The Black Talent in Design & Fashion Fund is an initiative that directly funds and supports Black students studying to enter the fashion and/or footwear industry. Through our partnership, Centric Brands provides scholarship funds to support their critical mission and to create a sustainable pipeline of talent for interns to grow into fashion and retail professionals. During our first partnership year, three BTDFF students were accepted into the Summer Internship Class of 2022.
Launched in 2020, the McKinsey Connected Leaders Academy portfolio includes three central academies: The Asian Leadership Academy, The Black Leadership Academy, and The Hispanic & Latino Leadership Academy. Each academy offers a Leadership Essentials Program for early careerists, a Management Accelerator for early to mid-career managers and an Executive Leadership Program for senior leaders 1-2 levels below the C-Suite. Centric Brands launched its first cohort of Leadership Essentials in 2022 and will launch cohorts of Management Accelerator and Executive Leadership Program in early 2023.
Blackstone LaunchPad partners with higher education institutions across the U.S. to provide entrepreneurial skills-building programs and experiential learning opportunities that prepare BIPOC and first-generation college students for success in the 21st century economy. Centric Brands offers Launchpad students 1:1 employee mentorship and the opportunity to shadow and rotate through various departments and roles in the Company.
Centric Brands is a proud partner of Blackstone Career Pathways – a program that helps recruit, develop and advance historically untapped talent through increased access to jobs and career advancement opportunities within the Blackstone portfolio of companies. Learn more at: blackstone.com/careerpathways