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Sandra L. Richards and Beverly Bond Feted at Intimate Spring Tea

Usher’s New Look (UNL), the global foundation founded by Recording Artist, Entertainer, and Philanthropist Usher Raymond IV—known as Usher to the world—celebrated 23 years of service to young people of color and recognized two women who embody the spirit of giving.

Sandra L. Richards, managing director at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, and Black Girls Rock! Founder Beverly Bond were honored as UNL’s 2022 Women of Influence at an intimate Spring Tea at Columbia University’s historic Faculty House located at 117th and Morningside Drive in Harlem. The festive gathering, an annual and signature UNL event, spotlights UNL’s standard-bearing youth development programs, and inspires meaningful and productive intergenerational networking.

More than 80 women from a cross-section of business, civic, and education sectors attended the event, co-chaired by UNL Board Member and Financial Literacy Advocate Sue Hrib and Finn Partners Global Chief Diversity Officer Helen C. Shelton.

Organized by UNL Vice President of Partnerships and Programs Latoya Henry, funds raised benefit UNL’s Moguls-in-Training Program, which promotes financial literacy and provides access to opportunities for young people. Guests witnessed firsthand the impact of UNL’s programs by introducing active students in the program including Nyya Collins, Sophie Schultz, and Brianna Jean, who shared their experiences of how UNL has impacted their lives and helped them realize their educational and professional goals.

Unable to attend in person, Usher made a surprise virtual appearance at the event and offered his congratulations and appreciation for the honorees and their work in advancing and fostering the leadership development of young people. Sandra Bookman of WABC-TV served as mistress of ceremonies.

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