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Azurae Redmond Supports the Young, Black & Widowed

By Spark Point / December 15, 2021

After being together for almost a decade, Chattanoogan, Azuráe Johnson Redmond lost her husband, Matthew Holt Redmond, to lung cancer in 2017. Azurae was 27 years old at the time and five months pregnant with the couple’s second son, little Matthew. Their first son, Holt, was just 10 months old. It was a heartbreaking, yet…

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How to Have a Fantastic Staff Retreat in Eight Steps

By Whitney Brimfield / December 6, 2021

An awesome shot from our retreat!  If you are planning your company’s next in-person retreat, you are probably facing a mountain of questions about how to prepare and what you should aim to accomplish. Trust me, I’ve been there! There is so much to do both before and after that this post is part one…

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Joy Nelson Thomas is Helping At-Risk Girls Become Confident Community Leaders

By Spark Point / November 11, 2021

Joy Nelson Thomas is the founder and executive director of LEAD Girls of NC, a nonprofit dedicated to helping at-risk preteen girls build self-confidence and gain the skills they need to be strong leaders in their community.Since its founding in 2015, LEAD Girls has helped more than 500 girls through evidence-based school and community programs. …

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#BlackWomenSparkChange: Celebrating the First Year

By Spark Point / November 4, 2021

Inspired by the racial justice uprisings of 2020, the inequity laid bare by the pandemic, and our commitment to anti-racism, we started the #BlackWomenSparkChange campaign in August of 2020. Our goal has always been to celebrate the stories, voices, and leadership of Black women in the nonprofit sector.  Not only did the social climate of…

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Andrea Copeland

Andrea Copeland Sets a Standard of Excellence

By Spark Point / October 28, 2021

When Andrea Copeland studied social work in college, she knew her future would be in macro-level work, navigating through complex systems that affect large communities.  “I’m a policy nerd,” she says. “I want to make sure the policies we create and implement positively impact populations that we’re trying to target. My biggest goal as a…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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