100 Black Men-Houston host collegiate forum

More than 200 students and recent graduates had the opportunity to network with some of Houston’s more prominent business, civic and community leaders, thanks to the 100 Black Men of Metropolitan Houston’s Collegiate 100 program.

“We decided to host the conference to provide economic, leadership and recruiting opportunities the for Collegiate 100 chapters to help create the next generation of leaders in the community,” said Roderick Marshall of 100 Black Men Metropolitan Houston.

The event was designed to help students from the University of Houston, Texas Southern University, Prairie View A&M and Huston-Tillotson College learn how to be successful leaders in corporate America and in the community. T

The primary purpose of the Collegiate 100 program is to provide an avenue for 100 Black Men to continue their group mentoring to students as they transition from high school to college, supporting the Mentoring the 100 Way Across a Lifetime initiatives.

A bevy of speakers – including Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Mayor Sylvester Turner, Fort Bend County District Attorney Brian Middleton, local judges, educators and business leaders – spent time with the students. 

“Each Collegiate 100 member gained the ability to hear multiple speakers around topics of interest, such as economic development, leadership development, education, networking and recruitment opportunities,” Marshall said.

“The conference provided a platform for the students to establish a professional network and/or community.”