Poetry, Praise, and Purpose

There is a lot of pressure to be, do and say all of the right things, at the right time in order to gain the approval of others. In this creative session, participants will be encouraged to take a "technology break" and create a written or spoken piece of poetry or prose to encourage themselves in order to continue to lift others.

Raye Clendening

Dr. Kecia Brown

Author, Poet and Educator, Dr. Kecia Brown is a scholar-practitioner whose areas of interest are career and leadership development, workplace learning and job socialization, adult education, transition management, and diversity pipeline program design. Kecia was born and raised in Inglewood, California, where she developed her skills of inquiry & research, relationship building & management, resourcefulness, and negotiation while navigating hostile environments.

With more than 25 years of experience in the field of Higher Education, Dr. Brown currently serves as an adult educator while collaborating with schools, colleges and universities, corporate and non-profit organizations through her consulting firm, the Kingston Bay Group, LLC and coaching practice, Keeping Balanced Coaching. Dr. Brown’s presentations include (but are not limited to) “Understanding Organizational Dynamics in Education.” for the Lynch School of Education - Boston College;  “Cutting the Apron Strings: Parenting and College Transition” for Parent University at Northeastern University; “Spirituality and Career Development of Black Women Leaders in Academe” at the Faculty Women of Color in the Academy Conference, and “The Enlightened Learner in Today’s Workplace: Bridging Boundaries to Link HR Practice to Adult Learning, Constructive-Developmental Theory, and Action Science” at the Academy of Human Resource Development Conference (AHRD)

As a proud first-generation college graduate, Kecia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California, a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego, and her Doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. Kecia lives in San Marcos with her daughter, Makaila Imani and their dog, Leo.


$79 for Adults - $49 for Youth (Under 18)
March 28, 2020 8am-3pm


The North County African American Women’s Association (NCAAWA) is an all inclusive non-profit, 501(c)(3) volunteer organization located in North San Diego County.