There has been a heightened awareness and a greater sense of urgency of the need to address the inequities laid bare by a cascade of crises in recent years. This has highlighted the work of leaders on the frontlines for social change. Leading Boldly, The USC Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy’s new series focuses on emerging leaders who are working on an array of issues and varying approaches to create a more equitable society.
Four remarkable leaders, whose life experiences give them inspiration and strength, share their personal stories, reflect on their leadership journeys, and offer lessons for philanthropy in conversation with Fred Ali, the retired President and CEO of the Weingart Foundation, and a former nonprofit leader. The interviews are inspired by the words of Booker T. Washington: “‘Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”
Reverend Jennifer Bailey, alone at the school yard gate when her mother came to pick her up because her white classmates did not want to play with her, influenced by the women at church, has channeled her energy to minister with a sense of belonging and healing. She offers support and radical hope to community organizers, clergy and other activists from across the nation through the Faith Matters Network that she founded and leads.
Reverend Jennifer Bailey channeled her early life experiences of isolation and marginalization into a ministry of belonging and healing. She offers support and radical hope to community organizers, clergy, and other activists from across the nation through the Faith Matters Network that she founded and leads.
The series is underwritten by Bank of America and the Weingart Foundation.