Alicia M. Morgan is an award-winning executive leader and leadership consultant.
She is a graduate of Tuskegee University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Science Engineering and New Mexico State University with a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering. She has successfully maintained leadership excellence in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.
Her professional engineering experience includes working at Fortune 500 companies such as Lockheed Martin, The Boeing Company, and Raytheon. In 2013, after thirteen years of experience working in the aviation and defense industry with leadership roles in propulsion systems, process engineering, and capital asset management, she began transitioning into program leadership in the nonprofit sector.
As a board member for the nonprofit organization Training for Excellence from 2012-2015, she was an advisory board member and leadership consultant for the teen leadership development program. The Advisory Board helped teens organize, plan, and execute successful teen conferences for over 200 students each year.
In 2013, she became certified in nonprofit management by CNM Connect. The certificate provides a mix of theory and practice of learning what it takes to run a nonprofit organization. It includes covering governing, leading and managing, resource acquisition, outcomes evaluation, risk management, legal, and marketing.
Her first role in nonprofit leadership in 2014 was as a Program Leader for Heart House Dallas, an after school program serving over 150 students. The students in the program from Dallas ISD are K-8th grade refugee and immigrant children in the Vickery Meadow community. As an advocate of K-12 education, while working at Heart House, she also supported college/workforce readiness initiatives at Bryan Adams High School.
She was the Advisory Board Chairperson of a NAF Academy of Engineering and Health Sciences at Bryan Adams High School in Dallas from 2015-2017. Her NAF Academy involvement as a leadership consultant resulted in Bryan Adams High School becoming NAFTrack certified. The certification is a” rigorous and comprehensive assessment system that evaluates students on academic proficiency, project execution, and internship performance.”
She was an honoree for the 2016 Women of Color in STEM Conference K-12 Promotion of Education award for her exemplary program leadership at Heart House and her NAF Academy Advisory Board leadership.
She is an active member of The Dallas Society of Women Engineers (SWE). The chapter serves almost three thousand professional and student members. Alicia has a significant impact on both the retention of women engineers in the workforce and through her leadership, reaching women and K-12 girls. She was the opening session speaker for the 2016 Dallas SWE Design Your World Conference at Eastfield College in Dallas that helped to show middle school girls they can succeed in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. By the numbers, the conference served 150 4th-5th graders, 49 parents and educators, and 158 volunteers helping to make it an exciting day to learn about what it means to be an engineer.
Alicia is the October 2016 Dallas SWE Member of the Month and in 2018 for the Outreach Mentor Award for her dedication to outreach activities. Her engaging style enables her to communicate across many cultures and generations. She represented the Dallas SWE chapter as a speaker at the Region C Professional Development Conference in 2016. Her insightful topic, “Women in STEM: Your Voice, Your Story, and Your Power provided practical tools and resources for women not only to succeed professionally but personally as well. The national organization of SWE recognized Alicia as one of the 2017 Women Engineers You Should Know.
After leaving Heart House in 2016, she became a leadership consultant and researcher for the Dallas County Community College District(DCCCD) STEM Institute. The contract was for the STEM Accelerator STEMInsight Project website. The project, through a grant partnership with the Dallas County Community College District, Educate Texas, and the Helmsley Foundation, supports a healthy, growing STEM workforce for North Texas. The project’s STEMInsight website is a student, parent, and teacher-friendly online portal that introduces educational and career options in STEM for middle school, high school, and college students in the DFW area. The 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award recognizes the website for improving access to STEM fields for students from underrepresented groups.
Alicia Morgan became the Vice President of Education and Programs at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in 2017. She immediately used her engineering background and social capital to create new partnerships in the STEM community and other technology organizations, helping to exceed the Museum’s strategic goal of reaching over 40,000 students annually. In 2018, under Alicia’s leadership, the Museum’s Education Department received the Million Women Mentors® Stand Up for STEM Award at the Texas Women & Girls in STEM Summit. The award the first for the department recognizes their efforts to engage girls in STEM through the Young Women’s STEM Leadership Initiative.
The Museum’s Young Women’s STEM Leadership Initiative(YWSLI) reaches over 2100 middle girls annually through partnerships with girls’ schools in the Dallas area through spring break girls’ camps, leadership development, and youth volunteer programs. The success of initiative expanded into the Youth STEM Initiative(YSI) in 2019, serving over 2800 girls and boys from third through eighth grade.
The Frontiers of Flight Museum’s education department is now a Continuing Professional Education Provider, elected a Teacher Advisory Committee and Education Task Force to ensure that the Museum’s education programs align the school’s curriculum within Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
A successful closing out of significant accomplishments for the education team also led to Alicia being named the Dallas Millennial Club STEM Leader of the Year at their 2018 annual gala. In 2019, she received the 2019 Society of Women Engineers (SWE) WE Local Engaged Advocate award and the Dallas Business Journal Women in Technology Advocate award for mentoring, STEM education leadership, and K-12 outreach.
Alicia is also an advocate for STEAM + Arts Integration recognized as a J Rêve International Global Arts Education Fellow and Emerging Leader in STEAM Education. Featured in the J Rêve International STEAM + Arts Integration anthology, she focuses on creating deeper learning experiences that provide insights and practical applications to STEM and the arts.
Alicia uses her communication capabilities as a leadership consultant to continue to provide thought leadership expertise through op-ed articles. Alicia is a 2018 Dallas Public Voices Fellow by the Op-Ed project in partnership with the Boone Family Foundation. The Boone Family Foundation, launched its inaugural Dallas Public Voices Greenhouse in 2015, more than a dozen leading foundations and universities including Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Texas Woman’s University, Northwestern, and The Ford Foundation have launched Voices programs. She published four op-ed pieces about STEM Education, Women in Leadership, and Overcoming Failure in publications such as Miss Magazine, Garnet News, The Hill, and Chicago Crain’s for Business.
Overall, Alicia M Morgan’s top skills as an executive leader and leadership consultant are strategic planning, program management, and cross-functional team leadership.
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