3 Questions With ... Shelly L. Brown in Celebration of Black Philanthropy Month - WGC's Our Giving, Our Stories - 8/7
WGC's 2022 "Our Giving, Our Stories" Series in Celebration of Black Philanthropy Month
The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County is proud to continue our support for Black Philanthropy Month (BPM), observed every August! The primary aims of BPM are informing, involving, inspiring and investing in Black philanthropic leadership to strengthen African-American and African-descent giving in all its forms, for the benefit of our planet, our communities, our organizations and our lives.
One way WGC is doing this is through WGC's "Our Giving, Our Stories!" daily profile Series each August. Each day this month we are sharing daily profiles of incredible women in our community who are giving in so many ways - in celebration of Black Philanthropy Month.
Today, we elevate the voice and story of philanthropist, Shelly L. Brown:
What moves you to give your time, talent and financial resources?
I learned from an early age, that to whom much is given much is expected. I was raised by two exceptional parents therefore, I have modeled myself after their example. My parents were both very giving to family members and the community. Through my legal career I have represented hundreds of clients in challenging or dangerous situations which has given me the opportunity to discover that I could use my skills to help others achieve greatness. As an advocate, I have been able to provide support to guide and uplift them to achieve their dreams. I have sought to empower clients to lobby and advocate for themselves.
When did you start giving to issues that are important to you?
I started giving of my time and expertise, once I became a licensed attorney. I realized that my career would not be fulfilled by merely practicing law, making a difference in the life of my clients and the community was what makes my life fulfilling. My goal is to lend my voice and expertise to important issues.
What advice do you have for those interested in giving back?
Find your passion, and that passion will direct you to path to making a difference in our community. Work hard on behalf of others and the rewards are endless. Realize that a small gesture can make a difference in someone’s life. You never know you could change the world.
Learn more about the WGC's "Our Giving, Our Stories!" Series celebrating Black Philanthropy Month every day in August 2022.
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