Angela grew up in Newark, New Jersey. At Columbia High School, she was Captain of her basketball and track and field teams, becoming a Junior Olympic gold medal champion in the heptathlon. She competed in the heptathlon, hurdles, and long jump as a member of Princeton’s Track & Field team. Throughout high school and college, she worked part-time as a model in New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. A hardworking student, she graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology and a minor in African American Studies.
After graduating from Princeton, Angela wanted to do more than research the issues that affected her and her sisters. Inspired to do something, she mentored pregnant teenagers and young girls in the community, traveled, and founded Sisterhood Agenda. Since its creation in 1994, she has served as the organization’s President.
In 1998, Ms. Coleman created the for-profit company, Sisterhood Agenda Enterprises, LLC, to become a model of self-determination and self-sufficiency. Sisterhood Agenda Enterprises, LLC publishes relevant sisterhood content for the public such as curricula, program guides, self-development books, and entertainment.
To take her business to the next level, Angela earned a Nonprofit Management Certificate from Duke University in 2001 and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Phoenix in 2003. A health scare during her studies was a turning point and she was inspired to change her lifestyle and work style.
As part of her developing spirituality, Angela attended classes, seminars, and workshops related to holistic health and natural well-being. As a result, she gained knowledge about the root causes and manifestations of personal and social issues. Shortly thereafter, she earned additional certificates from the Institute of African Holistic Medicine & Science and The North Carolina Board of Natural Hair Care & Holistic Science.
“I am on a mission to learn as much as I can while honoring all types of sustainability: harmony with nature, my community, and my spirit.”
Recognized for the national and global scale of her work, Angela became an Ashoka Fellow in 2001. In the following years, she taught business classes as an Adjunct Professor at Duke University and Essex County Community College. As President of Sisterhood Agenda for over 20 years, she established partnerships all over the world including those in the U.S., Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and India.