Mayor Michael Bloomberg kicks-off the Open Society Foundation's Innovation and Impact Forum for Black Male Achievement.
MC and Host: Susan L. Taylor, National CARES Mentoring Movement
Introduction by Christopher Stone, Open Society Foundations
Opening Remarks by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City of New York
Michael R. Bloomberg is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who served three terms as Mayor of the City of New York.
An outspoken national commentator on civil rights issues, Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, professor at the University of Maryland School of Law and member of the OSI-Baltimore Board and the Open Society Foundations' U. S. Programs Board, will discuss the opportunity for equity and justice to become a reality.
An public intellectual and international expert on criminal justice reform and on nonprofit leadership, Chris Stone is president of the Open Society Foundations. He'll explore how Baltimore can share successful solutions and obstinate challenges with other cities in the U.S. and the world, to be part of a tidal wave of change for opportunity and justice.
Susan L. Taylor
Susan Taylor is synonymous with Essence magazine, the brand she built as its chief editor for nearly three decades. A legend in the magazine publishing world, her focus and passion today is the National CARES Mentoring Movement, a call to action, which she founded in 2005 as Essence CARES. The CARES mentoring movement is a massive campaign to recruit able adults to help secure the many Black children who are in peril and losing ground. The goals of National CARES are to increase high school graduation rates among African American students, end the violence in Black communities and the over-incarceration of our young. Susan Taylor is a native of Harlem. She received a bachelor of science degree from Fordham University.