Leadership

An Interview with Dr. Catherine Cushinberry, Vice-President/Executive Director, City Year Memphis

Makiyah Moody // Wednesday, August 14, 2019

An Interview with Dr. Catherine Cushinberry, Vice-President/Executive Director, City Year Memphis

Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Dr. Catherine Cushinberry is a seasoned nonprofit executive with over twenty years of experience in the education and nonprofit sectors. In this interview, she reflects on her leadership journey, moments of clarity that resulted in her taking leaps of faith, and how she manages to stay grounded during challenging times.

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Categories: Leadership
Tags: community, diversity, vision

An Interview with Wylecia Wiggs Harris, CEO, AHIMA

Makiyah Moody // Wednesday, July 24, 2019

An Interview with Wylecia Wiggs Harris, CEO, AHIMA

As a health champion and healthcare advocate, Wylecia Wiggs Harris' work is grounded in the belief that people, systems and ideas are the levers to create health equity. In this interview, she reflects on learning milestones over the course of her career to improve organizations and strengthen communities.

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Categories: Leadership
Tags: cross-sector, health, innovation, organizational structure, vision, workplace

Which Comes First: New Executive or New Strategy?

Lester Olmstead-Rose // Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Which Comes First: New Executive or New Strategy?

A chicken-or-egg problem: During an executive transition, should organizations first engage in strategy formation, or should they wait until the new executive is in place?

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Categories: Nonprofits, Leadership, Strategic Planning
Tags: decision making, executive transition, implementation, organizational culture, organizational structure, strategy

An Interview with Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder, Chicago Theological Seminary

Makiyah Moody // Tuesday, July 9, 2019

An Interview with Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder, Chicago Theological Seminary

As an ordained Baptist minister and WomanistMomma, Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder knows what it means to live at the intersections of class, race, and gender. In this interview she reveals the work she’s called to do, the women and men who have shaped her journey, and the significance of womanist maternal thought.

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Categories: Leadership
Tags: community, diversity, education, vision

An Interview with Alicia Sanchez Gill, Interim ED, Collective Action for Safe Spaces

Makiyah Moody // Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Refill your coffee because you want to soak up all that Alicia Sanchez Gill offers in this interview about her life’s work to end sexual violence. With deft clarity and boldness, Alicia recounts the milestones on her journey as a survivor and social worker that uniquely position her to critically analyze and disrupt the oppressive systems and structures that create irreparable harm for the most marginalized in our society.

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Categories: Leadership
Tags: advocacy, community, demographics, health, human services, social justice

NanaEfua B. Afoh-Manin, MD, MPH, Founder/CEO, Shared Harvest Fund

Makiyah Moody // Tuesday, June 11, 2019

NanaEfua B. Afoh-Manin, MD, MPH, Founder/CEO, Shared Harvest Fund

NanaEfua Afoh-Manin, MD, MPH, is using her grit to disrupt the student loan industrial complex through the Shared Harvest Fund. In this interview, she shares how she came to co-found this organization, how her hustling mother and grandmother influence the type of ancestor she wants to be, and why she always bets on Black women.

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Categories: Leadership
Tags: business models, decision making, diversity, education, financial model, innovation, networks, philanthropy, vision, volunteerism

An Interview with Holly Delany Cole, The Haas Leadership Initiatives

Makiyah Moody // Wednesday, May 29, 2019

An Interview with Holly Delany Cole, The Haas Leadership Initiatives

Holly Delany Cole reflects on how and why she has led from wherever she was, shares why she thinks the carceral state is problematic and what she's doing about it, and offers poignant advice to Black women on their respective journeys to excellence and the power of embracing their genius. 

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Categories: Leadership
Tags: accountability, advocacy, capacity building, civic engagement, diversity, executive transition, funders, grantmaking, philanthropy, policy, social justice

An Interview with Kerrien Suarez, Executive Director, Equity in the Center

Makiyah Moody // Tuesday, May 7, 2019

An Interview with Kerrien Suarez, Executive Director, Equity in the Center

Kerrien Suarez did not come to play. In this interview, she reflects on her own journey from woke to work and offers insights for organizations grappling with how to build a race equity culture.

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Categories: Leadership
Tags: coaching, community, diversity, organizational structure, philanthropy, politics, social justice, social sector

An Interview with Darlene Slaughter, VP & Chief People Officer, March of Dimes

Makiyah Moody // Wednesday, April 24, 2019

An Interview with Darlene Slaughter, VP & Chief People Officer, March of Dimes

Darlene Slaughter is an organizational leader committed to helping employees promote diversity, equity and inclusion. She offers insights about the danger of limiting thoughts, how she pours into people, and what she’s learned from stretching her boundaries. 

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Categories: Leadership
Tags: diversity, health, human resources

An Interview with Misha Charles, Organizational Effectiveness and Impact, Education Sector

Makiyah Moody // Tuesday, April 9, 2019

An Interview with Misha Charles, Organizational Effectiveness and Impact, Education Sector

Misha Charles, an outdoor aficionado, reflects on the leadership experiences that have defined her life, her approach to meaningful work, the restorative powers of nature, and why the success of mission-based organizations hinges upon the leadership of people of color, women, and marginalized communities.

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Categories: Leadership
Tags: advocacy, community, diversity, education, health, vision
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