Yulkendy Valdez

Yulkendy Valdez
  • Co-Founder
  • Company: Project 99

Yulkendy is a social entrepreneur, writer, and public speaker. She has diverse experiences across the private and public sector. She has worked with the Bank of America Student Leaders Program, EY, Puma, and Innosight Consulting all before graduating from college. Beyond these corporate internships, Yulkendy has worked with top nonprofits in St. Louis, Missouri (her hometown!) including the International Institute of St. Louis and Betty Jean Kerr People’s Centers where she worked in community development initiatives for low-income neighborhoods on a range of issues including access to bank loans and affordable health care. She has received numerous fellowships including the Resolution Project, Young People For, Opportunity Nation Leaders Program, Net Impact Racial Equity Fellowship, Harvard Kennedy School Public Policy Leadership Conference, StartingBloc, and PPIA Indiana University. By the time she was in high school, she had been on the cover of numerous newspapers as well as featured on NPR and USA Today for representing the Missouri in the 2009 National Spelling Bee. She has traveled to over 20+ countries, some of which included doing educational programming in countries such as Uganda and Rwanda.

Most recently, she graduated from Babson College as part of the class of 2017 with honors in cum laude. There she co-founded Project 99, a leadership development company that helps the Fortune 500, leading service firms, and other organizations bridge the leadership gap by engaging, retaining, and advancing diverse millennial talent. Project 99 is a movement by millennials for millennials focused on diversifying senior leadership across organizations from the bottom-up. Project 99 has executed leadership development programs in the Dominican Republic, Chile, and Mexico, and now has shifted its focus to the U.S. Due to her expertise, she is often invited as a speaker at conferences and panels including the Haiti Tech Summit, the Boston Tech Jam, and the STL in STL Conference for Educators. As a hobby, Yulkendy loves writing poetry as a medium for activism and performing at poetry slams.

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