As women and girls, we need aspire to have equal opportunity for our voice to be heard and to be seen beyond gender steriotypes. How can we gain equal access, and be included, while being empowered to take action?


Kim-Monique Johnson integrates over twenty-five years of organizational development experience to inspire leaders to bring out the best in themselves and others.  She uses her meeting facilitation, coaching, and human resources expertise to help organizations manage change, implement diversity, racial equity and inclusion strategies, and develop its leaders to create a culture of belonging.  She is a senior consultant with Community Resource Exchange serving nonprofits in New York City. Kim-Monique has a private practice as a certified coach helping new managers and seasoned executives who face new challenges related to diversity, racial equity and inclusion. For leaders who wonder how to show up as their authentic selves, for people of color who may also be part of LGTBQ communities, she offers coaching to help them overcome obstacles to their success.

Kim-Monique served as the chief human resources officer at Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the VP of Talent at the Food Bank For New York City. She has designed planning retreats for large organizations such as Quinnipiac University and New York State Department of Health, AIDS Institute to name a few. On a national level, Kim-Monique has designed and led training for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the National Drug Court Institute, and the United States Bureau of Justice for which she designed and delivered the inaugural flagship 3-day cultural competence training for an interdisciplinary team of drug court professionals.  Her global experience includes a year as a volunteer teacher in Gabon, Central Africa and co-leading the first LGTBQ training for healthcare providers in Lima, Perú.

Kim-Monique is a certified Wiley Everything DiSCÒ Workplace Facilitator, a Senior Certified Professional with the Society for Human Resource Management and certified in the Clark Wilson 3600 Feedback Survey.  Kim-Monique is certified in Energy Leadership Coaching with the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). She obtained a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from The Johns Hopkins University, and a master of social work degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. 


Lindsay Lyons is an educational consultant who works with teachers and school leaders to inspire educational innovation, create curricula grounded in youth activism, and build capacity for shared leadership and racial and gender justice. Lindsay taught intersectional feminism, social studies, and literacy in NYC high schools for 7 years. She has taught a course for in-service educators at Hunter College, and currently teaches Gender, Race, and Society at Merrimack College. As an instructional coach and educational consultant, she has worked with over 1,000 educators and hundreds of school and district leaders across the world to amplify student engagement and foster student voice. Lindsay holds a PhD in Leadership and Change, and is the founder of the educational blog, Time for Teachership.

Lindsay is passionate about youth activism and service because that’s how she came to gender and racial justice work! She served as President of her Junior and Senior classes in high school and Student Body President of her undergraduate college. In high school, she volunteered to coach youth sports teams. In college, she volunteered at STOP Domestic Violence and coordinated fundraising, volunteer, and activist events to promote youth civic engagement.

Lindsay believes in the power of working in partnership with students to create engaging, authentic curricula and foster an inclusive, justice-oriented community. Using her research on shared leadership structures and student voice, she is passionate about helping schools design systems and structures that exemplify shared leadership. She is inspired by the shared, democratic leadership styles of Mary Parker Follet and Ella Baker, and she subscribes to Heifetz, Grahow, & Linsky's theory of adaptive leadership, particularly their insistence that, adaptive challenges (such as educational inequity) "can only be addressed through changes in people’s priorities, beliefs, habits, and loyalties."


Amanda Owens is a rising junior at Binghamton University. She is a Linguistics major with a double minor in Spanish and Education and plans on becoming a speech-language pathologist. Amanda is part of the Binghamton Kick Line Team, the president and co-founder of the Speech-Language Association on campus, as well as a member of the Education Minor’s Steering Committee that runs the entire Education Minor at Binghamton University.

From her community service during her early years as a Girl Scout, Amanda developed an interest in current events and social justice issues.  She continues to keep herself current with issues related to her community, diversity, equity and inclusion.  Amanda hopes to make a positive impact and help other young girls develop the same interest and awareness in these topics.

During her free time, Amanda loves to read, watch TV, and spend time with her family and friends.

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