Brenda Martin, M.B.A., Advocate, Keynote Speaker and Workshop Facilitator, recently served on the National PTA (NPTA) Communication Committee and is an NPTA Social Media Ambassador. She has presented national workshops on Social Media, Increasing Graduation Rates and Parenting Advocacy. She was a panelist on NBC's EDUCATION NATION, "Stepping Up: The Power of a Parent Advocate" in New York for Parenting Magazine's Mom Congress and also aired on C-SPAN. She was selected by the White House and U.S. Department of Education as a White House Champion of Change: Winning the Future for America, national series. Brenda was recently inducted into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame 2017.
Due to her drive, she sometimes drives to Washington, D.C. for meetings with U. S. Department of Education & legislators, Senate ESEA hearing and Mom Congress all while she was serving as the Northeastern Kentucky District PTA President, Kentucky PTA Board of Directors, and other committees. She has mentored in the school district where she has been engaged or volunteered with multiple projects over 15 years. She has taught Advocacy workshops at their state PTA convention and meet with legislators concerning various bills affecting children's education and welfare. She presented, "Parent Advocacy" at the National Black Family Conference.
Brenda served on the Kentucky Education Commissioner's Teacher Assessment Steering Committee and the Working Conditions Committee for Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning-TELL Kentucky. She served as President, Northeastern Kentucky Association for Gifted Education (NEKAGE); She created and led an after school club for middle school students in Science, Technology and Engineering later Developing a STEM summer day camp and served as Camp Director for "Camp Revamp". Brenda served as Education Co-Chair for the NAACP, Boyd and Greenup Counties where she coordinated and was invited as a panelist for their state conference's forum, "Closing the Achievement Gap."
She was trained as Commonwealth of Institute for Parent Leadership Fellow, Strong Start Kentucky and as an Advocate; Elected to School Based Decision Making and appointed by the mayor to the city's Commission on Human Rights while being elected Chairperson. She also serves on Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership (MAPP) with her county's health department and on Greenup Residents Ending Addictions Together (GREAT). She was also selected on the advisory board for Essence Magazine's "Mission Critical: Education First" Initiative, serving 7 million readers.
Brenda is the founder of United Communities to Advance our Neighborhoods, Inc. (UCAN), a non-profit organization and has conducted a myriad of workshops as an Employability Skills Consultant at universities and prisons. She specialized in job acquiring strategies, image consulting and analyzing future trends. She taught Study Skills at the college where she honed in on thinking skills, logical and creative expression.
She managed her own retail merchandising business. Developing her own business plan, she created her fashion and gift boutique, hired, managed and trained part time employees. She conducted the assortment & floor planning, advertising & marketing.
Brenda was a Computer Programmer for the IBM Corporation, a Fortune 100 company, developing business applications using various languages and programming environments while writing test plans and other technical documents. She served as their site's Requirements Process expert, and became a Product Planner serving as their Software Distribution & Support lead planner. Brenda conducted competitive analysis of linguistic products and trained upper management and others in-house on Export Regulations and Patenting. She has also designed websites for non-governmental organizations.
She has served in various church leadership roles as Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School Director, Consolidated District Youth Teacher, Youth Ministry Director initiating Youth Night, co-led Youth Church, lock-ins, skits, cultural trips, visiting nursing homes and more. She hosted a television special for Christian television, developing a heart wrenching monologue performance, panel interview, poetry, selected guests and has appeared in print and television commercials. She served as acting coach for a youth drama ministry, Get Real TV, a TBN youth worldwide internet television program (that her son was in cast). She toured many schools in the Tri-State, dramatically storytelling American History including Black History and sharing her poetry. Inspired by a news photo of her portrayal of Sojourner Truth, a talentedpainted a large portrait of Brenda which was displayed in the museum, art center, and other shows. She has served as a dynamic keynote speaker and entertaining mistress of ceremonies for churches, NAACP and other civic organizations.
Brenda received her Master of Business Administration (MBA) a few months prior to the birth of their third son. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Management while minoring in Speech Communication where she was also a Resident Assistant leading co-ed students, vice-president of their Computer Management association, radio news announcer and served as a Student Computer Programmer for the university. Brenda is the recipient of Knowledge Universe-KinderCare's national Education Achievement Award, highlighted in Parenting Magazine's, "The Power and Potential of Parent Advocates" and was recognized by the governor's office, Superintendent & Board of Education. She is Parenting Magazine's Mom Congress Kentucky delegate.
Brenda and her husband, James, are the proud parents of their four children, of which two have graduated from college! Some of her greatest joys were when she taught Youth Church with her husband, where their children also.