Executive Leadership Council Hosted 30th Anniversary Gala in 2016

Based in Washington, DC, Alphonso Maldon serves as the president and chief executive officer of Partnership Strategies Consulting, which offers business development and government affairs solutions. Alphonso Maldon belongs to several professional associations, including the Executive Leadership Council (ELC)

The ELC began in 1986 when 19 corporate professionals gathered to form an organization that develops African American business leaders. It seeks to increase the number of these leaders both within the United States and internationally.

An annual event sponsored by the ELC is its Anniversary Gala. The organization held its 30th Anniversary Gala on November 3, 2016, at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC. More than 3,000 guests, including noted senior executives and leading CEOs, attended the event. 

Held each fall, the gala pays tribute to business leaders and corporations that support diversity and inclusion. The event highlighted scholarship winners and celebrated the year’s accomplishments. In addition, Dr. Clifton A. Wharton Jr. and Dolores D. Wharton received the 2016 Lifetime Legacy Award, celebrating their careers as business pioneers. Dr. Wharton was the first African American to become CEO of a prominent American corporation when he began leading the life insurance company TIAA-CREF. His wife was a corporate director and arts supporter.