Kennetra , Founder
Kennetra ran track and field in school, which earned her a full scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received her bachelor’s degree. She obtained her master’s degree from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. To no one’s surprise, she chose the field of personal trainer as her venue for service.
Kennetra while wearing so many hats, she advocates for the power and beauty of African-American women. Kennetra is promoting higher education with college scholarships for black women. Our organization works with her in supporting the KSLS, a scholarship in her name, which awards $5,000 to a senior in high school. She believes scholarships for African-American women are one of the best ways to empower the younger generation of black female leadership.
Kennetra is married to a professional athlete who supports her mission and drive for success. She and her husband have a 4-year-old daughter and newborn son.
Kayla Humphrey, Deputy Director
Kayla Humphrey of Raleigh, NC is a School Social Worker, who works with children and their families to identify needs that may interfere with a student's social and emotional learning. Prior to obtaining her Masters degree, Kayla worked with the Carolina College Advising Corps, where she worked in college access, targeting low-income and first generation college students and introducing them to post-secondary education. She believes that every child should have equitable access to education as a means to fulfill their hopes and dreams.
Kayla holds a Bachelors degree in Communication Studies and a Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and trying new cuisines.
Lindsay Smith, Advising Director
Born and raised in Greensboro, NC, Lindsay Smith graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011 with a degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication Studies. Since obtaining her degree she has gained over five years of nonprofit fundraising experience. She began her fundraising career as a Campaign Associate for United Way of Greater Greensboro and later went on to be the Senior Director of Annual Giving at Guilford College.
In late 2015, the triangle was calling her name again and she transitioned to the role of Director of Development for the Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department at North Carolina State Univerity. She is currently working on obtaining her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at NC State where she is focusing on the role that philanthropy plays in both for and nonprofit businesses.
In her downtime, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling to foreign countries (both solo and with travel buddies), and watching NFL football. One of her favorite quotes about success was written by Booker T. Washington: "Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed."