Thurgood Marshall College Fund Honors ING Foundation President Rhonda Mims at the 23rd Anniversary Awards Dinner: Developing Minds. Delivering Dreams.
23RD ANNUAL GALA DINNER TO HONOR DISTINGUISHED ROSTER OF LEADERS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2010 AT NEW YORK’S SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), the strongest voice for the 47 Public Historically Black Colleges and Universities and six Law schools across the nation, has announced a distinguished roster of honorees for its 23rd Anniversary Awards Dinner. Rhonda Mims, president, ING Foundation & senior vice president, Corporate Responsibility and Multicultural Affairs, is the 2010 recipient of the Corporate Leadership Award.
The Anniversary Awards Dinner is a continuing tradition that began more than 20 years ago in the name of civil rights activist and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. As the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s signature fundraising event, the annual Anniversary Awards Dinner has, over the years, significantly advanced the organization’s mission while championing academic excellence and supporting students at public Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
“Rhonda Mims and her work at ING stand as shining examples of corporate social responsibility at its finest,” says Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., president and CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund. “Under her leadership, ING has emerged as one of the strongest champions of diversity in corporate America, and this unwavering commitment must not go unrecognized.”
“Being professionally and personally committed to advancing diversity, I am deeply honored by the award and recognition from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund,” says Ms. Mims. “TMCF serves as a source of inspiration and a beacon of hope for thousands of students across the country. I will continue to use my position and voice to advocate for TMCF, its extraordinary work and the impact this organization has on the future of our youth.”
The 23rd Anniversary Awards Dinner concludes TMCF’s annual Anniversary Weekend, which also brings together more than 600 students from across the country for a Leadership Institute and Recruitment Conference. With over 100 corporations and government agencies participating, these students are provided an excellent opportunity to network with and learn from noted industry executives. In addition to Rhonda Mims, the 2010 Anniversary Awards Dinner will also honor Neil Golden, senior vice president, chief marketing officer, McDonald’s USA, LLC; and Kenneth Wilcox, senior vice president of sales, LALA, USA (Founders Award), and Dr. George C. Wright, president, Prairie View A&M University (Educational Leadership Award).
Corporate Leadership Award: Rhonda Mims
Rhonda Mims is responsible for creating a corporate responsibility strategy focusing on children’s education, financial literacy, outreach to diverse communities, and environmental sustainability for ING. In this role, she is also responsible for workforce diversity and diversity marketing.
Rhonda Mims was a member of ING’s External Affairs team prior to her current role. She served as ING U.S. Political Action Committee treasurer, ethics officer, and conducted government affairs for some of the mid-western states and the City of Atlanta. Prior to that role, she was counsel with the ING U.S. litigation team, overseeing the management of outside counsel on litigation matters, and a territorial sales manager for ING based in Fairfax, Va.
Rhonda Mims, prior to joining ING, served as an environmental civil litigation attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice and as a senior attorney with the National District Attorney Association's American Prosecutor's Research Institute. She also served as the head of the Prosecution Division for the South Carolina Office of Attorney General where she directed the prosecution of securities and tax violations and the development of several community-oriented programs. During that time, Mims received the Daniel R. McLeod Award for outstanding service to South Carolina for her efforts in prosecuting white-collar crimes for the South Carolina Department of Revenue.
Rhonda Mims currently serves as a Trustee member for America’s Promise, an organization founded by Colin Powell, on the board of directors for The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and is an Executive Leadership Council member. She is a 2007 Leadership Atlanta Graduate, and PR News honored her as one of their 2008 Corporate Social Responsibility Executives of the Year. She received her bachelor’s degree and her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina. She currently holds NASD series 7 and 66 designations.
About the TMCF 23rd Anniversary Awards Dinner
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund 23rd Anniversary Awards Dinner: Developing Minds. Delivering Dreams., will take place on Monday, November 1, 2010, at The Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, New York City. Highlights of the evening include a pre-dinner reception with members of the Board of Directors, Sponsors and Friends, followed by a seated dinner with the Awards Ceremony and special live performances. The evening’s proceeds will benefit the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The success of this event will enable TMCF to continue its work as a critical link between deserving students having greater access to higher education and the opportunity to become a part of a new generation of leaders.
To mark the 23rd Anniversary of TMCF, a weekend is being planned which honors the traditions upon which the organization was established. This includes a series of seminars and workshops that will provide over 600 students with leadership and professional development training while paying respect to individuals who have been long-time supporters of the organization.
About the Thurgood Marshall College Fund
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Inc., named for the late U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, was established in 1987 and represents 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and 6 law schools located in 22 states and the US Virgin Islands with a population of over 235,000 students. Over the last 23 years, TMCF has awarded more than $100 million in leadership development, programmatic and capacity support, and scholarships enabling more than 12,000 students to attend public HBCUs. It is the only national organization of its type that provides merit-based scholarships and programmatic support to students attending the nation’s public HBCUs. TMCF also provides internship programs and joins corporate and foundation partners in providing leadership training and support to students preparing for undergraduate and professional schools. TMCF is a 501(c) (3), tax-exempt organization. Please visit the Thurgood Marshall College Fund at www.thurgoodmarshallfund.org.
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