Published Date, 2023

Orr Group Partner Perspectives: Artis Stevens, President & CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

As the first Black CEO to lead Big Brothers Big Sisters in its 116-year history, Artis brings 25 years of nonprofit experience in the positive youth development sector. Artis felt called to step up into leadership after experiencing the racial turmoil of the past two years, as he shared in The Chronicle of Philanthropy's recent article, "New Nonprofit Leaders of Color Bring Change but Also Face Hurdles". Since his 2020 appointment, Artis has re-invigorated the organization's DEI mission through various programmatic initiatives that encourage better representation among its people for the youth-based community it serves. Under Artis' leadership and in partnership with Orr Group, Big Brothers Big Sisters has refined its strategic vision, strengthened its network affiliate fundraising, and increased its board diversity from 15% to nearly 50%. Most recently, the organization launched "The BIG Draft", a mentor recruitment effort in partnership with the NFL Inspire Change Initiative to ensure that access to mentorship opportunities can be a reality for all kids.

Hear from Artis on his proudest achievements since joining Big Brothers Big Sisters, his advice for other aspiring leaders, and the impact of our ongoing embedded partnership together in the video above.

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