Cortina Jenelle (Caldwell) is a queer, Two-Spirit woman of Southern, West African and Iberian descent. Originally born/raised in rural Morganton, NC, she is rooted back in the Appalachias where she calls Earthaven Ecovillage – an intentional community – home. Cortina is an authentic leader, systemic communication architect, egalitarian and highly sought facilitator for personal, organizational and community transformation. Cortina currently serves as the Founder of SOLEIL (School of Leadership, Equality and Innovative Learning) an
Cortina Jenelle (Caldwell) is a queer, Two-Spirit woman of Southern, West African and Iberian descent. Originally born/raised in rural Morganton, NC, she is rooted back in the Appalachias where she calls Earthaven Ecovillage – an intentional community – home. Cortina is an authentic leader, systemic communication architect, egalitarian and highly sought facilitator for personal, organizational and community transformation. Cortina currently serves as the Founder of SOLEIL (School of Leadership, Equality and Innovative Learning) and the Community Relations Director for LEAF Community Arts. Prior to these roles, Cortina served as the Founder & Managing Director of Visit & Venture (2011); and Co-Founder of the Authentic Communities Summit (2015).
Since 2007, Cortina has facilitated dozens workshops and led keynote addresses on authenticity, innovation, entrepreneurship and creative community building across the Southeast United States with leading organizations such University of NC at Pembroke; University of NC at Greensboro; Guilford College; East Carolina University; Appalachia Funders Network; Mountain BizWorks; Appalachian State University; Handmade in America; Mycelium School; Haywood Community College; Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute; Asheville Area Arts Council and numerous others. In the recent past, Cortina has been recognized as the WNC Minority Enterprise Development’s Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year (2012); 40 Under Forty: Asheville (2013); and an inductee to Leadership Asheville (2014). Her work in education, hospitality, non-profit management, sales, leadership, entrepreneurial development, communications and branding creates a cross-pollinated container for dynamic leadership, facilitation and development for any client she works with.
Cortina holds a Masters Degree of Arts in Management & Leadership; a Bachelors of Science in Business, Education & Social Science; is a graduate of the Mycelium School Winter Learning Journey; and is a Certified Facilitator according to the PYE Global methodology. Cortina considers herself a seeker of higher knowledge on a quest to get to the root of happiness in life and is therefore continuously pursuing training and learning opportunities around village building; nature-based education; leadership; activism; herbalism; alternative wellness and equality and human rights for the LGBTQ community.
Thank you for joining us to make this conference such a huge success! I so enjoyed your Ideate talk and appreciated the confidence and perspective you brought to the stage. You are working on amazing things for our community – Asheville is lucky to have you!Sara Levine, PHR, SHRM-CP Director of Human Resources / Assistant FSO – Epsilon, Inc
You are a positive force among your generation and you brought the perfect message to our Ideate session.Blake Butler, Adapt Public Relations
Book Cortina to Speak!
• Society for Human Resource Management Annual Conference (LEAD Differently)
• Southern Leadership Jam
• Appalachian State University
• Creative Sector Summit
• Haywood Community College
• Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute
• UNC – Greensboro, Master of Ceremonies – Undergraduate Commencement
• UNC – Pembroke
• University of Tennessee – Knoxville
• Mycelium School
• Appalachia Funders Network
• LEAF Community Arts
• Kinnection Campout
• Authentic Communities Summit
• Mountain BizWorks
• New Mountain AVL
• Sirens on the Mountain Music Festival
• The Arts Council of Henderson County
• Small Towns Summit
• AB-Tech Community College
• Asheville Area Arts Council
• Venture Local Fair
• UNC-Greensboro – Entrepreneur Day
• Western Carolina University – Graduate Education Summit
• Goodwill Industries of Northwest NC
• Caldwell County Arts Council
• Bonfire Gathering
• Earthaven Ecovillage
• Folk Alliance International Conference
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