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IL:Maci Peterson

June 5, 2015 | By | No Comments

 

Maci Peterson

INTERVIEW | Getting to Know Maci Peterson

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur, developing the app, On Second Thought?

I am a born entrepreneur. When I was little, my mom had a basket business called Baskets of Joy. As a young child, when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I’d reply, “I want to be a Baskets of Joy lady.” I didn’t realize I was actually saying I wanted to be an entrepreneur. The idea for On Second Thought was born out of sending a few texts I wished I could get back.

Tell us about On Second Thought.

On Second Thought is a messaging app that lets you take back text messages before they get to the other person’s phone. The app also has the Curfew feature, that is there to help during those times when inhibitions are lower than usual.

The app’s retention rate and download rates are high. What’s behind this success?

We’re thrilled the response and connection to the app has been so successful. With On Second Thought, we’ve solved a problem that people encounter on a daily basis. We’ve been successful because when people hear about OST and download the app, they realize how useful it is and they are grateful that it helps them navigate their text-driven lives. We’ve been extremely blessed, and our success can be attributed to three major factors: 1) Prayer 2) Solving a problem a common problem 3) Taking risks and seizing opportunities.

How did you get involved with the technology industry?

I got involved in the technology industry by having ideas for tech-driven companies.

Tell us about philanthropic efforts outside of your company.

I am an active member of my church, DC Metro Church in Alexandria, VA. I am also a member of Chapman50, an alumni board at my alma mater Chapman University.

What are some difficulties African-American women face in the technology industry?

Being an entrepreneur is challenging, and it’s not for everyone. In terms of difficulties, I only know my experience. I don’t know if challenges I’ve faced have been because I’m an African-American woman, or if they just come with the territory. Raising money is hard for everyone. I don’t know if my experience has been difficult because I’m a black woman or if it’s because the institutional capital funds in DC tend to shy away from investing in B2C companies. My partners and I have been focused on working with investors who can bring more than just money to the table, and that adds another level of complexity.

Name the biggest mistake young professionals make as entrepreneurs.

I think the worst thing that could happen for any person is to become a victim of their own hubris. Entrepreneurs, and people in general, need to be comfortable with the fact that we don’t know everything, and align ourselves with those who know more than us.

What advice would you give to other young professionals who desire to become a CEO one day?

Seek the truth about yourself, accept it and use it to fuel your drive. Whenever anyone tries to project things onto you that don’t align with that truth, brush it off and stick to what you know.

What’s been the best experience of your career?

My career has been filled with many great experiences. The best experiences are when people have shared their stories about how On Second Thought has saved them in what could have been precarious situations.

What’s next for you in your career?

I just left Marriott where I was a Brand Manager so I could give On Second Thought my undivided attention. I’m focused on building On Second Thought into an industry leader in the United States and abroad.

Describe yourself in three words.

Blessed, optimistic, ambitious

How can people reach you?

Twitter: @MaciPeterson or @On2nd_Thought

 

IL:Steven Jumper

May 5, 2015 | By | No Comments

 

steven jumper

INTERVIEW | Getting to Know Steven Jumper

What inspired you to pursue a career in branding, creative development?

Branding is just that – harnessing and shaping a company’s inspirations into a concise package that makes people feel something. Since I was a child, over the years I’ve been deeply influenced by certain brands that were able to connect with my aspirations, passions, and lifestyle. Experiencing the power that thoughtful brands have had and continue to have on my life, I’ve been driven over the past several years to help craft brands that connect with people in genuine ways.

Tell us about your transition from politics, corporate to start-up. Pros? Cons?

Although I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some of the top brands in the U.S. and world, I’ve always felt like I’ve been a part of the start-up culture. My first job, the opportunity that helped set my professional course, was working for renowned communications expert Judy Smith and her company Impact Strategies (now Smith and Company). At Impact Strategies, although we led communications efforts for some of the world’s most prominent figures and brands, the company was still fueled by a start-up/small business culture. I watched Mrs. Smith and later Mrs. Ann Walker Marchant, of the Walker Marchant Group, build significant, influential companies by shaping boutique agencies into organizations able to compete with and surpass larger national firms. So, although I may not have fully realized it along the way, start-up culture has always been central to my professional life.

Why are you passionate about startups?

