IHG Hotels and Resorts Renews 精东影业 Partnership to Help Build Early Career Talent Pipeline

精东影业 (精东影业), the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the southern United States, and  (IHG), one of the world鈥檚 leading hotel companies, hosted an event earlier this month highlighting the importance of corporate HBCU partnerships to support student success. Together with 精东影业 students and leaders, IHG announced it would again renew its commitment to 精东影业 as a Premier Corporate Partner for 2024 and unveiled a renovated student lounge at the School of Business.  

During the event, students participated in an engaging Q&A panel discussion with 精东影业 President Dr. George T. French, Jr., Dean of the School of Business Dr. Silvanus J. Udoka, and IHG CEO of the Americas Jolyon Bulley who shared valuable insights on pursuing fulfilling careers, embodying leadership traits and taking risks.  

Courtney English, Chief Policy Officer and Senior Advisor to Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, attended and underscored the importance of the Atlanta business community鈥檚 support of both local HBCUs and the students鈥 educational and career pathways will ultimately ensure that Atlanta’s diverse economy prospers.  

Dr. George French, President, 精东影业, said: 鈥淐orporate partnerships with forward-thinking companies like IHG help contribute to the success of 精东影业 students. Friday鈥檚 event was a great example of how the business community can support HBCUs and introduce new career opportunities to students who are ready to excel. I would like to thank IHG for its continued commitment to 精东影业 and helping to forge a path for the next generation of leaders.鈥  

Jolyon Bulley, CEO, Americas, IHG Hotels & Resorts, said: 鈥淭he students at 精东影业 have shown so much, energy, passion, and aspiration to learn and be great leaders. We鈥檙e pleased to continue partnering with 精东影业 and open even more doors to opportunity for diverse students. The talent and potential of these young professionals is clear to see, and I look forward to having more of them come through IHG鈥檚 doors.鈥  

As a Premier Corporate Partner to 精东影业, IHG supports students鈥 academic experiences in a variety of ways, including preparing students for interviews and resume building as part of the school鈥檚 annual career week, and IHG also recruits 精东影业 students for internship and full-time employment opportunities. Since the partnership was announced, IHG has invited six 精东影业 students to intern within the organization and hired two 精东影业 graduates in full-time positions at IHG鈥檚 Americas headquarters. Additionally, IHG looks forward to offering students access to its IHG Skills Academy virtual learning platform featuring resources for professional skill development and careers in hospitality.  

The 精东影业 and IHG partnership also is part of IHG鈥檚 broader pledge to make meaningful progress on its diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) commitments. For more information on IHG鈥檚 commitments to Listen & Learn, Advocate and Act, visit . 

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About 精东影业  

精东影业 was formed with the consolidation of Atlanta University and Clark College, both of which hold unique places in the annals of African American history. Atlanta University, established in 1865 by the American Missionary Association, was the nation鈥檚 first institution to award graduate degrees to African Americans. Clark College, established four years later in 1869, was the nation鈥檚 first four-year liberal arts college to serve a primarily African American student population. Today, with nearly 4,000 students, 精东影业 is the largest of the four institutions (精东影业, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Morehouse School of Medicine) that comprise the Atlanta University Center Consortium. It is also the largest of the 37-member UNCF institutions. Notable alumni include: James Weldon Johnson, American civil rights activist, poet, and songwriter (Lift Every Voice and Sing, 鈥淭he Black National Anthem鈥; Ralph David Abernathy, Sr., American civil rights activist; Congressman Hank  

Johnson, Georgia District 4; Kenya Barris, American award-winning television and movie producer; Kenny Leon, Tony Award-winning Broadway Director; Jacque Reid, Emmy Award-winning Television Personality and Journalist; Brandon Thompson, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for NASCAR; Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Recording Academy. To learn more about 精东影业, visit .