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30 Dec


“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!

30 Dec


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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30 Dec



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.

30 Dec


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


30 Dec


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.


“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


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

30 Dec


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 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  For additional information regarding IMPACTs work in this area visit

30 Dec


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 For sponsorship or information about panelists or participation contact Angela Rye at or Kimberly Wilson at

30 Oct


IL: Joshua Humbert

October 30, 2011 | By |

IMPACT Leader Joshua Humbert founded the EnVest Foundation to educate, motivate and inspire philanthropists of all levels to make informed, sustainable, and legacy-building contributions to community non-profits.

With more than a decade of experience in major gift fundraising, millennial giving strategy, as well as experience as a consultant to many area non-profit organizations, Joshua Humbert brings an exceptional understanding of the core principles of development to the conversation of philanthropy.

He lectures, hosts events and programs that identify, develop and engage the foundation’s membership base to become philanthropists. He currently oversees the foundation’s 2000 More Campaign, serves as Managing Director for the Foundation and is a member of its Board of Directors. Prior to his career in philanthropy, Joshua served as a successful investment advisor with Merrill Lynch’s Private Client Group, which managed $110M in private equity.

Although he was on a desirable path to success in the corporate world, his passion and concern for people in need resulted in a shift in his career. Wanting to know more about how he could make an immediate impact on the community, Joshua took a job as Associate Director of Development for Jubilee Housing, where he successfully led and closed out a $1.5M renovation campaign within the $50M residential real estate re-development campaign in the urban core of Washington, DC.

With his early success, Joshua rounded out his philanthropic experience at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. Mr. Humbert served as Regional Director of Development, where he was responsible for managing a $4M dollar development budget, overseeing the fundraising priorities and serving as the development liaison to their 35 member regional board of directors. Shortly thereafter he became Associate Director of Development for Emerging Markets at the University of Maryland. Currently, he is a Development Director for Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Joshua holds a degree in Political Science from Norfolk State University and is enrolled in the Masters in Philanthropy program at Indiana University.


Getting to Know Joshua Humbert:

What inspired you to pursue your current career path?

I’ve always cared about people, specifically people in need. If you spoke to my mom, she would tell the story about how when I was about 10 years old, she came home after a long day at work to learn that I had completely emptied the refrigerator and gave our food away because I wanted to feed the neighborhood. I exhibited philanthropic habits at an early age. Although I didn’t know the definition of true philanthropy at the time, I knew I wanted to help people in a very personal way. At this point in my life, I’m happiest when I see others achieve their true philanthropic potential. I want people to feel that same altruistic high that I felt as a ten year-old helping to feed the neighborhood, the feeling I still feel when I help other people give back. As a person of faith, I know it’s God’s purpose for me. I am truly living a purpose-driven life.

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

Philanthropy is the private sector of the heart. When you are living and working your purpose, it seems impossible to balance each because they reside in concentric circles. Some in my network support professional goals, some philanthropic and some are purely social. These separations help influence my quest for balance. Then, there’s a smaller inner circle that I connect to on a deeply personal level. These people pour into me, help keep my pursuit of my long-term goals on track, strengthen my areas of weakness and tell me the truth when others won’t. In short, they have my back. I feel replenished by my inner circle; they pour into me as much as I pour into others.

Why is it important for young professionals to develop a legacy of philanthropy?

There is a natural synergy between philanthropy and a young professional’s quest for achievement. Philanthropy fosters and displays values that link people to specific causes and communities that in some cases, raises their business and personal profile. It is no secret that there has always been a strong connection between the business community and philanthropy. That’s why the EnVest foundation engages professionals across career interests. While participating in EnVest’s philanthropic curriculum and attending our networking events, our members have the opportunity to develop life-long philanthropic habits; thus, redefining the profile of a philanthropist. At EnVest, we understand that your growth as a professional undoubtedly plays a role in how you can make a difference in your community and in the lives of others.

What is the biggest mistake young professionals make?

Two Common Mistakes:

Rushing to the bright lights of an elevated position and not having the exposure and experience needed to be impactful enough to stay in that elevated position. But in the same vein, not being scared to claim what is rightfully yours in life allows you to never park a Honda where your Bentley should be.

Developing the skillset to shut-up and listen allows the consistency of exposure to sink-in and lets you understand people’s wants and needs. This has placed me in positions and rooms that otherwise would be accessible. In simple terms, don’t block your blessing along your path to success and life fulfillment.

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

My love of people and seeing them fulfill their full potential in life and hoping they incorporate their own power of philanthropy sooner than later, especially in the millennial generation. This motivates me to continue the work of the EnVest Foundation.


Lastly, give me three words to sum up Joshua?

Here’s five: Understand matters of the heart.