Here's What LeaderBridge Alumni are Sharing!

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May 12, 2022

Daon McClarin Johnson Presents At Mentoring Summit

LeaderBridge alum, Daon McClarin Johnson (CPNL, 2017) presented at the Mentoring Matters Summit of Tennessee in May.

Daon McClarin Johnson

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April 19, 2022

Jhae Thompson Launches The Coaching Annex

LeaderBridge alumna Jhae Thompson launched her own company, The Coaching Annex, a boutique coaching agency which works with individuals to help them align their reality with their goals. The Coaching Annex provides individuals with personalized, targeted, and integrative coaching services to establish balance and find solutions.

Jhae Thompson

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March 10, 2022

Patricia Funegra Honored by United States Hispanic Business Council

LeaderBridge alumna, Patricia Funegra, was recognized by her peers at the United States Hispanic Business Council during Women's History Month for her leadership as a founder and entrepreneur. Funegra is the founder and CEO of La Cocina VA, an organization that uses the power of food as an agent of social and economic change. She is also the founder and president of Global Development Advisers, where she is on a mission to support entrepreneurs in Central American countries to create scalable and profitable businesses. Connect with Funegra to learn more about how she is making a local and global impact!

Patricia Funegra

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November 17, 2021

Doorways Receives $2.5 Million Bezos Day 1 Families Fund Grant

Doorways, a community-based nonprofit providing shelter and services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as youth and families experiencing homelessness, today announced that it has been selected to receive a $2.5 million grant from the Bezos Day 1 Families Fund—the largest private grant in Doorways’ history.

Diana Ortiz

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May 4, 2022

Dani Faulkner Steps Into Senior Role

LeaderBridge alum, Dani Faulkner was promoted to Senior Director of Development at Baltimore Corps recently! Dani completed the CPNL spring cohort program in April 2022.

Dani Faulkner

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April 10, 2022

Sanjay Mitchell Presents at Regional College Admission Counseling Conference

LeaderBridge alum Sanjay Mitchell represented the NACAC Board and presented multiple sessions at the PCACAC – Potomac and Chesapeake Region Conference this April. Sanjay completed the CPNL spring cohort program in April 2022.

Sanjay Mitchell

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February 16, 2022

Melissa Stallings Starts at Capital Impact Partners

LeaderBridge alumna Melissa Stallings started as Director of DMV Initiatives at Capital Impact Partners in January 2022. Congrats on the new role, Melissa!

Melissa Stallings

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October 7, 2021

Washington Business Journal Names Juliana Cardona Mejia as a Women Who Means Business 2021

LeaderBridge alumna, Juliana Cardona Mejia, was selected by the Washington Business Journal as a Women Who Means Business and a member of its Power 100 class of 2021. Juliana is the Founder and CEO of Street Entrepreneurs, an accelerator that provides education and mentorship, and helps remove the specific obstacles that individual entrepreneurs are facing. Read in the Washington Business Journal about what motivated Juliana to found Street Entrepreneurs!

Juliana Cardona Mejia

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April 20, 2022

#AskHer Interview Featured Diana Ortiz

LeaderBridge alum Diana Ortiz shared many insightful tips for nonprofit leaders and teams in conversation with C. Marie Taylor of Equity Through Action and Jackie Lendsey, Interim Executive Director of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation on April 20th.

Diana Ortiz

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April 3, 2022

Janaiha Bennett of Youth Leadership Foundation: 5 Things You Need To Know To Successfully Lead A Nonprofit Organization

Learn more about LeaderBridge CPNL alumna Janaiha Bennet in her wonderful interview in Authority Magazine. Janaiha, a DC native, shares both her journey to nonprofit leadership as well as her valuable perspective from serving as a leader. Our favorite quote: “I would encourage all of us to seek out opportunities for our personal growth. It’s essential to learn to overcome life challenges deeply and meaningfully.”

Janaiha Bennett

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February 2, 2022

Sanah Jivani Receives National Mentoring Award

In recognition of her leadership of Love Your Natural Self Foundation and her work with Generation Hope, Sanah Jivani received the Corporate Youth Leadership Award at this year’s Excellence in Mentoring Awards hosted at Mentor National’s National Mentoring Summit in January 2022. This year’s award ceremony highlighted six national award winners and finalists. Sanah Jivani also participated in Leadership Montgomery’s Emerging Leaders Program in 2021-2022.

Sanah Jivani

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September 22, 2021

Street Entrepreneurs Releases Impact Report

LeaderBridge alumna Juliana Cardona Mejia is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs build, fund, and realize their dreams. This year alone, Street Entrepreneurs supported 1,000 small business founders and provided 70 quality and accessible workshops and opportunities!

Juliana Cardona Mejia


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