Founded by a group of emerging leaders in 2006, IMPACT is an organization whose purpose is to: (1) enhance knowledge of the political and legislative processes; (2) foster civic engagement, and; (3) enhance economic empowerment opportunities for other emerging leaders, ages 21 to 40. Whether these leaders have joined corporate America, became CEOs of their own companies, work on Capitol Hill, lead non-profits, or are officials elected to lead their cities, states, or our Nation to greatness – the mission of IMPACT is to strategically link these leaders with one another to help in accomplishing their goals. To that end, our primary means of accomplishing this mission is to host a range of events catering to young professionals including forums,workshops, receptions and galas.
We partner with businesses, organizations, and high-powered leaders to host candidates’ forums, roundtable discussions, lecture series, workshops, and strategic networking events. Some of the events we have hosted in the past include forums at the Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, panel discussions at both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions of 2012 and work with various organizations to help people become and stay #VoteReady.
The IMPACT Team originally consisted of our five co-founders: Ryan M. Scott, Angela Rye, Adria Crutchfield, Joe D. Briggs, and Semhar Araia. Two founders continue to serve as directors of IMPACT. To learn more about the directors and leadership of IMPACT please visit our Directors page.
While IMPACT is not a membership organization, we welcome IMPACT supporters and friends to join our electronic mailing list at www.impact-dc.com/signup.
IMPACT’s three core principles are as follows:
IMPACT is now looking for interns. Applicants should be committed to making a difference in their communities and throughout the world. If you are interested, please email Krystal Leaphart at krystal.leaphart@IMPACT-dc.com with your cover letter, resume, and two writing samples.
Falating Woods, a native of Oakland, CA, is an International Business major with a concentration in Finance at Howard University. Falating stands strongly on his aspirations to become a Sports Agent; including negotiations with managers, promoters, union officials, and other persons regarding clients’ contractual rights and obligations.
Falating has been an intern for IMPACT for the Spring, Summer, and now the Fall of 2013. With this non-profit organization, he has served as the employment intern as well as the finance intern. These positions have given Falating the opportunity to show his interest and knowledge in finance and his talent with people.
On his campus, Falating holds an internship within Howard University’s Career Center. There, he assists with resume critiquing, interview coaching, event planning as well as personal matchmaking at the semi-annual Career Fair. In addition, Falating is the Founder and President of the Howard University Student Sports Alliance, which is an organization serving as a liaison between undergraduate students who are interested in working in the sports industry and those professionals that are already heavily invested in sports.
In his free time, Falating usually reads various business publications like Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Forbes, etc. He also enjoys occupying himself with research in a number of different sports including economic impacts from the PGA Tour, contract negotiations in the NFL, or even international career stories of the WNBA players. Lastly, being a movie-buff, Falating enjoys reading movie scripts before watching the actual film.
Colleen Roberts is a rising junior in the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Government with minors in Justice and Peace Studies and History. At Georgetown, she has sought out opportunities that further Georgetown’s mission of pluralism and inclusivity. Colleen is a member of the Patrick Healy Fellowship, which is dedicated to the Jesuit ideals of diversity and service. She is also currently a board member of the Diversity Action Council and a facilitator for Leaders in Education about Diversity. Colleen has been a peer leader and program coordinator for the Young Leaders in Education about Diversity (YLEAD) orientation program. Additionally, she serves as a guide for the Blue and Gray Tour Society, which regularly offers her the opportunity to show her Hoya pride to prospective students. Additionally, Colleen mentors underclassmen through the Georgetown Scholarship Program. She has also been introduced to the pursuit of social justice while at Georgetown through opportunities within the Center for Social Justice. Upon graduation Colleen aspires to attend law school and focus on civil rights and issues pertaining to social equity.
Elise Phillips is a Sophomore, Political Science Major from Tulsa, OK. She is currently enrolled at Howard University. On campus, she is involved in Chapel Assistants and the Howard Gospel Choir. Her past experiences include serving as Committee Chair of Cohort 4 for Youth Philanthropy Initiative and working with the Tulsa Area United Way. Her future aspirations are to work at a global scale, promoting philanthropy and service relationships with countries around the world. At IMPACT, she hopes to be involved in public relations and outreach, and spread awareness about political issues that concern the local community.