Featured Member July, 2019 - Keisha Hill-Grey Ed.D.
Each month we feature a member of the Jamaican Women of Florida as a way for us to learn more about each other and share the stories of the powerful women who make up this wonderful organization. This month we are featuring two members. We’re proud to have Keisha Hill-Grey Ed.D. as a member and wish her continued success in all she does!
Keisha migrated to the US as an international student to study in Michigan and two years ago completed a doctorate in Adult Education and Human Resource Development at FIU. As the Strategy Manager for Children’s Services Council of Broward, she leads the agency’s efforts in community collaboration, racial equity and co-authored the seminal “2018 Status of Girls and Young Women in Broward County” report. She chairs the Broward Human Trafficking subcommittee Stop Trafficking and Rescue Survivors (S.T.A.R.S) solely focused on the juvenile aspects of human trafficking. Keisha joined JWOF in 2013 and have been focused on increasing our footprint in South Florida and Jamaica through mentorship and community engagements. She is a proud volunteer at her sons' school and soccer team.
Can you describe yourself using 3/5 words?
Passionate, Dependable, Determined
What motivates you?
I am self-motivated and driven by my passion for serving! Since becoming a wife and a mom, my husband and my 2 boys have been my two biggest motivators.
Name something you are passionate about and why?
I am passionate about helping others and most importantly creating better communities for our children to thrive in.
Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?
My grandmother Tutseleta Francis. Born in rural Clarendon and barely completed primary school. She has accomplished so much with the very little she had, such as raising 5 children who were not her own. She remained the matriarch of our family, always reminding us that family comes first and spending time together is what matters. She has taught me how to love and support my loved ones, to strive for the best regardless of what challenges I may face. Most importantly, I am impressed with her faith in God -she has remained his faithful servant even after suffering multiple strokes.
What age do you wish you could permanently be and why?
I wish I could be 34 forever. I had finished my tertiary degree, my family was complete, I had landed my dream job, and we took several family trips!
Which books are on your reading list?
I’ve started listening to (audible) Nice Girls Don’t get the Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel and just finished The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish.
I joined JWOF for the opportunity to give back to my Jamaican community here in South Florida and back home.