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2019 Recognition Program

2019 Recognition Program

“Leading With Agility”

“Leading With Agility”

Developing African-American

Developing African-American

Women to discover and maximize their leadership potential

Women to discover and maximize their leadership potential


2019 Recognition Program Sponsors National African-American Women’s Leadership Institute

NAAWLI

Proudly Presenting Leadership Programs Since 2000 www.naawli.org 214.802.4579


2019 Program Sponsors

2019 Leadership Program

Celebrating 19 Years!


Greetings from NAAWLI

Pamela K. Estes Executive Director Greetings and Welcome to the National African-American Women’s Leadership Institute 2019 Recognition Program. Tonight we commemorate NAAWLI’s 19th year of providing leadership development programs for professional African-American women. Thank you for joining us as we celebrate this remarkable milestone and acknowledge the significant achievement of these twelve Fellows. We are honored to have you with us and appreciate your support. Over the past seven months, our 2019 Fellows have engaged in numerous methods to extend their leadership competences and advance their careers. It has been an privilege and honor to share in this journey with each of them! Tonight we are more than certain, that each Fellow has been equipped with the knowledge, tools and resources to excel at the numerous challenges that confront many African-American women in the workplace. We are extremely proud of them and their accomplishments in our program. We want to thank our 2019 Fellows for choosing NAAWLI to be a beacon in their life and careers. You are ready to Lead with Agility! Congratulations and much continued success!

THE POWER OF LEADERSHIP Written by: Ms. Gail Lewis

Do you know why there are women that have their own successful businesses? Do you know why there are women that become CEO’s, and Chair boards for Fortune 500 companies? Do you know why there are women that delver on the goals of their strategic plans with successful outcomes? Do you know why there are passionate, substantial women organizations doing outstanding service in their communities? Do you know why more and more women are identified at the local, state, national and international levels imparting and influencing the economic, social and political arenas? Do you know why there are women who protect and provide for their families and for others? Do you know the reason why women can move in their high heels with sophistication and confidence? Do you know the reason women make sound and firm decisions that lead to their success? Yes, it is because of the Power of Leadership; that innate gift and talent that women have to guide and lead daily.


NAAWLI’s History Co-Founders:

Dr. Gloria Scott Zulma X Barrios

Founding Chair:

Barbara Toliver-Haskins

Title Sponsor:

State Farm Insurance Companies

Founded:

Bennett College in Greensboro, NC in 2000

Location:

Move to Dallas—2006 Located in Plano, TX (City Central)

Alumnae: Status:

NAAWLI’s Vision National African-American Women’s Leadership Institute (NAAWLI), Inc. is the premier resource for connecting, educating and empowering African-American women leaders to serve as trailblazers for global leadership.

NAAWLI’s Mission

Over 270 Fellows from across the US 501 (c) 3 non-profit & trademarked

To equip African-American women with expert leadership capabilities and practical applications resulting in heightened self-awareness, strategic business thinking and community impact.


NAAWLI’s Objective To accelerate the leadership potential of African-American women leaders through our programs through:  Leadership Development:

Equipping African American women leaders with the tools to drive organizational impact

 Building Relationships:

Exposing the participants to a cadre of C-Suite Executives and Senior Mid-Level Managers

 Corporate Partnerships:

Partnering with Corporations to provide a career development program that will enhance the leadership skills and business impact of high potential AfricanAmerican women in their organization

 Community Impact:

Emphasizing the importance of community service through the completion of a project by each NAAWLI Fellow

Program Participants

Our program participants deemed Fellows are emerging women leaders committed to bringing about constructive change in their communities and lives. Through NAAWLI, women discover their leadership talents and learn how to facilitate their personal growth and career development. NAAWLI Fellows envision how they can improve their communities and implement that vision in ways that will result in positive outcomes such as educational excellence, youth development, social action and improved health and wellness.


