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2013 September

24 Sep



September 24, 2013 | By |

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Events include Emerging Leaders Town Hall, ‘PREVIEW: A Red Carpet Affair 2013,’
the Young Elected Officials Roundtable, & #ThatAfterParty

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  On Thursday, September 19 through Saturday, September 21, 2013, IMPACT hosted three standing-room only events — a town hall, roundtable discussion, and an upscale red carpet event — during the 43rd Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s (CBCF) Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). IMPACT featured more than 20 notable panelists during the Emerging Leaders Town Hall and the Young Elected Officials Roundtable, and with all three events combined hundreds of young professionals participated.

African-American legislators, policy professionals, and community advocates led discussions at the Emerging Leaders Town Hall and the Young Elected Officials Roundtable. Both events equipped young professionals and budding politicos with the knowledge and tools needed to sustain a career in public policy, engage their local community, and network with their peers.

IMPACT’s CBCF ALC events featured appearances by the Trayvon Martin family, Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN), Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV), Political Analyst Jamal Simmons, Florida State Rep. Alan Williams, several Capitol Hill Chiefs of Staff, and many more.

Quick Highlights:

On Thursday, September 19, 2013, from 6 pm- 8 pm ET, IMPACT hosted “PREVIEW: A Red Carpet Affair” at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, DC to honor our nation’s young leaders. Each month, IMPACT features a young professional, dubbed IMPACT Leader of the Month, who makes significant positive contributions to their communities, both professionally and philanthropically.  In the month leading up to PREVIEW, individuals were encouraged to vote for the person who embodies IMPACT’s three core principles (civic engagement, political involvement, and economic empowerment) through their professional accomplishments and work in the community.

IMPACT presented Jamal Sowell with the IMPACT Leader of the Year award. During the event, Representatives Carson, Butterfield, Meeks, and Horsford gave remarks. Official red carpet photos are available.

On Friday, September 20, 2013 at 10 am ET, IMPACT co-hosted its annual CBCF Emerging Leaders Series Town Hall sponsored by Union Pacific. Serving as the event’s moderators, Jeff Johnson and Angela Rye led the first panel discussion and addressed the community’s ongoing response to the Trayvon Martin tragedy and best practices for empowering the community to advance the dialogue in a solutions-oriented and action-based manner. Later, the second panel discussed the state based and legislative strategies for addressing racial profiling, Stand Your Ground laws, and gun violence more generally.

The Town Hall aired on Panelists also engaged with audience members during a Q&A session. Video interviews of each panelist–conducted by an IMPACT member–are available upon request. Official pictures from the Town Hall are also available.

The panelists included:

  • Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN)

  • Jeff Johnson, Activist and Host, The Intersection

  • Judith Browne Dianis, Co-Director, Advancement Project

  • Phillip Agnew, Executive Director, Dream Defenders

  • Rev. Dr. Jamal H. Bryant, Pastor, Empowerment Temple AME Church

  • Michael Skolnik, Political Director for Russell Simmons and President,

  • Florida State Rep. Alan Williams

  • Florida State Sen. Oscar Braynon

  • LaDavia Drane, Executive Director, CBC

  • Chanelle Hardy, SVP, National Urban League

  • Janaye Ingram, Executive Director, National Action Network

Roland Martin also delivered brief remarks.

On Saturday, September 21, 2012 at 10:30 am ET , IMPACT hosted the Young Elected Officials Roundtable at 10:30 am ET.  The panel featured policy professionals, lobbyists, and the Obama Administration.

The panelists included:

  • Jamal Simmons, Raben Group (Moderator)

  • Stephanie Young, Press Secretary for House Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD)

  • Shawna Watley, Senior Policy Advisor, Holland & Knight

  • Yohannes Abraham, Chief of Staff, White House of Public Engagement

  • Virgil Miller, Chief of Staff, Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA)

  • William Jawando, Director of Corporate and Government Affairs at Discovery Communications

  • Nina Smith, IMPACT Director

These panelists not only talked about their personal experiences in the political field, but they also gave advice to a room filled with politicians, young professionals, and students. Video footage is available upon request.

Video interviews of each panelist–conducted by an IMPACT member–are available upon request. Official pictures from the Roundtable are also available.

Later that night, IMPACT came together to celebrate our collective accomplishments–CBC Members, CBC Chiefs of Staff, and everyone who makes a difference in our legislative processes–while also giving back.

The event, Influencers: #ThatAfterParty provided us with the unique opportunity to continue the #NoJusticeNoSleep movement by holding a party WITH A PURPOSE — benefitting the Trayvon Martin Foundation.

Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin’s father, and Javaris Fulton, Trayvon’s brother were in attendance. Additionally, newly appointed Executive Director of the Trayvon Martin Foundation, Kim McRae also attended.  Official pictures from #ThatAfterParty are also available.

IMPACT (@teamIMPACT) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage and build a network of young professionals of color to foster civic engagement, increase knowledge of the political and legislative processes, and enhance economic empowerment opportunities. For additional information about IMPACT, visit


20 Sep


September 20, 2013 | By |

#ThatAfterParty Registration Is Closed

Only properly credentialed invited guests will be admitted

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13 Sep


September 13, 2013 | By |

 This Page Has Moved.

Dont Worry! #ThatAfterParty Invited Guests Will Receive The New RSVP Link



05 Sep


IMPACT Leader of the Year

September 5, 2013 | By |

Its that time of year again to name our IMPACT Leader of the Year!
Please review the bios and cast your vote!

03 Sep


Preview 2013

September 3, 2013 | By |

On behalf of IMPACT, thank you for your continued support of IMPACT’s efforts to ensure young professionals have unique access to top-level executives, notable leaders within their respective fields, along with beneficial career tools needed to be successful both professionally and philanthropically. We know that these goals are aligned with your personal mission, and we look forward to continuing to work with you in the near future.

In addition to the video recap above have posted some pictures from PREVIEW: A Red Carpet Affair to our Facebook page. If there are ways that our team can work to amplify your messages or to support your work, please continue to consider us as a resource.

IMPACT could not have accomplished this event had it not been for your contribution. Thank you again for your continued support.