Mentoring & Leadership Conference


About the Mentoring and Leadership Conference

The Jackie Robinson Foundation’s Mentoring and Leadership Conference (MLC) is three days of developmental workshops, career exploration seminars, meetings with key public and private sector leaders, cultural and recreational outings, and practical life skills classes for JRF Scholars. It also provides a unique opportunity for JRF sponsors to interact with Scholars in both professional and social settings. The event will be held in-person at the New York Marriot Marquis in Times Square.


The audience is comprised of JRF’s 233 college scholarship students attending 113 different colleges and universities across the country. The attendees have strong academic acumen, demonstrated leadership skills, and are pursuing careers in a variety of professional fields.


Plenary sessions feature a presentation by a keynote speaker to all conference participants. Speakers provide insight into their personal and professional paths to success, while also expanding on the conference theme. Previous keynote speakers include: Marc Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League; Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Managing Director and Senior Client Adviser, Morgan Stanley; and Sheila C. Johnson, CEO, Salamander Hospitality, LLC.

Conference Components

The Jackie Robinson Foundation equips each JRF Scholar with a comprehensive set of 42 Strategies for Success and leadership skills. This curriculum begins to train students to meet challenges through the combination of practical and academic approaches. This blend allows JRF Scholars to develop a greater proficiency and awareness of the necessity of these life skills, in both their personal and professional lives. Scholars attend curriculum workshops covering topics designed to address issues students commonly face on campus and as they transition from the classroom to the workplace.

Industry Panels expose Scholars to the various professions and career opportunities available in a specific industry. The session, a moderated discussion with an impressive roster of executives and business professionals followed by Q&A, allows Scholars to interact with industry leaders, learn about career paths and improve their networking skills.


• Brand-U/Social Capital
• CliftonStrengths Assessment
• Creative Expression
• Demystifying Medical School
• Developing an Academic Success Plan
• Dining Etiquette
• Effective Leadership
• Global Citizenship - Maximizing your Study Abroad Experience
• Interpersonal Communications
• Interviewing Skills
• Maximizing your Internship Experience
• Mental Health & Stress Management
• Networking for Success
• Professional Etiquette
• Salary Negotiation
• So you think you want to be a ___? Major and Career Discernment
• Time Management & Goal Setting

Industry Panels

• Arts & Entertainment
• Business, Finance, & Economics
• Consulting
• Education
• Engineering & Technology
• Entrepreneurship
• Finance & Economics
• Healthcare
• Law & Public Policy
• Media & Communications
• Nonprofits & Social Change Organizations
• Science

Jack Talks

JRF Scholars are among an incredibly talented pool of college students who will become our country’s next generation of leaders. Like TED Talks, Jack Talks are engaging, Scholar-led sessions in which JRF Scholars can discuss, create, advocate for, and present their big idea in a 6-8-minute presentation. Presentations address a political or social issue with tactics for change; Highlight strategies for personal or professional growth; or Provide strategies to develop or enhance community building.

Sponsor Luncheons

Sponsor Luncheons are always an eagerly anticipated element of the conference. Many of JRF’s benefactors use this opportunity to have personal interaction with Scholars.

Family Sessions

An original conference component, the Family Sessions are intimate gatherings facilitated by mentors that provide Scholars with a safe space to share their personal successes and challenges of the previous year with their peers. JRF also makes professional counselors available to provide additional advice and support.

Scholars’ Awards Ceremony

JRF Scholars are not only excelling academically, they are also making significant changes and impacting lives in their communities. The Scholars’ Awards Ceremony serves to honor individuals for their outstanding academic achievements, exemplary civic engagement, and unwavering commitment as ambassadors of Jackie Robinson’s legacy.