Hello! I'm an early career cultural and creative enterprise scholar with over ten years experience in arts admin and creative industries.

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My research focuses on hybrid entrepreneuring and organizational contexts in cultural economies...in a nutshell:

I Research and teach about creative Enterprise models at the cusp of social innovation

And a lot of my work involves the use of creative, qualitative methods.

"Creative Hands Solve Social Problems"  Images of Research Exhibition , 2016

"Creative Hands Solve Social Problems"
Images of Research Exhibition, 2016

"Disappearing Narratives"  Edinburgh Student Arts Festival Workshop, 2017

"Disappearing Narratives"
Edinburgh Student Arts Festival Workshop, 2017

"Untitled: Quilted Family"  hand-me-down Exhibition , 2018

"Untitled: Quilted Family"
hand-me-down Exhibition, 2018

Research Projects

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

Conducting doctoral level longitudinal research project in the areas of hybridity, institutional entrepreneurship, and creative industries & social enterprise in Scotland.

doctoral Consultant, 2017–present
Scale up institute/Barclays, apr–May 2018

Conducting and crafting a literature review search exploring hybrid organisations, social enterprises, and scale up SMEs through the UK.

creative scotland, Jan–jun 2017

Developed and managed comprehensive database of research around creative industries academic community within Scottish higher education institutions, leading to a policy-based report framed around Creative Scotland’s four strategic goals for the creative industries: Investment, Internationalisation, Innovation, and Inclusive growth

Graduate Student, 2013–2015
Department of Arts Administration & Policy,
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Conducted postgraduate research in the areas of Social Enterprise and Creative Industries, focusing on creative social enterprises in Glasgow, Scotland. Developed expertise in the landscape and environment of creative social enterprises in post- independence referendum Scotland.

Undergraduate Student Senior Research Project, 2010–2011

Completed research about the utilization of theatre artists for American cultural diplomacy; themes included: cultural identity, international policy, and diplomacy.


Publications & Working Papers

Journal Articles

Intersubjective Identity Work at the Academic Margins: Ex/changing poems as Black women early career (PhD) researchers
Co-Authored: Dr. Francesca Sobande, Cardiff University
Status: ABS 4* Journal; Revised and Resubmitted

Book Chapters

Hybrid Organizations in the Creative and Cultural Industries
Self-Authored; Publication exp. 2021
Book: Research Handbook on the Sociology of Organizations
Publisher: Edward Elgar

Reading Between the Lines: A Poetic Exploration of Our Differences, Commonalities and Solidarity as Black Women in Scottish Business Schools
Co-Authored: Dr. Francesca Sobande; Publication exp. TBD
Book: Revolt: Black Brits Navigate Academia
Publisher: Pending

UnBecoming of Academia: Reflexively resisting imposterism through poetic praxis as Black women in UK higher education institutions
Co-Authored: Dr. Francesca Sobande; Publication exp. 2020
Book: Imposter Syndrome as a Public Feeling in HE
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Tight-Knit: Shaping a hybrid entrepreneurial model for empowering women in craft communities
Self-Authored; Publication exp. 2020
Book: Craft Entrepreneurship
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

Working Papers

Entrepreneurial Axiology: Making of Hybrid Values in Creative Social Enterprise
with Professor Sarah Dodd, University of Strathclyde

Social and Economic Value of Creativity: Determining Social Entrepreneurship in the Arts

Creative Publications

Visibility of Black Women in Arts Management
Magazine Article; Serendipity* (commissioned)


Disappearing Narratives: Accessing Structural Institutionalisms (Interactive Session)
Collaborator: Peter Morphew, ArtistArchivist.co.uk
Radical Pedagogies: Macpherson 20 years on, Sep. 2019
De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom

“Black Academic Reflexivity: Identity, Poetry, and Digital Medium” (Working Paper)
Collaborator: Dr. Francesca Sobande, Cardiff University
Intersections & Academia 2018 Conference, Jun. 2018
University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom

"Phenomenological Methodology: Crafting the story of Scotland's creative social enterprises"
8th International Social Innovation Research Conference; Sep. 2016
Glasgow Caledonian University; Glasgow, United Kingdom
**Winner of Best PhD Paper Award

"Entrepreneurial Axiology: Hybrid values in creative social enterprise" 
39th Annual Conference for the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship; Paris, France; Oct. 2016
**Winner of Best Paper Award, Creative Industries Entrepreneurship Track
**Winner of President’s Award for Best Paper by an Early Career Researcher


Teaching Experience

My teaching philosophy involves Using creative methods to apply theory in practice

So, I'm interested in combining physical and virtual learning environments, and reaching global students from diverse backgrounds.

Module leader for five undergraduate classes:

Year One - Level 4 (Freshman Equivalent)
Cultural Events Design (New Course Development)

Year Two - Level 5 (Sophomore Equivalent)
Programming and Planning Festivals
International Research Visit (Cultural Policy)

Year Three - Level 6 (Junior/Senior Equivalent)
Arts Management Studio (New Course Development)
Arts and Festivals Management Dissertation

Lecturer, 2018–current
Arts and Festivals Management
De Montfort University


Lead tutorial classes within a set framework for groups of 15+ students. Prepare and presented topics related to key lectures and course materials. Contribute to setting and marking assignments. Monitor student progress and provided through the assessment of student work.

