To create a movement led by Black women and women of color that creates space for our authenticity and identities. We are unafraid of being judged for who we are in professional and personal spaces because the social construct of whiteness is no longer the “norm.” Our aim is to knock down walls and build new spaces, where we are truly ourselves and we are here to normalize our brilliance, our greatness and our beauty in every form that may take.
UNAPOLOGETIC COMMUNICATIONS FOUNDER
Takirra Winfield Dixon is a Baltimore, Maryland native, writer, activist and communicator with over 15 years of experience in communications, public relations and branding.
Takirra served as a political appointee in President Barack Obama’s administration. She now partners with several individuals and organizations, including as a strategic communications and branding adviser to Dr. Uché Blackstock, LaTosha Brown, The Highland Project, Topeka K. Sam, Black Girls Vote, ESPN rising star Monica McNutt, Formation Ventures, Baltimore Corps, and others. In over a year since launching, Unapologetic Communications has worked with 30 clients.
Takirra was a featured speaker at the 2021 ESSENCE Festival. She was also named a 2021 Leading Woman by the Maryland Daily Record.
For four years, she led a robust national communications team as Vice President of Strategic Communications at The Education Trust – a national nonprofit focused on highlighting and closing opportunity gaps for students of color and students facing financial uncertainty. Takirra also served for six years in Maryland politics as a senior member of Martin O’Malley’s gubernatorial administration.
A proud graduate of Howard University, Takirra obtained an M.A. in Intercultural Communication with a certification in International Affairs. She is also a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, where she earned a B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and a certification in African American Studies. Takirra also has experience as a communications consultant to change makers and individuals in entertainment including President Obama’s U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., Black Lives Matter activists; actress Allison Williams; entrepreneur, music mogul and tech investor Monique Mosley; and Academy Award and Grammy Award winning artist John Legend.
Takirra believes in the power and purpose of authentic storytelling, especially from people directly impacted by issues, and with lived experiences that are too often overlooked. She has dedicated her career to elevating and uplifting the stories and experiences of Black women.
unapologetic communications Honorary Founder, Strategist, Executive Coach
McCall Leadership Founder
Monnikue “Monique” Marie McCall is a Napa California native, an Executive Coach with an emphasis on time management, and a Higher Education Executive with 18 years of administrative experience and 6 years of coaching executives, entrepreneurs, and their teams including their assistants.
Monnikue empowers her clients to take control of their time to be more present at work and with their loved ones. As an accountability partner, she meets regularly with her clients to discuss and implement their time management goals, assess their procedures and processes, and facilitate effective communication to build cohesive teams. Monnikue is passionate about coaching her clients to be the best version of themselves and strengthen the partnerships between all parties to prioritize efficiency and work/life balance.
Monnikue started her career as a college student working with world renowned scientists and engineers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, CA. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA with a degree in Music Education, she worked for Berklee’s City Music Mentoring Program and taught private classical violin lessons and music theory. From there, she decided to pivot her career to philanthropy and politics. She had the privilege of working alongside Cambridge, MA philanthropist Barbara Lee as well as the Barbara Lee Family Foundation and the Barbara Lee Political Office.
While working in Higher Education, Monnikue became a Virtual Assistant supporting executives at non-profit organizations such as Bellwether Education Partners, Pahara Institute, Rocketship Public Schools, Oakland REACH, Silicon Schools Fund, and Beyond12. She also supported New York Times Bestselling author, Robin DiAngelo.
Creative Director, Producer
Mapenzi Productions founder
A creative multi-hyphenate, Maia is an award-winning actress, producer, filmmaker, and philanthropist. When she is not in front of the camera, she uses her writing and storytelling skills to elevate and enhance the brands of individuals and organizations across the globe, specifically with a focus on solving prominent social justice issues.
She is the founder of Mapenzi Productions, a multimedia company with an emphasis on highlighting and uplifting Black and Brown communities through authentic storytelling. Her content creation expertise ranges from feature films to documentaries, corporate commercials, and beyond.
Maia is also the Program Director for WACO Theater Center’s youth mentorship program, Films Made By Teens, For Teens. She collaborated with Richard Lawson and Tina Knowles Lawson to create a community fueled by the mission to support underserved youth and provide them with resources to pursue their passions.
Maia has 9 years of experience in communications, pubic relations, and branding which began during her undergraduate years at Rutgers University. Her diverse skillset can be attributed to her work with Berk Communications, Roc Nation Sports, the National Institute for Early Education Research, and The Rutgers University Football Recruiting Department. Her time studying abroad at the City University of London solidified the union of her corporate and artistic goals.
Maia’s wide range of work comes together with one common mission, to live fully in her purpose and to support others to do so as well.
Articles & Media
Takirra is also a regular contributor for Salon and has been published in a number of other outlets, offering commentary on Black women, Blackness, and the intersections of race and gender in America.
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