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Friday, February 8, 2013

Paul Quinn College on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

 Update: Audio of show can be found here.
Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations and leaders who lead by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations and leaders embody "Be the change you want to see in the world".

Throughout 2013 listeners will hear from presidents of organizations who are global change agents. We will also hear from CEOs of social enterprise businesses who are changing communities and college educators who are taking their students out of the classroom and into surrounding neighborhoods to learn and serve others.

Join us on Saturday, February 9, 2013 as we officially kick off a year of living and giving with Paul Quinn College Center for Fundraising and Philanthropy's executive director, Halima Leak. Listen as she shares with us her experiences as a fundraiser for organizations like the United Way of Forsyth County, Communities in Schools of Wake County, INROADS NC / Triangle, Barnard College of Columbia University, the New York University School of Law, and the Faculty of Arts and Science at New York University.

Halima will discuss her study of philanthropy in education as a doctoral student in New York University's Higher Education Program.  Halima will also share the exciting historical news of her new position at Paul Quinn College and the impact the center will have in the world of philanthropy while developing and educating young leaders. Hear how Paul Quinn's program will empower communities of color and HBCUs throughout the nation.

Living Your Best Life, a radio show that empowers, inspires and motivates one to live their BEST life, can heard on 760 AM in the Middle-Tennessee Region, military bases, and streamed live on U-Stream.TV from 9-10AM CST. This show will also be aired on WTST, a member of the HBCU radio network.

More About Paul Quinn College 

Michael J. Sorrell, 34th President of Paul Quinn College
Paul Quinn College has received approval from the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, also known as TRACS, to include Entrepreneurship and Fundraising and Philanthropy as concentrations in the College’s Business Administration program which confers a bachelor of science to its graduates.  Students will be able to declare the two concentrations starting Fall 2013.

“Our goal is to empower students from under-resourced communities around the world use their power, abilities, and imagination to change not just their circumstance, but those of everyone around them” said Michael J. Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn.  “This is the Quinnite Nation’s new urban college model. We will use higher education as an economic development incubator for under-resourced communities. These programs are another step in that direction.”

Entrepreneurship at Paul Quinn will train students to become conscious business developers and investors in under-resourced communities.  Entrepreneurship students will be expected to carry out the College’s mission of servant leadership by applying the principles of business ethics and social responsibility. Graduates of the program will have learned to resolve ethical dilemmas to improve business opportunity and development in underserved communities. Courses will include social entrepreneurship, a social entrepreneurship internship, small business management, and leadership.

The first of its kind to be established at a historically black college or university and only the second undergraduate institution to offer such a degree in America,Paul Quinn’s undergraduate program in Fundraising and Philanthropy is a comprehensive curriculum that will prepare students to compete for careers related to the emerging field of philanthropy. Recognized as one of the hottest 25 future careers by U.S. News and World Report, fundraising creates leaders among diverse career paths related to the philanthropic sector. Courses at Paul Quinn will include advanced fundraising, donor relations, grant proposal writing, and prospect research.

Paul Quinn was accredited by TRACS in 2011. The College overcame accreditation challenges by achieving full accreditation status in a record-breaking 18 months. TRACS is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

More About Halima Leak 

Executive Director of Paul Quinn's Center for Fundraising and Philanthropy

Halima Leak has spent close to 15 years involved in fundraising and philanthropy as both a practitioner and scholar. Her experience includes institutions and organizations such as: The City University of New York’s School of Professional Studies, New York University, Barnard College of Columbia University, and Communities in Schools of Wake County (North Carolina). She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Hampton University and Master of Arts degree in Educational Sociology from New York University Steinhardt School of Education, from which derived her master thesis topic of research, “Alumni Giving and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” Leak is also a Ph.D. candidate at the New York University Steinhardt School of Education. In addition to providing leadership for the Center for Fundraising and Philanthropy, she also serves as the Interim Director of Development for Paul Quinn College.


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