Leaders on Leadership Breakfast
October 20, 2014
On Monday, October 20th, Baltimore area leaders joined B.E.S.T. upper school students for our second annual Leaders on Leadership Breakfast. Our honored speakers were Khalil Uqdah, B.E.S.T. and Gilman Alumnus, Class of 2006, and Diane Bell-McKoy, President and CEO of Associated Black Charities. Khalil shared his passion for diversity issues, his commitment to making a difference, and the ways in which he continues to seek opportunities throughout his professional journey to make an impact. Diane reminded the B.E.S.T. students that they each have greatness within them and encouraged them to return to Baltimore after college to use that greatness to be “agents of change.”
As part of the Molly Hathaway Young Women’s and Redmond C.S. Finney Young Men’s Leadership Programs, the second half of the morning was a student workshop on “Building a Culture of Philanthropy in the Next Generation.” Additional African American upper school students joined their B.E.S.T. peers for this program. Our two panelists were Terrance Whitehead, IT Project Manager at Pragmatics, Inc. and co-director of the Gilman Black Alumni Institute; and Sara Bleich, B.E.S.T. and Garrison Forest School Alumna, class of 1996, and Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. They shared their personal, educational, and professional journeys as well as the philanthropic choices they make. They discussed what it means to them to be philanthropists and the variety of ways philanthropy can take shape. The students had an opportunity to engage in a Q&A session with Sara and Terrance and then worked in small groups to research and discuss organizations about which they feel passionate. Through a generous gift, each student was able to make a $25 donation to the organization of their choice. They made charitable contributions to civic, educational, religious, and health care organizations, including: I Have a Dream Foundation, Amnesty International, The Trevor Project, The Baer School, Wounded Warrior Project, VH1 Save the Music Foundation, and The Jr. Bach Program of The Peabody Institute.
The annual Leaders on Leadership Breakfast is an opportunity to recognize the generous donors to the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust and to honor Molly Hathaway and Redmond C.S. Finney for whom the Young Women’s and Young Men’s Leadership Programs are named.