Mission: Henderson Professional Mentorship Group’s mission is to empower and uplift aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners within the Black community by providing comprehensive mentorship and guidance. We aim to foster economic development, cultivate generational wealth, and inspire a new generation of Black business leaders through tailored programs that equip individuals with the necessary skills and support for success.
Our Motto: We Walk With You
Dr. Krystal Henderson
Founder/ Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Krystal Henderson is a passionate mentor and educator with a profound commitment to economic justice and wellbeing for Black people. With 15+ years of experience, she brings a unique perspective, having successfully built her own business and supporting Black business owners in their entrepreneurial journeys. Her research focuses on mentorship, equity in education and social services, and uplifting Black girls and women.
Throughout her career, Dr. K has held diverse roles spanning all levels of organizations, from serving as the Board President of a nonprofit to Dean at a multi-college community college district, as well as fulfilling roles as a case manager and research assistant. In 2020, she responded to a resounding need and founded Henderson Professional Mentorship Group with a mission to support Black professionals during the challenges of the pandemic. As the community faces the impact of inflation and struggles to meet basic needs, her services have evolved to vital business mentorship, as entrepreneurship transforms lives.
Dr. K holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice at Loyola Marymount University, Educational Leadership from Boston College, and B.A.s in African American Studies and Women Studies from the University of California, Riverside; showcasing her dedication to continuous learning and academic achievement. With her extensive knowledge, practical experience, and compassionate approach, she is dedicated to empowering her clients and helping them thrive in their business endeavors.
Dr. Jonathan Henderson
Dr. Jonathan Henderson is a dynamic and accomplished Instructional Designer, Professor, and Researcher with over 13 years of experience advancing equity in higher education and county government. He is currently the Professional Development Faculty Coordinator at Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista, California, where he leads faculty professional learning initiatives and is involved in faculty senate leadership. Prior to joining Southwestern College, Jonathan was a Senior Analyst at the Anti-Racism Diversity Inclusion (ARDI) unit within the County of Los Angeles Chief Executive Office, where he helped lead DEI efforts within county government.
In higher education, Dr. Jonathan made significant contributions as Regional Coordinator for the Umoja Community Education Foundation, where he oversaw the growth and development of Umoja Programs in San Diego County and 68 partner colleges and universities across California and Washington State. He also served as the founding Program Director for The Rose Black Resource Center; an African American cultural center based at CSU Dominguez Hills.
With a wealth of experience in instruction, Jonathan has taught courses in Sociology, Labor Studies, Counseling, Cross Cultural Studies, and Africana Studies within the California Community College and California State University systems. He is also an accomplished qualitative researcher, having served as a Research Associate for the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL), led by Dr. Frank Harris III, Dr. Luke Wood, and Dr. Marissa Vasquez.
Jonathan is a proud community college and Umoja alumnus and holds an A.A. degree in Liberal Arts from MiraCosta College, B.A. and M.A. degrees in Sociology from CSU Dominguez Hills, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership in Community College Leadership from San Diego State University.
Dr. Kortney Hernandez
Consultant, Capacity Building and Development
Dr. Kortney Hernandez is a critical scholar, professor, and researcher with over 15 years of experience working in higher education spaces, supporting service learning and community engagement professionals, and engaging in critical decolonizing research. Hernandez is the author of Service Learning as a Political Act in Education: Bicultural Foundations for a Decolonizing Pedagogy.
She is currently the Director of the Academic Resource Center at Westcliff University, in Irvine, California, an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California, and a consultant for various projects and professionals. Prior to these roles, she served as a site manager for a nonprofit, community development, early childhood program, where she had been involved in preparing and engaging hundreds of undergraduate university students, community partners, families and young children. She is a passionate and committed leader dedicated to creating loving, liberatory, and counterhegemonic spaces that foster the critical intellectual development of those who she is in community with.
She holds a BA in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine, as well an MA in Early Childhood, and an EdD in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from Loyola Marymount University.