Our August meeting has two exciting features: 1) Our speaker – Stephen Black and 2) our location – the South Field Suite at Bryant-Denny Stadium!
Stephen Black studied American history at The University of Pennsylvania, where he completed his bachelors degree Magna Cum Laude in 1993, before attending Yale Law School where he graduated in 1997.
Following law school, Black moved to Birmingham to become involved in public affairs and to practice law at the firm Maynard, Cooper and Gale. After three years in private practice, he spent a year serving as an assistant to the Governor, where he researched policy issues and worked on economic development projects.
In 2004, he created Impact Alabama: A Student Service Initiative – the state’s first nonprofit organization dedicated to developing high-level service -learning projects in coordination with universities and junior colleges throughout the state.
For example, since the launch of the FocusFirst program in November 2004, more than 2,300 FocusFirst student volunteers from twenty campuses have screened over 154,000 children in 67 different counties across the state of Alabama. A potential vision problem was detected in approximately 11% of those children, all of whom received subsidized follow-up care as necessary
In June, 2005, Black was appointed to The University of Alabama faculty and asked to create and then direct a new Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility.
In October, 2008, Stephen was selected, out of more than 800 nominations, as one of ten outstanding Americans to receive the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders Award for his work in creating FocusFirst.