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Tiara Nicole Riley Lives Life Intentionally

By Spark Point | September 13, 2023

Tiara Nicole Riley is a life coach, motivational speaker, author and HR manager. She also serves as a board member for Stillborn And Infant Loss Support (SAILS), a nonprofit dedicated to helping people who have been affected by the loss of a baby. She began working as a life coach, motivational speaker, and published author…

Dr. Monique Darrisaw-Akil Uses Authentic Leadership to Transform Education Systems

By Spark Point | August 30, 2023

Dr. Monique Darrisaw-Akil is the Superintendent of Schools at the Uniondale Union Free School District in Long Island, NY. Dr. Akil was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and realized early on that she wanted to dedicate her life to fighting for equity in education.  “My life, in some ways, was shaped by de facto…

Sharon Washington Brings a Trauma-Informed Approach to Anti-Racism Consulting

By Spark Point | June 21, 2023

Sharon Washington is the founder and CEO of Sharon Washington Consulting, which provides sustainable strategies for institutions to promote equity, inclusion and belonging by cultivating racial literacy and anti-racism. The pathway to this work started when Sharon was just four years old and her family moved from Oakland, California to rural Oregon where Sharon’s family…

Samra Ghermay Believes in the Power of Inclusive Philanthropy 

By Spark Point | June 7, 2023

Samra Ghermay is the Director of Development and Communications for the Sadie Nash Leadership Project, a nonprofit at the intersection of love and rigor that empowers young women and gender-expansive youth of color as agents for change in their lives and in the world.  Growing up in Eritrea, East Africa, Samra watched her mother and…

Eshé Collins Advocates for Equity in Education 

By Spark Point | May 24, 2023

Eshé Collins is the Senior Director of Programs at Jumpstart, a national early education organization dedicated to providing high-quality education access for all children. She also serves as Chair of the Atlanta Board of Education. From a young age, Eshé noticed the economic and educational disparities in her hometown. “You often hear about a tale…

Mia Dunlap: The Audacity to Design a Life She Loves 

By Spark Point | May 10, 2023

Mia Dunlap a leadership and development director and coach at a remote nonprofit organization. She also works as a workshop facilitator and keynote speaker with her own company, Adversity Yields Audacity (AYA), an organization she founded in 2012 to empower young adults to use their adversity as a bridge to design the life of their…

Christina Carter-Grant Thinks Outside The Box in Her Community Development Work

By Spark Point | April 26, 2023

Christina Carter-Grant is the Associate Director of the National Land Bank Network at the Center for Community Progress, the only national organization dedicated to the revitalization of vacant properties.  “I grew up in a neighborhood that suffered from heavy disinvestment and deterioration,” Christina says. “I never knew what it was like to really feel safe…

Audrey Williamson Brings a Social-Emotional Lens to Community Work

By Spark Point | April 12, 2023

Audrey Williamson is the Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition for KIPP Foundation, a nonprofit organization that recruits and trains outstanding educators for the network of free college-prep KIPP schools across the country. She also serves on the founding board of directors for Atlanta Unbound Academy, a K-8 public charter school dedicated to providing empowering, rigorous…

Jerri Taylor Helps BIPOC Youth Discover Their Place in the World

By Spark Point | February 15, 2023

Jerri Taylor is the Director of Diversity in Career Pathways for Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Project Learning Tree. She leads a variety of mentorship programs to help diversify conservation and forestry careers and develops curricula that encourage BIPOC youth to gain a different perspective on the outdoors.  “No matter what your background is or the…

Stacia N. Frederick Empowers Unhoused Women to Reach Their Goals While Also Working Hard to Accomplish Her Own

By Spark Point | February 1, 2023

Stacia N. Frederick is the newly promoted Director of Volunteers and Community Engagement at Calvary Women’s Services, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending homelessness for women in DC. She is also an author and small-business owner of My Roll Dog Designs. “As a kid, I wanted to do good and save the world,” Stacia says.…

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