ACT3 Consulting Partners is a consulting group focusing on [the intersection between] Arts & Culture, Community & Technology. ACT3 was conceived in 2014 by life-long friends: Kendra Ross, Denele Biggs and Tanika Harris. Between the three partners, they represent a wide gamut of experience, areas of expertise and interests. Their experience includes almost 20 years in the music industry, 20+ years in corporate and non-profit sectors and 20+ years in the field of Information Technology for banking and financial institutions. The Partners also represent vast and varied skill sets from Project Management and Program Development to Event Planning, Strategic Planning and Technical Assistance. The Partners are community-engaged servant leaders ready to meet your consulting needs.
Kendra J. Ross, PhD is an award-winning cultural worker and social entrepreneur who is passionate about the nexus between artistic practice, arts advocacy, scholarship and social justice. Kendra spent 17 years as a music business professional coordinating and managing record label operations at top global music corporations. She also spent 20+ years writing, recording and performing music as a solo artist and in collaboration with such celebrated artists as: Quincy Jones, Talib Kweli and Kanye West among others. Kendra is currently an Assistant Professor of Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management at Point Park University. When not on stage or in the classroom, Kendra is an arts advocate and organizer in Pittsburgh’s Hill District and recently defended her dissertation in Community Engagement at Point Park University.
Denele D. Biggs, MIT, MA is a prolific IT professional who has honed her skills for the last 18+ years as a project manager, technical specialist, and business analyst at several prestigious corporate institutions spanning the East Coast. Denele is not only a consummate IT professional; but, also a gifted writer and performer. In 2015, she published her first book, The Unspoken: A Better Life from Lessons Learned, a collection of poetry sharing some of her most profound and often hard-learned life lessons. Denele aims to live authentically through freedom, gratitude, and love and thru her writing, she encourages others to do the same. In April 2019, she graduated with her 2nd Master’s degree in Communication Technology from Point Park University.
For more information on Denele, check her out at www.deneledbiggs.com.
Tanika S. Harris is a passionate “servant leader” with over 15 years of experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors. She is sensitive to the needs of all people and utilizes her administrative, public speaking, critical thinking and conflict resolution skills to provide quality service. Tanika has a plethora of skill sets that she cultivated for 12 ½ years as an executive-level leader for a global, faith-based organization and she has continued to build upon and broaden those skills in years since with other community and faith-based non-profits. She brings to the ACT3 arsenal experience in event planning, topical training, program development, resource development, strategic development and budget management. Tanika is currently studying Organizational Leadership at Point Park University .
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"We are so glad that we hired ACT3 Consulting Partners, LLC to guide us in revitalizing our programming and connections with the Hill District community. Not only did the ACT3 team help us create more meaningful engagements with the Hill District community, they also provided opportunities for learning and exchange that have resulted in a more collaborative and inclusive approach in all of our programming efforts.
ACT3 helped us to frame several challenging initiatives, creating achievable goals, objectives, and manageable tasks within a timeline and workflow that resulted in success.
ACT3 Consulting Partners, LLC assisted us in identifying critical networks of influencers and leaders.
The project work was very challenging, but involving ACT3 enabled us to find joy in the process. Their calm, gracious, and logical way of leading and supporting allowed us to know the tasks would be taken care of in the highest quality and we could relax in knowing they had it covered.
I can’t speak highly enough about this group!"
SVP of Learning and Community Engagement
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
"Act3 is consistently effective and excellence exudes from everything they touch. I hold our liaison at high regard and it is always my pleasure to collaborate with Act3 on projects both small and large."
DRE|media Digital Solutions
In November 2017, McAuley Ministries Foundation sponsored a workforce development event in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. We had only six weeks to plan, market, and implement the event, so we turned to ACT3 Consulting Partners. ACT3 coordinated the branding for the event, social media, radio advertising, and event flyers. They organized the day of the event from room set-up to registration to signage and catering. I was impressed with their professionalism and attention to detail. They worked well with our workforce development partners, and as all good consultants do, they challenged our assumptions when appropriate and in a respectful way. I have sponsored many events over my career, and I’m accustomed to pitching in to ensure a smooth event. ACT3 covered every aspect, freeing me to talk with our guests and network with our partners. One test of a successful consulting engagement is whether one would use the consultant again. In the case of Act3 Consulting Partners, my response is an enthusiastic “yes”!
Michele Rone Cooper
McAuley Ministries Foundation
“Act3 Consulting was contracted to create a retreat experience for our non- profit agency. They were charged to provide an opportunity for staff to create a shared vision for future strategic planning by learning about organizational history through three historical contexts: faith-based, African American History and the richness of the Hill District (Pittsburgh) history. As an organizational leader, I wanted my team to take this kind of risk as we forge ahead in the field of servant leadership in human services. Staff responses to the event, included: innovative, creative, engaging, educational and entertaining. The partners attended to every detail. We started and ended on time and every goal was achieved. They made me, the Executive Director, look like a rock star to my team of 20 people. BRAVO!”
Dr. Trisha M. Gadson