In the realm of social impact and community development, few individuals embody dedication and innovation as profoundly as Annie Holmes. As the co-founder and social impact strategist of Elevated Levels Foundation Inc., Annie's journey and mission are a testament to the transformative power of determination, family, and the arts.
Annie's career has been a remarkable odyssey through the fields of education, justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. With over 25 years of experience, including three tenures as the inaugural chief diversity officer for various organizations, she has been instrumental in breaking new ground in these critical areas. Her academic achievements, including a B.S. from Temple University and dual M.Ed. and a Ph.D. (ABD) from Pennsylvania State University, speak to her dedication to knowledge and growth.
Annie's impact has not gone unnoticed, earning her numerous accolades, including the 2019 and 2020 Diversity Leader Award from Diversity Journal, the 2022 JEDI Award from Pennsylvania State University, and the 2023 Visionary Award from the Internet 2.0 Conference. These accolades reflect her unwavering commitment to fostering justice, equity, and inclusion in all facets of society.
Elevated Levels Foundation Inc., founded in November 2022, is Annie's brainchild—a testament to her resilience and her family's unwavering support. Her journey to this point was marked by a successful career as a chief diversity officer. Still, as she reflects on the past, she acknowledges a point when she felt depleted, pouring herself into systems without receiving the same in return. It was a moment of reckoning, a pause in the chase for goals, and a reflection on her purpose in life. During this period of rest, Annie's family became her pillars of strength. Their conversations, rooted in societal concerns and the future they envisioned for their children, led to the birth of Elevated Levels Foundation Inc. Its three pillars—learning, art, and economic development—have not only been a source of inspiration for the community, but have also played a pivotal role in Annie's own healing journey, rejuvenating her mind, body, and soul.
Annie's passion for creativity and the arts, instilled in her through her artistic family, has found a new avenue of expression through the foundation's work. She now revels in her ability to break free from corporate confines and think outside the box. Her background as an artist and her extensive education have converged, allowing her to embrace her creativity fully.
What Annie enjoys most about her work is her newfound liberation—the freedom to be as creative and out-of-the-box as she desires. She is now open to helping others and extending a hand to bring people along on this transformative journey. Her work with Elevated Levels Foundation Inc. is not merely about addressing symptoms but healing minds, bodies, and souls, with the conviction that changing individuals will ultimately change the systems that govern our society.
In Annie Holmes and Elevated Levels Foundation Inc., we witness a remarkable blend of passion, purpose, and innovation. Annie's story serves as a poignant reminder of the power of family support, the liberation of creative expression, and the potential to bring about positive change in our communities. Through their endeavors, they are not just elevating lives but also reshaping the social fabric, one pillar at a time.
Co-Founder and Social Impact Strategist
Elevated Levels Foundation Inc.