|Monika Black is a leadership coach, motivational speaker, community consultant and educator. At only 5'4, as a former collegiate high jump champion and participant in the 1996 Olympic Trials, she tells people "You're never too short to achieve great heights!" Monika's life mission is to help individuals to identify their strengths, develop their talents and walk in their unique paths so that they may more effectively live out their life purpose.
Monika is an accomplished individual with community and corporate experience. She combines her experience as a former athlete and being an instructor at DePaul University in Psychology to inspire individuals to create synergy at multiple levels of their lives through the active progression and advancement of themselves as leaders.
During her personal walk to live a more purposeful life Monika left her corporate job, co-founded a self-esteem program called Las Caras Lindas (Beautiful Faces) that serves the needs of African American and Latina adolescent girls, returned to graduate school to complete her doctoral degree and successfully established herself as a independent consultant...over a three month time period! Through her journey Monika also recommitted herself to advancing her community through partnering with individuals, organizations and advocacy groups.
When consulting she partners with organizations as an extension of the organization, intently integrating the organization's vision, culture, strengths and resources in a way that helps to more succinctly align program theory, design and evaluation. As a part of her personal mission to advance her community, she has consulted on projects across corporate and community based organizations ranging from healthcare to housing to youth mentoring programs.
When in the classroom Monika provides the students with the knowledge, experiential understanding and space to fully integrate their learning experience so that participants can advance academically and personally. She has experience presenting workshops on various topics; teaching introductory psychology, abnormal psychology and multicultural psychology. Her personal interests include organizational / leadership development, social justice, mental health, minority populations and program design development.
Monika is currently completing her PhD at DePaul University in Community Psychology. Her Master's in Health Administration and Clinical Psychology are from The Ohio State University. She is also a graduate of The University of Michigan where she was recipient of the Michigan Medal of Honor and Two-time Varsity Captain of the Women's Track and Field Team. Monika is a member of the American Psychological Association, Society for Community Research and Action and Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows.