Showing up for one another at ATHENA


Ciciley Moore and Stacy Stout spoke to ATHENA Leadership Forum attendees on the tenet of Collaboration last week at the Downtown Market. Both Moore and Stout belong to groups dedicated to creating spaces and building networks within their communities in West Michigan.

They put time and power into their networks, and each other.

The two friends joined together to have a candid conversation about equity, women of color (WOC) networks, intersectionality, and showing up for each other. Moore and Stout gave attendees a starting point to support each other in collaboration.

  • Be there. Dedicate yourself to supporting each other. Simply be there in the room in meetings, public events, and celebrations.
  • Create spaces. Understand that not all people’s experiences are the same. WOC need a place to voice shared experiences.
  • Build up those around you. Bring people with you. Create more opportunities for others in your space.
  • Networks matter. Ask yourself: How can I leverage my networks? How can I connect my networks?
  • Stronger together. Understand how true intersectionality can bond groups together to form larger circles.

We want to thank Moore and Stout for speaking with each other and our ATHENA Leadership Forum attendees on the importance Collaboration by seeing each other, giving each other power, and showing up for one another.

About the speakers

Ciciley “CC” Moore, Program Manager, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Ciciley Moore_Headshot_smallCiciley Moore is a program manager for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In this role, she provides leadership and coordination in strategic grant management that address systemic barriers and vulnerable conditions of historically marginalized communities and children. She enjoys developing relationships within the field; fostering alliances with community, corporate and philanthropic partners; and supporting the overall direction and implementation of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s strategic framework.

Prior to joining the foundation, Ciciley served as a programs manager and inclusion programs coordinator for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There, she oversaw the coordination of talent retention and attractions programs that focused on LGBT workplace inclusion, racial equity, and community leadership.

Ciciley is a proud member of the Latina Network of West Michigan leadership team, Co-founder of Black Women Connect GR a community of support for Black women to develop meaningful relationships, empower each other and leadership development. Ciciley is also committed to giving back to her community through a number of board and committee positions. She currently serves as a board member for the City of Grand Rapids Downtown Improvement District, committee member on the Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. Alliance for Vibrancy, and as a Grand Valley State University Cook Leadership Academy mentor.

Originally from California, Ciciley received her B.S. in criminal justice and chemistry from California State University Sacramento and is a MBA candidate at Michigan State University. She cherishes the time spent with her husband, two daughters and son living in southeast Grand Rapids.

Stacy Stout, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Grand Rapids

Stacy Stout_Headshot_smallStacy Stout is the Assistant to the City Manager in the City of Grand Rapids to support city neighborhood initiatives, and internal capacity for authentic community engagement, with an overarching goal to make the city more equitable. Stout brings a strong racial equity and community empowerment lens to the work, pulling on her lived experience and training as a former Michigan team member at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Prior to the Foundation, Stout was the Dean of Students at Burton Middle School in Grand Rapids, where she emphasized restorative justice and coordinated comprehensive intervention services. Prior to her work with Grand Rapids Public Schools, she was the Education Director at the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan overseeing early childhood, youth, adult education and parent leadership programs.

Stout earned a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in nonprofit management and leadership at Grand Valley State University, where she had previously received her bachelor’s degree in biology.

She currently serves on the steering committee of the Latino Community Coalition of Kent County, and is one of four co-founders of the Latina Network of West Michigan that has a vision to be a catalyst for systemic change through leadership development, a space of cultural belonging, and reclaiming the Latina narrative. Additionally, she is on the K-Connect Board of Trustees and in 2016 was recognized with the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Youth Professional award, Young Professional of the Year award by the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber, Community Improvement award by the Grand Rapids Young Professionals, and GR Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty designation.

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