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The Birthing of a Promise

Forward 40 will highlight the experiences of 40 women of color on the rise in the nonprofit and social enterprise sectors.

Forward 40 is an ode to our foremothers, a healing circle of our unique experiences in the nonprofit and social impact space and a reverence of our service for and with our communities across the globe.

This is a platform far greater than the offices, cubicles, co-working spaces and homes that have tested our creative call to serve, our call to impact.



highlighting the experiences of women of color



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Our Fourth Guest

Dr. Sofia B. Pertuz is a higher education and diversity and inclusion professional who currently serves a Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Jed Foundation, a nonprofit that exists to protect the emotional health and prevent suicide for teens and young adults.Sofia teaches at Hofstra University and has been an

invited speaker on topics in leadership, change management, social justice, and LGBTQ advocacy. Sofia has a bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz and earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership, Management, and Policy from Seton Hall University.Sofia is committed to creating a socially just world and dedicates volunteer time through mentorship and activities aiming to create inclusive and caring communities.

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Why Tea?