Cortissa is an integrator and unifier of people within communities, organizations, and churches. She worked for Target Corporate and then with a minority owned event marketing company where she helped corporate clients partner with and effectively reach the diverse members of National non-profits like NAACP, National Urban League, and 100 Black Men of America. As a new stay-at-home mom she was voted as the first President of Mocha Moms, Twin Cities chapter, a national organization that provides support for at-home moms of color. After starting to home educate, Cortissa identified a need to serve and connect homeschool families in Chicago. So, she founded a 501c3 non-profit, which after several years still supports 25 families weekly. Cortissa has served on the boards of non-profits such as Ballet 5:8, a ballet pre-professional academy and the TN Heat Homeschool Athletic organization. In addition, she has served with multiple local ministries and churches, while co-leading different life Groups with her husband, Larry.
Larry’s passion, humor, and ability to explain complex concepts in a simple way energizes, inspires and prepares people for success! His passion is to help people improve themselves and their lives. As a presenter and facilitator, he has worked with thousands of people from groups like American Express Financial, General Mills, Normandale College and many others. He combines humor, simple truths, and interactive teaching to relieve stress, breakdown cultural ideologies, increase teamwork, and have fun.
Over his career he has been a people manager for Amazon, Target, Gander Mountain, and started a training division for a tech firm in Chicago. During this time, he utilized servant leadership and foundational truths to lead teams of 100-350 employees. He has been able to increase revenues by hundreds of thousands and create innovations totaling up to $1MM a year. However, his biggest accomplishment in business is his ability to create supportive, respectful work environments of inclusion, productivity, and personal growth.
Larry’s love of humor led him to Chicago after college where he was trained in improv comedy at Second City and ImprovOlympic. He spent 4 1/2 years learning and performing improv in Chicago. Since then he has taught comedy to organizations and youth groups. He wrote a book titled Improv for the Ministry to help youth organizations teach this wonderful art form.