CV

Education

University of Pittsburgh

Ph.D. granted 2011: Social and Comparative Analysis in Education

University of Pittsburgh

Master’s in Education granted 2008: School Leadership

Lincoln University

Bachelor of Science granted 2005: History


Work History

The Dreamocracy Learning Lab Inc.

Pittsburgh, PA December 2018-Present

Founder of The Young Dreamers Book Club Program

The Dreamocracy Group LLC

Pittsburgh, PA May 2016-December 2016

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA May 2015-June 2015

Study Aboard Office Instructor

University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Core Faculty January 2012- December 2015

Western Cape Provincial Government

Cape Town, Western Cape, Republic South Africa January 2014-December 2014

Department of the Premier: Policy and Strategy

Lead Academic for the Gap Year Youth Leadership

Program Design Committee

International Study of Youth Organizing and Civic Engagement

Cape Town, South Africa December 2012-January 2014

Local Ethnographer Researcher

Coro Center for Civic Leadership

Pittsburgh, PA August 2011-May 2012

Youth Leadership Trainer


Research and Policy Work

Lead Academic for the Year Beyond Program Design January 2014-December 2015

Western Cape Provincial Government Cape Town, RSA

Aided in the design of the Year Beyond Program, Facilitated a workshop with stakeholders in the non-governmental ecosystem, Contributed to the design of the Leadership Challenge component of the Year Beyond Program, Participated in the weekly steering committee meetings, and Advocated for community participation in the design and implementation of the program.

Local Ethnographer December 2012-January 2014

International Study of Youth Organizing and Civic Engagement Cape Town, RSA

Conducted ethnographic fieldwork on a youth activist organization in Khayelitsha township, Built and maintained relationships with staff and youth from the participating organization, Completed written field notes, Complied with Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocols, and Participated in regular international research meetings.


Entrepreneurial Experience

The Young Dreamers’ Book Club November 2017-Current

Carnegie Public Library Pittsburgh, PA

Writing children’s book reviews, Creates social media posts to encourage reading, Moderates Facebook Group, Locates African American books to inspire diversity and cultural inclusion, Engages parents on how to create reading experiences for children based on their interests and dreams, and Hosts monthly reading programs.

President and Chief Education Officer

The Dreamocracy Group LLC May 2016-December 2017

Pittsburgh, PA

Designed and proposed educational programs for universities, Designed and proposed a study abroad educational program, Designed a pedagogical approach to dreaming, Built and managed a website, and Participated in School Choice Challenge focused on the African American community.


University Teaching


Instructor Social Entrepreneurship May 2015-June 2015

Pitt in South Africa Study Abroad Program Univ. of Pittsburgh, Cape Town, South Africa

Discussed the interconnection between Paulo Freire’s works and Social Entrepreneurship, Worked with students to develop dreams of individual and social consequence, and Organized site visits to local social enterprises.

Instructor of the Emerging Enterprise Course January 2015-December 2015

University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business Cape Town, RSA

Taught students the basics of action research methodology, Provided students with a conceptual framework of the consulting process, Supervised students’ action research projects with local entrepreneurs, Aided students in designing their action research projects, and Supported students in developing well-grounded recommendations to aid in the completion of their projects.

Course Convener/Faculty

Master’s in Inclusive Innovation Program January 2014- January 2015

University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business Cape Town, RSA

Supervised students’ action research projects, Assisted students in understanding how their dreams can aid in the development of a more inclusive society, Lectured on the works of Paulo Freire, Taught qualitative methods including autoethnography, ethnography, participant observation, in-depth interviewing, Designed the pedagogical approach to the program, and Connected students to practitioners in respective fields of interest.

Instructor Business Projects

Post-Grad. Diploma January 2014-December 2014

University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business Cape Town, RSA

Taught qualitative methods, Lectured on Freirean approach to societal transformation, Facilitated class discussions on how to create shared value, Supervised action learning projects seeking to help companies perform in a socially conscious manner, and Worked with co-instructor to provide feedback on action learning projects.

Instructor of Entrepreneurship

Assoc. in Management. Practice January 2014-December 2014

University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business Cape Town, RSA

Facilitated students to autobiographically reflect on their entrepreneurial dreams, Supported students in developing an in-depth understanding of their dreams, Supervised group work activities, and Provided feedback on group work activities.

Co-Coordinator and Instructor

The Principals Program January 2014-December 2014

University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business Cape Town, RSA

Served as a co-coordinator of the program at the request of the Dean of the Graduate School of Business, Lectured on the course, Aided in the redesigned of the program, Worked with Principals Academy Foundation to forge a partnership with the University of Cape Town’s School of Education, Aided in the course planning, and Recruited faculty to teach on the program.

Social Innovation Lab Instructor July 2013-December 2013

University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business Cape Town, RSA

Lectured and facilitated discussion on the role of praxis in social innovation and personal transformation, Discussed the relevance of Paulo Freire works within a South African context, Served as a faculty supervisor of an innovation project, and Provided detailed feedback on the group’s project report.


University Service

Chair of Assoc. of African Business Schools Teaching the Practice of Management Workshop January 2015-September 2015

Hosted by University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business Cape Town, RSA

Developed a relevant educational experience for educators based on an African context, Recruited faculty members from across the African continent to participate in the conference, Recruited top leaders from the African continent to discuss the role of management education in developing Africa, Facilitated discussion after each presentation, Provided feedback to each participant’s presentation on how they plan on improving their pedagogical practices, Created an environment of collegiality and human inquiry, and Presented on the role of the African educator in aiding the development of the African Renaissance.

GSB Connect Master Class April 2014-October 2015

University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business Cape Town, RSA

Taught international and national master classes on the power of developing dreams of individual fulfillment and social consequence and its relationship to entrepreneurship, Provided advice on how to use the graduate school experience to advance personal dreams, Taught master classes in Angola, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, and Namibia. Taught master classes in the following South African cities: Port Elizabeth, Durban, and Johannesburg. Taught a master class at the National Leadership Convention titled LeaderEx in Sandton, South Africa.

Prog. Manager Entrepreneurial Development Course January 2013-January 2016

University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, Cape Town, RSA

Designed a new master’s level course in alignment with the strategic vision of the university, Piloted of course in existing courses, Worked with the university’s accreditation body to certify the course, Worked with strategic partners to offer the course to members of disadvantaged communities in South Africa, Convened workshops with local entrepreneurs to test core concepts of the course, Developed an innovative pedagogical approach to entrepreneurial development, Recruited faculty members to teach on the course, and Developed the course outline.

Admissions Committee January 2013-December 2015

University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business Cape Town, RSA

Aided in the international and national recruitment of students, Taught master classes that promoted dream development and entrepreneurship, Reviewed applications, Interviewed applicants for admission, and Promoted transformation issues in the admission committee.