Build As We Climb – Howard SVMP Alums

By empowering the next generation of business leaders, alumni Adam Guthrie’04, Floyd Mitchell ’05, and Whitney Jones ’06 have found a new way to give meaning to their undergraduate experiences at Howard University long after their days on campus.


Teaming up with / They [teamed up] with other Howard graduates to establish the Build as We Climb Scholars Program. BWC Scholars is a two‐year program for Howard University School of Business students in their sophomore and junior years, providing them with professional, personal and financial support. Guthrie, Jones and Mitchell are part of a leadership team who capitalize on their experience as recent graduates and newfound professionals to provide one‐on‐one mentorship, skillbuilding workshops and access to Howard’s growing base of business leaders, visionaries and trailblazers across a wide range of industries. As the organization’s name aptly sums up, this team is building the foundation for the next generation as they climb up the ladder of success.


“When we first developed the concept for Build as We Climb Scholars Program, we wanted an organization which made life easier for those who came after us,” shared Mitchell, who currently serves as the program’s chairman. [Allowing others to learn from] our mistakes and victories, and have that be of impact to others, is our greatest satisfaction from this program. We hope to continue to light a path to success for these young people.”


Adam Guthrie

  • SVMP Class of 2004
  • Associate at Corporate Treasury at JPMorgan
  • Lives in NYC
  • Mentor at Harlem charter school


Floyd Mitchell

  • SVMP Class of 2005
  • Consultant for MasterCard Worldwide in New York
  • Founder of Guiding L.I.G.H.T. Mentorship Program in East New York


Whitney Jones

  • SVMP Class of 2006
  • Financial Analyst at Moody’s Corporation
  • Mentor at Children’s Storefront, a charter school in Harlem


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