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Partnering with 100 Black Men of America, Nissan to sponsor more than 50 high school students for 2018 Nissan Resume Challenge and Summit

  • Nissan to host Resume Challenge and Summit for fifth consecutive year
  • During two-day experience, students will participate in leadership workshops and network with Nissan and community leaders
  • Students to tour Nashville Public Library's Civil Rights Room and Nissan Stadium for a chance to talk with Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Partnering with six chapters of 100 Black Men of America, Nissan North America will host its fifth annual Nissan Resume Challenge and Summit February 8-9 in Nashville. Over two days, more than 50 high school juniors and seniors from six cities will meet with Nissan leadership and participate in workshops to help prepare them for future success.

"We're delighted to once again welcome young leaders of tomorrow to our North American headquarters," says Rebecca Vest, vice president, Corporate Development and Social Responsibility, Nissan North America, Inc. "Every year, we meet an outstanding group of young men eager to learn, network and hone their interview skills as they begin to plan for their futures after high school."

The students taking part in the summit first participated in a resume and interview challenge with representatives from their local chapter of 100 Black Men of America. Those students with strong resume and interview skills were invited to attend the 2018 Nissan Resume Challenge and Summit at the automaker's expense.

With the tagline of "What they see is what they'll be," 100 Black Men of America is a men's civic organization founded in 1963 to educate and empower African-American children and teens. Since then, it has formed more than 100 chapters around the country. Nissan is partnering with chapters in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Jackson, Nashville and Washington D.C. to identify students to participate in this year's Resume Challenge and Summit.

Over their two days in Nashville, the young men will participate in leadership and development workshops and tour Nissan's North American headquarters, as well as the Nissan Smyrna Manufacturing & Assembly Plant, which builds the Nissan LEAF, Rogue and Altima. At both locations, they'll meet with Nissan leadership and have the chance to ask questions.

The students will also visit the Nashville Public Library and tour its Civil Rights Room. Later, they'll travel to Nissan Stadium where they will meet with 2015 Heisman Trophy recipient and current Tennessee Titan running back Derrick Henry.

"For Nissan, Black History Month presents an opportunity to pay homage to black culture and heritage while also looking to what's next," said Jeffrey Webster, Nissan's Director of Diversity and Inclusion. "Part of that is helping to equip black youth with experiences and tools to pursue their dreams."

John Hardy, executive director, 100 Black Men of Jackson, agrees. "Our organization looks forward to this event every year," he says. "It's an invaluable learning experience for our young people who never fail to come away better for having had the opportunity."

Also during Black History Month, Nissan is launching the "Tomorrow to Today" digital video series featuring the insights of forward-thinking African-American influencers sharing their tips for other self-starters looking to blaze a path to success. These vignettes will debut in mid-February on nissanusa.com

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About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2016, the company sold 5.63 million vehicles globally, generating revenues of 11.72 trillion yen. In fiscal 2017, the company embarked on Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, a six-year plan targeting a 30% increase in annualized revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal 2022, along with cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen. As part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company plans to extend its leadership in electric vehicles, symbolized by the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan's global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500 and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999. In 2016, Nissan acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is today the world's largest automotive partnership, with combined sales of more than 10.6 million vehicles in calendar year 2017.

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Darla Turner
Nissan Corporate Communications

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