I’m inspired by people and companies fully willing to take the destinies into their own hands. Business owners who truly invest in themselves bring a unique energy that you can feel. As an owner of my own agency, along with my partners, I am inspired every time I meet anyone who believes in an idea and strategy enough to set out and chart his/her own course.

What is the key to balancing your professional, philanthropic, and social commitments?

For a while I struggled with this. For years, I believed that personal, professional, and philanthropic lives had to be lived and managed independently. What I’ve come to believe is that for me to be at my best, I have to approach all facets of my life with the same commitment and passion. My hope is that when I’m fortunate enough to be a part of anything positive I bring a level of mindfulness that people can feel.

Shark Tank DC? How were you involved with this effort?

In April, Ghost Note, the integrated communications agency I co-own, was fortunate enough to partner with Shark Tank and area consultant firm Values Partnerships to offer DC-based startups with an exclusive opportunity to pitch the hit ABC show’s leading casting directors. The collaboration with Shark Tank was the latest event in our Technoir initiative. We launched Technoir in 2014 in an effort to help fund, showcase, and celebrate diversity in tech.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t send a big shout to IMPACT leader Brandon Andrews who was instrumental in making our Shark Tank collaboration possible.

Name the biggest mistake young professionals make in your industry?

There still exist misconceptions about the industries of strategic communications, marketing and branding that young professionals entering the workforce should be aware of. Foremost, is the belief that the glamorization by popular media of the worlds of PR and branding is reality in the office place. These industries can certainly be very exciting, fast paced, and exhilarating, but above all they require an intense work ethic to be successful. Young professionals assuming that their early careers will be defined by red carpet appearances and elbow rubbing with celebrities will be sorely disappointed. Mostly, the communications, branding, and marketing industries are driven by inspired and hardworking people willing to put in the time necessary to implement their ideas and strategies real in ways that benefit clients.

What advice would you give other young professionals who desires to excel in your industry?

I would encourage any young(er) professional in the field to commit him/herself to truly learning the fundamental tenets that still drive the work of strategic communications, branding, and marketing. Focus on core skills such of writing, pitching, project management, and quality ideation.

What’s been the best experience of your career thus far (or the most rewarding)?

I’ve been truly blessed to work closely with principal figures at the center of some of the most significant news stories to happen in this country over the past several years. I’ve also had the privilege of helping to craft effective strategies for global, leading brands. That said, without a doubt, the best experience of my career has been building our agency Ghost Note. Of course, a particular pride comes from owning your company, but mostly I feel incredibly fortunate to be doing it with close friends and three of the most talented young minds I know – Brandon Ellis, Reggie Snowden, and Ade Omitowoju.

What’s next for you in your career?

The continued growth and expansion of Ghost Note. The size and profile of our clients is growing. Our partnerships are growing. Our team is growing. Our aspirations for what we can make our company into are growing. And meanwhile, as professionals, sons, fathers, and brothers, we are growing. If this theme continues, years from now, I’ll think I’ll be proud of what we’ve accomplished.

Describe yourself in three words.

Reserved. Restless. Relentless.

Twitter Handle?

@GhostNoteAgency

How can people reach you?

steven@ghostnoteagency.com

IL:Lauren Wesley Wilson

April 5, 2015 | By | No Comments

IL - 2015 - Lauren Wesley Wilson

INTERVIEW | Getting to Know Lauren Wesley Wilson
What inspired you to pursue a career in public relations?
I needed to find a career for talking on the phone, PR seemed liked the best option.

Tell us about your organization ColorComm.
ColorComm, Inc. is a company focused on advancing the visibility and accomplishments of women of color in the communications, marketing, digital and advertising arenas. ColorComm, Inc. houses the national professional membership organization called ColorComm: Women of Color in Communications and ColorComm’s Conference (called C2), which is held annually at the Ritz Carlton, Key Biscayne Miami.

ColorComm has chapters in multiple cities nationwide. What’s behind the organization’s success in attracting more members?
ColorComm was created in May 2011 as an invite-only luncheon series to
connect mid to executive level women with the goal of forming mutually beneficial
relationships and learning about special opportunities. ColorComm is often referred to as a good ol’ girls network because of the environment, community, exclusive exchange of information and access to job opportunities. In 2012, the group transitioned into a membership organization and launched its first chapter in Washington, D.C. Currently ColorComm has chapters in DC, New York, Chicago
and Atlanta with access to over 10,000 professional women nationwide.