Message from the Chair

Our Board of Directors

Karyn Nesby CSX Welcome to the Class of 2019 Awards Reception! I want to thank you for your support of our Fellows and our organization. For the past 19 years, NAAWLI has encouraged African-American women to discover and maximize their leadership potential with a customized program that is both gender-based and culturally relevant. By participating in our programs, African-American women will bring innovative ideas, enhanced business skills and a greater capacity for addressing their companies’ current and future challenges. Our goals:  Partner with corporations and assist with the development of African-American women leaders  Empower our Fellows to become trailblazers in leadership  Build a more inclusive corporate community I am honored to have been selected as the Board Chair and humbled to have shared time with the 2019 Fellows. The theme of the 2019 program was Leading with Agility where the Fellows participated in a multi-month community service project. Fellows cultivated their leadership style while demonstrating the ability to manage professional networks. The NAAWLI experience yields a continuous return on investment for our Sponsors, our Fellows, and the communities served. On behalf of the NAAWLI Board of Directors, I want to thank our Executive Director, Pamela Estes, for her commitment an unwavering passion for the organization. Thank you also to our speakers and workshop facilitators for sharing their experience and knowledge with our 2019 Fellows. This class has been amazing and truly reflects the values of NAAWLI. I am excited to follow their careers and learn of the wonderful contributions that they will make in the future.

2019 NAAWLI Board Chair

The Board of Directors support the strategic goals of NAAWLI and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance through:  

Leadership, Governance and Oversight Fundraising

Our Board Members have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy or the nonprofit sector. Their accomplishments allows them to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members. Interest in serving on our Board of Directors, visit our website and submit your application for consideration or contact us at: pestes@naawli.org.

www.naawli.org


2019 Board of Directors

2019 Board of Directors

Karyn Nesby

Amber Cabral

Daphney Lindsey

Kristine M. Wine

CSX

Cabral Consulting

State Farm

Bell

Patricia H. Sharp

Yolanda Bryson-Durant

Juna Jones-Moore

Sharon P. Clark

Stacey Washington

State Farm

Capital One

GameStop

Texas Instruments

Lockheed Martin


Leadership Program

Leadership Program


Community Service Project (CSP)

Community Service Project (CSP)

Purpose

Planning

Recognizes the supportive role African-American women have traditionally assumed in every aspect of American life. • •

Black women have been the mainstay of volunteer support in local churches, in neighborhood schools, and in civic and social services organizations. Building on these existing strengths, NAAWLI seeks women leaders who will commit themselves and their leadership talents to constructive change in their organizations and communities.

Process Fellows have the option of engaging in a project within her organization, with a community leader/mentor or independently. Projects are described in their initial application refined into its final form. Assistance is provided by a NAAWLI mentor during communications and conference calls. At the end of the project, the fellows submit a brief report on the project’s outcomes and any lessons learned. There are opportunities during the project phase to discuss the projects, receive technical assistance in overcoming obstacles and challenges, and share experiences.

The most important part of project management/planning is creating a realistic outline of your tasks and goals to ensure that you don’t forget anything and to help you stay organized and focused. Additionally, it is helpful to have a backup contact and plan of action in the event that your initial project must be altered. It is not uncommon for there to be changes throughout the process due to site locations, facility scheduling, and coordination with participants. NAAWLI mentors serve as resources to defer roadblocks that detour project progress.

Evaluation Throughout the program, opportunities are provided for Fellows to practice their presentation with classmates and gather feedback. Final presentations are reviewed and evaluated by a panel of NAAWLI board members, corporate executives, NAAWLI alumni, and various industry professionals. The expectation is that the project will be a comprehensive culmination of the skills obtained during the NAAWLI leadership experience resulting in an executive summary presented and evaluated during Session III.


Community Service Initiative

Community Service Project (CSP) Expected Results Fellows must meet objectives to serve at least 25 individuals with their project and ensure the project can provide community impact on a long-term basis. It should be a project that their company or organization would value and support. The final report and presentation should tell a compelling story that would encourage funding for sustainability.

Facts More than 150 community service hours were invested in the communities of Arizona, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania and Texas positively impacting more than 1,500 lives.


Support NAAWLI

Sponsor Levels


NAAWLI ALUMNAE Class of 2000

Class of 2001

Class of 2002

Class of 2003

Celestine Allen Donna P. Hawkins Deborah T. Daniels Audrey I. Ward Christine A. Taylor Joanne Toran Eunice D. Patton Cheryl D. Jackson Deborah W. Foster. Leslie C. Williams Joretha M. Capers Gerta S. Balem Joann Manning Linda F. Parker Kimberly Boyd Lewis LaVerne Alexander Rhonda E. Stallworth Marveen C. Henderson Lillian B. Holt Lillian S. Williams Stephanie J. Fisher Renesia Crosby Nema M. Roman Lynne M. Chambers Tania I. Martin Thurma L. Hilton Yvette L. Register Rhonda M. DavidsonWhite

