April Powers is the Managing Director of First Impression Rx, a full service consulting firm that helps companies manage differences through training and diversity and inclusion strategy. The first Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI.org), she is a highly-rated trainer for Fortune 50, government and non-profit organizations. She consulted for and trained at Amgen for many years, including project managing their cultural dexterity roll-out and delivering certified training in the areas of Generational Diversity, Communication, Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Competence.
April began her recruiting career with Ryan, Miller & Associates, a boutique search firm specializing in accounting and finance. In 1999 she launched her own executive search firm that focused on middle market and fortune 500 companies. She also helped staff and recruit for smaller start-up companies during the dot-com boom.
In 2005, she joined Nestlé USA as an in-house executive recruiter where her passion for diversity recruiting was recognized. She was soon asked to be the Manager of Diversity and Recruiting for Nestlé USA. A Southern California Leadership Fellow, April has served on the West Coast Advisory Board for the Jackie Robinson Foundation, the California Diversity Council Board and chaired the 2009 California Diversity and Leadership Conference.
A Los Angeles native, April received her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of California, Berkeley, where she also had a focused area of study in African American Studies. She has lived in the US, South America and Europe, is bilingual and thus brings a global]perspective with local understanding to her clients’ goals in the diversity space.
Kiyomi, a Consultant with First Impression Rx, is a mom, a Marine Corps veteran, an activist, and a social justice advocate. From 1997 to 2001, Kiyomi was an active-duty Marine, during which time she served both at home and abroad and achieved the rank of Corporal. After being honorably discharged, Kiyomi attended the California State University of Northridge, where she earned a Bachelor’s in political science. Kiyomi then went on to law school, earning a Juris Doctorate with Public Service Distinction from Southwestern Law School in 2012. Since graduating law school, Kiyomi has continued her education, both formally and informally, and, most recently, earned a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University.
Kiyomi is a social justice advocate who is focused, first and foremost, on eradicating racism. To that end, she chairs both the Social Justice Collective and Anti-racism Task Force for the Board of Jewish Education at Valley Outreach Synagogue in Calabasas. Recognizing that racism intersects with and is embedded in many social ills, Kiyomi advocates for and works on a number of issues that, while not expressly tied to racism, nevertheless reflect or build upon the systemic racism in our society. For example, Kiyomi recently expanded the Social Justice Collective to add an Environment and Power Task Force, which focuses on environmental justice. Kiyomi is also a founding board member and staff advocate at LAW Project of Los Angeles, a non-profit organization which advocates for system-involved youth and families and assists individuals with post-conviction remedies.
In addition to all of the above, Kiyomi is active in local and statewide politics. She is an Assembly District 45 Delegateand a proud alumna of New Politics Leadership Academy, where she serves on the Alumni Executive Council and leads the Anti-racism and Black Alumni Service Resiliency Circles. She is also an alumna of Emerge California, a national organization that prepares women to run for office. Kiyomi serves on the school district level Curriculum Council and holds a position on California State Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel’s advisory council.