Hi there, my name is Nicole E. Kenney! I am the founder + vision architect of It Starts With Me!, LLC. I offer 10 plus years experience in program management, communications, policy, and racial and gender equity work.
We are creative problem solvers on a mission to equip and empower women and girls (and organizations that serve women and girls) to tell their stories, reach their personal and professional goals, and boost their emotional and physical well-being.
Our clients are individuals, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, companies, colleges/universities and churches with the same need: a VISIONARY able to ideate, generate and execute strategies and tactics to achieve goals, meet deadlines, and help the bottom line.
At It Starts With Me, LLC, we deliver in each of these areas, provide exceptional outcomes, and pride ourselves on giving excellent customer service.
Content Strategy + Writing
We create strategies, content, and branding support for businesses, non - profits and entrepreneurs. As a soleprenuer or a large business, your brand and bottom line are linked to a compelling story about who you are, what you do and why you matter.
Formerly, I served as a Senior Communications Associate for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, I managed national internal and external communications to advance organizational goals and advocacy strategies, campaigns, and programs. My work has been featured in outlets including, The New York Times, NPR, The Root, The Hill, BET.com, Ebony.com, Essence.com, The Grio and Huffington Post. I have co-authored reports and publications like the “The Invisible Woman: The Status of and Challenges Facing Black Women”.
We design innovative and memorable live experiences to enhance the wellness of women and girls. Most recently, we curated the sold out "Knuck If You Buckingham Partea" to coincide with the royal wedding. The transformative event convened dynamic women of different ages, careers, and seasons of life to build bridges of multigenerational community, connection, and sisterhood. Past events include Get INFOrmation to inspire teenage girls to think more boldly and broadly about their futures and To Gather to celebrate the power of women, our stories and each other.
Health + Wellness
Having worked with hundreds of women, we know, aging gracefully takes muscle. I am a strength training expert with a personal training certification from the American Council on Exercise. I am also nationally certified in LesMills BodyPump (weightlifting) and LesMills CXWorx (core). I teach group fitness classes for the West Philadelphia YMCA. I also provide concierge personal training fitness services. I will customize the workout program just for you and your schedule and bring the fitness experience to your home, your personal gym and even in the park.
The It Starts With Me! Wellness Program specializes in training women and girls in holistic approaches to improve their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. The program focuses on key areas impacting women and girls’ health including (but not limited to): creativity, purpose, a growth - mindset, relationships, resilience, and self-care. We have presented to hundreds of women. Our clients include non- profits, businesses, churches, and colleges and universities throughout the country. A partial list includes: Gaudenzia, Christian Stronghold Baptist Church, PECO Energy Company, Smith College, Save a Girl, Save a World, Inc. and Providence College.
A proud West Philadelphia native, I received my Bachelor of Arts in Government and Psychology from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where I was recognized as the Barbara Jordan Public Policy Award recipient. I earned my Master of Arts in Public Policy from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
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