TWO COLORED BIRDS
Founder & chief executive officer
Noaquia Callahan (a proud Long Beach, CA native) is an educator, speaker, mentor, and diversity & inclusion consultant whose expertise has been sought after by national and international institutions such as Howard University, the University of Iowa, U.S. Embassy Berlin, and the University of Halle-Wittenberg. She is a PhD Candidate in History at the University of Iowa (expected 2018), holds a master's in History from the University of Iowa, and bachelor's degrees in German Studies and Sociology from California State University Long Beach.
Callahan brings her expertise as a multi-fellowship winner and international exchange experience as a high school exchange student (in Köln, Germany), undergraduate (University of Munich, Germany), and PhD researcher (Free University Berlin's John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies) to mentor students of Color about the opportunities international study can make possible.
Callahan was selected as Fulbright Germany's top candidate in 2016 to receive a special Germanistic Society of America Fulbright award. She is also the recipient of other major scholarly fellowships such as the Doctoral Fellowship in African American History at the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C., Samuel Flagg Bemis Dissertation Research Grant from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and Andrew Mellon-Moorland Travel-to-Collections Grant at Howard University. Callahan's innovative academic and community-engagement work bridging African American international history and study abroad has earned her approximately $140,000 in awards, grants, fellowships, and honors at the PhD level. In 2017, she was awarded a Hancher-Finkbine Medallion, an honor recognizing those who exemplify the characteristics of loyalty, learning, and leadership.
COFOUNDER & CAREER DEVELOPMENT specialist
Dr. Robin Lee has nearly 25 years of experience in education as a teacher, faculty member, university administrator, researcher, thought leader, and career planning specialist. She has conducted presentations on career development, education and student leadership issues at national and regional conferences. Dr. Lee has served as consultant for the Chronicle of Higher Education, Monster.com, MyCoolCareer.com, and other career-related websites and blogs. Additionally, Dr. Lee has served as a member of several local government and corporate boards, including the City of Long Beach, Wells Fargo, and Enterprise Holdings.
Dr. Lee has received a number of distinctions and awards, and has held membership with the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the National Women's Political Caucus and the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE). She is also the former president of the Association of Pan African Doctoral Scholars (APADS) - a non-profit organization geared toward mentoring doctoral students of African descent. In 2008, Dr. Lee became a Fulbright Fellow awardee and served as part of a delegation of university administrators visiting Germany to study first-year student retention issues. In 2016, Dr. Lee's research on the career outcomes of doctoral graduates in Education was published in the form of a book chapter and as part of a larger volume on the educational achievement of students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Since 2013, Dr. Lee has led the efforts of Lee Success Consulting, LLC, a boutique consultancy which focuses its work on career development, higher education and student success initiatives.
Dr. Lee holds a bachelor's degree in Economics; a master's degree in Education; and, a doctorate in Higher Education and Educational Leadership.