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15th Anniversary Alumni Conference

Friday, June 28, 2019

Conference: 8 AM - 5 PM
Branded Exhibits, Recruiting & Networking Cocktail Reception: 5 - 7 PM
MLT After-Party: 9 PM

Grand Hyatt New York

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The 15th Anniversary Alumni Conference

Don't miss an incredible opportunity to elevate your career with over 1000 other MLT alumni and fellows.  This conference has been expertly designed to ensure that Rising Leaders understand what they need to turn pro with the most career momentum and to equip them with the network, insight and environment to help them get there -- regardless of experience level or background.


The MLT 15th Anniversary Conference's content will be relevant and actionable for individuals, whether they are working to position themselves for a promotion or greater responsibility, transitioning to a new role within their current organization, shifting to a new company or industry, or exploring a career move. The MLT 15th Anniversary Conference will deliver the same high-level of pragmatic, insightful content and heightened experiences that MLTers have come to expect from MLT Seminars and special alumni initiatives.



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Conference Agenda

Among other meaningful and experiential sessions, the conference will reinvest you in MLT’s proprietary framework for embracing your passions and unique strengths, addressing your perceived limitations, and determining the optimal pathway for the next three to five years with substantiated guidance.

Each of the four conference tracks will have five to seven sessions. 



The conference sessions will also reveal various frameworks for how the highest-performing companies evaluate executive-level candidates and help attendees re-examine the bar for success at each stage of their career. In addition, there will be ample moments to connect with senior leaders across industries and build relationships with MLT partners and other MLT Alumni and Fellows.  The entire 15th Anniversary Conference is envisioned as an accelerating platform that can help Rising Leaders turn professional and become champions in their company and community. 

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Friday, June 28, 2019
7:00 am - 8:00 amRegistration Opens (Breakfast available)
8:00 am - 8:45 amMORNING KEYNOTE: Galvanizing opening speeches from MLT guest speaker and MLT CEO John Rice in the main ballroom.
9:00 am - 10:15 amTHINKING AS A PRO: Timely, frank, and important conversations, by industry, on disruptive trends and critical topics to support your transition into a new industry or substantive understanding of industry dynamics
10:30 am - 11:45 amNAVIGATING AS A PRO: Personal, intensive conversations about navigating the roadmap to senior leadership, including intensive guidance on managerial pursuits, timely transitions, promotion pathways, review periods, and senior rotational programs.
12:00 pm - 1:45 pmLUNCH FOLLOWED BY AFTERNOON KEYNOTE: Frank and fascinating conversation in the main ballroom among top executives and societal leaders that bridges the turn from professional to champion.
2:00 pm - 3:15 pmWINNING AS A PRO: Rigorous deep-dives into building the complete senior leader profile, including power communication, team management, business development, strategic influence, data analytics, and authentic leadership in the midst of change.
3:30 pm - 4:45 pmBECOMING A CHAMPION: Designed to support and heighten the impact of Rising Leaders on a civic and societal level with sessions focused on joining nonprofit and corporate boards; brand legacy; running for office and campaign management; entrepreneurship and franchising; and more.
5:00 pm - 7:00 pmCHAMPIONS MEET: Two hours of amazing, full-access recruitment and networking cocktail reception; dynamic, immersive exhibits with exclusive access to gadgets, products, and content.
9:00 pmMLT AFTER-PARTY SPONSORED BY DELL & DIAGEO: All good things must come to an end. But most good things don’t end quite so spectacularly. Join the live DJ and the full MLT community as we celebrate the conclusion of the MLT 15th Anniversary Events.
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We are bringing together some of the most highly respected professionals in the industry to discuss the role in scaling companies in today's environment. Among our esteemed speakers and panelists are:


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John Affleck
Chief Economist
Virginia "Ginny" Clarke
Tech Executive Recruiter
Christy Haubegger
Multicultural Business Development Head
Creative Artists Agency
Annie Jean-Baptiste
Product Inclusion Evangelist
Martin Johnson
VP, Corporate Development & Partnerships
Kim Perkins
Managing Director, West Coast
NOBL Collective
Brian Reaves
SVP, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
John Rice
CEO and Founder
Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT)
Dallas Smith
CEO and Founder
T. Dallas Smith & Company
Caroline Wanga
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Joe Wehri
Leadership Development Consultant
Kevin Young
Manhattan Franchise Owner
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The 15th Anniversary Gala

On Thursday, June 27, the evening before the conference, we would love to see you at MLT's 15th Anniversary Gala. We will be celebrating MLT's impact over the past 15 years, and hoping to secure the support we'll need to propel the next 15 years of progress.

Registration will open in a few weeks. Tickets will be $1K per seat. For information, or to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact mlt15@ml4t.org.


