Our 2018 Team
Our facilitators are experienced leadership and inclusion professional development experts.
creator, Speaker, facilitator: Jada Monica Drew
Jada Monica Drew is a Leadership and Diversity Consultant with Social Designs. She spent nearly a decade working in collegiate affairs and serving as an adjunct faculty member and director of the Multicultural Education Department at Guilford College. She has also worked to cultivate resource groups with Leadership for Educational Equity while serving as a Director of Diversity Equity & Inclusion. In collaboration with international educators, Jada directs the international Youth Action Project of the White Privilege Conference. In her first book, Revolutionize Now: Creative Leadership & Action for Social Change, Jada supports readers to create a blueprint for self-discovery and social change. Her second book More Than Enough: Step into the Next Level of You pushes individuals to highlight their strengths and to be realistic about their areas of growth. Jada holds a BS in Psychology from Guilford College and a MS in Global & International Education from Drexel University. She is also recognized as a United Nations DPINGO speaker and featured in Made in Greensboro. She volunteers with the ArtsGreensboro, American Friends Service Committee, and the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce.
facilitator: Wesley J. Morris
Wesley Morris is currently the senior pastor at Faith Community Church. He is also a dedicated mentor, facilitator, reconciler, and the newly named Director of the Beloved Organizing Training and Healing Institute. Wesley recently completed a Master of Divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary in NYC, which included a year of working as a chaplain at Harlem Hospital. Wesley actively works at building quality relationships and considers justice and holistic community healing as major inspirations of his call to ministry.Brother Wesley is a dynamic speaker and works tirelessly to give effective voice to those who seemingly have gone unheard. He has served as a proven catalyst for positive change in the community, the country, and the world. His work with international travel projects in countries such as Cuba, Barbados and Salvador de Bahia Brazil, have opened cultural and spiritual pathways for communities that would otherwise not have the opportunity or access to such rich experiences. From supporting the human rights of farm workers in eastern NC with the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, building community gardens, to the continued efforts of building the Beloved Community in Greensboro and beyond, Wesley looks forward to continuing a committed life of service.
partner, Speaker & facilitator: Zitty Nxumalo
Zithobile Zodwa Nxumalo (Zitty) was born in Swaziland, southern Africa, and moved to Greensboro, North Carolina with her family when she was 4 years old. She has worked in a number of sectors including higher education, nonprofit, and finance; yet, every position has led her back to the same passions - authenticity, stories, connection, and leadership. These passions now serve as the foundation for her leadership consulting company, Deftable®, LLC. In 2016, Zitty was recognized as one of the Triad Business Journal’s 40 Leaders Under 40 and received a full scholarship to attend Google's Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute in New York. As a communication enthusiast and freelance writer, Zitty's work has been featured in several publications including O.Henry Magazine, Triad City Beat, Black Business Ink Magazine, and Huffington Post. Zitty earned her B.S. in Business Management from Guilford College and her M.A. in Communication Studies from UNC-Greensboro. She is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Leadership Studies at NC A&T State University.
partner, speaker, & facilitator: Natalie Sanders
Since graduating from Duke Law School in 1995, Natalie has been preventing and solving workplace issues. She started with Gibson Dunn in Dallas, Texas, defending employers in harassment and discrimination litigation and administrative proceedings. When she joined Brooks Pierce in Greensboro, North Carolina, she continued that role and expanded into policy development and training for some of the Triad’s premier employers. The next stage of her career she acted as the employer, serving as in-house counsel and operations manager for a regional technology company. This gave her opportunities to coach and develop supervisors, manage a workplace environment, and explore multiple aspects of running a business. Natalie founded Professional Business Cultures to draw on her background in employment law and her passion for positive work environments. Her mission through PBC is to raise the level of professionalism in workplaces as a way to more effectively prevent harassment and other workplace misconduct. She is now a speaker, trainer, and consultant for leaders looking to take a positive approach to building their workplace cultures and reaping the benefits of inclusive, engaging business environments.
speaker & Facilitator: Godfrey Plata
A Filipino immigrant who grew up in Los Angeles, Godfrey is a Houston ‘06 corps member, a former Teach For America institute junkie (9 summers of institutes!), and currently works for Leadership for Educational Equity to design and deliver high-impact leadership development opportunities for current and former educators interested in creating systemic change. He has organized with ONE Houston, supporting educators, parents, and students across Houston to curb/eliminate exclusionary discipline policies like in-school suspension, suspension, alternative school referrals, and expulsions in local districts. In 2016, he returned to Los Angeles, where he is currently organizing with Angelenos Organizing 4 Education (AO4E) to begin organizing youth across multiple schools and school districts. Godfrey is also a major foodie, a fan of the arts and an obsessive travel planner and social media enthusiast.
