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Academy of Hope’s Joy Bentley Phillips Drives Meaningful Change Through Adult Education

By Spark Point / September 24, 2020

This dynamic young executive has built an unparalleled fundraising program from the ground up  Trying to keep our families and friends safe and healthy while balancing our personal and professional lives—in 2020, this became an almost impossible task for many. Despite these obstacles, though, Joy Bentley Phillips, Chief Advancement Officer at the Academy of Hope…

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Stephanie Sneed

With Every Budget, Stephanie Sneed Fights for Change

By Spark Point / September 16, 2020

By democratizing budget and program information and allocations, Fair Budget Coalition gives constituents a voice in the most important conversations After college, Stephanie Sneed dove right into an accelerated teaching program, taking over her own classroom just months later. “I didn’t feel prepared at all,” she says. “These schools required a lot—and not a single…

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Wanda Steptoe Follows Her Heart & Her Lifelong Passion to Help Those in Need

By Spark Point / September 10, 2020

Since she was a child, Wanda Steptoe knew she wanted to help people.  “I grew up in a very large, very close-knit, loving family,” Wanda says. “One of my cousins had Down’s Syndrome — and life for people with developmental differences wasn’t like it is today. They recommended putting him in an institution — but…

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LaKendra McNair Sparks Change

By Spark Point / September 2, 2020

LaKendra McNair Empowers & Accelerates Minority and Women-Owned Businesses We’re thrilled to officially launch our #BlackWomenSparkChange campaign with LaKendra McNair. LaKendra is a Vice President at M&T Bank who focuses on serving underrepresented business leaders and entrepreneurs in the greater D.C. area. Her “purpose-driven” approach defies traditional banking and lending, empowering women- and minority-owned organizations…

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#BlackWomenSparkChange

By Whitney Brimfield / August 26, 2020

Black women are powerful leaders. It’s time to amplify their voices to elevate their work. In the earlier months of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was on a call with a business leader talking about how small businesses could survive the economic consequences of the pandemic. I learned about the ways in which small, women, and…

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