As a Michigan State University Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Relations and Policy, I have set myself up to have a background that can flourish in multiple areas. My student-led leadership experience coupled with the internship experience with the Michigan Democratic Party helped to solidify my consistent pursuit of the law and government realm. I decided to utilize my degree to further pursue a Masters of Arts in Public Policy from The New England College. I continued my career in the Finance Department of political campaigns, beginning on the Congressional Campaign of the 14th District of Michigan as Assistant Finance Director and then on to being the Finance Director for a Democratic Nominee for the 39th District for the Michigan House of Representatives. In total, I helped to raise $800,000 in campaign elections in 2014, being the only Millennial African American woman in Michigan working in the fundraising realm of politics. Currently, I am the Corporate Relations and Events Manager for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, taking my fundraising efforts to the Environmental Policy area of politics. In February 2015, I was appointed as Commissioner for the City of Southfield's Total Living Commission and was elected First Vice Chair of the Commission. My role with Y.A.B. is to be the driving force behind the business and development entity of Y.A.B. I have a passion for helping to develop businesses for women of color and further promote the businesses that already exist. My personal career in politics working with several corporate executives and business owners as campaign donors has helped to expand the Y.A.B. network. Through the business development entity of Y.A.B., I work with co-working spaces to change the narrative and bring more women of color to their resources to create collaborations and opportunity. By fostering event collaborations and outreach to several female-owned businesses, I help to further flourish and carry out the Y.A.B. mission. Follow Lauren on Social Media: @djbeaz (Instagram) www.facebook.com/LaurenBealore www.linkedin.com/LaurenBealore
I am a Detroit native and graduate of Michigan State University as well as DePaul University with a Master of Arts in Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing. Additionally, I also have a Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor from DePaulUniversity and am currently working on a Master of Education in Educational and Instructional Technology from Saint Joseph's University. This strong experience in education and rhetoric has led to my current role as an Instructional Designer at Wiley Global Education Solutions, where I collaborate closely with graduate school level faculty to design courses that inspire students and adhere to best practices in online learning. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing and a Bachelor of Arts in Media, Arts and Technology from MSU, I decided to use those skills to start my own company Just The Beginning LLC. JTB provides full-service start-up services and consulting to non-profits. I am the driving force behind the community engagement and mentorship entity of Y.A.B. I have a passion for helping to develop young girls and further enhance their educational development. My personal career in higher education as an instructor has helped to develop our Y.A.B. Mentorship Program partnership with Chicago Public Schools and set the platform for future programs. Through event collaborations and outreach to several dynamic mentors, I help to further flourish and carry out the Y.A.B. mission.
Follow Courtney on Social Media: @caegriffin (Instagram) www.facebook.com/Courtney Griffin www.linkedin.com/CourtneyGriffin
Brittany Daisy Colston
I have a background in fashion marketing. While pursuing a B.A. in Fashion Marketing and Management, I began my career in wardrobe styling as the Co-Founder of The Style Dolls: Wardrobe Styling and Image Consulting Company. In addition to the fashion realm, I have recently entered the sales and marketing realm as a branding consultant for It Works. I am the driving force behind the personal development entity of Y.A.B. I have a passion for helping women to develop through self-awareness and branding. My personal career in fashion and styling has helped to develop our membership base and bring in strong women to make our network well-rounded. Through event collaborations and outreach to several professional women, I help to further flourish and carry out the Y.A.B. mission.
Follow Brittany (Daisy) on Social Media: @intricatebloom (Instagram) www.facebook.com/Daisy Bee
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