Diversity Game-Changer: The Consortium
“There is nothing like The Consortium in American business.”
– Robert Bruner, Dean, University of
In the quiet
Founded a year before the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, The Consortium was the brainchild of
From an inaugural class of 21 students enrolled in three MBA programs The Consortium has grown to include 17 business schools (Yale, Cornell, Dartmouth, UVA, NYU …) and 80 Fortune 100 and 500 corporate partners (3M, Microsoft, American Express, P&G, Goldman Sachs …). Together they have awarded over $230 million in full-tuition, merit-based scholarships and welcomed more than 6,000 Hispanic-American, African-American, Native-American and other MBA candidates with outstanding academic records and a proven commitment to diversity. This spring The Consortium broke all its records, receiving more than 1,000 MBA applications, admitting 340 students and awarding $23 million in full-tuition, merit-based scholarships.
“There is nothing like The Consortium in American business,” says Robert Bruner, dean of the
“We support The Consortium because we really believe in their mission,” says Tim Curoe, Target’s vice president for talent acquisition and human resources operations. “One of Target’s core values is having an inclusive culture.” Target, a top-level ($50,000 and up) corporate partner of The Consortium, was lead sponsor of the organization’s 2011 annual conference.
For Peter Aranda, CEO of The Consortium and a 1987 alumnus, diversity is not a minority problem; it’s an American opportunity – one which corporate