Annual Conference

Our one-of-a-kind leadership conference helps to connect the future entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders of our community with the resources and network to take their goals to the next level.

About this program

Our one-of-a-kind leadership conference helps to connect the future entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders of our community with the resources and network to take their goals to the next level.

The promise of a brighter future - for ourselves and our communities - is what defines the “American Dream.” But in reality, the road to opportunity is all too often stacked against young Black men and people of color. Or worse, the chance to succeed is out of reach entirely.

The Durham Success Summit is helping to level the playing field by empowering high school and college-aged men of color to take the critical first steps in their unique paths to success.

Founded by Durham native and community leader Derek Rhodes, our one-of-a-kind leadership conference helps to connect the future entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders of our community with the resources and network to take their goals to the next level.

While success often takes time, our high-impact approach recognizes that even one resource, insight, or connection can make a lifelong difference in helping a young person achieve their dreams.

In just one day, Summit participants can explore career opportunities, cultivate meaningful relationships with peers and mentors from a variety of industries, and gain the confidence to start turning their vision into reality.

Since 2019, the Durham Success Summit helped more than 200 young men create a foundation for their success and develop a network of champions to support their goals.

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