Vivian Anderson is a distinguished community advocate who has traveled the world developing programs for youth that focus on social responsibility. Her keen ability and cross-cultural sensitivity has allowed her to lead non-profit startups through business formation, fund development, and operations. A recipient of the Black Achiever in Industry Award and the YMCA Humanitarian award, Vivian believes in creating maximum value and results in individual lives and the world.
Vivian Anderson joined the Momentum Education family in 2005. As a volunteer, Vivian has worked directly with Momentum Education’s founder, Robin Lynn, to develop a family planning curriculum for the YMCA, culminating in several grant opportunities. As Executive Director of Momentum Teens, Vivian achieved the largest enrollment to date at the time of her tenure. Now as a coordinator for Momentum’s Leadership Program, Vivian has provided participants with group and one-to one-coaching creating teams that surpass their expected goals.
Momentum Advanced Course Trainer
Federica Baldan offers over 20 years of experience delivering spiritual and
experiential trainings designed to uplift and inspire people around the country.
She is also a prominent life coach and corporate trainer.
Federica's style of coaching supports people in shifting away from ego towards a
life of purpose grounded in forgiveness, gratitude, and contribution. She has
worked with world-renowned trainers and coaches such as Jim Zarvos, Bettie
Spruill, Stuart Gelles, Dr. Carolyne Fuqua, Robin Diane Lynn, and Jim Hellam. In
her role at Momentum Education, Federica supports the delivery of the Basic
Workshop, Advanced Course, Leadership Program and Masters Course. She also
manages overall operations and all volunteer driven programming.
Federica contributes at several community-based organizations such as Project
Sunshine, GMHC, Habitat for Humanity, Holy Apostle Soup Kitchen and the City
Kids Coalition impacting young people throughout New York City. Recently,
Federica traveled to Egypt with Circles of Light, where she studied Egyptian
Theology and its practical application through the delivery of motivational
Momentum Basic Trainer
Sylvia High is an author, trainer, coach and motivational speaker who inspires clients and audiences to get from where they are to where they want to be. She is a powerful speaker and trainer who has consistently demonstrated her ability to empower others to take actions that mirror their personal and professional goals.
Her 20 years of extensive training, consulting and business experience has assisted her in providing a broad base of clients and organizations with staff development. She assists organizations, both internationally and nationally, in areas such as dimensions of leadership, teamwork, effective presentation, conflict management, diversity, selling skills, effective management, effective communication and change management. Some of her clientele include Intel, Bank of America, American Heart Association, Untied Way, VISTA and AmeriCorps programs.
Sylvia has a degree in communications and has been trained by one of nations largest training companies. She is a participant of the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) as well as Toastmasters International. She has been certified by Mandil Communications in effective presentation skills. Sylvia is truly dynamic and has hosted a TV motivational show called YES YOU CAN!
Sylvia concentrates on helping people turn vision into reality. Her exposure and ability to help employees within major organizations has forwarded many in their own personal and professional development.
Since taking the helm at Momentum Education eight years ago, Executive Director Robinson Lynn has revamped the company's signature curriculum, grown its corporate portfolio to include some of the nation's premium brands, and positioned the organization's philanthropic efforts for greater impact immediately and over time.
"We've implemented a business model," Robinson says, "that is brought to life by a dedicated staff and a community of clients whose passion, integrity, and focus on results are unsurpassed."
Robinson is often called upon to deliver keynotes, facilitate trainings, and participate on panels geared toward innovation, breakthrough thinking, communication, culture change, and personal expression. His work takes him from coast to coast and into a wide range of industries and government agencies. Using highly effective experiential learning techniques, Momentum Education, under Robinson's leadership, has trained tens of thousands of people throughout the United States.
"Basically, we're in the business of helping people (and organizations) improve their lives on the way to having their heartfelt dreams come true," Robinson says. "Difference-making, like politics, begins locally. The bonus is that the world itself becomes a better place."
