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GEDDI ANNOUNCES CHRISTY CHATHAM AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Global Economic Diversity Development Initiative (GEDDI) is delighted to announce the joining of Christy Chatham (MPA) as its Executive Director. Christy has been previously working as the Director of Veterans Behavioral Health for Mental Health America of Greater Houston where she grew services to multi-city locations to meet the intensifying needs of clients during Covid-19.  Christy approaches her new role with GEDDI with a proven history of developing strategic relationships and processes. She also brings a specialized skill set which includes Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) curriculum development, grant writing, and research and analysis.

 

Christy Chatham holds a Masters of Public Administration from Texas Southern University (HBCU) and is a Veteran of the United States Military, serving as an intelligence analyst for the US Army.  In addition to her Military service, she worked as the Finance and Program Senior Analyst at the Office of Government Ethics in Washington, DC. Christy also has an extensive history working with Veterans as a Project Manager and Patient Advocate with the Department of Veteran Affairs, Executive Director of Femmevet, Director of the Women Veterans Program at Catholic Charities of Greater Houston, a consultant to the department of Housing and Urban Development, and most recently as the Director for Veterans Behavioral Health with Mental Health America of Greater Houston.

 

Christy is a self-described “data nerd” who likes to use data to drive strategic decisions and is also adept at building new relationships. “As an Army Veteran, I have a unique appreciation for service, camaraderie, and advocacy,” said Christy Chatham, Executive Director of GEDDI. “I am thrilled to join an amazing team of extraordinary individuals that are changing the landscape of entrepreneurship for people of color and their families.  I hope that my expertise in analytics, strategic growth, program and capacity building, and a personal connection to the mission will continue to expand and enhance the mission. I look forward to building with my fellow teammates, the Board, and the entrepreneurial community of Louisville and beyond.”

 

“We have stood GEDDI up in the most nontraditional of environments since 2020, which has given the organization room to learn, grow, ideate and plan,” said Tawana Bain, Founder and Board Chair of GEDDI. “Once again, I am asking the community to come together and to support Christy to ensure she is successful in plotting the future of GEDDI, while preserving the mission and vision of the organization. We are one Kentucky and one community that has a vested interest in changing the narrative to ensure all people in business have an opportunity to participate in the American dream.”

 

“I applaud the leadership of Tawana Bain and the work of GEDDI, based in Louisville,” said JP Davis, Founder of JP Davis Partners who led and conducted the nationwide search for GEDDI’s Executive Director position. “Attracting new top talent to Louisville should be celebrated and it’s a testament of a lot of hard work and the mission of GEDDI.”  

 

The Executive Director is the key management leader of GEDDI and is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization. Christy will be in charge of developing new funding for GEDDI, overseeing the existing programs and team, and building GEDDI from a nascent organization started during the pandemic to a national and international foundation that supports Black business development. She will be based in Houston with a presence in Louisville to work with key stakeholders and supporters. 

HUMANA FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANT TO GEDDI

The Global Economic Diversity Development Initiative (GEDDI) announced today that it has been awarded a $125,000 grant from the Humana Foundation. 

“We are so grateful for the support from the Humana Foundation,” said Dawne Gee, GEDDI’s Director of Operations & Opportunities.  “With this funding we will be able to continue providing support for Black-owned businesses, while also continuing our strategic planning for the future of the organization.”

GEDDI is a 501(c)3 non-profit focused on building economic wealth for the Black Community in the following areas: workforce opportunities, economic empowerment, supply chain opportunities, leadership and development, as well as business acceleration. GEDDI is a 100% Black-founded and Black-led foundation based in Louisville, Kentucky.

“Once again our corporate partners are stepping up to support racial equity in our business community,” said Tawana Bain, Founder and Board Chair of GEDDI. “This next year will be critical to our success as we continue to grow our organization and provide more resources to Black-owned businesses.”

The Global Economic Diversity Development Initiative (GEDDI) announced today that it has been awarded a $350,000 grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation for capacity building.  

“I am thrilled the James Graham Brown Foundation recognizes GEDDI as a partner who can move the needle to even the playing field for Black Businesses,” said Dawne Gee, GEDDI’s Director of Operations & Opportunities. “GEDDI has been hard at work for the past year developing a first-class charity organization and this gift will allow us to hire more staff and intensify our strategic planning.”

GEDDI is a 501(c)3 non-profit focused on building economic wealth for the Black Community in the following areas: workforce opportunities, economic empowerment, supply chain opportunities, leadership and development, as well as business acceleration. GEDDI is a 100% Black-founded and Black-led foundation based in Louisville, Kentucky.

“GEDDI has been at the forefront of responding to the needs of Black entrepreneurs and businesses in this past year, and the Brown Foundation is proud to support the expansion of that work so that continues to make a difference for Louisvillians,” said Mason Rummel, President & CEO of the James Graham Brown Foundation.

“We have been hyper-focused on building up our programming for the past year, and with this gift we will be able to begin the real work of building up our foundation,” said Tawana Bain, Founder and Board Chair of GEDDI.  “When I founded GEDDI a year ago, I knew the real test would be to see if corporate leaders would place trust in GEDDI to be a responsible steward of funding. We are seeing that is exactly the case and we’re ready to get to work!”

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The James Graham Brown Foundation was incorporated in 1954 by James Graham Brown, a successful lumberman, horseman and entrepreneur who called Louisville home. He died in 1969 with no heirs, leaving the bulk of his estate to the foundation. Since its incorporation, the foundation has awarded nearly 3,300 grants totaling over $620 million. Each grant is made with the aim of creating a brighter future for people throughout Louisville and Kentucky, thereby elevating the Commonwealth in the eyes of the world. The foundation strives to execute Mr. Brown’s vision of Kentucky as a national leader through philanthropic investments in education and workforce readiness, community and economic prosperity, and quality of life. For more, visit www.jgbf.org.

1st Place - Jimmy Ray, Enclave Consulting (middle)

2nd Place - Antoine Terry, Unite 502 (right)

3rd Place - Tammy Darden, Sapphire T's Bartending Services (left)

 

The pitch contest is the culmination of the Just Boss Up Academy program. We celebrate each graduate and allow them to pitch their business to a panel of judges for cash prizes for them to invest back into their business.

 

1st place $500

2nd place $250

3rd place $100

 

We encourage participants to continue to sharpen their business pitch and share it with everyone they encounter, as they never know if that person might be their next customer or investor.

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Louisville, KY (May 10, 2021) – GEDDI is pleased to announce its participation in the Kentucky Nonprofit Network’s 9th annual KY Gives Day on Tuesday, May 11.  From 12 am to 12 am nonprofits from across the Commonwealth will be engaged in friendly competition for prizes and working to secure matching gifts.  GEDDI has set a goal of $15,000 for this day of giving to help further its mission to support the ability to supply grants for economic development initiatives centered around Black-owned business development and local community initiatives. Donations are being accepted now through May 12th at https://www.kygives.org/organizations/geddi and all donors are encouraged to spread the word using the hashtag #KYGives21.

Kentucky Nonprofit Network is the Commonwealth’s state association of nonprofit organizations.  They exist to strengthen and advance the nonprofit sector through a unified public policy voice, education, technical assistance, networking opportunities and sharing of best practices.

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