KYLE YOUNG-MONCURE – FOUNDER & CEO
Kyle Young-Moncure knows each and every individual holds a specific place in society’s big picture, and she’s driven by a persistent genuine desire to help her clients uncover theirs! The founder and CEO of the Free Your Mind Forum, she’s dedicated herself to the lifelong passion of empowerment. Through her work as a motivational speaker, panelist and personal growth mentor, Kyle strives to encourage, inspire, and ignite the fire of discovery. Her Diversity 101 Workshop Series is rooted in social healing, diversity, and cultural confidence.
With over 20 years of experience, Kyle has worked with various business leaders and corporations to create business cultures grounded in honesty, integrity, and respect. Addressing a wide variety of audiences and individuals, she demonstrates how to transform obstacles into opportunities for personal growth. Whether she’s hosting a workshop, spearheading a forum, or guiding a training session, Kyle brings her characteristic energy and enthusiasm to every task. She tackles tough conversational topics with a refreshing blend of humor and earnest ingenuity.
A highly-motivated positivity powerhouse, Kyle is ready to spread her message of understanding and inclusion across the globe. She seeks to foster a strong sense of community, fellowship, and unbreakable unity. She strives to inspire each audience to challenge stereotypes and embrace diversity, even in the face of social fear and inordinate challenge. email@example.com
JENNIFER GARCIA – BOARD PRESIDENT
Jennifer began her executive journey for Texas Chamber’s of Commerce in 2001.
She has extensive experience in nonprofit and private sector management, economic development, Hispanic business marketing, strategic planning, sales, community development and specialized event planning. Through the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) she earned her nonprofit certifications from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza.
Throughout her time with nonprofits, she has been instrumental in identifying, positioning, and executing strategic plans.
GREGG PEARLMAN – GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER
Gregg Pearlman has always been a communicator. After witnessing The Beatles on TV, music has been a major part of Gregg’s life. Growing up a guitar player then a Live sound engineer, Record Label VP, Concert Production Company President, Artist Soundman, Business Development Manager, Business Communications Teacher & most recent Stage Hands Union Business Agent – Gregg is passionate about Diversity & Inclusion & the power of collaboration. He has the ‘gift of gab’ and is ready to have tough conversations. He is committed to carrying positive messages into communities through honesty, art & entertainment.
DWIGHT LAVENDER – ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Dwight Lavender, talent strategist, inclusion advocate and HR visionary, leads HR for Sprint Corporation’s West Area. In this capacity, he is responsible for providing HR leadership to the employee population of the Western half of the US for Sprint’s company-owned retail, indirect retail, and dealer-owned retail businesses. Prior to his current role, Dwight spent time with YUM Brands – KFC, Macy’s and Target Corporation, in a number of roles and in a variety of markets, including leading Field HR for KFC across the US; leading Macy’s executive talent development efforts within the Mid-Atlantic Region; and leading Target’s national field diversity & inclusion efforts.
A gifted speaker and workshop facilitator, Dwight’s expertise spans numerous disciplines. To be noted, within his specialty areas, he is available to facilitate workshops/sessions or speak on the following topics:
- Diversity & Inclusion
- Positive Employee Engagement and Team Culture
- Leadership Development
Please reach out to Dwight at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
ANITA NAHAL – ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Poet, Children’s Books Author, Professor, Administrator, D&I Consultant, & Founder & Chairperson, http://www.diversitydiscover.com/ Anita Nahal, PhD, CDP resides in New Jersey with her blessing, her son.
Some of Nahal’s past positions include: Mellon Fellowship Program Administrator for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; Assistant Provost for International Programs, Howard University, Washington D.C.; Visiting Associate Professor of History at the State University of New York at Binghamton, New York; and Associate Professor of History, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, India.
Nahal’s most recent data oriented study on Ethnic and Cultural Diversity at HBCUs was published as a chapter in a book in 2015. Her recent poems can be found in Aberration Labyrinth, Better Than Sarbucks, Confluence & aaduna. Nahal has traveled to over 15 countries, speaks three foreign languages, and comes from a family of writers and educationists.
More info on Nahal at: http://diversitydiscover.com/founder.html
GRADY BATCHELOR – ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Grady is a co-author of Group Coaching and Mentoring: A Framework for Fostering Organizational Change and Faculty Passion for Teaching Excellence and he is the author of the forthcoming Leading with Coaching and Mentoring: Inspiring Excellence in the Workplace. He is an ICF accredited professional coach and IMC certified management consultant who speaks and leads workshops that inspire business professionals to lead with coaching and mentoring competencies to achieve goals, deepen awareness, empower through questions, inspire action for positive change and hold themselves and others accountable.
Grady is a sought-after and award-winning consultant and coach who consistently gets results and inspires clients. Grady’s clients describe him as “a dedicated partner,” “achieves results,” “a true change maker,” “an expert,” “a person of vision,” and “one of those rare master teachers.”
Grady is currently dean of Faculty and Student Success at American Public University System. He is also president of Grady Batchelor & Associates, Inc., an award-winning consulting and coaching practice. Grady is also a Certified Professional Coach, Certified Management Consultant, and a Certified Manager.
Grady can be reached at www.DrGrady.com
KATHLEEN MCLEAN – ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Kathleen McLean is President of The McLean Group – a consulting firm that partners with organizations to create customized solutions that specialize in diversity/inclusion, team building and leadership development.
Kathleen is a sought after motivational speaker, trainer, facilitator and executive coach who serves her community with compassion, integrity, inspiring each individual to be more, do more and follow their passion. She has built over 35 teams focusing on emotional intelligence that transformed the culture of multiple organizations throughout New York State. Kathleen’s experiences, travels, and her ability to communicate in Haitian Creole and French, afford her with the ability to relate to a diverse number of people.
Presently, Kathleen is a volunteer with the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York, the Capital Region Woman of Color Network and a member of the Leadership Advisory Board of Directors on behalf of The Free Your Mind Forum. In addition, Kathleen mentors multiple young women throughout the Capital Region and beyond.
Kathleen’s motto in life is she came her to LOVE, LIVE and LEAD out LOUD!
SHANNON NICOLE BOBO – ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Shannon Nicole grew up in Southern California, one of the most diverse areas in the world. Her passion for cultures lead her to study abroad in Europe and work abroad in Asia. She is the Founder of Insight 2 Culture, a global mindset development company that empowers its clients with the tools they need to be develop a global mindset and navigate the diversity of living and working in Los Angeles.
She comes to FYM with seventeen years of experience as an Intercultural Communications Consultant and possesses multiple certifications in TESL, cultural awareness and diversity, as well as CQ & EQ development. She is a certified Gallup StrengthsFinder trainer for leaders and teams has provided training for multinational businesses.
Her life and work experience has taught her to view DIVERSITY as STRENGTH. She is a firm believer in building on what is right with people and using that foundation to build bridges and cross divides.