Wynton Marsalis & Judith Rodin: Leveraging the Power of Innovation

Wynton Marsalis recently gave a masterful performance at Independent Sector's national conference in New York City. He and Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, engaged in a thought-provoking conversation about leveraging the power of innovation. Marsalis and Rodin combined the power of music into this "call and response" presentation, and at this…

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Check out this Dance: Gerrymandering

Two blocks to the left, two blocks to the right, back it up, then jump: gerrymandering! Why do political strategist do this dance?  To make sure their political party has the highest chance of winning a district during an election. To understand this process, let's look at the origins of the word.…

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What Does the Degree Have to Do with It?

I recently found myself coming to the realization that my undergraduate and one of my graduate degrees have absolutely nothing to do with public service or social change. I shared this “aha” moment with my husband and he immediately let me know that I was wrong! He told me, “Your degrees in…

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Drew High School: A Place Where Everybody Was Somebody

Drew High School was the all Black high school in Monticello, AR where my parents and most of my aunts and uncles attended. Future FBI agents, factory workers, garbage men, educators, scientists, ministers, medical professionals, attorneys, engineers, mechanics, carpenters, brick masons, and even business leaders walked the halls of the white school…

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