On February 8, the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce partnered with HNU to host their monthly First Friday Coffee Talk in honor of Black History Month.
As new members, Holy Names University staff members were eager to welcome this community to campus to share a meal and hear from leaders going above and beyond to motivate and lift up others. The morning was an inspiring one.
The first speaker, Armand Carr, is the voice behind The Quiet Storm and Listen Up Bay Area on KBLX radio. He is also the founder of All Tied Up, a nonprofit that prepares young men for success through workshops structured around the significance of a tie. Since 2016, Armand has visited more than 100 schools and programs throughout the Bay Area and donated more than 3,000 ties. He wants all people, but especially young men of color, to find their gift. He asks workshop participants to name three things they love about themselves and encourages them to think about their relationships in terms of quality and not quantity--the very opposite of what social media can encourage us to do.
The second speaker, Delane Sims, is the founder and executive director of DNNC Steps to Success, whose mission is to increase positive outcomes for children of single mothers and to help women live a healthy lifestyle. The organization has a special focus on African American women and was informed by Sims’ own life experience as a single mother of four. Sims also runs Senior Moments, the elder outreach arm of the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce that was inspired by her experience as a commissioner for the Alameda County Area Agency on Aging. Sims emphasized the power of learning from challenges. She also shone a spotlight on black excellence in the business and nonprofit communities. Said Sims, “Black excellence supports our black communities, but so much more than that.”
Holy Names wants to thank all of the chamber members who joined us that morning and offer a special thanks to our incredibly inspiring speakers. We have just launched an exciting partnership that provides a tuition-reduction for chamber members interested in furthering their education through HNU’s adult degree-completion and graduate programs and are developing more extensive partnerships with organizations would like more benefits for their organization and their employees' professional development.
To learn more, contact Mariah Bruce at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510.436.1195.