Meet the Team
Co-CEO & Head of Training
Felicia is Co-Founder, Co-CEO, and Head of Training at She+ Geeks Out. Felicia is a recognized speaker and consultant in the diversity, equity and inclusion field. She has extensive and personal experience with leadership, innovation, women in the workforce, the multiracial experience, and disability. Prior to co-founding SGO, she worked in the technology industry for over ten years, providing strategic guidance and programming for ERGs, DEI councils, and C-suite members. In 2016 she pivoted to focus solely on She+ Geeks Out, where she oversees SGO’s DEI programming and facilitation team.
Felicia received a BA in Comparative Literature (French, English) from Haverford College. She received an MBA and a Masters in Information Systems (with honors) from the Questrom School of Business at Boston University. She also completed Georgetown University’s Certificate in Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management.
Co-CEO & Head of COMS
Rachel is Co-CEO, Co-Founder, and Head of COMS (Community, Operations, Marketing & Sales) at She+ Geeks Out. For much of her career, she managed websites for a variety of companies and organizations and managed teams both abroad and stateside. Since 2013, Rachel has run several businesses. In 2016, she transitioned to focus solely on She+ Geeks Out. Rachel runs community, sales, tech, operations, and finance, and works closely with Co-CEO Felicia Jadczak on strategy and on corporate programming on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Rachel received her BA in History from Brandeis University. She also attended New York University for Archives and Public History before switching to the all things Internet in 1999, having worked for companies and organizations large and small, including Primedia and the World Health Organization. In 2018, Rachel completed her Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University.
Public Programs Manager
Akyanna is the Public Programs Manager for She+ Geeks Out. Coming from higher education, Akyanna has 6 years of event and program management experience with an emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion programming and curriculum development. Akyanna’s passion is creating experiences for folks to connect, learn, and grow alongside each other. She loves working with her team to expand offerings and try new things!
Akyanna received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (Counseling and Health) from Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. She then received her Master in Education in Curriculum and Instruction (College Student Affairs) from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. She is coming from extensive collegiate event management positions in Higher Education. When she’s not working, Akyanna enjoys baking, reading, hiking, and moving her body.
Staff DEI Programs and Training Manager
Fatima Dainkeh is the Staff DEI Programs and Training Manager for She+ Geeks Out, specializing in topics about racism, sexism, and the ways we experience life based on constructs that uphold systems of oppression. Fatima has facilitated conversations and conducted trainings with leaders and members of schools, organizations and companies to help raise equity consciousness, while also providing knowledge, tips and strategies to help support institutional change. As a facilitator who believes in the power of sharing our stories, Fatima uses storytelling as a tool for individuals and groups to connect with one another, while also using it as an opportunity for us to witness different perspectives and realities.
Fatima received her Masters in Public Health from Boston University and earned her BA in Religious Studies and Anthropology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. When she’s not facilitating, you can find her reading or writing poetry, dancing, singing, or embarking on her new journey as a life coach for millennials.
Kaelyn is the Operations Manager for She+ Geeks Out. She has a background in event management where she’s led multiple teams through successful events. Event management has helped her in finding her passion for logistics. She enjoys learning a process, taking a process apart and re-creating the process to become more streamlined or efficient for a team. Based on firsthand experience, Kaelyn is passionate about increasing diversity and inclusion within the workplace.
Kaelyn received her BA in Marketing from West Virginia University. In 2017, she traded in the mountains of West Virginia for the beaches of Virginia. Kaelyn enjoys binge watching TV shows, attempting to make a recipe vegetarian, or spending time with her family.
Kia is passionate about all things grounded in community and equity. She has extensive experience in DEI spaces in both Higher Education and Corporate spaces. As a facilitator Kia believes in the power of storytelling and building community. She uses these tools when facilitating because she believes that when stories are shared and community is built that is when we do the deepest learning.
Kia received her Masters in Higher Education Administration from Suffolk University, and earned her BA in History from Lasell University. When she’s not trying to take down all the systems she can be found hanging out with her dog and wife, gaming, or enjoying the outdoors either on a hike or on a run.