First Year Courses:
“Entrepreneurship, Theory, and Practice” Fall 2016
“Entrepreneurship: Opportunities and Ventures” Spring 2018

Second Year Courses: 
“Creativity and Innovation Management” Fall 2015, 2016
“New Venture Planning”, Spring 2016, 2018

Third Year Course:
 “Venture Management Strategy & Growth” Spring 2018

Academic Tutor, 2015–2018
Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship
University of Strathclyde


Financial Planning Facilitator, 2011–2013
Homebuyer program
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville

Redeveloped financial planning curriculum for homebuyers. Facilitated and taught homebuyers the principles of financial planning, execution, and resiliency. Managed small group of volunteer financial planning teachers from the local community.


Teaching Assistant, Spring 2011
Department of Theatre

Performed all regular duties of a TA for a class of 40 students including conducting occasional seminars, marking, researching and curating technology and media resources, creating study guides, and assisting with test preparation.

Third Year Course:
“Theatre History II”, Spring 2011


Student Testimonials

Our tutor, Jaleesa, was very enthusiastic about our ideas and course. She was incredibly helpful in our preparations for the tradeshow and gave us valuable advice regarding presenting our app.
— New Venture Planning Course

Education & Industry Experience



PhD, Entrepreneurship, 2015–2019 exp.

Dissertation: “Contextualising Social Enterprise: Hybrid Entrepreneuring in the Creative Industries”

Research Fields/Disciplines
Institutional Theory
Hybrid Organizations
Creative Industries
Social Enterprise
Qualitative Research



MA, Arts Administration and Policy, 2013–2015

Thesis: "Creative Social Enterprise in Scotland: An Exploration Into How Glasgow’s Creative Social Enterprises Cultivate The Social Economy"

Activities: The Black Lady Caucus – Co-Founder
Travel: Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Scotland


BS, Theatre Management, 2007–2011
Minor: Business Administration

Thesis: "Theatre as Cultural Diplomacy"

Activities: Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter – President
Travel: Italy, England, Greece, The Netherlands

industry Experience

FOUNDER & CEO, Launching 2019, bossirainbow.com

  • Conceptualized and developed a artisan jewelry venture focusing on colorful, bold accessories for leaders in their professions.

  • Chief of BAMF-dom, Principle Designer & Artist


  • Implemented and maintained all financial record keeping, including managing accounts payable and receivable, tracking income for accuracy, and creating reports.

  • Executed and managed business documentation and licensing, including preparing data for annual audit of financial statements and tax return filing.

  • Researched best practices in financial management and human resources management and implement recommended changes.

  • Developed and managed human resources documentation and policies.


  • Designed and edited policy collateral for Arts Alliance Illinois including: Arts Education Policy Brief, Illinois Creative Economy Roundtable Member biographies and head shots, Arts Public Funding infographic.


  • Facilitated daily operations of the Continuing Studies department, including: enrollment scheduling, preparing reports, memos, letters, and financial statements.

  • Opened, sorted, and distributed incoming correspondence, including faxes and email.


  • Trained 50+ Habitat potential homeowners to complete 400 sweat equity hours (each) including construction education and financial literacy.

  • Designed and implemented homebuyer marketing campaigns, which resulted in a 30% increase of qualified Habitat applicants.

  • Served as an outreach coordinator to cultivate relationships with multicultural residents throughout Louisville, KY, by developing events and activities with community organizations including designing and planning a community festival.

Marketing Assistant, 2008–2011, University of Evansville Shanklin Theatre

  • Established and implemented marketing campaign for the debut of Assassins, by Stephen Sondheim, by working with professional Graphic Designer, Director, and Marketing Director to create an original design concept for publicity campaign.

  • Organized departmental publicity and recruitment of 40 prospective students.

  • Researched for and maintained department archives.

Arts Administration Internships, 2007–2010, Arts Companies Across the USA

  • Subscriptions and Marketing Assistant, Cardinal Stage Company; Bloomington IN; Summer 2010: Advanced the Cardinal Stage Company subscriptions campaign by creating graphic design materials, press releases, and subscriber letters for 3 subscriber-specific packages.

  • Public Relations Assistant, Central City Opera; Central City CO; Summer 2009: Facilitated relations between the company and the media by serving as liaison between the Denver corporate office and the onsite office in Central City. Created publication materials, programs and the company newsletter. Served as the liaison for the Central City community through promotions with local businesses.

  • Box Office Intern, Glimmerglass Opera; Cooperstown NY; Summer 2008: Served on a team of six box office assistants and performed general clerical tasks and facilitated ticket sales to season subscribers and single ticket buyers including group and special events sales; prepared daily income reports.

  • Administrative Assistant, Buskirk Chumley Theatre; Bloomington IN, Spring 2007: Prepared informational packets, assisted with clerical tasks, facilitated daily mail and weekly bills, assisted marketing team by passing out posters, flyers, and postcards to small and large businesses

Exhibited Art

Black Kids, A collection of living poems

Medium: Interactive Digital Poetics (via screen clicks)
Exhibited in 2017 @ mood: B L A C K, Goodyear Arts, Charlotte NC; Curated by Jessica Moss

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To follow my research, check out my research page. If you'd like to use my research for any purposes, please contact me using the form.

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