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  • Anthony D. Meyers: Creating Positive Impact in Communities

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    "I see impact entrepreneurship as the possibility for using our humanity to frame the way we develop solutions to systemic problems that enhance the quality of life of others."

    Anthony Meyers, a part-time student at the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment, believes the ability to create change is in everyone’s DNA. Despite working full-time as an arts program specialist at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Meyers decided to go back to school and join a community that engages with the world in what he describes as “a beautiful, messy, and thrilling journey of self-discovery, evolution, and vision.”

    “Milano is filled with people who have real passion,” Meyers says. “I see it in my student colleagues, who work rigorously with curriculum and its application for clarity and perspective. I see it in the professors, who believe deeply in the work they do and the difference they seek to make in lives of the people that move through their classrooms… I see the passion in myself to be better and do better through the utilization of methods and approaches learned through my enrollment in The New School.”

    Meyers, who is in his third year of Milano’s Organizational Change Management program, has made the most of his time at The New School. With the help of the university’s Impact Entrepreneurship Venture Lab, Meyers launched his first social venture, Leading ChangeMakers, in 2016. Leading ChangeMakers is an educational and empowerment program that promotes authentic explorations of racial equity in leadership through training and consulting for individuals, organizations, and philanthropies.

    “I see impact entrepreneurship as the possibility for using our humanity to frame the way we develop solutions to systemic problems that enhance the quality of life of others,” says Meyers. “Human-centered enterprises can help recreate value systems to positively impact communities that are perceived to have no value in the face of repressive regimes.”

    Since its inception, Leading ChangeMakers has produced Expanding New York City Arts Leadership, a workshop series at The New School; hosted Leading for a Sustainable Future, a series of workshops at the International Black Theater Summit at Dartmouth College; and moderated “Leveraging Leadership,” a conversation conducted in partnership with the national membership organization Museum Hue. Meyers has also built the Leading ChangeMakers team, which now includes peers from the Organizational Change Management program.

    Along with working, attending school, and building Leading ChangeMakers, Meyers is also a contributing writer for the Clyde Fitch Report, a site that features articles exploring topics at the intersection of art and politics.

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