The Shades of Impact Initiative shouts out the colorful people who shaped us, inspired us and sparked our growth. Many of us have a story in our hearts about a trailblazer who set us on a path, either because of what they’ve done or because of who they were in a critical moment.

From March 2, 2020 to March 27, 2020, the Surge Institute is asking you to share a brief story about a genius of color who impacted your life in a powerful way. At the end of the month we will take all of the stories submitted and create a digital collage that all can see and experience as a monument to the multi-layered, multi-generational power and impact of our people of color.

We also encourage you to share your story on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, with the hashtag #ShadesofImpact. Encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to take part as well!

Now is your chance to call on a story that helps paint a beautiful sprawling digital mural that brings to light the world-changing impact of the incredible spectrum of geniuses of color.

The Shades of Impact initiative was inspired by Shades of Leadership, a short film. Learn more about it!

To learn more about Surge, send us an email at We look forward to hearing from you!