Our Team

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Adena J. White

Founder + Chief Storyteller, Blackbelt Media
Co-Host, Blackbelt Voices

Adena is an accredited public relations professional and social-impact storyteller. She founded Blackbelt Media in 2017 to tell the stories of changemakers working to make the South a better place for all. Adena is a systems-thinker who likes “learning stuff and finding better ways of doing things” – from shifting dominant narratives to exploring organization hacks.

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Kara Wilkins

Co-Host, Blackbelt Voices

Kara is the principal of K.Wilkins Consulting Group and is a solutions-focused communications and community engagement strategist. A wine enthusiast, Kara is also the founder of Flyght Black, a wine tasting and educational experience that seeks to increase diversity in the wine industry. She co-hosts a weekly event called “Wine and Wives” to dish out the latest on The Real Housewives of Potomac.

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Katrina Dupins

Producer, Blackbelt Voices

Katrina is a professional communicator who writes features about people whose circumstances tend to change their perspective on life. She’s a former journalist and current bullet-journalist who spends free mornings scoping out the best places to enjoy a quiet sunrise. She enjoys cooking, gardening and photography.