Class of 2004

Class of 2005

Class of 2006

Class of 2007

Arleen J. Anderson Bernadine Abad Djuana AustinFrank Jocelyn M. Lee Lethia C. Owens Nancy I. Warrick

Stephanie Noel Stephanie Woodard Tracey Howard Holmes Velina Dixon Yvonne Carlton

Angela V. Lundy Arvetta McClardy Carolyn W. Flowers Delores LenzyJones Frances M. Melson Kristyn CookTurner Lynn R. Pinder Schwanzetta M. Aikens Sharon G. Neal

Angela Blair Arteniece Woods Beverley Wright Christine Stallings D’ Audrey Hunter DeLisa Rodney Donna Patterson Faye Siggers Karen Winsley Stephanie Blakely Tourea Robinson *Twila Mouttet Veronica Aboyer

NAAWLI ALUMNAE Class of 2008

Class of 2009

Class of 2010

Class of 2011

Carla Jenkins Dana Robles Dawn Stephens Dionne Gilmore Georgette Franklin Ingrid Jenkins Jeri Tillman Kanika Carver Leah Brown Pamela Hart Moore Patricia Sharp Pattie Lee Rita Scott Roxanne Sullivan Sondra BryantMcClendon Stephanie Rayborn Subrena Robinson Thomasina Skipper

Andrea Anderson Angela Scott Angela Sylvester Dana Jones Demetria Alford Geraldine Shelton Lena Wilson Linda Tyson Lori Palmer Rachele Hollingsworth Robin Fontenot Robyn Sessoms Shantel Davis Sharifa Tucker Stacie Gaynor Suzanne Kaigler Tangie Tolbert Teri Blanchard Yevonessa Clarke

Anita Saunders Charlene Marbs Cherelle Lever Cheryl Jones Debra Curry Erica Wilson Elitha Moses Felecia Collins-Wylie Gina Gordon Jonte Baker Kathleen Henderson Kristy Brownlow LaTonya Byrd Marla White Matrell Sanders Michelle Ross Pamela M. Blue Queen Greene Regina Jordan Renee’ Thompson Fletcher Rhonda Smith Wendia Murphy

A’Lisha M. Williams Aline Sadate Amy Watson-Daniels Andrea Swift Cami Jackson Crystal G. King DeAngela Morant E. Ivy Archer Gwen Thalley Hillary C. Shephard Ingra A. Conley Kathy Randall-Riley Kymberly Aleem Lynn Mathis Mia Rhodes Michelle Hicks Naomi C. McGowan Norita Lawson Rae Brown Raquel Hardy Rashawnda Harvey Rashunda Hunter Stephanie Johnson Sheena King Shontell Quinn Subbeam Baker Wendy Theresa Lee


NAAWLI ALUMNAE

NAAWLI ALUMNAE

Class of 2012

Class of 2013

Class of 2014

Class of 2015

Adriene Jones Almaz Woldeab Beatrice Fankem Christina Brown Cynthia Mills Donna Brooks Edith Barnett Esteria Miller Kelly Page Kenyata McCoy Lacrecha Taborn Lisa Tibbs Margaret McKenzie Myrna Gordon Robyn Wilkes Rolandmarie Turner Tanaya St. Julien Taiwo Kemi Ogun Tenequa Gabriel Veronica Grant Wanda Witherspoon

Angela Matin Carmen Foy Chekelah Betts Courtney Jackson Funmi Atkintemi Gay Williams Iris Thompson Jackie Carter Janel Williams Jeannette Bennett Kim Johnson Kylonnie Jackson Loan Sewer Makeda Clement Mfon Etuk Monique Richard Nita Evans Roxanne Phillips Sapphire Marc-Harris Shannon McClelland Syvility Broaden Tifany Smith-Wilson Tyonda Hill Vanessa Walters

Andrea Nivet Brenda Porter Felecia Dake Florence Manega Fran Dilliard Marsha Crear Renee Bass-Taylor Stacey Harmon Sherry McFadden Tondra Bowman Tracy Hamilton Trenn Moore

Annette Evans Beverly Clemmons Greta DrummondNoble Juna Jones-Moore Leslie Anderson Melissa Emerson Rhonda McFarland Shanese LawsonSmith