What’s key to balancing professional, philanthropic, and social commitments?
It’s hard to balance it all. One trick that has worked for me is to set my alarm multiple times throughout the day. I have a tendency to run over at meetings and or events. I set my alarm for the time that I must leave or end a phone call. When the alarm rings, I know that it’s time to end whatever I’m doing and head to the next task. It’s worked out well. It allows me to give 100% to the person vs constantly checking my phone for the end time.

How did you juggle a full-time job and an organization?
ColorComm, Inc is my full time job. Prior to this, I served as Communications Strategist with QorvisMSLGroup and worked full time with ColorComm, Inc. There was no balance.

What are some difficulties African-American women face in your industry?
Not having access or insight to the players that can advance their career.

Name the biggest mistake young professionals make in your industry.
Not being proactive enough.

What advice would you give other young professionals who desire to excel in public relations?
Take time to learn about the industry and about the people who are making a difference. Read, read, read, and read some more.

Tell us about the upcoming ColorComm conference.
C2 (short for ColorComm Conference) is the ultimate business conference and retreat for women of color in communications that will connect approximately 300 multicultural, professional women. Women’s activist Gloria Steinem, CNN’s Lisa Ling, Levo League Founder Caroline Ghosn, President of Combs, Wine, Spirits Dia Sims and many more will serve as speakers. Prudential, Coca-Cola, Toyota, Wells Fargo, McDonald’s, Edelman, Weber Shandwick, MSLGroup and many more will serve as sponsors. ColorComm will host the ColorComm Circle Awards, the highest honor awarded to a select group of 8 women who are changing the face of the communications industry. PR Week, Latina, Audrey, and Blogher are serving as media partners.

What’s been the best experience of your career thus far (or the most rewarding)?
Having the confidence to tackle fear and to leave a full-time, comfortable, and nicely paid position with QorvisMSLGROUP to fulfill my mission and calling by leading ColorComm, Inc. as President.

Describe yourself in three words.
Proactive, Persistent, Impatient

Twitter Handle?
@colorcommntwk; @lwesleywilson

How can people reach you?
lww@colorcommnetwork.com

IL:Stacey Abrams

February 5, 2015 | By | No Comments

Stacey Abrams

Stacey Y. Abrams is the House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly and State Representative for the 89th House District. She is the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly and is the first African-American to lead in the House of Representatives.

Stacey grew up in Mississippi with working-class parents who taught her the value of public service and civic engagement at a young age. She graduated from Spelman College and also holds degrees from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and Yale Law School.

Stacey returned to Atlanta as a tax attorney at the Sutherland law firm, with a focus on tax-exempt organizations, healthcare and public finance. Fiercely independent and entrepreneurial, Stacey has also founded numerous businesses. Most recently, she co-founded and serves as Senior Vice President at NOW Corporation, a financial services firm that specializes in providing access to capital for small businesses.

First elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2006, Stacey quickly became known for her expertise and ability to explain complicated tax and legal questions, and earned a reputation for working across party lines to pass legislation. In 2010, Stacey became House Minority Leader, where she has led the caucus to promote and pass legislation to increase educational opportunity, promote economic security, and improve the quality of life for all Georgians.

IL: Privel Hinkati

January 5, 2015 | By | No Comments

Privel Hinkati

INTERVIEW | Getting to Know Privel Hinkati

Tell us about a typical day in the life of Privel.

A typical day starts at 5:05am. I wake up and get ready, have breakfast and bike to my rowing training. I train during two hours and after I go to work attending meetings, doing individual work, and monitoring technology all day. Afterward, I go train again for about one hour before coming home and eating and going to bed early.

What (or who) inspired you to become involved in international affairs? What (or who) inspired you to become involved in athletics?

I don’t think that someone inspired me. I have always been interested in International Affairs. I like discovering different countries, people, cultures so it was “normal” to be in this domain.

My parents inspired me to become an athlete. They have already told me that it ‘s important to push yourself and that sports teach life values. It’s with these words that I grew up and I became an athlete.

What is the key to balancing your professional, athletic, and social commitments?

Oh it’s simple. Motivation and organization. That’s it ! You have to have a goal and be ready to make concessions in your life and be very organized to not fail.

