Donte.McCrary-McClain

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Donte McCrary-McClain

Studies:
Elizabethtown College

I am passionate about

I am passionate about 1.) balancing doing good with good business, combining the morals of a social mission with the scalability of global business, 2.) leadership development, and 3.) mentorship, cultivating the next generation of leaders.

The Unilever culture is engrained with the ethos of our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, the blueprint for achieving our vision to double the size of the business, whilst reducing our environmental footprint and increasing our positive social impact. Whether internally driving initiatives to help our local communities, or externally developing propositions to help drive behavior change with our consumers and retail partners, I am fueled by projects that have sustainability at the core. My passion stems from learning and involvements with social entrepreneurship organizations during university, and internalizing how transformative conscious business can be stem-to-stem, across all stakeholders. It is a robust undertaking to step change an industry that has operated for so long one way, but I am a firm believer that small actions make a bigger difference to drive brighter futures.

Leadership development and mentorship are also passions of mine. My career and personal journey and successes are testaments to the many individuals who have answered my phone calls, coached me through sports or business decisions, and ultimately entrusted in my potential. Unilever helps to drive this passion with the Future Leaders Program I am involved in. Its nucleus- developing tomorrow’s leaders, today. And as much investment in my career development I’ve received, I reciprocate to others across a variety of developmental levels, including high school and multi-levels of college students. Such channels include Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, INROADS, the Jackie Robinson Foundation, and AAMP (ALANA [African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American] Alumni Mentorship Program), a program I launched at my alma mater.

Actions

Through Unilever and the new U.S. Enactus Business Resource Group (BRG) I was able to truly create #BrightFutures. Unilever is one of Enactus’ global partners and this organization, comprised of student, academic and business leaders, is committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.

As BRG founding member I led a team to define our Marketplace initiatives- conceptualizing, securing funding, and launching the market’s first project partnership grant competition to the 533 university teams.

The competition brief was aligned to USLP targets and Bright Future, mobilizing teams to design and implement projects that empower low-income communities to obtain means and skills to improve health and wellbeing through better nutrition.

The results- 58 unique project submissions, $30,000 in grants awarded to 20 teams (400+ students) to implement their entrepreneurial propositions, 35,000+ people positively impacted, 2,600+ individuals improving their financial assets, and engaging 150+ Unilever employees through involvement in judging, individualized team mentorship, community service, and a Q&A webcast.

My team didn’t stop there. Understanding the markets’ strategic recruiting initiatives we developed a secondary brief specifically for the 48 HBCU and HSI universities.

Our Enactus Enhancing Livelihoods Topic Competition enabled winning teams to:
1. Reach food deserts with fresh produce (La Sierra University’s Mobile Fresh Project)
2. Provide 1,200 low-income students with jobs in the services industry (Texas Southern University)
3. Improve 52 first-generation/under-served high school juniors desire to go to college by 90% (University of La Verne)

Outside of Unilever I also am passionate about creating Bright Futures with other organizations I am involved with. These include Boys and Girls Club, INROADS, and the Jackie Robinson Foundation, and a personal mentor program I've launched.