Jamila Thomas is a motivational speaker, author and entrepreneur. She is a native of Dallas, Texas and a graduate of Florida A&M University, located in Tallahassee, Florida. She received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and a graduate degree, Masters of Business of Administration (MBA). She also has Master of Arts degree in Divinity from The University of Chicago Divinity School.
Jamila has always been emphatically involved in organizations and activities that uplift the world community. She has traveled to West Africa, Germany, Austria, England, Jamaica, Bahamas and Italy. Jamila has been a sought after speaker for many years. She spoke in Washington, D.C. on the steps of the United States Capitol on behalf of 400 youth delegates to garner support for the mission and vision of Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers.
In 2009, Jamila founded a 501c3 organization called WOMEN DIVINE in Chicago, Illinois. The mission is to effectively impact the lives of young women through academic enhancement, leadership development, financial literacy and cultural enrichment. The vision is to educate, inspire and empower young women to strive for excellence in all areas of their lives. In this capacity, she serves as the President of the Board of Directors. As of 2017, WOMEN DIVINE serves young women currently residing in juvenile detention centers in Dallas, Texas.
Jamila served as Coordinator for Dallas ISD African American Success Initiative for two years. There, she exposed students to a variety of culturally relevant academic focused opportunities. Prior to her current role with Dallas ISD, she served as the Pastor of Outreach for St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church, where she was responsible for serving ministries that included social services and prison ministry. In addition, in 2015, Jamila founded the Mosaic Purse Ministry, which serves homeless women and families by providing resources to help them regain their dignity. She currently serves as the Coordinator for Strategic Initiatives and External Relations for Dallas ISD with a focus on specific programming relative to racial equity.
Since returning to Dallas, Jamila has continued her commitment to serving the community in various organizations. She was appointed a Board Member of the Friends of the Dallas Public Library in 2016, and a member of the 2015 Leadership Dallas ISD class. She is also a 2017 Boone Family Foundation Public Voices Fellow, under the auspices of The OpEd Project. In addition, Jamila was invited to the White House in Washington, D.C. to collaborate with a number of individuals from across the nation to discuss opportunities that engage minority youth in STEM career fields. As a result of her commitment to her community, she won the 2015 Woman of the Year award from the South Central Dallas Business and Professional Women’s Club.
Jamila currently lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband, Brandon, her son Braylon, and her daughter Jaidence.