Theresa E. Sanders, President and CEO of the Urban League of Long Island

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Theresa E. Sanders has been a C-Suite Executive for over 20 years.

As Urban League of Long Island President and CEO, Ms. Sanders has developed direct service programs that help infuse millions of dollars into the regional economy, by empowering individuals to become economically self-sufficient and socially conscious community members.

Ms. Sanders holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the State University of New York College at Old Westbury, a Master’s of Science in Instructional Technology from the New York Institute of Technology and is currently completing her Doctorate in Education Leadership at St. John’s University.

Ms. Sanders is an adjunct professor at the State University of New York College at Old Westbury and serves on the Boards of Suffolk County Community College, Long Island Regional Planning Council, Community Development Corporation of Long Island and Long Island Software and Technology Network.

In addition, Ms. Sanders is the lead coordinator for the State of Black Long Island Equity Council and Research Initiative, Long Island Press Top 100 Most Influential People, a member of the Hall of Fame for Long Island Business News’ Top 50 Women, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and one of City and State Long Island’s Power Fifty people.

How do you see your business evolving due to the changing times?

Our business has had to pivot to provide direct services and advocate for equity using data and research to validate the current status of inequities and how it has a negative $24 billion financial impact on the regional economy.
What advice would you give other business owners?

Improve diversity, equity and inclusion to increase business productivity and economically empower employees and their families so they can participate in the local economy.

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