Shawna L. Young LEADER Entrepreneur EDUCATOR SPEAKER

Shawna Young is a versatile leader, entrepreneur, educator, and speaker dedicated to empowering diverse communities. Over two decades, she has used her leadership to create growth opportunities for people of color across all age groups. Her innovative projects include the Onyx Black Wealth Collective, Mo-saiq, Forward Impact Academy, and Forward Impact Investments, all designed to nurture potential and build legacies.

Shawna’s experience extends to significant roles as the executive director of the Scratch Foundation, Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP), and MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs (OEOP). She has spent her career providing young people with experiences that develop skills for future leadership and innovation.

Signature Talks

Shawna’s signature talks promise to captivate, motivate, and leave a lasting impact, making her the go-to speaker for events seeking meaningful and transformative conversations. Invite Shawna Young to your stage for an unforgettable experience that will resonate with your audience long after the applause fades.

Reframing Potential: Unmasking the Under-identification of Black Academic Talent

Navigating the Funding Maze: Strategic Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations

Redefining Norms: A Journey of Black Giftedness and Leadership

Onyx: Building Black Wealth through a Collective Mindset

A Catalyst for Change in Leadership, Education, & Equity

As a leader and advisor, Shawna has a proven record in expanding fundraising networks and implementing innovative programs in businesses, philanthropies, and nonprofits. She excels in strategic planning and team-building, reflecting her strength as an executive leader.

Shawna holds a BS in Chemistry from Howard University, a Masters in Science Education from UNC-Chapel Hill, an MBA from MIT Sloan, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Boston University. Committed and dynamic, Shawna Young’s work continuously propels the next generation of leaders and innovators.

As a presenter and trainer, Shawna Young delivers with authenticity, passion, and pragmatic actionability. She possesses a keen ability to pinpoint specific behavioral changes that individuals, groups, and businesses can adopt to achieve greater equity. Shawna’s style is characterized by her precision and empathy, but she goes beyond simply inspiring her audience. She provides clear, implementable advice that can prompt immediate improvements, effectively transforming the status quo. Through her transformative training sessions, Shawna empowers attendees to realize their potential, confront existing norms, and actively contribute to a more equitable and inclusive world.

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