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Meet the Team

Alexis Hughes-Williams

Co-Chair #IWDAtHome2021, Co-Chair #IWDNash

I believe that the Seven Pillars of Empowerment that we have built Girl, unKnown, Inc. can change lives. I believe it because I have seen it.

Alexis Hughes-Williams is originally from Milwaukee, WI. She has always been involved in helping others, especially women. She started her first ‘organization’ at the age of 10, the 40th Street Boys & Girls Club and that graduated into who she is today. Alexis has served in many organizations such as Black Achievers of Milwaukee, Urban Underground, African American Children’s Theatre and Families United to Prevent Teen Pregnancy in leadership and mentoring capacities.

Lissette Delgado-Fitzgerald

Co-Chair #IWDAtHome2021, Co-Chair #IWDNash

About 8 years ago, after a 20-year career in Marketing and Editorial, I pivoted toward dedicating all of my time to my true passion: Empowering people through non-violent communications, self defense practice, empathy, and community.

Today, I head ASSERT Empowerment Self Defense (AESD), a 501(c)3 which focuses on providing Empowerment Self Defense education to communities across the country, certifies ESD Instructors, and provides the support necessary to change perceptions, establish themselves as experts, and work to become leaders in their communities. I am also at the helm of ASSERT Professionals, an organization dedicated to moving toward Police Reform through Non-violent, empathy-based, community-centric training, ending the ``Us vs Them`` mentality that has led to the current state of Police Brutality and abuse of power.

My goal is to bring more women and marginalized communities to a shared, gender inclusive table where they are welcomed as experts in safety and security -- areas traditional held as exclusively male industries, improving our communal quality of living through Gender parity, Empathy, Empowerment, Integrity, Support, Communication, and the understanding that we can all be Safe to Succeed.

Lindsey Ross

Co-Chair #IWDAtHome2021, Co-Chair #IWDCinci

“For too long, women have been told to stay in the be-nice-act-like-a-lady box. No one told us to use our power.”

Co-founder of the Thrive Empowerment Center in Cincinnati, OH, Lindsey Ross spent a decade counseling and caring for children with complex trauma as director of Celebration Place, a nonprofit offshoot of the Christian 12-step program Celebrate Recovery. She holds a trauma competency certification from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development.

As a martial artist, she earned a black belt in Taekwondo through the World Taekwondo Federation and holds rank in Combat Hapkido and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She currently serves on the board of directors for the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation as development coordinator. She completed Level 1 instructor trainings through both Empowerment Self-Defense Global and ASSERT Empowerment Self-Defense and holds a Hatha Yoga instructor certification from the Yoga Alliance.

Lauren Bailey

Co-Chair #IWDAtHome2021, Co-Chair #IWDCinci

“I believe everyone has the right to move through life with confidence rather than fear, and I’m passionate about sharing the knowledge I’ve been given to help them do so.``

Co-founder of the Thrive Empowerment Center in Cincinnati, OH, Lauren Bailey spent two decades in the commercial book publishing industry, most recently serving as the director of Kirkus Editorial, a division of Kirkus Media. As a martial artist, she has earned a black belt in Combat Hapkido through the International Combat Hapkido Federation and holds rank in Filipino Kali and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

She currently serves on the board of directors for the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation as membership coordinator. She completed Level 1 instructor trainings through both Empowerment Self-Defense Global and ASSERT Empowerment Self-Defense and received a Trauma Competency certification from ESD Global.

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