Jun 26, 2020
In light of everything happening in our society regarding race, racism and racial injustice, we wanted to have an open dialogue with some amazing community leaders with the goal to empower our InvestHER community to take action against racial injustice. In this episode, we speak with four outstanding women: Cheryl Lundy Swift, Tennille McCoy, Kim Avant-Babb, and Patricia Red Hawk.
During this special episode, we had an honest, transparent, and real dialogue about what’s on our hearts and in our minds, specific steps we can take as mothers to educate and be role models for our children, goals and initiatives we can take as group and community leaders, and ultimately, where we can go from here. Our mission is to serve ALL women and we hope this discussion will help inspire real movement so we can be a part of the solution.
Cheryl Lundy Swift is the founder and CEO of EduPower, an education consulting firm that empowers school and business leaders, teachers, parents, and students to reach their fullest potential through professional development, coaching and curriculum. Cheryl is an award winning educational leader, curriculum developer, motivational speaker and trainer. She has developed and delivered leadership, team building, and a variety of instructional topics to help transform leadership teams and instructional practices to improve culture and climate, instructional effectiveness, parent involvement and student outcomes for thousands of school leaders, teachers and students across the country.
Most recently, Cheryl completed her tenure as a principal for one of her clients, Summit Academy Charter School in Brooklyn, New York. Summit Academy Charter School has received national attention on the Ellen DeGeneres Show where Ellen DeGeneres and Walmart awarded the school $25,000 and the biggest award ever given by the Ellen DeGeneres Show- 4-year scholarships for the entire senior Class of 2017. Cheryl has appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show five times.
She enjoys singing, dancing, live concerts, traveling, all things ‘Food Network’ and spending quality time with her family and friends. Cheryl resides in Westfield, NJ with her husband, Hassan. They are proud parents of their nephew, Sid and their calico cat, Dashboard.
Tennille R. McCoy is a human resources executive, who translates overarching organizational vision and mission into specific human resources strategies that drive sustainable business results. Tennille has developed and managed human resources policies, initiatives, and programs for large organizations, including the Office of the Governor of New Jersey; Aramark, and UBS Financial Services. Currently, Tennille is Assistant Commissioner of Human Capital Strategies for the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
In 2010, Tennille was elected as a District Committeewoman in Hamilton Township, New Jersey, where she focused on energizing young professionals in the political process. In 2011, Tennille was the first African-American nominated by the Hamilton Township Committee to run for Council.
Tennille is an advocate for women, children, and community empowerment. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Mercer County Dress for Success, Mercer County Technical and Vocational School, and pass president for the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations Alumni Association. She is a member of RWJ Barnabas Health Foundation, the National Congress of Black Women, and the New Jersey Association of Realtors.
Dr. Patricia Red Hawk grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area—she hails from a long line of real estate professionals; her father was a Broker and Appraiser in Sonoma’s wine country, her grandfather was a Broker for over four decades and her great-grandmother “house-hacked” homes in the Cherokee territory of Oklahoma. Her own real estate career began as she learned to rehab houses, when working construction in the Silicon Valley. She paid her way through college by working full-time while also serving in the California Army National Guard. After a tour of duty in the Middle East, she was inspired to attend medical school. Dr. Red Hawk relocated to Philadelphia, PA and graduated from Temple University School of Medicine, pursuing residency training in Family Medicine.
Today Dr. Red Hawk focuses her efforts as President of the Welliott Investment Group LLC, targeting the acquisition of residential and commercial properties in the Pacific Northwest as well as the Delaware Valley. She has recently relocated to Oregon with her wife Tamara, two children and three cats. She has very strongly held beliefs regarding BBQ, and is an avid sailor and surfer. Every February is known to say, “maybe this is the year I should buy a sail boat….”
Kim Avant-Babb operates Babb Properties, LLC, a real estate development ﬁrm headquartered in Sicklerville, New Jersey that redevelops urban residential properties in her native Philadelphia in order to provide quality housing and build stable communities. Babb Properties LLC celebrates 30 plus years of a 0% eviction rate and prides itself on quality customer service and landlord integrity. Kim Avant-Babb is also the Chief Strategy Officer at the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority (NJRA), a multi-million dollar independent financing authority created by the state of New Jersey to transform urban communities through direct financial investment and technical support.
Kim has led the management and operations of the NJRA Redevelopment Training Institute (RTI), is the founder and Fashion Designer of Ameenah Designs, and provides mentorship through the program, Pass the Torch. Kim is married to her business partner Randy Babb, has three grown sons and nine grandchildren. Kim is an avid runner and cyclist with a lifetime goal of running and cycling in all 50 states and on all 7 continents.
On today’s episode, we discuss a ton with our quests, including:
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