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Malik Brown

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Malik Brown is a seasoned leader with a unique portfolio of cross-sector experiences. His work and impact span multiple industries, including business, nonprofit, and higher education. At Graduate Philadelphia, Malik is responsible for developing strategic, cross-sector relationships (business, government, higher education, and nonprofit) in order to advance the mission of adult degree attainment, workforce readiness, and inclusive economic development. In his previous role as the associate vice president of workforce solutions & community impact for Peirce College, Malik was responsible for building workforce development solutions, cultivating strategic partnerships, and driving community impact. Prior to joining higher ed, Malik was part of the executive team at Diversified Community Services. He was responsible for the adult and family services division of the organization. Malik partnered with colleges and universities, city and state officials, corporations, and foundations to help working adults and families across the region achieve economic wellbeing and financial stability. Over the course of his career, Malik has worked in finance, customer relationship management, and diversity and inclusion. His time with national organizations like Inroads, Accenture, and the United Way has provided him with a broad range of management insights and capabilities—and a passion for serving working adults and nontraditional populations. Malik is a passionate advocate and champion of social and economic mobility for non-traditional learners. To make a difference and give voice to important regional issues, Malik also serves on several nonprofit boards and regional steering committees. He serves on the board of directors of ACHIEVEability and the Settlement Music School, and on the Education and Talent Steering Committees for both the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the Main Line Chamber of Commerce. Malik is a life-long learner. He strongly believes in ongoing career development, sponsorship, and life coaching for those who are most disconnected from opportunity. He is a servant leader who is dedicated to the personal and professional development of others. Malik attended Clark University in Worcester, MA where he earned his BA and MBA.

Sena Owereko

Vice President, Programming and Innovation

sena.owereko@graduatephiladelphia.org

267.583.9185

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Sena Owereko [Seh-nah Oh-were-echo], M.S., DMC, CTC, CMSC is a global facilitator, senior strategist, and award-winning, multilingual professional with over 20 years of combined experience in higher education administration, advising, diversity student recruitment, career services, training, consulting, and program management. She has served as the Director of Client Relations and Career Services for the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL); assisting in delivering career-aligned education advising, advisor training, and prior learning assessment information to a diverse portfolio of clients including Fortune 100 companies.

Sena has served as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Peirce College, Director of Admissions (CPLS), Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions, & Associate Director of Multicultural Admissions for Saint Joseph’s University (PA), and the International Cooperative Education Coordinator for Drexel University (PA). Sena O. is a former Executive Board Member of Daddy University Inc., as well as a former Board Member for Good Shepherd Mediation Program and Schools Without Borders. She is also a Philadelphia 190th District Image Award Recipient.

Sena O. is a passionate life-long learner and holds both an M.S. in Training & Organizational Development, with a concentration in Adult Learning, and a B.A. in International Relations from Saint Joseph’s University (PA). She earned a certificate in Marketing Strategies for Business Leaders from Cornell University. She holds Diversity Management Certification (DMC), Corporate Trainer Certification (CTC), and Change Management Specialist Certification (CMSC) designations from the Management and Strategy Institute.

Originally from Ghana, West Africa, she is proud to call Philadelphia home. She is a published writer and most proud of being a parent of 3 phenomenal emerging leaders.

 

Christian Sanders

Marketing Communications Associate 

christian.sanders@graduatephilly.org

215.303.3824

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Rachelle Coleman

Executive Assistant

rachelle.coleman@graduatephiladelphia.org

408.309.6800

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Laverne Debnam

Success Advisor and Coach

laverne.debnam@graduatephiladelphia.org

240.695.6440

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2022 Debnam Laverne Bio

First generation college graduate with a passion for life-long learning, possesses a bachelor’s in psychology, master’s in education (counseling), advanced certificates in career counseling and executive and leadership coaching. My career roles have included career counselor, vocational rehabilitation evaluator/counselor, career and education advisor, test administrator, coach, mentor, facilitator, researcher, and interviewer.

For the past twenty years my focus has been working with a diverse population of adult learners to include: corporate 500 employees, veterans, people with disabilities, university alumni, single parents, retirees, career changers, and non-traditional students. In my roles the aim has been to provide adult learners with successful solutions to the barriers that they face when attempting to return to college, take a course, complete a certificate or degree. As a solutions-focused professional the approach to assist adult learners includes setting a plan of action that keeps the individual moving forward, ongoing support, creating detailed education/career plans that outline the individuals’ unique goals, barriers to success, evaluation of financial aid, work-life-balance issues, suggested resources, and an assessment of skills gaps. With this assistance and guidance, the individual builds confidence, and is motivated to complete what was stared.

 


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