Robinson spearheads a nationwide initiative to raise money for research into cancer cures. When he's not working, Robinson volunteers on various projects in his community. and mentors teens and entrepreneurs. He is a graduate of George Washington University, and was a protégé of Robin Lynn, his mother, an international trainer who was recognized by the South African government for her role in the dismantling of the apartheid system. Robinson is married to Tamara Lynn (née Azar), an educator and transformational trainer, and they make their home on New York's Upper Westside. Robinson also serves on the executive board of 501(c) nonprofit organization: Passion Meets Purpose
Momentum Leadership Program Coordinator
Bruce Avery is a veteran educator with over thirty years’ experience mentoring
communication management, performance and production. Presently, he is the
General Manager of the 2015 Marconi Award winning non-commercial radio station,
where Bruce also co-hosts/produces “Tender Talk, Tough Topics,” a weekly show
about bullying and other forms of abuse.
In addition, Bruce is an AMS certified broadcast meteorologist and has been on
the air in the Boston, Hartford and New York markets since 1978. During his
television and radio career, Bruce has covered major environmental events
including: the blizzards of 78, 93 and 2015; hurricanes Gloria, Bob, Irene and
Sandy; and the 2011 northeast US earthquake.
In 2012, Bruce was a “Momentum Honors“recipient from non-profit organization
Momentum Teens for Leadership.
When the doors of Momentum Education opened for the very first time, Curtis Dennis, an original member of the Founder's Team, was there laying the contextual foundation that all of Momentum's workshops, courses, and seminars are based on. He has served in a range of training, administrative, operations and policy positions over the years, and now, as a Board Member, he advises Momentum's Executive Team.
Curtis began studying transformational distinctions in 1993, and describes his background as a “medley of adventures” that includes two decades in aviation marketing, a stint as the co-producer of a morning radio show, two years as a proprietary software trainer, and more than 10 years on the staff of one of the world's most famous entertainment moguls. However, Momentum Education -- with its focus on "life's possibilities" -- is the thread that runs through all of it.
An activist since the age of 13, Curtis carried petitions to change the voting age from 21 to 18; marched for Puerto Rican independence; served on a task force committed to the fair and equitable treatment of people with AIDS; worked to dismantle South Africa’s apartheid system; advocated for people with disabilities; co-founded a program to improve adult literacy and, more recently, has worked on criminal justice reform as well as in the movement to protect democracy in the aftermath of the 2016 Presidential election. "My prayer," he says, "is that through activism and service to others, I'll leave the planet better than I found it."
The former foster parent to seven special-needs children, Curtis is affectionately known in the Momentum Community as "Uncle Curtis" and the "Godfather of Transformation." That, in part, is due to his willingness to share his time and his philosophy, which he says is based on don Miguel Ruiz’s “The Four Agreements:” 1. Be impeccable with your word; 2. Don't take anything personally; 3. Don't make assumptions; and 4. Always do your best.
Melvin Britton-Miller, is a recognized trainer, coach, preacher and creative artist, who has extensive experience designing and delivering programs and workshops concerning a variety of topics; his expertise is in the area of leadership, diversity, social innovation, corporate responsibility, personal transformation and healing, radical inclusion, and youth/young adult development.
He has delivered presentations and led workshops and trainings for NGOs, corporations and government organizations. Some of which include Google, The U.S. Office of the World Council of Churches, The NYC Mayor's Office, Columbia, Princeton, and New York Universities, The American Heart Association, The Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America, and The Office of the First Lady, Michelle Obama.
He holds the Bachelor of Arts in American History and Dance from Columbia University, the Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in Systematic Theology, and completed his residency in Clinical Counseling at Hartford Hospital. He is an ordained minister and formerly served on the staff of The Riverside Church in New York City. He was also a senior consultant for Nike on their regional, national and global programming for social innovation and corporate responsibility. Currently, he is The Minister for Social Justice and Congregational Care at The Fort Washington Collegiate Church and has presented and collaborated professionally with artists, activists and theologians such as Debbie Allen, Andre León Talley, Alice Walker, Dr. James A. Forbes, Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu, and The Dalai Lama.
