President and Managing Director
Kingston Bay Group, LLC
Author, Poet, Educator, and Entrepreneur Dr. Kecia Brown is a scholar-practitioner whose areas of interest are career and leadership development, workplace learning and job socialization, adult education, transition management, and diversity pipeline program design. While her work pulls from the latest in theory and research, the roots of her work are in her story. Dr. Brown grew up in Inglewood, California, where she developed her skills of inquiry & research, relationship building & management, resourcefulness, and negotiation while navigating hostile environments.
With more than 25 years of experience in the field of Higher Education, Dr. Brown currently serves as an adult educator while collaborating with schools, colleges and universities, corporate and non-profit organizations. Active in professional circles, Dr. Brown frequently guest lectures and presents at conferences. Dr. Brown’s presentations include (but are not limited to “Understanding Organizational Dynamics in Education.” for the Lynch School of Education – Boston College; “Cutting the Apron Strings: Parenting and College Transition” for Parent University at Northeastern University; “Spirituality and Career Development of Black Women Leaders in Academe” at the Faculty Women of Color in the Academy Conference, and “The Enlightened Learner in Today’s Workplace: Bridging Boundaries to Link HR Practice to Adult Learning, Constructive-Developmental Theory, and Action Science” at the Academy of Human Resource Development Conference (AHRD. Dr. Brown also volunteered her services to job seekers in her monthly workshop at the Plymouth Massachusetts Career Center entitled “Self-Care During Job Transitions.”
A first-generation college graduate, Dr. Brown earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California, a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego, and a Doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.
The mission of the Kingston Bay Group is to provide career and leadership development support for the next generation of leaders in private and public-sector organizations.
Our firm and its subsidiaries focus on addressing those barriers that hinder job socialization success and job performance. Our goal is to work with organizations and individuals to create a Culture of Health; one that works to address and eliminate toxic, counterproductive ways of being and behaving in the workplace.
Our diverse team of associates bring hands-on experience from the fields of Business, Education, Medicine and Psychology, and provide wraparound support to address the full range of your Wellness, Wellbeing and Career Planning needs, including health and wellness advising & referrals, succession and career transition planning. Our firm also partners with organizations to develop talent pipelines as well as recruitment, retention and advancement planning.
Based in California, we offer our services nationwide. We look forward to working with you to advance your Wellness, Wellbeing and Career Planning goals.
Stuart Calvin Lord is the Chairman of Delta Developmental, and a Senior Associate with the Kingston Bay Group. Lord is an American educator and academic specializing in service-learning, multicultural and spiritual education, leadership and ethics.
Previously, Lord was a Professor of Sociology and Service Learning and at DePauw University, the Associate Provost and Dean of the Tucker Foundation, executive director of the President’s Summit for America’s Future, Executive Director of the Grover L. Hartman Center and associate provost of Dartmouth College. In 2009 Lord became the fifth president of Naropa University, and the University’s first Black president. In 2011, Lord stepped down from the presidency of Naropa University and took on the role of Executive Director of the Emergency Family Assistance Association in Boulder, CO. In 2014, Lord was named senior associate for the Kingston Bay group, overseeing the development and coordination of the Higher Education portfolio working with university presidents, trustees, and senior administrators.
Born in New Rochelle, New York and placed in foster care, Lord expressed an interest in community activism from an early age. In the 3rd grade Lord had a profound response to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., inspiring him to lead a life of service and inclusivity. In his youth, Lord was a member of Boy Scouts of America and was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. Lord attended New Rochelle High School where he graduated as an All-American athlete.
Lord attended Texas Christian University (TCU), receiving his Bachelor of Religious Studies and a minor in Sociology. He went on to earn Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary with a specialization in multicultural education.
As the Assistant Vice President of University Communications at the University of San Diego, I lead a team of professionals charged with institutional media relations, web communications, crisis communications and social media marketing. As the chief university spokesperson, I am responsible for emergency planning and communications response, issues management, crisis planning and communications. I work closely with the University’s executive leadership, faculty, staff and students to implement public relations strategies that advance the mission of the University of San Diego by educating and informing internal and external constituencies about key institutional initiatives and priorities.
Since joining USD in 1997, I have enjoyed helping USD build stronger partnerships between the University and the San Diego community at large. It is my ongoing goal to strengthen the university’s reputation as an excellent educational institution and an invaluable community partner.
Before assuming the assistant vice president role in 2003, I served as USD’s Community and Government Relations director.
An active member of the campus community, I am serving or have served on a variety of campus committees. Currently, I am a member of the Changemaker Hub Core Group, the Rankings Committee and the Commencement Committee. I am also the proud co-founder of the Black Student Retention and Recognition Committee.
In the community, I serve on the board of La Jolla Country Day School where I am the chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee. I recently joined the board of the Birthing Project, USA, an international organization and resource center for improving birth outcomes for women of color. I am a member of the California Elected Women’s Association for Education and Research; the Public Relations Society of America, San Diego; and Jack and Jill of America, Inc., San Diego Chapter.
Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz (Ph.D., New York University) is an Associate Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University and a former Research Associate with the NYU Metropolitan Center for Urban Education. Her research interests include racial literacy development in urban teacher education (with a specific focus on the education of Black and Latino males), and Black female college reentry students. She teaches writing, youth media, and diversity courses at Teachers College, and a community-driven critical thinking course to Black and Latino males at an alternative public high school in New York City.
Yolanda is the immediate-past secretary for the Teaching and Teacher Education Division of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and a 2012-2013 Ford Postdoctoral Fellow. Her postdoctoral research examined how teachers in London and Toronto schools understand their role in the social and academic success of their Black male students.
Yolanda’s work has appeared in several refereed journals including Teachers College Record, Urban Education, The Urban Review, Teaching English in a Two-Year College (TETYC), English Quarterly, The Journal of Negro Education, and Adult Education Quarterly. She is co-editor (with Chance W. Lewis and Ivory A. Toldson), of the book Teacher Education and Black Communities: Implications for Access, Equity, and Achievement (IAP). At Teachers College, she is founder and faculty sponsor of the Racial Literacy Roundtables Series where for seven years, national scholars, doctoral, and pre-service and in-service Master’s students facilitate informal conversations around race and other issues involving diversity and teacher education for the Teachers College / Columbia University community.
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NAICS Codes: 541611, 541618, 541720, 561311, 611430, 611513, 611710, 624310, 923110 . Dun and Bradstreet #: 079270988.
The Kingston Bay Group, LLC is a Minority-Woman Owned, Equal Opportunity Employer.