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Press Release: Leading Towards Impact: Dr. Kristy Taylor and Theresa Cusimano Attend Inspiring Dialogue on Social Impact at The Kennedy Center

Washington, D.C., April 19, 2024 - Renowned social impact career coach, Dr. Kristy Taylor, and national leadership consultant, Theresa Cusimano, J.D. were among the distinguished attendees at "Leading Towards Impact," a dynamic dialogue held at The Kennedy Center on Friday, April 19, 2024. Organized by The Leadership Alliance, the event provided a platform for thought-provoking discussions on advancing diversity, equity, and social impact in academia and beyond.

Dr. Clarence B. Jones, a celebrated speechwriter and lawyer for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., delivered a powerful message, inviting every participant to recognize their inherent beauty. He described his time working with Martin akin to seeing a shooting star, a brilliant, rare gift in the midnight sky. The event highlighted the transformative potential of individuals in effecting positive change. Dr. Taylor and Cusimano were deeply moved by Dr. Jones' words, recognizing the profound impact individuals can have on fostering inclusivity and equity.

Reflecting on the event, Dr. Taylor remarked, "The Leadership Alliance Presidential Forum underscored the critical need for a diverse STEM workforce in driving social impact and change. It was a privilege to be part of such an inspiring dialogue."

Cusimano shared her sentiments, "Dr. Jones' is living proof of the profound impact individuals can have on fostering inclusivity and equity, an inspiration to us all."

The Leadership Alliance is a coalition of 37 top research and teaching institutions and industries committed to enhancing diversity in Ph.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. programs through mentorship and advocacy for inclusivity in the research workforce community.

In addition to the engaging dialogue, attendees were treated to captivating performances by the Dillard University Ladies Ensemble and the Gallaudet University Dance Group, enriching the evening with cultural vibrancy.

"Leading Towards Impact" at The Kennedy Center served as a reminder of the enduring legacy of visionary leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., inspiring attendees like Dr. Kristy Taylor and Theresa Cusimano to continue their efforts in advancing social justice, equity, and inclusion towards greater equality.





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