Happy New Year!
2011 was an incredible year at New Leaders Council. Now that it is behind us, NLC is thrilled about the possibility and potential 2012 holds for our members, alumni and chapters. Here at Headquarters, we are working diligently to onboard our next class of fellows who you can learn more about here.
Meet a few standouts from the class of 2012:
MSW Student, Washington University in St. Louis
Anna Gennari is a Master’s of Social Work student at The Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, concentrating in social and economic development with a focus on youth empowerment. Her current projects include the St. Louis Regional Youth Initiative-Best Practice Subcommittee and the Juvenile Rights and Re-Entry Project. Prior to her advanced studies, Anna worked with the Rosemary Anderson High School Alternative Education program to increase educational opportunities for vulnerable youth through service-learning and civic engagement. Anna has also worked as the Community Engagement Specialist for the School’s Uniting Neighborhoods program, where she engaged local businesses, increased student outcomes, and created culturally specific programming to support families and strengthen the relationship between community and school. Her passion for social change began with the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial in Washington D.C. where she served as a Youth Delegate at the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa. On her way to her MSW, Anna graduated Suma Cum Laude from Portland State University with her B.A. in Social Work, earning the PSU Community Development Scholarship Award for her contribution and excellence in social service and community involvement. She is originally from the St. Louis area.
Charlene Carruthers- New York City
Campaign Manager, Color of Change
Charlene Carruthers currently serves as a Campaign Manager at Color of Change. A native of Chicago, she has worked extensively to promote social justice, empowerment and build leadership on local and national levels. Trained in the Saul Alinsky tradition of community organizing, Charlene believes in intentional and inclusive power building. Her passion for working with young leaders to build capacity and leadership has led her to work with and train youth of color and women across the country. She has worked for national progressive organizations including the Center for Community Change, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law and the Women’s Media Center. At Color of Change, Charlene works to integrate field and online organizing in order to create progressive change for Black Americans. She has traveled and studied throughout the global south and brings with her a sense of global citizenship. Charlene received her Master’s in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, where she focused on urban development and public policy. She is also a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University where she majored in History and International studies.
President & CEO, nBrilliance
Navneet is an award winning entrepreneur and CEO & Managing Partner at nBrilliance, where he builds high performing businesses. Formerly he was a Management Executive in Financial Services, doing mergers & acquisitions at Accenture. He was recognized as one of the “Best Finance Executives” at American Business Awards and honored by Consulting Magazine as Top 30 Consultants in America.
He was also named the prestigious American Marshall Memorial Fellow and also been selected as the Aspen Institute Fellow and Asia21 Fellow by Asia Society to discuss world’s most pressing issues & create solutions. For business leadership, he was honored by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as “Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business”, awarded the “Best Management Executive” at Stevie Awards, selected by Georgia Trend as “Top 40 under 40″ – Best and Brightest Leaders in America and named “Outstanding Atlanta” honoree of the year 2008, just to name a few.
He is also the Chief Leadership Officer at United Sikhs, a UN mandated-First Global Sikh Humanitarian Relief NGO, where he personally dedicated many months on site serving victims of Tsunami in Asia, Katrina in New Orleans, Asian Earthquake in Kashmir and recently the Haiti earthquake where they have created, managed and supported rehabilitation projects totaling $USD 500 million.
Navneet studied Entrepreneurship at Stanford Graduate School of Business and went to Georgetown for MBA and studied at ESADE School of Business, Cornell University and Michigan State University.