T.D. Jakes Foundation Weekly Updates – April 12, 2021

April 12, 2021

To help you navigate these uncertain times, we’ve compiled timely news and resources related to small business, education and connectivity. We hope this provides both information and comfort as we continue to weather these challenges.

T.D. Jakes Foundation in Action

Chairman T.D. Jakes shares the inspiration behind his new book, “Don’t Drop the Mic!” in which he shows readers how successful communication is key for building community, commanding power, and so much more. Watch here.

The T.D. Jakes Foundation was founded to expose underrepresented communities to science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) because “you can’t be what you don’t see.” In honor of women’s history month, TDJF president and CEO Hattie Hill gave girls and women of all ages an opportunity to see and hear from strong female role models in arts and technology, convening a thought-provoking Zoom roundtable dubbed: “Women in STEAM: A Conversation at the Intersection of Art & Science, Onscreen and Off.”

The hour-long discussion featured three highly accomplished women:

  • Lisa Edelstein, actress, director, writer and producer best known for her role as Dr. Lisa Cuddy on the hit series “House.”
  • Marisa Polvino, co-founder of Straight Up Impact, a woman-owned, fully integrated media company that finances, develops and produces thought-provoking stories that inspire audiences to enact positive change.
  • Lisa Gelobter, co-founder and CEO of tEQuitable, which uses technology to create more equitable workplaces. Previously, she was Chief Digital Officer at BET Networks and Chief Digital Service Officer for the Department of Education in the Obama administration.

The T.D. Jakes Foundation is honored to host a breakout session featuring Hattie Hill, Cynt Marshall, Leona Ford Allen, Marie Forleo, and Sonya Robinson at the first International Leadership Summit (ILS) Virtual Experience, April 29-May 1, 2021. Presented by T.D. Jakes, ILS is an intensive training experience that equips you and your team with in-depth strategies and direction to execute your vision with precision and clarity. Invest in your teams, mentees, friends, or family members when you bring your plus-9 with you to the top as an ILS registrant — at no additional cost! Leaders, your elevation awaits. Register now.

The T.D. Jakes Foundation is proud to celebrate women leaders with Texas Women’s Foundation at the 42nd Annual Leadership Forum & Awards Celebration presented by AT&T. T.D. Jakes Foundation President & CEO Hattie Hill will be co-chairing with Jana Etheridge, Chief Customer Officer & Chief of Staff Financial Services at Capital One Financial Services. Join us in this celebration on April 29 at 10 AM. Tickets are only $42! Reserve your spot now!

Corporate Responsibility

JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon has written a letter to the company’s shareholders highlighting, among other points, how important it is to earn the trust of customers and communities by acting ethically and morally. Beyond taking responsibility at the local level, Dimon explains that being a responsible community citizen nationally, or globally, is much more critical and complex. Read the full letter here.


Racial Disparities in Health and Employment

For decades, racism has played a critical role in public health outcomes in the United States, with racial minority groups continuing to experience higher rates of illness and death across a wide range of health conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, obesity, asthma and heart disease when compared to their white counterparts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday called racism a “serious threat” to public health, becoming the latest and largest U.S.-based health agency to single out racism as having a “profound and negative impact on communities of color.” The CDC plan to launch a web portal, “Racism and Health,” aimed at starting a public discourse around the topic. Read the full story in NBC News.

According to an April 2 U.S. Department of Labor report,  unemployment fell to 6% in March, with the strongest employment gains in leisure and hospitality and construction. The current recession, created by COVID-19, has especially impacted women, and particularly Black and Hispanic women. Research has also shown a significant shift of job losses from men in the Great Recession to women in the pandemic-related economic crisis, according to new research conducted by Steven Fazzari, the Bert A. and Jeanette L. Lynch Distinguished Professor of Economics in Arts & Sciences, and senior Ella Needler, an economics major and a student in the Olin Business School. Read the full story in Washington University in St. Louis’s The Source.

Education Update

Seventeen-year-old Iowa City West High School student Dasia Taylor was named one of 40 finalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the country’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. After her school transitioned to remote learning due to the pandemic, Taylor found that she could spend four or five hours in the lab running experiments. After winning a state science fair and becoming a finalist in a national competition, Dasia Taylor now has her sights set on a patent. Read more on Taylor’s efforts via Smithsonian Magazine.

Research shows many young children have fallen behind in reading and math since the start of the pandemic, with school closures, economic and health hardships causing many young children to delay mastering fundamental reading and math skills. Another national study, conducted this winter, of more than one million students found a decline of up to 16 percent in the number of elementary school students performing at grade level in math, and up to 10 percent in the number of students performing at grade level in reading. Read the full story in The New York Times.


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