Class of 2016

Class of 2017

Class of 2018

Amber Cabral Angela George Daphney Lindsey Karyn Nesby Kim ElshotAlvarez Nycole Reid Sharon Ware Stacey Washington Susan L. Craig Tammi McGriff Tesha NesbitArrington

Joy Akatugba Nicole Bernard Cynthia Brown Cassandra Caesar Tracy Clark Ashley Davis Sehretta Doyle Alicia Gardner Latasha Fullwood Chalonda Goodman Sonja Miilton Stacey Phillips Alicia President Donna Whitehead Asciatu Whiteside

Andrealynette Chelley Sharon P. Clark Amy K. Howard LaTanya Johns Zakiyah Johnson Elaine Mitchum April Morrison Jacqueline Nivet LaQuita Thomas Felicia Williams

We Salute all our Alumnae Thanks for paving the way for future Fellows!


Class of 2019

Class of 2019

Anick Brown

Britnyee Johnson

Celia Jackson-Thomas

Jazlyn Avant

Kristina Randolph

Lauryn R. Smith

Bell

Erie Insurance

Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments

CSX

BNSF

Deidre Smith

Dian Canton

Jamie Martin-Stewart

Mebraht Gebre-Michael

Mina LaGrange

Valencia Floyd

State Farm

State Farm

Erie Insurance

CSX

State Farm

CSX


LEADERSHIP


“Leading with Agility”

Recognition Programme

Angelia Pelham CEO, Executive Coach Real-Talk Angelia Pelham, like many professional women, wears many hats. She is a wife, a mother, a 30- year Human Resources executive, and now an entrepreneur leading her own Executive Coaching firm, Real-Talk Executive Coaching & Mentoring focused on developing women in the workplace located in Frisco, TX. She’s inspiring, passionate, and is a changemaker. Angelia affirms, empowers, and coaches women to bring their most confident and authentic selves to the workplace. Angelia has had a successful career for the last 30 years as an HR executive with such brands as Walt Disney World, PepsiCo, and Frito-Lay. And has served as the Chief Human Resources Officer of Main Event Entertainment; Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer for Cinemark Holdings and Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Dave & Busters. Angelia is now the CEO and Chief Executive Coach of Real-Talk Executive Coaching & Mentoring focusing solely on women in the workplace. She has been featured in such publications as Black Enterprise Magazine, Savoy Magazine, and Plano Profile. Angelia is a native of Florida; born in Pensacola, FL. She holds a BS from Florida State University and a Masters Degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. Angelia was recently appointed as the Campaign Treasurer for the city of Frisco incumbent Mayor, Jeff Cheney. She sits on the Diversity Advisory Board of Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, TX. She’s on the Board of Hope’s Door New Beginning Center which supports victims of domestic abuse. Angelia also chairs the non-profit, Linking Cultures of Frisco, in partnership with the Frisco Mayor’s Office providing thousands of dollars in scholarships each year to Frisco High School seniors. Angelia has been married to her college sweetheart for 30 years; and they have one daughter who is 16 years old and a junior in high school. Angelia and her family enjoy traveling abroad and have visited 25 countries and counting...

Meet & Greet

All

Welcome

Pamela K. Estes

Occasion/Board Recognition

Karyn Nesby

Executive Director 2019 Board Chair

Dinner & 2019 Year –at-a-Glance

Introduction of Speaker

Kim Cummings

Motivational Speaker

Angelia Pelham

2019 Fellows Recognition

Karyn Nesby Pamela K. Estes

2019 Fellows Experience CSP Accomplishments

Mebraht Gebre-Michael 2019 Fellows

2020 Program

Stacey Washington

Closing

Pamela K. Estes

BNSF

CEO, Real-Talk

2020 Board Chair


Fellows & Facilitators

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2019 Facilitators Aaliyah Haqq—Dominus Commercial Leading with Agility

2019 Facilitators LaTonya Brown – Economic Strategist Managing Your Wealth

Rita Bailey – Up2Something

Norita Lawson – Texas Instruments

Leadership Development Strategic Business Planning

Finance for Non-Financial Managers

Karyn Nesby – CSX NAAWLI Board

Donielle Matthews – Texas Instruments Finance for Non-Financial Managers

Community Service Project (CSP)

