Last week, that decision was rewarded. It had been a while since we'd been in touch, but a few months ago, Ms. Durrani asked if I would like to present at Brookings. Now head of the Institution's diversity initiatives, she was familiar with some of my work and gave me the chance to speak to her fellow staff members about the diversity-related topic of my choice. I said yes and asked New York Times bestselling author Wes Moore and Rodney Foxworth, a writer and social enterprise consultant, to join me for an event we called Race and Social Mobility: Three Lessons from Baltimore. Rodney, Wes and I talked about the trajectories each of us were helped to trace from underserved communities to privileged educational and professional circles, how we now translate between those two worlds, and some of the policies that might narrow the divide. We were very well received.