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19 Feb


February 19, 2013 | By |


L to R: David Johns, Angela Rye, Joe Briggs, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), Sarah Misailidis and Tyrik McKeiver

NEW YORK, NY – Last evening, on February 18 from 6-8 p.m., more than 200 young professionals of color from government, finance, philanthropic, research, and corporate sectors, had the opportunity to connect at IMPACT’s networking reception at Red Rooster Restaurant in Harlem. Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY) gave remarks during the event and spoke about the critical work and important role IMPACT serves nationally.

“IMPACT’s launch event in New York City drew a diverse group of professionals from all industries and career levels; it was encouraging to see so many emerging leaders in one room,” said Congressman Gregory Meeks. “Young people not only need good role models, but also opportunities to stay engaged and invested in their futures. I applaud IMPACT’s efforts to stay ahead of the curve and to lift others as they climb.”

IMPACT has a history of producing strategic networking events and relevant discussions with some of the nation’s most influential young professionals of color.  The group hosted this event during Black History Month and on President’s Day to not only recognize the historic re-election of our first-ever Black President, Barack Obama, but to also allow the region’s thought leaders to engage in dynamic dialogue while also expanding their network and creating new business opportunities.

The host committee for the NYC launch event included:

  • Hasaun Muhammad, Political Strategist & Business Developer
  • Tamika Mallory, Executive Director, National Action Network
  • Michael Skolnik, Editor in Chief, Global Grind
  • Marvin Bing, Northeast Regional Director, NAACP
  • Michelle Taylor, MPA, Program Director, Community Access, Inc.
  • Denaka Perry, Esq., Otterbourg, Steindler, Houston & Rosen, P.C.
  • Vernon Beckford, Harvard Business School Student

For photos from the event, please click: here.

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


28 Jan



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