Rachel advocates for educational equity with the belief that education can start to break the cycle of generational poverty. As a former classroom teacher and school leader, she has worked with students at the middle school level with successful social and academic outcomes. Her skills include coaching educators who work with underserved student populations to develop positive rapport and implement trauma-informed practices in the classroom. By working with educators, she aims to reduce racialized trauma that BIPOC students experience in schools. In addition to her work in classrooms, she understands that children are also largely impacted by their communities and lived experiences. To combat this, she facilitates DEI conversations in the academic and corporate setting to mitigate the effects of workplace trauma that often follow parents back into their homes. This includes topics such as microaggressions, race and gender discrimination, inclusive interviewing and hiring practices, and performative allyship.
Rachel has a master’s degree in Lifespan & Digital Communication from Old Dominion University and a secondary concentration in Women’s Studies. She is passionate about women’s representation in sports and athletic spaces, working to address the intersections of gender, perception of athleticism, and acceptance. She works to dismantle the traditional ideas of what constitutes an athlete in order to create welcoming health and wellness spaces for all bodies.
Victoria Verlezza, PhD
Victoria is an advocate for social justice and the abolition of unjust systems. As a scholar practitioner, she believes in educating in an accessible and meaningful way. With fifteen years of experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion work, Victoria strives to meet people where they are in their learning journey but also add value by pushing them to their learning edge. As a coach, facilitator, and educator, she finds tremendous value in dialogue to challenge our own perspectives and thereby challenge the systems in which we work and live. Victoria enjoys taking a practical approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion work, making connections with psychology and human development to help us better understand ourselves as individuals.
Victoria has a doctorate in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University, a master’s in Social Justice Education and Higher Education from UMass, Amherst. Her undergraduate work focused on Psychology; Women and Gender studies; Holocaust and Genocide studies. Victoria holds certification in social justice mediation as well as intergroup dialogue. She is passionate about working to abolish inequity in all spaces. She works towards dismantling social injustice to fight for liberation of all people.
Sr. Content Marketing Manager
Vienna is the Sr. Content Marketing Manager for She+ Geeks Out. She is member-experience obsessed, and passionate about progressive causes that support women and children. A life-long lover of good storytelling, she is always happy to get sucked in to a good podcast, book, Netflix binge, or Twitter thread. She is even more excited to share those stories with others. Vienna has worked as a marketer in a variety of male-dominated industries, including finance, tech, and architecture, and knows the difference an empowering, welcoming workplace can make for employees and team members.
Vienna graduated from Goucher College with her BA in English (Creative Writing, of course) and Communications, and holds her MA in Publications Design from the University of Baltimore. Born and raised in New York City, she moved to the Boston area in 2012 where she’s fallen in love with South Shore beaches, Wahlburgers tater tots, and the New England Patriots. Vienna is a Virgo through and through, has two of the best children on the planet, and loves spin classes.
Strategist and Facilitator
Fostering transformation at the personal & professional levels as well as creating workplaces & cultures where employees thrive are at the heart of Dr. Erika Powell’s work. For the past 15+ years, she has partnered with leaders and organizations to design & facilitate training, employee engagement, & team building solutions. Over the course of her career, she has led and consulted for number of initiatives related to leadership development, diversity & inclusion, employee engagement, effective communication, emotional intelligence, customer service, and technical & product/software training in a variety of industries, including corporate, higher education, and non-profit sectors, both nationally and globally. She is bilingual in Spanish and holds a doctorate in Instructional Technology & Design from the University of Virginia, a MS.Ed in Intercultural Communication from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Haverford College.
Karina is a facilitator specializing in leading training workshops that help promote heightened self-awareness, engagement and learning in the workplace with a diversity and inclusion lens. Originally from San Antonio via Mexico City, Karina Becerra is a Boston University graduate and current MBA candidate at Babson College, F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business. She has used her 10+ years in client management/marketing to drive success within cross-functional teams.
Amaia focuses on creating an inclusive environment that nourishes trust and encourages learning and vulnerability. In her experience as a DEI practitioner, she has worked closely with Executive teams to implement tools, programs, and initiatives that eliminate opportunities for bias in systems and culture. Amaia takes a data driven approach and translates this data and research into strategy.
Using her background in Biology and Psychology, Amaia approaches her work through a neuroscience lens. She aims to achieve better understanding of the way our brains work and how this ties into the work of DEI, with the goal of better individual understanding, connection to this work, and ultimately driving long lasting change.