About Haute Giving
Latoya Henry’s Haute Giving chronicles all things philanthropy; from identifying and advocating for global needs to the events, products and campaigns created to ensure they are filled.
Your first glance may garner the aspirational mix of corporate power and Hollywood dazzle, but serving up the sexy side of philanthropy is just one of the site’s objectives. Hovering above the sea of step and repeats and champagne glasses are the causes and mission statements that drive the fabulous to show their support.
Haute Giving is a platform for charitable endeavors at large and a hub for growing business networks that foster personal ideals. Young professionals scrolling through will strive to rub elbows with high society and blueprint philanthropic efforts to change the world and advance their careers.
About Latoya A. Henry
If you haven’t witnessed the sexy side of philanthropy, you haven’t met Latoya A. Henry. She’s made her mark in public relations, marketing and communications for over a decade, all the while reconstructing the perception of altruism for young professionals in New York City.
She broke ground early; interning at noted PR and communications firm Burson-Marsteller while studying at Spelman College. Her talents secured a Client Executive position within the firm’s Corporate Financial Practice soon after graduation. Later she would join Citigroup Smith Barney as a Public Relations Specialist serving the firm’s financial advisors and products. But it would be her entrepreneurial spirit that led to her first non-profit experience at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
As an independent consultant for the organization, Latoya spearheaded brand management and media relations. Dedicated to the mission of providing funding and programmatic enrichment to public Historically Black Colleges and Universities, she eventually took on the role full-time. To wit: serving as Interim Director of Marketing. She shaped the brand and hit essential financial targets, leaving not a single medium untouched: web, print, television, radio, publishing, retail and event management.
Latoya’s forte for event production would steer her back to the helm of her own endeavors. Transitioning to a full-fledged creative while running her own consulting business allowed her to assist an array of worthy initiatives. She has lent her public relations expertise to children and education focused non-profits like SFK – Success for Kids, Usher’s New Look Foundation, A Better Chance and Children of Promise; planning Young Leadership functions, award ceremonies and managing community relationships. She has also been active in producing fundraising affairs like the Haiti Is Me campaign launch, Haiti Cherie benefit and the Haiti Rebirth Brunch in the wake of the country’s catastrophic 2010 earthquake. Most recently, she was instrumental in creating Swing!: A Summer Cocktail Party with Jazz at Lincoln Center and planned Art + Jazz a collaboration between Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Latoya may choose her projects with a social conscience, but she keeps a finger on the pulse of the corporate world. She has worked alongside powerhouse sponsorship partners for her charities from the likes of LVMH, JP Morgan Chase and Mercedes to Jaguar, Deutsche Bank and JetBlue. Pairing industry leaders and lifestyle luxury brands with choice, relevant causes is part of her niche. Coining the phrase “party with purpose,” Latoya has mastered the fine art of raising funds and awareness with panache through provocative, experiential events.