Kira Cheree Hopkins, Author, Entreprenuer, Speaker (Steering and Programming Committee)

Kira Cheree’ Hopkins is a three-time published author, speaker and entrepreneur. As a well sought-after speaker, she is often called upon to speak to diverse crowds whether as a keynote, workshop facilitator or moderator.  In 2005, Kira founded Integrity Designs and Consulting. She uses her degree in Digital Imaging to create custom corporate identities and marketing collaterals. She is an entrepreneurial business coach and graphic designer specializing bridging branding and business. As a business coach she has been instrumental in the successfully elevation of more than 250+ small businesses over the past 14 years.  Early on in her business, she saw the disconnect of her clients’ ability to fully execute brand materials she graphically created. Quickly expanding her services to include business consulting, EBB (Entrepreneur Business Basics) grew from traditional individual consulting into one-day workshops to eventually a 12-week training session and more. The 12-week program has graduated more than 65 entrepreneurs of color with success rates of 67% entering into their business full time.


Lona Davenport, UMKC Division of Diversity and Inclusion (Logistics Chair)

davenport-lona-4Lona Davenport currently serves as the Diversity Program Coordinator within the Division of Diversity and Inclusion and coordinates and facilitates diversity programs and initiatives in collaborative efforts between the Division of Diversity and Inclusion with campus and community partners.

Davenport attended the University of Iowa where she earned a B.B.A. in Management, an International Business Certificate, and a M.A. in Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Student Development with an emphasis in Student Development in Post-Secondary Education. Over six years at Iowa State University, Davenport served as a Residence Hall Director, Student Organization Advisor, Active Bystander Intervention Trainer, and Instructor. She also volunteered as a state certified Advocate and Shelter Counselor for the local assault care center, as well as a Search and Rescue Technician II for the National Association of Search and Rescue.

Chantell Garrett, R.U.B.I.E.S. (Steering Committee)

garrett_chantell_001_finalChantell M. Garrett is the senior stakeholder engagement advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and leads the Banks’s initiative to cultivate mutually beneficial relationships with business leaders, target bankers, community and labor leaders, develops outreach initiatives, directs programs and manages speech and media requests for the Kansas City Regional Executive. Prior to joining the Bank in 2016, she managed the Office of Civic and Community Engagement for the Office of Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James. Active in the community, she serves on boards and committees, volunteers and is the founder of a nonprofit, R.U.B.I.E.S. Inc. Chantell M. Garrett holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management Information Systems and a Master’s degree in Management with an emphasis in Fundraising from Dillard University and Avila University respectively.

Aliyah Glass

I am Aliyah Glass a junior at the University of Missouri- Kansas City pursuing a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. I am heavily involved on campus as I serve as the Vice President of UMKC’s Sister Circle and Social Relations and Recruitment Chair of UMKC’s Marketing Leadership Association. With a plethora of other associations, I work for the Sauce Model Agency of St. Louis Missouri as the Creative Director. I have created a platform with my beauty and lifestyle blog called LifeofLiyah. My aspirations are to continue in the field of Marketing in social media marketing and content creation as well as pursue my own business venture within the beauty

Yvonne Hood, Sr. Executive Assistant UMKC Diversity and Inclusion (Sponsors and Vendors)

Yvonne Hood




Mrs. Yvonne Hood has over twenty years of Administrative Assistant experience.  She has worked for the School of Pharmacy at the University of Missouri Kansas City and the University of Kansas.  She is an Alumni of UMKC.  She was raised in Puerto Rico and is bilingual in Spanish and English.  She is very excited to help in anyway she can with the Women of Color Conference for the first time this year.  She loves to encourage others and mentor students and is happy to work with a team that is working to achieve the vision of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive university environment.


Makini King, UMKC Division of Diversity and Inclusion (Steering Commitee Chair)

king-makini-2Makini L. King PhD is a licensed counseling psychologist who currently serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives and provides leadership to diversity programs and initiatives as outlined in the UMKC Diversity Strategic Plan.

King attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia where she earned her B.A., with a Psychology major and Spanish minor. She later earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri- Kansas City. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the Kansas City Veterans Health Administration, she worked as a behavioral health consultant at the Kansas City Care Clinic where she was also co-creator and director of their dietary management program. She continues to provide clinical consultation at the KC Care Clinic. King also teaches adjunct for the Counseling Psychology Department at UMKC and provides clinical supervision for their students. Over the years she has presented on and published articles and chapters on topics related to diversity in secondary and higher education and social media.

Amanda Malone (Programming Committee)

My name is Amanda Malone and I am a Sophomore at UMKC and a proud Kansas City Native. I study Criminology and Spanish, I am a local activist, and an ambassador for KC Scholars, Big Brother Big Sisters, and UMKC. My career goal is to work with at-risk juveniles to fight against the school to prison pipeline and mass incarceration.




Danielle Martinez, and WaterEquity (Marketing, Sponsors and Logistics)

Martinez_Danielle_DIVDanielle Martinez currently works as the Executive Assistant to the CEO of and WaterEquity. is an international nonprofit organization based in Kansas City, MO that has positively transformed millions of lives around the world through access to safe water and sanitation solutions. WaterEquity is an asset manager that invests in financial institutions and enterprises that can significantly expand access to safe water and sanitation among people living in poverty.
Formerly with the UMKC Division of Diversity and Inclusion, she has been closely involved with the WOCLC since 2014 where she served as Chair of the conference for multiple years. Prior to this, Danielle has ten years of retail management experience and has also served as a credit counselor to young people and families.

Danielle earned a Bachelor of Art in Sociology from the University of Kansas where she focused her studies on children and race/ethnicity.  She is passionate about issues affecting the Latinx community and uplifting the voices of women of color.

Rachel M. McCommon, Coordinator of Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Initiatives for the School of Medicine (Programming Committee)

Rachel McCommon has over 10 years of experience addressing areas of multicultural programing, student success and retention, recruitment, community outreach, and issues that impact underrepresented K through 12 student access to higher education and supporting current college students in their journey to graduation. Similarly, she is very involved in issues that impact the success of women, Latinx, and first generation students. Rachel earned her Master’s of Arts from UMKC in Higher Education Administration and her Bachelor’s of Science in Rehabilitation Service Education, with a minor in Leadership, from Emporia State University. In her most recent years, she worked in undergraduate Admissions for UMKC as the Multicultural Recruiter and later spent time in secondary education as a College Readiness educator at Alta Vista Charter High School.

LaShaundra Randolph, MCC Penn Valley (Marketing and Sponsors)

LaShaundra RandolphLaShaundra Randolph is the Coordinator for Student Activities at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she is the primary Advisor for the Union Programming Board. She previously served as a Residence Hall Director at Stony Brook University (NY). In the past, she has taught first-year orientation courses and has been a peer instructor for Sexual Assault Facts and Education (SAFE). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Missouri Western State University and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she is also pursuing a Doctorate in Higher Education with an emphasis in Urban Education. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, mentoring, traveling, spending time with loved ones, and motivational speaking. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.-Leavenworth Alumnae Chapter.

Mallory Serrano (Programming Committee)

Lynette Sparkman Barnes

Gabriela Sa Teles, Assistant Director of Digital Services at UMKC (Programming Committee)

Susan Wilson, UMKC Division of Diversity and Inclusion (Programming Chair)

Susan B. Wilson PhD MBA is a licensed clinical psychologist with a multifaceted career in healthcare administration, consulting, clinical and media work. Wilson currently serves as the Vice Chancellor of the Division of Diversity and Inclusion. In this chief diversity officer role, she oversees diversity and inclusion policies and programs for students, faculty, and staff and community.

Wilson attended the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology and an M.B.A. from the Bloch School of Business at UMKC. Wilson has held leadership positions in several notable health and behavioral healthcare organizations in the Kansas City area, including Swope Health Services and St. Luke’s Health System. She has also served as a consulting psychologist to the National Football League and the Kansas City Chiefs and a host and contributor for KCUR 89.3 FM, the Kansas City affiliate of NPR.

Wilson has contributed her time and skills to numerous civic and community endeavors, including Jackson County COMBAT Commission, Missouri Department of Mental Health Cultural Competency Committee, and the Statewide African American Mental Health Taskforce. She is a former member of the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City and is Chair-elect of the Prime Health Board. Wilson is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Links, Inc., both public service organizations.