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Mr. Darren L. Henry
Managing Director

Darren Henry is the Managing Director of the Dr. Cornell A. Bell Business Opportunity Program (BOP) at the Krannert School of Management on the West Lafayette campus of Purdue University. Mr. Henry is responsible for the recruitment, retention, professional development, and overall success of students within BOP through programming initiatives on campus, as well as partnerships and relationships with educational institutions, alumni, corporations, and community representatives across the country.

Mr. Henry joined the Krannert School in 2007 after completing his MBA from the School in the same year through the BOP program. While completing his MBA, he served as the lead course instructor for MGMT 243, “Contemporary Thought of Minorities in Management.” Through the mentoring and coaching of students enrolled in the course, Mr. Henry formed strong bonds with undergraduate BOP students which led to his desire to run the program. His leadership of undergraduate students in business continues to garner success, and in 2015, BOP set a new program record for graduation rate (approximately 90%).  Additionally, Mr. Henry has been recognized for his work with students by multiple organizations including the Nu Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (2011 Sankofa Award Recipient), Channel 18 WLFI West Lafayette (2013 Local Trailblazer Award Recipient), INROADS, Inc. (2014 University Partner Award Recipient - Great Lakes Region), the 100 Black Men of Indianapolis (2014 Emerging Leader Award Recipient), and DiversityMBA Magazine (2017 Top 100 Under 50 Emerging Leaders).

Prior to business school, Mr. Henry worked as a consultant for several years in the pharmaceutical industry. Using his participative and transformational leadership styles, Mr. Henry advised clients such as BioPort (Lansing, MI), Schering Plough Products (Manatí, Puerto Rico), and Eli Lilly (Indianapolis, IN) on best practices for validation and qualification processes.

He is a member of the National Black MBA Association, the 100 Black Men of Indianapolis, and a board member for the Purdue Black Alumni Organization. In his spare time, Mr. Henry enjoys traveling, reading, and relaxing with his parents at their home. He is an undergraduate alumnus of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Ms. Darien Thompson
Associate Director

Darien Thompson is the Associate Director of Diversity Initiatives at the Krannert School of Management on the West Lafayette campus of Purdue University. Ms. Thompson received her Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management and MBA from Purdue University Northwest (PNW). While completing her MBA from PNW, Ms. Thompson served as Graduate Assistant for the women's basketball team. There, she assisted in practice, game planning, film review sessions, recruiting prospective student athletes and academic monitoring of athletes and individuals. She managed all social media accounts and was the coordinator for volunteer opportunities in the community. She also was the lead instructor/coach for the Pride WBB Fundamentals Summer Camp.

Ms. Thompson also played an important role in the Hospitality & Tourism Management Department at PNW. She was a GA for the "Quantity Food Production and Service" course. There, she assisted in preparation of course materials and was the lead instructor for all front of house material and activities.

During the latter part of Ms. Thompson's time at PNW, she was a part of the Institutional Advancement team. Her involvement included assisting with the coordination of the Champions Club webpage and corporate relations along with game day activities.

While completing her undergraduate degree, Ms. Thompson, a member of the 1,000 point club was a four-year letter winner for the PNW women's basketball team where she averaged 19.2 ppg and was voted CCAC All-Conference. She helped lead the Pride to a regular season and conference tournament championship. She was also part of a team that made three NAIA tournament appearances.

In her spare time, Ms. Thompson enjoys traveling, watching competitive sports, line dancing, and spending time with her family and friends.