Keynote Speaker, Envisioning a Nashville for All Neighborhoods
Kia Jarmon is an award-winning entrepreneur and communicator who works with high capacity leaders and high impact initiatives in nonprofit, government, and mission-focused for profit companies. In 2006 she founded MEPR Agency, a boutique public relations and community engagement firm with a specific focus on inclusive and strategic communications programs and outcomes.
As a communicator she offers strategic counsel and technical assistance in a variety of areas, including cultural resilience; strategic communications; organizational sustainability; multicultural strategies; community led design and development processes; communication and human behavior; social and cultural resilience; message development; and diversity, equity, inclusion, and sense of belonging.
A part of Jarmon's depth has positioned her as one of the leading community engagement strategists in Nashville. With years of experience, she is most known for her innovative and disruptive communication programs – developing audience based outcomes.
Additionally, Jarmon is working on two passion projects to enhance the nonprofit and philanthropy ecosystem. She is actively providing capacity and capability building resources for nonprofits leaders of color, and she is providing tools and resources to increase and showcase the collective power of Black philanthropists.
As a result of her leadership, Jarmon has been awarded the Susan Short Jones Economic Development Emerging Leader presented by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Metropolitan Nashville Chapter, Minority Business of the Year by the Minority Business Center, the “Woman to Watch” by the Middle Tennessee Diversity Forum, and Nashville Business Journal’s “Top Forty Under 40” and “Women of Influence”, among others.
Jarmon is a consultant with the Center for Nonprofit Management. Additionally, she serves on the Metropolitan Beer Permit Board, the Metro Human Relations Support Fund Advisory Board, and is a board member with Neighbor to Neighbor.
Facilitator for Influencing and Impacting Decisions in Your Neighborhood
Mike has been the Organizing Director for NOAH (Nashville Organized for Action and Hope) since 2014. NOAH is an interfaith, multi-racial organization that unites 64 congregations, labor unions, and associations, engaging ordinary people in shaping political & economic decisions affecting their lives.
For 17 years, Mike served as a United Methodist Church and Community Worker, helping inner-city neighborhood residents to create neighborhood organizations to take action on the problems they saw in their communities. Later, he worked for 17 years for the Neighborhoods Resource Center, working mainly with lower-income neighborhoods. Mike’s work with NOAH is to build city-wide power for changes that go beyond one neighborhood – such as affordable housing and criminal justice reform.
Moderator for Grants for Neighborhoods
Kate Monaghan has been a facilitator of collaboration, mergers and strategic planning for nonprofit organizations since 2000 through the Center for Nonprofit Management and her own consulting firm, Partnering Services. Prior to establishing her consulting practice, Kate served as Executive Director of the Community Resource Center and the Nashville Civic Design Center. A resident of Nashville since 1974, she is an active member of the College Hill Neighborhood Association in North Nashville’s Hadley Park neighborhood and a member of the Neighbor 2 Neighbor Board of Directors.
Moderator for The Value of Inter-Neighborhood Partnerships
Van is Chief Administrative Officer at duGard Communications. In this role he participates in all aspects of business and strategic planning, and manages corporate sponsorship activities. He serves on the Board of Neighbor to Neighbor, is an advisory board member for Family and Children Service’s Relative Care Giver Program and is Board Vice President of Choral Arts Link, Inc. Van co-founded the College Hill Neighborhood Group in 2012 and served as its director for six years. He graduated from Fisk University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration.
Reaching Excellence as Leaders
Team Leaders for Forming Meaningful Partnerships with Yourh
The REAL program is the place to help you work things out. The program is more than just a “second chance.” It’s an opportunity to leave the past in the past and move forward in the right direction.
Scott is an attorney at Ortale Kelley Law Firm. Scott is Tennessee’s first and only attorney inducted as a Fellow in the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL). Scott’s practice almost exclusively involves community association law and real estate law. Scott represents Associations in matters involving delinquent account collections, restrictions enforcement, HOA rights in bankruptcy, State and Federal Fair Housing laws; governing document interpretation, composition, amendments and legal opinions; parliamentary procedure; and association general counsel matters.
Panelist for Grants for Neighborhoods
Hwesi (way-see) Zanu (zah-nu) regards learning a life-long responsibility. She earned an Associate's Degree in Environmental Technology from Indiana Technical/Vocational College, a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Tennessee State University, and graduate degrees in Sociology/Criminology from Bowling Green State University.
After working in education and social research for many years, she is a full-time environmental activist and part-time grant proposal writer for Neighbor 2 Neighbor. For the last several years, Hwesi has been active in her neighborhood organization, Eastwood Neighbors Association, and currently serves on their Board of Directors.