EDWARD R. BOYD, JR. is a serial entrepreneur, educator and executive who will serve as a coach and mentor to A4NC Fellows. He has taught in public and charter schools and owns early childhood education centers in North Carolina. He serves the nonprofit sector with a heavy focus on working with urban adolescents, ethnic minorities and women, focusing on national and neighborhood gang prevention/intervention and wealth creation through entrepreneurship and education. Ed serves as Chief Strategy Officer of iNvictus Group Holdings, LLC.(iGH) iGH is an investment group he co-founded to address the inequities that adversely affect low resource communities and minority populations, using entrepreneurship and education as vehicles of change. He serves as board chair of iNvictus Forward Outreach, the 501(c)3 nonprofit arm of the iNvictus umbrella and program director of the iNvictus EMERGE program (Entrepreneurship, Mentoring, Economic Development, Research, Growth in Business(es) and Education) whose work with minority entrepreneurs has spread the tentacles of the iNvictus EMERGE program to Kigali, Rwanda. He is a member of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation’s Community Leadership Council, a group of 20 diverse leaders selected from across North Carolina. Ed served as a Braddock Scholar for The Aspen Institute’s Aspen Global Leadership Network to the 2017 Resnick Aspen Action Forum. He also teaches Entrepreneurship as Professor of the Practice and serves as a coach and mentor to his students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill through its Shuford Minor in Entrepreneurship program in the College of Arts and Sciences.
GEORGANN EUBANKS is available to work with A4NC Fellows in the areas of writing, branding, messaging, communications strategy, and documenting their fellowship experience. She is a writer, documentary filmmaker, facilitator, and consultant with more than 30 years of progressive experience in the nonprofit sector, particularly in the arts and higher education. Georgann has facilitated strategic planning and developed mission, vision, core values, fundraising language, and communications strategies for a range of organizations. In addition to her national consulting practice, Eubanks often works with grassroots groups across North Carolina in organizational development. Before beginning her consulting practice in the 1990s, Eubanks was a principal in Travis Place, Inc. a mail order apparel company that achieved $1 million in sales in its third year of business. She is now co-principal with Donna Campbell in Minnow Media, LLC, an Emmy-winning documentary production company that works primarily with public television. Eubanks has taught in the Nonprofit Certificate Program and at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and served as writing coach for the William C. Friday Fellowship for 17 years. She was a founder of the North Carolina Writers Network, a former chair of the North Carolina Humanities Council, and past president of Arts North Carolina, Inc. She is current president of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. Eubanks was commissioned in 2005 by the North Carolina Arts Council to create a three-volume series of guidebooks that direct curious travelers to the historic sites where the state's authors have lived and worked. Her fourth book, released in 2018 by the University of North Carolina Press is The Month of Their Ripening: North Carolina Heritage Foods Through the Year. She is a 1976 graduate of Duke University in public policy studies.
STERLING E. FREEMAN is a leadership coach, organizational and cultural change agent, facilitator, counselor and public speaker. All of his work is grounded in an equity lens and motivated by a desire to achieve justice. Sterling’s more than 25 years of experience have equipped him with the knowledge and skill to collaborate with All for NC Fellows in idea development, project management, personal development and goal clarification, and formal and extemporaneous speaking. Having been in Christian ministry since 1996, Sterling also brings a pastoral orientation to this work, and is inclined toward deep listening, holding empathy and meeting people where they are. Sterling has worked with leaders whose diversity span all lines of identity and across multiple sectors in the non-profit world. Speaking and lecture opportunities take him across the country and abroad. Sterling is a Co-Founder and Principal with CounterPart Consulting, LLC and Associate with OpenSource Leadership Strategies. Through both entities, he and his colleagues work with client-partners to help them apply an explicit racial equity lens to their work. Sterling is also the Project Director for the African American Heritage House at Chautauqua Institution in New York, an effort to promote peace and social justice in the world. He is a consultant with Auburn Seminary (New York, NY) where, among other projects, he collaborates with the Social Justice Institute at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, AR. Sterling holds a Master of Divinity from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a BA in Economics from Davidson College, certificates in business strategy and economics from the London School of Economics, and the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Global Leadership from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University.
KATHLEEN E. CRABBS is a leadership and equity educator and coach, and a partner in organizational and cultural systems change. Over her more than 25 year career, she has collaborated with people and groups to clearly hear themselves and each other, and create strategies to partner and move through the world with clarity of purpose and commitment to justice. She is eager to partner with AFNC Fellows to bring an explicit equity lens to their work, hone communication and leadership skills, develop strategy and implementation plans, confront decision-making and disagreement, and hold themselves accountable to their plans and vision. Kathleen brings her deep listening, discernment and counseling skills to her work with individuals and the systems in which they live and work. She is a skilled partner in determining vision and direction. Kathleen is Co-Founder and Principal of CounterPart Consulting with Sterling E. Freeman and an Associate with OpenSource Leadership Strategies, Inc., both North Carolina-based national consulting practices. Through these entities, she and her colleagues partner with individuals and systems to integrate an explicit racial equity and adaptive change lens to their work and planning. Kathleen served as Lead Faculty and Coach with the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations for 17 years, where she co-designed and facilitated a two-year cohort leadership program and provided one-on-one coaching to adults on developing leadership that is increasingly authentic, mindful and responsible. Through this work, she has coached over 80 adults, whose diversity spans all lines of identity, discipline and sector, in individual engagements spanning from 3 months to two years. Prior to coming to North Carolina, Kathleen began her career with NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science where she worked for 8 years designing and delivering programs in collaboration with NTL members and staff. Kathleen holds a BA in English from Randolph-Macon College and a MA in English, with a concentration in teaching writing and literature, from George Mason University. She lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina with her children Eliza and Henry.