Guest Speaker

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Mary Williams  - Director, UNCF

Mary Williams currently serves as the Director of Outreach & Recruitment for United Negro College Fund (UNCF). In this role, she has responsibility for providing leadership and strategic recruitment direction for over 400 scholarships, internships and fellowships totaling over $100 million annually. Prior to this assignment, she spent ten years as the Director of Communications and Administration for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS) which is administered by the UNCF and funded by a $1.6 billion-dollar grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ms. Williams graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology.

Ms. Williams was awarded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Scholar in Education Legacy Award in 2013 and in that same year she and her son, Kenneth Williams- a 2012 graduate of Morehouse College, were featured in an article focused on college readiness in the April 2013 issue of Essence magazine.  She was also presented the Educational Professional of the year in 2014 at the Women of God Reign Award Show and in 2017 she received the President’s Volunteer Service Award’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  Ms. Williams is committed to giving back to the community and has served on several boards and community organizations. A distinguished leader and speaker on the national education landscape, Mary’s work has paved the way for students, colleagues, and peers to build on her tireless efforts to positively impact the lives of many.