The 41st Celebration delivers a rewarding experience­­

More than 250 participants—leaders from the nonprofit, government, philanthropic and business sectors—reserved their place at the “virtual” table as the Center celebrated its 41st Annual Celebration on November 19, 2020.

In this year of unique challenges, we were reluctant to break with this long-standing tradition, believing the annual gathering was needed more than ever. Our team was determined not only to make it happen, but also to make it a memorable and engaging event, without compromising the health and safety of anyone involved. We’re proud of the result.

Attendees enjoyed breakfast delivered to their door, networked in a unique and interactive platform, and heard from a thought-provoking keynote address from our featured guest, Jason Reynolds. They also received an event packet, including a signed copy of Jason’s book, For Every One and a little cookbook with the Center team’s favorite “quarantine” recipes.

We’d like to thank all who attended and all who contributed to the event’s success, especially our Ally Sponsors



Jason Reynolds shared inspiring insights and answered questions from attendees.


Center Board Chair, Dr. Sylisa Lambert-Woodard, reviewed challenges and highlights of this past year.





Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy and Leadership Award winners were recognized.





Ian Shuman from GRF CPAs & Advisors (EXCEL Award sponsor) and Bridgette Stumpf, 2019 EXCEL Award winner, thanked the selection committee and presented the EXCEL awards.




See highlights from the 40th Annual Celebration


See highlights from the 39th Annual Celebration.