Phyllis Jeffers-Coly aka Madame PJC is a Diasporic Soul born and raised in North Carolina with over twenty years of leadership development, youth development and higher education experience. She is a passionate educator with proven record of creating systems and designing programs and experiences so young people can successfully navigate new and unfamiliar terrain.
She is a dynamic, fun and creative educator, facilitator and experience curator who is well-versed in Positive Youth Development, the Social Change Leadership Model (7Cs) and the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI). In addition to being trained as a True Body Project Facilitator, Phyllis has also completed her 300-hour yoga teacher certification training.
Most recently, in her role as College and Career Readiness Specialist, she conceptualized, designed and managed GRAD Cincinnati’s 2016 Á La Carte Culinary Arts and Electronic Media Summer Institute done in partnership with Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and the Free Store Food Bank. In the Summer 2014, she served as the Summer Program Coordinator for the College Success Foundation (DC), which included managing Achiever Team Leaders as well as supporting 30 Achievers on an overnight leadership development experience and 45 Achievers on a week-long college tour. Her accomplishments as Dean of Enrollment Management and Special Assistant to the VP of EMSA, included providing the leadership necessary to revamp Central State University’s New Student Orientation Program, including multi-city NSOs on the Go, and to create the University’s Marauder Fellows Leadership Development Program.
As a faculty member at Montgomery Community College, she traveled with honors students to Cambridge, England for summer study abroad and to Cuba with Global Exchange to study Spanish.
Her experience also includes serving as the Assistant Director of the African American Leadership Program and the Community Action School at the University of Maryland’s Academy of Leadership as well as co-facilitating a 9-day experience for youth workers in South Africa during her tenure as the Director of Leadership Development with LISTEN, Inc.