Founder, Program Chair
Kiara Truitt – Chambers is currently a Tax Accountant at Glass & Company, CPA’s in downtown Austin. She graduated Fall 2014 from the University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business with a BBA in Accounting.
Throughout her journey here on the forty acres, the influential relationships she had with the Fearless Leadership Institute directors assisted her in growing into the young woman she is today. Knowing how impactful mentoring relationships can be, Kiara made it a mission to remain involved with FLI as the Program Chair of the FLI Mentorship Program.
“As a participant in the Fearless Leadership Institute, during its first year, the life lessons and lasting relationships provided support in academia, professional development and personal growth. They shaped my transition from an undergraduate student into adulthood; more specifically, womanhood.
The founders – Thais and Tiffany – have made a stamp in my heart and my life. Their impact in my life stirred the desire for me to foster those same influential relationships. Empowering and inspiring women of color speaks to my heart and to the purpose of the Fearless Leadership Institute.
So immediately after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin I began collaborating with Thais and Tiffany to begin the ground work for The FLI Mentorship Program.”
– Kiara Truitt-Chambers
Program Vice Chair
Morgan Burgess majored in Business Management, Consulting, and Change Management in the McCombs School of Business while attending The University of Texas at Austin.
She is currently an Information Technology Coordinator with the university Service Desk where she focuses on daily operations while collaborating with campus partners for the strategic utilization of team resources to serve the community through technical support, education, and outreach.
Burgess also serves as Residential Specialist with The Wood Group, providing care to maintain the physical, social, and psychological well being of residents.
Her passion for creating opportunities for academic, personal, and spiritual growth for young women led her to become involved with the Fearless Leadership Institute.
Ajhanai “AJ” Newton – Anderson
Student Development Chair
AJ graduated from The University of Texas at Austin her M.Ed in Higher Education Leadership and graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in Sociology. While at CSU she was a student-athlete and played an active role in the success of the Women’s Basketball team, which won back to back Mountain Championships in 2014 & 2015.
Newton-Anderson was the Assistant Complex Coordinator of Kinsolving Residence Hall and supervised as well as focused on the personal and professional development of 20 Resident Assistants. AJ has been serving as an Athletic Academic Mentor for the UT Football team for the past year. AJ has volunteered with FLI for the past year and is passionate about providing resources
Membership Communications Chair
As an undergraduate student, Keneshia was a fourth year member of the Texas Pom Squad, a Gateway Scholars mentor, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and crowned Spring 214’s Miss Black University of Texas at Austin.
While on campus, Keneshia led various programs and initiatives structured around impacting UT’s minority community to raise awareness and bring about positive change.
After graduation, Keneshia interned for Dr. Phil and the Doctors in Los Angeles, CA and found her way to the beautiful city of Austin, TX in the office for Inclusion and Equity, upholding the university’s commitment to inclusive excellence across campus.
To date, her love for diversity in Higher Education has led her to Dallas, TX working for UT Southwestern Medical Center in their Office of Diversity & Inclusion and Equal Opportunity.
Though she’s miles away from Austin, distance has only increased her commitment to FLI. As an Exec Board member, Keneshia has continued to provide the extra push necessary to help undergraduate women find their purpose. Through authentic transparency, she continues to inspire young women to achieve the impossible, while resiliently becoming the young women they’ve always imagined themselves to be.
Undergraduate Student Liason
Shaniece Denson is a Junior at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Public Relations. She graduated as the Valedictorian from Coldspring-Oakhurst High School in 2015.
Shaniece is the Founder and President of Sisters of Royalty, an organization designed to provide support and guidance to teenage girls. She’s dedicated to empowering young ladies and helping develop under-served communities.
Shaniece studied Urban Economic Development in South Africa and helped prepare teenagers for higher learning. She works as an intern for the Texas Women’s Basketball team and a project manager for Fran Harris Enterprises. She plans to attend the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law and later represent professional athletes as a Sports Lawyer. Shaniece believes in the power of love and support, and in making life an adventure. In her free time, she likes to workout, and write.