It’s #MalalaDay! Learn About the Amazing Young Woman Who Stands for Education of Girls Around the World
Every time I see or read about Malala Yousafzai, I am overcome with emotion. The hairs on my arms stand up and there’s an indescribable electrical current that travels beneath my skin and releases itself in the form of tears. I marvel at how amazing, strong and determined she was and is at such a young age. I cry because she has endured levels of pain and adversity that I can not even begin to image. Not to mention she was shot in the head, nearly died, recovered and stood up for the very thing they tried to silence her permanently for. Something that here in the States many people take for granted. A basic education.
They say that things happen for a reason… And, as crazy as it sounds, it was her getting shot that magnified her propulsion to an even greater international platform. Today, Malala turns 19. Read The Rest
Eudoxie Bridges, a native of the villages of Gabon in West Central Africa, came from humble beginnings and knows what it means to struggle. She was reared in impoverished circumstances, sometimes not even having enough to eat. Enduring various forms of verbal, mental and sexual abuses, Eudoxie prayed to be delivered from the environment that had become common place in the African culture. She was brought to America, only speaking three English words, yet managed to succeed in our educational systems. Read The Rest
The following article by Aryn Baker was featured in Time.com on June 3rd, 2016…
Saran Kaba Jones is ensuring that water flows in her native country of Liberia
When Saran Kaba Jones returned to her native Liberia in 2008, after spending nearly two decades abroad as an ambassador’s daughter, she was unprepared for the mayhem wreaked by years of civil war. “I had seen it on TV, but seeing kids on the street, selling snacks to support their families instead of going to school, that made it real,” she says. A 26-year-old investor with the Singapore Economic Development Board at the time, Kaba Jones thought she could spend a month in country, launch an educational scholarship fund and leave knowing she had done something for a nation that had nurtured her until she was 7. Read The Rest
In 2005, while at Arnold NYC, Tiffany founded ADCOLOR® which has launched The ADCOLOR® Awards, The ADCOLOR® Industry Conference and ADCOLOR® University. Before joining Arnold where she served as VP, Director of Multicultural Programs and Community Outreach, Ms. Warren, at the age of 25, became the youngest Manager of Diversity Programs at the American Association of Advertising Agencies in New York City. For six years, she oversaw all AAAA diversity initiatives, which included the Operation Jumpstart I & II scholarship program and the Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP) founded in 1973.
On Sunday, April 14th 11a – 2p, Robert Reffkin will serve as a “Featured Maker” at an invite-only intimate power brunch, “Trailblazing Your Way to Success: From Vision to Start-Up and Beyond”. (To attend, send a resume and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Robert’s story is pretty impressive. He’ll tell you that despite the circumstances in his youth that could have held him back, he’s living a good life. He’s humble and appreciative – constantly giving credit to nonprofits like A Better Chance, the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity and Summer Search for helping to shape the man that he is today. Read The Rest
The Makers Present “Trailblazing Your Way to Success: From Vision to Start-Up and Beyond” | April 14th
In President Obama’s Inaugural address, he said that “it has been the risk-takers, doers, the makers of things… who have carried us up the long rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.” These words hit home for a group of New York City young professionals who were inspired to create, The Makers, a collective of individuals with the goal of serving as a conduit for “risk-takers, doers, and makers of things” to connect, interact and build with one another for the greater good. By hosting a series of intimate events with a highly selected group of professionals, each event includes Featured Makers who are accomplished experts in their fields for a conversation on topics including philanthropy, financial independence, entrepreneurship and more to add value and help push dreams toward successful reality.
A witness to the impact of community leadership and a believer that giving happens at all levels, Ebonie Johnson Cooper’s mission to give back to her community has been a life-long passion. Inspired by her parents and the kind spirit of her family, Ebonie always knew helping those around her was a fundamental part of life. Read The Rest
Sharon Content is the Founder and President of Children of Promise, NYC, a community based organization, in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, with a mission to embrace children of incarcerated parents and empower them to break the cycle of inter-generational involvement in the criminal justice system. Ms. Content is responsible for managing and coordinating all program operations-including planning and program development, maintaining partnerships with outside organizations, building community support, fund-raising, supervising staff and fulfilling contractual and fiscal responsibilities.
Helene D. Gayle is president and CEO of CARE USA, a leading international humanitarian organization with approximately 10,000 staff whose poverty fighting programs reached 122 million people last year in 84 countries. Since joining CARE in 2006, Dr. Gayle has led efforts to reinforce CARE’s commitment to empowering girls and women to bring lasting change to poor communities. Under her leadership, CARE has strengthened its focus on long term impact, increased policy and advocacy efforts and deepened connections between poverty and the environment. Gayle has leveraged the power of CARE’s corporate and NGO partners to significantly expand CARE’s reach across the globe. An expert on health, global development and humanitarian issues, she spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control, working primarily on HIV/AIDS. Dr. Gayle then worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, directing programs on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues. Read The Rest