We Are The Ancestors of Future Generations

Written by: Angel Roberson Daniels
Angel Roberson Daniels
Executive Director, Angell Foundation
AABLI Board Member 
Class #5 

Though February is officially the month in which our nation observes the significance of Black people’s contributions to its advancement, the African American community actually honors its history throughout the year.


AABLI 2022 Black History Month: We The People

Written by: Darrell Brown
Retired Bank Executive 
Founder & CEO of The ReWirement Project

In 1926, historian Carter G. Woodson emerged as the primary catalyst for the establishment of an annual time to educate people about Black history and culture. Each February is now officially known as Black History Month, serving as a reminder of African Americans’ legacy and contributions to society. The designation reminds us that Black history is also American history.


Winter 2022: President’s Message

Written by: Jonathan Sandville
President and CEO

The year 2021 was packed with significant dates. Some we celebrated. Some we’d rather forget. But when I reflect on the year, I think about two important dates in particular, both in the last quarter: November 26 and December 31.

The first of these is well known. On November 26, the World Health Organization officially announced the Omicron variant as an emerging, highly infectious version of COVID-19. This news cemented the changes most of us had assumed would be temporary adjustments in how we live, work, and socialize.

The second, less familiar date—December 31—was the official deadline for publicly held corporations headquartered in California to diversify their boards with directors from underrepresented communities.


Co-founder’s Message: The Next Decade of AABLI

Written by: Virgil Roberts
Board Chair

January is often considered the month for resets. It is the month when people make resolutions to do better—to lose weight, stop smoking, change jobs. In the spirit of new beginnings and in my capacity as a co-founder and chair of the African American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI), I’ve been thinking about the past and future of our hardworking organization.


Membership Does Have Its Privileges

Written By: Steven Tolbert
Vice President of Finance and Administration,
Loyola High School of Los Angeles
AABLI Alumnus, Class # 17

The African American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI) was instrumental in helping me get appointed to the Board of Chrysalis, a Los Angeles based non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless and low-income individuals prepare for, find and retain employment. In response to my request for Board Placement Assistance, AABLI provided me with a list of names of organizations that matched my interests, along with supporting materials.


Our Success Story: Chrysalis Benefits from AABLI Placement Services

Written by: Mark Loranger, M.B.A.
President & CEO, Chrysalis

Chrysalis was delighted when the African American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI) referred Steve Tolbert (Class #17) to us for consideration as a board member.

It was clear from our first discussion that Steve had been well prepared by AABLI for board membership at Chrysalis, which is dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment.


Pandemic, Blackness and Higher Education

Written by: KiMi Wilson, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor, California State University, Los Angeles
AABLI Alumnus, Class #16

Nine thousand two hundred and forty hours have passed –as of this writing– since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. COVID abruptly halted or disrupted frequent flyer miles, conference schedules, worship services, hikes, and gatherings with family and friends.