Women

ARCHIVE

Dr. Elesia Glover Created Posh Pack to Address the Issue of Period Poverty

By Spark Point / April 13, 2022

Dr. Elesia Glover is the founder and president of Posh Pack, a nonprofit organization that provides feminine hygiene essentials to students. The organization also works to educate elected officials and the general public on the importance of alleviating period poverty. The organization donated 3,000 pads in 2018. Now, Posh Pack donates 22,000 pads annually and…

Read More

Angela Patton Listens to What Black Girls Need, and Shows Up

By Spark Point / October 13, 2021

When Angela Patton’s parents moved recently, her mother found a yearbook of Angela’s from high school. Fellow students had written, “You’re going to lead something one day” and “You’re going to change the world.” Angela had written that her goal was to make a difference in people’s lives.  “I don’t remember feeling that way as…

Read More

Shemika Whiteside Wants to Help Women Thrive in Pregnancy and Beyond

By Spark Point / September 29, 2021

As a New Year’s resolution in January 2021, Shemika Whiteside posted an idea on Facebook she’d been thinking about for years: a maternity program to help women in Louisville, Kentucky with housing, medical and mental health needs, birthing support, and social services. The response was incredible.  Shemika heard from numerous people saying, “I’ve been waiting…

Read More

Chandra Clark is advocating for VHL patients on a global level

By Spark Point / September 15, 2021

Chandra Clark is a self-described “late bloomer” who traveled a winding path into a career in nonprofits. Growing up, Chandra faced a lot of adversity and took on much of the responsibility for caring for her three younger siblings. Without a lot of guidance and support from adults in her life, she struggled to understand…

Read More

Dr. Danielle Moss Leads with Compassion and Clarity

By Spark Point / September 1, 2021

While studying at Swarthmore College, Dr. Danielle Moss had her sights set on a career in academia — but upon graduating and in need of a job, her cousin helped secure a role for her in financial services.  Early on, Dr. Moss realized that the financial services world was not for her. Thankfully, she was…

Read More

Charity Blanchett Wants to Expand Opportunities for BIPOC Women Chefs

By Spark Point / August 18, 2021

After growing up in Alaska, founding two businesses there, and then living briefly in Hawaii and Los Angeles, Charity Blanchett had an awakening in New Orleans: “To move to a city where it’s predominantly African-American, I felt like, for the first time in my life, I looked like everybody. When I walked out the front…

Read More

Tige Charity Shines a Spotlight on Foster Youth

By Spark Point / August 4, 2021

Tige Charity is the Founder and Executive Director of Kids in the Spotlight (KITS), a Los Angeles-based non-profit that provides a platform for young people in foster care to write, cast and star in their own short films, telling their stories their way.  Since its founding in 2009, the organization has worked with more than…

Read More

Aisha Arrington Leads From the Front, Advocating for People in Need

By Whitney Brimfield / July 7, 2021

On Aisha Arrington’s first day at the LTC Ombudsman Program, an organization that advocates for people who live in long term care, she wrote on a piece of paper that her dream was to become the Executive Director and “lead from the front.” She folded the note up and placed it in her desk. Within…

Read More

For Renee Ligon, Adversity Can Be a Catalyst for Positive Change

By Spark Point / June 23, 2021

After a successful 20-year career in commercial banking, Renee Ligon moved from Florida back to her native Ohio and pivoted to community-centered work. In a perfect melding of her banking experience and her desire to make a difference, she served as the Regional Director of the Urban League of Greater Cleveland’s Minority Business Assistance Center.…

Read More

Natalie Grandison is Making Careers in STEM More Accessible

By Spark Point / March 10, 2021

For Natalie Grandison, personal success is certainly something to celebrate, but positively impacting the lives of others in your work is where the real magic lies. “Always advocate for yourself and advocate for others,” says Natalie, Director of Engineering Initiatives at the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation, which provides members of the DC…

Read More