December 13, 2022

The Catalysts for Change Leadership Program holds graduation ceremony, speed networking for the 2022 Cohort


For the past nine weeks, each Catalyst has remained committed and eager to learn during every session. The Catalysts for Change Leadership Program has prepared them to serve their community as executive leaders and board members. During their graduation, the cohort was able to connect with nonprofit leaders who are seeking new board members. They also heard a powerful keynote message from the Honorable Tabetha Wilson. We are proud of them and look forward to seeing them shine in the Capital Region! We are also very grateful for Queen Daquetta Jones, CFGCR’s Director of Equity and Inclusion Initiatives, all the presenters, facilitators and caterers that supported the journey and nourished the 2022 CFC Cohort.

The Cohort heard from Presenters like:

Sheena Solomon, CEO, Gifford Foundation

David Craft, Esq., Wallace and Turner Law Firm

Joanmarie Dowling, Dowling Law, PLLC

Marissa Saunders, Founder & Consultant with Essential Concepts Consulting

Kathleen McLean, Founder & CEO, The McLean Group

Lakia Green, Associate Director, Diversity, and Inclusion, UAlbany

Greg Kwaczala, Director of Special Projects, Youth Research, Inc.

Honorable Tabetha Wilson of Albany CSD

Liska Wilson, She’s a Boss

Patty Weisse of Lifecycles Capacity Consultant and Patty Weisse Consulting with panelists Coach Carmen Duncan, Kyla Schmidt, Starletta Smith & Eileen Bird

Damaris Miller, Rested Root

Our program was supported by business owners like:

Jayana LaFotos – Black Love Cookies – Cakes and Catering by Sarah – Pepper Jacks – Cafe Con Mel – Umana Yana – Nothing Bundt Cakes – and other local businesses!

Join our mailing list to stay updated on the Catalysts for Change Leadership Program and other important initiatives in 2023. You can also contact Daquetta Jones at to inquire about the 2022 Catalysts joining your nonprofit board!


*Missing from the photo are Catalysts Jade, Anzala and Jesenia.

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