As part of this new program, 7th and 8th grade students can apply to become LUMIN Ambassadors, pledging to be a positive influence on their friends, family, school and community. Students who have been selected to participate in this program will gain valuable leadership skills in preparation for high school and beyond. In addition, they will receive incentives like a letter of recommendation, assistance in resume writing, invitations to attend special field trips, and more. At the end of the school year, 8th grade graduates from the program will be awarded a care bag to help set them up for success in high school.
By the end of this academic year, 8th graders in this program will launch their own lemonade business where they will focus on product development, marketing and sales. This project will be an educational competition that also raises money for a local non-profit. 7th graders will create business plans and present them as if on the show Shark Tank. The winning team will receive prizes that will further their education.
MEET THE DIRECTOR
Do you know someone who would enjoy sharing their education and career journeys with our scholars? (Maybe it's you!) If so, please contact La’Ketta Caldwell at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
1/22/2021 | Ashley Nuñez, Technical Designer at Kohl’s & Fashion Designer
Ashley Nuñez is a highly-skilled Apparel Technical Designer at Kohl's and a Fashion Designer with her own private label, SE by ANunez Inc., with over 10 years of fashion industry experience. Ashley graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a concentration in Leadership from Binghamton University and received her Professional Designation Associates of Art Degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She has worked with multi-million dollar companies like Betsey Johnson, Ivory Ella, JLo Kohl’s, Freshman TJMaxx, JCPenney, Macy’s, Dressbarn, and The Children’s Place. At age 17, she started her own clothing line and showcased her collections in fashion shows in the New York State area. In 2013, she was featured on MTV’s show “Washington Heights” showcasing her first clothing line WeiRdoInk. During that time, her dresses were worn by Latin Grammy-nominated artist Natti Natasha, VH1’s Love and Hip Hop Tahiry Jose, and many others.
1/28/2021 | Omorinsola Summers, Life and Health Insurance Professional & Author
Omorinsola “Ola” Summers began her life and financial services journey after graduating from UWM with a Political Science degree in 2009. She began working for the Milwaukee Teachers Education Center (MTEC) where she gained lots of knowledge and skills, but she felt like something was missing. Omorinsola realized the missing piece was entrepreneurship. God heard her request to one day own a business. She was introduced to the insurance industry at St. Matthew CME church. Throughout the years, Omorinsola began to expand her knowledge in the life and financial industries and realized her journey was more than sales, it was ministry. Through Bara Legacies, an agency that she co-partners, services thousands of life, health, credit and tax clientele. In 2019, she launched Baby Bosses, an entrepreneurial financial literacy program for parents and children. And in 2020, Omorinsola published her first book 31 Days of Wisdom Prayers for Parents and Children.
2/05/2021 | Nicole Zick, Teacher at LUMIN's Granville Lutheran School
Nicole Zick serves as a Middle School Math Teacher at Granville Lutheran School. In addition to teaching, Nicole has also worked with their girls’ basketball program since 2015. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Alverno College in Community Leadership & Development, a Master’s Degree from Concordia University in Public Administration, and is a pre-doctoral candidate for her Doctor of Educational Leadership with a focus on childhood trauma. She has written two books titled, Hope and Faith and is writing a finale to the trilogy titled, Love. Her books are autobiographical in nature, with Hope detailing her experiences with childhood trauma and giving a story of overcoming.
2/19/2021 | Marlon Lock, Pastor, Recording Artist, Author, Life Coach & Speaker
2/26/2021 | Demetri Beekman, Director of Equity and Educator Development & Author
3/05/2021 | Denisha Tate-McAlister, Non-profit Consultant & Coach
3/12/2021 | Angela Adams, Vice President of Community Relations at Goodwill Industries
Angela Adams serves as the Vice President of Community Relations at the Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin and Metro Chicago. In this leadership role, Angela leads the organization through the process of establishing a shared vision and action plan for community engagement through strategic partnerships, sponsorships, and volunteerism. She holds positions on the board of directors for Froedtert Hospital, Carmen Schools, and the African American Leadership Alliance MKE (AALAM). Angela is committed to serving others and bettering her community. In 2018, Angela was named a Woman of Influence by the Milwaukee Business Journal for her impact on community organizations in Milwaukee. She volunteers with The Marcus Performing Arts Center and is a dedicated member of the Milwaukee Chapter of The Links, Inc. As a military wife and mother, Angela was recognized with the Wisconsin National Guard Partnership Award for 20+ years of service to military families.
3/19/2021 | Kimberly Lock, CEO, Author & Speaker
4/16/2021 | Dr. Katina Fuller-Scott, Leadership & Development Consultant
4/23/2021 | Devon Norwood, Senior V.P. of Asset Management at Baird
4/30/2021 | Veronica Clark, Procurement Consultant
Veronica Clark, a Procurement Counselor at the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services, helps entrepreneurs successfully compete for government contracts. Utilizing strong speaking skills, program development, and conference management, she travels across the state helping entrepreneurs register with the System Award Management, obtain a DUNS number, and create their capability statements. An avid community builder for over 15 years, Veronica has developed a reputation for going above and beyond to guide businesses and individuals to reach their full potential. She earned a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Marketing degree from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Organizational Leadership degree from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee.
5/07/2021 | Marquayla Ellison, Freelance Graphic Designer
5/16/2021 | Shaneé Jenkins, Vice President of Social Responsibility & Strategic Partnerships at the YMCA
1/15/2021 | Gabriella Deyi, Miss Wisconsin USA 2020 & Journalist
1/08/2021 | LaNelle Ramey, Executive Director at MENTOR Greater Milwaukee
12/18/2020 | Ebony Lewis, Director of Health and Wellness at Boys & Girls Clubs & Author
12/11/2020 | Tommy Walls Jr., MSW, Executive Director at Communities in Schools
12/04/2020 | Natalie Howard, LUMIN Marketing & Advancement Manager & Former Missionary
11/20/2020 | La’Ketta Caldwell, Director of Opportunity Academy & Entrepreneur
La’Ketta Caldwell serves as the first Director of the Opportunity Academy where she runs LUMIN School's network-wide career exploration program. She has rich experience in youth development, program creation, as well as a vast network of community connections. La'Ketta spent the past 13 years at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, most recently as the Director of the Arts program. She is a sought-after speaker, facilitator and performer. In 2016, she was chosen to give a TEDx Talk. La'Ketta has also been a featured performer on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee. In 2020, she published her first book, I Am Not Your Superwoman. La'Ketta is an adjunct professor at UW-Milwaukee and was named one of Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2015.