The National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP) was one of the most significant influences in my personal and professional development. I became involved at the local chapter level, before “NULYP” was formed, immediately upon graduation from College, and met some of the most dynamic, charismatic, influential, and most importantly – charitable young professionals who remain my closest friends to this day.
I feel honored to have had the opportunity to labor with other early YP members to become one of the founders of NULYP, and to have served as its National President and served two terms on the National Urban League (NUL) Board of Trustees. It was amazing to have had the opportunity to be mentored by such a tremendously talented collection of leaders from across the country who are at the forefront of the modern-day civil rights movement. I would not be where I am today if it had not been for the leadership and support of Marc Morial, Annelle Lewis, Maudine Cooper, the NULYP board that served during my Presidency, and so many other CEOs, board members, NUL staff, and YP members from across the country.
I am so proud to see how the organization has grown and thrived over the years, and am especially pleased to know that so many YP members have gone on to join affiliates as staff members, board members, and even CEOs! Thinking back to all of the meetings, calls, discussions, blood, sweat, and tears that went into the establishment of the organization, it’s a blessing to see NULYP reach its 20th year. And, I know that it is in good hands and will continue to engage young professionals in the movement and make a direct and lasting impact in local communities across the country.