Several years ago my dear friend Chloe Drew introduced me to the Council of Urban Professionals. CUP connects, empowers, and mobilizes the next generation of civic and business leaders. Their flagship program is a one-year fellowship for professionals of color and this week I was honored to serve as the speaker for their annual graduation celebration.
Attending the event was the perfect salve for the State of the (crazy) Union address I shouldn't have watched the night before. As a cherry on top, my discussion was moderated by another sister friend, Daisy Auger-Dominguez, who is a CUP Board member. We talked about everything from our superpowers (mine: helping others to achieve clarity) to making tough career decisions, and I was blown away by the thoughtful questions and comments from the fellows, who I have no doubt will continue to make a tremendous impact in their communities.
Throughout the night there were many references to the "CUP family" and it reminded me that behind every successful person is a village of support. There's an African proverb that says, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." Congratulations to the CUP 2017 Fellows. I can't wait to see how far you take the nation, and our world.