Chef Joey Allette Team Building with Taste

Rashunda Hunter – Texas Instruments Finance for Non-Financial Managers


2019 Facilitators

2019 Facilitators

Olga Taylor Ph.D.—new paradigms consortium Executive Presence Managing High Performing Teams

Paula Parker Mastering Your Toolkit

Amber Cabral – Cabral Consulting NAAWLI Board Business Etiquette/Style

Marsha Clark – Marsha Clark & Associates Women in the Workplace

Christopher P. Djordje Life Style Consultant

Business Etiquette/Style

Angelia Pelham – Real-Talk Recognition Program Keynote Speaker

Tarsha Polk – The Marking Lady Personal/Social Media Branding


Anick Brown

Our 2019

Fellows

HR Business Partner

Anick Brown as an HR Business Partner, she collaborates with client groups to manage employee job performance by coaching, counseling employees, planning, monitoring and appraising job results. Anick act as a key partner in talent development and organizational succession planning. Daily she advocates and advise employees and leaders on career and leadership development initiatives. She has been at Bell for 11 years and have had the opportunity to work in Supply Chain, Ethics & Compliance and Human Resources. Anick believes that each position she’s held at Bell, positioned her to be who she is as a professional. A native of Haiti, she left many years ago to attend college and received a BA in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. Anick currently serve on the Board of Directors of the Otis and Rosie Foundation and also volunteer at her church.


Britnyee L. Johnson

Celia Jackson-Thomas

District Sales Manager

Management Accountant

Britnyee L. Johnson is a District Sales Manager with Erie Insurance. She has been with

the company for six years and will be celebrating seven years of service in June. She first became a part of the Erie family through an actuarial internship in the summer of 2010. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Actuarial Math with a minor in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master's Degree from Gannon University. Britnyee is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Outside of work, Britnyee is on a mission. It's a mission to inspire, influence, and impact others. She began using her time outside of work to inspire women to use language in positive, self-affirming ways. Her mission has led her to become an Inspirational Speaker, Advocate for Healing, Coach & Mentor, Author of a 34-page book, "Armor of Words," and founder of BnPowered.

Celia Jackson-Thomas is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and has lived in the DFW Metroplex for nearly seven years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Business Management from The University of New Orleans. After 2 years working for the Louisiana Legislature, she decided to pursue an MBA in Supply Chain Management and Marketing at Southern University A&M College, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 2012, Celia entered a highly competitive rotational program at Texas Instruments (TI), where she held roles in Operations, Finance, and Accounting. During this time, Celia decided to pursue a Marketing Certification from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Celia is a part of the Worldwide Accounting team at TI, where she is responsible for the Corporate Policies and Delegation of Authority processes. Celia also participates in various initiatives at TI. She is a member of the leadership team for Blacks in Finance and Operations diversity initiative and is a member of the Finance Development team. Celia is committed to building strong talent as well as strong brands as she mentors young professionals on the 5P’s of Growth: Purpose, Passion, Plan, Platform and Position. Celia is married to LaDerrick Thomas, where they have one beautiful daughter, Laila Thomas. Celia is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. In her free time, Celia enjoys mentoring, motivating and empowering women, cooking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.


Deidre R. Smith

Dian Canton

Securities Supervisor

HR Manager

Deidre Smith earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the Univer-

Dian Canton CPCU – HR Manager is employed with State Farm Insurance Companies

sity of Texas at Austin. She began her career as a Cost Accountant for a subsidiary of a Fortune 500 Company. She later joined State Farm as an Accounting Supervisor and has spent most of her career at State Farm. She has over 18 years of management experience in Finance, Technology, and Compliance.

and has 20+ years professional experience in the insurance industry leading in both the Claims and Human Resources (HR) environments. She is currently a HR Manager successfully leading high performing teams with a focus on talent acquisition, strategic workforce planning, and consulting with leaders at all levels within the organization.

She is a believer in continuous education and has achieved an Associates in Insurance Accounting Finance (AIAF), Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) insurance designations. To support her role as a Securities Supervisor for the Firm, she obtained and maintains her Series 6, 26, and 51 securities licenses. Currently, she is pursuing her Chartered Financial Consultant designation (ChFC).

Dian holds a Bachelor degree in Health Administration from University of Missouri– Columbia. She has also earned the following designations: Associate in Claims (AIC), Associate in Insurance Services (AIS), and Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU). She enjoys giving back to the community and previously served four years on the Board of Directors of a not-for-profit organization, holding office positions of Vice-Chair and President of the Board.

