The mission of The BEST program is to share learning and experience across generations, cultivate new leaders, and inspire achievements “beyond the possible” through committed involvement and operational excellence by placing Black volunteers on the campuses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Additionally, a host of other personal networking and leadership activities are in place to provide personal and professional development experiences beyond those found in the classroom. Most notably, sponsor partners have the opportunity to build a viable Black student recruitment pipeline, and provide 1:1 mentoring for students attending HBCUs.
This vision-forward program was Founded by Carolyn Ellison with the support of our Co-Founder, Tracy Boleware. Under the guidance of our founding Board members that represented the Central Intelligence Agency, Diageo, and the Solomon Group opportunities for students across the country were created.
Critical to ensuring the success of the emerging generation of leaders, studies have shown that development and engagement programs are critical tools to prepare college graduates for the workplace.
Managing Partner of the Solomon Group LLC
Head of Corporate Responsibility Director, and Partnerships at Diageo
Founder & Treasurer
Managing Director - Corporate Vendor Management, Financial Services and Market Data at Charles Schwab
Principal International Trade Compliance Analyst at Northrop Grumman
Director, Office of Career Services at
Delaware State University
Regional Marketing Manager for Volkswagen
Founding Board Member
Deputy Associate Director of CIA for Talent , Diversity And Inclusion
Chief Diversity And Inclusion Officer
Interim Chairperson and Associate Professor of Construction Management at Morgan State University
Recruiting Coordinator at Deloitte
Interim Executive Director
Immediate Past Board Chair
CEO & Managing Partner of
Batchelor & Bradley Insights Group