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Do Good Institute's Black History Month Series Showcases Social Impact Leaders

By Maryland Today Staff

The Do Good Institute will celebrate Black history this month in its ongoing speaker series The Leadership Exchange: Real Conversations with Leaders Making a Difference.

The series features innovative nonprofit and social impact leaders sharing their diverse perspectives on a range of nonprofit, philanthropic and civic sector challenges and important leadership lessons.

The schedule will feature:

  • Feb. 4: “Equitable Community Building and the Obama Foundation” with Michael Smith, executive director of My Brother’s Keeper Alliance at the Obama Foundation and a former special assistant to President Barack Obama;
  • Feb. 11: “Philanthropy in Communities of Color: with Tyrone Freeman, author of “Madam C.J. Walker's Gospel of Giving: Black Women's Philanthropy During Jim Crow” and assistant professor at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy;
  • Feb. 18: “Community-First Crisis Response” with Tonia Wellons, president and CEO of the Greater Washington Community Foundation, and The Washington Business Journal’s 2020 Nonprofit Leader of the Year.

Each Thursday conversation begins at noon with a 20-30 minute interview. After the formal interview concludes, the conversation opens for students and other attendees to ask questions of the speakers about their own social impact, nonprofit, entrepreneur and leadership efforts.

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