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What is BEEP?

The Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP) is a voluntary partnership between the NUL, corporate America, government, non-profits, and other institutions to loan African-American executives to participating colleges as "visiting professors”. Visiting professors lecture in credit-bearing courses that correspond to their industries and participate in other BEEP-related activities such as networking sessions, workshops and mock job interviews.

BEEP's mission is to share learning experience across generations, cultivate new leaders, and inspire achievements "beyond the possible" through committed involvement and operational excellence.

BEEP:

  • Exposes students at four-year Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to working professionals in their fields of interest and through that direct contact familiarizes them with the demands and expectations of those industries.
  • Prepares students to become the sophisticated and well-prepared employees that corporate America and its global competitors are seeking. 
  • Provides an opportunity for professionals and corporations, who are interested in giving back to communities, to help credentialed African-American college students achieve their goals. 

Who participates in BEEP?

BEEP's roster includes business executives, as well as highly trained technical and creative persons. Equipped with hands-on experience, Visiting Professors provide students with the practical experience they need to complement their academic courses.

Well over 2,000 professionals have participated in BEEP to date. The program has gained the cooperation of more than 1,000 corporations, government agencies and professional organizations.

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What are the BEEP seminars?

  • Accredited Lecture Series (ALS) - a semester-long series integrated into an ongoing course delivered by different Black executives. 
  • Career Awareness and Planning Seminar (CAPS) - a two-day activity of career planning exercises, workshops, counseling and lectures that places emphasis on the selection of realistic career choices, the charting of career paths, resume preparation, the development of good interviewing skills, and life skills. 
  • Special Business Seminar (SBS) - focuses on social and economic issues and topical events that affect business, industry, and government. 
  • Innovations for Women (IFW) - uses a team of Black female executives and professionals to familiarize students with the traditional and non-traditional roles of Black women in the workforce.

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What is the Annual BEEP Leadership Conference?

The BEEP Leadership Conference, a three-day activity enriched event, is primarily designed to address the workplace issues of Black professionals and provide professional development workshops and opportunities.

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What is the Dr. Jerome E. Bartow Scholarship Fund?

The Dr. Jerome E. Bartow Scholarship Fund was established in June 1997 by ITT Hartford Insurance Company, in recognition of Dr. Bartow’s service to ITT, his long-standing commitment to the development of our youth, and his dedication to the Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP) as well as the National Urban League. The $5,000 scholarship is awarded annually to three deserving students at BEEP participating HBCUs. Awardees must be classified as a sophomore, junior or senior at the time the scholarship commences. In addition, he/she must be pursuing the completion of their undergraduate degree in Business, Education, Management or Technology with a GPA of at least 2.7.

The Jerry Bartow Scholarship Fund is maintained through personal and corporate contributions. To donate to the Fund or apply for the scholarship, please contact the Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP) office at 212-558-5300.

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What is the BEEP Executive Advisory Council?

The Black Executive Exchange Program's Executive Advisory Council (EAC) offers guidance and leadership to the program as it works to develop future leadership talent through outreach and strategic partnerships with HBCUs, faculty, students, corporations and government agencies.

Council members belong to some of the nation's leading companies:

  • Central Intelligence Agency, CIGNA, UPS, Unilever, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Southwest Airlines, Infinity Radio, Marriott, The Coca-Cola Company, McDonald’s, Turner Construction, Office Depot, Sodexo, Pitney Bowes, WalMart, Cox Enterprises, DIAGEO, Rockwell Collins,  and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
  • Other Council members include representatives from Florida Memorial University and Voorhees College.

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How do I contact the BEEP Central?

BEEP Central is located at National Urban League headquarters, 120 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005. You can contact Danielle Cornwall, Associate Director of BEEP and Volunteer Programs, by phone at 212-558-5448 or by email at dcornwall@nul.org.

How can I get involved?

To become a part of the BEEP Movement, contact Danielle Cornwall, Associate Director of BEEP and Volunteer Programs, by phone at 212-558-5448 or by email at dcornwall@nul.org.

Company: To register your company as a BEEP corporate partner, contact Danielle Cornwall, Associate Director of BEEP and Volunteer Programs, by phone at 212-558-5448 or by email at dcornwall@nul.org.

Executive: If your company is a current BEEP partner, please contact your BEEP corporate liaison. If your company is not currently a BEEP corporate partner, contact Danielle Cornwall, Associate Director of BEEP and Volunteer Programs, by phone at 212-558-5448 or by email at dcornwall@nul.org.

Student/College Administrator: If your school is a BEEP participating school, contact your BEEP campus liaison. To register your institution as a BEEP participating school, contact Danielle Cornwall, Associate Director of BEEP and Volunteer Programs, by phone 212-558-5448 or by email at dcornwall@nul.org.

How do I sponsor BEEP operations and/or the Annual BEEP Leadership Conference?

To sponsor BEEP operations or the Annual BEEP Leadership Conference, contact Danielle Cornwall, Associate Director of BEEP and Volunteer Programs, by phone at 212-558-5448 or by email at dcornwall@nul.org.

Visit the Black Executive Exchange Program website: beep.iamempowered.com

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As a leader on my campus, I have had the opportunity to work with the BEEP Program in 2012 and in 2013 at Hampton University. Interacting with several BEEPers has inspired and influenced me to become...

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