Developing future leaders: 100 Black Men of America and Nissan partner for 2019 Nissan Resume Challenge and Summit

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  • Nissan to host 60 high school students for sixth annual Resume Challenge and Summit

  • During their two-day experience, February 14-15, students will participate in leadership workshops and network with Nissan and community leaders

  • Students to participate in "Heroes and Legends" panel and tour Nissan Stadium for a chance to talk with Tennessee Titans cornerback Logan Ryan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In an effort to prepare the black history makers of tomorrow, Nissan North America is partnering with six chapters of the 100 Black Men of America organization to host its sixth annual Nissan Resume Challenge and Summit February 14-15 in Nashville.

Over two days, 60 high school students from six cities (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Nashville, Jackson, MS, and Washington, D.C.) will meet with Nissan leadership and participate in workshops to help prepare them for future success.

"Black History Month is a time to celebrate black heritage and culture, but at Nissan we don’t want to only reflect on the past. We want to look to the future to help prepare tomorrow’s black leaders today," said Jeffrey Webster, Nissan’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion. "Our partnership with 100 Black Men of America introduces black teens to a corporate environment as well as the tools they need to succeed as they plan their future."

Summit participants first participated in a resume and interview challenge with representatives from their local chapter of 100 Black Men of America. Those students with a strong resume and interview skills were invited to attend the 2019 Nissan Resume Challenge and Summit at the automaker's expense.

With the tagline of "What they see is what they'll be," 100 Black Men of America is a men's civic organization founded in 1963 to educate and empower African-American children and teens. Since then, it has formed more than 100 chapters around the country. Nissan is proud to have a longstanding relationship with this organization.

While in Nashville, the young men will participate in leadership and development workshops and tour Nissan's North American headquarters. They will also visit the Nissan Smyrna Manufacturing & Assembly Plant, which builds the Nissan LEAF, Rogue and Altima. At both locations, they'll meet with Nissan leadership and have the chance to ask questions.

Additionally, the students will visit Nissan Stadium where they will meet Tennessee Titan’s cornerback Logan Ryan. They will also participate in a panel discussion, "Heroes and Legends," with four African American music industry leaders presented in conjunction with the National Museum of African American Music. The museum is scheduled to open in Nashville later this year.  

Also during Black History Month, Nissan is launching a digital campaign, "Woven in Tech" with Sheila Rashid, a fashion designer whose career has been heavily influenced by technology. The digital vignettes will capture Sheila’s creative process as she uses the Nissan Rogue crossover SUV as her inspiration. These vignettes will debut in February on Nissan USA’s digital and social channels. 

Kristin Shaw