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2011 December

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“The youth of our nation are the clearest mirror of our performance.” ~Robert F. Kennedy

December 30, 2011 | By |

2011 has been a busy year for IMPACT. Whether volunteering to support the Congressional Black Caucus Job Initiative, or producing an annual gala with the National Bar Association designed to increase membership and optimize the network of African Americans working to advance progressive change through juris prudence, we worked diligently to ensure that young professionals had meaningful opportunities to obtain the information and to meet the individuals that can assist in professional development and philanthropic success. In what follows, Joshua Humbert, our December IMPACT Leader of the Month discusses the importance of developing a legacy of philanthropy—especially for young professionals.  We also review several of IMPACT’s initiatives from 2011 before previewing next year’s programmatic focus on Political Engagement.  Over the coming year we seek to ensure that all young professionals have the resources needed to be politically informed and engaged. Be sure to visit IMPACT for additional information on these initiatives and how you can get involved.

In whatever you do, ask yourself, are you making an IMPACT on your world? You should!

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How We Made an IMPACT at the 41st CBCF Annual Legislative Conference

December 30, 2011 | By |

Each year, IMPACT works diligently to ensure that our goal of providing emerging and established professionals with opportunities to gain the skills and to strengthen the relationships needed to be successful real. This is especially true during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference (ALC).

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IMPACT SUPPORTS THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS “FOR THE PEOPLE” JOBS INITIATIVE

December 30, 2011 | By |

This summer IMPACT answered the call to service by volunteering to support the Congressional Black Caucus’ response to the economic and employment crisis crippling the African American community.

Recognizing the 16 percent unemployment rate among Blacks across the nation, the Congressional Black Caucus launched a five-city tour, which included both a job fair and town hall meeting.   In cities from Detroit to Cleveland, Atlanta to Los Angeles and Miami, hundreds of recruiters offered employment to eager and exhausted job seekers.

IMPACT found the Jobs Tour to be an incredible initiative and opportunity to serve our communities. With a consistent focus on fostering civic engagement and economic empowerment for young professionals, we are aware of the unemployment and economic disparities that plague us. The Jobs Tour is only one facet of the overall “For the People” Jobs Initiative the CBC developed. This initiative also included the introduction of legislation to improve job creation in disparaged cities as well as documenting the progress of unemployment in these cities. As the CBC continues to fight for equal employment opportunities throughout America, they have the unyielding support of IMPACT.

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IMPACT Honors the 2011 Nation’s Best Advocates at Annual National Bar Association Gala

December 30, 2011 | By |

Hundreds of people filled the Maryland Ballroom of the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace

Hotel on Sunday, July 31, 2011 as IMPACT and the National Bar Association (NBA) honored the 2011 “Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40.” The event was hosted by actor and comedian Anthony Anderson, and kicked off the NBA’s 86th Annual Convention.

From the 40 nominees the winners of five special awards were announced during the 2nd annual gala, which is the only of its kind. Congressman André Carson (IN-07), Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince and Willie Gary were among the attendees.

Nation’s Best Advocates recognizes talented individuals (age 40 and under) within the African American legal community who have achieved prominence and distinction, professionally and philanthropically. The 2011 class represents a cross-section of legal professionals: solo practitioners, government lawyers, judges, academicians, corporate counsels, young elected officials, and other lawyers using their degree in innovative ways. Winners were chosen based on their achievement, innovation, vision, leadership, and legal community involvement.

2011 Nation’s Best Advocates Award Winners

Excellence in Activism – Christopher J. Tyson – Assistant Professor of Law, Louisiana State University Excellence in Innovation – Adia Zuri May – CEO/Founder, Zuri Entertainment, LLC Excellence in Leadership – Ronda Williams – Senior Corporate Counsel, Savvis, Inc. Excellence in Service – Christiane A. Roussell – Associate, Hunton & Williams LLP

Nation’s Best Advocate of the Year – Andrea H. Evans – Attorney, The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans, LLC

 

The National Bar Association, founded in 1925, is the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African American attorneys and judges. It represents approximately 44,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students and has over 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world. For additional information about the National Bar Association, visit www.nationalbar.org

 

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Interning at IMPACT

December 30, 2011 | By |

IMPACT recognizes that to ensure that more young professionals have access to positions and opportunities of influence, we must invest in the development of  the next generation of talent. To this end, IMPACT provides internship opportunities to  emerging professionals, many who are in college and graduate students.

