Meet the Founders
Amber Anderson- Executive Director
Amber Nicole Anderson is a trailblazer on a mission to inspire and empower young women throughout the City of Chicago. She is recognized by influential leaders and peers alike for her role model qualities, high potential, daring spirit, and commitment to excellence.
Having witnessed the tremendous impact of her parents, both of whom are educators, on youths, Amber developed her own passion for community work and education, which has fueled her endeavors. She is the executive director and co-founder of the Black is Gold Organization, a non-profit, peer mentoring group for teen girls. She is also the founder and president of ANA's mentoring group, a program for middle school girls. Additionally, Amber is an active member of the Common Ground Foundation, the ASCEND Program, and the F.O.C.U.S Club at Kenwood Academy in Chicago. She is a member of her school’s student council, a writer for On the Money Magazine (a for teens. by teens publication), as well as a runway model who has been featured in fashion presentations with the RH School of Performing Arts, Kenwood Academy’s Elite Modeling Club, and on WCIU’s “The Jam.”
Amber is an aspiring journalist with plans to double major in political science and journalism/broadcasting in college, minoring in African-American studies. She plans to continue leading the charge to prepare African-American girls for future success.
Jillian Shogunle is a senior at Bremen High School. A young African American woman, looking to make a difference in her community. Along with making a difference, she has many interests, like Styling (www.shogunlestyles.com) directing photo shoots, and historical research. She plans to further her education at Bowie State University or Clark Atlanta University and major in either Political Science or Public Administration. Her minor in college will be African American Studies, planning to have an amazing career and multiple businesses, which equals multiple lanes of income, and that is one of the keys to becoming a millionaire. The average millionaire has at least 6 lanes of income. Besides her business plans, she has a true desire to continue the legacy with my colleagues that Black Is Gold is building.
Lailah Webster- Vice President
Lailah Webster is a junior that attends Gary Comer College Prep. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. Her interest includes business, modeling, and hanging out with friends. Being from the south side of Chicago and within coming from this side of town she noticed that a lot of young girls struggle with being confident and having the resources to do what they aspire to do. She aspires to attend Howard University or Spelman College where she hopes to continue the legacy of Black is Gold name.