ERIC Number: EJ708856
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec-16
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Leading the Way: Celebrating 25 Years in 2005, Philadelphia-Based Program Seeks Innovative Ways to Expand Outreach Effort for Talented Minority Students in Business and Other Disciplines
Black Issues in Higher Education, v21 n22 p28 Dec 2004
This article describes the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program at University of Pennsylvania. It specifically discusses the experience of Charles Crockett, one of its earliest alumni. Crockett says the Leadership Education and Development program helped him to broaden the scope of his educational and career goals by convincing him to pursue an undergraduate major in business; he minored in political science. Exposure to investment banking professionals during the LEAD summer business institute also piqued Crockett's interest in the field which he pursued for a time after graduating from college and again after completing law school. LEAD originated at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School in 1980 as an initiative among Johnson & Johnson executives and Wharton professors to attract top minority students into business careers. The Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization continues to run its program as a partnership between business and academe. While it is open to students of any race and ethnic group, LEAD largely targets African American, Latino and American Indian students because they are considered to be underrepresented minorities in the corporate world. Eligible students have at least a B average and high standardized test scores, as well as demonstrated leadership ability and involvement in their schools and communities.
Descriptors: Leadership Training, Minority Groups, High School Students, School Business Relationship, College Bound Students, Education Work Relationship, Urban Schools, Higher Education, Summer Programs, Career Awareness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania