Our Mission
Our Mission SMM focuses on preparing members for corporate America and entrepreneurship through trainings, conferences, guest speakers and workshops that build and promote academic success, leadership, networking and professional development. The mission of SMM is to serve the broad educational needs of minority students by:
  • Establishing effective lines of communication between minority business students, business professionals, and industry-leading, innovative companies within corporate America.
  • Promoting professionalism and academic excellence amongst minority business students.
  • Assisting the Krannert School of Management in the recruitment of minority students.

Membership SMM host two callouts in the fall and spring semesters. Meeting are commonly conducted in Krannert G018 bi-weekly. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact us!

The Executive Board
Each year, The Society of Minority Managers elects an executive board to represent the members of the organization.The executive board is also responsible for driving the business of the organization.This year’s executive board consist of six vice presidents who each have subcommittees that members can join. Please feel free to reach out to any of the vice presidents with questions about their specific business area.
oj Ormand Saunders President SMM osaunder@purdue.edu
brady Brady Moss Jr. Vice President Finance bmoss@purdude.edu marissa Marissa Lyles Vice President Recruitment & Retention lylesm@purdue.edu adebukola Adebukola Adesanya Vice President Community Service and Social aadesan@purdue.edu
frank Frank B. Pace IV Vice President Information Technology fpace@purdue.edu spencer Spencer Slaton Vice President Professional Development sslaton@purdue.edu elayna Elayna DorseyVice President Academic Affairs and Correspondence dorseye@purdue.edu

Our Mission Statement
SMM focuses on preparing members for corporate America and entrepreneurship through trainings, conferences, guest speakers and workshops that build and promote academic success, leadership, networking and professional development. The mission of SMM
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is to serve the broad educational needs of minority students by:

  • Establishing effective lines of communication between minority business students, business professionals, and industry-leading, innovative companies within corporate America.
  • Promoting professionalism and academic excellence amongst minority business students.
  • Assisting the Krannert School of Management in the recruitment of minority students.

From its initial inception, SMM now boasts some 1000 members and is continuing to grow as a premier organization in the Krannert School of Management. If it continues on its current paths, SMM hopes to establish itself as one of the premier undergraduate business organizations in the country.

How We Benefit You
Throughout the year, SMM hosts events that seek to enhance the overall professional development of our members. These events include but are not limited to:

BOP Conference

Created to honor and continue Dr. Bell’s legacy, this annual conference bring back BOP and SUMM alumni to share their experiences within corporate America with current students.

Corporate Networking Reception

An event connecting minority students on campus with internship and full-time job opportunities. Students are informed of these opportunities through a scheduled networking session followed by a formal dinner.

High School Weekend

Held during the weekend of the BOP Conference, SMM members introduce high school students to student life at Purdue. From student panels to student shadowing, high school students are given a unique personal experience to Purdue.

Monthly Career Development

We conducts meetings intended to improve members’ personal professional development. These include anything from recruiting events to critique workshops. Past companies that have assisted in our workshops include State Farm, Proctor & Gamble and INROADS.

Meet Our Advisor
Darren Henry is the Director of the Dr. Cornell A. Bell Business Opportunity Program (BOP) at the Krannert School of Management on the West Lafayette campus of Purdue University. Darren is responsible for the recruitment, retention, and overall success of students within BOP through programming initiatives on campus, along with partnerships and relationships with educational institutions, alumni, corporations, and community representatives across the country. Darren joined the Krannert School of Management in 2007 after completing his MBA from the School in the same year through the BOP program. He credits Dr. Cornell A. Bell, the everlasting father of the BOP program, for his future successes due to the opportunity he was granted by Dr. Bell to attend Krannert for his MBA. While
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in business school, Darren spent most of his time mentoring and serving undergraduate students in the BOP program. He developed strong bonds with the students after serving as their course instructor for MGMT 243, “Contemporary Thought of Minorities in Management,” for two years. Prior to business school, he worked as a consultant for several years in the pharmaceutical industry. Using his participative and transformational leadership styles, Darren was able to advise clients such as BioPort (Lansing, MI), Schering Plough Products (Manatí, Puerto Rico), and Eli Lilly (Indianapolis, IN) on best practices for validation and qualification processes. As a native and resident of Indianapolis, Indiana, Darren is extremely active within his community. He has been a member of the National Black MBA Association, volunteered to mentor and advise youth at his church, and sits on the committee for the Beautillion Militaire program within the 100 Black Men of Indianapolis. In his spare time, Darren enjoys travelling, reading, and relaxing with his parents at their home. He is an undergraduate alumnus of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.