Fall/ Winter Newsletter 2021
Inside This Issue:
· Announcement of New Board Member
· Mayor-President Issues Proclamation
· Board President Recognized
Dr. LaShawn S. Blanchard, who is CEO and Founder of The Credit Maven Financial Strategists, LLC, was appointed to Community Partners Board of Directors. The Credit Maven Financial Strategists, LLC was launched in order to offer insight on credit planning and management, as well as connecting individuals with resources they need to improve their financial situation. Concurrently, she works with clients to offer insurance, budgeting, credit restoration, and financial literacy solutions.
She leads a team that helps clients remove inaccurate and negative entries, including tax liens, foreclosures, and student loans, from their credit reports. To date, LaShawn has built a reputation for her ability to work with aspiring business owners and has
FROM TO LEFT TO RIGHT: LASHAWN S. BLANCHARD, COMMUNITY PARTNERS BOARD MEMBER; SHARON WALKER MCCALL, VICE PRESIDENT/FOUNDER, COMMUNITY PARTNERS; EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH/CITY OF BATON ROUGE, MAYOR-PRESIDENT SHARON WESTON BROOME; STEWART Q. MCCALL, PRESIDENT, COMMUNITY PARTNERS; LATOSHA ISAAC, TREASURER, COMMUNITY PARTNERS.
MAYOR-PRESIDENT SHARON WESTON BROOME ISSUES PROCLAMATION
Recognition of August as Black Philanthropy Month
East Baton Rouge Parish/City of Baton Rouge joined major cities across the United States and issued a proclamation, recognizing August as Black Philanthropy Month. Mayor-President Broome stated, “I have proclaimed August as Black Philanthropy Month in East Baton Rouge Parish, honoring the resourcefulness and inspiration of Black communities and their history of giving as a way to transform communities for our future.”
Stewart Quincy McCall, president of Community Partners board of directors, said, “African-descent philanthropist created schools, churches, hospitals, and communities. It is vital that we recognize that philanthropic history and rekindle the collective and communal way of life, helping each other and supporting historically under resourced nonprofits that provide services. We are a catalyst for change irrespective if it is a monetary gift or service project. Throughout the month of August, I challenge each of you to give to a nonprofit or plan a service project in your community or another community. I hope that people of African-descent are inspired to become impactful philanthropists.”
Stewart Q. McCall and Tonya Bolden-Ball
PRESIDENT OF COMMUNITY PARTNERS BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOGNIZED AS OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS
Stewart Quincy McCall, who serves as President of Community Partners Board of Directors, was recognized by University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette Christina Smith African American Alumni Chapter as 2021 Outstanding Graduate. Since its inception in 1982, the African American Alumni Chapter has raised funds each year for scholarships that are awarded based on the criterion of grade point average, school and community activities and financial status. The Christiana Smith African American Alumni Chapter of UL at Lafayette is named for the first African-American graduate from formerly, Southwestern Louisiana Institute in May of 1956.
Each year, the African American Alumni, Chapter recognizes Outstanding Graduates and Trailblazers, and celebrates those individuals, who exemplify personal and professional characteristics of commitment, excellence, perseverance and passion.
According to the nomination committee, Stewart has demonstrated all of these characteristics in his endeavors – commitment to his family; excellence in his profession; perseverance in fighting for equality, equity and social justice for African Americans; and passion in mentoring young African American professionals in medical devices or pharmaceutical sales.
McCall, who is a Business Partner of Interventional Cardiology | Structural Heart for Boston Scientific, has received numerous awards during his career, including:
• 2020 Selected to Boston Scientific National Advisory Product Development & Marketing Committee
• 2019 Boston Scientific National Interventional Cardiology Diversity Award Winner
• 2018 Boston Scientific Full Line Achievement Award Winner
• 2018 Boston Scientific National Sales Meeting Planning Committee