Deidre has served as past president for the local Women’s Network-Employees Resource Group and partnered on many occasions with local organizations. When elected as Scholarship Chairman for CPCU, she established the first scholarship program for the local CPCU chapter raising funds, establishing an application process, and review committee for selecting awards. She also volunteers for several local organizations including Fresh Start, Opportunity Community and Justice for Kids (Foster kids program), and Glendale Kiwanis Club. Deidre and her husband, Desi, have two teenage sons, Desi Jr. and Devan. She loves spending time with her family, traveling, and hiking.

Dian is a native of Columbia, MO and has lived in the Dallas MSA for just a little over a year. While very grateful of her professional accomplishments, she is most proud to be the mother of one fabulous and strong daughter and grandmother of two very precious granddaughters whom she enjoys creating special memories with. Dian also enjoys spending time with family, friends, and traveling.


Jamie Martin-Stewart

Jazlyn T. Avant

Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Manager

Quality & Systems Compliance Engineer

Jamie Martin-Stewart is the Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Manager (BC-

Jazlyn T. Avant is an Engineer in the Quality Organization at Texas Instruments.

DR) for Erie Insurance Group in Erie, Pennsylvania. As an enterprise program manager, she is responsible for leading the development of business continuity, disaster recovery, incident management, and preparedness programs for the enterprise, which include twelve states and the District of Columbia. She has been with ERIE for more than twenty-five years with experience in Customer Care, both Commercial and Personal Lines Underwriting, and Erie Family Life. Prior to ERIE, she worked for PNC Bank and Financial Exchange of Pennsylvania.

She recruits top talent from North Carolina A&T, NSBE, and SWE. In her current role, she coordinates internal/external Audits and oversee New Product Development and Technology Development Programs.

Jamie earned a dual bachelor’s degree in business finance and management from Mercyhurst University, and a Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in human resources, from Gannon University. Jamie obtained her ABCP (Associate Business Continuity Professional) certification from Disaster Recovery International. She has earned several insurance designations: AINS (Associate General Insurance), CPIW (Certified Professional Insurance Woman), API (Associate Personal Insurance), AIS (Associate Insurance Services), and ACS (Associate Customer Service). Jamie is on the board of directors for the Nonprofit Partnership and president of the Bayview Toastmasters.

Jazlyn is a motivated young professional; who seeks new challenges and learning opportunities. She also enjoys volunteering in the community and collaborating with others.

Over the last year, she’s attended Cosmetology School to obtain a License to fulfil her passion for styling hair. This has been a plan of hers since she was 13 years old. Her ultimate goal is to own a high-end salon one day. Jazlyn is an active member of the Metropolitan Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Other outside of work and extracurricular activities includes: traveling with her husband and taking “Girls Trips” with her friends. She also enjoys bowling, happy hour and watching great movies.


Kristina Randolph

Lauryn Smith

Service Desk Specialist

Sr. Telecom Engineer II

Kristina Randolph is a Service Desk Specialist at CSX Technology appurtenant to CSX

Lauryn Smith has a B.S. Computer Engineering and an M.S. Electrical Engineering from

Corporation.

Southern Methodist University. She has about 5 years of service with BNSF Railway, currently a Sr Telecom Engineer II supporting the communication system dispatchers use to talk to train crews.

Kristina is a goal-oriented, results-driven person whose interest in technology has motivated her 3-year career with CSX. She is tenacious, a go getter, and a person of integrity that believes the way people are treated professionally and otherwise is paramount. Currently, Kristina works under the leadership and greatly influenced by a former NAAWLI Fellow, Christina Stallings. Kristina works tirelessly to analyze and create solutions that ultimately decrease CSX’s Service Desk call volume and abandonment rate. Kristina has been recognized for her exceptional work and customer service at CSX on multiple occasions. Kristina mentors young ladies at Arlington Middle School’s Team Up program. Her mentorship focuses on motivating and encouraging academic success to young ladies. Kristina serves as Co-Chair on The Citadel Church of Jacksonville’s Scholarship committee where students are awarded financial support for post-secondary education. Kristina is actively involved in her church’s community outreach that feed the homeless, clean the community, and other nonprofit events. Kristina strives to be an outstanding leader in all aspects of her life and impact the lives of those she encounters.

