FAMU Graduate Students Win $28,000 In Hennessy Fellows Community Project Competition
Three Florida A&M University (FAMU) School of Business & Industry graduate students (SBI), won $28,000 in a community project competition sponsored by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and Hennessy.
All fellows participating in the TMCF joint program had the opportunity to compete for a community-related project grant worth up to $10,000.
Jonathan Jones from Orlando, Fla., Brianna Collins from St. Petersburg, Fla., and Jonas Laboo from Tallahassee, Fla., each competed and won a total of $28,000 in grant funds. Jones and Laboo were each awarded $10,000 and Collins $8,000.
The Hennessy Fellows is a new graduate program for scholars pursuing a master’s degree at a historically Black college or university (HBCU) in the U.S. This initiative is an outgrowth of a $10 million partnership between Hennessy and TMCF. The aim is to annually prepare about 10 HBCU graduate students with the knowledge, skillset and confidence needed to break barriers in the corporate world.
Jones, a FAMU MBA candidate with a double major in business administration and supply chain management, said he and his other fellows have received great mentorship, networking opportunities and the keys to navigate in the corporate environment during the Hennessy Fellows experience.
“This program is really putting us in a position of power and putting us where we should be,” he said.
Collins, a graduate MBA student, is one of the four women in the Hennessy Fellows inaugural cohort. She said the experience has provided tremendous professional and personal growth.
“I find myself getting emotionally happy because of all the opportunities that I’ve been able to have exposure to,” Collins said.
The fellows received an all-expenses paid trip to New York City for a boot camp, executive coaching, up to $20,000 per academic year, a $10,000 annual stipend for other educational expenses, an opportunity to compete for a community-related project grant up to $10,000, and access to online training forums, networking events and professional development experiences.
“It is our responsibility as Hennessy Fellows and future global leaders to enrich the community, to give back to the community and by doing so, we can create a perpetual cycle that starts to uplift the next person,” Jones said. “This program is opening doors.”
For more information, including eligibility requirements and how to apply for the second Hennessey Fellows cohort, please visit tmcf.org/HFP.
SBI Alumni Spotlight – Shundrawn Thomas (Book Launch)
Discover Joy in Work: Transforming Your Occupation into Your Vocation
You devote the majority of your waking hours to work. Yet research reveals today’s workers are working longer, more stressed and increasingly are disengaged in their work. “That’s why they call it work” is the familiar refrain, typifying a commonly accepted view that work is not meant to be enjoyed. What if one of the main purposes for work was pure, unadulterated joy? Whether you seek more enjoyment from your work, or you believe work isn’t supposed to be fun, Discover Joy In Work is the book for you. In this groundbreaking book, Shundrawn Thomas presents a refreshing perspective on work, one of the oldest and most important activities known to humankind. An experienced storyteller, he weaves together empirical research and practical wisdom to totally transform your perspective of work. Thomas accompanies you on the journey by sharing his personal discoveries and timely anecdotes. Consequently, the book is both instructive and a delightful read.
TMCF and Hennessy Select FAMU MBA Students as Inaugural Cohort of Hennessy Fellows
"Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and Hennessy announced today, the selection of the inaugural cohort of the Hennessy Fellows. Three of the 10 hand-selected Hennessy Fellows are MBA graduate students from Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) School of Business and Industry. The Fellows will spend a week in New York City for an intense professional and leadership development experience that will focus on specific competency areas such as leadership, communication, executive presence, accountability and influence, and business acumen. Hennessy executives, and industry leaders will provide interactive lectures, simulations, and executive coaching. "
The Hennessy Fellows from FAMU’s School of Business and Industry are: (from left to right)
- Jonathan Jones
- Brianna Collins
- Jonas Laboo
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SBI Student Spotlight – Anderson Moore
SBI Economics student Anderson Moore has placed 1st in the HBCU National Stock Market Challenge. Mr. Moore's porfolio topped 465 other stduents who participated in the event.
SBI Student Spotlight – Wycliff Fleurizard
We are so proud of our #FAMU Team that participated in the 2019 MuniMod Competition, hosted by the Florida League of Cities this weekend in Orlando. Our team that was made up of one SBI major, Wycliff Fleurizard; and one Computer and Information Sciences major, Amira Spann, took home the SECOND-PLACE prize of $5,000. We competed against the 13 other colleges and universities in Florida! This is the second straight year that FAMU has placed second in this competition.
Thanks also for the assistance provided from Freddie Triplett (CIS) and Keishon Smith (Engineering).
Student Spotlight: Emmanuel Dawson, Nalani Kelley-Marsh, Earl Perry, Livi Grant, Keishon Smith
Big Sean announced the winners of Moguls in the Making, which went to the team at Florida A&M University. Five hundred applicants narrowed down to 10 University teams competed for the honor, in this Shark Tank like competition. The students were awarded internships at Ally Financial, a $5,000 scholarship each, and MacBook Air computers. More >>
SBI Alumnus John W. Thompson, CEO of Virtual Instruments and Chairman of Microsoft
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