(BALTIMORE – March 15, 2018) – The Black Business Review and Bmorenews.com will be hosting the Joe Manns Black Wall Street Awards this evening at The Reginald F. Lewis Museum (6 – 8 pm) located at 830 E. Pratt Street. Admission is $10 and will feature LIVE music by Groove Stu. Honorees include Lindsay Staton.
Who is Lindsay Staton?
Lindsay Staton is Marketing Manager for Weller Development, responsible for developing and executing on all marketing and social media strategies for the company. She also assists with all communications and public relations efforts across the organization.
Prior to this role, Lindsay served as Community Affairs Assistant and Special Project Coordinator for Sagamore Development Company, a Plank Industries Company. There, she managed day-to-day operations for the Vice President of Community Affairs, planned community events, coordinated tours of Port Covington, and ensured the implementation of commitments tied to the Community Benefits Agreement in conjunction with the historic passage of $660 million public financing with a focus on workforce development, supplier diversity, and youth enrichment initiatives During this time, Lindsay was a Director and Secretary for the board of the South Baltimore 7 Coalition, Inc., an entity comprised of the six South Baltimore communities neighboring the Port Covington development.
A Maryland native, Lindsay attended McDonogh School, where she was a member of the boarding community and a multi-sport varsity athlete. Lindsay went onto graduate from the University of Delaware, earning a B.A. in Black American Studies with a concentration in Law, Public Policy, and Social Justice. While studying at UD, she participated in study abroad programs in South Africa, Barbados, and Cuba. Although she had participated in foreign exchange programs in high school and enjoyed other international travel opportunities, the University programs were special. Each trip provided an opportunity for in-depth study of the rich culture and history of countries representing different parts of the African Diaspora, through classes taught by UD and resident country faculty, tours and first-hand accounts by eyewitnesses to history. Two of the programs included a service component, pairing UD students with local human service agencies. In Pretoria, South Africa, Lindsay participated in a service placement at Luvuyo Orphanage, interacting and caring for children of all ages, some of whom were HIV positive. In Barbados, she worked in a group home for adults with multiple disabilities, who had little or no family support. The kindness and appreciation shown her by those with which she interacted, despite their difficult circumstances, was a gift of grace that left a lasting impression.
Immediately after graduating college, Lindsay was selected to work with City Year, an AmeriCorps program focused on bridging the gap in educational resources in high poverty communities. She was placed in a Philadelphia school where she worked full time with a class of high school freshmen to improve their reading, math and socio-emotional learning skills and attendance. An unexpected and humbling reward was her selection by several students as their “Favorite City Year”. Their letters of appreciation remain a source of encouragement and inspiration for everything she has done since.