Presently she serves as the Treasurer and Technology Chair for the BNSF African American Network Group. She has served as the College Fair co-chair for BNSF Technology Awareness Day for the past 3 years and was the 2015 and 2016 Volunteer Coordinator chair for BNSF Family Day. She was awarded the 2017 Employee of the Year as a team member for the Network Operation Center Refresh Project which provides 24/7 train dispatching operation. She volunteers with the Jubilee Theatre and East Side Blossoms Planting.


Mebraht Gebre-Michael

Mina LaGrange

Business Development Manager

Team Manager—Fire Claims

Mebraht Gebre-Michael is a business development manager at CSX Transportation

Mina LaGrange is a Christian, Wife, Mother and proud Mimi. She has been employed by

based in Atlanta, GA. She has worked with CSX for over 5 years in various roles within human resources, operations and sales both in Jacksonville, FL and Atlanta, GA.

State Farm Insurance for 32 years, working in a variety of departments to include; Learning and Development, Executive, Agency Recruiting, Auto Claims and currently a Team Manager in the Fire Claims Department.

Some of Mebraht’s professional accomplishments at CSX includes: creating an acquisition playbook for the Rockport Tampa terminal, being recognized with a Spotlight Award for refining TRANSFLO’s AP process that reduced a full-time position to 5 to 10 hours per week, and being selected as one of 30 high performers across the company to participate in CSX’s inaugural Emerging Leader Program in partnership with the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Mebraht also served as the Chairperson for the African American Inclusion Group for 3 years, a business resource group at CSX. Mebraht is a first-generation Ethiopian American, born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She is one of twelve children and is very close with all her family members. She enjoys being outdoors, singing, and volunteering with the Tigray-Ethiopian community in Atlanta. Mebraht is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and is currently financial and active with the East Point / College Park Alumnae Chapter. .

Presently, she and hubby Charles attend Bent Tree Church in Carrollton, TX where they both love and appreciate the teachings of Pastor Pete Briscoe. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. where she has served as Chapter President, Vice-President, Membership Chair, Secretary, Historian, Parliamentarian, Education Chair and Co-Chair for the Internal/External Leadership Training committee. Mina was appointed by the Regional Director and served 4 years as the area Cluster Coordinator overseeing 13 local AKA chapters. Currently, she serves as South Central Region’s Chair of Corporate Development and Sponsorship committee. Mina is a proud charter member of the Lone Star (TX) Chapter of the Links, Inc. She serves as the Co-Chair to the Services to Youth Program in the Plano North Metroplex Chapter of the Links, Inc. Mina is passionate about serving and mentoring others. She loves her family immensely, reading, swimming and having FUN.


Valencia L. Floyd Project Manager—Real Estate & Facilities

Valencia Floyd with the “I can and I will” spirit, Valencia Floyd had just received acceptance in the MBA program at Florida A&M University when she was offered a position as an Administrative Assistant with CSX. Destine to bring greater value to the company; she was promoted to Executive Assistant to the CEO in 2016. Valencia wanted to exercise her degree and in 2018, she was promoted to Project Manager in the Real Estate and Facilities Management Department. This is where Valencia uses her creativeness in design management and project organization. Valencia brings life to corporate and field renovations and construction by invoking her favorite design phrase “add a POP of color.” Outside of CSX, Valencia is no stranger to the community where she lives. She is the Special Events Coordinator at Hopewell Church, with membership of 4,000 and 2 locations. She is the founder and owner of Events by D’Vachi, where she continues her creativeness as a wedding and event planner. Valencia’s greatest accomplishments includes her love for her two daughters and obtaining her MBA with a 3.86 GPA. She is currently completing the Project Management Certification (PMP).


Congratulations Fellows And Welcome to the Alumnae!

We look forward to your many years of involvement as we continue


Fellows In Action

Fellows In Action


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NAAWLI is committed to accelerating the leadership potential of AfricanAmerican women leaders by providing expert leadership capabilities and practical applications resulting in heightened self-awareness, strategic business thinking and community impact. We maintain our positioning by evolving our program and content to meet today’s business requirements. 2020 Leadership Program enrollment is now open!. Applications and requirements are available on our website:

www.naawli.org Pamela Estes at 214.802.4579 or pestes@naawli.org

Register today to reserve your spot for 2020!


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