(Brandi Richard is president of the National Urban League Young Professionals, which exists to support the National Urban League affiliates. There are 55 chapters and over 5,000 members. She has a vision for NULYP’s members and chapters and will be in Memphis to keynote “Empowerment Conference 2014” at Hilton Memphis, Aug. 22-23. She shares her experiences as national leader of a group of young, diverse professionals with TSD President and Publisher, Bernal E. Smith II.)
Bernal E. Smith II: Tell us about the Urban League Young Professionals? What is it? Why does it exist (purpose)? How many chapters/members?
Brandi Richards: The National Urban League Young Professionals exists to support National Urban League affiliates through volunteerism, philanthropy and member (leadership) development. NULYP is made up of 55 chapters and over 5,000 members. Our network extends to over 2.5 million individuals on social media. Our members volunteer over 50,000 hours a year and over the past three years have given over $1 million to the Urban League to the affiliate network.