Morgan Stanley’s National Diversity & Inclusion Council introduces students to the world of business.
Morgan Stanley’s National Diversity & Inclusion Council recently held its annual onsite meeting in Purchase, NY. The day featured dynamic meetings and new initiatives were presented to top management. Once its work was done, the council hosted a dinner for high school juniors and seniors from the African American Men of Westchester.
Since 2013, the African American Men of Westchester (AAMW) have held their Annual Business Skills Competition at the Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Headquarters in Purchase. The competition is composed of student teams from Westchester County school districts, with the goal of introducing students to the world of business, teaching them valuable skills in problem solving, working collaboratively and creating a future professional talent pool for Westchester County enterprises. This year, first, second and third place winners were invited to attend the dinner. The meeting was held in April.
The evening kicked off with remarks from the council chair, Marietta Hesdorffer. Luvaghn Brown, a representative from the AAMW, spoke about the mission of the organization and his commitment to supporting and empowering young men and women in Westchester County. A game of icebreaker bingo got the students and council members mingling.
The buzz continued with engaging conversation during dinner. "The kids knew they were on the brink of something big. As they tried to get their heads around going to college, excitement and uncertainty peppered their questions. How fun to spend a moment with them before their life changing launch,” said council co-chair Marietta Hesdorffer.
The African American Men of Westchester has hosted the Annual Business Skills Competition at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management’s office in Purchase since 2013.
A highlight came when Anthony Paul, a Financial Advisor in Colorado, and Katy Zhao, a Vice President in Investment Resources, shared their personal stories and some pearls of wisdom that hit a universal cord. The dinner was a huge success.
To learn more about the African American Men of Westchester and the Annual Business Skills Competition, click here.