The Executive Leadership Council Presents Nationwide with the Diamond Leadership Award For Their $1 Million Contribution to Fund New Scholarship Initiative

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Nationwide’s Future Leaders Scholarship Program to Launch in 2018 Supporting the Academic Achievement and Development of Black College Students

Alexandria, VA (October 30, 2017) —The Executive Leadership Council (ELC) and Nationwide announced today the Nationwide’s Future Leaders Scholarship Program. This scholarship program, established with a gift from Nationwide, will provide funds to black undergraduate and graduate students at colleges and universities across the country.

The Nationwide scholarship program was announced at The ELC’s 2017 Recognition Gala. This annual event raises funds to support The ELC’s scholarships, community investment grants, leadership development programs and educational initiatives. The ELC presented Nationwide with the Diamond Leadership Award, which applauds $1 million corporate contributions toward ELC initiatives or new programs within a calendar year.

The ELC and Nationwide have a longstanding partnership and share a commitment to making a difference in the lives of others. Together, these organizations have partnered to make significant contributions in support of diversity, inclusion and achievement in business.

“For more than 30 years, The ELC has worked to build an inclusive business leadership pipeline from the classroom to the boardroom,” said Ronald C. Parker, President & CEO of The Executive Leadership Council. “We are grateful to Nationwide for their continued support of The ELC’s mission and commitment to the academic achievement and development of black undergraduate and graduate students.”

Nationwide’s Future Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship will be awarded to high achieving African American undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, a commitment to community involvement and are pursuing a degree in business, insurance, or a related field at an accredited college or university.

“Nationwide is proud to continue to support programs that offer academic and business opportunities to youth across the country. Nationwide’s Future Leaders Scholarship Program provides another way to support the academic achievements of tomorrow’s leaders,” said Gale V. King, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer at Nationwide. “We believe our ongoing partnership with The Executive Leadership Council will create powerful possibilities for these students.”

About The Executive Leadership Council

The Executive Leadership Council, an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 1986, is the pre-eminent membership organization committed to increasing the number of global black executives in C-Suites, on corporate boards and in global enterprises. Comprising more than 700 current and former black CEOs, senior executives and board directors at Fortune 1000 and Global 500 companies, and entrepreneurs at top-tier firms, its members work to build an inclusive business leadership pipeline that empowers global black leaders to make impactful contributions to the marketplace and the global communities they serve. For more information, please visit

About Nationwide

Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, commercial, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; banking and mortgages; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit

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