Felicia Slaton-Young is the founder and owner of Belle Lucre, LLC, a financial advisory firm based in Chicago, Illinois. She has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and more than 15 years as a financial advisor. She holds a BA in Business and an MBA from Webster University. Felicia Slaton-Young is a founding member and Executive Director of the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce and GE Chamber Foundation, two organizations with a mission to transform Greater Englewood into a popular commercial and retail destination by advising, developing, and showcasing its established businesses and acting as a comprehensive economic development partner.
Felicia is currently a board member of St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Centers’ mission calls us to care for the sick and promote the health of the residents in the community while witnessing the Christian values of respect, dignity, caring, and compassion for all persons. Relationships are key and Felicia believes building and developing strong have allowed her to grow and sustain her business and build lasting relationships between businesses and community.
An accomplished social impact strategist, relationship builder, and community enthusiast, Jodie is dedicated to creating a more equitable society and joining her voice with others who have historically not had one. As All* Above All’s Managing Director, she oversees internal operations, including finance, administration, and compliance as well as staff recruitment, retention, and development
Jodie’s career has included positions in program development, project management, fundraising, community engagement, and strategic partnerships. She is also very active in her community. In addition to serving as a Board Member for the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce, Jodie is also a Grantmaking Committee member for the Asian Giving Circle, Gold Award Scholarship Committee member for the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago & Northwest Indiana, and is a member of Chicago Women in Philanthropy (CWIP), Step Up Women's Network, and the Professional Women’s Club of Chicago (PWCC).
Jodie holds a bachelor's degree in human development and social relations from Kalamazoo College and a master's degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Gregory Thomas served as Vice President of Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights from 2012-2018. In that role, he led the development of planning processes that resulted in two college strategic plans, created the Office of Planning, Effectiveness and Accreditation, played a key role in developing a college-wide Continuous Quality Improvement Model, led the development of the college’s First Year Experience program, and created a Male Success Initiative to enhance access, persistence, retention, and graduation of male students of color, among other efforts.
Prior to that, Dr. Thomas was Associate Provost of Des Moines Area Community College, Vice President of Student Affairs at Weatherford College (TX), Dean of Student Affairs at Hillsborough Community College (Tampa, FL), Executive Director of Enrollment Management and Deputy Vice President of Student Affairs at CUNY, Medgar Evers College, and Assistant Academic Dean at Trinity University (DC). He has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Community College Leadership from Iowa State University, an M.A. in Teaching from Trinity University (DC), a B.A. in Communications from Howard University, and an associate degree from Kingsborough Community College (NYC).
Currently, Dr. Thomas is the President of Kennedy-King College located in Englewood, Chicago.
DR. GREGORY THOMAS
Having grown up in Bronzeville as a child and then moving to the North Shore suburbs for high school Damola recognized, at a young age, the disparity in resources and commerce that existed on the different sides of Chicago. Since that recognition, Damola has always been interested in helping raise the south side of Chicago and other underserved communities to the level in which he experienced while living in various north side neighborhoods.