I just recorded my first podcast in support our March of Dimes’ campaign.
I haven’t shared this particular part of the story with many people, but I think it helps explain why we March for Babies.
Our goal hasn’t changed.
We’re raising $5,000 this year, and I know we will get it.
Thanks to all of you that shared our story over the years, or donated.
It warms our hearts to have friends and associates who are so giving.
Please donate to Team Rico and Jordan now.
I was invited to to hang out with the bloggers at CNN headquarters for the third installment of Black In America. This was a town hall meeting that was taped as part the program. The topic: Almighty Debt.
Host Soledad O’Brien, Bishop T.D. Jakes, clinical social worker and public relations executive Terrie Williams, syndicated columnist Michelle Singletary, FBCLG senior pastor Rev. Dr. DeForest Soaries, pollster Cornell Belcher and others were part of the discussion.
ph: E. M. Pio Roda / CNN
CNN just shared a preview copy of the special with me, so I’ll have more once I digest the content.
6:50p.m. Soledad O’Brien enters the bloggers lounge and answers a few questions (on crutches).
6:55p.m. Soledad enters studio.
7:00p.m. Soledad introduces the town hall meeting. She explains the taping format. Conversation will start soon. She says it’s okay use cell phones during the discussion.
7:01p.m. Twitter hashtag is #blackinamerica
7:05p.m. Soledad tapes show intro. She does it in one take.
7:10p.m. After taping a series of show breaks, O’Brien interviews Bishop T.D. Jakes and Rev. Dr. DeForest Soaries about debt, the church, and Black America.
7:28p.m Taping continues. Hurry up and pause. Start recording.
7:36p.m. Conversation continues. You’ll have to watch the finished product on Oct. 21 at 9p.m.
They are leaders of change, innovators in their respective fields and influencers among their peers. Amani Channel, Community Manager at Public Broadcasting Atlanta and Founder of Visual Eye Media, and Doug Shipman, Executive Director of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, have been selected by the New Leaders Council (NLC) to represent Atlanta during the annual 40 Under 40 Awards.
The NLC’s Atlanta chapter will host a reception to honor Channel and Shipman on Wednesday, July 14, at 6:30pm at Studio Clout, 144 Walker St, Atlanta, Georgia 30308. Food provided by The Real Chow Baby. Tickets are $20 dollars. The event will also feature Atlanta City Council President Caesar Mitchell and Georgia State Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan.
If I told you how busy I am, that still might be an understatement. On top of being a dad, husband, grad student, full-time employee, and business owner, I’m also involved with a nonprofit called the New Leaders Council.
The NLC launched a chapter in Atlanta this year, becoming the first in the Southeast.
I could go into the story of how one of my colleagues contacted me about a year ago to share the idea; everything that was involved with getting it off the ground; the guerilla social media marketing tactics I used to spread the word; hours of meetings, conference calls, coordinating… yadda yadda yadda.
The long and short of it is that the idea became reality this past weekend. The New Leaders Council Atlanta Institute launched with 17 Fellows who will spend five months learning the ins and outs of progressive political entrepreneurship.
The organization is non-partisan, and is quickly expanding. There are a total of ten chapters nationwide which include: NY, LA, DC, SF, Boston, Chicago, Louisiana, Sacramento, San Diego and Boston.
The weekend was amazing. The two-day session focused on life entrepreneurship.
NLC Atlanta’s Honorary Advisory Board Member Kwanza Hall took time out of his busy schedule to share some of his trials and achievements in Atlanta politics.
Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall Speaks
The retreat ended with Milano Harden from The Genius Group speaking to the class about progressive entrepreneurship.
C. Milano Harden (The Genius Group)
Of course I was all over the social media. I posted about 250 photos to Flickr; was using my iPhone to instantly publish videos to the net, and my Twitter stream was on fire (I manage the @NLC_Atlanta account as well).
This is an organization to keep an eye on. There is great leadership, it’s recruiting top young progressives, and there isn’t a program like it.
Congrats to the inaugural class of NLC Fellows: Fana Abay, Matthew Arnold, Kyle Bailey, Shemariah Butts, Carlissa Carson, Stacey Chavis, Howard Franklin, Kevin Grimes, Lauren B. Jarvis, Casey Lamb, Dwayne Marshall, Daniel Moskowitz, Darius Pattillo, J.Shakir Ramsey, Menyuan Smith, Jahnisa Tate and Travis Townsend.
Mark your calendars for Wednesday October 14th, and join the New Leaders Council Atlanta chapter, business leaders, and special guests to celebrate the launch of its N. Georgia Institute.
The mission of the New Leaders Council (NLC) is to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneurs – those who are leading industries, setting trends, and building institutions that support robust civic and political life in a global America.
The program puts these highly selective college seniors and young professionals through a rigorous 5-month training program that focuses on campaign work, advocacy, and leadership training to mold what NLC has termed progressive “political entrepreneurs.”
Air America Founder and NLC Chairman Mark Walsh will deliver the keynote speech at the event. Walsh will be joined Atlanta City Councilperson C.T. Martin, and other special invited guests.
Where: Manuel’s Tavern
When: Wed. Oct. 14
Below is a video I helped produce for the New Leaders Council. NLC provides leadership training to top tier progressive political entrepreneurs from 22-35. The organization is celebrating the launch of its Atlanta chapter and you’re invited to attend the kick off fundraiser on October 14 at Manuel’s Tavern.
I recently attended a retreat in Las Vegas where I met members from all over the country. The NLC started in San Francisco and is now expanding from 5 to 11 chapters nationally.
The NLC wants to develop leaders from all sectors. If you’re interested in running a nonprofit, leading a political campaign, if you’re an entrepreneur, or a spiritual leader, you can apply to the Institute. This is a great network of young people who are doing big things. I’m volunteering as the Technology Chair (can you guess why?), and I’m excited about being involved.
NLC is a non-partisan nonprofit. The Institute begins in January and applications for fellows are now being accepted. If you know an outstanding leader in any profession nominate he or she here. In addition to the application selection process, The Atlanta chapter is building its advisory board, and looking for faculty.
Please click this link to support our kickoff fundraiser now.