Innovation and Impact Forum for Black Male Achievement

October 3, 2012

What Winning Looks Like: Investing in What Works

Accelerate current momentum in the field of black male achievement by strengthening philanthropic partnerships, showcasing leaders and organizations making an impact, and building cross-sector collaborations.


Black Male Achievement: What All Black Males Must Do

Paula Williams Madison, Chairman and CEO of Madison Media Management LLC, declares that black males must take pride in their family, heritage, and community. According to Madison, the insistence that "shame not be brought upon our families", is the key to societal enfranchisement.

Michael Bloomberg: What We Must Do for the Black Male

Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City explains why it is imperative that society focus on innovative programs that actually address the issues that impact males of color. 

Soros: We Must Reduce Number of Black Males in Prison

Philanthropist George Soros highlights one of the most alarming trends that disproportionately affects black males: an unfair criminal justice system.

Susan Taylor Champions Mentoring Organization Mad Dads

Susan L. Taylor, founder and CEO of the National CARES Mentoring Movement, champions Mad Dads, a mentoring organization that combats gang violence and drug use among youth.

Melanie Hartzog: NYC's Young Men's Initiative

Melanie Hartzog, Family Services Coordinator for the Young Men's Initiative in New York City, briefly describes the initiative's goals and procedures.

How to Identify Which Grants Benefit Black Boys and Men

Dr. Lawrence T. McGill, Vice President of Research at the Foundation Center, explains how the center identifies grants that benefit black boys and young men.

Healing Communities: Freeing Incarceration from Stigma

Harold Dean Trulear, Director of the Healing Communities Prison Ministry and Prisoner Reentry Project, preaches the importance of freeing the incarcerated from stigma. “We can no longer afford to demonize African-American males in general, and the incarcerated in particular,” he says.

Closing the Belief Gap in Black Male Achievement

Shawn Dove, manager of the Open Society Foundation's Campaign for Black Male Achievement, calls for closing the "belief gap" in black male achievement.

No Easy Answers to Helping Black Boys Succeed in School

Sociologist Pedro Noguera argues that “there are no easy answers” when it comes to helping black boys succeed in school. Rather than relying on simple, trendy changes such as separating the genders or privileging kinesthetic learning, Noguera advocates for holistic and leadership-based solutions.

Gang Violence Deserves Its Own 9/11-Style Commission

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter argues that the rates of homicide in major U.S. cities warrants a commission to address the issue of gang violence, much like the one established to prevent terrorism after 9/11.

NBA Math Hoops: Using Basketball to Raise Math Scores

Black Male Achievement Fellow Khalil Fuller touts the program that he founded, NBA Math Hoops. The basketball-themed classroom game, he says, has raised students' math scores by up to 51 percent.

Show the Public More Positive Statistics About Black Men

Trabian Shorters, Vice President of Communities at the Knight Foundation, argues that most people focus on negative statistics regarding black men, rather than the positives. "You're armed with all the data about what's wrong with the person across from you, and you're empty-handed about the truth about the assets that they bring," he says.

Stephen DeBerry: The 95-5 Problem of Foundation Funding

Stephen DeBerry, founder and Chief Investment Officer of Bronze Investments, points out that organizations that rely on philanthropic funding are only benefiting from five percent of the $600 billion pool of foundation endowment capital available.

John Jackson: A Look at Black Males' Graduation Rates

Dr. John Jackson compares the national graduation rates of white males and black males published in The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males. 

Angela Glover Blackwell: How to Sustain a Movement

Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink, describes the true infrastructure required to sustain a movement. Starting with the anchor of information, Blackwell reminds the audience of the importance of the scaffolding of community and the motor of a unifying narrative.

Service in the Tradition of Martin Luther King

John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. from the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities describes the attributes of a Martin Luther King Drum Major for Service in awarding the distinction to Ron Crawford.

John Rogers on the Black Corporate Directors' Conference

John W. Rogers, CEO of Ariel Investments, discusses the Black Corporate Directors' Conference, which he co-founded 11 years ago. He defines the conference's main goal as exploring how to effectively address the civil rights agenda in the board room.

Cheryl Dorsey: Why Social Entrepreneurship Matters

Echoing Green President Cheryl Dorsey explains why social entrepreneurship matters. "This blurring of sectoral boundaries is the new normal," she argues.

About this conference

To accelerate current momentum in the field of black male achievement by strengthening philanthropic partnerships, showcasing leaders and organizations making an impact, and building cross-sector collaborations. The forum will do this through:
  • High-profile keynotes and awards
  • Profiling young, emerging leaders
  • Showcasing major initiatives and innovations in the field
  • Providing practical research, data, and field-building tools
  • Providing networking opportunities for attendees to connect
  • Sessions on proven strategies that are working to improve the life outcomes of black men and boys

About Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve this mission, the foundations seek to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, the Open Society Foundations implement a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, we build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. The foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

For more information, visit: