The beginnings of what piqued my cultural curiosity was a combination of frequent international travels with my parents as well as being raised in both Jamaica, WI and NYC, USA. Developing a respect and deep passion for understanding and working in partnership with communities to reach to their desired outcomes, became my quest.
Rooted in real life business experience on the front line first as a professional modern and ballet dancer where I toured the world as a performer, as well as providing lectures and arts residencies, and then, becoming the founder and CEO of the award-winning NYC based Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, Inc, I was able to collaborate with the Brooklyn community for over 25 years to build Ifetayo from a minute budget to a multi-million dollar institution.
I now travel throughout the Caribbean, Africa, and America sharing insights on philanthropy, social responsibility, cultural intelligence, organizational transformation, mindful leadership, and community engagement.
As a keynote speaker and strategist, I’ve shared my thoughts and approaches with many international media sources. My practical experiences, recognized case studies, and passion have proven to be a winning formula for individual clients as well as conference attendees from coast to coast.
In 2014 my work caught the attention of the Obama’s and I received an award at the White House for designing and running one of the best arts and humanities programs in the nation.