KARINE JOY WILLIAMS (KJ)
KJ Williams (no pronouns) is CEO and Founder of RISEWITHKJ, LLC (Radical, Insightful, Solutions to Create Equity). Under the RISE umbrella KJ facilitates the work of diversity, equity and inclusion by working with organizations, groups, and individuals across industries from the inside out to develop the infrastructure necessary for change, sustainability, and growth. KJ holds a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Washington and an MPA from Seattle University. KJ has served as a member of the City of Seattle LGBT Commission, University of Washington School of Law Diversity Committee, the Board of Directors for the Initiative for Diversity, and the University of Washington School of Law Gates Scholarship Committee.
ANTASIA J. WILLIAMS (AJ)
AJ Williams (she/her) is the Managing Director of RISEWITHKJ, LLC is a human being who cares for the heart, mind, well-being, and self-determination of all. Antasia is a part-time consultant providing content and technical support for RISEWITHKJ. Professionally, Antasia has 14 years of experience working with Youth and Young Adults (YYA), as an executive level manager and direct service provider. In this role Antasia used a race and poverty centered approach to advocate for and fulfill the economic, education and housing needs of clients.
RISEWITHKJ, LLC was founded in 2018 with a single mission: to provide radical, insightful, solutions in the pursuit of equity. We approach each of our clients with fresh eyes to develop customized, unique strategies. We are here to help you and your organization fulfill its goals in the pursuit of justice, equity and inclusion. Are you ready to set your business on the path to becoming a pro-equity, pro-inclusive organization.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We hold a fundamental belief that transformational, sustainable change is possible when we begin with examining ourselves.
We believe that change is rooted in the congruency gained, when our stated values are clearly reflected in our language and actions.
We believe that our ability to positively impact and facilitate transformation at the institutional and systemic levels, is directly connected to our individual work.
We believe that our willingness and ability to engage in equitable decision making practices is the result of understanding how our personal beliefs, biases, strengths and challenges intersect and manifest within our lives.
An honest and forthright approach while understanding that living an authentic life is a journey.
A stated and lived dedication to equity, justice, inclusion and diversity.
A space and method which supports the honest expression of individual and institutional truth without judgment while preserving dignity for all.
Admiration and support for ourselves and our clients engaged in this work; it is often challenging and uncomfortable.