It’s no secret that for years, people of color—Blacks, Hispanic/Latinos and Native-American Indians—were noticeably absent from the ranks of corporate North America. By June of 1970, it was time to make a change.
It was at that time that Frank C. Carr, the late founder, planted the seeds for what INROADS has become today. Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s landmark “I Have a Dream” speech, Frank quit his executive-level corporate day job and committed to taking swift and decisive action to increase ethnically diverse employees in corporate management in the U.S. and to help change the way these candidates gained entry into the business world.
|ALUMNI—From left: Frederick Duca, Michael Conners, Paul Winters, Archie Kimbrough, Saeeda Hafiz, William Wharton and Thomas Brooks. (Photos by J.L. Martello)
On Sept. 17, more than 100 INROADS participants from the years 1977-1994 reunited at the August Wilson Center. They shared stories of their Saturdays and internships spent with INROADS companies. LeSans Heard Montgomery says, “When my friends were having a leisurely Saturday I was attending workshops at INROADS on how to interview, dressing for success and how to fit into corporate America. This was valuable training that has greatly impacted my career.” The guests mixed, mingled and enjoyed a delightful dinner. Jonas Chaney served as the emcee.
Carr launched INROADS in his hometown of Chicago with just 25 college student Interns and 17 sponsoring corporations. The Pittsburgh office of INROADS opened in 1977. Today, INROADS is an international organization with more than 35 offices serving nearly 2,000 interns at more than 200 companies.
There are three keys to success for INROADS students: Selection, Education & Training, and Performance. For more than four decades, INROADS has helped businesses gain greater access to diverse talent through continuous leadership development of outstanding ethnically diverse students and placement of those students in internships at many of North America’s top corporations, firms and organizations.