Morgan Williams-Bryant is a dynamic motivational speaker, former college educator and professional trailblazer in Western New York. A proud native of the City of Buffalo, her thought-provoking, eye-opening messages of self-empowerment, sisterhood and leadership has awakened the spirit of her students, staff and audiences since the age of 15.
She has shared her expertise and poetic prowess on topics ranging from personal and professional development to spirituality at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Medaille College, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services – Buffalo Field Office, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Eastern Region and National Conferences and dozens of churches throughout the Buffalo and Niagara Falls region including her church home, Elim Christian Fellowship under the leadership of Bishop T. Anthony Bronner. Morgan’s prolific gift of “spoken word” has made her a highly sought-after keynote speaker, lecturer and guest spokesperson for various community service organizations, high schools, public awareness campaigns and youth outreach initiatives. Her strong stance on addressing issues relevant to the importance of a higher education, the responsibility of African American women in leadership roles, and the impact of negative images and lyrics on youth, has brought audiences to their feet and empowered both young and old to seize the moment, develop a growth plan and realize their full potential.
Morgan served as Program Manager of the Youth and Family Services Department and in 2007, was promoted to the Director of Youth Services for the Community Action Organization of Erie County, Inc. During her tenure, Morgan successfully administered nearly $3 million dollars in grant funding for youth programming and in 2008, took the reigns as Chair of the CAO Education Task Force, raising over $50,000 in scholarship funds for college-bound high school and GED students.
In 2012, Morgan was appointed to Deputy Commissioner for Erie County’s Youth Services Division where she was responsible for the Secure Juvenile Detention Center that houses youth offenders from across New York State. In that position, she also directly supervised the Erie County Youth Bureau which provides over $1.7 million in funding to non-profit organizations, 11 municipal Youth Bureaus and 32 towns and villages throughout the County. Additionally, Morgan’s oversight included all Non-Secure Juvenile Detention Centers which aim to prevent youth from being placed in secure lock-up, the Juvenile Delinquent Services Team and the Family Services Team, both of which provide preventative services to youth of Erie County.
Morgan’s career ascent continued in late 2013 as she was most recently appointed to serve as the Senior Vice President for Community Engagement & Member Services with Girls Scouts of Western New York, managing and implementing programs for over 20,000 girls and adult members.
A devout Christian, Morgan is a dedicated member of the Elim Christian Fellowship where she serves on the Pastoral Care Ministry.