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CMB Professional Development Agency is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. More specifically, CMB also known as @TheColorMeB, is a career advancement organization for woke, ambitious, millennial women. We are here to help millennial women of color navigate the novelty, absurdity, accomplishments and more in #worklife.

Our community is open to millennial women that want to succeed in their career AND help other like-minded women along the way – we’re in this together and when one of us win, we all win! Peruse the blog, check out our videos and join our community.

Click here to join the official CMB Mentor community! CMB Mentor is an online networking community for millennial women. You can contact us directly at hello@thecolormeb.com.

I started CMB to be a safe haven from work life for millennial women of color. I founded CMB because I never want the next generation of women of color to feel the same discrimination and rejections my friends, peers, ancestors and I have felt in the workplace. I want CMB to shatter glass ceilings. We know we run the world; it’s time for the rest of the world to catch up and get in formation.

During my 9-5 life, I also work in human resources in New York City at the best political risk consultancy in the world. On the weekends, I hang out at dog parks with my boyfriend, our pitbull, Mellow, and our chihuahua, Munch.

I run CMB with the help of my fabulous, intelligent, absolutely amazing board of advisors:

Krystal Aaron

With an ambition for success and making a difference, Krystal Aaron obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from the University of San Francisco. Born and raised in Southern California, Krystal developed a passion for expanding the minds of others to encourage equality and tolerance. Through the years, Krystal has volunteered her time to youth services and strives for the advancement of young females of color.

Christyl Wilson

Christyl Wilson attended the University of San Francisco (USF), where she earned her Bachelors  of Science in Psychology, with minors in Child Development and African American studies. As an elementary school teacher, Christyl developed a passion for education and empowering others to achieve their greatest potential. She is currently pursuing PhD in Developmental Psychology and remains committed to helping others excel.

Amarra Lee

Amarra is a graduate of UC Berkeley and UC Hastings College of Law.  She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2006, and is currently an Assistant District Attorney.   Prior to the D.A.’s office, Amarra served as a Senior Associate in Farella Braun + Martel’s Business Litigation practice.  Amarra also serves as a Guest Lecturer for UC Hastings College of the Law’s Legal Education Opportunity Program and the Council for Legal Education.

Dennis Velez

Dennis Velez holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science and  Master’s Degree in Sociology with a Concentration in Diversity & Inequality. A Connecticut native, Dennis attended college and graduate school in New York City where he immersed himself in studying issues of diversity. Dennis is passionate about being an advocate, resource, mentor and ally to all students, but especially students of color and students that identify in the LGBTQ community.

Courtney Ball

Courtney is the Executive Director/Founder of CMB Professional Development Agency. She started this nonprofit because she has dedicated her life to providing an avenue for young women to network, succeed and learn. She attributes her drive for social justice to her unshakeable faith in God, and her strong educational foundation in Jesuit Catholic tradition. At University and Francisco, where she got her BA in Politics, and at Fordham, where she got her MA in Urban studies, Courtney was challenged to view the world’s problems within a critical and social justice framework. Her award-winning masters thesis focused on the social capital of adolescent African American girls and how that affects their integration into public space. Courtney’s passion for this social group is infectious and she is committed to elevating our problems to international platforms.

Contact Courtney at hello@thecolormeb.com.