Akilah Blount, Program Director
Akilah Blount, Program Director

Akilah Blount

Program Director

Akilah recently joined Greater Wealth Works Inc. as the organization’s Greater Wealth Works Women’s Business Center Program Director. She hopes to help grow the organization and expand their program offering to the Cobb County Regional Community.

Akilah began her journey in community organizing as a senior student at Westlake High School in Atlanta, GA. In 2013, she founded the B.E.E. Club, an organization providing senior girls the opportunity to mentor freshmen girls throughout their first years of high school. Today, BEE Club Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization that has provided over 300 teen girls with the tools and resources to become organizational leaders in their schools and communities.

After co-authoring a leadership grant application with the Athens Regional Library System (ARLS) that outlined trauma-informed practices, Akilah contracted with ARLS to establish BEE Club Inc. in the Clarke County School District as an after-school peer leadership program bridging the gap between teen girls and existing educational opportunities in Athens.

Following her contract with ARLS, Akilah worked as a Program Coordinator in  the Athens-Clarke County Government developing a workforce development program called Athens Community Corps to leverage community resources to increase residents’ exposure to lucrative careers, skillsets in specialized industries, access to resources for life planning and holistic support, and connections with mentors and other working professionals in the area.

Akilah has earned bachelor’s degrees in Public Relations and Women’s Studies and a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of Georgia.

Akilah’s  education and career work collectively aim to increase individuals’ access to leadership and life skills education through evidence-based programs, strategic partnerships, and community organizing.

April Harris, Program Manager
April Harris, Program Manager

April Harris

Program Manager

April M. Harris is a communications professional, retail franchise entrepreneur and longtime advocate board member, and constituent of Greater Wealth Works (formerly  The EDGE Georgia). She owned and operated a Marble Slab Creamery in the Town Brookhaven Shopping Center in Brookhaven, GA.

Prior to owning and operation her franchise business April worked for more than 15 years in broadcast journalism.  April joined CNN in 1992 as a video journalist and worked her way up the ladder to become the Atlanta-based Producer for the Emmy Award-winning show Lou Dobbs Tonight.

April played an important role in coordinating coverage of several major breaking news stories, including the Atlanta Olympic Bombing, Hurricane Katrina, and the September 11th terrorist attacks.  She covered business news stories as a Unit Producer/Superdesk Coordinator for CNN’s business unit CNNfn and as a Field Producer for CNN Saturday Morning and CNN Sunday Morning.

April has received recognition from the National Academy of Arts & Sciences for Outstanding Extended Coverage of a Business Story on Lou Dobbs Tonight, episode “Exporting America”.

April recently joined Greater Wealth Works Inc. as the Greater Wealth Works Women’s Business Center Program Manager.

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