“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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    • Thank you Chris! You can pre-order now via Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites. Or, you place an order at your local bookstore. It will be released to bookstores in October.

    • Thank you Karol. I enjoyed time with your fellow giving circle member Denise last weekend at the CIN Leadership Summit. Note, 20/20 Sisters of Vision are included in the book.

  1. Congrats, old friend! How exciting! So proud of you. Will buy myself a copy asap! So happy to see that life is treating you so wonderfully!!! Keep living it up!! Bea

    • Bea…it’s wonderful hearing from you! When have a moment, please send an email with updates on you and your beautiful family. I presume you’re still in Chicago. I’ll let you know next time I make it up that way.

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