Volunteering is good for everyone!

I would encourage any senior leader who is looking for ways to learn about him/herself, while accomplishing good in the community where their businesses operate, to work with local non-profits and organize some volunteer activities.

Moving the needle

“[A] combination of realism and open-mindedness among residents—an underlying belief in the city’s potential, despite its frustrating challenges.” This is one of the responses I received when I asked Baltimoreans what they believed were the city’s strengths. Over the past two months, I have had the amazing opportunity to experience some of this realism and […]

Social networking for social change

With his first address to Congress, President Obama called for “a renewed spirit of national service for this and future generations.”  Across the country his remarks were met with rousing applause. Since then, Congress passed a bill that is likely to have the largest effect on volunteerism since JFK called for the creation of a […]

Moving from change to transformation

There are few times in life when a people can factually recall where they were and what they were doing when a significant event occurred. The election of Barack Obama to the office of President of the United States was such a seminal moment. His electrifying campaign resonated with voters seeking to cast a ballot […]

Who wants to be a philanthropist?

As someone who has raised funds for over 30 years for causes I care about deeply, I am often curious what people do with the money they win on games shows like “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” Of course, as I think to myself, someone needs to help them figure out how to give […]

What’s up with the wall?

Why does it keep getting higher and higher? Why is it ever harder to see through? Why is it just so hard to penetrate?  I am speaking metaphorically about the divide that we find between Baltimore City and its surrounding suburbs. Two sets of people living very near each other but leading such different lives—there must […]