Deondra Wardelle, Leader of the #RootCauseRacism Movement
The 2020 Presidential election is being regarded as the “Election of our Lifetime.” There is a lot at stake on countless ballots whether at the county, city, state, or national level. Tensions are high in America due largely to the Coronavirus pandemic and civil unrest caused by strained race relations. It’s important that “We the People” steady our thoughts, conduct our research, and develop a plan to ensure our voices are heard. We must exercise our right to vote! It doesn’t matter if you vote via absentee ballot, early voting, or if you vote in person on Election Day--now is the time to develop a solid voting plan, and vote for kindness!
Join Deondra Wardelle, leader of the #RootCauseRacism movement, and other thought leaders for a panel webinar discussion, as they commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution – Women’s Suffrage and the Women’s Rights Movement. She’ll be joined by Karyn Ross, founder of the Love and Kindness Project – Vote for Kindness Project, Elisabeth Swann and Tracy ORourke of Go Lean Six Sigma, Brunessa Drayton of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Chelle Wilson and Jasmyne E. McCoy of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The panelists will discuss the real and present danger of voter suppression, the importance of knowing your rights, and how to develop a solid voting plan which will ensure your voice is heard in this year’s elections.
Deondra Wardelle is a Senior-level Training and Development Executive. She has proven expertise in Strategic Growth Initiatives, Organizational and Leadership Development, and Lean Six Sigma Implementation. Deondra has a track record of success in being a catalyst for change and a driver of results, driven to improve processes and operations. She is an astute business strategist who is driven, engaging, collaborative and results-focused.
An inspirational leader who serves as a strategic business partner, cultural change steward and operational expert. Effectively lead change management process strategies that facilitate organizational transformation and increase overall capabilities. Possesses an inclusive management style that encourages idea sharing and inspires exceptionalism in others. Proven ability to design and deliver a comprehensive range of learning solutions which produce measurable results.
Brunessa E. Drayton is a former sales professional, leader and advocate. Raised in a military family, she takes pride in a strong work ethic and brings a unique perspective deeply rooted in her Afro-Latina heritage. This combination makes her a passionate champion to work on behalf of those who have historically been underserved and underrepresented.
After several years in the private sector, Brunessa pivoted her career. She recently completed a year of service with AmeriCorps, serving as an Outreach and Enrollment Specialist for Project Health Access. In her current role as Cobb County Commission Assistant-District 4, Brunessa is responsible for administrative support and constituent services.
Brunessa graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Master in Public Administration. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Spanish from Western Kentucky University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and a Fellow of the Georgia Women’s Policy Institute. She’s also served as a Trustee on the Cobb County Library Board and is an alumnus of the United Way of Greater Atlanta Volunteer Involvement Program (VIP).
In her spare time, she enjoys going anywhere that requires a passport and training for half marathons.
Chelle Luper Wilson is a sought after motivational speaker, content expert, panelist, and workshop facilitator who loves exploring the possibilities of what can happen when we harness our collective power and create the change we want to see in the world. Among the topics she loves to passionately engage in the most are Black women’s histories, artistic activism, social justice, and civil rights— including voting, reproductive, and environmental.
Professionally, she is a contributing editor and columnist for Texas based I-Media Corporation. Her column “Wordz of Wilson,” is featured in newspapers across the country. Her writing explores the interconnectivity of historical events with present-day experiences and circumstances, particularly relative to the intersections of race, class, and gender, blended with a healthy serving of Black popular and expressive culture. Chelle serves as the President of the Clara Luper Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit she founded to expand the legacy of her mother—civil rights activist Clara Luper, through the preservation of African American history and culture and the implementation of programs and services that nurture the next generation of citizens dedicated to academic excellence and public service. Chelle is working on several new projects; including a book celebrating the lives of some lesser-known Black women who led incredibly fascinating and empowering lives, and a podcast with her husband entitled Health and History that merges both their passions and will launch later this year.
Chelle is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She serves as the current International Secretary and was the 24th South Central Regional Director.
Elisabeth Swan is the Chief Learning Experience Officer at GoLeanSixSigma.com and the co-author of the Problem-Solver’s Toolkit. She’s been helping people successfully build their problem-solving muscles for over 30 years, and she loves what she does every single day.
Jasmyne E. McCoy is a young trailblazer in the making! The Arkansas native is a senior at Harvard University where she's a pre-med major, concentrating in molecular and cellular biology. She was on the Crimson Cheerleading Team for football and basketball season, is an Academic Tutor for the first three levels of Calculus along with Chemistry, and a Harvard Peer Advising Fellow to the incoming freshmen.
She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and serves as the International Second Vice-President. Jasmyne is a Rockefeller International Grant recipient, having studied abroad in Venice, Italy. In the summer of 2019, she was an HIV/AIDS researcher in Durban, South Africa. She was also the winner of the prestigious Princeton Prize in Race Relations. Jasmyne plans to become an Orthopedic Surgeon and believes to whom much is given, much is required.
Karyn Ross is on a mission to Help People Improve the World. An artist, internationally acclaimed speaker, award-winning author, consultant, coach and lean practitioner, Karyn travels the globe teaching people how to combine creativity, lean and kindness to make a better world. As well as being the owner of KRC (Karyn Ross Consulting), Karyn is the Founder and President of the Love and Kindness Project Foundation, a registered public charity fostering projects that spread love and kindness in the world, and Founding Mother of Women in Lean – Our Table.
Karyn has published five books: How to Coach for Creativity and Service Excellence: A Lean Coaching Workbook, the Shingo-award winning The Toyota Way to Service Excellence: Lean Transformation in Service Organizations, I’ll Keep You Posted: 102 of My Reflections to Help You Start – and Deepen – Your Own Active Reflection Process, Think Kindly – Speak Kindly – Act Kindly: 366 Easy and Free Ideas You Can Use to Create a Kinder World…Starting Today, and Big Karma and Little Kosmo Help Each Other. Proceeds from all book go directly to The Love and Kindness Project Foundation.
Tracy O'Rourke is a Master Black Belt at GoLeanSixSigma.com, co- author of the book, “The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit: A Surprisingly Simple Guide To Your Lean Six Sigma Journey”, and co-host of the Just-In-Time Café podcast.
For 20+ years, Tracy advises companies and spearheads
implementation on many aspects of process improvement, cultural development and strategic alignment.
Tracy got her start as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at GE Appliances in the late 1990’s with Jack Welch at the helm of the organization. After her career at GE, Tracy became a Lean Six Sigma Consultant and has helped many organizations with all aspects of Lean Six Sigma implementation.