Momentum Teen Trainer
Trainer and Curriculum Coordinator for Momentum Education Teen Basic . He is a multifaceted facilitator who has a stellar reputation as an advocate on behalf of youth and young adults. He has more than a decade of experience as a personal development coach, and has supported countless men, woman, youth and families in overcoming their own limiting beliefs and breaking through to new levels of engagement.
A gifted poet, actor and playwright, Leslie is known in the entertainment world as Buttaflysoul, but to the teens and young adults whose lives he has helped transform, Leslie is known as “Uncle Butta,” the teacher who imparts important life lessons through unvarnished truth and healing humor.His focus is always on the social and emotional growth of those he serves, and his students have said that Leslie’s edgy, authentic, and compassionate style holds the power to “move mountains.”
Leslie has appeared on Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jan hosted a radio program on New York’s WBAI 99.5-FM, and his own online radio show Phenomenal Soul Session on E-3 radio. He has presented inspirational entertainment on college campuses across the country, including the University of Maryland University, Rutgers University, Howard University, New York University, and Brooklyn Academy of Music. His work has been published in numerous poetry journals and magazines, and his one-man show ”Buttaflysoul for President” received critical acclaim in New York and Washington DC.
Leslie describes himself as a”citizen of the world” who currently resides in the great City of Chicago where is one do the lead Case Managers for a nonprofit who services homeless youth.
Momentum Leadership Program Coordinator
Marc Christmas, Mitchell Titus’ new Director of Business Development believes that “life happens inside of relationships.” As a business development executive with over 20 years of experience, this credo has been a strong thread throughout his professional career and has propelled his many interests beyond work. Most recently, Marc was Director of Business Development of the Nonprofit Client Practice at CliftonLarsenAllen and currently serve as Director of Business Development for Mitchell Titus.
Marc began his career in sales with Procter & Gamble. During his 14-year tenure there, Marc engaged with several national retailers and wholesalers, held both traditional and nontraditional roles within sales and eventually led a taskforce that redesigned the then emerging business function, business development. Business development is different from traditional sales in its holistic approach to expanding business, and its non-reliance on pitching solely to buyers. Marc leveraged the intellectual capital of his existing team to help implement the multifunctional disciplines and coordination necessary for an impactful business development arm.
Inherent in business development is a deep understanding of what the core business is and the nature of the relationships that ground it. Marc’s business philosophy requires understanding the climate and working with people in such a way that signals that he is a resource. The key to his approach is to not seek to sell, but to build upon relationships that are mutually beneficial.
He is also interested in exploring methods to share best practices in leadership training, networking skills and effective communication, since these all lead to making better connections. Marc believes that networking is simply a conversation where common ground is sought and that it only seems burdensome if viewed that way. In his view, the opportunity to connect is successful when you attach authentic intentions to it.
“I operate in excellence,” and for Marc that means he’s not looking to get it right all the time, but he strives to approach life with intention and tap into personal resources that bring joy to his endeavors.
Marc has many descriptors: father, radio show host, transformational leadership development trainer, Reiki master and reflexologist. Marc is also a writer, whose latest book, Thirty Reasons to Get out of Bed, featuring inspirational poetry and prose is being published soon.
Momentum Leadership Program Coordinator
An award winning renaissance man, Baron is a talented artist and facilitator. As a Leadership Coordinator with Momentum Education since 2015, he's worked with adults in setting the foundation for their future successes and living a life of abundance and empowerment. His philosophy is simply that “Love is our Song”. He believes that the ability to master ourselves and own our choices is how we will change the world.
In his work personal work as an artist, Baron has sought to inspire, uplift, and empower others. He's been featured in documentaries such as, "Art or Something Like That", and Jaygeoo Presents and have been featured in the The Progressive, NY Blade, and the American Theater Magazine. Drawing on his life as a performer and over a decade of coaching experience, he's supported new facilitators, performance artists, and creatives in achieving their life's long dreams. Baron is also the Creative Executive Director of CreateX Consulting and Retreats.