CLA C5 Graduate, Donnie Smith, Executive Director for Donda's House, goes to Africa
Currently, Donnie is the Executive Director of Donda's House Inc., a nonprofit organization she co-founded with her husband, Che “Rhymefest” Smith. Donda's House provides free access to the arts for youth. The innovative promise of Donda's House is its delivery of elite career-training and industry insights to Chicago's extraordinarily talented but often marginalized young people.
It is by no surprise that with all of Donnie's philanthropic background that she was selected as one of 12 members of a U.S. Delegation to visit Mauritania, West Africa in order to explore the human rights issue of slavery. Slavery was abolished in 1981 in Mauritania, and criminalized in 2007. The delegation was denied entry to Mauritania by the Mauritanian Government and ended up working in Senegal, West Africa to meet the goals of learning more about how the country & its citizens were addressing the challenge of slavery. The Creative Director of Donda's House Rhymefest collaborated with artists who were in exile, with plans to release the music soon to create awareness about the challenges in Mauritania and advance human rights.
AArete hosts evening event for Crain's Academy Alums, February 8.
This marks the beginning of a yearlong effort to tell the stories of women in Chicago business, to elevate their voices and be a catalyst for change. Exciting!
New year, new goals
Corrie S. Moreau is an evolutionary biologist and entomologist with a specialty in myrmecology, the study of ants.