How to Start a Non-Profit Panel Discussion
February 17, 2014
Ferndale Public Library
Meet the Panelists…
Kimle Nailer, BA, Life Coach and founder of Positive S.I.S.T.E.R.S., is committed to empowering teen girls and women of all ages to excel in every area of their lives. In 2008, she founded Positive S.I.S.T.E.R.S., an organization designed to empower women through sisterhood, to help women and girls discover their inner beauty, strengths and talents so they begin living powerfully with purpose. Known as the Alchemist for Soul Awakening, Kimle inspires women to “Break the Chains” of limiting beliefs from the past resulting from low self-esteem, and live from their inner soul’s essence so they transform their pain into a life of purpose that allows them to fully claim their gifts. Once women awaken their soul’s purpose, they touch the world with their essence, and create solutions we need in our families, our communities and in the world.
The message of self-esteem is very dear to Kimle as she struggled with low self-esteem well into her early thirties, before receiving the coaching and mentoring she needed to uncover her inner beauty, brilliance, love and compassion. Being a dark-skinned little girl in the 1960s resulted to her being ostracized from social activities, and having very few friends. Kimle completely withdrew and lost all hope that she could ever be anything other than a dark, smart nerd, which is why she is committed to helping other women transform their self-worth so they pursue their dreams.
Prior to starting her own business, Kimle was a market research professional for 15 years at companies like J.D. Powers and Associates and MORPACE International supporting healthcare research. She was a senior analyst with a leading advertising agency, supporting clients like Ford, Scott’s MiracleGro Company, and Sports Authority. Her in-depth market research background gives her the skills required to gather and assess information to create effective strategies. Kimle has successfully transferred these skills to benefit her clients, by incorporating the same process of data gathering into effective life strategies for transformation. Her coaching services are based on her life’s experiences, and the notion that when proper information connects one with their soul’s purpose, they understand their pains and limiting beliefs, and create the strategy necessary to re-design a life of their dreams.
Kimle’s services have not gone unnoticed as she was recognized in the 2010 Who’s Who in Black Detroit Fourth Edition, a publication celebrating African-American Achievements, as a community leader; Received recognition from U. S. Congressman Hanson Clarke in 2011 for being an outstanding member in the community; Recognized in 2011 by the State of Michigan with the distinguished Governor’s Service Award, Mentor of the Year; and most recently, she received the 2012 Breakthrough of the Year Award for Women in Business.
Kimle speaks regularly at women’s conferences, colleges, schools and various organizations inspiring women to step into their greatness, and live big, bold and bodacious so they are equipped to serve and transform our world. For more information, please visit: www.positivesisters.com
Kiddada Green is the founding executive director of Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association (BMBFA), co-founder of Black Breastfeeding Week and sits on the advisory council of the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters, Women’s eNews Black Maternal Health and Wayne Children’s Healthcare Access Program. Mrs. Green works tirelessly to increase breastfeeding rates for African Americans. As the founder of BMBFA, she is committed to supporting families, and training public health workers on cultural competence in breastfeeding support.
As a member of the expert panel, she put forth recommendations for the The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding. Mrs. Green gladly participated on the design team for the 2013 & 2014 W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s “First Food Convening”. She has also led roundtable discussions and presented workshop sessions in multiple states. She is a published journal writer for “Breastfeeding Medicine”. She successfully completed a business accelerator fellowship with Enterprising Health, a subsidiary of Ascension Health.
Kiddada holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University and a Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching from Oakland University. In 2012, Mrs. Green was recognized as Healthy Child Healthy World’s May Mom on a Mission. She recently joined the executive board as a co-treasurer for her child’s PTA. Kiddada Green is a proud and devoted wife, mother and educator.
LaToniya A. Jones has an affinity for developing more mathematically literate communities (formally and informally). Ms. Jones enjoys designing innovative experiences to help youth, families, and educators see, say, and do math. She welcomes the challenge of removing fear, anxiety, access to resources, and myths about who can and cannot thrive with math through her work as a nonprofit founder, consultant, college administrator, and speaker.
