When I was a teenager, I remember having a brief, yet memorable conversation with a relative about her thoughts on meditation. I could tell she was confused as to why I had brought up the topic. We were Baptists after all. But she indulged me anyway, tilted her head and gave it some thought. After […]

“Promise me you’ll have children, Kelly. Just one. Have one for me.” Mrs. Johnston knew I didn’t want to be a mother, but that didn’t stop her from laying it on thick every chance she got. “You need someone to take care of you when you’re old. If you don’t have children, who will take […]

“If the educated Negro could go off and be white, he might be happy. The large majority of this class then must go through life denouncing white people because they are trying to run away from the blacks and decrying the blacks because they are not white.” -Carter G. Woodson, The Mis-Education of the Negro […]

One of my favorite books of 2015 was The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. It’s the story of two women – Hetty “Handful” Grimke, a slave girl in early-19th century Charleston and Sarah Grimke, her slave master’s daughter. The book explores their often complicated relationship, as well as their struggle for self-discovery and common desire and pursuit […]

When most people hear the name Rockefeller, they automatically think about money, as they should. Around the turn of the 20th century, John D. Rockefeller Sr., the patriarch of the Rockefeller dynasty and founder of Standard Oil, eclipsed Andrew Carnegie to become the richest man in the country. In the definitive biography on his life, […]

3 Things Your Small Business Can Do to Give Like the Big Boys It’s true that most small businesses lack the wherewithal to create and staff philanthropic funds or major giving campaigns, but that doesn’t mean they are not giving. As a matter of fact, small businesses are thought to give more on average than their […]

How Technical Fabrics are Disrupting the Retail Fashion Industry A few weeks ago, I came across a TED talk by fashion designer Danit Peleg, a recent design school graduate who launched a clothing line using 3D printing. In her talk,“Forget Shopping.  Soon You’ll Download Your New Clothes.” she shares how her breakthrough came when she stumbled […]

Lessons for Philanthropy from the Start-up Space When I ventured to launch a tech-based apparel start-up back in 2014, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had established a nice niche business within the non-profit space, with as much new and repeat business as my consulting firm could handle. But a […]

From Evaluator to Impact Evangelist: The Story behind My Career Conversion   I grew up in Camden, New Jersey. Back in the 80s, it wasn’t much different than it is today. Challenged. Gritty. Dangerous. When I was 12, my parents divorced and my sister and I moved with my mother to neighboring Moorestown, New Jersey. […]

With more than 400 million members and counting, LinkedIn has become the preeminent professional social networking site for career-minded individuals across the globe seeking to build their network and stay “in-the-know”. This month, the site released its list of Top 10 Influencers – thought leaders in business and industry, along with its Top Voices or […]