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STAR Girlz Empowerment leadership is dedicated to Mentoring!, Empowering!, and ultimately Transforming the lives of female youth and young adult women.

We strive for organizational excellence, optimizing resources and processes to achieve the mission and make a lasting impact on the lives of girls and women.

Learn more about our Leadership team below.

Shalonda Palmer Founder/Executive Director


Shalonda Palmer, Founder and Executive Director of STAR Girlz Empowerment, Inc. is an inspirational VISIONARY, motivational speaker, and MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL, showcasing her creative force for women and families through the creation of STAR Girlz Empowerment and its programming. Also known as The Visionary, she is the author of B.L.I.N.G, a book that stemmed from her signature mental health camp, and an expert on training in treating trauma experienced by female youth who are victims of crime or involved in the criminal justice system.

Cindy Johnson Human Resources Manager

Cindy Johnson

Cindy Johnson, Human Resources Manager, provides HR management and strategic organizational HR leadership to STAR Girlz Empowerment and partnering company Heavy Hands Heavy Hearts Foundation. Is responsible for directing and overseeing recruiting, hiring, training, learning and development, employee culture and well-being, HRIS, and administering and monitoring all benefit programs with a small but mighty talented team. She is people-centric and customer-service-driven and believes in cultivating positivity and empowering the whole human.

Kennedi Greene Empowerment Program Manager

Kennedi Greene

Kennedi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver, and an Associate Degree in General Studies from the Community College of Aurora. Kennedi is completing a certificate in Allied and Professional Health Sciences and will continue her education to become a pediatric nurse practitioner.

Brooklynn Haggerty Empowerment Program Assistant


Brooklynn Haggerty, Empowerment Program Assistant, is a woman of many talents. A leader, mentor, and athlete, she is currently working toward her associates degree as a medical assistant, and empowering her community through volunteering and engaging in community service projects to advocate for other young ladies. Ms. Haggerty attends East High School and is interested in attending Spelman College, a Historically Black College and University to pursue a degree in nursing.