It’s not often that I get an opportunity to feature a childhood friend, so this week’s Re.engineer Trending Leaders feature is very special to me. I have know Mr. Kenn Barnes Jr., Esq. since the days of Nintendo Super Mario Brothers and sandlot tackle football and I am extremely excited to collaborate with him on a professional level.
Kenn serves as Special Counsel-Criminal Justice to the Louisiana Supreme Court. His duties include assisting with the Court’s pretrial services, specialty court programs across Louisiana, serving as liaison between the Louisiana Supreme Court and the Felony Class System Task Force, Louisiana Public Defender Board, Louisiana State Law Institute, and has recently been appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards to the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Committee on behalf of the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Kenn received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Louisiana State University in 2011 and received both his Juris Doctorate and Diploma of Comparative Law from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University where he served as Executive President of the Student Bar Association in 2015.
Join us as Kenn provides some perspectives on being a leader within the criminal justice system.
Last year, Google announced the findings from an internal study that looked across teams to determine the most innovative and productive groups within the company. They found that their best teams weren’t the ones full of top scientists. Instead, their highest performing teams were interdisciplinary groups that benefited heavily from employees who brought strong soft skills to the collaborative process. Further research revealed that important predictors of success within Google were skills like good communication, insights about others, and empathetic leadership. But it’s not just top tech companies that are finding value in these types of skills. A Twitter poll from edX found that people think teamwork and collaboration are the most helpful soft skills in the workplace, followed by critical thinking, public speaking and persuasive writing.
In this re.engineer feature we invite Ashley M. Martin, soft skills trainer, to share her perspective on what it takes to be successful as a professional. Teaching is Ashley's passion and the mantra of “You learn something new every day” is a philosophy that she lives by. She blends her love for educating, encouraging, and equipping others into dynamic conversations, training sessions, and talks.
You can find more information about Ashley at her website: www.iamashleym.com
Underrepresented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in the United States include women and some minorities. In the U.S., women made up 50% of the college-educated workers in 2010, but only 28% of the Science and Engineering workers, and African Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Hispanics collectively formed 26% of the population, but account for only 10% of the Science and Engineering workers (U.S. News, 2014). But thank God for STEM Leaders like Shauna Brown! In this re.engineer Q and A session, Shauna will share some of her insights on how she has challenged the status quo and also how she is using her professional experiences to prepare the next generation of Melanin in STEM!
Shauna Brown is the Assistant Director of the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, a STEM-themed magnet program for pre-college/pre-career students. In this leadership and management role, Shauna is responsible for leading and overseeing operational, instructional, and programmatic aspects of the program of 800 students and 120 staff. She has served in this role for 5 years, and is the first woman in the history of the academy to hold this position. In addition to her professional work, Shauna is the founder of Melanin in STEM, an organization whose mission is to increase representation in STEM through early exposure, mentoring initiatives, and professional networking.
We are extremely excited about this re.engineer featured moment, as we have a great opportunity to highlight one the industry’s reliability engineering and lubrication experts, Sanya Mathura.
Sanya is the Founder of Strategic Reliability Solutions Ltd and operates in the capacity of Managing Director and Senior Consultant. Strategic Reliability Solutions Ltd located in Trinidad & Tobago and focuses on the provision of reliability services such as; Lubrication audits, Training, Consultancy, Site Assessments and Implementation of Lubrication Management Systems.
She possesses a strong engineering background with a BSc in Electrical & Computer Engineering and MSc in Engineering Asset Management. After completion of her thesis “An investigation into the root causes of lubricant degradation in critical equipment in an Ammonia complex”, she was made aware of the plight that reliability faces within and outside of the Caribbean. As such, she decided to ensure that every attempt was made to make reliability the backbone upon which the industry operates by forming Strategic Reliability Solutions Ltd.
In this re.engineer Q&A moment, we spend some time catching up with Chef LaTara Jeffers, Founder and CEO of Veganish. Chef LaTara is leading an inspiring movement that is #reengineering how we develop healthier lifestyles. She is definitely an entrepreneur to keep an eye on as Veganish is a game changing force that is disrupting our traditional beliefs on what it takes to live your “Healthiest Life”.
In this re.engineer Q&A moment, we gain some leadership perspective from Erica Walton-Douglas, Ingersoll Rand’s Director of Operations of the Tradeport distribution center in Memphis, Tennessee. Erica was recently featured by Ingersoll Rand as being one of three female leaders that hold top leadership positions in residential HVAC & Supply facilities. In this exclusive interview, Erica explained how she is making history as being the first female leader at her location.
In this re.engineer feature we recognize Brant Smith for his continued success as a Process Safety, Instrumentation, and Reliability Leader.
Brant’s appetite for creating value has consistently grown over the years and he has recently partner with Automation + Controls Engineering (ACE) to create his own division which is focused on Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) and Field Services.
In this re.engineer feature we recognize J.P. Robinson for his breakthrough work at Apple and across the gaming industry.
At only 25, J.P. is already climbing up the Apple ladder, first starting as a Product Design Engineer, and now a Quality Assurance Lead. Outside of work, J.P. is working on a startup with 4 other guys in augmented reality gaming, developing a new gaming console and parts for the future.
As Apple is moving a lot manufacturing back to United States, J.P. and his team have developed new strategies and plans for Apple to design and manufacture products with thermodynamic sensors, buttons and keys, and have made sure that Apple’s products stay clean to the environment and recyclable. Apple prides themselves in being very reliable and reusable and thanks to his team, they will make sure that this commitment stays true.
J.P., how are you delivering reengineered value at Apple?
“Working as a Quality Assurance Lead now and previously a Product Design Engineer specializing in haptics, I’ve developed product and strategies that have helped Apple rethink materials and mine less from the earth and more from old devices. We estimate at a minimum 92% of every Apple product can be recycled”.
Now that’s reengineering at its best...using technology, automation and a little bit of ingenuity to drive value creation.
In this re.engineer feature we salute Keisha Kelley for her #focus in #reenginering how we receive HBCU media. “If you build it, they will come”.
Keisha is the CEO and founder of the revolutionary #BlackCollegeExperience which is an HBCU sports podcast that brings exposure to HBCU athletes. It is a media outlet that provides minute to minute updates on all things HBCU and before BCE, there was no conduit for users to tap into if they had a passion for HBCU sports. Through T-shirt sales, it is her vision to raise funds to create scholarships for students who are or plan on attending HBCUs.
re.engineered value: This type of intangible value creation is off the charts as it provides futures to the next generation of leaders.
BlackCollegeExperience you are a certified re.engineer!