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Members Spotlight

AUSTIN SO – CATALYST SPOTLIGHT

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I became a lawyer because, as a “1.5” generation immigrant, I saw it as a way to help the marginalized.  Through pro bono work and using my platform as a Division GC, I continue to champion social change, particularly on the…
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JOHN OWENS JR. – FELLOWS SPOTLIGHT

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I currently serve as a Principal Court Attorney to an Acting Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, in New York County. A high school debate class ignited my passion for the practice of law. I began…
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BRENDA GILL – MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? My title is Practice Director for RGP Legal.  This is a business development role selling RGP Legal’s advisory, project and interim support services.  I was contacted by a recruiter who asked if I was interested in thinking differently about my next…
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RFK YOUNG LEADERS – NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

What is your mission? Inspired by the legacy of Robert Kennedy, RFK Young Leaders (RFKYL) is dedicated to empowering young human rights defenders, and mobilizing a diverse community of young people to take action for social justice and human rights.   What makes your organization so unique in the non-profit space? RFKYL is an all-volunteer…
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Anta Cisse-Green – Executive Leadership Program Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I am senior counsel in the Private Client Services department at the New York office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.  After graduating from law school I started as an M&A, but I realized that my passion and skills…
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TONYA PLEAR – FELLOWS SPOTLIGHT

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? My current occupation is Chief Administrative Advisor supporting the Corporate Trust - U.S. Client and Business Development segment at BNY Mellon. In my role, I work to manage and align resources to strategic projects and initiatives that support sales, relationship management…
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Symphony Space – Non-Profit Spotlight

What is your mission? As a pre-eminent multi-disciplinary performing arts center, Symphony Space's mission is to offer artistic leadership that promotes innovation, excellence, engagement, and accessibility to artists and audiences alike. What makes your organization so unique in the non-profit space? Symphony Space is a home for artists. We are committed to: Building and nurturing…
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Paula Anderson – Catalyst Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I am a Partner in the Litigation Group at Shearman & Sterling LLP, focusing on cross-border disputes, FCPA/corruption investigations and M&A-related litigation.  I first became interested in pursuing a career in law in high school, after studying West Indian history and…
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Denise Bennett- Executive Leadership Program Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I am the Director of Brand Leadership for One Solution, a cross platform integrated marketing division of Radio One, TV One, Reach Media, and Interactive One. I started in media and entertainment immediately after completing my bachelor’s degree in Music Business…
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Paula Edgar – Fellows Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field? I own a boutique coaching, speaking and consulting firm called PGE LLC which provides innovative and strategic solutions on career management, executive/leadership development, organizational diversity efforts, networking and social media strategy. I founded the firm after previously working for more than…
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MoCADA – Non-Profit Spotlight

What is your mission? The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) uses the visual arts as a point of departure for exploring new artistic production across a variety of disciplines. Through exhibitions and programming, MoCADA incites dialogue on pressing social and political issues facing the African Diaspora, and fosters a dynamic space for the…
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Rosie’s Theater Kids – Non Profit Partner Spotlight

Mission: (RTKids) is an arts education organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children through the arts.  We serve students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to experience theater, positively changing the trajectory of their lives by providing comprehensive classes in music, dance and drama; thoughtful mentoring; and structured academic guidance.  Our goal is…
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