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EVC Lunch and Learn Speaker Series [Apr. 9th]

Enterprising Ventures of Color (EVC) invites you to participate in a 5 part national nonprofit speaker series where we will have prominent nonprofit leaders from across the country who have created innovative solutions and cutting-edge best practices to transform their communities. These nonprofit organizational experts will provide critical insights for increased positive social impact that contribute to their 501 © 3 success. Discussion topics will include emergent revenue generation techniques (individual donor campaigns, state and federal contracts), strategic, effective communication practices (social and paid media), power-building techniques, managing complex boards, and self-care management tips.   

Join us with guest speaker, Byron Sanders, a committed advocate for education, economic development and creating equitable communities. As the President and CEO of Big Thought, he explores innovative ways to narrow the opportunity gap and believes it’s our charge to shape society so young people have the chance to live the innate greatness that’s inside of them. Byron has been with the organization since 2008 in various capacities, as a supporter, volunteer, advisor, partner and board member.

A collective of creatives, artists, and analysts that partner with the community, schools, and institutions, Big Thought equips youth with tools to channel their voice and creativity into shaping their best lives and the world around them. The organization’s goal is not only to serve equitably but also to push the boundaries of what education can be — now and in the future — through a range of learning experiences within school walls and beyond.

His professional expertise spans the fields of banking and finance, education, philanthropy and entrepreneurism. Before joining Big Thought, Byron served as Vice President for U.S. Trust and as the Executive Director of the Dallas Education Foundation, where he cultivated philanthropic, corporate and community relationships to support initiatives benefiting Dallas ISD students. He also served as Vice President of Group Excellence, a mentoring and tutoring organization.

Byron believes that a person’s purpose cannot be fulfilled if they’re not engaged in their community. Locally, he actively serves as a board member with For Oak Cliff, CitySquare, ChildCareGroup, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Mavericks Advisory Council, Trinity Park Conservancy, and the Getting Smart Advisory Board, and he is on the United Way’s Community Impact Council. He is a member of Dallas Assembly, Leadership Dallas ’13, Leadership ISD ’12, Latino Center for Leadership Development Fellows and several other service engagements.

Byron is an alum of The University of Tulsa and now serves on the institution’s Board of Trustees. Above all, he loves spending time with his wife, Celeste, and two children.

This Tuesday Lunch and Learn Speaker Series is made possible through the Greater Flint Coronavirus Taskforce on Racial Inequities’ Philanthropic Subcommittee: The Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Ruth Mott Foundation, and the United Way of Genesee County.  

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