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MLT selected The Grand Hyatt NYC as its venue destination for all things related to the 15th Anniversary. The hotel is gorgeous and large enough to accommodate 1000+ attendees for the gala and conference. Yet, it is intimate enough to only afford one major group the space for the weekend. If you run into someone in the hotel, it is 99% likely they are affiliated with MLT! All of the 15th Anniversary Gala (held Thursday June 27 - see FAQs for details) and Conference festivities will be on site at the Grand Hyatt, which means attendees can simply go upstairs to their hotel room for quick breaks, work calls, wardrobe changes, and more.


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Grand Hyatt - New York City - MLT Special Rate

  • Book Online or phone 1-800-233-1234 (mention code FMLT)
  • Address: 109 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017
  • All rooms are available on a first come, first served basis
    • Single: $249, Double: $319, Triple: $314, Quadruple: $339
  • All rooms must be booked by June 5, 2019 in order to receive MLT group rate
  • Transportation Proximity:
    • Grand Central Terminal: 230 feet
    • Laguardia Airport: 8 miles
    • John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport: 15 miles
    • Newark Liberty International Airport: 17 miles
    • Subway / Ferries:
      • 4, 5, and 6 (Green Lines) at Grand Central Terminal and 42nd St
      • 7 (Purple Line) at Grand Central Terminal and 42nd St 
      • Pier 11 / Wall St Ferries


New York University Stern School of Business  

  • Request a room at NYU Stern by filling out the form here.
  • Address: Founders Residence Hall, 120 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003
  • All rooms are available on a first come, first served basis
    • Single Occupancy: $100/night
    • Double Occupancy: $68/person/night 
  • All rooms must be requested by May 15, 2019 in order to receive MLT group rate
  • Transportation options here
    • Subway Access:
      • 1 block from Union Square subway station for N, R, L, Q, 4, 5, & 6 trains
    • The closest free NYU Shuttle is Route E , which stops on 14th St and Third Ave. For more info, please see Bus Routes and Schedules.


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Guidance From Alumni

The MLT15 Alumni Council Logistics Committee graciously collected additional venues and opportunities in the New York City area. Please click here for more guidance on lodging and transportation options during your visit.

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MLT 15th Anniversary Sponsors



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How can I help support the 15th Anniversary or MLT15 GALA further?
Although limited, there is still some space available for additional sponsors.  We want as many of our corporate partners involved as possible!  If you do not see your firm listed as a sponsor and want to advocate for their participation, send us a note at MLT15@ML4T.org.  As you make your plans, you may want to attend MLT’s 15th Anniversary Gala the evening before the conference, Thursday, June 27, 2019, also at the Grand Hyatt New York. Gala registration opens in a few weeks.
What is the suggested attire?
Our theme is Turn Pro. Become a Champion. As such, the official attire is Suits and Sneakers (aka business attire and comfortable shoes).  MLT encourages fellows and alumni to participate, depending on your comfort level or current industry norms.  Be professional, but be comfortable and bring your whole self to the conference.  
When will the planning team release the conference sessions and speakers?
MLT is creating a high impact and customized experience for each attendee. The overall conference agenda and four tracks are listed above.  Specific conference session topics and speakers will be released in late Spring. There will be six sessions during each of the four tracks engaging a range of sponsors, innovators, expert coaches, and partner organizations.
How much are conference passes or gala tickets? How may I attend the events for free?
First, it depends on when you purchase a conference pass! Early bird tickets: $200 per pass.  After May 1: $250 per pass. After June 1: $300 per pass (if available).

The gala tickets are priced at $1k per seat.  The pricing matches what MLT did for its 10th Anniversary gala in 2014. At that time, the MLT team decided the gala would be more focused on acknowledging and celebrating past and current major donors, sponsors, board members, and partners — as well as serving as a critical fundraiser for MLT to propel growth across the programs.  It worked and the $2M raised help MLT go from serving about 700 fellows a year to the 1000 fellows we serve today. 

In 2014, about 200 seats out of the 1000 gala seats were reserved for alumni although about 300 ultimately purchased a ticket.  We recognize $1k may not be in the cards for many alumni but the fundraiser is for the entire MLT community, not only alumni. We will have a conference after-party sponsored by Dell & Diageo as a celebratory event for alumni and fellows (as Target sponsored a Red Room for MLT’s 10th). That will be free to anyone with a conference pass. 

Select sponsors will be offering grants for conference passes, and will reach out to their alumni directly. In addition, here is a sample email for a supervisor or group lead to help you request the day off and reimbursement for the conference as part of professional development. 
How much of the conference pass cost will count toward a tax-deductible donation? 
For the 15th Anniversary Alumni Conference - the amount of your ticket price that is over $200 is tax deductible; for example if you pay $250 for a ticket - then $50 of that amount can be claimed as a tax-deductible donation. 
What is the guest policy throughout the conference? 
At this time, the general public is not allowed to register for the MLT Alumni Conference.  It is only open to MLT fellows and alumni.  Pending availability, we may open registration to other guests in early June.  All conference attendees are given immediate access to the Networking Reception (5 - 7 PM) and the MLT Community Party (9 PM - 1 AM).
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Send us a note via the portal or directly at mlt15@ml4t.org

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