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Marcus Walton: Leading While Black

Nov 2, 2020 | News

Get to know the LeadersTrust Advisory Board Member Marcus Walton in this interview from Nonprofit Quarterly.

Hear his reflections on his leadership journey.

This article is part of the NPQ series of personal essays lifting up Black male voices to highlight the challenges Black male leaders in the nonprofit sector face. 

“As a Black man, I wonder to what extent I can expect meaningful social change to occur in ways that respond to the myriad forms of generational disenfranchisement imposed on my ancestors for centuries. For example, how high can I set expectations for change without simultaneously exposing myself to near-certain pain and frustration or making myself susceptible to extreme disappointment? As a leader of a national philanthropy-serving organization and a peer to several networks of caring individuals committed to changing the world, I wonder what is possible through our cooperative planning and strategic coordination. For example, what would be possible if we committed to cultivating and leveraging our collective genius?”