LaToniya was educated in the Detroit Public Schools District and graduated from Cass Technical High School. She earned a bachelors degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Concordia University and a masters of education degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Wayne State University.
Ms. Jones is a former middle school principal. She has empowered more than 3,000 youth and families in Southeast Michigan and Ohio during annual mini-conferences, math clubs, enrichment programs, and summer camps through POWER Organization, an educational nonprofit organization. POWER Institute, LLC is the engine that she uses to successfully coach professionals and teacher candidates with closing achievement gaps, redesigning middle school environments, effective test preparation and workforce development tools.
LaToniya is the Program Director of Developmental Education, mentors faculty members, and conducts training sessions for new faculty members for various departments. She proudly serves on the Arts and Scraps board of directors and is in her second term as the Vice President of Post-Secondary Education for the Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Coaching others towards their life goals and cultivating positive learning communities is her mission, passion, and purpose in life! She is inspired to build a legacy of compassion, leadership, and entrepreneurship for her 3 sons.
Tiah E. McKinney, Executive Director of The McKinney Foundation is committed to ensuring equity in education and high quality instruction for youth and young adults to promote and sustain America’s competitiveness in the 21st Century.
Throughout her career, Ms. McKinney has excelled in progressively responsible positions in various facets of education: as a Teacher Leader, Director of Education for the Detroit Science Center, a District-level Curriculum Supervisor of Science, Acting Science Consultant for the Michigan Department of Education, and as a science consultant to several U.S. school districts. She earned a dual Bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida in Marine Affairs (B.A. in Marine Biology and Business Administration) and holds a Master of Arts in Teaching, with Distinction, from the University of Michigan. Currently, Ms. McKinney is a Ph.D. candidate in Education Policy and Nonprofit Management at George Mason University.
She is one of the original Founders of The McKinney Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to ensuring educational equity and excellence to promote healthy living, entrepreneurship and environmental responsibility. Ms. McKinney has published articles for NSTA Reports and other professional journals. She remains active in numerous associations and has served on numerous national advisory boards, current positions include, the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) Great Lakes and COSEE Coastal Trend.
Her honors and distinctions include selection as a COAST/U.S. Navy Sea Scholar, former President of Metropolitan Detroit Science Teachers Association, participation on numerous national judging and grant review panels, recipient of the King/Chavez/Parks Future Faculty Fellowship, awarded an Albert Einstein “Distinguished Educator” Fellowship, 2006-2007, where she co-managed the Opportunity for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences Program, an $11 Million program, in the Office of the Assistant Director, Directorate of Geosciences at the National Science Foundation; member Golden Key International Honor Society, Graduate Chapter.
Sharon L. Harris, CEO of Pretty Disabled Clothing Company.
couldn’t. You can’t. You won’t.
I got sick of those phrases so I just cut off the t’s and kept it moving.
I could. I can. I won. That’s better.
On February 4, 2002, I was diagnosed with both systemic and discoid lupus. The odds of being diagnosed with both types of the disease simultaneously are practically unheard of. I guess you can say that I was a special case.
It was my plan to show lupus from that day forward just how special I was. I was going to prove that I was more victor than victim. My “I could” moment occurred when I became a flight attendant. I was told “you couldn’t” be a flight attendant because the job required long hours and was very strenuous on the body. I figured if lupus was going to take me out, he was going to have to come and get me on a St. Thomas beach or having lunch in the shadows of the Eiffel Tower.
My “I can” moment arose when I decided to move to Tallahassee, Florida to start an eyelash business. Quite a few people said “you can’t” move away from your family because of the illness. What they didn’t realize is that I might have gotten sick if I had stayed. Lupus was not going to hold me hostage and keep me in bondage alienating me from my dreams. I am the captain of my ship.
