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Who We Are

Brave The Cycle - Dani Badgett, Michael King, Robbie Williford

Our Story 

We met in higher education, where we discovered a common passion and purpose: promoting sincere belonging by engaging in the work needed to cultivate it.

We built this organization because, looking around at our communities, we determined there was a need for folks to have space to come together, engage in honest conversations, and connect their good intentions to meaningful, sustainable actions.

We believe that learning, growing, and impacting our world is cyclical, and we believe the brave way forward is to build cycles that nurture sincere belonging in our communities.

 

We are educators, learners, and facilitators who believe in the magic that happens when we create space for folks to actively explore and learn with empathy, courage, and curiosity.

Our Approach

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Dani Badgett (she/her)

Facilitator, Trainer, Learner

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As a proud native of Meridian, Mississippi, Dani is passionate about her mission to create opportunities for organizations and institutions to engage in dialogues that shed light on inequity and injustice. She does so through relationally-charged teaching methods that foster empathy, courage, and curiosity. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel Services and Administration, Dani has the skills and experience necessary for creating strategic DEI plans for organizations. Her experiences include Training and Development, Recruitment and Hiring, Curricula Design, and Program Auditing. Over the past 8 years, she has had the opportunity to utilize all of her past experiences to create and design sustainable DEIB efforts for higher education institutions, nonprofits, and corporate entities.

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Michael King (he/him)

Facilitator, Trainer, Learner

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With roots in small-town Indiana, Michael King's career in higher education brought him to New York City, where he transitioned from residence life work to the nonprofit sector. Through his education and professional experiences, Michael has developed a varied skillset, including facilitation of group and individual learning, creation and implementation of organizational strategic plans, and facilitation of dialogue across differing identities, experiences, and perspectives. Michael is a believer in the power of storytelling, in its ability to connect us to one another and to connect organizations to the outcomes they need to flourish. His work continues to keep him close to the field of higher education, to a growing emphasis on mental health and emotional wellbeing, and to belonging.

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Rob Williford (he/him)

Facilitator, Trainer, Learner

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Hailing from Flint, Michigan, Rob learned at a young age the importance that curiosity, imagination, and wonder play in helping to build a better world. He is inspired by the people who, despite every barrier, find a hundred avenues towards justice and liberation from oppressive systems. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Creative Writing and a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration, he has been working to impact policy changes on a structural level with organizations in the education, nonprofit, and corporate sectors for the last decade and is looking forward to helping your organization take the next steps in reaching tangible and sustainable results. He is currently a doctoral student in Global Leadership at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

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Ayn Llopis (she/her)

Accounting Strategist

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Ayn Llopis is an author, tax, and accounting strategist. Ayn has been in accounting for 25 years and tax for 7 years. In 2020 Ayn decided to ditch Corporate America and formed her own boutique accounting and tax firm during the pandemic. Ayn has a Master of Science in Human Resources & Training and Bachelor of Science in Finance with a minor in accounting. Ayn has been an IRS Tax Practitioner since 2013 and an Electronic Return Originator (ERO) since 2019. Ayn is an IRS Annual Filing Season Program Registered Tax Preparer. She is involved in her community and is a member of Concord Church, the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), Association of Black Tax Professionals, National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP), and National Association of the Self-Employed (NASE). Ayn’s achievements have not gone unnoticed. In 2018 Ayn was named Woman of the Year by her local league from ABWA. Ayn is a wife, mother and resides in Haslet, Tx.

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Taja'Nae Harrison (she/her)

Virtual Assistant & Marketing Assistant

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Taja’Nae is a seasoned virtual assistant professional with over four years of experience in executive administrative support and operational leadership. Working with companies helping develop new systems, and implementing strategies. Coupled with a passion for brand marketing and graphic design. Currently resides in Orlando, Fl while attending UCF. 

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