From build belonging at work to increase an organization’s effectiveness in communicating with their teams, clients, and communities. Our newest speakers are America’s foremost experts on curiosity, racial justice, empathy, building relationships and Inclusive Leadership Practices. Meet our newest NOTA Speakers!
Alyesha Wise is an award-winning, published poet, educator & speaker from Camden, N.J. Currently residing in LA, she is the co-founder of Spoken Literature Art Movement and the Director of Program Development for Street Poets, Inc., an organization mostly serving juvenile injustice-involved youth with mentorship and arts programming. Alyesha has been featured on platforms and in publications such as OWN TV, BET, LA Times, Bustle, Afropunk, PBS, Buzzfeed and more. Other collabs include the ACLU, The Shabazz Center, The Nantucket Project, Brave New Films and the Google Interstellar Project. Ron Howard once wrote about Alyesha’s work, “Very Powerful.”
Rhodes Perry (he/him) is a bestselling author, award-winning entrepreneur, internationally sought-after keynoter, and a workplace culture strategist. He helps business executives and people leaders build belonging at work by establishing psychological safety and trust. Nationally recognized as a diversity, equity, and inclusion thought leader, he has over 20 years of leadership experience having worked at the White House, the Department of Justice, and PFLAG National.
Media Outlets like Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and the Associated Press have featured his powerful work. His first book, Belonging at Work: Everyday Actions You Can Take to Build an Inclusive Organization was published in 2018 and his second book, Imagine Belonging: Your Leadership Guide to Building an Equitable Workplaces was published in February 2022. Both books debuted as Amazon bestsellers and were published by Publish Your Purpose Press. He earned a BA from the University of Notre Dame, and an MPA from New York University. He currently serves on the National LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce’s Transgender Inclusion Task Force, the Cascade AIDS Project’s Board of Directors, and on the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association’s Rainbow Community Task Force.
Elgin Carelock is the CEO and Chief Strategist of re-View Business Strategies, where he specializes in helping clients develop long-term growth and sustainability through building strong relationships between leadership, management, employees, and customers.
Elgin has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and an MBA with a specialty in marketing. Coupled with more than 25 years of retail and corporate management, Elgin understands the importance of being able to communicate with a diversity of people and creating a culture of inclusion, creativity, and equitable opportunities.
As a serial entrepreneur, Elgin is acutely aware of the challenges small businesses face when entering a new market or expanding market share. Therefore, he has dedicated the last ten years to coaching individuals and companies on the importance of creating value for customers by considering their needs first.
Elgin finds great joy in sharing knowledge as he has as a university instructor, public speaker, podcaster, mentor, author, and volunteer.
Mary Kingston Roche is a mother, educator, advocate, entrepreneur, and lifelong learner. A native of Massachusetts, she moved across the country to begin her career as a teacher in Oakland, CA where she discovered her love for working with youth. She later served on her local school board and volunteered with middle and high school youth to ensure they had access and opportunity for a great education. After receiving her Master of Public Policy from Duke University, she has served for the last twelve years as an advocate for children, securing policies and funding from the federal to local levels that improve children and families’ well-being and quality of education.
Reflecting on her work in education and policy, she identified curiosity as a critical and powerful quality for children and adults to recognize and nurture. So, in 2022 she founded Live Curious, an initiative to help people re-discover and share the joy of curiosity to build community, bridge differences, and live joyously. She offers inspiration, strategies, skill-building, and experiences to help individuals, communities, and organizations rediscover and deepen their curiosity for greater joy, connection, meaning, and impact. She has two children, ages 5 and 3, who model insatiable curiosity every day, and lives in Maryland. She competed in track and field at Boston University and still loves to run, and enjoys traveling, reading, conversation and humor, and learning something new every day.
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