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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Partners with Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) to Help Underrepresented College Students Launch Game-Changing Careers



Washington, D.C., March 24, 2021Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the nation’s first intercollegiate fraternity founded by African American men, is collaborating with Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) in an innovative partnership designed to advance both organizations’ mission to ensure every American has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

MLT is a national nonprofit that provides Black, Latinx, and Native American talent with the coaching, playbook, and networks they need to excel in high-trajectory careers, secure economic mobility for their families, and become high-impact senior leaders equipped to advocate for vulnerable communities. MLT’s Rising Leaders—8,000 and growing—are propelling change across organizations and communities throughout the nation and worldwide. 

The partnership with MLT affirms the 115-year-old fraternity’s vision to promote brotherhood and academic excellence, to develop leaders, and to provide service and advocacy for its communities.

“Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. develops leaders. Our organization has long understood the magnitude of establishing a strong career path, which often includes first-class internships and a solid connection to a job post-graduation,” said Dr. Willis L. Lonzer, III, General President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. “Our internal drive is to stimulate the ambitions of our members and to function as a catalyst for positive social and economic change in our communities. This alliance with MLT will align synergies between both organizations, and ultimately lift our respective communities overall.”

“MLT and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. are aligned in our mission to ensure we can get talented people of color into game-changing careers and into leadership positions,” said Rishal Stanciel, Director of Career Prep Fellow Recruitment for MLT. “I personally know many outstanding members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., who have been Career Prep Fellows in past years and I am really looking forward to having many more in the next year and well into the future.”

“I am honored to say I am a product of both institutions, MLT and Alpha Phi Alpha Inc.,” said Mohamad Merilan, who is a Solutions Architect at Credit Suisse. “MLT’s Career Prep program provided an industry-trained professional career coach that helped me realize personal clarity on my career function, provided a playbook of skills training, and exposed me to hundreds of top Fortune Partners. I found my target company with Credit Suisse in New York City, an accomplishment that I never could have achieved on my own. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., gave me powerful values to develop in leadership and service to all. I benefited tremendously from being part of both organizations, and I am forever grateful for the doors they opened.”

College sophomores are eligible to apply to the MLT Career Prep program. Please visit to learn more and to find the application, which opens in June 2021. 

If you have any questions about the application process or MLT, please contact Rishal Stanciel, Director of Fellow Recruitment and Senior Career Prep Coach, at


About MLT
Launched in 2002, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) is a national nonprofit that is transforming the leadership pipelines of our most influential organizations by driving breakthrough results for individuals and institutions. MLT coaches African American, Latinx, and Native American talent to secure high trajectory post-college jobs that deliver economic mobility for their families, and then provides the social capital they need to become high-impact senior leaders who can transform our institutions and vulnerable communities. MLT’s career and leadership development programs provide unparalleled opportunities for our Rising Leaders to succeed at pivotal stages throughout their careers — from college students to early and mid-career professionals to senior executives — and gives them the genuine confidence that they belong in the uppermost tiers of leadership. MLT also provides a comprehensive solution for institutions that combines best-in-class recruitment, retention, and diversity strategy offerings. Visit us at

About Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (ΑΦΑ)
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., headquartered in Baltimore, MD, was founded on December 4, 1906, at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. The fraternity has long stood at the forefront of the African American community’s fight for civil rights through Alpha Men such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, Adam Clayton Powell, Thurgood Marshall, Paul Robeson, The Honorable Andrew Young, Edward Brooke, and Dr. Cornel West. The fraternity, through its more than 720 college and alumni chapters and general-organization members, serves communities in the United States, Canada, Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. For more information, visit: and follow Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. on Twitter and Instagram @apa1906network or on LinkedIn as “Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.”


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