Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum

Since 1968, the Committee for a Better New Orleans has hosted an annual forum with leaders across New Orleans. Participants learn from experts, engage in an open discussion, and together work toward solutions. The forum emphasizes ways change can be enacted from a policy level by advocacy from community leaders. 

In fall 2023, I was a participant in the Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum.

Changemaker Institute

During the spring of 2023, I participated in the Changemaker Institute, a graduate student seminar hosted by the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking. The Changemaker Institute "supports budding social entrepreneurs who are interested in building a business with social or environmental impact". My cohort consisted of 8 students representing 6 student-led ventures. Over the course of the semester, we met weekly to discuss topics regarding developing a successful venture, including market research, value proposition, business entity classification, mission & vision statements, and branding & marketing. We also hosted several guest speakers, including those. These activities prepared us to launch a test project for our ventures during the semester and communicate our ideas in a 5-minute long pitch at the end of the semester.

4.0 Schools

4.0 Schools invests "in new, community-centered models of education," and provides "coaching, curriculum, community and cash to those with the imagination to create a more equitable education ecosystem." From schoolteachers to superintendents to educational researchers, 4.0 Schools selects a diverse range of entrepreneurs from across the United States looking to create educational equity in their communities.

Through their fellowships, 4.0 allows educators to experiment with bold ideas for change in education, test these ideas, and measure the impact of their pilot ventures.

In 2021, I graduated from 4.0 School's Essentials Fellowship, which helps people with early-stage ideas define a problem in education, develop a pop-up with $600, gather critical feedback from community members, and refine their ideas. 

In 2022, I graduated from 4.0 School's Essentials Fellowship, which provides $10,000 to grow educational ventures to a "proof point that is ready to grow."

In 2024, I graduated from 4.0 School's Angel Syndicate Fellowship, where built "the skills, relationships, identities, and collective power to become the next generation of education philanthropists."

Riley's Way Foundation

The Riley's Way Foundation "works with emerging leaders, ages 13-22, who are leading social impact projects in areas like food insecurity, homelessness, education equity, and environmental justice – all through the lens of kindness, empathy, and human connection."

Founded in memory of Riley Sandler, the daughter of a NYC hedge fund executive, Riley's Way Foundation supports youth who strive to "build a better world that values kindness, empathy, connection and the voices of all youth."

In 2022, I was part of the Call for Kindness Fellowship, Riley's Way flagship program. I participated in monthly virtual workshops and attended a retreat in Washington, DC, where I gave a "TED Talk"-like speech on a student that I had worked with. 

In 2023, I became a mentor for Call for Kindness fellows.