Board of Directors
Candice M. Smith
Founder and CEO
Candice M. Smith is Founder and CEO of Boss Generation a non profit organization that proactively focuses on addressing student loan debt, creating economic well being and generational wealth for Black women and Women of Color. Prior to starting this organization she spent over a decade in education, as a teacher coach, and district trainer for a local school district. Candice holds a Masters degree in Education from Regis University. She is a native of TN and grew up in Denver.
Chevy Lowe is the director of The College Place-Colorado located at the University of Colorado – Denver campus. She has over 10 years of experience helping students pursue higher education. Her passion lies in supporting students with career exploration, financial literacy, and finding an affordable path after high school to pursue their education and career goals.
Vice Board Chair
Ms. Young has more than 20 years of Human Resources operations and management experience including developing HR processes and policies, employee relations, performance management, budget management, talent acquisition, benefits, compensation, leaves administration, compliance/compliance reporting, training, vendor management and new employee on-boarding. Her professional experience includes creating a proprietary DEI Framework to help companies ensure diversity, equity and inclusion are embedded into their processes, policies and procedures.
Manushkka is the founder and Moisturizer-In-Chief of Chubby Curls Hair Products as well as the Executive Assistant/Board Coordinator at The Women’s Foundation of Colorado. A proud native of Queens, she loves trips to the city, Broadway, and all things New York! Thanks to her curiosity, creativity, and determination, she is now the Moisturizer-In-Chief of Chubby Curls Hair Products. Manushkka is proud to be a recipient of the 2021 My Black City People’s Choice Award and the 2021 5280 Black Professional Women (BPW) Aunt Clara Brown Award. She is also a member of the Sisterhood of Philanthropists Impacting Needs (SPIN) and sits on the board of Boss Generation, a non-profit that centers and prioritizes resources for BIPOC women to navigate and ultimately eliminate student loan debt.
Carla Ladd is the Founder and President of IIMS, L.L.C. dba DenverBlackPages.com (DBP). DBP is an online resource for Denver’s African American community, established in 2002. Through her work with the Denver Black Pages and the Mountain Region Black Economic Summit, Carla has received numerous awards including the Urban Spectrum’s African Americans Who Make a Difference (2003), the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce’s Clara Brown Award (2006), the Colorado Black Women for Political Action’s Community Service Award (2007), the Gospel Music Workshop of America Business Award (2008), the National Council of Negro Women’s Business Award (2008), the Black Employees for a Better Aurora (BEFABA) Trailblazer Award (2011), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s Torch Award for Economic Development (2013), Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award (2018), and Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Award (2021). Carla holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science.