Phyllis Scott Buford Young Visionary Award

Recognizing 'leadership in action' among our young alumni

Established February 2017

Phyllis Scott Buford

Phyllis Scott Buford

Dr. Phyllis Scott Buford, The Consortium’s third leader, modernized the annual Orientation Program, expanding The Consortium’s collaboration with corporate partners and exposing opportunities to more diverse young leaders through the conference. This award recognizes a young alumnus who is a “leader in action,” demonstrating vision, collaboration and creativity in driving diversity and inclusion in their professional life.

To qualify for this award, recipients must:

  • Be a Consortium alumnus 40 years of age or younger.
  • Demonstrate initiative, vision and innovation in driving diversity in a professional environment.
  • Demonstrate collaboration with other stakeholders and partners in advancing The Consortium’s mission.
  • Give back to The Consortium through time, effort and/or capital.

Past Recipients of the Phyllis Scott Buford Young Visionary Award:

Year Recipient
2022 Salim Holder
University of Rochester, Class of 2007
CEO and Co-Founder, 4th Avenue Market
2021 Kendrick Vaughn
University of California, Berkeley, Class of 2016
BreakLine Education
2020 Rashid Ferrell
Indiana University-Bloomington, Class of 2010
Sr. HR Manager, Microsoft
2019 Courtney Schroeder
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Class of 2013
Sr. Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion, General Mills, Inc.
2019 Jolawn Victor
New York University, Class of 2009
Head of Emerging Markets and India, Intuit
2018 Stephanie Espy
Emory University, Class of 2008
Founder, Executive Director, MathSP
2018 Ramsey Jay Jr.
Dartmouth College, Class of 2005
Principal, Ramsey Jay Jr. and Associates
2017 Bernadette Long
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Class of 2012
Marketing Manager, Eaton