Essays

Why I Was Arrested Standing Up for Dontre Hamilton in Milwaukee

This weekend I spent 24 hours in jail for protesting the , the unarmed man shot 14 times by a Milwaukee police officer in a downtown park. I am compelled to write about my experience to share why I chose to join this protest and to correct the narrative law enforcement leaders in Milwaukee have used to inaccurately paint a picture of the protests and arrests.

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The Culture of Collective Impact

Collective impact efforts must be as rigorous about culture as they are about strategy and data if they wish to achieve enduring change.

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Honoring Dr. King the Man Not the Icon

The iconic Dr. King teaches us incomplete lessons about leadership and the struggle for social change that can only be completed by understanding the true, three-dimensional Dr. King.

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The March Was More Than a Speech

On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, it is important that social change agents heed the actual history of the event and the difference between organizing people to lead a cause together versus mobilizing people to support one.

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Richard Murphy: A Powerful Example of Servant Leadership

Last month, New York City and our nation lost one of the greatest social entrepreneurs and mentors of the last few decades, Richard Murphy. His legacy should serve as an example of true servant leadership for all social entrepreneurs and leaders.

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Reading Through the Presidents

A Presidents’ Day Essay on my journey reading the authoritative biographies of all of the Presidents in order, what I learned, and my recommended titles.

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MLK’s Leadership Lessons for Us All

Dr. King was a transformational leader who inspired a movement and changed our nation. When we learn about a leader like Dr. King, it can be daunting. We might think it takes the immense abilities of Dr. King to make a difference. But when we dig a little deeper into two of the milestone moments of the Civil Rights movement, we learn leadership lessons that can inspire us all to step up.

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The Rewards of Diversity and Inclusion

Monte Allen has a form of Tourette’s Syndrome that includes vulgar outbursts that made it hard for people to see and engage his talent. Bob Littman and the Freestore Food Bank gave him a chance. This is a parable about the often unexpected rewards of diversity and inclusion.

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