“The man with no imagination has no wings.” ― Muhammad Ali
valaida | writer. thinker. listener. speaker. idea whisperer. traveler. mad word geek. absolute scrabble freak. drinker of life. da*n good friend. ridiculous foodie. imaginative dreamer. afflicted party planner. kind conqueror. okra lover. southerner w/ hillbilly roots and far-stretched global sights. (oh…and a bear hunter’s daughter)
author of book that reframes portraits of philanthropy: Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists—named one of the “10 Best Black Books” of 2011 and winner of the prestigious Terry McAdam Book Award as 2012’s most inspirational and useful new book for the nonprofit sector.
2014 Lake Distinguished Visitor at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
vision keeper and principal architect for the groundbreaking Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited multimedia exhibit that opened Feb 2015 and is presently touring the country.
named 2020 Trailblazer by ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities as part of its 29th Annual James A. Joseph Lecture and Awards.
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- talk on philanthropy, identity and epiphany at TEDx
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