What is the biggest mistake young professionals make, especially when pursuing a career in public service and foreign policy faced by people of color?

Just thinking that you are out of place due to your color. It’s the biggest mistake because if you are there, and you have to be there, it is not a mistake.

What advice or learned lesson would you give other young professionals who desire to work in foreign policy?

I think that the most important thing is to be diplomat with everyone because you may meet again in different circumstances and have to work together. Don’t ever count anybody out.

What’s been the best experience of your career thus far (or the most rewarding) ?

To be hired at the Embassy of France in the United States out of more of 400 hundred candidates.

What’s next for you in your career and what is your approach to reaching the next phase of your professional development ?

I’m let some time pass before thinking to my future but maybe I would like to create a startup. I’m working in the entrepreneurship domain too and I have a project so maybe it would be my next step in my career.

Lastly, what are three words to sum up Privel Hinkati.

Ambitious, Athlete, Thoughtful

How can people reach you on social media ?

On my personal website : www.privelhinkati.com
Facebook
LinkedIn

IL: Garrett Johnson

November 17, 2014 | By | No Comments

 

IL - Garrett Johnson - November 2014

INTERVIEW | Getting to Know Garrett Johnson

You’ve had a successful career in policy, what inspired you to pursue a career in tech?

I wanted to solve a discreet problem for my nephew’s school and that “side-project” has evolved into a venture-backed company. I never imagined moving out to Silicon Valley. I’ve always considered myself a problem solver, but never pursued traditional entrepreneurship, until this company. It’s among the most meaningful and exciting pursuits of my life, so far.

What is the key to balancing your professional, philanthropic and social commitments?

Learn to say no. It’s hard and an art form, but focus is incredibly important. I would rather do a few things incredibly well.

What is the biggest mistake young professionals make, especially when pursuing a new business venture?

Lack of focus. Read Peter Thiel’s new book, Zero to One, as it explains the vital importance of focus in a digestible way.

What advice would you give other young professionals who desire to excel in marrying tech and social responsibility, especially African American men?

Don’t be afraid to be the first person or only person like you in the room. After this psychological barrier, it all comes down to execution. Understand what problem you are solving and make sure the problems is causing real pain. Identify a small market that acutely feels this pain, which you are positioned to reach. Build an incredible solution for that problem – preferably 10x better or faster than anyone else can – and sell the shit out of it.

What’s been the best experience of your career thus far (or the most rewarding)?

I refuse to accept my nephew’s friend request on Facebook, but I can see his page and his listed occupation is Jr. CEO of SendHub.

What’s next for you in your career? What should we look out for?

I am 100% invested in SendHub and don’t plan to change this. In general – I always want to solve big problems.

Lastly, give me three words to sum up Garrett Johnson?

Husband, Uncle, Servant.

How can we get in touch with you?

@garrettjohnson

 

IL:Courtney Curtis

October 31, 2014 | By | No Comments

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INTERVIEW | Getting to Know Courtney Curtis

Tensions are high in Missouri right now. The unarmed shooting of African-American teen Michael Brown by a local police officer in Ferguson, Missouri has cut deep for those who live in your state and nationwide. As an elected official in Missouri, what role are you playing to ensure voices are heard in the wake of this tragic incident?

In the wake of the Ferguson tragedy, I have done things ranging from going to protest, staying out with the protesters to hear their concerns and letting them know that someone was there with them for support and not recognition. I have kept the lines of communication open with a lot of very different groups from local, to state, and federal officials as well as clergy and the protesters. Mostly I’ve listened and reacted while trying to make sure things were put in place to make sure when people are ready to start the healing process that they had somewhere or someone to turn to.

Stakes are high this mid-term election. What are you doing to mobilize Missouri residents to the polls?

We’ve been very active for several weeks trying to ensure that the people know there is an election coming, and who has there best interests at heart. Sadly neither of the candidates is an African American who you’d think would be more sympathetic to fighting for change, but that’s even more of a reason to make sure people get involved because we can’t change things if we arent’. So we’ve done everything from signs, phone calls, events, and robocalls to door knocking. People are really receptive to information these days because so many haven’t been engaged in recent history.

You’ve had a successful career in politics, what inspired you to run for office?

