the program. He found that many of the most talented minority graduates from elite colleges didn't even consider going to business school, mainly for cultural and sociological reasons. So he started a nonprofit organization to address those issues, introducing graduates to the business world through seminars, coaching and test prep.

Today he has a monster hit on his hands. MLT is the No. 1 source of minorities for the top ten MBA programs. (MLT uses a composite ranking system that derives from the business school ratings published by U.S. News & World Report.) At HBS, 40 percent of the minorities entering in 2005 were MLT alums.

Nicole Lindsay: The MBA Admissions Adviser

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Nicole Lindsay
is the Vice President of Talent Development for Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT). Nicole earned her BS in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut, JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, and MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Upon graduation, she joined Wachovia Bank as a corporate finance associate and later moved into Community Development Finance as a program manager, managing the bank’s relationship with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. In 2003, Nicole became the associate director of Admissions and Student Affairs at the Yale School of Management, overseeing minority and women admissions and diversity student affairs. She was instrumental in diversifying the applicant pool and in increasing the number of under-represented minorities that matriculated at SOM.

While at SOM, Nicole also served as a coach for MLT’s Career Prep program, aiding eight college juniors in their career exploration and development process. She was lured back to the corporate world by Goldman Sachs to manage MBA recruiting initiatives at Wharton, Chicago GSB, Kellogg, and Tuck. In June 2006, Nicole happily accepted the call to pursue her true passion—to provide professional development and support to talented minorities—and joined MLT full-time as the director of the Career Prep program. In February 2007, Nicole was promoted to her current position, in which she oversees both the Career Prep program and the MBA Prep program.

Nicole is licensed to practice law in Connecticut and Georgia. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Josiah.

Jullien Gordon: The Personal Development Guru

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Originally from Oakland, California, Jullien have evolved into a renaissance man; He is a creative writer, entrepreneur, and life coach. He knows how to connect with millennials on all levels on an array of topics, especially through writing and speaking. He is widely known for his metaphors for daily living, insights on creativity, prolific poetry, and tools found on his high-trafficked blog, Reminders To Myself, where he publish 2-3 times per week. He is positioning himself to be the world leader in purpose-finding and personal development for the millennial generation.

Jullien graduated from UCLA in 2003 with a BA in Business Economics. After that, he managed the SHAPE Program, a nonprofit based out of UCLA that served 200 urban youth with free college counseling and homework assistance in Inglewood and Los Angeles. He recently received his MBA and Master in Education from Stanford University in 2007 and now works as the National Talent Recruitment Manager for MLT's MBA Prep Program.

Akil Bello: The GMAT Expert

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Akil is the Vice President of Educational Development for Bell Curves and oversees all aspects of the development of programs and materials, as well as the training of teachers. He has worked as a teacher trainer and materials developer at three different test prep companies, bringing his unique humor and intelligence to every endeavor. After spending 15 years teaching every standardized test in the known universe, he joined his brother and father in founding Bell Curves. In an effort to be as much like his father (a educator with over 4 decades of experience) as possible, Akil has made education his life, grown a beard, and fathered a son.

Welcome to the Career Diversity blog!

A little history

A couple of us were at the office one day and thought to ourselves, where do minority young professionals go to share their professional ups and downs. The answer was unanimously “nowhere”, so we created this blog to start the dialogue.

Was that little enough?

The purpose = To share

So far, we have three hopes for the blog, but we’re open to your opinions, contributions, and feedback to help us shape the conversation. We would love for you to engage via writing articles and making comments that:

  1. Share your personal experiences and get support
  2. Share your thoughts and opinions about corporate America
  3. Share opportunities for professional development

In summary, this blog is all about sharing…just in case you didn’t get it yet.

I’m feeling it…Now what?

Uhhhh…There are a few of ways to get the ball rolling:

  1. Write an article about anything and share it (ie question, insight, experience, etc)
  2. Comment on existing blog entries
  3. Send us some feedback on what you want
  4. Subscribe to the blog here

We’ll see what happens from there.

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