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The Crossover Series! Washington, DC

The Crossover is our casual small group convening of cause-driven black professionals (yes, millenials and even Gen-Xers) from various industries who engage around topics of concern in their communities. The Crossover programs also offer the opportunity for attendees to intimately connect with and learn from one or more key influencers, ranging from industry executives to thought leaders.

The Crossover: DC- November 2013

Social innovation is a new to concept the masses but even newer for young, black professionals. What exactly IS a social innovator vs. any other innovator. What exactly IS a social entrepreneur vs. any other entrepreneur? If we could articulate these two things AND carve out the diversity niche in it all, November’s session would indeed be a success.

The session was conducted in rotating 15-20 minute small groups, think speed dating in small groups led by the facilitators. Topics ranged from defining social innovation to funding to beginning a start up. Read more about this program>>>

The Crossover: DC- October 2013

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.” Read more about this program>>>


Defining Young Black Philanthropy: A Mixer & Panel Promoting Civic Engagement
February 21, 2013
Washington, DC
Event Sponsor Support: Black Gives Back, Creme Magazine & CIROC Vodka

Friends of Ebonie has taken its success to the Nation’s Capitol! Young, black millennials headed to the National Headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women to network and engage in thought-provoking conversation surrounding philanthropy and community involvement.

Defining Young Black Philanthropy: DC is the second installment to the championing New York event that had young professionals talking nonstop! This time around, guests had the opportunity upon arrival to meet and greet with featured non-profits including: D.R.E.A.M. Life Inc., A Legacy Left Behind, Dreams Work, The MusicianShip, Black Benefactors, and Michelle In Training. Millennials also utilized this time to converse with like-minded young professionals while delighting in desserts from local business, Sweets The Wright Way, and sipping on refreshing drinks sponsored by Ciroc.

Following the mixer, the panel discussion began questioning the definition of philanthropy and the role of millennials in their community. Moderator David Johns, Director of IMPACT, led the discussion to the panel that consisted of: Stefanie Brown-James, CEO of Vestige Strategies & Former National African American Vote Director, Obama for America 2012, Rita Lassiter, Secretary of National Urban League Young Professionals, Kezia Williams, Chair of Capital Cause, Clarence Wardell, III, Ph.D., Co-Founder of Tweenate & Research Analyst for CNA, and Joshua Lopez, Political Adviser and Former At-Large City Council Candidate.

Young professionals walked away with a new perspective on young philanthropy and giving back as well as door prizes! Gift certificates from Pretty Girl Cupcakery and Merlot’s Masterpiece were gifted to two lucky attendees and one special guest received a signed copy of Valaida Fullwood’s book “Giving Back.” The event received press coverage from The Washington Post, The Afro American Newspaper, Black Gives Back, and Crème Magazine. Photography for the evening was courtesy of JKDowd Media.

The event was nothing short of phenomenal! Check out some great media coverage:
The Washington Post
Blacks Give Back
Creme Magazine
I Don’t Do Clubs

Check out the photo recap in our gallery!


Defining Young Black Philanthropy: A Mixer & Panel Promoting Civic Engagement
November 15, 2012
Harlem, NYC
Event Sponsor Support: UPTOWN Magazine, COVERGIRL Queen Collection & CIROC Vodka

Friends of Ebonie has done it again! Young, burgeoning black philanthropists gathered in Harlem, New York for a night of conversation, motivation, and networking.

Defining Young Black Philanthropy was hosted in an up and coming art gallery in HArlem, ImageNation RAW SPACE! Moderator, Jovian Irvin of Teach for America, guided the panel conversation surrounding philanthropy and the positions that millennials play in their communities. Panelists who offered a vast amount of knowledge and advice on the matter included: Mike Muse of President Obama’s National Finance Committee; Virginia Almendarez of The Apollo Theater; Nubia Murray of JP Morgan Chase; and Amanda Ebokosia of The Gem Project, Inc. The conversation covered everything from “social currency” to authenticity to yes, even Waka Flocka and voting.

Young professionals savored complimentary drinks sponsored by Ciroc while networking with peers. Select non-profits assisted in the call to action through promotion of their volunteer opportunities. Featured organizations included: Figure Skating Harlem, Generation Schools, Girls Write Now, New York Needs You, and The Apollo Theater’s Young Patron Program. The event also served as a drop off point for New York Cares 24th Annual Coat Drive.

Each guest not only walked away with a better understanding of their philanthropic position within their community and a larger network, but they also received a free copy of UPTOWN magazine and winners or the panel trivia game received free make-up from COVERGIRL ‘s Queen Collection!

The event was nothing short of phenomenal! Check out its media coverage:

UPTOWN magazine
Blacks Give Back
I Don’t Do Clubs
Black Celebrity Giving

See All of the Event Images in Our Picasa Gallery!


The Midnight Affair: A Private Late Night Mixer for Distinguished Millennial
Trendsetters & Changemakers
Washington, DC
September 21, 2012
Event Sponsor Support: CIROC Vodka, Crown Royal Black, Nuvo, Pretty Girl Cupcakery & The Rock Creek Social Club

Philanthropists Ebonie Johnson Cooper and Desiree Venn Frederic along with The Fab Empire hosted one of the most exclusive events during Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Week in DC.

The Midnight Affair included only the who’s who of of the CBC philanthropic, fashion, political and pop culture scene. Guests were kept up-to-date about the details of the event generated via text message only after using their secret code to sign up. The Affair was held at The Dunes, located in the Columbia Heights area of Northwest DC. Guests were greeted with a low-lit ambiance that accentuated the wall art in the gallery. An open bar allowed for guests to enjoy a plethora of drinks sponsored by Ciroc, Crown Royal Black and Nuvo.

Millennials mingled and networked with fellow young professionals as they enjoyed great music courtesy of DJ Jerome Baker of the Rock Creek Social Club and posed for flawless photo opps with exceptional professional photographer, Jermoni Dowd. Pretty Girl Cupcakery owner, LaKisa Taylor, added the perfect topping to the event with her one-of-a-kind, delicious cupcakes. The event, one of many more to come, was nothing short of a perfect night. Check out our photo recap!