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Renee Bracey Sherman : Growth and Liberation

Renee Bracey Sherman Senior Manager of Public Affairs at the National Network of Abortion Funds

Every time I share my abortion story and I’m visible, and someone shares theirs back, and says, “I didn’t know that there was anyone else like me out there,” that is the moment that I say,” Yeah, that’s why I do this.”

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Nadia Owusu : Equal Access to Opportunity

Nadia Owusu, Assistant Director, Strategic Communications & Storytelling at Living Cities, Inc.

“It was important for me to find a way to make a difference so that others could have access to equal opportunity.”

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Merle McGee: Building a Better World by Eliminating Barriers

Merle McGee Chief Program Officer at the YWCA NYC

“I feel compelled both to amplify the interpersonal realities of what folks want and need to access the life that they want, while also engaging the ways structural barriers can impede an individual’s right to self-determination—and recognizing that those things and that work are not mutually exclusive within the context of a nonprofit.”

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“Why Are They Talking to Her Like That?”

Donna Henderson, Director of Adult Educational Services at Project Hope

“I feel like the majority of people in the world are not given a fair chance and those of us who are blessed enough whether it’s skills or education I feel like it’s an obligation to go back and lift them up.”

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Jaime-Jin Lewis: Standing on the shoulders of giants

Jaime-Jin Lewis, Development Director at Caring Across Generations in NYC

“What motivates me is being a part of that change, being a part of the small steps it takes to create the bigger victories we need to create a more just and equitable world.”

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Pete Conerly: Servanthood

Pete Conerly is the CEO of Synergy Treatment Centers in Memphis

“I believe there’s a blessing in serving others, in serving people and helping them be all that they can be and fulfill some of their desires. It’s sort of what my purpose is, if you will. And there’s a lot of satisfaction in that—a lot of personal satisfaction, but also a lot of satisfaction when you meet people just where they are and help them tap into their own skillsets and strengths to elevate themselves after having fallen.”

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Holly Kranker: Bring Your Whole Self to Work

Holly Kranker is the international residency program manager at the Bemis Center for the Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska.

“It’s not just about selling a piece of artwork or making a dollar; it’s the idea that these ideas will continue to grow, more research will be done, more topics will be discussed and conversations will begin to unfold, and that activism for working towards a better community and a better world will be achieved by taking time to invest in another person in this way. I think that’s really important.”

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Feats of Agility and Responsibility

Selena Wilson VP of Organizational Effectiveness at East Oakland Youth Development Center

“I frankly feel like I have a gift and I feel compelled to use it. I’ve realized that not everyone is suited to or attracted to or knows how to work with young people and since I’ve been fortunate enough to have this gift, I just feel like I should use it if that makes sense.”

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I Revel in Making Sense of Complexity

Shena Ashley is Director of the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute.

“To understand the dynamics that happen across the industry really helps to make an instant connection in all of the different areas and silos of the sector and it’s that challenge and something that we take to heart here to bring that perspective so no one feels like they’re trapped in a particular part of the sector or silo and that they can’t see themselves as larger industry players.”