Presidential Forum

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Founded by Brown University in 1992, The Leadership Alliance is a consortium of thirty-seven leading research and teaching colleges, universities, and private industry dedicated to increasing the participation of underrepresented and underserved students in Ph.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. training programs. The Alliance has mentored over 6,000 undergraduates with more than 1000 of the summer program alumni, known as the Leadership Alliance Doctoral Scholars, earning advanced degrees.

The Leadership Alliance was founded on the principle that promoting and advancing underrepresented talent in research produces a more equitable research workforce and society. By catalyzing a culture of belonging, fostering mentorship, and acknowledging intersectionality, The Leadership Alliance is a change agent that promotes and contributes to the national discourse on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the research workforce.

The Leadership Alliance Presidential Forum

Friday April 18, 2024

Prelude Dinner - The Salamander Hotel D.C.

Friday April 19, 2024

The Kennedy Center 

2700 F St., NW, Washington, D.C.


The Leadership Alliance Presents: Leading Towards Impact
A Dialogue with Dr. Clarence B. Jones and Christina H. Paxson, President, Brown University 

This session is free and open to the public. 

Headshot of Dr. Clarence B. Jones
Clarence B . Jones, Ph.D.
President Christina Paxson, Brown University
Christina H. Paxson, Ph.D.
head shot Taiese Bingham-Hickman
Taiese Bingham-Hickman, M.S., MBA, Ph.D.
Roundtable 1:
The Future Landscape of Academic Diversity: Navigating the “New Normal”
Dr. Rochelle Ford Headshot
Rochelle L. Ford, Ph.D., APR
Camille Burge Hicks headshot
Camille Burge-Hicks, Ph.D.
Headshot JT Saunders
John T. Saunders, III, M.S.
Dr. David Wilson Headshot
David Kwabena Wilson, Ph.D.

Roundtable 2:

Celebrating Our Doctoral Scholars: The New  Generation of Leaders and Role Models in  Academia, Public and Private Sectors

headshot Sian Beilock
Sian Beilock, Ph.D.
Dr. Kafui Dzirasa headshot
Kafui Dzirasa, MD, Ph.D.
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Black Lodge Singers
Black Lodge Singers
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The Dillard University Female Ensemble
dillard university theater actors on stage
Dillard University Theater
admin building howard university campus
Howard University Jazz Ensemble (HUJE)
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The Gallaudet Dance Company
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The Morgan State University Choir
Leadership Alliance Doctoral Scholars & Alumni
headshot Teresa Ramirez
Teresa Ramírez, Ph.D.
The Leadership Alliance Legacy Endowment Fund

We are inspired by the impact of our collective efforts and are eager to continue our mission of supporting underrepresented students on their path to Ph.D. degrees. However, the journey continues. To sustain and expand our transformative work, we invite you to join us in a vital initiative: establishing an endowment for The Leadership Alliance. Your contribution will serve as a lasting legacy, ensuring that we can empower future generations of scholars and leaders. We appeal to your generosity and ask you to consider donating to support this endowment. Together, we can create a foundation that will uphold the mission of the Leadership Alliance, fostering educational excellence and opportunity for years to come. 

The Leadership Alliance Presidential Forum 2016