Women with Momentum: Kayla Brooks

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Kayla Brooks serves as the Network Manager for Seeding Success. In this role, she manages, develops, and delivers training to partners serving students and families in the education space. She helps individuals learn how to better design and facilitate meetings through Results-Based Facilitation. In addition, she teaches individuals how to understand data to drive continuous improvement efforts at their organizations.  Kayla is also the project manager for Beyond the Classroom,  a professional development opportunity that provides backbone support and technical assistance to K-12 out-of-school time organizations.  

Advice to my teenage self: There is no room for fear when choosing to be yourself. Being true to who you are is the greatest and most liberating gift to give oneself. 

Your Input Matters: Surveys for the Sector

Below are a few opportunities to have your or your organization’s perspective included in the nonprofit-related research.  

Nonprofit Volunteer Mileage Reimbursement 

One-minute poll to inform national advocacy efforts related to the rate at which volunteers may be reimbursed for their mileage without it being counted as income 

Conducted by Momentum Nonprofit Partners 

Deadline: Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Greater Memphis Area Fundraising Needs Assessment 

Survey to inform the nonprofit and philanthropic communities about local nonprofits’ fundraising needs 

Conducted by Momentum Nonprofit Partners & Network for Good 

Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 

Leading with Intent 

Annual survey to track and analyze trends in nonprofit board leadership 

Conducted by BoardSource 

Who: Executive Director/CEO and Board Chair 

Deadline: Friday, May 24, 2019 

If you are conducting nonprofit-related research and would like to share through Momentum, please contact Director of Research and Public Policy Aria Miles at amiles@momentumnonprofit.org.

Women with Momentum


Cecilia Johnson-Powell serves as director of United Way of the Mid-South’s Driving the Dream (DTD) initiative. In her role, Cecilia leads the DTD effort with the goal of improving the effectiveness of service delivery by seamlessly, intentionally, and efficiently moving individuals and their families toward economic self-sufficiency and other life goals which they, the clients, identify. Within this work, it is vital that Cecilia create and cultivate a completely new system delivery paradigm that leads to a healthier and more prosperous community.

Dear younger self: Say yes when God asks you to serve.

Pearl Shaw serves as president of Saad&Shaw, a comprehensive fund development consultancy. Shaw leads a team of talented professionals and together they help nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities to grow their fundraising programs - locally, nationally, also including projects abroad.

Dear, younger self: The world is bigger than you can imagine: it will change in ways you can’t conceive. Believe in yourself, love yourself, and get ready for the unknown.  

Recognizing Women with Momentum invested in forward motion for Greater Memphis

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Memphis is as rich in soul as it is with change agents that are committed to moving its people and systems forward. As we strive to engage with nonprofits across Greater Memphis that want to build skills and networks, we continue to learn about the great work of our colleagues. And we would like to shine light on local women championing efforts to change how communities connect with empowering resources. With some many inspiring women doing great work, we met an obstacle creating a definitive list and are thrilled to lift up Women With Momentum doing impactful work, as it happens.

Know Women with Momentum committed to positive change? We’re always listening. Shout them out to Mesha Crump at gcrump@momentumnonprofit.org.