Catalyst Network Foundation

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

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Leveraging Resources for Common Good

Corporate Sponsors: Google and The Peebles Corporation

Location: New York, NY

Date: March 22nd, 2016

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Suicidal Behavior and Depression in the Black & Brown Community

Location: Washington, DC

Date: July 30th, 2015

Location: New York, NY

Date: July 15th, 2015

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Gentrification in the City

Location: Washington, DC

Date: March 24th, 2015

Location: New York, NY

Date: April 14th, 2015

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Black and Brown in the Sports Industry

Location: Washington, DC

Date: November 12th, 2015

Location: New York, NY

Date: October 21st, 2015

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School to Prison Pipeline

Location: New York, NY

Date: July 23rd, 2013

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Politics as Usual

Location: Washington, DC

Date: December 10th, 2014

Location: New York, NY

Date: January 20th, 2015

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Bridging the Color Divide in Technology

Location: Washington, DC

Date: August 20th, 2014

Location: New York, NY

Date: August 12th, 2014

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President Obama’s “My Brothers’ Keeper Initiative”

Location: Washington, DC

Date: May 21st, 2014

Location: New York, NY

Date: April 29th, 2014

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The Introspective Assessment of the Minority Family in America

Location: New York, NY

Date: January 13, 2014

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Affirmative Action & Corporate Diversity

Location: New York, NY

Date: February 27th, 2013

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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.

Founded in 2011, CNF is focused on life enrichment and professional development, with a mission to engage high-potential youth (ages 14-25) and veterans (ages 21-30) with successful projects by providing the proper tools, network, and development opportunities.

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 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. Over 200 students have been admitted to the Fellowship Program and are CNF Fellows (99% have graduated High school, and more than 90% of them have enrolled in college or a trade school).

The fellowship scholars are trained from day one: they tour corporate offices, pitch business ideas, and develop professional skills. CNF personnel assess the Fellows career aspirations, expose them to various opportunities, and foster intrapersonal growth. Each student receives individualized attention and internships in preparation for higher education and community service.

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 top 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 corporations, including: Google, Goldman Sachs, NIKE, LinkedIn, Morgan Stanley, HBO, Microsoft, Covington & Burling LLP, GAP, BET, Essence Magazine, NPR, Kaye Scholer LLP, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Hughes Hubbard Reed LLP, Bloomberg, Peebles Corporation, Infor, Deloitte, FOX News, and NBC Studios.

The youth initiative also holds career and college preparatory workshops throughout the school year, educating over 800 high school students in the aforementioned metropolitan areas.

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

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