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IMPACT Projects

IMPACT Projects


IMPACT Global Solutions

Understanding the implicit obligation to advocate for the political involvement, civic engagement, and economic empowerment of young professionals and elected officials of color, IMPACT expanded our efforts to the world stage. For the last two years, IMPACT has sponsored a delegation of young elected officials to participate in the Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Network Training. The unique partnership with the United States Department of State and the German Marshall Fund enable U.S. delegates to engage with and exchange best practices with young elected officials from throughout the European Union and to interact with high level stakeholders at the European Parliament. Most recently, IMPACT’s delegates also participated in the Brussels Forum as well.


IMPACT Global Solutions engages emerging leaders in three ways: (1) Creating events to strengthen the expertise of emerging global leaders both domestically and abroad; (2) Refining and developing a network of current and aspiring young professionals with international interests; and (3) Promoting efforts to advance the scope of minority participation in international relations.

Notable trainers have included: Karen Finney, Parag Mehta, Simon Woolley, and David Johns. In addition, U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, Laurie S. Fulton, U.S. Special Representative to Muslim Communities for the Department of State Farah Pandith, and U.S. Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs, Reta Jo Lewis have engaged leaders through IMPACT.

Nations Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers under 40 Gala

Nations Best Advocates

Since 2010, IMPACT has partnered with the National Bar Association (NBA) to establish the Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers under 40 Awards Gala. Each year, more than 300,000 votes are cast talented individuals (age 40 and under) within the African-American legal community who have achieved prominence and distinction at the Gala held during the Annual NBA Convention. IMPACT has produced the annual Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers under 40 Awards Gala in New Orleans, Louisiana, Baltimore, Maryland, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

IMPACT Employment Series & Interns of Color Networking Reception

IMPACT has produced more than a dozen events designed to provide young professionals with practical advice on gaining and succeeding in obtaining employment in several sectors including government, government relations, and non-profit sectors.

IMPACT established the IMPACT Interns of Color Reception during the summer of 2010 to ensure that young and emerging professionals were able to gather and garner resources to support their success while working in Washington, DC. This event is a part of a larger series designed to ensure that college students, in particular, have access to mentorship and other professional development opportunities that allow them to succeed in careers where young and minority professionals are traditionally underrepresented.


IMPACT’s Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference Events


IMPACT hosts three standing-room only events—a Town Hall, Roundtable discussion, and upscale red carpet networking event—during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference (ALC).

In previous years, Members of Congress, community leaders, media personalities, local elected officials, and thousands of young professionals have participated in our ALC events.

PREVIEW: A Red Carpet Affair

IMPACT produces PREVIEW during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference each year to provide guests with an intimate and elegant venue to interact with Members of Congress and other notable, national leaders. Since its inception in 2006, PREVIEW has been a tremendous success. In 2013, hundreds of guests attended including candidates seeking public office, senior executives in the private sector, young professionals from the non-profit community, members of the Young Elected Officials Network, and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Emerging Leaders Program.


Make A Tax-Deductible Donation Toward IMPACT Today And Invest In The Next Generation Of Civic Leaders

Through your financial support, big or small, we can help the next intern on Capitol Hill secure
a scholarship, fellowship or simply navigate through the beltway through IMPACT-led roundtable discussions, networking receptions, and other engaging events.

The Evolution of Politics and Empowerment:
Emerging Leaders Town Hall

emerging leaders town hall

For the past six years, IMPACT has been the primary coordinator for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Emerging Leaders Town Hall, which highlights the significant contributions from as well as the challenges and opportunities facing African Americans in improving economic, political, and social conditions in the United States.

Congressman Bennie G. Thompson, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, traditionally hosts the event. Moderators and panelists have included: Charles Blow (New York Times), Rev. Al Sharpton, Jonathan Capehart (Washington Post/MSNBC), Dr. Mae Jemison (NASA Astronaut), and Donna Byrd (Publisher,

Significantly, the 2012 Emerging Leaders Town Hall aired on Roland Martin’s Washington Watch on TV One.

Roundtable with Young Elected Officials
and Policy Professionals

For the past six years, IMPACT has organized a roundtable discussion among young professionals of color working in policy related professions and other young professionals desiring to get engaged in politics and policy making and benefiting from the work of policy makers.

Panelists and participants discuss accessing federal resources; communicating effectively with White House and other federal officials; monitoring and guiding use of federal stimulus funds; and promoting civic engagement in local communities in an effort to provide the framework and tools necessary for building and sustaining careers in public policy.


