The Fund for Racial Justice and Equity Invites BIPOC Leaders in the Lehigh Valley to Apply for Year-Long Leadership Series

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BIPOC individuals already generating impact in the Lehigh Valley are invited to apply to participate in a year-long series of sessions to enhance their skillsets though the Fund for Racial Justice and Equity powered by United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley.


Allentown, Pa., February 22, 2021—The Fund for Racial Justice and Equity (FRJE), powered by United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley (UWGLV) and led by five fund leaders, announced that it has opened applications for a year-long executive leadership development series for BIPOC leaders in the Lehigh Valley.

A cohort of 10 BIPOC applicants already generating impact in the Lehigh Valley will be selected to develop their networks, enhance their skillsets and grow their influence to achieve a higher personal and professional profile and advance to a next level of leadership.

“The development of current BIPOC leaders in our community to be ready for executive roles, is pivotal for the equitable transformation of the entire Lehigh Valley,” said Fund leader Kevin Greene, Chief Operations Officer of Faces International.

The series includes a mix of virtual/in-person gatherings to engage in shared learning, off-line reflective mentoring sessions, at least one out-of-area immersive experience and other possible engagements.

The invitation for applications is available at Individuals who identify as BIPOC, work for or own a nonprofit organization or business and have worked in their professional field for a minimum of 3 years are encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2021.

“While the FRJE works within a larger equity agenda, it has specific work that it will create and invest in to enhance Black and Brown leadership in the Lehigh Valley community. In this inaugural year, the FRJE will focus on two key goals: building executive BIPOC leadership and building capacity with BIPOC-led nonprofit organizations,” added Jill Pereira, Vice President, Education and Impact, UWGLV.

The Fund for Racial Justice and Equity launched in June 2020 and has received financial support from BB&T now Truist, Behr Paint, Bridgenet Solutions and TBL Services Inc., Gateway Health, Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation, PPL Corporation and United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley Women United as well as individual United Way donors.

About United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley
United Way fights for the health, safety and education of every person in the Greater Lehigh Valley and envisions communities where every person belongs and every person thrives. We strive to achieve this goal by assessing community needs, raising funds, investing in solutions and mobilizing our community to action. For more information, visit

Information provided to TVL by:
Laura McHugh    
Associate Vice President, Communications and Media Relations 
United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley
1110 American Parkway NE  Suite F-120  Allentown, PA 18109