Sponsors for Educational Opportunity to Honor Champions of Opportunities at the SEO Annual Awards Dinner

NEW YORK, NY – 28 Mar, 2017 – On Thursday, April 6, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) will honor three champions of educational and career opportunities at the SEO Annual Awards Dinner at the American Museum of Natural History. The evening will take place in the Hall of Ocean Life, home to the lifesize blue whale model, where 1,000 guests will gather to raise funds for SEO’s programs, which benefit underserved and underrepresented youth in New York City and San Francisco.

The evening will shine a light on SEO’s flagship program, SEO Scholars, a free eight-year academic program that gets underserved public high school students to and through college – with a 90% college graduation rate. Six SEO Scholars will take the stage to share their stories of overcoming adversity in their personal lives on their journey to and through college. 

Honorees are business leaders who have demonstrated their commitment to educational and career opportunities for young people from underrepresented backgrounds.  This year, SEO is pleased to honor: Joe Plumeri, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, First Data Corporation, and SEO Board Member; Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Vista Equity Partners; Cesar Conde, Chairman NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises and SEO Career Alumnus ’94. This year, Michael L. Corbat, Chief Executive Officer, Citi, will serve as Chairman of the Annual Awards Dinner, and Gayle King of CBS This Morning and editor-at-large for O, the Oprah Magazine, will Emcee the event.

In addition to SEO Scholars, SEO is comprised of two other distinct programs – SEO Career and SEO Alternative Investments. Both aim to achieve greater diversity and inclusion in the workforce by providing access to careers in high-level business sectors for those who have been traditionally underrepresented.

“There is one common thread that runs through all our programs,” says William Goodloe, president and CEO of SEO. “That is helping underserved and underrepresented young people meet and surpass the existing standards, whether for admission and graduation from top tier colleges, or entry into some of the most coveted industries. SEO provides opportunities to move young people forward, to the benefit of themselves, their families, and their communities.”

Since 1963, SEO has provided educational and career opportunities to over 11,000 young people from underserved and underrepresented communities, breaking barriers both in higher education and the corporate world.

About Sponsors for Educational Opportunity

SEO was founded in 1963 with a mission to provide talented and motivated young people from underserved and underrepresented communities with access to superior educational and career opportunities. Today, SEO runs three programs: SEO Scholars is a free, eight-year academic program that gets low-income public high school students to and through college—with a 90% college graduation rate; SEO Career is a summer internship and professional development program targeting talented Black, Hispanic, and Native American undergrads and pre-law school candidates—with 80% of 2015 and 2016 interns receiving full-time job offers at SEO partner companies; SEO Alternative Investments provides education, exposure, training and mentoring opportunities to talented professionals traditionally underrepresented in the alternative investments sector. Nearly 90% of AI Fellows have secured jobs in the alternative investments sector.

For more information, visit www.seo-usa.org


We are happy to coordinate interviews with our honorees, members of SEO’s executive team, and SEO Scholars. 

For access to the event and to coordinate interviews and photo opportunities, please contact Karmen Royall at 646-435-9559 or kroyall@seo-usa.org

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Company Name: Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO)
Contact Person: Karmen Royall
Email: kroyall@seo-usa.org
Phone: 646-435-9559
Country: United States
Website: www.seo-usa.org