Congressman Andre Carson has hosted the Roundtable for the last two years. Panelists have included: Jamal Simmons (CNN), Nick Rathod, (Deputy Director, White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs), Tishaura Jones (MO State Representative), Karen Richardson (Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement), Cornell Belcher, (National Political Strategist, Brilliant Corners Research and Strategies), Virgil Miller (Chief of Staff, Congressman Cedric Richmond), and Mikael Moore (Chief of Staff, Congresswoman Maxine Waters).

Additionally, The IMPACT Roundtable discussion has been broadcast live on C-SPAN.

IMPACT Leader of the Year Award

Nations Best Advocates

Each month, IMPACT recognizes young professionals of color who are making significant contributions professionally and philanthropically. These young professionals are bound by the shared responsibility they feel to improve the communities from which we come. The example of their leadership is a direct response to those who question whether young professionals are capable of and prepared to lead, domestically and abroad.

In the months leading up to PREVIEW: A Red Carpet Affair, thousands of individuals throughout the world vote for the IMPACT Leader of the Year—the young professional who most embodies IMPACT’s three core principles. The winner of the online voting competition is announced at the special event.

IMPACT Inauguration Events

During the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, IMPACT produced four events designed to educate, empower, and entertain a cross-section of communities attending the Presidential Inauguration.

2013 Politicos & Influencers: An IMPACT Jazz Brunch

IMPACT hosted the first Community Champions of Change brunch to honor leaders who work to improve communities throughout the country without desire for recognition or reward. Leveraging social media platforms, IMPACT solicited recommendations for young community leaders and honored 11 Champions during this Inaugural event.

Community Champions of Change included educators, a filmmaker working to change the way the world thinks about black men, non-profit founders and leaders engaged in developing the next generation of leaders, and was attended by notable leaders including Congressman Andre Carson and civil rights activists Delores Huerta.


Community Service Event

IMPACT hosted a service event where more than 100 volunteers honored the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through socially responsible action. Volunteers assisted in beautifying the Martin Luther King Jr. Monument and the Washington Monument in Washington, DC. The event was hosted in partnership with the U.S. Parks and Recreation Service and was attended by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.


IMPACT sponsored the second Inaugural Hip-Hop Ball to provide young professionals with an environment in which to network and dance. In particular, it was important for IMPACT to host an event that was affordable and accessible to young professionals and members of the community who would otherwise not be able to afford the cost of or know how to navigate the process of obtaining an official gala ticket.

Second Term Agenda:
An IMPACT Town Hall

IMPACT supported a panel discussion at Howard University with notable panelists who engaged participants in a conversation about establishing a second term agenda designed to advance the African-American community.

IMPACT NYC Networking Reception

nyc launch

In February 2013, 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 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.

State of the Union Watch Party and Panel Discussion

In 2014, IMPACT and The Root hosted a State of the Union Watch Party & Panel Discussion for the second year in row.  The event was held at The Washington Post’s Community Room in Washington, DC. At these events, college students and young professionals alike engage in crucial conversations with guest panelists about the President’s State of the Union address.

The 2013 panel featured a diverse cross-section of experts and policy professionals including Chaka Burgess (Amgen, Inc.); Estuardo Rodriguez (The Raben Group, LLC); Gene Kim (Asian Pacific American Caucus); and, Jehmu Greene (Fox News Commentator). The group discussion was led by moderator Lauren Williams (Deputy Editor of The Root).

In 2014 the panel featured Michael Blake (Green for All), Marcia Jackson-Blanco (Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law), Corey Dade (The Root), and Aisha Moodie-Mills (Center for American Progress).

Panelists and members of the audience discussed issues the President should cover in the State of the Union including the economy, jobs, education, immigration, and healthcare.

IMPACT and the Root stress the importance of honoring the votes cast on Election Day by encouraging young people to get involved in their local communities, learning more about the elected officials who represent them, and finding ways to be a part of shaping the President’s agenda.

Upcoming IMPACT Initiatives

  • September 2014: IMPACT Preview Reception, Town Hall and Young Elected Officials Roundtable (during the CBCF Annual Legislative Conference)
  • IMPACT Jobs Panel and Networking Event
  • October 2014: Diaspora Week
  • October 2014: Pro Bono Week 2014
  • December 2014: World AIDS Day 2014
  • January 2014: MLK Day of Service
  • March – April 2014: Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Network Training (International, specific dates and country to be determined)

Make A Tax-Deductible Donation Toward IMPACT Today And Invest In The Next Generation Of Civic Leaders

Through your financial support, big or small, we can help the next intern on Capitol Hill secure
a scholarship, fellowship or simply navigate through the beltway through IMPACT-led roundtable discussions, networking receptions, and other engaging events.