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Onward & Upward: S2:E3 with LaNesha DeBardelaben

One Such Outstanding Woman is LaNesha DeBardelaben, NAAM President & CEO. Thanks so much to LaNesha for joining us for Season Two of Onward & Upward with Leslie E. Royal, brought to you by Ashro.

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What Does Onward & Upward Mean to You?

“Onward and upward is what our people have been doing. Since the very beginning we have been onward and we have been upward. That is what Sankofa is all about. That is the path to, getting to better. We have to have an onward and upward mindset. It’s a mentality. It’s a way of thinking and a way of living. It is a commitment to positive energy and a belief that we will rise, again still we rise. It is an affirmation of self-determination. Onward and upward is an agreement with the idea that though we fall down, we get up. 

– And so onward and upward is truly acting in affirmation that we can all remind ourselves every morning, onward and upward, onward and upward.”

— LaNesha DeBardelaben

LaNesha DeBardelaben’s passion is to drive success for Black museums.

As Executive Director of Seattle’s Northwest African American Museum which she has led since 2017, NAAM has experienced accelerated growth and was named a 2019 finalist for the prestigious National Medal for Museum Service Award for their impactful engagement with the community.

She has international experience with museums and libraries in Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, England, Germany, and Israel, and is a member of the International Women’s Forum.

LaNesha has received numerous awards for her community and professional service, including the 2020 Unsung Heroes Award, 2020 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Ida L. Jackson Award, 2019 WNBA Seattle Storm Inspiring Women Award, 2017 Michigan Chronicle’s 40 Under 40, 2015 Michigan Chronicle’s Women of Excellence, and 2014 Crain’s Detroit’s Business 40 Under 40.


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Ashro Brand Ambassador Leslie E. Royal is also an author, international freelance writer, product review expert, and global travel journalist. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including: Medium, ESSENCE, Black Enterprise,, AAA Southern Traveler, Upscale, Upscale Living, and The Ashro Blog. She is the creator of the Leslie’s Lane consumer information blog and author of two books.

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Comments (3)

Who do you know who is commpasionate, merciful, righteous, kind, loving and cares for you😎

I love this interview. I live in Seattle and have been to the museum many times. It is beautiful. I will be taking advantage of the online programs during this pandemic while anxiously waiting for the reopening of onsite exhibits. I love Ashro. This great interview with this outstanding woman encourages me to follow Leslie too! So Lots of Love to Lanesha and Leslie for empowering Black Women Onward and Upward!

Hello my Name is Connie Horn / down here in a small town outside of Austin Texas
So excited to read your articles
Want to let this world know what a gem I am being made into by the Almighty Loving Father’s Hand and Spirit
And want to join in on your gracious news *Ashro has it ‼️
Here is my email

Only way to go* Upward”

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