As the senior partnerships manager at MAKERS, Ja’Nay Hawkins has proven instrumental in fostering relationships with companies like Apple, Bloomberg, Facebook, Hilton, Omnicom, Uber and McDonald’s. A native of East St. Louis, Ill., she studied psychology at Tennessee State University. Her passion for leadership development began early in her career at a nonprofit while traveling the country to connect students from historically black colleges and universities with Fortune 500 companies. Her expertise in client relations, event sponsorships, leadership development and corporate partnerships are all fueled by her natural gift to connect people through powerful and impactful exchanges. When not working, Ja’Nay balances her love of international travel with an insatiable appetite for movies and documentary films.