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Finding ‘Inspiration’

Source: Mastercard News Youtube
Program: Inspiration Talks with Susan Borison
Recorded on February 2021

Sociologist and author Dr. Janice Johnson Dias shares her blueprint to embolden our youth to be critical thinkers, fearless doers, and joyful change agents, inspired in part by Dias’s daughter, Marley Dias, founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks​ and now an executive producer and host of the Netflix series “Bookmarks.” She spoke at Mastercard with Jennifer Rademaker, executive vice president, Customer Delivery, and Lisa Maxwell, vice president, Data & Services Marketing, as part of the company’s “Inspiration Talk” series for Black History Month.


Dr. Janice Johnson Dias, co-creator of the GrassROOTS Community Foundation (GCF), a public health and social justice organization that develops, scales, and funds community health initiatives for impoverished women and girls, has been described as a force of nature. Janice is a scholar-activist whose life’s work is developing research-informed, innovative solutions to the challenges facing the urban poor, particularly underserved black mothers and their children. Dr. Johnson Dias currently lives in West Orange, New Jersey, with her husband, Scott Dias, a geographer, their daughter Marley, and dog Philly.

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