“DO YOUR LITTLE BIT OF GOOD WHERE YOU ARE; IT IS THOSE LITTLE BITS OF GOOD PUT TOGETHER THAT OVERWHELM THE WORLD.” ~ ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU
Points of Light connects individuals, businesses, and nonprofit volunteer organizations to create change in the world.
The organization also hosts an Inspiration Honor Roll, created to celebrate acts of service, kindness, and civic engagement by individuals.
I am grateful to be part of the 2022 Points of Light Honor Roll with fellow changemakers creating positive change in communities around the world.
Consider that “doing your little bit of good where you are,” can come in many forms like volunteering, being of service, voting, using your voice, donating, listening & learning, social entrepreneurship, working, and being intentional with one’s purchasing power.
When you are living your values and giving back more than you are taking, life is good.
“WE MUST WORK TOGETHER TO ENSURE THE EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH, OPPORTUNITY, AND POWER IN OUR SOCIETY.” ~ NELSON MANDELA
In the Giving Season month, I attended the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Homeless Initiative Annual Convening at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica on December 12, 2022.Our table had a group activity after the narrative change panel on coming up with a value we could all stand behind:
“Transformational shift in wealth building to redirect power & decision making for people of color!”
We were invigorated after hearing the panelists discuss equity being a pathway to justice, focusing on narrative change at a local level, and continuing to push the envelope in a dignified way are just a few key takeaways.
Grateful to connect with other leaders who are committed to creating pathways to housing and employment for our neighbors.
“MAKE YOUR LIFE A MISSION – NOT AN INTERMISSION.” ~ ARNOLD H. GLASGOW
I’m still thinking about key takeaways from Tommie Baines’ inspiring talk from November 10, 2022, for the final in-person LA:RISE Academy Meeting of the year:
👆🏾Know who you are
👆🏾Remember why you are here
👆🏾Find your village, put down roots there
👆🏾Build foundational knowledge
👆🏾Be open to learning about best practices
👆🏾Prioritize self-care to sustain your soul
👆🏾Embrace your power
👆🏾Stay on mission and do that WORK…
👆🏾Rinse and repeat 💫
We also heard from Meghan Steed Garvey from First Step Staffing on the power of employment social enterprise to build a more inclusive Los Angeles while we enjoyed breakfast from Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Liberation Coffee House.
The good energy bounced from one person to the next and I hope each person carried that warmth in them as they returned to their day-to-day work.
“ONE FINGER CANNOT LIFT A PEBBLE.” ~ HOPI PROVERB
“What makes LA:RISE so successful is because of the partnerships in the room.” ~ Mark Loranger, President and CEO, Chrysalis
On October 6, 2022, Chrysalis was gracious to host a site visit for REDF’s roundtable discussion with workforce development leaders. Grateful to Secretary of Labor, California Labor and Workforce Development Agency Natalie Palugyai for being so engaged with the group along with Deputy Secretary for the Future of Work at California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, Abby Snay & California Workforce Development Board Executive Director, Tim Rainey.
The culture change in workforce is happening, as we aim to diversify the types of jobs and sectors we are helping people move into.
In this meeting, various employment social enterprises were represented that employ people breaking through steep barriers to employment – like homelessness or justice system involvement.
This is a powerful reminder that employment social enterprises exist because they see this talent pool for the strengths they hold, not the barriers they face! Kudos to the Department of Economic Opportunity – LA County & Economic & Workforce Development Department – City of Los Angeles for embracing public/private sector partnerships in L.A.
“DEEP HUMAN CONNECTION IS… THE PURPOSE AND THE RESULT OF A MEANINGFUL LIFE – AND IT WILL INSPIRE THE MOST AMAZING ACTS OF LOVE, GENEROSITY, AND HUMANITY.” ~ MELINDA GATES
Ahhh, the power of human connection! We are committed to our work because a job provides so much more than a paycheck!
We had our first in-person academy meeting on July 26, 2022, at the beautiful California Endowment building in DTLA.
Thank you to the 37 City and County LA:RISE program partners that joined us. Convening with our partners enables us to collaborate more effectively, share available community resources, and discuss best practices.
Given we haven’t all met since January 2020, it was truly invigorating to see a room full of about 75 dedicated and passionate people in one room.
LA:RISE’s 8th programmatic year kicked off in July with support from Los Angeles County’s Department of Economic Opportunity and the Los Angeles County Economic Development Department.
“IF YOU WANT TO GO QUICKLY, GO ALONE. IF YOU WANT TO GO FAR, GO TOGETHER.” ~ AFRICAN PROVERB “
What does it feel like when social enterprise leaders from nationwide come together in Portland, OR the week of June 13, 2022, to connect, grow and lead for the REDF Community Retreat?
Empowering, as we were in good company.
Want to build a more inclusive economy? You’re “In Good Company.”
10 million Americans are sidelined from economic opportunity. Back the businesses hiring, training, and supporting them as they break through barriers to employment.
There are over 700 employment social enterprises operating nationwide – employing tens of thousands of people breaking through barriers to employment.
In the photo collage are leaders from nationwide who came together to continue to build community and collectively make a positive impact.
“OUR ABILITY TO REACH UNITY IN DIVERSITY WILL BE THE BEAUTY AND THE TEST OF OUR CIVILIZATION.” ~ MAHATMA GANDHI
We’re thrilled to share that REDF has received the largest institutional grant in our 25-year history – a $7.5 million investment from the Justice and Mobility Fund, a philanthropic collaboration co-created by Blue Meridian Partners and Ford Foundation & supported by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies.
Grateful to stand behind our vision with such a dynamic team.
It was also wonderful to see colleagues in mid-March 2022 in San Francisco to fill our purposeful cups.
Our collective focus: An economy that works. For everyone.
“IT ALWAYS SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE UNTIL IT IS DONE.” ~ NELSON MANDELA
It was an uplifting Sunday on November 21, 2021 to connect with future and current social agents of change!
Blessed to again join The Circle of Change Virtual Leadership Experience this weekend for a transformational leadership experience for culturally diverse students & professionals from across the country.
There’s something invigorating when you can surround yourself in good company and know that leaders from various sectors are out there “walking the walk” for the betterment of society.
“IF YOU WANT TO LIFT YOURSELF UP, LIFT UP SOMEONE ELSE.” ~ BOOKER T. WASHINGTON
We held our final academy meeting on May 5, 2021, and wrap up our 6th programmatic year the end of June. Last week we were able to connect with the Economic & Workforce Development Department – City of Los Angeles General Manager Ms. Hull to share her thoughts on addressing people with high employment barriers. LA:RISE is demonstrating that a public-private partnership can help solve some of society’s biggest challenges!
“In the city of L.A, societal problems can only be addressed through collaboration,” ~Carolyn Hull. Agreed!
Thank you to our dedicated partners, we are so proud of your commitment to serving our community! Throwback to 2015 when LA:RISE was launched as a city only program and in 2018 expanded countywide.
“THE BIGGEST ADVENTURE YOU CAN TAKE IS TO LIVE THE LIFE OF YOUR DREAMS.” ~ OPRAH WINFREY
Thank you CSUF College of Communications for the opportunity to present for Communications Week on April 27, 2021. This year’s virtual event was another example of how through innovation and perseverance, we can continue to keep the momentum going. It’s also been an honor to present in person in the past at the college’s annual event.
May you keep crafting your life adventure toward the growth zone!