Skinner Leadership Institute provides networking, bridge-building, and leadership development opportunities among Congressional leaders, business executives, nonprofit organizations, college students, faith leaders, young professionals, and urban youth. Our vision is to produce high performing morally and professionally excellent, civic-minded executive leaders. We coach, train and equip leaders in our nation, leaders in the faith community, and leaders among youth, who are committed to the empowerment of the economically underserved and to uniting all segments of our nation.
Skinner Leadership Institute also regularly brings together veteran and next-generation leaders to build mutual cooperation and understanding about issues valued by each generation. Diversity and inclusion seminars for the 21st-century workforce have also been facilitated through Skinner Leadership to foster relationships among national and local leaders around common issues impacting their communities.
Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner
Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, CEO and co-founder of Skinner Leadership Institute, is a trusted advisor, leading public policy strategist, faith and community leader, author, lecturer, educator, executive coach, and mentor. She and her late husband, Reverend Tom Skinner, founded the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Prayer Breakfast that annually attracts more than 3,000 leaders from across the nation.
For over 25 years, Dr. Williams-Skinner has been on the front lines as part of a movement for justice, driven by and rooted in faith. She regularly works with interfaith leaders to build bridges between faith communities on issues that include criminal justice reform, social and economic equality, and voter protections, helping to create a consensus on how the United States can be fair and equitable for everyone.
Dr. Williams-Skinner is also a co-convener of the National African American Clergy Network (NAACN). The NAACN provides collective wisdom to affirm the public good and civic engagement by advising on policies that uplift rather than oppress. It also provides tools and training to equip pastors across the nation to promote free and fair elections.
Dr. Williams-Skinner regularly prays for and with Congressional leaders and sends daily scripture to many of them. She is co-founder of the Masters Series for Distinguished Leaders, a program that helps millennial leaders move to the next levels of their lives and careers. Dr. Williams-Skinner also co-founded the Masters Series for Distinguished Clergy that supplies pastors with advocacy and media training, teaching them how to voice their values in the public arena.
Dr. Williams-Skinner has authored a book on building personal spiritual power, “I Prayed, Now What?” and a companion Discussion Guide, perfectly suited for personal and group Bible studies. She was recently inducted into the Washington DC Hall of Fame that recognizes District of Columbia residents who have made tremendous contributions to the development of the city. Dr. Williams-Skinner holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from San Francisco State University and a Master of Social Work Degree and a law degree from UCLA. She also has a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, DC.
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Dr. Therman Evans
Dr. Evans serves as a SLI Faculty Member for both the MSDL and MSDC programs. He is a physician and the founder and CEO of Whole Life Associates. He has served as the Vice President and Corporate Medical Director of Cigna Insurance and Healthcare Corporation; as well as the National Health Director and Washington Bureau Chief for Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Operation Push. He is also the author of, From Purpose to Promise Driven Life, the foundational teaching of the Skinner Leadership Institute Masters Series for Distinguished Leaders (MSDL) and the Masters Series for Distinguished Clergy (MSDC). Dr. Evans currently serves as Pastor of Morning Star Community Christian Center, a multicultural, interdenominational, Christian based church located in Linden, NJ. He is a graduate of Howard University’s undergraduate (BS) and medical school (M.D.); additionally, he holds B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in theology from the United Christian College of New York.
Hon. Constance Berry Newman
Ms. Newman serves as a SLI Faculty Member for both the MSDL and MSDC programs. She currently serves as special counsel for African affairs at the Carmen Group and is an adviser on Somalia to the US African Development Foundation. She has served the U.S. as assistant secretary of State for African Affairs and as the assistant administrator for Africa at the US Agency for International Development, where she oversaw the US government's economic development in Africa and was a key participant in the launching of the African Education Initiative to expand children's access to basic education and increase the number of teachers across the continent. From 2002 to 2005, she acted as President Bush's G8 personal representative on Africa. She has held seven presidential appointments, five confirmed by the Senate, in both Republican and Democratic administrations. Ms. Newman holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Bates College and a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.
Ms. Adrianne Todman
Ms. Todman serves as a SLI Faculty member for the MSDL program. She is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). From 2009-2017, she served as the Executive Director at the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA), where she created a national award-winning model to house homeless veterans, opened the first public housing assisted living facility, increased homeownership opportunities by 50 percent, increased the number of affordable units available for low-income families, and managed 12 concurrent redevelopment efforts. She also strengthened, and prioritized, workforce development and youth programming. Ms. Todman co-founded the Women in Housing Leadership Initiative, and also served on the Smith College President Council. She is a graduate of Smith College.
Ms. Barbarella A. Brown
Director of Programs
Mrs. Walida T. Smith
Director of Marketing and Publications
Ms. Bronze Adams
Skinner Leadership Intern
Pastor John K. Jenkins, Sr.
First Baptist Church of Glenarden
Chair of the Board
Mr. Robert Brown
CEO and Founder,
Mrs. Lori George Billingsley
Coca-Cola North America
Mr. Mark Christensen
Vice Chair of the Board
Rev. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr.
Metropolitan Baptist Church
Mrs. Rosemary Trible
Founder and President,
Fear 2 Freedom
Bishop Donald Hilliard, Jr.
The Cathedral International Church
Mr. Joshua Dubois
Rev. Jim Wallis
President and Founder
Founding Board Members - In Memoriam: Dr. Dorothy I. Height and Dr. Maya Angelou