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Delano Lewis
Interview  featuring Ambassador Delano Lewis

CONTENT  CATALOG ~ 76 Episodes | 573 Schools

Ambassador Lewis rose from segregation-era Kansas to prominence in government, business, and the not-for-profit world. His bestselling memoir, “It All Begins with Self,” affirms his belief in the value of family, education, hard work, perseverance, mentors and supporters. The District of Columbia statehood movement is a political movement that advocates making it a U.S. state. Doing so would provide residents of D.C. with voting representation in Congress and full control over local affairs. Discussing race relations and self-determination in the district, this is our exclusive interview with pioneer, Ambassador Delano Lewis.

Ben Wilson
Leadership Series featuring Ben Wilson

Ben Wilson is one of most respected environmental lawyers in the world. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Wilson went on to have a remarkable career spanning more than 40 years – most of them spent at Beveridge & Diamond, where he became the firm’s first minority principal after working in the U.S. Department of Justice. He went on to lead numerous major matters, including longtime representations of the water utilities of Chicago, New Orleans, and Washington, D.C., and as Court-Appointed Monitor in the Duke Energy coal ash spill proceeding and Deputy Monitor-Emissions & Environmental in the Volkswagen “Dieselgate” matter.


He also serves as Chairman of the Board of the Environmental Law Institute and on the Boards of Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company, PG&E Corporation, APCO Worldwide, and the DC Bar Foundation. Wilson continues to teach environmental law at Howard University where he was instrumental in founding the environmental law program.

“I had these small successes and they would build on each other and it helped build a reputation. The key for me, was being helpful to others who chose later that they would be helpful to me. The goal has been to not simply succeed myself, but hopefully to help others the way my mentors did for me.” - Benjamin Wilson

Minyon Moore
MentorClass with Minyon Moore 

“A person like me, born and raised in the movement… it was instilled in me.”
With the power of perspective, Minyon Moore is considered one of the nation’s top strategic thinkers. She has extensive experience in political and corporate affairs, as well as public policy. Moore leads DSG’s State and Local Affairs and Multicultural Strategies practices with clients ranging from Fortune 100 to startup non-profits.


Under President Bill Clinton’s administration, Minyon served as Assistant to the President and Director of White House Political Affairs. As CEO of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), she was responsible for day-to-day operations and oversight of the Democratic Party.


Moore serves as a member of the board of directors for the Writers Guild Foundation, the NCNW, and co-convener of the Power Rising Summit.

Named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington by Washingtonian Magazine, and Most Influential Leader by Rainbow PUSH. She has been honored with numerous awards including the Uncommon Height Award for excellence in service to others.

Minyon Moore is a native of Chicago, Illinois. A noted speaker and filmmaker, she continues to serve as a guest lecturer, including such institutions as Yale University and Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. In 2018, Moore was awarded the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) Lifetime Achievement Award and has been inducted into the AAPC Hall of Fame.

Ciemone Sheppard
Leadership Series featuring Ciemone Sheppard 

Ciemone Sheppard is a visionary entrepreneur, advocate for women in business, and owner of Ciemone Inc. She is also the Co-Founder of Sheppard Benefits Group, Inc., a national multimillion-dollar comprehensive insurance brokerage firm. A member of the Million Dollar Round Table which is The Premier Association of Financial Professionals. An active member of the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) and Women Elevating Women. In addition, Ciemone serves on the board of several non-profit organizations including the Black Women’s Health Imperative. Alongside being a wife and mother of 3 daughters she works passionately mentoring aspiring women entrepreneurs to follow their paths to greatness.

Leadership Series featuring Victoria Vasques

Victoria (Vicki) Vasques is the Owner and Chairwoman of Tribal Tech, LLC and Cowan & Associates, Inc. For more than 30 years, Ms. Vasques has been an advocate for American Indians, leading education reform, health care and advancing energy initiatives. She is Diegueno of the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians, Valley Center, California, and a former American Indian Woman of the Year.

Leadership Series featuring Secretary Dan Glickman

Shirley Chisholm: Catalyst for Change

“We were part of a racist tradition in many quarters of agriculture.” Dan Glickman served as
the United States Secretary of Agriculture from 1995 until 2001, prior to which he represented Kansas' 4th congressional district in Congress for 18 years. He was the Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government from 2002 to 2004, and served as chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America from 2004 to 2010. Throughout his life of service as a politician, lawyer, educator, lobbyist, and nonprofit leader he’s learned that “structural and cultural change has to be an all fronts effort.”


MentorClass with Chief Judge Algenon Marbley

“Thurgood Marshall, James Nabrit, and other great civil rights lawyers represented what we could become. They were role models. If I’m the best version of myself, this is what I can become, and this is what I can contribute. You looked at them through the lens of what is possible. Those men and women like Constance Baker Motley, and Leon Higginbotham proved what was possible. They gave us the roadmap so we stood on their shoulders, and now this next generation may very well stand on ours.” Algenon Marbley is the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. He joined the court in 1997 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Our conversation details his life story as a change agent and raison d’être (reason for being).

“Don’t let anyone define you, but you. That will enable you to sustain yourself even under adverse circumstances.”   

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