We have a bittersweet announcement this week. Derwin Dubose, one of our senior advisors, has been named an inaugural Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
The Sheila C. Johnson Fellowships are slated to bring to the Harvard Kennedy School each year ten emerging leaders dedicated to improving the lives of underserved communities in the United States. As part of the one-year fellowship, Derwin will be in residence at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership and receive a full scholarship to the Kennedy School's mid-career Masters in Public Administration program.
The fellowship is funded by Sheila Johnson, CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, a hospitality company she founded in 2005. She is President and Managing Partner of the WNBA Washington Mystics and the first African-American woman to be an owner or partner in three professional sports teams: the Mystics, the Washington Wizards (NBA), and the Washington Capitals (NHL).
Johnson has long been a powerful influence in the entertainment industry, starting with her work as founding partner of Black Entertainment Television (BET). She has served as executive producer of four documentary films, and her newest film, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, opened fall 2013.
Derwin moves to Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the end of June, but he will remain available to Armstrong McGuire clients for special projects. During his year at Harvard, Derwin will share insights from his residence at the Center for Public Leadership on our blog.
While we are very proud of Derwin, we will miss seeing him daily over the next year. We are excited to learn some of his insights from Harvard and are happy to offer his new expertise to our clients for special projects work and when he returns to North Carolina next year.
Please wish Derwin good luck in Boston by sending him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.