Before having children and a demanding career, Jamilah Talton found plenty of time to use her skills in marketing and communications volunteering with both national and local nonprofits. A few of the organizations she contributed her time and skills to were Darfur Alert (Philadelphia Chapter), Manna, and the Salvation Army. But having 2 children and working long hours as a cyber security professional, her time has been at a premium for the last decade or so. Impact100 SJ offered Jamilah an opportunity to revive her passion for giving back and to contribute both financially and with her time in a way that fits in her current life.
Jamilah was introduced to Impact100 SJ by her friend and member Lauren Regina. Lauren invited her to attend a networking event at the Chop House in 2019 where Jamilah signed up for an info session at the Cherry Hill Library. After attending the session and learning how her contributions can be leveraged to have greater impact on local organizations, the decision to become a member was easy. In her second year of membership in 2021, Jamilah joined the Women, Children, and Families grant review committee and has enjoyed learning about nonprofits in the area that she might otherwise not have been introduced to.
When asked what she enjoys most about membership, Jamilah said, “I especially love when the grants are awarded.” She found the grant review process interesting and enlightening, likes that she can tailor her involvement to fit with her availability, and enjoys the network of women she is now part of, but Jamilah’s favorite aspect of membership is seeing the funds dispersed and put into action. She also shared, “I’m impressed with the efficient impact the organization has on South Jersey nonprofits. I’m proud to share about my involvement with others in my community and encourage them and businesses to support Impact100 SJ.”
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Jamilah moved to Haddonfield 14 years ago. She and her husband, who is from Haddonfield, have 2 children, ages 13 and 11. She is an accomplished athlete who has run marathons and participated in triathlons! In fact, she volunteers with a local chapter of Black Girls Run, an organization that encourages and motivates black women to practice a healthy lifestyle. Jamilah’s lifelong commitment to giving back has found a new outlet in membership with Impact100 SJ.