Born in Dublin, Ireland to a West Indian Father and Irish Mother, Nadia was raised on a steady diet of culture, literature, music, the arts and natural beauty. She immigrated to Florida with her family as a teenager and went on to earn a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Florida and a Ph.D in Communications from the University of Florida. She has worked in media, newspapers, film, video and leadership roles extensively for the past 25 years as a writer, director, producer and executive. She was a college professor at Flagler College and also the Art Institute of Jacksonville where two of her film students won Student Academy Awards for film. She is an active art advocate and creative professional who does not believe in the old paradigm of starving artists. Her philosophy is that if you do what you love with great love your work is sacred.
Nadia believes in being community centric and has served as a leader on several volunteer boards and organizations helping raise money and service levels. She is deeply committed to “being the change you wish to see in the world” as Gandhi encouraged. She currently created the “Free My Mojo” book and online community to help individuals and organizations get unstuck and experience greater creativity and profitability using life design skills. Energetic and experienced in problem solving, Nadia seeks to make the world better through collaborative genius and compassion. She resides in St. Augustine, Florida and is the mother of two sons and a very old and feisty Terrier mix from the Humane society, Layla. She recently directed the full length documentary “It’s Huge” which takes an intimate look at the challenges five men face in overcoming obesity. She is completing a book on Interracial relationships in film based on her dissertation research and film knowledge called “The Color of Love on the Big Screen”.
An engaging speaker and dynamic presenter she is leading “Playshop” groups on creative solutions and is getting her message out through social media, books, blogs and podcasts to reach a global audience.