Marnell Small, CEO / Founder of The D.I.V.A. Movement Association, Inc.
(Determined. Inspired. Victorious. Accomplished.)
The D.I.V.A. Movement’s mission is to be a facilitator for women’s learning, growth, and overall empowerment. Marnell is a graduate of Bennett College, a historically Black liberal arts college for women located in Greensboro, NC. Marnell’s passion for service and sisterhood has allowed her to use creative leadership initiatives to be a positive influence within her community.
Marnell’s unique and effective style of meeting the people “where they are” was developed through her years of study in the Communications field and as an active member within her church and community. As a certified Dance Fitness Instructor, she blends lessons learned from her own holistic weight loss journey to create an energetic environment that infuses the elements of exercise, motivation, and enjoyment to inspire added confidence and increased self-esteem as tools for a lasting lifestyle change.
The D.I.V.A. Movement’s current initiatives include;
The Annual D.I.V.A. Movement Prom Makeover, which provides deserving High School seniors with a complete Makeover Package from Dress to Accessories. In the Past 4 years, the organization has successfully provided Make-overs to over 10 young ladies and prom assistance to over 50.
Young D.I.V.A.s, an interactive session for girls between the ages of 7-14, that focuses on health and nutrition and the importance of diet and exercise. The young girls also participate in various group discussions (i.e., self-esteem building, bullying, etc.).
The “DIVA-sation”, a quarterly gathering where women come together in the Spirit of Sisterhood to discuss topics and concerns of interest. This forum is a way of supporting and encouraging one another through sharing.
Having the knowledge that some women were not able to make it to her classes due to financial hardships, when presented with the opportunity to teach FREE Zumba at Anacostia Park, in S. E. DC, Marnell jumped right in. With her “Style” and “Energy”, brought to the park each Saturday morning, this FREE class would sometimes receive the participation of 50-60 women.
Some of The D.I.V.A. Movement’s past initiatives include School supply drives, Christmas toy drives, and Adopt-A-Family-In-Need. Marnell also partners with Health and Nutrition Experts, Life Coaches, and Makeup Artists to support her vision of helping women embrace their beauty from the inside out. As she continues to grow and expand her business, she looks forward to serving the community and women from every walk of life.