It may sound odd but my “I won” moment came when I had five wisdom teeth extracted and had to move back to Michigan. My body was thrown into a flare so harsh that I needed chemotherapy to save my life. Coupled with chemo was weight and hair loss, a butterfly rash, neuropathy and the list went on and on. The “you won’t” conversations were levied heavily upon my life but I knew better. What was potentially a let-down was actually a set-up when one day I went into the Lupus Alliance of America's office to buy a T-shirt and left the office with a career. Not only was I the Face of Lupus for the organization, but I was able to garner more than a million dollars in sponsorships within a year and a half. Currently, I am the Project Manager for the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA). A national organization headquartered in Michigan. All of these triumphs for the one who was told, You couldn’t. You can’t. You won’t.I think that Pretty Disabled was borne out of necessity. I simply grew tired of hearing those diagnosed with a chronic illness such as myself being referred to as ‘patients’, which means ‘one who suffers’, and ‘sickly’. I believe that life and death are in the power of the tongue and whatever someone is called, they will respond accordingly. Thus, I choose to speak power over all ailments. My aim is simply to empower those stricken with a chronic illness, while reinforcing to some and reminding others, that we are indeed ‘Warriors’ and ‘Divas’. We’ll convey these attitudes not only in our stroll but also by wearing it across our chests. They may call us Disabled but we are going to be Pretty Warriors and Divas as we push our way through
Jacquise A. Purifoy, Esq. is a practicing attorney specializing in small business, nonprofit, and family law at the Law Office of Jacquise A. Purifoy PLLC. She was sworn into the State Bar of Michigan in November 2010. Prior to private practice, on April 1, 2011 she was hired by U.S. House of Representative Hansen Clarke (MI-13) as his Chief Correspondent. In this role, she was solely responsible for orchestrating policy positions and legislative responses to constituents. Five months into this position, she was promoted to the Community Grants Coordinator where she worked directly with key federal and state business and civic leaders to identify and implement small business and economic development initiatives in Southeastern Michigan. Jacquise wrote over 200 letters of support for businesses and non-profits in Metro Detroit securing over $9 million in funding.
She also initiated a partnership with the Michigan Community Action Agency providing $84,000 in home weatherization upgrades to close the energy affordability gap for low-income households.
Jacquise is a zealous advocate for people in her community. Over time, she realized that growing up in the city of Detroit unequivocally shapes one’s life in one of two ways. A person born and raised in Detroit will either succumb to the poverty, high unemployment rates, crime, and teenage pregnancy, or rise above these obstacles and defy the odds. She changed the way she viewed the world and realized that it is not the situations that we are placed in that ultimately shape our lives, it is our reaction to them that defines our world. After having her daughter at the young age of 13, she could have given up, dropped out of school, and continued to have more children. However, she remained persistent in following her dreams, stayed in school, and graduated from both the University of Michigan at 21-years-old and Thomas M. Cooley Law School at 27-years-old.
To gain practical skills, Jacquise began working at Edward Sparrow Hospital’s Legal Risk and Management Services Department, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Ingham County 30th Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie E. Aquilina, Michigan State Senator Hansen Clarke, and the Michigan Department of the Attorney General.
Prior to law school, Jacquise graduated from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor and began working for The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, in the Youth and College Division. As the Assistant to the Director of the Youth and College Division, she worked to uplift and educate youth to advance their socio-economic, education, and political status for people in Michigan, Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.
Now at 31-years-old, Jacquise is a member of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, has served for the last two (2) years as an Ambassador Advisory Council Member of KICK, a Board Member of Kiva Detroit, Kids-Talk Advisory Board Member, a volunteer with the American Heart Association, volunteer with Gospel Against Aids where she serves as a State of Michigan certified HIV/AIDS tester and counselor, mentor for the Business and Professional Women Foundation’s Joining Forcing for Women and Military Spouses Mentoring Plus™, youth mentor for Women of Tomorrow, and Board Member for Church of the Messiah Housing Corporation.
Jacquise’s most memorable professional moment is having the opportunity to visit the White House on behalf of the citizens of Detroit and to personally meet President Barack Obama twice!
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