About Us

Intended Impact™ is a Black woman-owned small business based in Slidell, Louisiana (just outside of New Orleans). Our mission is to “Empower the systematically oppressed and excluded.”

We are a culture-driven organization. Our values are the foundation of our work and are included in every client engagement.

We leverage the expertise and skills of talented, dedicated professionals of color and our white allies and co-conspirators.

Through training, evaluation, research, and policy change, we maximize the impact of organizations and programs committed to:

Equity & Community Building
Mental & Physical Wellness
Environmental Stewardship

Meet the Team

Dr. Dodie Arnold

Founder & CEO

As a mom, nonprofit founder, and entrepreneur, I’m passionate about leveraging my super powers to create a positive impact in our communities. I’m a passionate, multilingual, creative, public health professional with 20+ years of leadership in epidemiology, evaluation, and health policy fields. My work is centered in environmental stewardship, outdoor inclusion, and building wellness and capacity within systematically oppressed communities and organizations that serve them.

Dr. Jennifer Edwards

Consultant

I’m an impact strategist and trainer on health equity, women’s empowerment, and business sustainability. I have supported social responsibility for nonprofits, associations and agencies. I’m a mission-centered leader, relator, and convener supporting multi-method evaluations and applied research.

Jen Laws

Policy & Statistics

I’m a public health policy consultant and data analyst, specializing in HIV and Transgender health spaces. My experience in clinical monitoring, community health program design and evaluation, payment policy analysis, and patient advocacy, is driven by my principle for justice.

Susan Fessenden

Director of Operations

I’m the multi-hat wearing, behind-the-scenes working, all-things-operations geek who keeps things moving forward! I have 25 years of business management, accounting, HR, and culture development experience with for-profit and nonprofit organizations. I do this work because business ownership is the ultimate socioeconomic equalizer.

Orana Velarde

Social Content Designer

I’m an experienced designer, artist, copywriter, and social media strategist. I work with purpose-driven organizations to develop their authentic messaging to encourage engagement, relationship-building, and impact. Simply put… I’m the face behind the badass social content!

Contact Us

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Lets talk about code-switching.

How often do you do it? When do you do it? Do you notice yourself doing it?

This article by the Harvard Review talks about the costs of code-switching and how it affects our mental health and our careers.

Lets talk about it! https://bit.ly/3jpyoUw

Let's talk about code-switching.

How often do you do it? When do you do it? Do you notice yourself doing it?

This article by the Harvard Review talks about the costs of code-switching and how it affects our mental health and our careers.

Let's talk about it! bit.ly/3jpyoUw
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2 months ago
This Data Visualization from Beautiful News Daily gives us hope for the future of safe workspaces for everyone.

https://bit.ly/3np52H9

This Data Visualization from Beautiful News Daily gives us hope for the future of safe workspaces for everyone.

bit.ly/3np52H9
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2 months ago
This data makes us happy for the future. If the Black investors under 40 keep investing more than than their older counterparts, the future is bright. Very bright indeed.
 
#blackentrepreneurs #blackwallstreet #blackbusiness #blackinvestors #blackinvestment

This data makes us happy for the future. If the Black investors under 40 keep investing more than than their older counterparts, the future is bright. Very bright indeed.

#blackentrepreneurs #blackwallstreet #blackbusiness #blackinvestors #blackinvestment
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2 months ago
The conversation about gender pay gaps will not go away until the gap is closed. As a DEI manager in a company, you must be prepared to have this conversation both with employees and upper management.

The conversation about gender pay gaps will not go away until the gap is closed. As a DEI manager in a company, you must be prepared to have this conversation both with employees and upper management. ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago
Teaching children empathy is one of the most important things we can do as parents, adults, teachers and mentors. When kids can see that something is wrong with their friends or acquaintances, they can step in to ask whats wrong before telling an adult or grown up. 

When kids can read body language, they can support each other. This way, fewer kids will get left behind and feel unseen.

Teaching children empathy is one of the most important things we can do as parents, adults, teachers and mentors. When kids can see that something is wrong with their friends or acquaintances, they can step in to ask what's wrong before telling an adult or grown up.

When kids can read body language, they can support each other. This way, fewer kids will get left behind and feel unseen.
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2 months ago
Academic Institutions still have a long way to go to bridge the gender gap when it comes to teachers and professors. This data visualization shows how the most recognized Art Colleges in the United States still mostly hire men professors.

Click on the link to see the interactive version https://bit.ly/3bLSgNl

Academic Institutions still have a long way to go to bridge the gender gap when it comes to teachers and professors. This data visualization shows how the most recognized Art Colleges in the United States still mostly hire men professors.

Click on the link to see the interactive version bit.ly/3bLSgNl
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2 months ago
This data doesnt surprise on the left column, but wed like to see that right column looking more like the left one.

What do you think?

This data doesn't surprise on the left column, but we'd like to see that right column looking more like the left one.

What do you think?
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3 months ago
A green office helps not only the environment but also your mental health.

If youre in charge of office space and care about who works there, consider applying sustainable aspects to the way things are taken care of.

If your team members work remotely from home, there are also ways you can help them make their home office greener.

Take a cue from the WWF and their Green Office environmental management system. https://ed.gr/decwg

A green office helps not only the environment but also your mental health.

If you're in charge of office space and care about who works there, consider applying sustainable aspects to the way things are taken care of.

If your team members work remotely from home, there are also ways you can help them make their home office greener.

Take a cue from the WWF and their Green Office environmental management system. ed.gr/decwg
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