Meet The Team

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Alisia McClain

Executive Director

 

Alisia became the Executive Director of the Louisville Future of Work Initiative in 2021. Prior to that, she served as the organization's Director of Community and Education Initiatives. 

 

Alisia is also the founder and executive director of TECH-Nique. This non-profit's mission is to create a world where the voices and experiences of underrepresented minorities are welcomed and celebrated in the field of technology and where members of these groups feel empowered not just to be consumers of technology, but also creators and LEADERS in the technology field.

When not working one of her day jobs, Alisia can be found taking care of her children or working on her doctoral dissertation in Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development at the University of Louisville.  Her dissertation research is centered in the socio-cultural factors that influence the participation of underrepresented groups in technology. 

Don Bacon

Director of Education

 

Don is the Director of Education at the Louisville Future of Work Initiative. Don's work focuses on creating educational opportunities for students in data science, and working with schools at all levels to build data science programs at their institutions. Along with his work with FWI, Don is a Digital Innovation Leader in Jefferson County Public Schools District, and a doctoral student at the University of Louisville. Don spent 13 years as a teacher, with half of that time teaching high school engineering technology and computer science.

 

Don believes human interest drives motivation and sparks innovation. When people are interested in an educational topic, they see themselves in it and their interest propels them to delve deeper into the topic. Don has employed that philosophy as a teacher, a coordinator for TECH-nique, and is currently exploring that in his dissertation. Don hopes to build a lasting educational impact for data science programs in the city of Louisville. 

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Jade Brown

AI Innovator

 

Jade started her career in the accounting field. Within the last year, she earned two degrees in Accounting and Computer Information Systems. As she began to experience both the accounting and IT professions, she realized IT – more specifically, data analytics - was most intriguing. So, her current role as an AI Innovator at the Microsoft Louisville Future of Work Initiative is perfect! She has worked with PowerBI, SQL, Google Data Studios, and several other data analytics tools and skill sets.

In addition to these roles, Jade also has a passion for inspiring people to follow their dreams. It is important for her to not only inspire her fellow coworkers and professional peers, but also those that are on their way to fill our shoes. She has worked with the SummerWorks program, the Youth, Ethics and Skills Center, and TECH-nique (all non-profit organizations local to Louisville Metro) to do just that! She has a passion for creating curriculum and programs that show youth and adults that look just like her - you can do it, too!  

Sylvanus Hudson

AI Innovator

 

Jade started her career in the accounting field. Within the last year, she earned two degrees in Accounting and Computer Information Systems. As she began to experience both the accounting and IT professions, she realized IT – more specifically, data analytics - was most intriguing. So, her current role as an AI Innovator at the Microsoft Louisville Future of Work Initiative is perfect! She has worked with PowerBI, SQL, Google Data Studios, and several other data analytics tools and skill sets.

In addition to these roles, Jade also has a passion for inspiring people to follow their dreams. It is important for her to not only inspire her fellow coworkers and professional peers, but also those that are on their way to fill our shoes. She has worked with the SummerWorks program, the Youth, Ethics and Skills Center, and TECH-nique (all non-profit organizations local to Louisville Metro) to do just that! She has a passion for creating curriculum and programs that show youth and adults that look just like her - you can do it, too!  

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Aly Flagel Goldberg

Program Manager

 

Aly is a Project Manager for the Louisville Future of Work Initiative. She is responsible for supporting the organization, implementation, promotion and reporting for all programs. Her primary goal is to ensure that the people of Louisville, Kentucky are able to take full advantage of the programming that the organization offers. 

In addition to serving Future of Work, Aly is the CEO of Vital Projects Ohio LLC where she supports a range of small businesses and nonprofits in similar capacities.  Aly has worked with Future of Work since its inception.in 2019.

Aly experienced sexual discrimination workin in the international tech field in the late 1990s. She believes that the only way we can meet the demand of technology is to diversity the workforce. She is driven to ensure no one else is told they shouldn't be in the room despite the skills.

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Nikki Stephenson 

Director of Community Initiatives

 

Jade started her career in the accounting field. Within the last year, she earned two degrees in Accounting and Computer Information Systems. As she began to experience both the accounting and IT professions, she realized IT – more specifically, data analytics - was most intriguing. So, her current role as an AI Innovator at the Microsoft Louisville Future of Work Initiative is perfect! She has worked with PowerBI, SQL, Google Data Studios, and several other data analytics tools and skill sets.

In addition to these roles, Jade also has a passion for inspiring people to follow their dreams. It is important for her to not only inspire her fellow coworkers and professional peers, but also those that are on their way to fill our shoes. She has worked with the SummerWorks program, the Youth, Ethics and Skills Center, and TECH-nique (all non-profit organizations local to Louisville Metro) to do just that! She has a passion for creating curriculum and programs that show youth and adults that look just like her - you can do it, too!