by Ebonie Johnson Cooper
The idea to bring together fellow young, black professionals over happy hour drinks and appetizers isn’t new. However, the idea to convene us in an intimate way with a topic we can relate to, led by a key influencer we can truly learn from, is. When Ora Wiseman of Cause Driven, and I talked about this idea we wanted to make sure this new event would be something folks from a variety of sectors, generations, and giving levels could learn from and enjoy. Last Tuesday, we think we got that accomplished at The Crossover: DC!
As young professionals, ‘board leadership should be part of your professional strategy,’ aptly stated our guest speaker, Kelly Brinkley COO for the United Way- National Capital Area. Following our board leadership ice breaker and a brief discussion about the words we each encountered during the exercise, Kelly led us on a conversation about the basics of board leadership. It wasn’t just a fluffy conversation either, Kelly really dug into what we need to be successful. Her delivery was priceless. When we asked attendee and friend, Meico W. what he found most valuable, he said, “being able to dialogue directly with a leader from our community who seemed to genuinely want to learn more about us and how she could help us grow personally and professionally.”
@jenae_jones tweeted her take away: “It’s important to be strategic about where you serve and how you invest your time. Make sure it supports your personal plan
We even loved seeing that for @jenae_jones & @datgirlmrsdb The Crossover, was right on time! @datgirlmrsdb tweeted: “My icebreaker word for
#TheCrossoverDC was LEADERSHIP. That is all me. God is already guiding my path to my future endeavor.”
For @naomisheltondc, it was seeing so many familiar faces and hearing one of her favorites orgs mentioned as one to support: “Love that @SupportGenHope was just name dropped at #thecrossoverDC as a preferred org to support.”
Based on this feedback and the sheer energy in the room it was apparent we met our goal to provide a unique relevant experience to our peers who are just as engaged in giving as much as we are.
“I really enjoyed the opportunity to connect with like-minded young professionals of color who are intentional about giving back and having a positive social impact in our community. [The Crossover] is a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded young professionals and learn very practical ways to be more impactful in giving back, serving our community, and developing professionally,” reflected Meico.
We did it! And we can’t wait to do it again next month! Save the Date for November 14 from 6pm – 8pm. The topic will be Social Innovation for the Young, Black, and Giving! Explore social innovation and entrepreneurship from concept to implementation with the District’s top black social innovators. See you there!
Check out a few pics from October’s Crossover! See all pics on Facebook!