Who We Are:
LEAD Training is a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Cincinnati, OH that’s comprised of passionate people who are on a mission to prepare young people for life-career success.
An educator and entrepreneur at heart recognized for impassioned approaches, colorful ideas, and a mission to transform the workforce of tomorrow. Riley has a background as an AP Psychology & Health/PE teacher, social psychology researcher, professional career coach, and leadership/communication skills corporate trainer skilled at designing and delivering career education, life skills, and workforce programs. Her youth programs help young people develop self-efficacy—a belief in their own capacity to succeed—by providing opportunities to learn and practice these skills in safe, real-life settings. Riley has developed and delivered career and life-skills educational programs for YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, United Way of Warren County, and various other schools and nonprofit organizations in Ohio and Northern Kentucky.
Outside of work, Riley enjoys teaching scuba certification classes primarily to university students and teens. Riley also enjoys adrenaline-filled adventures such as diving with sharks at the Newport Aquarium, flying, skydiving, and traveling. As her sisters say, Riley is free-spirited—which explains her love of not wearing shoes, driving to be her own boss, and believing that with a bit of courage, it’s possible for people to create almost anything they want in life.
Career Coach & Student Mentor
A true student champion with a mission to help young people navigate their futures and evolve on their journeys. Edna is fervently passionate about inspiring, equipping, and empowering young people to be their greatest version! Edna has a Master of Education and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. She has worked for over 30 years in administrative leadership and educational positions at Key Bank, PNC Bank, Cincinnati Public Schools, Mt. Healthy High School, and Cincinnati State, to name a few. She also has experience as an Upward Bound/TRIO instructor, coach, and career specialist. Edna excels at connecting with students and fostering enthusiasm and synergy in groups. She is exceptionally skilled at empowering young people to believe in their own abilities and expand their potential.
Edna is a native Cincinnatian and has two children, Amber and Quincy. Growing up, she was a scholar-athlete and a member of the National Honor Society. She played on the Dayton Flyers Women’s Division 1 Volleyball Team for three years while studying at the University of Dayton. Edna has stayed active in volleyball as a high school coach since 2009. In addition, Edna enjoys volunteering for Girls on the Run, daily journaling, writing poems, creating jewelry, reading, and traveling. Edna is a truly driven and courageous individual who has impressively completed two marathons and also owns her own business called Diamond Life Network.
Entrepreneur, consultant, and Future of Work expert who is leading the charge to redefine what work means in the 21st Century.
Board Treasurer & Secretary
Retired executive with over 30 years of senior and executive level corporate management experience dedicated to supporting innovative organizations.
Supply Chain VP who excels at building winning organizations bound together by clear and common strategic intent and inherent empowerment.
Educator, coach, and previous mentee of coach John Wooden who is on a mission to transform the leaders of tomorrow.