Charlyn’s strengths rely in her creativity, communication skills, and sensitivity to others. Her mission is to broadcast and empower the messages, people, and projects we could all learn more from. And of course, sharing her own messages, too. About leadership, entrepreneurship, and empowerment. Charlyn has previously spoken at Washington University, the Black Boss Summit, Denver Startup Week, and the GlobalmindED Annual Conference.
Charlyn loves to create. In January 2021, she founded Working Within, a powerful platform for creative, big ideas people. We specialize in thoughtful change strategy and workshops for students/early career folks, mission-based organizations, and professionals. We provide The Working Within Incubator along with individual workshop series to help visionaries focus their talents and launch. Working Within’s podcast allows Charlyn to learn from underrepresented creators, change-makers, and disruptors. To date, she’s hosted guests like Wanda James, the first Black woman cannabis dispensary owner in the US, and Christiane Pendarvis, the Co-President of the Savage X Fenty brand by Rihanna.
Charlyn has previous experience in C-Suite management and strategy consulting. She serves as Chief of Staff at EdSolutions, an education consulting firm. Prior to her role as Chief of Staff, she worked with Redstone Strategy Group consulting for funders in both the Education and Economic Equity fields. Her most notable project involved managing the strategy refresh for a client’s $300 million portfolio of national K-12 education investments.
Charlyn received a B.S. in Business Administration with a Finance concentration from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis and was named one of two Best & Brightest Business Undergrads for the class of 2020. She also received the Dean’s Special Service Award and Nelson Mandela Leadership Award for organizing the school’s first annual Diversity & Inclusion Summit and for hosting Angela Davis through her leadership involvement with Teaching Racial Understanding Through Honesty.
Residing in the Denver metro area, Charlyn serves as President of the Young Professionals Inclusive Leadership Council for GlobalmindEd and was selected as a 2022 Connect Leadership Fellow for the Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado. Charlyn speaks often about her personal mission, social impact/entrepreneurship work, leadership, personal power, and mindset at her alma mater, conferences, and on panels. In her free time, she writes, exercises, and travels.