Programs & Events/Gala Week

Gala Week

The primary purpose of Gala Week is to nurture and amplify Black excellence and leadership in business.

The Executive Leadership Council’s “Gala Week” consists of five concurrent programs and events for a range of audiences, including undergraduate and graduate students (Honors Symposium), mid-level professionals (Mid-Level Managers’ Symposium), enterprise-wide CEO’s and C-suite executives (CEO GameChanger Conference®), ELC Members and more. The week is anchored by The ELC’s premier fundraising event, the Recognition Gala, that celebrates over $1 million in scholarships to Black undergraduate and graduate students each year.

Honors Symposium

October 1-4, 2024

The ELC Honors Symposium is a multi-day professional development experience consisting of a series of workshops and meetings that prepare ELC Scholars to contribute their talents in the workplace effectively.
This event is open to ELC Scholars, ELC Members and corporate scholarship sponsors.

Elevate & Connect: A Night at the Museum with The Executive Leadership Council

October 2, 2024
8:00 PM – Midnight

Discover the timeless artwork, artifacts, and historical treasures of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) during our private afterhours networking reception. The welcome reception at the iconic NMAAHC will feature ELC Scholars, ELC Fellows and Executive Members enjoying the tastes and sounds of Black culture.
Prepare to be inspired and uplifted as we observe the past and toast to the future of Black leadership!

Participation in the NMAAHC Welcome Reception requires registration to one of our Gala Week programs and events.

ELC Recognition Gala

October 3, 2024

The Gala celebrates the business achievements of Black executives, corporate board directors, entrepreneurs, thought leaders and academics who support diversity and inclusion in corporate America.

ELC Member Closing Brunch

October 4, 2024
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Before we all depart from the nation’s capital, we invite you to join us for an exclusive ELC Post-Gala Member Brunch. Come gather together one last time with fellow ELC members as we bid each other farewell, and celebrate the conclusion of a spectacular 2024 ELC Recognition Gala.

For more information, contact Member Services at

Hotel Accommodations

The Gala Week room block group rate at the Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C. will be available through September 9, 2024, or while inventory lasts. We encourage you to book your room(s) as soon as possible to take advantage of these exclusive savings.