Who We Are
Justin Michael Williams, Founder
Justin Michael Williams, 32, is an author, transformational speaker, and top-20 recording artist who has become a pioneering voice for diversity and inclusion in wellness. From growing up with gunshot holes outside of his bedroom window, to sharing the stage with Marianne Williamson and Deepak Chopra, Justin knows well the pain of adversity and the power of healing to overcome. He has since been featured by The Wall Street Journal, Grammy.com, Billboard.com, The Advocate, Yoga Journal, and SXSW®. With his groundbreaking book Stay Woke, and over a decade of teaching experience, Justin’s message of hope and empowerment has spread to more than 40 countries around the globe, particularly through his national "Stay Woke, Give Back" tour bringing mindfulness to youth in underserved communities. Justin is dedicated to using his voice to serve; to being a beacon of hope for those who are lost, and to making sure all people, of all backgrounds, have access to the information they need to change their lives.
When Justin was 15, he went on his first travel abroad program, which changed his life forever. As the first person in his family with a passport, it empowered him to dream bigger and see a future where his possibilities were bigger than his circumstances. This inspired the Dream Bigger Foundation.
What inspires me most in life is watching people accomplish the impossible,” says Williams. “If my work and art can empower people to do that, I’ve fulfilled my mission.”
Learn more at www.justinmichaelwilliams.com
Daraiha J. Greene
Daraiha Greene is the Global Manager of Community Engagement and Media Partnerships for the Community & Business Inclusion team at Google. She develops relationships with external organizations, influencers, key opinion formers, and entertainment executives to shape community sentiments in service of recruitment, retention and pipeline objectives. She also advocates for underrepresented groups as she strives to positively shift the narrative of computer science through mainstream media. Because of her artistic background as a professional dancer and actress, Daraiha began Google’s ‘CS+X’ series, which highlights the intersections between computer science and other artistic industries, including music, dance, fashion, sports, and theatre. She brought Google-funded web series, GODCOMPLX, to fruition to showcase inclusive portrayals of computer scientists and led a partnership with Campus MovieFest, which yielded 6 computer science-themed shorts targeting various demographics to date. Daraiha graduated from Dartmouth College with B.A. degrees in Sociology and Theatre. She is a recent recipient of the Holiday Soul Inclusion Influencer Award and has been named to Motivation for Black People’s #Power28 list in collaboration with Blavity.
Darnell Lamont Walker
Darnell Lamont Walker is a writer, filmmaker, and artist, currently living between New York City & South Africa, calling himself a man of the world. Currently, he’s a Children’s Media Content Creator with 9 Story Media Group, writing and supporting children’s content like Blue’s Clues! Charlottesville, Virginia, most recently known for racist attacks by “white men with tiki torches,” is Darnell’s hometown and the place he developed himself as an activist, fighting for the rights and freedom of all people. Seeking Asylum, Darnell’s first film, explores safe spaces around the world for Black Americans seeking to escape American injustice. Conversations around Seeking Asylum always landed on the mental health of Black Americans, moving Darnell to create Outside The House, a documentary exploring Black mental health. His last documentary, Set Yourself on Fire, is about the global rape epidemic, shot around the world, beginning in Johannesburg, ending in New York City. Darnell Lamont Walker’s goal is to continue to support communities around the world through the arts.