As partners, we work with job seekers to remove barriers to employment and assist employers in identifying qualified talent. How do we work to even the playing field for clients facing hurdles to sustainable employment? How can we give employers the tools they need to strive for more equitable and inclusive workplaces? Join us for a discussion including our featured speaker, Dr. OJ Oleka, President, Association of Kentucky Independent Colleges & Universities, and a panel of local business representatives. Panelists include Amber Brogden, Business Manager, Extreme Clean Auto Detailing, Jennifer Ingram, Founder & CEO, Calibrated Lens, and Wonda Winkler, COO, Brighton Center. If you are interested, join us for this virtual event.
Dr. OJ Oleka
Dr. OJ Oleka is the President of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU). AIKCU advocates for higher education policies at the state and federal level that will lead to increased affordability and access to Kentucky’s independent colleges. Prior to AIKCU, Dr. Oleka was the Deputy Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, where he worked on policy that streamlined government, developed the financial literacy standards for the Kentucky Department of Education, and protected the property rights of Kentuckians.
Dr. Oleka graduated from the University of Louisville with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a minor in Political Science. At UofL, Dr. Oleka was Student Body President and Chairman of the Kentucky Board of Student Body Presidents. After graduation, Dr. Oleka joined Teach For America and taught middle school math in St. Louis.
Dr. Oleka also has an MBA from Bellarmine University and a PhD in Leadership in Higher Education. As a published researcher, Dr. Oleka has focused on college affordability, social capital, and workforce development. Dr. Oleka is passionate about ending generational poverty through educational opportunity and economic mobility and is the co-founder of the AntiRacismKY coalition, a group of Kentuckians working to end any remnant of institutional racism in Kentucky. Dr. Oleka lives in Louisville, KY, where he serves on the education and workforce development committee for the local chamber of commerce. He lives with his wife Jamie, their daughter Riley, and their dog Ashe.
Amber Chere’ Brogden
Amber Chere’ Brogden, COO and Business Manager of Extreme Clean Auto Detailing LLC., has dedicated the last five years to helping her husband Joshua build Extreme Clean. Prior to joining Joshua at Extreme, Amber was a Business Administrator at UC Health where she worked for eight years and was responsible for leading her department to the $1.6M in net collections, which was the first time in the departments’ history. She also was a key player in facilitating the building of new practices, physician contracts and worked with interdisciplinary teams across various healthcare organizations to further departmental growth. She also served as an independent consultant to Wright State Physicians assisting them in improving workflow and revenue capture. A native of Dayton Ohio, Amber relocated to Cincinnati to attend college. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University where she also serves as an adjunct faculty member.
Amber has a passion for improving those in her sphere of influence and is a strong proponent of seeing others reach their maximum potential. In a house full of boys, she enjoys spa days, but is truly a boy’s mom and can be heard cheering loudly at sporting events.
Jennifer is the Founder and CEO of Calibrated Lens, LLC, a boutique consulting firm with the mission of helping clients facilitate sustainable change to optimize performance, presence, and productivity. Before launching Calibrated Lens, she served as the first Vice President of Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, the sixth largest United Way in the nation. In this role she gained national attention for the publication of the organization’s inaugural DEI Community Report. Additionally, she is deeply involved in contributing thought leadership and sharing best practices across the United Way Worldwide Network. Her multifaceted experiences have generated her keen ability to address complex challenges methodically with ease and simplicity. Jennifer has been described as a dynamic communicator with an energetically infectious presence. She is a nationally sought-after presenter and well-respected DEI thought leader with extensive experience captivating and training audiences both large and small.
A native of Metro-Detroit, Jennifer earned a graduate degree from Central Michigan University in Organizational Leadership and completed undergraduate coursework at Eastern Michigan University in Healthcare Administration and minored in Healthcare Informatics. She is a strong proponent of volunteerism and mentoring youth from marginalized communities. Jennifer enjoys the arts, experiencing different cultures and authentic cuisine.
Wonda is the Executive Vice President of Brighton Center, Inc., which is a private nonprofit community based agency providing a uniquely comprehensive range of programs and services to achieve its mission of self-sufficiency including: family and work supports; financial and homeownership services; workforce development services including education, employment, and training programs; substance abuse recovery services for women; early childhood education; and neighborhood based programs including housing development.
Wonda has a Bachelor’s from Thomas More College and an MBA from Northern Kentucky University with over 28 years of non-profit experience. She is actively involved in the community helping to shape and influence policy and systemic change, and currently serves on the following: Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (Executive Committee) and the Women’s Initiative Steering Committee; Growing Regional Outcomes through Workforce (GROW) NKY (Steering Committee); National Skills Coalition Racial Equity National Advisory Panel; United Way Public Policy Cabinet; Northern Kentucky Partners for Health; and Northern Kentucky University Graduate Education Advisory Board.