Maria Tope Akinyele Ph.D. is the founder and Lead Education Consultant of Agiri Learning, an organization that has helped hundreds of school leaders and organizations embrace, strategize, and enact positive change. Dr. Akinyele is a Professional Learning Strategist, Organizational Development Specialist, and an adjunct professor at Teacher’s College Summer Principals Academy. Dr. Akinyele draws upon her expertise in mindfulness, emotional intelligence, adult development, cultural competence, and racial equity to enhance the capacity of leaders and organizations to implement positive change. She specializes in leadership development and professional learning design focused on creating culturally responsive, racially literate, and equitable schools and organizations. For the past fifteen years, she has helped numerous school leaders envision and implement equitable literacy practices that empower youth and teachers with cultural competence and critical thinking tools. She collaborates with leaders and organizations to not only imagine but create thriving learning communities where people are genuinely developing and moving towards the actualization of their organization’s mission, vision, and goals.
Dr. Akinyele holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Women Studies with a concentration in African American Studies from Williams College; a Ph.D. in Urban Education from the CUNY Graduate Center; a certificate in Organizational Development and Change Leadership from Georgetown University.