Chloe Edwards is the Founder of See Me #iamhere and Boss Folx Vibes. Edwards' work is inspired by her personal connection to foster care (she entered kinship foster care at age 14). Edwards also works on the Campaign for a Trauma-Informed Virginia at Voices for Virginia's Children, serves as the President of the Black Lives Matter 804 organization, and serves as Assistant Director and Digital Organizer for The Truth Telling Project to dismantle systems of oppression.
Chloe completed the Minority Research and Law Institute Program at Southern University’s Law Center in 2013. In 2019, Chloe was selected for the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Emerging Leaders program in 2019. Chloe graduated from Hollins University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and obtained a Masters of Public Policy with a Leadership Concentration from Liberty University. Radio One recognized her as one of the top “30 Under 30” trailblazers initiating change in Richmond in 2017, Connecting Hearts awarded her its Outstanding Service Award in 2018, and in 2020, Edwards was recognized as one of the top 33 Black woman influencers in Richmond through #RVAMicShare.
In August 2020, Edwards led and launched Virginia's inaugural Racial Truth & Reconciliation Week, which is one of her greatest and most rewarding achievements thus far.
Amanda Lynch is an author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur. Lynch authored “Breathe, Baby, Breathe: An ABC Guide To Mindfulness.” She is a licensed educator and an expert in trauma-informed practices and mindfulness in the classroom. Lynch began working as a Special Education teacher in Richmond Public Schools in 2003. Amanda began practicing yoga in 2013 and instantly recognized the countless healing benefits yoga has to offer. She completed her RYT-200 in 2019. As a native of Glen Allen, she was very naïve to the poverty and trauma that plagued many of my students and their families. She sought out more information about substance use disorder, cultural responsiveness, and historical trauma as she navigated the systems and resources that could best support my students both in and outside of the classroom. For nearly twenty years, Lynch worked in a variety of capacities in public education, and briefly in correctional education. It wasn’t until 2006 when her best friend, Angel J. Jackson, and her father, Herbert Sharpe, Sr., were brutally murdered that she truly understood how deeply trauma could impact an individual and their family. This single event changed the trajectory of her career.
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