INROADS to Host Celebrating Excellence in Leadership Benefit Gala

ST. LOUIS, MO, May 9, 2017 — INROADS, Inc., is pleased to announce it will host the Celebrating Excellence in Leadership Benefit Gala, reception, dinner and program to support its leadership development and career preparation programs for talented, underserved youth.

When:  Wednesday, May 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Where: Hyatt Regency Washington, 400 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

What: All proceeds raised at the event will benefit INROADS’ leadership and career development programs, including:

  • INROADS College Links, educational instruction, coaching, work skills, and college planning workshops for high school students and their parents.
  • INROADS CORE College Program, comprising the year-round College Leadership Development and Internship Program, and the annual National Leadership Academy.
  • INROADS’ Alumni Services, providing professional counsel, support, and access to job boards and networking events to graduates of the CORE College Program.

The gala, emceed by NBC Washington reporter, Meagan Fitzgerald, recognizes individuals and corporate/community partners who support and embody INROADS’ mission and the vision of its founder, Frank C. Carr. Honorees include: Kaiser Permanente; General Colin L. Powell & Mrs. Alma Powell, USA Retired Secretary of State and Chair, America’s Promise Alliance; nationally syndicated radio host and philanthropist, Tom Joyner; INROADS alumnus Andrew Au and INROADS alumnae the Honorable Shera Grant and the Honorable Shanta Owens

“We are overwhelmed by the support shown for this inaugural event,” said Forest Harper, President and CEO of INROADS, Inc. “This gala will help to raise much needed funds for our programs and we are immensely appreciative of everyone who has already purchased tickets. Special thanks to our sponsors: Lockheed Martin, UTC, Volkswagen, JPMorgan Chase, PWC, Burson-Marstellar, Xerox, Nucor, Harris Corp and Husch Blackwell LLP.”


Founded in 1970, INROADS develops and places talented underserved youth in business and industry, preparing them for corporate and community leadership that effects community renewal and social change and elevates economic status and quality of life. INROADS has placed students in over 135,000 paid internships throughout its history, and graduated over 28,000 alumni into fulltime professional and leadership positions with over 1,000 corporate partners. Currently, INROADS serves nearly 1,300 interns and 200 corporate clients. To learn more, visit