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    Project 99 is supporting leading organizations in engaging and advancing millennial of color talent through workforce development programs and events.

     

     

     

  • Project 99 welcomes you!

    Introductory message from Project 99 Co-Founders

    Yulkendy Valdez and Josuel Plasencia

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    Presenting the 30by2030 Summit

    30by2030summit.com

     

    A one-day action-packed summit, the only of its kind, focused on an important goal: getting to 30% diverse senior leadership by 2030. The United States is 30% Latinx and Black, but senior leadership across industries is only 3% Latinx and Black. It's time we get to #30by2030. Fall 2017 - Boston, Massasschusets

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • There is a Leadership Gap

     

    30% of the United States is Black or Latinx, yet

    only represent 3% of all senior leaders (MLT)

    Invisible Drop-Out Rate

    Diverse employees are 3 times more likely to leave an organization than non-diverse workers (HR Council).

    Demographic

    Shifts

    Members of Generation Y (ages 18-33) will represent the majority of the talent pool for tomorrow’s workforce. Nearly 25% of the American workforce today, the demographic will comprise over 50% by 2020 (Catalyst).

    Young People are the Now

    About 43% of millennials are non-white, yet 97% of U.S. companies have senior-leadership teams that fail to reflect the demographic composition of the United States population (Mckinsey).

    Lack of Support Systems

    Without diverse leadership, women are 20% less likely than straight white men to win endorsement for their ideas; people of color are 24% less likely; and LGBTQs are 21% less likely (HBS Review).

  • What We Do

     

    We are inviting companies to join a movement: to commit to having 30% Black and Latinx senior leadership by 2030.

     

    Project 99 is a leadership development company that develops immersive experiences that help the Fortune 500, leading service firms, and other organizations bridge the leadership gap by attracting, retaining, and promoting diverse talent. We are a movement by millennials for millennials focused on diversifying leadership from the bottom-up.

    Project 99 City Experience

     

    Helping organizations better represent the communities they work in.

     

    A three-day program designed for students and professionals (ages 16-35) from underrepresented backgrounds. This program helps participants explore their own identities in relation to race/ethnicity, gender, and age while learning how to navigate complex workplaces where they often feel like the minority.

     

    Learn more about Project 99 City

    Learn more about our work in the Dominican Republic

    Project 99 Equitable Workplaces

     

    Everyone should be part of the conversation.

     

    Our 1-day Project 99 Equitable Workplaces program brings people from all levels of your company and all backgrounds to complement the Project 99 City or Project 99 Global experience. We believe there is power when everyone is part of the conversation, as all stakeholders are relevant in the path to diversifying leadership. This is an optional pre- or post-program option for Project 99 City.

    Project 99 Global Experience

     

    The leader of tomorrow requires a global mindset.

     

    A 5-day program designed for students and professionals (ages 16-35) from underrepresented backgrounds. This program helps participants navigate power and privilege within a global context. The program is designed to build the invaluable global citizenship that is needed for future leaders.

     

    Learn more about ​​Project 99 Global (for organizations)

    Learn more about Project 99 Global (for individuals)

  • Project 99 City Experience

    Getting you closer to your community

  • Who and Where?

     

    Who?

     

    Fortune 500 companies, professional service firms, and other top organizations across the corporate and public sector.

     

    Through Project 99, our clients invest in a experiential program where their employees get the opportunity to engage with high-potential students in authentic conversations regarding race, gender and generational challenges.

     

    Where?

     

    Our Project 99 City program takes place in the community. We partner with local community centers, retreat centers, and co-working spaces in the communities that you serve and represent. For example, an accounting firm based in New York has the option to execute their program in a co-working space based in Harlem.

    What?

     

    Our 3-day Project 99 City program brings together professionals and college students looking to better grasp the process of navigating non-diverse school and work environments:

     

    1) Early career professionals that organizations are looking to retain and engage.

     

    Professionals that are 1-5 years into their careers and looking for leadership opportunities within their organizations.

     

    2) College students that organizations are looking to recruit and engage.

     

    Students that are often overlooked by traditional recruiting methods (Community Colleges, HBCUs, HACUs, and non-conventional educational backgrounds).

    Approach and Outcomes

     

    Approach

     

    A 3-day experiential program that takes our participants through our curriculum focused on 3 pillars: Reflection, Collaboration, and Action (RCA).

     

    • Our Reflection Pillar is focused on exploring identity and understanding the self.

    • Our Collaboration Pillar enables participants to learn how to work and connect with different people.

    • Our Action Pillar is geared toward equipping our participants with confidence and skills to conquer non-diverse spaces.

    Outcomes

    • Self-awareness: Enhanced understanding of our own identity and those around us.

    • Team building: Enhanced ability to learn how to work with diverse teams and ranging perspectives.

    • Adaptive mindset: Learning to navigate successfully through uncomfortable and difficult situations, where one can be able to experiment and get frequent feedback to achieve goals.

    Post-Program

     

    Post-program, our participants enter a curated network of high potential students and professionals, who support each other in the path to leadership. Project 99 alumni have access to the following.

    • Monthly Webinars With Experts
    • Mentoring Program
    • Networking Opportunities
  • Project 99 Global Experience

    Helping you build global leaders

  • Who and Where?

     

    Who?

     

    Fortune 500 companies, professional service firms, and other top organizations across the corporate and public sector.

