EWC Celebrates BEEP Week 2013 With Corporate Partners
Jacksonville, Fla. – Edward Waters College celebrated Black Executive Exchange Program Week earlier this month by welcoming 45 corporate executives representing Fortune 500 companies to campus as guest lecturers and mentors.
Executives from 13 nationally and internationally renowned corporations such as UPS, Johnson and Johnson, Wal-Mart, Sodexo, JEA, JP Morgan Chase and CSX were present for the two-day conference to give guest lectures, conduct workshops and roundtable discussions, and hold mock interview sessions.
“BEEP's purpose is to build a bridge of opportunity through unity by connecting executives from corporate America to our students,” said Sharon Harris, the program’s campus liaison. “Ultimately the goal is to help them develop into the graduate that corporate America desires.”
The conference commenced with the College’s annual BEEP chapel service. The keynote address was given by Radio Host and Author Ms. Burnette Clingman, a two-time speaker for BEEP Week. Also, Dr. Richard Danford, president of the Jacksonville Urban League, was recognized and presented with a leadership award for his unwavering support of the BEEP program and EWC.
“I found the speaker to be exceptional, the program very comprehensive, the support outstanding and the students to be representative of the BEEP goals and objectives,” said Ken Johnson, senior policy advisor for the City of Jacksonville. “In fact, I was most inspired by their representation and would welcome the opportunity to engage them in some manner in the near future.”
In between classroom connections, students received a surprise visit from Monica May, radio personality from the Tom Joyner Morning Show, who spoke on the importance of preparing career paths while in college.
The EWC League of BEEP Associates has 12 members from various majors, and was the inaugural winner of the “I Am Empowered” contest. They have received recognition from the City of Jacksonville, the State of Florida and the National Urban League for their stellar accomplishments, and frequently serve as ambassadors for the College at events across the city.
BEEP was established in 1969 by the National Urban League and is distinctively its oldest signature program. The program is housed on the campuses of HBCUs throughout the country, and has reached over 750,000 students since its inception.
Edward Waters College is one of 64 HBCUs nationwide with a partnership with the National Urban League BEEP Program. It was also the first BEEP Chapter to launch in the State of Florida.
Published February 27, 2013