Tawanna A. Black

Tawanna Black
Year
2014
Term
24 months
Program
Brooklyn Park
MN

When Tawanna Black thinks about the future of North Minneapolis, where she is director of the Northside Funder Groups, she sees possibility in the collective impact that African American leaders in the 1930s and ‘40s used to create stable communities. Her life-long commitment to asset-based community development and leadership training led her to the Bush Fellowship, which she’ll use to understand what these historical relationships and collaborations have to share with North Minneapolis today. She believes that the community can learn from and leverage the strengths of the past, and can work together today to turn those strengths into true community partnerships that will make change.

Learning Logs

Updates and Insights from Bush Fellows During Their Leadership Journey

When I started the Transformational Leadership Certification program at Georgetown University six months ago, we were asked to write these two sentences in large font:

I AM A GREAT LEADER. AND, IN THE DOMAIN OF LEADERSHIP I AM A BEGINNER.

Then we took the time to let that concept sink in. Is it possible to be a great leader AND to be a beginner in the domain of leadership? It is if you believe leadership is a framework to inspire and inform actions, and not a set of perfectly executed skills. 

Tawanna A. Black Fellowships