J. Mason Davis Leadership Society Making Plans for the New Year

J. Mason Davis has been a supporter of United Way for more than 70 years.

United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) is fortunate to have a tradition of strong leadership. Exemplary individuals, such as J. Mason Davis, Jr., demonstrate the impact that a passionate, community-minded person can make. As a well-known Birmingham attorney and dedicated defender of civil rights, his relationship with UWCA spans more than 70 years, during which he became the first African American Chairman of the Board – and a powerful inspiration to future leaders.

In 2019, UWCA honored Mr. Davis’ incredible legacy by establishing a new leadership society. The J. Mason Davis Leadership Society aims to bring together changemakers working to positively impact the African American community through a shared affinity for philanthropy, leadership, volunteerism and advocacy.

The far-reaching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have presented unique challenges in the earliest stages of the group’s development. But thanks to innovative leadership, the future looks bright. Currently, the team is selecting cabinet chairs, creating a calendar for 2021 and determining upcoming initiatives for philanthropy and service.

Chair Natalie Kelly at the launch of the JMDLS last year.

On December 3, 2020, the J. Mason Davis Leadership Society will host a virtual event to discuss these major steps forward. Additionally, key figures, such as Mr. Davis himself, chair Natalie Kelly and co-chair Cleo Crawford, will reacquaint returning members with the society as well as introduce new and prospective members to the group’s goals.

To register for the event, click here. To learn more about the J. Mason Davis Leadership Society, including how to join, click here.