Kenadie Cobbin Richardson is the Director of Business Engagement & Communications at Workforce Connections, the Southern Nevada Workforce Development Board. Covering four counties, Kenadie develops economic and workforce development strategies that benefit employers and individuals by working with stakeholders in the workforce development system – including other government entities, community colleges, training providers, nonprofits and organized labor — to be more effective and responsive to the needs of Southern Nevada workers.
Her credentials include: Certified Executive Coach; Color Code Corporate Trainer, Masters in Teaching from Youngstown State University; and B.A. from DePauw University. Later this year, she will achieve a Project Management Professional (PMP ) Certification.
After graduating from college, she began teaching for the next seven years, first in Japan and then in urban cities across America teaching English, Spanish, Drama and Psychology. Then, having the desire to expand her territory, she took a position with the #1 pharmaceutical company in the world, Pfizer, Inc., and began to partner with Los Angeles doctors to educate the public about heart disease, hypertension, cholesterol and other abnormalities that disproportionately plague the black community, especially women. There, she won back to back national awards for her service, including the #1 Pharmaceutical representative in the Western region and the #4 representative in the United States.
Also a social entrepreneur, Kenadie has run her non-profit business (HerShe) for more than 12 years. HerShe prepares girls in foster care to successfully transition into adulthood and keeps abused and neglected former foster youth — often at-risk after emancipation with no home or family — from homelessness, incarceration, unwanted pregnancy, and unemployment. The mission is accomplished by providing supportive housing, preparing them to successfully transition into adulthood and by creating and maintaining a supportive sanctuary or trauma-sensitive environment that facilitates movement towards healing, growth and change.
Kenadie is also known as a producer. She is best known to produce projects with a purpose of empowering women. She has been the executive producer of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, directed by Penny Marshall starring Mo’Nique, Marla Gibbs, Tracee Ellis Ross, Teri Hatcher, Wendy Raquel Robinson and others. In 2006 , Penny Johnson Jerald directed the piece, starring Vanessa Williams, Ananda Lewis, Meredith Baxter, Victoria Rowell, and other noted stars. She has also produced such works as Medal of Honor Rag, starring Heavy D, directed by DelroyLindo, Little Shop of Horrors, The Wiz, Dreamgirls, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, the Miss & Ms. Black California USA Competition, and Love in the Spotlight. Her writing credits include The Arsenio Hall Show, the All New Dating Game and Newlywed Game and various shows on Black Entertainment Television (BET).
Kenadie and her husband, Gentry, are the proud parents of two daughters ages 10 and 7 and have lived in Las Vegas for 7 years.