About the Founders
"Black Girl Vibranium was inspired out of my self-insertion into my younger sister's friendship circle who I lovingly refer to as the  Under 40 Club. We created a monthly sister circle where we come together to discuss our life's challenges, brainstorm solutions, and set goals. There was an almost immediate response in our lives. We began starting new business ventures, returning to graduate school, promoting in our professional lives, improving our relationships with our families and friends... I thought, Lord, how can we implement this on a larger scale? How can we promote this level of growth and success within our greater community? And from that request, He gave me Black Girl Vibranium" ~ Michaela, Founder of BGV
Michaela Elder is a global talent management professional, human and civil rights activist, entrepreneur, influencer and Founder of Black Girl Vibranium. She is a born & raised Tucson native and mother of four gifted and talented children.
Michaela holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a focus in Public Administration and is currently completing her Master's degree in Business Administration with Grand Canyon University.
She is very active in community and focuses her efforts on social justice, human and civil rights, juvenile justice and women's empowerment. She is an active member of various local and national organizations. She is a board member for the Tucson branch of NAACP, serves on IMA Community Action Team - Criminal Justice committee, Pima County Juvenile Justice Collaboration, Seeds of the Heart, and was a founding member of the Tucson Black Lives Matter branch.
Michaela's passion in life is to positively impact everything and everyone that enters her realm of influence.
Co-Founder, JaVonne Johnson is a wife of 15 years, mother of three amazing children, hair enthusiast and behavioral health advocate born and raised in Tucson, Arizona.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with an Emphasis in Government and Policy at Grand Canyon University. After completing her Bachelor’s degree, JaVonne began working with adults with mental health diagnoses as a Case Manager with a local behavioral health agency. She later began working with youth with mental health and behavioral issues, even managing a level 2 facility that served youth with behavioral and mental health challenges. Currently she works as a Self-Sufficiency Coordinator at a local nonprofit agency that assist low-income individuals with becoming economically stable. She aspires to one day oversee a non-profit agency geared towards providing mental health and economic resources to vulnerable and socio-economically depressed communities.
JaVonne has served and continues to serve as a mentor and motivator to youth and young adults by volunteering as a Cheer Director and Cheer Coach for a local non-profit organization, as well as a co-youth leader, Praise Dance Leader and Creative Director at Agape Christian Church International. She is passionate about bettering herself so that she can positively influence the community and all to whom she meets.
Co-Founder, Adrianne Williams is a 32 year old single mother of 4 son's. She is originally from Altadena, CA moved to Tucson, AZ December 2007.
Adrianne is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.She holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and Policy, Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Services Graduated from University of Arizona December 2013 and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University - Tucson Campus.
Member of Phi Alpha Honor Society. Pursuing a career in Gerontology in hopes of providing End of Life Care to Geriatric Inmates serving a life sentence. One of her greatest strength is resilience. Despite being a teen mother she combats poverty in her own life and others lives to end the generational cycles of poverty.
Co- Founder, Lauren Gaines is the beloved “baby” of the Under 40 Club. She is married to her college sweetheart and love of her life, Garrick Gaines, and is the mother of three wonderful children.
Lauren holds an Associate degree in General Studies from Pima Community College. She loves children, home design, and event planning.
Lauren is a Co-Founder of Sister Circle, a women’s local empowerment group. She has served as a leader within her church Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church; and mentors un/married couples and youth. Lauren is passionate about children and empowering others to lead enriched an happy lives.
I'm a firm believer in replacing negative thoughts with positive ones to obtain positive results! ~ Lauren