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Kendall egan her adult entrepreneurial career as a cosmetologist in 1986. She worked as a hair stylist and hair care technician at various salons in Philadelphia. In 1994, she, along with three partners launched, a general contracting company in Philadelphia where she played a pivotal role in the company’s growth and transformation into a commercial steel erection company. From 1998 until 2001, under a Mentor/Protégé program Shoemaker Construction Company, Inc., Ms. Hayes managed multiple construction projects. In 2001, Ms. Hayes took her experience in sales and construction management to the African American Chamber of Philadelphia, where she managed the daily operations of the corporate office, including membership outreach and retention, establishing alliances to develop membership benefits, coordination of events including marketing content for event and subscription related initiatives for over 500 businesses while maintaining budgets, venue, vendor and entertainment negotiations. In 2005 she started Hayes Technical Solutions (HTS) Inc. HTS, Inc., providing an array of administrative services to small businesses to enhance their visual identity and strategically plan solutions for immediate and long-term demands of her clients.
Over the years clients have included Northwest EPIC Stakeholders, BSI International, Inc. the SANKOFA Afterschool Program at the Canaan Baptist Church and The African American Business Alliance of Eastern North Carolina.
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Currently Ms. Hayes is Head Entrepreneurial Engineer of HER…Harvesting an Entrepreneurial Revolution. She and her team garner over 50 years combined experience and continues to provide the professional services of HTS.
Current clients include The Business Center for Entrepreneurship and Empire Capital Consultants.
Marilyn Pendelton is a native and resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was educated in the Philadelphia School District and graduated from the Philadelphia High School for Girls. In 1981, she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, professional certification as a school nurse and Masters in Educational Psychology from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. Marilyn earned a professional certificate as a Legal Nurse Consultant in 2002 from Manor College. In 2008, Marilyn became a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® from The Grief Recovery Institute®. She is currently a full-time student in Gwynedd Mercy University’s Accelerated Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership with a concentration in PreK – 12 School and District Administration.
Marilyn is founder and CEO of Your Voice Heard, Inc., (est. 2009) became a non-profit in 2016. The mission is to innovatively and holistically synergize, energize and mobilize the lives of individuals. The company offers grief support outreach utilizing The Grief Recovery Method® to promote emotional completeness and engages local, national and global partnerships. The company’s core values are Partnership. Integrity. Confidentiality. Kindness. Openness. Wellness. Transformation.
Marilyn has provided Grief Recovery Method Outreach Programs in academic, veteran, faith based and community settings. Marilyn shared her expertise as a guest on the “The Awareness Show” in Toronto, Canada, and other international collaborations. She is a sought after motivational speaker and expert whom customizes Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s) to incorporate accommodate emotional wellness strategies to enhance student academic, reduce truancy and improve school climate. She is an advisor to the National Alliance of Women Veterans Incorporated. Marilyn was an abstract presenter at the 2010 National Association of School Nurses (NASN) National Conference Grief, the Quiet Enemy of Health and Education". She is creator of and facilitated the Professional Development “Grief: Impacts on Student Learning and the School Community”, which has been presented to Philadelphia and Delaware educators and support staff. She has been featured guest on various blog-talk radio shows. Your Voice Heard was the recipient of a Support Community Outreach Program (SCOP) grant funded by The City of Philadelphia, Department of Human Services. Northwest EPIC Stakeholders Group and Green Tree Health Foundations have sponsored Marilyn’s presentation of The Grief Recovery Method® Outreach Seminar to parent groups of Philadelphia Public Schools.
Her employment as a nurse allowed her to work in numerous specialty areas that blended the science of nursing and compassion for the human experience. Marilyn’s last position prior to embarking on full-time academics was Health Administrator in the Office of Early Childhood Education in the School District of Philadelphia. She has held positions as an educator, staff nurse, continence nurse, quality assurance and improvement manager, school nurse, and an assistant director of clinical services. Her nursing career has included employment in hospitals, community health, welfare-to-work programs, and schools. Working with the students, families and communities has given Marilyn a unique perspective how compounding losses affect individuals and can have lifelong negative impacts on personal development.
Marilyn is a proud member of Dare to Imagine Church, mentors youth and young adults and is on the board of Access to Rowing and Paddling Philadelphia (AXS2RP). She has volunteered in the past with various organizations including but not limited to A Better Chance (Mid-Atlantic Region, Parents-As-Partners), Boy Scouts of America Troop 19, and Widener University’s African Alumni Association. Marilyn joined the novice class of the Philadelphia Girls Rowing Club in 2009 and maintain her passion for the sport.
Experiencing different cultures through travel is one of Marilyn’s favorite joys. Her most humbling experiences have included doing volunteer work at Upeme Orphanage and hospice in Zambia, Africa, at a specialty hospital in Jordan and a residential rehabilitation center in the United Kingdom.
Marilyn is the mother of Gregory Kristofor, an Eagle Scout, OPC ‘08 and graduate of Ursinus College. Her personal life journey and faith motivates her to galvanize partnerships, positively impact the lives of others, and inspire others to move beyond their losses and empower them to have their voice heard.