The Emerging Young Entrepreneur
MetLife became a founding partner of the Emerging Young Entrepreneur (EYE) program in 2015 and has remained involved, expanding sponsorship to additional industries. EYE supports a pipeline of minority millennial entrepreneurs to become certified, innovative, and successful business entrepreneurs with an interactive pre- and post-conference curriculum, along with five days of hands-on training and practical application. Entrepreneurs tackle important business issues as they move through assessments, think tanks, feasibility, and execution stages of new venture creation. In 2019, 60% of program entrepreneurs won new business resulting from EYE program coaching, networking, and access to partner corporations.
Since 2007, MetLife has sponsored diverse business owners at executive education programs at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. These programs are designed to provide CEOs of certified Minority Business Enterprises and WBEs with tools and skills to achieve and sustain growth and increase business capacity, operations, and leadership. In 2019, MetLife sponsored Denise Booms- Peppin, CEO of CBI Telecommunications, to attend the Tuck-WBENC Executive Program.