INROADS 2017 Benefit Gala
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 6:30pm – Reception, dinner and dancing
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
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Join us for a beautiful evening of networking, dinner, entertainment and dancing as we celebrate those who have carried out the INROADS mission!

Despite many initiatives to support diversity, individuals from underserved groups still lag behind in education and career and leadership opportunities in Corporate America. Today, people of color make up only 12.1% and women only 20.9% of Fortune 100 executive teams. Why does this matter? Until these statistics improve, women and people of color will not experience full economic vitality for themselves or for their communities. And ultimately, many of our young people today will be left behind.

INROADS is working to change this picture for the better. Through research-guided programs, INROADS supports the country’s underserved, talented students, providing access to high-quality leadership development, as well as college and career-readiness preparation. Students learn from hands-on career exploration and immersion, personal coaching, mentorship, and community service.
From its founding in 1970 in business executive Frank C. Carr’s home city of Chicago, INROADS has grown into a nationally recognized 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, impacting the lives of over 154,000 youth.

This event celebrates the manifestation of the Frank C. Carr dream. Just over fifty years ago Mr. Carr, a prominent publishing executive based in Chicago, traveled to Washington, DC as an attendee of the March on Washington in August 1963. After hearing Martin Luther King’s speech about the dream he had for America, Frank Carr returned to Chicago with a mission in mind. Carr believed that Martin Luther King’s dream could become a reality and began plotting a course that would change the face of corporate leadership. In 1970, Carr founded INROADS and his legacy began. INROADS believes the changes in our culture and history we see today reflect Frank Carr’s vision of diversity.


Check out the highlight video from last year’s event below.

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