Founder’s Story

SAMANTHA E. ERSKINE
Founder and President, The Imelda Consulting Group, LLC

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Samantha E. Erskine is the Founder and President of the Imelda Consulting Group, LLC, which guides purpose-driven, transformational, and sustainable change for women, people of color, and mission-driven organizations seeking to lead with purpose, make a meaningful impact, and thrive. Samantha is also the Founder and President of the Imelda Foundation, a leadership development organization for girls of color.

A proud Afro-Latina, Samantha’s life mission is to champion women and people of color. As a researcher, she studies how executive coaches and organizational leaders handle race and gender, as well as how women and people of color navigate, lead, and thrive in organizations. As a Certified Professional Coach, Samantha empowers leaders to become more aligned with their values and leverage their strengths in order to pursue their dreams…while also reducing burnout and chronic stress. As a consultant, she helps organizations develop the financial and human capital needed to make a positive impact on society.

Prior to founding The Imelda Consulting Group, LLC and Imelda Foundation, Samantha was the Senior Director of Development at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. She was previously the Director of Development at the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP), which works to seek racial, ethnic, and gender parity in the highest leadership positions in finance, law, media & entertainment, technology, and the public sector. Prior to CUP, Samantha held increasingly senior roles at other leading New York City-based organizations, including the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the Applied Research Center (a racial justice think tank recently re-branded as Race Forward), and Legal Momentum (formerly the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund). In addition, she served on the Board of Directors of Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS), which helps girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking.

Prior to a career in fundraising, Samantha was an international Latin dance instructor and performer. She trained in ballet, jazz, Latin, and Afro-Diasporic dances, has a deep commitment to — and passion for — the performing arts, and has performed all over the world. One of Samantha’s most fond performance memories was opening for El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico while on a salsa cruise to the Bahamas. As a former dancer, Samantha has a sweet spot for entrepreneurs, creatives, and burnt out leaders hoping to infuse more passion, purpose, and meaning into their lives.

Education:

  • PhD Student, Organizational Behavior, Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve
  • Certified Professional Coach (CPC) Certified Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP), Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC)
  • Master of Science, Nonprofit Management, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School
  • Certificate, Leadership and Change, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School
  • Master of Arts, Women’s History, Sarah Lawrence College
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Bachelor of Arts, Women’s Studies, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Certificate, Spanish Language and Cultures, University of Maryland, College Park
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AOM Logo Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Inc. PhD Project

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