Dwayne Ashley

Dwayne Ashley

Founder & CEO | Bridge Philanthropic Consulting

As CEO of Bridge Philanthropic Consulting, Dwayne Ashley is renowned for his bold, strategic thinking and wise counsel in philanthropy. He is a successful entrepreneur In the course of his career, he raised more than $2B. A fearless and authentic solicitor, he is committed to social justice and helping organizations of color maximize their fundraising success. He advises non-profits, philanthropists and influencers globally. A powerhouse of energy and a passion for fundraising, Dwayne has managed capital and annual campaigns and spearheaded development for such notable organizations as the August Wilson House, Southern Education Foundation, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Success for Kids, 100 Black Men of America, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the United Negro College Fund, and the United Way of Texas Gulf Coast, among many others. Dwayne is a thought-leader in the field and he has shared valuable concepts in numerous articles and in four books. They include Eight Steps to Raising Money: Measuring Your Fundraising Impact, Word for Word Publishing; 8 Winning Steps to Creating a Successful Special Event with Carol Campbell, Director of Events at Prairie View A&M University; I’ll Find A Way or Make One: A Tribute to HBCUs with noted journalist Juan Williams and Dream Internships: It’s Not Who You Know, But What You Know! He is an alumnus of Wiley College and the University of Pennsylvania’s Fel’s School of Government. He is very proud of his great-grandmother’s contribution of land to establish one of the oldest schools to educate blacks in Heflin, Louisiana. The school is now one of the oldest black churches in the state of Louisiana. Dwayne is a lifetime member of The Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals since 1991.He has served as a member of the Boards of AFP in Philadelphia and New York Chapters. He serves on the Boards of the Giving Institute, African-American Development Officers, and is active in the HRC Federal Club, One Hundred Black Men of New York, and other community projects. Dwayne enjoys travel: “I have visited more than 90 countries, and I love being by the Ocean”

All Sessions by Dwayne Ashley

Saturday June 17, 2023
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Collegiate 100® Workshop & Luncheon: Culture Shock: How Young, Black Professionals Can Learn to Thrive in the Corporate Environment

Palace I

Overview: Black neighborhoods, colleges, and churches all offer a safe hub for Black people in the community to exist without the threat of racialized oppression. The transition from a space that embraces “Black culture” to a “Euro-centric” work environment that suppresses it can be a stressful experience. Many African American students, particularly those graduating from HBCUs, experience culture shock when they face micro-aggression, implicit bias, and inequities in performance expectations, compensation, and access to support networks and resources. For many, the threat of being a misfit leads to depression, Black-excellence fatigue, and burnout. This workshop will offer practical ways to navigate and succeed (without losing yourself) as organizations work toward creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.

Sponsored by the Collegiate 100 Program Partners:
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