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The Month In Review


In This Issue

  • In Case You Missed It
  • Updates From The Firm
  • Media Mentions
  • Client Updates
  • Celebration Of Women's History Month

In Case You Missed It

#Selma 50

The Obamas at Selma 50 march
President Barack Obama, the Congressional Black Caucus, along with over 100 Members of Congress, and thousands of spectators commemorated the 50ᵗʰ Anniversary of Blood Sunday. During his powerful speech, President Obama highlighted the progress of civil rights in our country but also shed a light on the continued need for the Voting Rights Act Amendment and the importance of achieving equality for all our nation’s citizens.

New Political Diversity Initiatve 

Angela Rye at CBA Black History Month Trivia

As the 2016 General Election cycle approaches, a group of veteran political organizers have established an employment platform for professionals of color. Founded by Quentin James, Inclusv, seeks to become a platform for professionals of color to secure employment in political campaigns.  Aided by an advisory board of volunteers and supporters, including IMPACT Strategies’ Angela Rye,  Inclusv seeks to increase the efficiency of ideas and strategies of organizations and companies working on behalf of people of color by getting them to work people of color.

Updates From The Firm

Black History Month Trivia Night

Angela Rye at CBA Black History Month Trivia
Angela moderated a fun filled night during the CBA Black History Month’s Trivia Night.

2015 State of Black America Report

Angela Rye on roundtable for National Urban League
Pictured here: Angela Rye along with Rev. Lennox Yearwood, President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus and Chanelle Hardy, National Urban League Senior Vice President for Policy and Executive Director of the National Urban League Washington Bureau.
In preparation of the release of National Urban League’s 2015 State of Black America Report, Angela participated in a seven part web series, which underscored some of the most pressing issues facing the African American community like criminal justice issues, under employment and unemployment, and disparities in the education system. Featuring leading experts, the series will air on Interactive One’s websites including Black America Web, News One, The Grio, and the Urban Daily among others.


Angela Rye on roundtable for National Urban League
Angela was selected to participate in Georgetown University’s Second Annual OWN IT Summit.  Aimed at college aged women of all demographics with the sole purpose of providing leadership training, the conference delivers programming that connects leaders of our time with the next generation.OWN It provides a platform for millennial women to interact with and learn from women who are currently exceling in their respective fields of education, business, arts, sports, entertainment, politics and public service. 

Media Mentions

  • Elijah Cummings' role in Maryland Senate race: Candidate or kingmaker? (Politico)
  • With 2016 Looming, Obama Campaign Veterans Launch Diversity Hiring Effort (Buzzfeed)

Client Updates


ebay headquarters
Small business sellers on eBay were featured in The Hill discussing the impact that potential trade agreements may have on e-commerce and the economic growth of their small businesses.
eBay was featured in The Hill for its effective email grassroots campaign, where over 50,000 emails were sent to Members of Congress on trade.


paypal hosted panel on women entrepreneurship and secure digital payment.
PayPal hosted a panel on women entrepreneurship and secure digital payment targeting female small business owners and entrepreneurs on Capitol Hill. The panel featured Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09), Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-10), Erin Andrew, (Assistant Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration), Carey Kolaja, (PayPal’s Vice President of Global Production Solutions) and Christina Battle (Owner, TopShelf Boutique).

the RLJ companies

the RLJ companies
Urban movie channel
RLJ’s newest endeavor the Urban Movie Channel (UMC), a channel dedicated to the African American community, is currently available on Roku.


microsoft headquarters

Check out our client, the Information Technology Information Council (ITI), in Forbes Magazine. ITIC recently held a showcase in Washington, DC where the theme was "The Internet of Things".  The showcase allowed government executives and DC insiders a chance to check out the recent advancements in technology. 


microsoft headquarters
Fred Humpries, VP of Governmental Affairs at Microsoft
Fred Humphries, Vice President of Governmental Affairs for Microsoft, authored a blog post on the importance of a legislative update to the Electronic Communications Protection Act through the channel of the bipartisan and bicameral introduction of the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad (LEADS Act).
microsoft mobile world congress award
At this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Microsoft walked away with an impressive 10 awards. Known as the premier convening for technology advancement across the globe, the Mobile Congress celebrates the technology fields best and brightest and reveals the newest innovative products. Among Microsoft’s awards were Mobile World Congress Best Mobile Tablet for the Surface Pro 3 and Mobile World Congress Best and 2015 Top Pick for the Universal Foldable Keyboard by TechnoBuffalo and Übergizmo.
microsoft office 365 for education
Microsoft recently announced that it would provide its Office 365 product to New York City’s 1.1 million public school students.
microsoft girls do science initiative
Microsoft celebrates Women’s International Day

IMPACT Strategies Celebrates Women’s History Month

The African American Women Class of 1973 and D.C.’s First African American Woman Delegate

Congresswoman Yvonne Braithwaite Burke, was the first African American woman elected to the California assembly in 1966, prior to being elected the first African American woman from California to Congress in 1972. Braithwaite Burke served three consecutive terms and became the first woman chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.

As a member of the influential Appropriations Committee, Braithwaite Burke was an effective legislator. Following her stint in Congress, Braithwaite Burke was appointed to the Los Angeles County Board of supervisors, making her the first African American on the panel.

During her career, she has fought to improve childcare, equal opportunities for minorities and women, education and improving transportation in the Greater Los Angeles Area.
Congresswoman Cardiss Collins, the first African American woman elected to Congress from the State of Illinois.

Representing the 7ᵗʰ Congressional District of Illinois in the city of Chicago, Collins served twelve consecutive terms in Congress. Collins chaired the Congressional Black Caucus from 1979-1981.

Committed to her local community, Collins was an advocate for improving healthcare, childcare reform, diversity and gender equity.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, a staunch advocate for civil rights was elected Delegate to the District of Columbia in 1990.

Norton, a former Freedom Rider, women’s rights advocate and law professor brought the same zeal to the halls of Congress.

Now in her 13ᵗʰ term, despite being a non-voting member, Norton has made an indelible impact in Congress and for fair representation for DC.
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