Home: Louisville, KY. Age: 42. Organization: FMS, pbc. Title: President. Alma mater: University of Tennessee; Indiana Wesleyan University.
Latest accomplishment: 4.0 in the first year of my doctoral program. Latest contribution to others: The Road to LeadHERship Panelist at 2022 All That Tech Conference. Last book read: Knowledge in the Blood: Confronting Race and the Apartheid Past, by Jonathan D. Jansen. Recently viewed and recommended: American Factory (documentary).
Personality profile: Compassionate, creative, adaptable. What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Genuine. What is your guilty pleasure? Watching 90-Day Fiancé. What natural talent have you neglected? Writing poetry. How do you relieve stress? Scream-singing in my car. What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Reading.
What was your favorite college course? Airplane Performance. What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Knight Rider Big Wheel. What movie have you repeatedly watched? Purple Rain. What’s the best advice you received growing up? Don’t live anyone else’s life but your own. What’s the best advice you received in your career? Success is a rock-climbing wall, not a ladder.
Developing a compassionate, courageous leadership framework to increase equitable outcomes.
What change would you like to see in the world? Using cross-sector partnerships to develop community solutions. What message do you want to send out into the world? Recognize the difference between comparison and inspiration.
What title would you choose for the movie about your life? The Mixed Girl Model. What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Amirah Vann. As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A singer. After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? Fifi, a stuffed animal I’ve had since I was two years old. What day in your life would you choose to re-live? September 19, 1998, the Tennessee vs Florida football game.
Personal mission: To be creatively compassionate in my service to others. Personal motto: It is ok to pause, and then progress.