Interns manage and support projects and initiatives designed to assist with identifying and securing post-graduation employment while also making positive changes in the communities from which we come.

IMPACT is greatly appreciative of our interns and have invited a few to share some of their experiences with you.

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“What I enjoyed most about the internship with IMPACT is the flexibility it allows me and the support system that the directors provide. The internship is structured in such a way that it allows the intern to develop skills that are geared towards future career goals.  By that I mean, there is a freedom to sort of design what you want to do while working with IMPACT as well as help out with their events which are great networking opportunities.”

Mariel Prevatt

Student

Howard University School of Law

 

“As a communications major, the people at IMPACT have prepared me for the field I seek to enter. Whether it was providing input for the blog or corresponding with guests for an event; I was trusted to do real work and I appreciate that. Being an intern for IMPACT has truly strengthened my network and has given me the confidence to pursue my aspirations further.”

Shanel Adams

Howard University c/o 2013

Public Relations Major

 

Are you interested in interning with IMPACT? Send your resume to resumes@IMPACT-dc.com

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IMPACT Wants to Ensure that YOU Are Politically Informed and Engaged in 2012

December 30, 2011 | By |

Profiling Established and Emerging Political Leaders

 

IMPACT is founded on the understanding that to be engaged members of civil society we have an inherent obligation to be politically aware and engaged. Accordingly, IMPACT feels a sense of responsibility to enrich and support young professionals as they seek to address challenges facing today’s world, work collaboratively with diverse communities and uphold their obligation as stakeholders in fashioning a better future for generations to come.

Building on this foundation, IMPACT is excited to announce a new and innovative partnership with Politic365.com. Kicking off in January 2012, this collaboration will highlight successful and emerging young professionals who are on the cutting-edge of shaping public policy and influencing politics at every level.

This partnership is a part of a larger initiative designed to ensure that emerging and established professionals have information and access to individuals who can assist in ensuring that they are informed and engaged in the upcoming election cycle.

If you know of any young professionals or elected officials that deserve recognition for their work in politics, policy or civic engagement, please e-mail Nina Smith at nina.smith@impact-dc.com.  For additional information regarding IMPACTs work in this area visit www.impact-dc.com.

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IMPACT Change Agents – Fireside Chats

December 30, 2011 | By |

Throughout 2012, once each quarter, IMPACT will host Fireside Chats to ensure that emerging and established young professionals have the information and opportunities to meet individuals who can ensure they are educated, informed and are therefore fully engaged in the upcoming 2012 election cycle.

Selected thought leaders will engage in intimate, facilitated discussions with a small audience. Sessions are designed to ensure that participants leave feeling that they can do something with the information presented.

Contact: For additional information please be sure to visit www.IMPACT-dc.com. For sponsorship or information about panelists or participation contact Angela Rye at angela.rye@impact-dc.com or Kimberly Wilson at kimberly.wilson@impact.-dc.com

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IL: Valeisha Butterfield-Jones

December 7, 2011 | By |

Valeisha Butterfield –Jones

Valeisha Butterfield-Jones is the National Youth Vote Director for the Obama for America campaign and the Co-founder and Chair of the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN).  Butterfield-Jones was recognized by ESSENCE Magazine as a top 40 executive under 40 years of age in 2010.  She formerly served as the Executive Director of Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN), as the National Director of Diversity for the Alzheimer’s Association and as the Deputy Director of Public Affairs for the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce.  Butterfield – Jones is a recognized award-winning communications and political strategist with a specialization in youth mobilization.  She has been featured on Black Entertainment Television, AOL’s Black Voices, Our World with Black Enterprise and other major news programs. Butterfield – Jones was born in Wilson, NC and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Clark Atlanta University. She is married to Dahntay Jones of the Indiana Pacers and is the daughter of U.S. Congressman G. K Butterfield and N.C. Legislator Jean Farmer Butterfield. Follow Butterfield – Jones on Twitter at @valeisha.

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