After the birth of her third son, Malene sought out ways to give females an opportunity to share of themselves, without limitations commonly created by race, status, demo-graphical, and financial class. She wanted women of color to break down the barriers that existed between them by finding ways to be communicative and resourceful. She founded the Women's Access to Empowerment Inc. in 2013 which at that time, was designed to produce workshops and trainings for those who wanted to enrich their communities. She later decided that recognizing women who take leadership roles in their communities should be celebrated annually. She coined her annual event the Big Hat Brunch which has been the signature event. Although this event is more like an awards ceremony, women have used this brunch to connect and reinforce that there is a beautiful power when women come together. As always, Malene believes in the design and strength of women. She sees that in how they learn, how they live, and how they love. She is ensuring that women are given their flowers because they deserve to be here to smell them and to share their victories. Most recently, through her studies in public health, she has taken the charge to make information and resources available around health, nutrition, mental health & wellness, and the overall capabilities of females to those who otherwise may experience poor judgement and lifestyle outcomes. She has committed to pushing her own personal boundaries in encouraging other Women of Color to be powerful, urgent and courageously decisive about the life they want to lead.
Malene is married with three sons, and is from Brooklyn, NY.