Black History Month highlights the important progress made by the African-American community. Join Connext for a happy hour with community leaders about Black History Month and how Black history impacts our lives, how we celebrate Black History month, and time to ask community leaders questions.
To continue the conversation, we encourage you to also register for the Connext Coffee Talk: Black History Month Conversation occurring on Tuesday, February 16th from 8 - 9 AM.
Brandon Calloway is the Executive Director and co-founder of Generating Income For Tomorrow. As someone who grew up in the urban core of Kansas City, he has long been committed to finding ways to create transformative change in the areas of the city that need it most, for the residents that reside there. Brandon has spent the last 10 years of his career in the business and nonprofit sectors, and he uses the combined experiences of those two worlds to drive the work happening at G.I.F.T. and to have a direct impact on closing Kansas City's racial wealth gap.
Ray Doswell grew up in East St. Louis, and graduated from Monmouth College (IL) with a degree in History and training in education. He earned a Master's degree in History with emphasis on Historic Resources Management at University of California-Riverside. Doswell joined the staff of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, MO in 1995 as its first curator. He earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Kansas State University through work in partnership with the museum to develop educational web sites and programs. Now as museum Vice-President, he manages exhibitions, archives, and educational programs.
Chandler Johnson is a graphic designer and communication professor located in Kansas City, MO. He currently works for Unbound.org and his most recent side project, Pick Progress, investigates the aspects of Black culture in the modern era.
Willy Pegues IV is the Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) for McCownGordon, and is responsible for strategic oversight of the organization's DEI efforts both internally and externally. He catalyzes and facilitates organizational change to foster a thriving diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for associates.
A Connext Program
Connext (formerly YNPNkc) provides learning and networking opportunities for the next generation of nonprofit leaders. We welcome people of all ages and professions, although most of our members are in their 20s and 30s and working in the nonprofit sector.