Chief Visionary Officer (CVO)
Change Agent | Cultural Strategist | Leadership and Empowerment Coach
Kwayera Archer Cunningham’s roots hail from Jamaica, W.I. She is an award winning strategist,thought leader, keynote speaker and author. She travels the world sharing her insights on cultural intelligence, philanthropy, organizational development, leadership, and social entrepreneurship with more than 25 years of experience as a social venture leader.
Kwayera can be seen or heard throughout international media (most recently in ESSENCE, Black Enterprise, Daily News, Ebony, Jamaica Observer, Today St. Martin, St Lucia Times, and Caribbean 360). An in-demand speaker, Kwayera’s practical experiences, proven case studies, creative use of multi-media, and her enthusiastic and passionate delivery, have proven to be a winning formula for conference attendees across the globe, including recent appearances in, Brazil, Nigeria and Jamaica.
Not only did she create and build an institution from a minute budget to a multi-million dollar corporation, she also created an internationally recognized Rites of Passage Program for adolescents and families, with a unique component dedicated to community economic development in under resourced communities, which has been formally evaluated for broader replication.
Kwayera has served on several non-profit board of directors in the USA, was a multi-year appointed panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, a panelist for the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and a trustee of the National Guild for Community Arts Education working to coach and train leaders in improving their leadership, management, wellness, focus and balance.
Working for Social Change
Kwayera’s vision has led her work to becoming a model for community sustainability in indigenous cultures, utilizing best practices in nonprofit management and unique programming that contributes to the overall well-being of communities they serve. Her dedication to youth, family, and communities across the Diaspora has led to thriving partnerships with established institutions globally and today has positioned Kwayera as an international thought leader on community transformation.
Kwayera holds a Master’s of Science in Community Economic Development, with a focus in community organizing and a Masters of Arts in Nonprofit Management from Southern New Hampshire University. She is a graduate of Columbia Business School’s Institute for Nonprofit Management Executive Level Graduate Training program. She also holds many field related certificates and honors. Kwayera has been extensively recognized for her service to the community through local, national, and international awards for management, governance, arts, culture, civic engagement, and entrepreneurship.
For a sample listing of awards, recognitions and publications please see awards and recognitions section. Before moving home to the Caribbean, Kwayera served on several nonprofit board of directors in the USA, was a multiyear appointed panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, a panelist for the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and a trustee of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. In addition to focusing on her new firm Global Ase, today Kwayera also advises several philanthropic foundations and non-profit organizations and their leaders in the United States, Africa and Brazil on best practices for building, leading and sustaining non-profit/non-governmental organizations.