UNCF x Hallo: Pioneering Tech Meets Philanthropic Powerhouse to Advance Frontiers of Opportunity

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Monique LeNoir UNCF Communications 202.810.0231 monique.lenoir@uncf.org

UNCF and Hallo, a digital events platform, are teaming up to launch a digital event series for Black students seeking careers in STEM. The UNCF Revolution Series aims to bring actionable  career guidance to college students provided by leading corporations.

During each session, a company will host an online event to cover career pathways, academic prerequisites, and employment opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to engage directly with company representatives. In doing so, they will walk away with greater clarity into the company and potential career pathways.

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As the nation reconciles its issues with race and equity, companies receive increased scrutiny to ensure their actions align with their statements.

“We feel that we are at a critical inflection point where the technology available to us is more than capable of improving outcomes for talent. We have invested heavily in our technology and team to enable firms like UNCF to scale their impact and be more data-driven. With 76 years of excellence, the legacy is undeniable, and we are honored to be part of their rise,”  said Vern Howard, co-founder of Hallo.

As schools across the nation are completing their first fall semesters in COVID, many students are actively exploring ways to build their social capital. By combining their efforts to elevate Black students’ career aspirations, technology becomes an enabler and accelerator to be more data-driven to scale impact. As part of the partnership, UNCF will leverage Hallo’s proprietary talent engagement software to connect thousands of students to companies across the nation.

“We realize that Black talent is plentiful across HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) and the nation as a whole. COVID has created unique opportunities to rethink what the career engagement experience is, and companies like Netflix are excited to build more authentic relations with our community of scholars,” said Chad Womack, senior director of STEM, Programs and Initiatives for UNCF.

“UNCF is the largest scholarship organization for students of color. It has seeded the socioeconomic mobility of thousands of Black scholars. We are honored to support them as an organization and as an enabler through Hallo technology,” said Yamini Bangarusamy, head of Growth and Community at Hallo.

About the Event Series

During this three-day virtual summit participants will have the opportunity to interact directly with executives, operators and subject matter experts at Stryker, Riot Games, T-Mobile, BlackRock, and more. The sessions are live and hosted on Hallo.

Dates: November 10 – 12

Times: 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


About Hallo

Hallo is a digital events platform that connects university talent to top brands, emphasizing helping diverse talent and minority groups gain access to networks and opportunities that have previously been inaccessible.   Inspired by the founders’ personal experiences that underscored the need for a tool to democratize access to career-centric knowledge and networks, Hallo understands and actively seeks to quash barriers to entry underrepresented minorities face, such as lack of access to tools, networks, resources, and contacts that can be absolute game-changers when it comes to launching a dream career. A few of Hallo’s backers include Expa, Tribe Capital, Steve Case (co-founder @ AOL, Partner@ Revolution Ventures), and Garrett Camp (co-founder @ Uber, Partner @ Expa), Founder Equity, and Kleiner Perkins. Additionally, we are advised by Jim Shelton, Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Education under Former President Barack Obama, and Julie Supan, Former CMO at Airbnb, Dropbox, YouTube. With an extensive roster of corporate A-listers, 1200+ universities across the nation, and a thriving community of loyal users on the platform, Hallo is in the fast-lane to fuelling a paradigm shift in the hiring landscape.