From humble beginnings, Shelly Conley was born & raised in Milwaukee, WI. She’s had a passion for words since her early childhood but kept them tightly bundled up in her many diaries and journals until early 2003. It didn’t take long after that to learn the value that having a voice brings. “Gifted, inspirational, positive, amazing…” are all words listeners use to describe her work. Her powerful words have taken her across the map representing Milwaukee in both National & Regional slams since 2004. She’s opened up shows featuring Mo’Nique, Pep of Salt N Pepa, Professor Griff of Public Enemy, Dwele, and many more. She's been on the big screen, featured in Emmy Award winning Brad Pruitt’s documentary Mark My Words, and behind the scenes as Stage Manager for Hansberry Sands and assistant to Rubin Whitmore at Village Playhouse. Poetry has been a tool used to heal her many wounds. It has challenged her to grow out of her comfort zone & to continue evolving into her Divine Purpose. She has aligned with that Divine Purpose with My Sista’s KeepHer where she encourages young girls to love themselves & each other through the art of self-expression.
She’s been blessed to help raise two amazing kids. She’s a wife. She’s a believer in a test being made into a testimony.
Kashunda Brown has used her gift of selfless giving & serving for most of her life. Her education is in Human Services. Her passion is nurturing others. It is evident when you see her radiating smile, as she serves, that this is what she loves. She has always had a passion to work with youth so after 10 years in the secure medical health field she followed her heart and moved into youth conflict resolution & mentoring. She is our student coordinator and the girls ABSOLUTELY Love her ongoing support, guidance & motivation.
Her own social media workshop (The Good, Bad and Ugly) bring an awareness to students on the proper and improper use of social media.
In addition to the many hats she dons, she is a mother to an energetic, admirable, and lovable 11 year old boy. Regardless of how busy her days & nights are, she carves out time to spend time with friends and family.