When I moved back to my hometown of Ferguson, there was a murder a few weeks before and after my niece was born, and I can’t remember there being a murder in 23 years of my family living in that area. That was too close to home for me, and since I have no kids or a wife, I figured I’d make things better for my niece, and family while I had all of the time and energy to do so.

What is the key to balancing your professional, philanthropic and social commitments?

I don’t know there is a balance in my life, but because I don’t have many responsibilities it doesn’t effect me too much. I just keep going. I do make sure to have fun whenever I can, but my mind is always on improving the community, and clearly we have great needs so balance can come later, there is work to do today.

What is the biggest mistake young leaders make when pursuing a career in politics?

I’d say the biggest mistake young leaders make is taking what others say as the gospel, some people are accustomed to the old fashioned way of doing things, such as paying your dues, and having someones blessing. I didn’t ask anyone, I knocked on 100 doors a day except on Sundays in 100 degree weather to make a change. I didn’t ask for people to vote for me, I said vote for the community. It worked out, where as some people would have said wait your turn, get married first, get a job etc. Sometimes you just have to do what you feel is right, if it’s meant to be, it will be.

What advice would you give other young professionals who desire to be an elected official?

Advice for young professionals with a desire to be elected may want to do some research, I read for 3 months about campaigning and strategy before I did it. Reconnect with old friends, if you aren’t independently wealthy you may need some financial or shoe leather support and friends come in handy. Make sure you are mentally prepared for what can be trying, make sure your family is ok with it, ultimately really think of the commitment you are making and if you are okay with it forge ahead. Politics is only slightly different from organization work, so having experience to draw on from being a member to leading them all comes in handy. Honestly that’s all the preparation I needed for Ferguson, and it has served me well.

What’s been the best experience of your career thus far (or the most rewarding)?

I’ve had an opportunity to go places I hadn’t previously gone, I’ve been on a call with the President, I’ve toured Turkey with a Congressman from there, I’ve been to China and will be in Hong Kong in December. The people that you can meet, and the places you can go or enough, but knowing that I am having a real impact on the people that I grew up next to takes the cake. At the end of the day, my legacy won’t be where I’ve gone, but who I effected and I’ll see those people everyday and know that I fought for them.

What’s next for you in your career?

Ha, that’s not a question to ask a politician. Political answer, wherever the people will have me. In the meantime I am going to improve my district every day through my nonprofit North County Forever. Policy moves slow, and I’m still childless, and unmarried so my free time will go to moving faster than policy ever could by doing people and action oriented work in the district. My big goal is to make St. Louis the only destination for young people in the midwest, and to beat Chicago in the process. I have a lot of work to do, but anything is possible.

Lastly, give me three words to sum up Courtney Curtis.

Fearless, Passionate, Achiever

September 22, 2014 | By | No Comments

IMPACT will host and participate in a multitude of key events as part of the 44th Annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference.

We have compiled this listicle of sorts, including IMPACT-hosted events as well as events featuring IMPACT founders and IMPACT Leaders.

 RSVP for all IMPACT events at: http://www.impact-dc.com/alc/2014


How can we leverage #Fergusonat the ballot box?

 

On September 23, 2014, IMPACT will kick off its ALC events with #HandsUpWeVote in light of National Voter Registration Day. #HandsUpWeVote is a mobilization event that discusses how we can connect the action happening in Ferguson, Missouri to sustainable civic solutions.  Another goal is to provide information and technological strategies that can increase participation for the upcoming midterm elections. We will be partnering with young leaders from the BBPV initiative (Black and Brown People Vote) to teach participants how to use technology such as memes, graphics, visuals and social media outlets to encourage voting.

Additionally, IMPACT will have a voter registration drive on site so participants can vote and select leaders who can create positive change in cities like Ferguson.  It has been nearly fifty years since the Voting Rights Act was passed, but people of color are still facing voting obstacles. Based off of IMPACT’s #VoteReady initiative, the objective is two fold: to increase voter registration and to provide community education  so that voters can continue to be politically active long after the elections are over.  It is crucial for black and brown people to take full advantage of the tools of democracy and to advocate for their communities so that lives can be improved. #HandsUpWeVote will further emphasize the need for voters to stay connected to their leaders and to diligently monitor relevant political issues affecting their communities as a whole.  Participants will also be able to hear from WKYS radio personality, EZ Street, who will discuss how to channel the outrage toward the Mike Brown case into fuel for motivation and national political action which can ultimately empower cities like Ferguson.

