Alicia M Morgan is a TEDx speaker, award-winning executive, policy/advocacy leader, and nonprofit management consultant. She helps organizations develop and maximize strategies for program effectiveness. She is a graduate of Tuskegee University with a BS in Aerospace Science Engineering and New Mexico State University with an MS in Industrial Engineering. Her professional experience includes working for Fortune 500 companies such as Lockheed Martin, The Boeing Company, and Raytheon. She has certifications from CNM in Nonprofit Management and Social Sector Leadership from the University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business.
Alicia is a relationship builder and connector who believes the best strategy for leadership success is placing the communities you serve first. Drawing from my professional experiences, she helps to bridge communication gaps across cultures and generations in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors to empower diverse teams with the confidence to create impactful and measurable outcomes.
For the past several years as an award-winning nonprofit management executive, she has served in the following leadership capacities:
- She is a Featured Speaker, Workshop Presenter, and Keynote Speaker for several community events, Dallas Business Journal Women in Technology Awards Advocate Honoree, Society of Women Engineers K-12 Engaged Advocate.
- Board Leadership experience including serving as an Advisory Board Chairperson of the Bryan Adams High School NAF Academy in Dallas.
- The development and management of budgets related to professional development/education programs, including ensuring financial accountability and stewardship.
- Planning, implementing, executing, and evaluating complex special projects, ensuring projects are on time and within budget.
- Proven track record of collaboration with multiple stakeholders and managing processes from start to finish.
- Lead Researcher on Dallas College grant-funded project by the Helmsley Foundation and administered by Educate Texas for the Texas Regional STEM Degree Accelerator(TRSDA) to increase interest in STEM Careers.
- In her role as Vice President of Education and Programs at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, she was responsible for managing the development and execution of programs through aviation and spaceflight history, reaching over 45,000 students annually. She led the department to become a certified education provider, with over 50% program growth and over $600K in grants awarded from private and community foundations. Education Department received the Million Women Mentors – Texas 2018 Education Organization STAND UP FOR STEM Award for successful efforts in broadening the awareness of STEM through the introduction to aviation and space.
- She is the Co-Lead of the Policy and Advocacy Committee of Power in Action Dallas. Power In Action formed in response to the heightened disparities revealed in Black communities by the COVID-19 pandemic. Power In Action is comprised of a collective unit of community leaders to make a change in Black communities by helping to remove systemic disparities.
Overall, Alicia utilizes her background as an engineer, problem solver, and executive leader to engage communities in Policy and Advocacy related initiatives.
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BOARD LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE
“I have been so grateful to have Alicia’s involvement on the Scholarship Advisory Committee for the Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation. The scholarship committee has the crucial responsibility of selecting recipients for the 20-plus scholarships bestowed annually by the Foundation. Last year, Alicia reviewed close to 60 applications, helping choose 21 Woodrow seniors to receive $40,750 in scholarships. Her contributions to this volunteer committee are making a difference for young people in our community.”
– Leigh Straughn
Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation
“I met Alicia when I was an executive officer for the SMU collegiate chapter of National Society of Black Engineers. She regularly supported our chapter from 2015-2017 through public speaking, hosting professional workshops, mentorship, and behind-the-scenes support for the SMU NSBE executive board. Along with SMU NSBE, Alicia also personally supported me and advocated for my success. Thanks to her nomination, I was selected as a finalist for The City Influencer’s 2016 College Influencer of the Year Search. This distinguished honor opened doors for me and allowed me to network with other influential people throughout the country. On multiple occasions Alicia acknowledged my often-unseen efforts as a student and a leader. I graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.S. in Software Engineering thanks to women like her, who paved the way academically and positively impacted me.”
– Nariana Sands
“Alicia did a great job as keynote speaker for our Sphinx Educational Fund – Thurgood Marshall College Fund Brunch. Her message was clear and well-structured. Our theme was “Creating Connections and Building Bridges….Together”. She discussed the importance of education, some challenges facing minority students, and the legacy of the Honorable Thurgood Marshall. Alicia provided a very unique perspective and framed her thoughts in a way that was relevant and easy to digest for Millennials and our younger generations.
Alicia used a very creative approach to engage the audience; pulling them in and encouraging active participation. She leveraged her experience in working closely across multiple generations on a daily basis, literally bridging the gaps during her presentation.
It was a pleasure to collaborate with her on our theme and I would enjoy doing it again. I would definitely recommend her as a speaker.”
– Nathan Cabbil
“Alicia Morgan joined the advisory board of Academies of Health Sciences and Engineering at Bryan Adams High School in the fall of 2015, during their year of planning. She agreed to serve as the chair for the board. Alicia quickly learned the National Academy Foundation (NAF) model and began helping the advisory board develop its strategic plan, which led to the creation of their work-based learning plan/calendar. She recruited other professionals to join the board and helped them get up to speed, implementing similar engagements for the students.
Although not swerving as the chair anymore, Alicia has continued to be consummate advisory board champion because:
- She mentors the girls in our academies by sharing her career journey and encouraging them to pursue & persist in STEM
- She has been instrumental in developing the academies’ strategic and work-based- learning plans. Alicia makes sure that these plans are turned into action.
- Leveraging her connections and professional network to raise awareness of the academies she supports and to help build community support for them. Alicia promotes the NAF Academies in Dallas and lets people know there is great work getting done in our academies
- Securing and coordinating a sequence of work-based learning experiences which connects classroom instruction with the world of work.
- Participating in a variety of classroom activities and student projects, being the expert and critical friends students need.
- Furnishing paid internships, as well as helping find other internships for students.
- Collaborating with academy teachers and leaders, district and NAF staff to enhance the curriculum and engagement opportunities for the students, especially girls, and teachers. Alicia’s contributions extend well beyond NAF Academies in Dallas. Her hard work and participation in various NAF/district level convening’s and initiatives are true testaments to her commitment to education, NAF and Dallas-ISD academies.
- Every year, Alicia and her team provided many worksite tours to the Frontiers of Flight Museum for 300+ NAF Engineering and IT students, across the district.
- Since the summer of 2018, Alicia has hosted NAF interns, allowing them to apply their acquired skills and knowledge during Frontiers of Flight Museums STEM Summer Camps, while learning leadership skills.
- Alicia is always willing to provide resources to the academies and ensure their stability & sustainability.”
– Mansoureh Tehrani
NAF Corporate Engagment Consultant