On Saturday, April 27th, more than 100 guests attended the Achieving Leadership’s Purpose (ALP) Annual Leadership Benefit Breakfast to honor eight men and women who embody a commitment to affecting change in many of New York’s most challenged neighborhoods.  Funds raised at the event will benefit the organization’s mission of providing leadership development training to African-American high school students in preparation of a lifetime of civic leadership.

2013 ALP Breakfast Honorees:

  • Rev. Gregory Chisholm’70 – Pastor, St. Charles Borromeo
  • Maurice Coleman – SVP, Bank of America
  • Laurie Cumbo’93 – Founder, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art and Candidate, City Council 35th District
  • Stacie NC Grant’88 – CEO, CG Enterprises
  • Ryan Mack – President, Optimum Capital Management
  • Robert Reffkin – CEO, Urban Compass
  • Sig Shirodkar – Partner, KPMG
  • Anne Williams-Isom – COO, Harlem Children’s Zone

The event was hosted, Dr. R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Black Studies at the City College of New York – CUNY.  And, the keynote address was given by Bloomberg Television Correspondent, Monica Bertrán.  The highlight of the event was hearing the stories of ALP students.  A group of students shared their personal stories of how ALP changed their lives.

ABOUT Achieving Leadership’s Purpose (ALP):

Founded in 1968, Achieving Leadership’s Purpose, Inc. (“ALP”) is a Harlem based, grassroots 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that provides leadership development training to high school scholars of the African Diaspora, preparing them for a lifetime of civic leadership and global awareness.   ALP seeks to foster a commitment to service as well as prepare young men and women for leadership roles of mid-level management or higher in the fields of education, government, domestic and international community affairs, social justice, and philanthropy. For more information about ALP go to: http://www.alp-nyc.org/.

Latoya Henry is the publisher and founder of Haute Giving: The Sexy Side of Philanthropy.
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