Engaging All: Strategies for Courageous Transformation
Livestream March 16, 2020

livestream2020As part of the 2020 Global Alumni Summit, the American Express Leadership Academy and Atlas Corps are pleased to present a special livestream, Engaging All: Strategies for Courageous Transformation, featuring Trabian Shorters, CEO at BMe Community, in conversation with Stacy Palmer, editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

The world around us is becoming more interconnected every day. Understanding these connections and having the courage to promote positive transformation is especially relevant when trying to solve social problems. Trabian will share thoughts on his pioneering work in Asset-Framing and his extensive experience in the social sector. You'll find more on the speakers below.

Register today to tune in to this free livestream. Ask questions and join the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #amexleads.

Tune into The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Facebook Page right before the Livestream on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 2:45 PM EDT for a preview of the conversation.

Livestream: Monday, March 16, 2020, 3:30 PM EDT.

About the Speakers

Trabian Shorters, Founder and CEO, BMe Community

TrabianTrabian Shorters is a New York Times Bestselling author, social entrepreneur, and the leading authority on an award-winning approach to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Impact called “Asset-Framing.” His pioneering work in Asset-Framing earned Shorters recognition as one of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, as well as prestigious Ford Foundation, Ashoka and Aspen Institute fellowships. Senior leadership teams of iconic social impact organizations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, New Schools Venture Fund and The Heinz Endowments request Asset-Framing for their boards, staffs and grantees.

Shorters’ organization, BMe Community, proves the power of asset-framing by operating remarkable leadership fellowships for Black men and women. BMe Community’s 300+ Fellows have earned 67 major national awards and helped over 2 million families secure educational, economic, human rights, health and wellness opportunities. By acknowledging and supporting their incredible strength, leadership, and contributions, BMe has attracted 40,000 subscribers and proven a path to positive community engagement in matters of race, cities and America’s future.

Shorters is a retired tech entrepreneur, former vice president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and doting father to two brilliant, black twin girls who will live in the better world that we are making together for them.

Stacy Palmer, Editor, The Chronicle of Philanthropy

StacyStacy Palmer has served as a top editor since The Chronicle of Philanthropy was founded in 1988 and has overseen the development of its website, Philanthropy.com. She plays a hands-on role in many Chronicle services, such as its Philanthropy Today daily newsletter and its webinar series offering professional development for people involved in fundraising, grant seeking, advocacy, marketing and social media.

Palmer has appeared frequently on radio and television to offer commentary on news in the nonprofit world. She is the editor of Challenges for Philanthropy and Nonprofits, a book published by the University Press of New England that collects three decades of observations by the nonprofit activist and Chronicle columnist Pablo Eisenberg. Before she helped found The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Palmer was editor for government and politics at The Chronicle of Higher Education.

She is a graduate of Brown University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in international relations. She has been an active alumna, serving on numerous alumni boards, including chairing the Brown Alumni Magazine and is now a member of the university's Women's Leadership Council.

Alumni Award Finalists

At the end of the discussion, be sure to stay tuned as we announce the winner of the 2020 American Express Leadership Academy Alumni Award. This award honors an accomplished social purpose leader who continuously demonstrates strong leadership and who has had a significant impact on their organization, the sector and community. The recipient receives a $25,000 grant to their organization.

This year's nominees are:

  • Joha Braimah, Ghana Country Director, Free the Slaves (Ghana)
  • Shawn Rene Graham, Deputy Director, Programs and Services, Performance Zone, Inc. (The Field) (USA)
  • Anthony Lopez, Executive Director, Zone 126 (USA)
  • Genevieve Nowak, Director of Environmental Initiatives and Affairs, Belle Isle Conservancy (USA)
  • Prakash Tyagi, Executive Director, GRAVIS (India)

Click here to meet the finalists (filter by Award Nominee).

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