Wendy Mateo-pascual 
Wendy Mateo-pascual 
 LATINX LEADERSHIP 
<p>BRIAN KELLER&nbsp;</p>

BRIAN KELLER 

DATA GURU 
<p>LEONARDO SCARPATI&nbsp;</p>

LEONARDO SCARPATI 

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
 
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Don't create in isolation, create in collaboration.

Gina Esquivel

Principal Consultant

Gina Esquivel, a native of Costa Rica, made Charlotte her home when the Eastland Mall was in fashion and the Panthers just came to the city, back in 1995. Her life, career, and education make her what some will call the "trifecta effect" for social justice.
She is a ball of creativity and a life-long learner. She is a master facilitator, bound to see the community full of opportunities.
She has 25 years of experience in the social services field, from domestic violence, public health, poverty, housing, historical exhibits and racial inclusion. She has been a host of local tv shows in Spanish and has played critical roles in the community to improve the quality of life of marginalized communities.
She earned a Bachelors Degree from the National University of Costa Rica in Education and Counseling. She received her Master's Degree from Pfeiffer University in Change Management.
She has worked under the best non-profits in town, including Read Charlotte, Crisis Assistance Ministry, Levine Museum of the New South, Catholic Social Services and Metrolina AIDS Project. As a volunteer, she has served in numerous boards to the latest, Women+Girls Research Alliance and Charlotte Lesbian Gay Fund. Currently, serving in the Community Relations Committee of Mecklenburg County.
She is a proud alumnus of the Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) Class VI, Leadership American North Carolina Chapter and most recently the American Leadership Forum (ALF) Class 2017.
Gina Esquivel loves to nurture her creative side through photography and other artsy crafts. She feeds her geeky side by keeping up with the latest in technology and social science. Loves to travel with her wife Kathia and spent time outdoors with their two doggies.


Public Speaking

A seasoned public speaker, will bring to the stage her life history, professional perspective and angle on social issues that you will want to hear.  Esquivel is a dynamic public speaker will engage your audience through her charisma and sense of humor.  Her life's journey has brought her to unveil the depths of many social causes. If you are looking to alter and disrupt familiar perspectives,  you want her on the stage.


 

Wendy Mateo-Pascual | Latinx Leadership


Wendy Pascual is originally from the Dominican Republic and has resided in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2003. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and has post-graduate education in Community Development and Human Rights. She has participated in many projects and processes from the Dominican Republic to Brazil to South Africa, that focus on public policy, human rights, equity and inclusion, and the effects and eradication of poverty and racism around the world.


She began her leadership career serving in the community. When Wendy moved to Charlotte in 2003, she spoke no English but had a great desire to become involved in the city. She began studying English and at the same time started to volunteer with area organizations.


This set a path for her career as a pioneer in the space of health care for underserved groups; she is the Co-founder of Camino Community Center in Charlotte and served as Executive Director for 14 years.  Under her leadership, she established the Bethesda Health Center (a health clinic and related programs focused on promoting health and wellness) and “You Are Not Alone (a community mental health treatment and education program for low-income Latino immigrants).  She also created the Latino Civic Engagement Project, the first local program designed to create opportunities, empower, and equip immigrant leaders to become civically-engaged community advocates.  


Mrs. Pascual has more than 30 years of experience working with community-based organizations, supporting the establishment of Latino leadership in organizations and the community.  She is a thought leader, facilitator and master advisor in the development of leadership in organizations.


She is happily married to Eliseo Pascual and has three smart and energetic boys, Yarince, Nelson, and Marcos.
 
An advocate for more data-driven decision-making in the non-profit sector.

Bryan Keller | Data Guru | Contractor

Bryan is the founder of Social Impact Investments Inc (SIII), an organization providing financial planning services to individuals and consulting around social impact investing to various organizations. The goal of SIII is to be a leader in social impact measurement and ultimately become a consistent source of funding for local efforts around entrepreneurship and education.
Previously, Bryan managed the analytics team at Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont. There, he developed and applied advanced analytics to client data, including the development and implementation of a comprehensive Social Return on Investment (SROI) model and the Mecklenburg County Benefit Cliff Calculator. The SROI model gave Goodwill leadership a regular detailed analysis of each program’s social impact relative to its cost. Meanwhile, the Benefit Cliff Calculator was used to educate and advocate around economic mobility and social support reform.
Bryan holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Economics as well as a master’s degree in Applied Economics. He has a passion for data and is an advocate for more data-driven decision-making in the non-profit sector.
 

Leonardo Scarpati|Diversity and Inclusion| Contractor

A master facilitator in diversity & inclusion, cross-cultural and intercultural competency training. With over 10 years experience in program management, with an emphasis in multi-cultural communities, Leonardo is committed to helping bridge cultural differences in this globalized era.
In his most recent role he served as Associate State Director for AARP North Carolina and as a consultant for various organizations including Florida Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), Fair Districts Florida and AARP Florida. Leonardo is a skilled public speaker and facilitator responsible for developing and delivering interactive educational programs based on client needs. He currently works with companies to evaluate existing systems/procedures in place and make recommendations for improvement of how to bridge cultural diversity with today’s workforce.
Leonardo Scarpati is a graduate of Florida International University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Mass Communication.