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Emerging Leaders 2016

The Gloucester Institute is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 class of Emerging Leaders! The deadline for application submissions is April 17, 2015 at 11:00 PM.


Letter from Kay

Dear friends,

We were so pleased to invite Mr. George Alexander to chat with our students through a video conference on February 28! The hour-long conversation was full of insights into the writing and publishing process, as well as the sacrifices required to fulfill one’s dreams.

Mr. Alexander is the author of the wonderful books Queens: Portraits of Black Women and Their Fabulous Hair (2005) and Why We Make Movies: Black Filmmakers Talk About the Magic of Cinema (2007). He is also the founder and principal of Galex Media Group, a full-service film, television, video, publishing, and branded content production company based in New York City. When he is not writing, Mr. Alexander produces documentary content for BET, PBS, the YMCA, and Essence Communications, among other groups.

Our students learned from their conversation with Mr. Alexander that he began his career as vice-president of Westpac Banking Corporation, but left to pursue his more creative inclinations. When asked how one would know whether a dream was worth pursuing, Mr. Alexander told our students that we are all on personal journeys throughout life. We must know ourselves intimately and surround ourselves with supporters and an inner circle of cheerleaders if we are to fulfill our dreams. I couldn’t agree more! After all, no matter how strong my dreams for Holly Knoll were, The Gloucester Institute itself could not exist without our own circle of supporters and cheerleaders!

We are so thankful to have had Mr. Alexander’s time in teaching our students not just to pursue their dreams, but how important the written word is in fulfilling those dreams! We sincerely hope to see Mr. Alexander in person and on campus for an even more thorough discussion soon!

Thank you again for all your support and cheering!


All the best,

Kay Coles James

The Emerging Leaders Program



This exciting program strengthens students’ core writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills. Emerging Leaders are engaged in unique learning and mentoring opportunities that correspond to their interests and foster personal development. Students gain valuable insight into corporate, public, political, and nonprofit worlds through exposure to new ideas, fascinating places, and dynamic established leaders. Unlike many leadership programs, Emerging Leader Program services are free to participants and there is no cost to apply.


Meet the 2015 Emerging Leaders

Sydney Bland is a sophomore journalism major and psychology minor at Hampton University. She is a student in the university’s Freddye T. Davy Honors College and holds the 2014-2015 title of Miss National Association of African American Honors Programs. She is a writer/producer for WHOV-TV News, and Social Media Coordinator for Gilda’s Club Northern New Jersey. Sydney is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, National Association of Black Journalists and a tutor with Academic Tutorial Outreach Services, Inc.

Justin Bush is a Hampton University graduating senior focusing in accounting. He is a member of the Freddye T. Davy Honors College program and the Treasurer of the Hampton Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants. On campus Justin is involved with the Boys2Men program which helps to prepare young boys to become productive citizens by instilling in them positive spiritual, cultural, educational, vocational, and social values. He also volunteers at the Child Development Center located on the campus once a week.

London Coleman-Williams is a junior strategic communications major and leadership studies minor at Hampton University. She is a member of both the Freddye T. Davy Honors College and the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute, where she serves as the Public Relations and Marketing Chair of the William R. Harvey L.E.A.D. Committee, an organization devoted to community service and the development of future leaders. She also serves as the Vice President of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and is a member of the Kappa Tau Alpha Honors Society. She currently works at G.E. Marketing as the SEO Director, where she handles all social media accounts for the entire company, including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. London serves as the 2014-2015 Vice President of the Gloucester Emerging Leaders Program.


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