Meet Jojopahmaria Nsoroma
Leader and Trainer for Share Collaborative
Jojopahmaria Nsoroma is the Owner & Steward of Higher Expectations Consulting Collaborative, as well as creator of The Wisdom Walk to Self-Mastery Program (a personal development resource rooted in ancient wisdom from Africa), and author of the companion book, The Wisdom Walk to Self-Mastery: Ancient Wisdom for Transforming Pain
Jojopahmaria is an ENFP on the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, which means that she is continually taking in a broad range of information and experiences and threading these seemingly incommensurate pieces together in a coherent manner that benefits others. Because of this ability to hold seemingly disparate interests, Jojopahmaria has a very warm and calming demeanor and an ability to skillfully navigate difficult topics such as race, gender inequality, and other immediate forms of social injustice.
At any one time, Jojopahmaria is an educator, an outcomes-based program administrator, an evaluator, a modern-day shaman dedicated to using ancient indigenous wisdom for the benefit of communities and organizations, a tireless advocate for healing those who have perpetrated violence and abuse towards their partners and for healing those who have been victims of that behavior, and a promoter of inclusion and diversity as the foundation for organizational and community wellness.
Jojopah is a change agent and change influencer, who believes that humanity exists to grow and evolve into the most loving species in the Universe. It is her great pleasure to contribute deeply to the transformation and evolution of the human services profession by sharing creative and innovative ideas and information, as well as ancient wisdom from Africa, to further the integration of the emotional, psychological, physical, and spiritual aspects of being in service to one’s community.
WHY JOJOPAH SHARES
“I’m sharing to move professionals beyond just their intellect as it relates to Cultural Humility, becoming Culturally Reverent, being trauma-informed, and healing focused. I’m sharing to move them into their hearts and souls – the source for authentic behavioral change.”
JOJOPAH'S EDUCATIONAL & HUMAN SERVICES BACKGROUND
Jojopahmaria Nsoroma graduated from Fordham University, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts and received a license from New York State Department of Education to teach High School English. Jojopahmaria taught high school English and English-as-a-second language for four years before committing herself to working in the nonprofit human services sector.
For over 40 years, Jojopahmaria has been fortunate to work extensively with economically and socially challenged children, youth, families, communities, and organizations around the United States and in a wide variety of educational and program leadership roles. She has worked on the frontline of grass roots efforts, served local government programs, and administered national program interventions, giving her a unique blend of leadership skills.
Most notably, Jojopahmaria has served as the Associate Director of Education for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the National Director of Community-Centered Services Initiative for the Alliance for Children & Families(renamed Alliance for Strong Families & Communities in 2014) , and the Vice President & Continuous Learning Officer for Public Allies – National. Early in her career, Jojopah was among one of the first professionals in the country to be selected by Dr. Michael Carrera to be trained and certified in the highly successful Carrera-Dempsey teen pregnancy prevention model.
In August of 2000, Jojopah was initiated as a keeper and steward of ancient indigenous wisdom from Africa and Native America and two years later, embarked on a 6 ½ year nomadic spiritual quest to learn how to work and live as a shamanic practitioner in the modern world.
As a result of her personal growth, Jojopah returned to human services to integrate spirituality, healing, and new thought and created the Wisdom Walk to Self-Mastery program at the Alma Center, Inc., a domestic violence intervention for men in Milwaukee, WI.
The success of this intensive program of trauma-resolution for emotional wellness and personal growth is evidenced in her ability to mentor a former program participant to become the lead facilitator and steward of the program’s off-shoot—a healing focused care approach to re-entry from prison called The Alma Brothers, which is supported by the state government.
Jojopah has also been able to create and provide a version of the Wisdom Walk for human services leaders. She has also expanded her work through weekly radio broadcasts and live streams and has published her first book, The Wisdom Walk to Self-Mastery: Ancient Wisdom for Transforming Pain.