Success Profile: Meet Kendra Speed, Walker’s Legacy Austin City Director

Austin, TXWalker’s Legacy has announced Kendra Speed as its new Austin City Director. The expansion of these additional chapters brings the organization’s  local engagement to 15 cities nationwide. City Directors work to implement the Walker’s Legacy mission in their local business communities through impactful in-person programming, organizational collaboration, and partnerships.

“Walker’s Legacy understands that the power of our organization comes from the power of the community that we work hard to build every day,” said Natalie Madeira Cofield, Founder & CEO of Walker’s Legacy.  “Extending our programming to local markets provides an opportunity to take our digital engagement offline through meaningful programming and encourages the development of local ecosystems of support that are critical to the women we support.”

Kendra is currently Head of Go To Market Insights at Dropbox and holds a MBA with Concentration in Marketing Strategy from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana; as well as a B.S. degree in Business Administration from South Carolina State University. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with extensive experience in both Ethnic and General Market research in diverse categories, such as consumer packaged goods, tires, higher education, real estate, museums/cultural institutions, employee services, and media. Kendra began her career in research in 2003 at Procter & Gamble, where she led projects across Ethnic, Shopper, and Beauty Care. This experience has shaped Kendra’s passion to deliver actionable and impactful insights to influence decision making and drive business results.

“I look forward to working in partnership with the greater Austin community to bring programming focused on the support, leadership development, and advancement of  multicultural women, locally,” said Kendra Speed, Austin City Director at Walker’s Legacy. “It is an honor to combine forces with a network of talented and driven women who are championing this work in cities throughout the US. A special thank you to Natalie Madeira Cofield for this opportunity to apply my personal experiences from business and industry to grow Walker’s Legacy’s important mission in the Austin Metropolitan Area.” 

“It has been an amazing experience building community with these dynamic women across the country. Adding an additional 6 City Directors to our Walker’s Legacy Leadership Family has been remarkable. I am so excited that we have the opportunity to expand our programming into 6 new communities this year reaching more multicultural women and serving as a resources pipeline to build local ecosystems of support,” said Gaybrielle LeAnn Gant, Director of Communities and Events leading the City Directors initiative. “I have absolutely loved getting to see each of our City Directors in action, meet the members of their communities, and watch them at work to advance the mission of Walker’s Legacy. This past month has been a true testament to the power of collaboration among multicultural women and sisterhood—I can’t think of a more fulfilling space.”
For more  information on this programming series and the Walker’s Legacy City Directors may be found here.

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Walker's Legacy is a growing global women in business collective founded to establish networks of empowerment and access for women of color in business.