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.