T.D. Jakes Foundation Weekly Updates – April 26, 2021

April 26, 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

In an interview with Fox Business, Chairman Jakes weighs in on the Derek Chauvin trial and the need to listen to one another during this divided time. Jakes notes that in his recently released book “Don’t Drop The Mic,” he advocates for communication and the need to listen and learn from one another, which can help in achieving unity.

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 (TDJF) is a proud sponsor of the Texas Women’s Foundation Women Leadership Forum & Awards Celebration, which honors female leaders and trailblazers making a difference in their communities through the Maura Women Helping Women and Young Leader Awards. TDJF president and CEO Hattie Hill will serve as a co-chair of the virtual event, hosted on April 29, 2021. In advance of the program, we asked honorees to share their experiences as female leaders in the business and nonprofit worlds and highlight steps we can all take to further advance gender equity in the workplace. Check out our Take Five with 2021 Young Leader Award recipient Diana Mao, global crusader and protector against human trafficking.

Racial Equity

On the eve of President Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office, a 12-member jury in Minneapolis found Derek Chauvin guilty on all three charges against him in the murder case of George Floyd. The Biden-Harris Administration strongly supports the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and is working with Congress to swiftly enact meaningful police reform that brings profound and urgently needed change. Read the full story in CNN.

Recent figures released in April by the Pew Research Center show that, in 2018, Black students earned 7 percent of STEM bachelor’s degrees. Pandemic-related college trends threaten to lower these proportions even further, as total Black undergraduate enrollment at universities and colleges is down by more than 7 percent this semester from where it was last spring, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reports. This decline in the number of prospective of Black scientists, engineers and mathematicians is occurring even as demand increases. Read more on this growing equity issue in STEAM via The Hechinger Report.


Meet the scientists that are currently building a prison-to-STEM pipeline in hopes of assisting those formerly incarcerated to enter careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Following a 10-year prison sentence, Stanley Andrisse, now an endocrinologist scientist and assistant professor of physiology at Howard University, founded the nonprofit organization From Prison Cells to PhD, which offers education counseling, mentoring, and support to 100+ currently and formerly incarcerated people annually. One goal of this program is to create an easier path into STEM careers—one that does not require incarcerated people to have both superhuman levels of determination and sheer luck to break into science. Read more on the program and its founders via PBS.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced unprecedented numbers of women across the country to leave their jobs in what’s now been dubbed the pink recession. In the tech field, an industry that has notoriously struggled with gender parity, the exodus is concerning to many. That’s why the Utah-based Women Tech Council launched the SheTech virtual summit, to introduce high school girls to the STEM fields early on so they can explore possible careers in the industry. The summit featured speakers from NASA, Northrup Grumman and other female leaders and top executives. Re-watch the summit via KSL.

Publisher’s Weekly has compiled a list of new and forthcoming books featuring hands-on activities with a STEM/STEAM focus. Educators and families seeking ways to engage kids with science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts in fun, screen-free ways will find a selection of accessible, step-by-step approaches via this list.

North Texas News

Dallas ISD’s Mental Health Services will be hosting a “Mental Health Matters Virtual Symposium” on Saturday, May 1st from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., featuring recorded presentations and a live Q&A. There will be English and Spanish presentations on topics such as parenting, bullying, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and more. Find out more here.

Together, we can and will get through this.


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