The Conlee Family
Amy Jorgensen Conlee, MBA'77, and Cecil Conlee, BA'58, personally understand the power of philanthropy to transform lives.
"We both went to Vanderbilt on scholarship," Cecil says. "We both benefitted greatly from our experience, and this is something we want to share with others."
Their generosity and gratitude spurred them to create scholarships at Vanderbilt, including the Cecil and Amy Jorgensen Conlee Diversity Scholarship. The fund supports women from underrepresented populations attending the Owen Graduate School of Management.
"Diversity has increased greatly at the university," Amy says. "In business, diversity results in better decisions, better companies and a better society."
She knows firsthand. Amy was one of the first female managing directors at Morgan Stanley's New York office and recognizes how essential a diverse workforce is in the global marketplace. Amy also served many years as a volunteer teacher in a socioeconomically and racially diverse girls' school. "Diversity has enriched my life," Amy reflects.
The Conlees have given not only financial support to Vanderbilt, but also their time, energy and talents. Amy has served in several capacities, including on the Alumni Association Board. She also received the Owen Distinguished Alumni Award for demonstrating exceptional leadership and service. Cecil served on the Board of Trust for twenty-eight years.
The Conlee Scholars have deeply impressed Amy and Cecil, who relish learning about the students' work in social enterprises, tech start-ups and advocacy. In turn, the students have expressed a desire to give back to others, furthering the generosity exemplified by the Conlees, who have impacted their lives immeasurably.