     

    Through Project 99 Global, our clients invest in a international experiential program where their employees get the opportunity to engage with high-potential students in authentic conversations regarding race, gender and generational challenges.

     

    Where?

     

    Our Project 99 Global program takes place in international host sites. We partner with community centers, retreat centers and co-working spaces in developing countries. For example, a technology firm out of San Francisco has the option to execute their program in a retreat space in the Dominican Republic. Past Project 99 programs have been executed in Dominican Republic, Mexico and in a few weeks, Chile.

     

    What happens?

     

    Our 5-day program designed for students and professionals (ages 16-35) from underrepresented backgrounds. This program helps participants navigate power and privilege within a global context. The program is designed to build the invaluable global citizenship that is needed for future leaders:

     

    1) Early career professionals that organizations are looking to retain and engage.

     

    Professionals that are 1-5 years into their careers and looking for leadership opportunities within their organizations.

     

    2) College students that organizations are looking to recruit and engage.

     

    Students that are often overlooked by traditional recruiting methods (Community Colleges, HBCUs, HACUs, and non-conventional educational backgrounds).

    Approach and Outcomes

     

    Approach

     

    Our 5-day experiential program that takes our participants through our curriculum focused on 3 pillars: Reflection, Collaboration, and Action (RCA).

     

    • Our Reflection Pillar is focused on exploring identity and understanding the self.

    • Our Collaboration Pillar enables participants to learn how to work and connect with different people.

    • Our Action Pillar is geared toward equipping our participants with confidence and skills to conquer non-diverse spaces.

    Outcomes

    • Self-awareness: Enhanced understanding of our own identity and those around us.

    • Team building: Enhanced ability to learn how to work with diverse teams and ranging perspectives.

    • Adaptive mindset:  Learning to navigate successfully through uncomfortable and difficult situations, where one can be able to experiment and get frequent feedback to achieve goals. 

    Post-Program

     

    Post-program, our participants enter a curated network of high potential students and professionals, who support each other in the path to leadership. Project 99 alumni have access to the following.

    • Monthly Webinars With Experts
    • Mentoring Program
    • Networking Opportunities
  • How We Do It

     

    Project 99 helps organizations diversify their leadership, by building pipelines to bring new talent and supporting their own people - all while engaging more closely with the community.

     

    Youth Engagement

    Helping you recruit top talent

    through a peer-to-peer approach

     

    50% of participants in our programs are professionals, the other 50% are college students. Our core programs are catered to 30 people minimum; thus, for every program cohort with at least 30 participants, 15 are professionals, and the other 15 are college students.

    This presents a unique recruiting opportunity, where students are able to interact with the client company and employees. By 2020, over 50% of the population will be millennials and research shows that millennials are more than 4.5 times more likely to be engaged in their work when companies promote their purpose (Gallup).

    Employee Engagement

    Helping you retain top talent

    through an inter-generational approach

     

    Through reflection exercises and small group activities, participants will get the opportunity to interact with each other in deeper conversations around identity and the implications of race, age, and gender in workplaces. 87% of employees worldwide are not engaged at work, while companies with highly engaged workplaces outperform their peers by 147% in earnings per share (Gallup).

     

    This allows for a more holistic and empowering experience that enables employees to return to their workplace energized and prepared to navigate the needs of a diverse workforce.

    Project 99 Program in Dominican Republic

    Community Engagement

    Helping you engage with your community

    through an immersive approach

     

    Our programs put communities at the forefront. Participants are granted the opportunity to solve real-world challenges that move society forward. We accomplish this by hosting our programs in community spaces, outside of the office; for example; community centers and co-working spaces. In addition, through group activities focused on problem solving and community building, we enable our participants to co-create solutions that move society to become more inclusive.

     

    40% of American adults report feeling stressed “yesterday”. However, only 34% report feeling stressed if they had received recognition for community engagement, while the number is 42% when they have not received such recognition (Gallup).

  • Who We Are

     

    Project 99 is a leadership development company inspired by a co-founding team of first-generation entrepreneurs of color. We exist to diversify leadership and make sure there are more black and Latinx leaders in C-Suite executive level positions in the corporate sector.

     

     

    Co-Founders

    Yulkendy Valdez

    Josuel Plasencia

     

    yulkendyvaldez.com

    josuelplasencia.com

     

    Advisors

    Partners

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Advisors

    Victor Noguera

    Principal

    BCG

     

     

    Richard Troncoso

    Partner

    Deloitte

    Esmeralda Lambert

    Founder and CEO

    Esmeralda Lambert

     

    Karim Abouelnaga

     Founder and CEO

    Practice Makes Perfect

     

     

    Frank Lopez

    Vice President

    ALPFA Foundation

     

     

    Gerald McElroy

    Board Member and Co-Founder

    Fundacion Yspaniola

    Angel Contreras

    Senior Manager

    EY

     

     

    Melanie Fedri

     Social Entrepreneurship Coordinator

    George Washington University

     

     

     

    Tricia Young-Shaw
    Founder and Principal

    TLE Consulting Group

    Cheryl Kiser

    Executive Director

    Babson Social Innovation Lab

  • Partners

    The organizations that are helping our vision become a reality

    Humano

    Deloitte

     

    Babson College

     

    Delta Airlines

    Resolution Project

     

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