Marvin is a social entrepreneur, design thinker, dad, and storyteller. He’s gained a broad range of skills at Procter & Gamble over 16+ years, taking on roles in Brand Management, Purchasing, and now as the HR Leader for R&D Recruiting. “It’s taught me a great deal about running a business, building a team of talented people, & doing good in the community,” he says.
Marvin is a writer who got his BA in English from the University of Cincinnati in 1998, and also received his MBA in 2002. He’s passionate about innovation and is a design thinking facilitator. Marvin designs these experiential workshops based on skills he learned as a storyteller. He says, “Business is just like a story, where a team must go on a journey to overcome a big challenge and gain a reward.”
Marvin’s greatest passion, however, is developing people as a corporate trainer, coach & mentor. As the son of Filipino immigrants who struggled with English as a second language, he found his mission to serve through his writing & communication skills. He teaches courses in strategy development, leadership storytelling, & effective presentations.
In 2011, he founded Thrivera, an education NGO that empowers people to harness personal storytelling for authentic leadership and community development.
Dr. Tammy Brown
Tammy is a writer, educator, and artist. She earned her B.A. in International History from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in American History and African Diasporic Studies from Princeton University. As Assistant Professor of Black World Studies and History at Miami University of Ohio, Tammy’s teaching, writing, and service to her community are connected through her interest in art, technology, and biography as a methodological approach.
The youngest of four children born in Cincinnati, OH, to Marion and Stephen Brown, Tammy comes from a family of educators, artists, and entrepreneurs who value life-long learning, spirituality, and public engagement. Her mother is a teacher who writes creative non-fiction and her father is a reverend and self-taught carpenter. Tammy says, “Years of watching my father’s work pushed me to think of what I could create with my own hands.” She builds her academic and artistic repertoire upon this foundation.
Dr. Brown’s research, writing, and art range from historical studies to abstract paintings and multimedia poetry. In her literary and visual art, popular culture icons and plantation crops (e.g. sugar, cotton, indigo, rice, and tobacco) repeat throughout like a refrain—reminding the reader/viewer of the complicated history of slavery, colonialism and economic globalization that shapes our world today. Her current historical book project, City of Islands: West Indian Immigrants in New York, explores the lives of six different West Indian intellectuals. In this manuscript, Tammy argues that biography, historical context, and civic engagement provide a framework for understanding how West Indian intellectuals leveraged their African diasporic identities to both challenge racism and push for the reform of American democracy.
Tammy’s academic and creative work have appeared in Callaloo, Southern Cultures, and an anthology titled African Americans on Television. Her selected awards include a postdoctoral fellowship at The University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, the Altman Faculty Fellowship and the Heanon Wilkins Faculty Fellowship at Miami University of Ohio, the Diversity Projects Development Grant from Lehman College, writing fellowships at the Center for the Study of Religion and the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship at Princeton University, and the Mellon Mentored Fellowship at Harvard University.