MOTM

The Meeting of the Minds (MOTM)

The Meeting of the Minds (MOTM) is a gathering that uniquely combines networking and thoughtful policy discussion on topics affecting underserved communities.

We partner with the local chapters of collegiate alumni and national professional organizations to spread awareness of the event. Most of the audience members are urban professionals.

Our goal is to provide a forum for critical conversation on issues often ignored by mainstream media outlets.

Identify the root cause of the issue (if discussing a concern), share best practices/innovative solutions focused on improvement and determine practical action steps to implement immediately.

Recognize how all organizations present at the event can mobilize and share resources to address the concern.

Throughout the discussion, audience members are invited to ask questions, to which the panelists respond by sharing their insights on the matter at hand.

After the general discussion, the event transforms into an in-person social component allowing attendees to build on ideas.

Previous Events

Leveraging Resources for Common Good

Corporate Sponsors: Google and The Peebles Corporation

Location: Washington, DC

Date: April 28th, 2016

Leveraging Resources for Common Good

Corporate Sponsors: Google and The Peebles Corporation

Location: New York, NY

Date: March 22nd, 2016

Suicidal Behavior and Depression in the Black & Brown Community

Location: Washington, DC

Date: July 30th, 2015

Location: New York, NY

Date: July 15th, 2015

Gentrification in the City

Location: Washington, DC

Date: March 24th, 2015

Location: New York, NY

Date: April 14th, 2015

Black and Brown in the Sports Industry

Location: Washington, DC

Date: November 12th, 2015

Location: New York, NY

Date: October 21st, 2015

School to Prison Pipeline

Location: New York, NY

Date: July 23rd, 2013

Politics as Usual

Location: Washington, DC

Date: December 10th, 2014

Location: New York, NY

Date: January 20th, 2015

Bridging the Color Divide in Technology

Location: Washington, DC

Date: August 20th, 2014

Location: New York, NY

Date: August 12th, 2014

President Obama’s “My Brothers’ Keeper Initiative”

Location: Washington, DC

Date: May 21st, 2014

Location: New York, NY

Date: April 29th, 2014

The Introspective Assessment of the Minority Family in America

Location: New York, NY

Date: January 13, 2014

Affirmative Action & Corporate Diversity

Location: New York, NY

Date: February 27th, 2013

BRIEF OVERVIEW

The Catalyst Network Foundation Inc. (CNF) is a non-profit education initiative 501(c)(3) organization based in New York City and Washington, D.C. The social enterprise is fundamentally grassroots, steered by a volunteer leadership team in New York City and Washington, D.C. In July of 2012, Ranking Congressman Ed Towns awarded a proclamation to the Foundation, in recognition of the organization’s achievements.

CNF was conceived after its two founding members had a conversation about the future of youth and veterans in their community. After reviewing the lack of communal resources, skill development programs, and career-field opportunities for adults – the founders developed a vision. Through their combined efforts and strategic planning, the two founders recruited additional professionals to support the formation of Catalyst Network Foundation.

Founded in 2011, the nonprofit focuses on life enrichment and professional development, with a mission to engage high-potential youth (ages 14-25) and veterans (ages 21-30) by providing the proper tools, networks, skill-building projects, and development opportunities to maximize talent.

CNF holds a Summer Intensive Program for rising high school juniors and seniors in New York City and Washington, D.C. Successful applicants are enrolled at a CNF partnership high school. Each student receives individualized attention and internships in preparation for higher education and community service. The fellowship scholars are trained from day one: they tour corporate offices, pitch business ideas, and develop professional skills. 200+ students have been admitted to the Fellowship Program and are CNF Fellows, 99% have grauated high school, and 98% enrolled in higher education institutions (including prestigious colleges and universities).

Through CNF’s Mentorship Program, Fellowship scholars are paired with a mentor that is a trailblazer in the profession or career field the fellows aspire to pursue. The CNF Internship Program secures CNF Fellows with internships at startups, corporations, and medical institutions.

Since 2011, the Fellows have participated in corporate tours and create or pitched presentations about inner-city school challenges to several companies, including: Google, Goldman Sachs, NIKE, LinkedIn, Morgan Stanley, HBO, Microsoft, Covington & Burling LLP, GAP, BET, Essence Magazine, NPR, Kaye Scholer LLP, Hughes Hubbard Reed LLP, Bloomberg, Peebles Corporation, Infor, Deloitte, FOX News, and NBC Studios.

The youth initiative annually holds tech symposiums at Google, career, and college preparatory workshops throughout the school year, instructing over 1,500 high school students in the aforementioned metropolitan areas.

CNF performs screening and facilitates seamless partnership arrangements with high schools, nonprofits, and corporations. I.e., City Poly Tech High School < > Infor

The organization works with American veterans (ages 21-30), connecting them with resources and information to assist them with their career and academic ambitions.

CNF has curated 25+ professional networking events and diversity career recruiting sessions. The organization host a professional mixer and panel discussion called The Meeting of the Minds (MOTM) a gathering that is held quarterly it uniquely combines networking and thoughtful policy discussion on topics affecting minority communities. The goal is to provide a forum for critical conversation on issues often ignored by mainstream media outlets.

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