OUR BOARD

Founder: Linda “Pearl” Fils-Aime

Linda Pearl Fils-Aime, CEO of A Lady Named Pearl

Linda Pearl Fils-Aime, CEO of A Lady Named Pearl, LLC

Linda “Pearl” Fils-Aime is a seasoned fashion model, performing artist, author, speaker, and university professor.

Ms. Pearl, the founder of Pearl School of Modeling, a division of A Lady Named Pearl Foundation Inc 501(c)3, is an expert in teaching transformation, both in the world of modeling and in the world of next generation leadership preparedness.

The modeling industry is often narrow-casted as just about physical appearance and presenting only the façade of the person. However, Linda Pearl Fils-Aime has discovered a new way to upend the old modeling industry to become a tool to help shape future global leaders of all sizes, gender, perspectives and mindsets.

Pearl began her professional career as a model walking the runways for Ebony Fashion Fair, touring the U.S., Canada and Caribbean.

Shortly after touring with Ebony Fashion Fair, Pearl pursued her MBA at Clark Atlanta University. Pearl served as a real estate analyst for a Fortune 1 company from 2008 to 2011, and as an adjunct business school professor at Clark Atlanta University, teaching Leadership and Professional Development from 2011 to 2017.

In October of 2014, Pearl opened Pearl School of Modeling. Pearl School of Modeling’s mission is to shape the confidence of young women and girls to become future leaders through modeling, leadership and entrepreneurship training.

More About Pearl:

In 2003/2004 season, Pearl toured as an Ebony Fashion Fair Model.

In 2012, Pearl released a full length album entitled “Transformation”.

In 2013, Pearl won the crown for World Top Natural Hair Model, and served as an ambassador for natural hair, and the face for international campaigns for Taliah Waajid Natural Hair Care products.

In 2014, Pearl was named one of “Atlanta’s Hottest Celebrities” by Creative Loafing.

In 2015, Pearl created PEARL Magazine and released KINK, a natural hair docuseries produced by A Lady Named Pearl, LLC.

In 2016, Pearl was featured in the Atlanta Tribune Young Executives as “One To Watch”.

Pearl and Governor Nathan Deal

In 2017, Pearl was recognized as a “Notable Citizen” at the Georgia State Capitol on Feb 23 known as Haiti Day. Moreover, Pearl received the 2017 Unsung Heroine “Humanitarian Award” from Saving Our Children and Families, Inc.

Also, in 2017, Pearl authored the book “Pearls of Wisdom for Teenage Girls”.

In 2018, Pearl authored the book, “A Lady Named Pearl” Transformed”, a collection of poems, moreover, Pearl was selected to present a Tedx on the “Transformative Power of Modeling Schools”.

2010 to Current – Pearl has raised thousands of dollars for Haiti through her annual benefit entitled “Pearl Holiday Haiti Benefit.” Moreover, Pearl traveled to Haiti in Feb 2018 to work with the girls of Samara’s Angels on confidence building techniques.


Our Board

Daniel Enger

Daniel Enger is passionate about stories – telling them, listening to them, and understanding and amplifying those of young people to catalyze social change locally and globally. Together with Emory’s Dr. Kate Winskell, Enger founded Global Dialogues in 1997 and serves as the NGO’s International Coordinator. GD aims to promote global health and societal well-being through integrated, youth-driven solutions fueled by creativity and multidisciplinary partnership. Enger’s primary responsibility is to find and foster synergies between remarkable people working in the diverse realms that intersect and interlink in Global Dialogues’ program of activities: youth voice, education, film, social media, narrative research, and advocacy. Today, Enger and the GD team worldwide are trying to understand how to help unleash the collective potential of people’s stories, video and social media to cultivate empathy and compassion in response to the challenges humanity faces.

 

Sharon Orlopp

After spending 30+ years in Fortune 500 companies in senior executive roles in HR and Diversity & Inclusion, I’m excited about a new chapter of my life. I’ve gone from working for the largest company in the world to being a part of an amazing team at a blockchain technology start-up, Core Scientific.

There are rare moments in life where a window of opportunity opens and it’s best to jump in with both feet. Core Scientific offers a trifecta of emerging technology, an experienced leadership team, and a CEO with proven results in public and private companies. Blockchain technology provides transparent, decentralized networks and transactions which are the next huge wave in technology.

I’m a strong believer in personal health and organizational health; I am also the HR Director for Big Horns Enterprises which owns Orangetheory Fitness studios in the Seattle area. The Orangetheory Fitness team in Seattle was recently awarded the Orangetheory Fitness Group of the Year Award in 2018!

I am a storyteller at heart. Stories create human connection. Stories are emotion in motion. We all have a story within us. I am fascinated and mesmerized by other people’s stories. I am an inspirational speaker and author with a keen bent on stories that touch the heart and change behaviors.

I recently co-authored Standing Up After Saigon with Thuhang Tran. Thuhang’s incredible odyssey is a testimony of familial love and triumph through continued adversity. Thuhang was born in Saigon near the end of the Vietnam War and developed polio as a toddler. Her father was separated from the family for 15 years. Thuhang’s journey reveals what life was like after the communists captured South Vietnam as well as the challenges she faced immigrating to the U.S. Thuhang remained hopeful and resilient through all the hurdles she has faced. Her story inspires others to find strength through perseverance.

Standing Up After Saigon is available at Walmart.com, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.