a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy.
publicly recommend or support.
The path to becoming an advocate is often embraced during periods of unexpected change. After being laid off and making the decision to transition into nonprofits Alicia became an after school Program Leader at Heart House serving refugee and immigrant students in the Vickery Meadow community of Dallas. She also spent some time as Substitute Teacher, on the NAF Advisory Board of an Engineering Academy and on a Teen Advisory Board mentoring and empowering students to become leaders. In an executive role in education at Frontiers of Flight Museum these experiences allow her to have an inclusive perspective of the needs of students. She consistently work as an advocate with educators, industry partners, executive boards and artists to best serve diverse populations of students who are the leaders of tomorrow.
Alicia understands the challenges of women in learning how to professionally advocate for yourself and in believing you are good enough to seek and apply for opportunities you desire. She uses the power of innovation to show through her own trailblazing efforts the importance of creating and seeking out opportunities through powerful connections. Alicia has been mentored by women and men in engineering leadership positions and other professional fields helping her to continue to grow as a leader while inspiring students to succeed. As a fellow introvert, Alicia has perfected her ability to compellingly tell stories of challenge and success while thriving in male-dominated industries. She accepts this advocacy by helping to increase the attraction and retention of women in technical fields beginning in early childhood education, high school, college and for professionals through her professional development trainings. Her commitment to continual improvement is evident as a former member of Toastmasters where she earned the distinctions of Competent Leadership, Competent Communicator and Toastmaster of the Year for the Creative Expressions Club.
Alicia has also expanded her role as an advocate in philanthropic work as a member of the Heritage Giving Club Giving Circle. HERitage Giving Fund at Texas Women’s Foundation was founded August 2017, during Black Philanthropy Month. The mission of HERitage is to encourage philanthropy in the African-American/Black community, to contribute in a strategic and meaningful way, and to bring a new source of funding to nonprofit organizations serving African-American women and girls throughout the North Texas area. The circle provides an opportunity to learn about issues and organizations that affect and impact the African-American/Black community. HERitage Giving Fund at Texas Women’s Foundation is committed to engaging Black women of varying economic status and backgrounds, who have a heart for investing in organizations, often grassroots, small to medium in size and/or start ups.
"I have been so grateful to have Alicia's involvement on the Scholarship Advisory Committee for the Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation. The scholarship committee has the crucial responsibility of selecting recipients for the 20-plus scholarships bestowed annually by the Foundation. Last year, Alicia reviewed close to 60 applications, helping choose 21 Woodrow seniors to receive $40,750 in scholarships. Her contributions to this volunteer committee are making a difference for young people in our community."
- Leigh Straughn
Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation
"I met Alicia when I was an executive officer for the SMU collegiate chapter of National Society of Black Engineers. She regularly supported our chapter from 2015-2017 through public speaking, hosting professional workshops, mentorship, and behind-the-scenes support for the SMU NSBE executive board. Along with SMU NSBE, Alicia also personally supported me and advocated for my success. Thanks to her nomination, I was selected as a finalist for The City Influencer’s 2016 College Influencer of the Year Search. This distinguished honor opened doors for me and allowed me to network with other influential people throughout the country. On multiple occasions Alicia acknowledged my often-unseen efforts as a student and a leader. I graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.S. in Software Engineering thanks to women like her, who paved the way academically and positively impacted me."
- Nariana Sands