UNCF to Join Diversity Best Practices’ Annual EmERGe Conference

 Continuing its 75-year tradition of raising awareness of HBCUs across the country and increasing the workforce pipeline for students of color at leadership conferences taking place in Newark, San Francisco, and Dallas

Today, UNCF announced its participation in the 2019 EmERGe conference, taking place in Newark, San Francisco and Dallas. EmERGe is the premier U.S. ERG conference that brings network and affinity groups from all industry sectors together to share effective practices to help their companies gain the competitive edge. By partnering with Diversity Best Practices, UNCF will raise awareness on the significant impact historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) play on local and regional economies and introduce our workplace initiatives to new prospects within corporations.  

“UNCF is an amazing organization that Diversity Best Practices is proud to partner with. Our shared mission to advance students and employees of color enables us to bridge pathways and create opportunities through mutual collaboration,” said Deborah Munster, Executive Director, Diversity Best Practices.

For 75 years, UNCF has supported hundreds of thousands of deserving students, private HBCUs and advocated for minority higher education. As a leading ambassador and supporter of corporate diversity, UNCF is creating pathways for students of color. “UNCF has strived to change the HBCU narrative across the nation,” said Harry Fulmore, regional director, UNCF Workplace Initiatives. “By partnering with Diversity Best Practices to raise awareness of our mission, we are equipping more students of color with the resources necessary to transition into college, graduate and ultimately expand and diversify America’s highly educated workforce.”

During the summit, ERG leaders from Fortune 500 companies will come together for peer-to-peer learning, skill-building workshops, and networking with colleagues from a variety of affinity groups and business sectors. Some of the top industry leaders, including Rosanna Durruthy, Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, LinkedIn; Bo Young Lee, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Uber and Tonia Woodbury, Vice President, Supplier Diversity Manager, Wells Fargo; will share their effective practices on how to make ERGs strategic, sustainable, innovative and engaging. Attendees will also learn effective and creative solutions and gain new ideas for maximizing the business value of their ERGs while helping to make them stronger, more relevant and valued.


The EmERGe Leadership conference will explore how ERG leaders are advocating for their members as well as for change in their organizations and in their communities.

Leadership Summit Dates:

EmERGe Leadership Summit EAST

June 11-12 (7:30am – 6:30pm)
Prudential Tower
Newark, NJ


EmERGe Leadership Summit WEST

Sept. 5 (7:30 am- 6:30pm)
The Fairmont San Francisco
San Francisco, CA


EmERGe Leadership Summit DALLAS

Oct. 29 (7:30 am- 6:30pm)
Cityplace Events
Dallas, TX


To purchase tickets or more information, visit: diversitybestpractices.com/calendar-of-events

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About UNCF
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF awards more than $100 million in scholarships annually and administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at UNCF.org, or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.


About Diversity Best Practices
Diversity Best Practices, a division of Working Mother Media, is the preeminent organization for mid to large size organizational diversity thought leaders to share best practices and develop innovative solutions for culture change. Through research, resources, benchmarking, publications and events, Diversity Best Practices offers organizational members information and strategies on how to implement, grow, measure and create first-in-class diversity programs.