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Angela M. Mosley, Founder & President

Chicago native, Angela M. Mosley has been establishing herself as a prominent leader through the arts, education, and activism as an advocate for young adults and women. Bringing over 23 years of experience in community development, Mosley holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Masters of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies degree from Iowa State University and has recently completed her Ph.D. in Art Aesthetics and Philosophy.

Her passion is to promote an international STEAM curriculum and encourage holistic development to advance the understanding and importance of diversity and inclusion for global leadership across generations. She is currently balancing her time stateside and overseas as a performance artist with advocacy on human-centered community engagement through the lens of entrepreneurship, artivism, economic development, civic engagement, and social justice.

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Lashonda Kennedy

Originally from coastal North Carolina, LaShonda received her undergraduate degree in Communications, and her Master’s degree in Education from Wake Forest University. She is the principal consultant at Catalyst Collaborative Inc.  Throughout her career, LaShonda has focused her passion for community engagement by serving on multiple boards and non-profit committees both locally, nationally and internationally.

Her love of service has led her to many state Capitols as well as Washington D.C. to advocate on behalf of the communities she serves. LaShonda is a longtime American Heart Association volunteer and advocate. She has served as a Grassroots Advocacy Team Chair and is a past Chair of the Iowa City Go Red for Women Luncheon. LaShonda is a board member of the African American Museum of Iowa and serves on the Corporate Roundtable Board of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. She is currently the President of the Junior League of Palo Alto Mid Peninsula.

Roberta King

Roberta L. King-Jones received a Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University in Finance and Financial Counseling and a Master of Arts from The Ohio State University in Organizational Leadership. A member of the Towson University leadership program 2017 cohort graduate professional in financial investment sector for 16 years financial industry licensures include: Series 7, 9, 10, 63, 65 and life and health insurance; and licenses serving in leadership capacity for over 10 years. As a mentor & developer, King-Jones is in the business of empowering dreams to come true.

Felicia Zamora

Felicia Zamora is the author of six books of poetry including, I Always Carry My Bones, winner of the 2020 Iowa Poetry Prize forthcoming in 2021, Quotient forthcoming from Tinderbox Editions in 2021, Body of Render, winner of the 2018 Benjamin Saltman Award from Red Hen Press (2020), Instrument of Gaps (Slope Editions, 2018), & in Open, Marvel (Parlor Press, 2018), and Of Form & Gather, winner of the 2016 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize (University of Notre Dame Press). She’s received fellowships and residencies from CantoMundo, Ragdale Foundation, PLAYA, Moth Magazine, and Noepe Center at Martha’s Vineyard. She has also authored two chapbooks, won the 2019 Wabash Prize for Poetry and the 2015 Tomaž Šalamun Prize, and was the 2017 Poet Laureate of Fort Collins, CO. Her poems are found or forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, American Poetry Review, Boston Review online, Georgia Review, Guernica, Missouri Review Poem-of-the-Week, Orion, Poetry, Poetry Daily, Prairie Schooner, The Nation, and others. She is an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Cincinnati and is the associate poetry editor for the Colorado Review.

 

Elisha Reid

A native of Connecticut, Elisha Reid is a strategist and an organizational development leader who serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Woman Evolve, Incorporated. Woman Evolve is a digital media company that curates content for women across the globe, and her prior experiences included supporting the homeless and fostering youth in nonprofit sectors. As the Deputy Director of California Youth Connection, Elisha managed its youth-led foster youth advocacy organization and provided resources for participants to network within the community. She served as the Employment and Education Program Director at Covenant House California, a homeless shelter for transitional-aged youth, and partnered with community businesses and educational institutions to provide participants with education and employment opportunities throughout Los Angeles. Additionally, she worked with the Foster Youth Mentor Program for the San Diego County Office of Education.

Elisha received a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is committed to empowering those around her while advocating for change in her surrounding community. Her philosophy is to provide personal development and growth opportunities through a holistic approach while empowering youth and women to become their best selves.

  • Damien Alexander
  • Jewel Gatling
  • Dennis Graham
  • Jerone Jones
  • Yadriana Kavitz, Ph.D.
  • Valentina Migliarini, Ph.D.
  • Rovion Reed
  • Renee L. Rose
  • Michelle Singleton
  • Harry T. Spikes, II
  • Erin Latham, Managing Director​
  • Martina Brodolini
  • Alessandro Deflorio 
  • Aviva Jobin-Leebs
  • Natalya Mills

Advisory Board

  • Damien Alexander
  • Jewel Gatling
  • Dennis Graham
  • Jerone Jone
  • Yadriana Kavitz
  • Valentina Migliarini
  • Rovion Reed
  • Renee L. Rose
  • Michelle Singleton
  • Harry T. Spikes, II

Instructors

  • Martina Brodolini
  • Alessandro Deflorio 
  • Aviva Jobin-Leebs
  • Natalya Mills

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