Invitation from the President

"The surging power of OIC is the will of the people to become more than they have been, to prove to themselves and others that they can achieve."
Rev. Leon H. Sullivan​


Dear friend​​, ​​

OIC of America is in the business of transforming lives and providing second chances. OIC provides quality education and high-quality skill development opportunities through a national network of affiliated programs that enable economically disadvantaged, unemployed and under-employed people of all races and backgrounds to become productive, more fulfilled members of society. Since 1964, OIC has trained more than 3 million people and placed more than 2.5 million in jobs.  Last year alone, our network served nearly 100,000 people and is trending to double those numbers in 2019. 

As the President and Chairman of the Board of OIC, it is my honor to personally invite you to witness the magic of OIC by joining me for our 2019 Annual Leadership Conference.  Our Leadership Conference is our signature annual event and a time-honored tradition that brings together our best and brightest from our national network of workforce development affiliates. This year, we will convene on Monday, September 30th and close on Friday, October 4th, 2019.  Our weeklong series of events will take place at the Philadelphia Wyndham Hotel, located in the heart of Philadelphia – the birthplace of the self-help movement founded by the late Reverend Leon H. Sullivan.

The theme of this year’s conference is “The Future of Workforce”.  Our conference will feature distinguished speakers and special guests from both the private and public sectors. National and local legislators and other notable speakers will make presentations and answer questions from delegates during conference plenary sessions and workshops.  Our list of noteworthy panelists and presenters will discuss cutting edge topics and raise provocative questions for our delegates to contemplate and move to action. To close the week, we will host a Black-Tie Awards Gala featuring special musical guests and nationally recognized speakers.  

Please join us and support our efforts by becoming a sponsor for the OIC Leadership Conference.  Our corporate sponsorship packages range from $3,000 to $25,000; and from $ 300 to $1,500 for individual tickets and advertisements in our Ad Journal.    For more information, please contact Shonique Banks at 1-215-236-4500 x223 or

Together, with your support, we have the power to multiply our mission and honor our founder’s promise that through the work of OIC we will fulfill our mission of helping people help themselves. 

We hope you will join us on this journey.


James Haynes

President & CEO and National Board Chair



OIC is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization preparing people for today's workforce with quality life skills development, fundamental education, superior job skills training, and employment readiness services.



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