“Women Leading Baltimore”
By Kibibi Ajanku
Equity and inclusion are core values of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA). The Urban Arts Leadership Program (UALP) is the vehicle through which GBCA provides training, capacity building, and mentorship to young trailblazers as a pipeline to greater racial balance within the landscape of leadership.
I was recently invited to take part in a day hosted by the Mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, entitled “Women Leading Baltimore”. The event, held on March 22, 2016, was a mentoring experience in celebration of Women’s History Month at City Hall. While the number of women in management positions is growing, women still have fewer role models and mentors than men. “Women Leading Baltimore” is an annual event for and about women, to motivate female high school juniors and seniors, and provide inspiration. Each mentor was assigned a high school student whose life goals aligned as closely as possible with the skill sets in the room. I was pair with a striving artist. My mentee attends the Baltimore Design School, has been accepted to Bowie State University, and aspires to a dual career as a dancer and business person. The day was a beautiful commentary on the talent and potential of Baltimore City, it was rich with treasured moments and opportunities to inspire, and it was a pipeline to leadership. Here are a few images.