Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Stephon Clark Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Daunte Wright, and the countless number of others who never made the press are all in our spirits as we pay homage to the first anniversary of the murder of George Floyd. A death sparked a national movement, global protests, and a reckoning of race in America, especially around the mantra BLACK LIVES MATTER.

George Floyd’s six-year-old daughter eloquently made a powerful statement about her late father’s impact on the world as people around the globe continue to protest his killing when…


As I write this, the pandemic is poised to unleash its worst on our most vulnerable neighbors: Those who were already struggling. During a crisis, disadvantaged Americans feel the greatest impact. In the thick of multiple emergencies this year, working poor, homeless and minority communities are suffering the most severe economic and health losses.

A recent nationwide study by APM Labs found that Black and indigenous populations are experiencing the highest death tolls from COVID-19 — logging a death toll exceeding 1 in 800 nationally. Researchers also adjusted mortality rates for age differences. This revealed Black, indigenous and Latino Americans…


Yesterday’s storm on Capitol Hill was a life shattering example of how words and actions from leaders matter. Leaders can inspire hope and positivity or, in this case, conspire to disrupt everything we, as a nation, believe in. But disruption, lawlessness, thuggery, and any threats to our institutions are not strong enough to deny our faith in our constitution. Across every political spectrum, we are finding our might to stand in unity and reinforce our basic values. We shall prevail in spite of the optics. Our principles and ideologies of peace and righteousness will win in the end.

Our Congress…


I still remember the first time I had to encounter racism growing up as a young man in Paterson, NJ. On some level, it had become normal for myself and other young black boys to be sitting on the curb in handcuffs with my head down in shame, in fear, in a state of confusion; and feeling worthless. I’m not sure who I feared more; the police officers who were questioning me for walking home from school or my mother who had to come to get me, and I desperately wanted her to.

I still don’t recall why I was…


Over the last sixty days, I was challenged to lead during an unprecedented pandemic that impacted so many lives. COVID-19 has global fatal implications and over 100,000 people lost their lives and some are still suffering. The world readjusted, and social distancing became a norm. Over the last days, I’ve had to experience a different type of pain in the midst of a pandemic that caused me to weep repeatedly with increased anxiety and worry. The fear, sadness, confusion, anger, and frustration does not begin to describe the emotions at this time.

Simultaneously, we are watching COVID-19 destroy lives, and…


Census 2020 could be the most important and inclusive civic activity our country has ever experienced, covering every person in the United States of America. Our constitution requires an accurate recording of the nation’s population every ten years. It is a centerpiece of our democracy that must honor its diversity and inclusivity in the process.

Did you know census results are used to allocate seats and draw district lines among congress, state representatives, and local boards that distribute more than $800B in federal assistance to states, cities, and families? …


Women are dramatically outnumbered on the boards of directors for the nation’s biggest companies. In 2018, California passed a law (California Senate Bill 826) trying to change that. The law, SB 826, requires at least one woman on boards that have four members or less, two women on boards of five people and three women on boards of six or more.

For many years women being in the boardroom was reduced to being invisible and secretary titles. In fact, they werenon-existent, and the real decisions of a corporation or organization were controlled by the privileged men sitting around the table…


The partial government shutdown continues into its fourth week, and the impact is falling hardest on the most vulnerable members of our community. The fear, dismay, and effects will grow even more punishing if our government and the organizations that depend on its financial solvency continue to remain paralyzed and handcuffed. Food insecurity, housing, and rental assistance, and many safety net programs are at significant risk.

The shutdown began with a critical impact, dismissing payment to 800,000 federal workers, limiting federal services, and closing parks, and museums. As the days and weeks mount up, these workers are starting to feel…


One in five Californians live in poverty. The average poverty rate in California stands at close to 20 percent with more than 7 million people still struggle to get by in the state. Although California has a vigorous economy and a number of safety net programs to aid needy residents, it’s often not enough to forestall economic hardship for one out of every five residents.

Despite boasting one of the largest economies in the world, California has consistently surpassed national rankings of poverty. While the state only accounts for about 12 percent of the national population, for example, Californians comprise…


Recently, I had a fascinating time with one of the Boards I am honored to serve on. As the chair of the planning committee, I led a discussion focused on “operations versus strategy.” It’s an issue many nonprofit and corporations struggle with, and I hope this helps you in your journey through the independent sector in resolving this dilemma within companies.

It’s always a thin line between strategy and operations. …

Gregory C. Scott

Chief Executive Officer | Scott Impact Group | Leadership | Speakership | Authorship | Civic Engagement |

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