Ramsey Jay Jr., a California State University, Fresno alumnus who is called an expert on developing leaders and an Ebony Magazine “Top 30 Under 30” honoree, will deliver the keynote talk at the 29th Annual African American High School Recruitment Conference on Saturday, Nov. 20.

The deadline for registration is Nov. 6 at http://2010hsaarc.eventbrite.com. The free, day-long event offers workshops, lunch and speakers.

Using a Hollywood-theme “Fresno State’s Got Talent,” the conference recognizes the university’s Centennial. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Fresno State’s Satellite Student Union and features a student video contest.

“The purpose of the contest is to encourage and challenge students to use their creativity in producing a 30-second video demonstrating how attending college will change their life,” said Tanya Crabb, counselor in the University Outreach Services office who is coordinating the event.

Jay is considered an expert in developing leaders and has been called “a rising star” when it comes to motivating audiences with his words, Crabb said.

Jay is an associate analyst at Los Angeles-based Ares Management, an investment management firm that specializes in managing assets in both the private equity and leveraged finance markets. He is a Wall Street-trained adviser to prominent business leaders, author, seminar presenter, speech instructor and speech writer.

He earned his bachelor’s in Business Administration, with an emphasis in finance, from the Craig School of Business at Fresno State and his MBA from Dartmouth College.

Ebony magazine honored Jay in its February 2007 issue, citing his work with financial literacy programs and other economic empowerment initiatives at Operation HOPE, Inc.

Check-in for the conference is at 9 a.m. For information, contact Crabb at 559.278.2048.

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