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Founder & Executive Director
Charlyn Anderson is the founder and executive director of Starting With Today, Inc. (SWT), a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization in the Washington, D.C. area. Through its mission, SWT provides culturally competent programming that empowers adults to reach their financial, career and mental wellness goals. Through its programming, SWT creates stronger communities by providing authentic learning opportunities that are contextually relevant based on the needs of the individuals served. In May 2018, SWT launched The Shape Up: The Barbershop Talk Series which provides free group therapy and wellness sessions led by and designed for Black men in Washington, D.C. Since launching, The Shape Up has partnered with John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, The Funk Parade, and has been featured on WUSA9.
Charlyn uses her expertise in employee development and engagement, program management, and community development in the nonprofit, local government and corporate sectors to create lasting impacts within our communities. As a trustee for the Awesome Foundation’s D.C. Chapter and a mentor for the U.S. Dream Academy, she believes in honoring and elevating her communities in dope, fun, and authentic ways.
A community advocate, womanist, and social entrepreneur, Charlyn can often be found playing outside with her friends.
Lawrence V. Cosby, Esq.
Lawrence V. Cosby, Esq is a intellectual property attorney, creative economy advocate, and semi-retired emcee. Mr. Cosby has worked in intellectual property law in various settings including practicing for the US Patent & Trademark Office, advising creatives in copyright and trademark matters, and assisting in the development of independent music artists. @TheCosby is also a social media power user who utilizes his platform to advocate for mental health in the Black community, HipHop cultural preservation, and a host of other relevant and irrelevant topics. He is a member of Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity and volunteers with various local non-profit organizations. He earned his J.D. from Howard University School of Law and his B.S. in Computer Engineering from Hampton University. He is admitted to the Bar of Maryland.
Director of Development
Over the course of his career in the business arena and in the youth development field, Kyle has worked in business development, program creation and direct intervention related capacities. Kyle has played a key role on several successful projects centered on impacting young people who have faced a myriad of challenges in life, including the development of a dynamic second-chance facility for juvenile offenders to turn their lives around. Kyle currently serves as the Mentor Program Coordinator for the U.S. Dream Academy’s Washington, D.C. learning center.
Growing up in the home of a community leader and an educator, Kyle considers himself fortunate to be in a position to assist young people in dreaming and reaching their goals. A part of his life mission and purpose is to help transform the lives of individuals, families, and communities through the education and development of our most underserved and under supported youth – as modeled by his own family. Kyle’s efforts have helped significantly improve academic skills, develop moral character, and build new dreams of youth all across the country.
Kyle is a proud alumnus of the School of Business at Howard University in Washington, D.C. where he earned his Bachelors of Business Administration in International Marketing. He is active in a number of community and philanthropic organizations including; Capital Cause – a nonprofit organization that enables young philanthropists to maximize their financial and skills-based contributions through collective giving., Outreach360, a volunteer organization charged with helping underserved youth in the Dominican-Republic, and a men’s life-enrichment small group through his church relationships.
Director of Corporate & Community Relations
Conrad Woody is a Principal in Korn/Ferry International’s Washington, D.C. office and a member the Firm’s Government Affairs Practice.
Mr. Woody specializes in executing senior-level federal, state, and international government affairs searches for major corporations and trade associations in a broad range of industries including energy, financial services, health care, insurance, defense and technology. Some of his recent clients include Amazon.com, Accenture, The Boeing Company, BMW North America, Caterpillar Inc., Cisco Systems, CVS Caremark, Edison Electric Institute, First Solar, Google, The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), NYSE Euronext, Prudential, Starbucks Coffee Company and Walgreens.
Prior to joining Korn/Ferry, Mr. Woody was a member of the firmwide diversity recruiting team at Goldman Sachs, where he managed pre-college outreach initiatives and diversity recruitment in the Black, Native American, and Disability space. Mr. Woody began his career as an aide for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-DC).
Mr. Woody earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in political science at Howard University, where he was President of the Howard University Student Association
Queshia Bradley is a Proposal Officer with the Jhpiego Corporation, an international health non-profit organization affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Bradley works in the New Program Development department at Jhpiego’s headquarters in Baltimore, MD. Her main role is to coordinate effective proposal management. Her responsibilities range from identifying and tracking potential foundation and private sector-funded opportunities to supporting internal review processes, synthesizing proposal inputs, preparing final submissions and effectively transitioning awarded projects for implementation.
Prior to joining Jhpiego, Ms. Bradley was a Community Health Outreach and Business Development Volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Mozambique. She spent her two year tenure leading community partners’ data collection efforts, working closely with the Monitoring and Evaluation team of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs’ PACTO project. Ms. Bradley supported and trained community health workers in HIV/AIDS prevention, testing and counseling services available; she also strengthened the life skills of vulnerable children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic at a community-based organization. While in Mozambique, she served as the National Coordinator of a youth empowerment program, managing a national network of almost 100 youth activity groups and promoting positive behavior change through projects in the arts. Ms. Bradley began her career as the Manager for Education Programs with the Alliance for Consumer Education in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Bradley earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business with a concentration in Marketing at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She enjoys travelling abroad, dancing, and is an active member of community service organizations and professional associations. Ms. Bradley assists with program efforts for the D.C.-based nonprofit, Powerful Beyond Measure -a youth and community development organization- and is an active member of their Board of Directors; a member of both the Community Engagement and Youth Development committees with the Greater Baltimore Urban League Young Professionals Auxiliary; a member of the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists.
Director of Marketing
Originally from Hampton, VA, Jasmine Lipford graduated from Howard University’s undergraduate School of Business in 2009 with a B.B.A in Marketing. While at Howard she was a captain on the women’s basketball team and was involved with the American Marketing Association and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
After completing her undergraduate education, Jasmine joined Ogilvy & Mather in 2009 when she was invited to join the Ogilvy Associates Program, a competitively sought after program in the advertising industry. After completing her rotational year, Jasmine joined the Marketing Strategy team where she worked first as an Analyst and later as a Senior Analyst in Ogilvy’s consulting practice. In her role she partnered with cross-functional teams to solve complex client business and marketing problems for clients and support the development of client integrated communications strategies. In addition to day-to-day client work, Jasmine also served as co-president of Ogilvy’s Black Professional Network and a member of Ogilvy’s Young Professional Network. Jasmine worked to support recruitment efforts for the Ogilvy Associate and Internship programs.
In 2013, Jasmine left Ogilvy to pursue her M.B.A at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management where she studied Marketing and International Business. During her time at Kellogg, Jasmine served on the leadership committees for the Black Management Association and the Kellogg Marketing Club. She also took part in the school’s annual Marketing Competition and Super Bowl Advertising Review. While at Kellogg Jasmine worked as a Summer Associate Brand Manager for Kraft Foods. Jasmine also spent a semester abroad studying International Marketing at the ESADE School of Business in Barcelona, Spain.
After finishing her M.B.A. in 2015, Jasmine joined Anheuser-Busch as a Brand Manager and a member company’s Global MBA program. In addition to her marketing duties on the Busch and Busch Light brand team, Jasmine also works to deliver internal consulting projects and taking part in international “deep dive” trainings through the GMBA program. Outside of work, Jasmine is involved as both a mentor and volunteer with the iMentor organization, an NYC initiative that aims to match at-risk high school students with young professional mentors who will aide them in their journey to further their educations.