 

When: September 23 from 6:00PM-9:00PM

Location: Busboys and Poets

1025 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

*This is a free event

IMPACT National Voter Registration Day 2014 #CBCFALC14

 


 

Molding Young Leaders of Color for Success:

Emerging Leaders Town Hall

The annual Emerging Leaders Town Hall on Sept. 25th will engage African-American legislators, policy professionals, corporate executives, entertainers, and community advocates under the age of 40 in discussions about the state of affairs in Black America. This event will include two of our very own: IMPACT founder and strategist, Angela Rye, and Deon Jones, a 2014 IMPACT leader who is also the youngest elected official for DC’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC)! Additional speakers will include successful change makers such as Congressman of Steven Horsford of Nevada, Compton Mayor Aja Brown, Ledisi, and Sharon Lettman-Hicks of the National Black Justice Coalition,  just to name a few. At this Town Hall event, participants cannot only be enlightened but also leave empowered with new strategies to achieve their own personal goals.

 

When: Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 2:00PM-4:00PM

Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 201

Who: Legislators, policy professionals and community advocates

*This is a free event

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Learn how to IMPACT Your World:

The Art of Social Entrepreneurship 

 

On Sept. 26th, the Social Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion will feature the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Alumni Association. The aim of this event is to educate and empower innovative entrepreneurs who are seeking to create positive change in their communities. Panel participants will not only discuss how to produce positive change but will also highlight the keys to maintaining lasting results for deep rooted community improvement and economic success.  Economic empowerment and community change are key IMPACT initiatives.

 

When: Friday, September 26, 2014 from 3:00PM-5:00PM

Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 145B

*This is a free event

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Walker’s Legacy: 2nd Annual Women in Business and Civic Leadership Awards Program

This event will highlight and celebrate influential women of color. The Walkers Legacy will honor our very own Angela Rye, an IMPACT founder and now strategist. Angela Rye is one of the most dynamic young leaders on Capitol Hill and currently serves as the Executive Director and General Counsel to the Congressional Black Caucus. It is because of the vision of Angela and our other founders that IMPACT has quickly become a powerful voice and advocate for today’s young professionals of color nationwide. Please join us in celebrating the work of young women of color and expressing our appreciation for their outstanding contributions in civic engagement, business and political leadership.

 

When: September 23 from 6:00PM-8:00PM

RSVP: http://walkerslegacy.com/event/women-in-business-civic-leadership-awards/

*Cost $20

Walkers Legacy

 


 

18th Annual Celebration of Leadership in the fine Arts

This event will function as a scholarship fundraiser and as a celebration. The focus will be on young emerging artists, as well as great black legends, such as actress and director Phylicia Rashad who paved the way and created opportunities for young artists of color. Join us as we bring together the young and the old for a night of leadership commemoration and entertainment.


Who:
Phylicia Rashad, Alvin Poussaint, Angela Rye

When: Wed Sept 24th from 8:00PM-10:30PM

Where: The Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

*Cost $20

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Hip-Hop and Politics

This event will be hosted by Congressman Carson of Indiana and moderated by our very own Angela Rye, IMPACT founder and Strategist. This venue is geared specifically toward youth and students.  The key goals of the event are to empower the youth and equip them with the tools necessary to promote political activism and awareness in their schools and communities.

 

Who: Founder and CEO of Black Girls Rock, Beverly Bond and hip hop artist Rakim

When:  September 26 1:30PM-3:30PM

Where: Walter E Convention Center RM147B

*This is a free event

Hip Hop and Politics

IL:ASHLEY BELL

September 3, 2014 | By | No Comments

ashley bell

Ashley Bell

Independent, Free, Thinker
March 2014

Ashley Bell was elected Hall Country (GA) Commissioner in 2008.  The youngest ever,at the age of 27. In 2014 he announced his candidacy for Georgia State School Superintendent.
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IL:TOMICA BURKE

September 3, 2014 | By | No Comments

Tomica Burke

Tomica Burke

Never, Gives, Up
April 2014

Tomica “Tom” Burke is the Head Chef and Creative Director of TomCookery–New Comfort Cuisine and Catering. A native New Yorker.

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