Built4Agility is creating self-healing communities through innovative and transformative educational programs. We are thought leaders, practitioners, and disruptive innovators who specialize in Social Justice and Civic Transformation. Together, we bring forth decades of experience in Corporate America, Law Enforcement, Social Services, and the US Military, which has uniquely prepared us for this moment in time.
We offer a pragmatic approach to unpacking the issues and building solutions that are community-centric, future-fit, and enable continuous growth and development.
Our People are our differentiator.
is to equip communities with the skills and capabilities required to move beyond the implications of systemic racism. In doing so, we create awareness, harness the power of our collective voices for sustainable change, and accelerate communities to action.
is to share truth, promote transparency, and provoke continuous learning to transform communities from the inside out. We aspire to create safe zones where individually and collectively we can test, fail, learn and pivot unapologetically. Together, we will release the pain of the past, reclaim our rightful place in the world, and build up our communities.
Our Core Values
LEADING THE CHARGE
Dr. Marie Alcazar
Dr. Alcazar is an Organizational Transformation Leader & Ecosystem Coach with deep domain knowledge in program delivery and leadership agility. Her experience spans from government to private sector organizations. With more than 30 years of industry experience, she is adept with meeting people where they are, and helping them pivot to the new. She holds a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership and is a SAFe® Program Consultant, SAFe® Release Train Engineer, SAFe® Agilist, Certified Scrum Master, Agility Health Facilitator, and Design Thinking Coach.
Built4Agility was developed and founded by Dr. Marie Alcazar around a few simple principles:
To Whom much is given, much is required.
Serving is never a sacrifice; it is a privilege.
Wisdom, education, and pivoting with a growth mindset can change the future of work, family, community, and even Social Justice in America.
As a thought leader and practitioner, she has worked with an expansive list of corporate clients through her work with Accenture, InfoSys, Cognizant, and Boston Consulting Group to name a few. She is an in-the-trenches leader with the instinctive ability to connect with people to solve real problems in real time. Her doctoral research on Strategies for the Advancement of African American Women Leaders: A Phenomenological Study, is evidence of her commitment to her craft. The findings of her work continue to fuel her growth through scholarship, leadership, and practice. Dr. Marie moves with intention, putting faith, family, and community at the top of her agenda.
Amid a challenging economy, global pandemic, and a humanitarian crisis, Built4Agility’s goal is aimed at amplifying and mobilizing the gifts of its founder and partners to make a difference within communities where there is a need for transformation. Through this work she is living both purposeful and purpose-filled.
Dr. Jacque Colbert
Dr. Jacque Colbert is a dynamic business professional and entrepreneur with global experience in business and HR leadership. Her portfolio spans 25+ years with companies such as the T-Mobile USA, Dell, Inc., ConocoPhillips, VMware, and Google. She represents a positive, can-do attitude, which she uses to motivate and empower those she supports to be all that they can be. It is not by chance that she proudly served in the United States Army, with duty stations in the United States and Seoul Korea. As a Senior Director of HR, Jacque has end to end responsibility for several of VMware’s Sales (Go to Market Teams).
Dr. Jacque is anchored in driving key people strategies with a focus on organizational design, effectiveness, culture succession planning, M&A, along with end to end talent planning, development, change management, diversity & inclusion just to name a few. Her passion and platform for elevating women was born out of her position as the oldest girl in her family with a machismo Caribbean father whose point of view regarding women was not what she thought it should be. It is from this place that she was uniquely positioned to lead some of Dell’s most poignant global diversity efforts for several years. She is the author of two books; Sipping PositiviTEA, The Gratitude Journal and Corporate Sisterhood: The Ultimate Power Prescription for Every Working Woman. With Corporate Sisterhood, She is on a mission to empower working woman to achieve unprecedented levels of success—through 7 power prescriptions which deliver a healthy dose of inspiration, motivation, and game-changing action.
She holds a doctoral degree in organizational leadership and a master’s degree in business concentrated in Human Relations. She is also the CEO and Chief PositiviTEA Officer for Jacque Colbert Global & Sipping PositiviTEA! Dr. Jacque is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Houston Organizational Development Network, Baker University; curriculum quality & design, Delta Kappa Gamma Society for Leading Women Educators, and board member for the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Consumer Scientific Peer Reviewer Board.
Detective Lance Watkins is a dedicated law enforcement officer with a combined total of 30 years in the fields of Corrections, Policing, and Military Intelligence. He spent the first 12 years of his career as a Corrections Officer on Rikers Island, before joining the NYPD where he spent 8 years before retiring. Det. Watkins served 8 years in the US Navy as an Intelligence Specialist and Strategic Debriefer. He completed a 17-month tour of duty in Iraq before relocating to Houston, Texas. His passion for public safety and community would not allow him to sit still for long. He subsequently left retirement and returned to public service and has been a member of the Baytown Police Department for the past 9 years, and currently serves as a Police Detective and Crisis Negotiator.
Det. Watkins earned a Graduate Degree in the Administration of Justice from Texas Southern University. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Lee Community College, where he teaches in-class and online criminal justice courses. The amalgamation of a well-established law enforcement career, real-world experience, and specialized knowledge and achievements in the areas of public safety and criminal investigations have well prepared him for this challenge and opportunity.