Mid-Level Managers’ Symposium (MLMS)

Mid-Level Managers’ Symposium (MLMS) is a comprehensive two-day professional development conference designed to amplify the successes of Black professionals and empower them to create meaningful careers. We are excited to see you there and anticipate a transformative week of growth and networking opportunities.


October 2, 2024 -

October 3, 2024


Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Point of contact

Ramien Pierre – Institute Director

Email: institute@elcinfo.com


For the 2024 Mid-Level Managers’ Symposium, join The Executive Leadership Council on a journey where we reimagine the classics with the Black experience at the center. With no roadmap, we will have to blaze our own path. It will be hard work, but the rewards are beyond estimation—just like the bonds that will connect us as we travel and climb together. Join us in reimagining the classics; because our future awaits… as it always has… in our past. Here’s what to expect As an MLMS attendee, you can expect to:

  • Prime yourself for new levels of success-oriented thinking by attending keynote addresses from Black thought leaders
  • Accelerate your progress towards your professional goals with battle-tested strategies and tactics presented in more than 15 concurrent sessions
  • Avoid career derailers by integrating lessons learned from fireside chats with successful Black professionals
  • Expand your professional network by connecting with peer Black professionals through our interactive, virtual networking experience


Additional Details

The ultimate virtual component – a captivating live stream of our in-person mainstages, enriched with virtual-only exclusive Conversations From The Top conversations and unique engaging fireside chats.


2024 ELC Week Honorees

Arlene Isaacs-Lowe

Alvaro L. Martins Heritage Award
The ELC is proud to announce that the recipient of the 2023 Alvaro L. Martins Heritage Award is Arlene Isaacs-Lowe.

Mellody Hobson

The Achievement Award 
This year, The ELC is excited to announce the recipient of the 2023 Achievement Award is Mellody Hobson.

Arlene Isaacs-Lowe

Corporate Award 
The ELC is pleased to announce the winner of the 2023 Corporate Award is Synchrony.
Mid-Level Manager's Symposium Agenda

Below is a full list of every agenda item for the Mid-Level Manager’s Symposium program

Wednesday October 2, 2024

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Opening Ceremony
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Mainstage Session
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mainstage Session
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Mainstage Session
8:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Elevate & Connect: A Night at the Museum with The Executive Leadership Council

Thursday October 3, 2024

8:30 am - 9:30 am
Breakout Sessions
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Breakout Sessions
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
Mainstage Session
1:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Closing Ceremony

The ELC applauds the commitment and support of the 2024 Recognition Gala sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors
Founder Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Bronze Sponsors
Other Sponsors

Frequently Asked Questions

MLMS is a two-day professional development conference, and the goal of the conference is to amplify the successes of Black professionals and increase their capacity for designing meaningful careers.

Professionals in middle management or higher.

The Mid-Level Managers’ Symposium is designed to be a hybrid event, combining both virtual and in-person components. The virtual MLMS will be a live stream of the in-person MLMS, allowing participants who are unable to attend in person to still actively participate in the program. The in-person event will be held on October 4th and 5th at the Marriott Marquis, located at 901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001.

The parking at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC is valet only with a rate of $65/daily.


Registration costs $2,000 for in-person participation and $1,000 for virtual participation.

Individual tickets are available to the Gala Networking Lounge with streaming access to the Recognition Gala only and provide access to the Post-Gala Reception. Tickets are sold at $500 each. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please email elcgala@elcinfo.com.

Yes, you can board the shuttle at the back of the Marriott Marquis on L Street NW.

Business professional.

Lunch will be provided both days.

The ELC room block group rate will be available through September 9th, 2024, or while inventory lasts. We encourage you to book your room(s) as soon as possible.

All cancellations, regardless of timeframe, must be received in writing, including a brief explanation for the cancellation and submitted via email to institute@elcinfo.com. Cancellations received more than 30 days prior to the event are entitled to a full refund. No refunds, credits or rollovers will be granted for cancellations received less 30 days prior to or after an event.

Your registration is for you only.

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programs & events

This year, ELC Week programs and events will impact over 3,000 members, students and esteemed guests at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.

Honors Symposium 

October 1-4, 2024

ELC Recognition Gala

October 3, 2024