Facilitator: Bevelyn Afor Ukah
Bevelyn works as a consultant to train youth and adults in building skills that encourage equity, organizational efficiency, cultural connection, and collaboration. She has traveled around the world and has lived in three countries. She serves on the Transplanting Traditions Community Farm Board, the Renaissance Community Co-op board and the NC Climate Justice Summit Leadership team. Bevelyn is passionate about discouraging divisiveness and she helps audiences to recognize multiple truths. She is also passionate about leading multigenerational programs. To her, all of these things are possible with self-reflection and accountability. Bevelyn received her Bachelors in International Studies, Sociology and Anthropology from Guilford College where she was a Bonner Scholar and her Masters in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management. She coordinates the Food Youth Initiative Program and the Racial Equity in Food Systems initiative a program of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems.
Facilitator: Eric Polite
Eric Polite joined Toyota Motor North America in 2016 as the manager of the Diversity & Inclusion Academy after working in and consulting with schools and non-profits to welcome and leverage the benefits of diversity for more than 15 years. As a skilled facilitator, Eric is adept at building relationships of trust and commitment that advance dialogue across lines of difference. He is an experienced diversity strategist, developing and implementing processes of organizational change for improving the climate for diversity and unleashing all human potential. Eric employs his passion for individual and organizational transformation through strategic learning and leadership development in his current role. He is a native of North Carolina and recently moved to Texas after living in Washington D.C., New York, and Rhode Island. Eric received his undergraduate degree from Bucknell University (Sociology and History) and pursued graduate studies at the University of Maryland (Higher Education Administration) and Case Western Reserve University (Positive Organizational Development). Eric enjoys reading, playing basketball, traveling, and anything that involves good food, friends, and music.
Niketa Greene | Advisory Team Member
Niketa Greene joined the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce in June 2017 as the Program Director of Leadership Greensboro. Niketa’s professional career has been centered on serving the community; she has worked and had leadership roles in healthcare, workforce development, and human services in the past. Before coming to Leadership Greensboro, she led a branch of a national child welfare organization for six years. Niketa has been fond of Greensboro since graduating from North Carolina A & T State University with a degree in Psychology. She became particularly passionate about leadership and its significance in improving quality of life in a community while completing her Master of Public Administration degree at North Carolina Central University. Niketa enjoys her role running one of the Chamber’s signature leadership programs. She is a member of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), the Greensboro Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and is the Vice Chair of the Health and Basic Needs Impact Council at the United Way of Greater Greensboro.
Tim leisman | Advisory Team Member
Tim Leisman is a young professional with experience in higher education administration, community organizing, and nonprofit administration. He currently works at the Center for Creative Leadership as an Analyst in the Global Research & Evaluation group, primarily supporting the Center’s Societal Advancement programming. Tim earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Guilford College in 2013 and is currently working on a Master’s in Public Affairs from UNCG (expected graduation May 2019). In the Greensboro and greater Triad community, Tim is a leader who serves on several nonprofit boards and spends time volunteering with local organizations.
danny gatling ii | Advisory Team Member
LaDaniel “Danny” Gatling II, is a higher education development professional with expertise in financial advising, philanthropic management, and institutional advancement. Gatling has significant experience in the financial services industry and 18 years of executive development experience in higher education. Gatling worked with Primerica Financial Services and Merrill Lynch, Inc. to help families and individuals manage their assets and plan for their financial futures. Applying his expertise in philanthropic management, Gatling worked with fundraising staff at several nonprofits, colleges and universities to help them manage endowments and increase fundraising efforts through the use of planned giving. In 2001, Gatling entered into the world of higher education fundraising as a Director of Development at North Carolina A&T State University. From there, he went on to serve Bennett College, Guilford College, and Elon University School of Law. Most recently, he served as the Director of Development for Constituent Programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In this role, Gatling was a close collaborator and partner to the University’s Schools, Centers and Institutes in developing effective strategies to increase major donor activity and grow the prospect base to support a $4.25 billion comprehensive campaign. Gatling earned a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University and a master’s degree in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University. He has served on the boards of the Salvation Army of Greensboro, Triad Stage and Bell House. He currently serves on the boards of Downtown Greensboro, Inc. and Well Springs Retirement Community, Inc.