J Strategies is so excited to welcome Beatrice Hyppolite and Happiness Daniel to the team as part of the EXCEED Fellowship program! Throughout the next year, Beatrice will be working closely with Managing Director, Minda Conroe, and Vice President/Director of Media Relations, Adam Morey, as the Communications and Public Affairs Fellow. As the Advocacy and Events Fellow, Happiness will be working with the Director of Alliance Development and Events, Francisca Cruz, and Alliance Development Manager, Erin Hearn. Fellows will receive leadership training, work experience, and the opportunity to grow within the company as part of the brand new J Strategies EXCEED Fellowship. Join J Strategies as we welcome our two new fellows, and learn a little more about Beatrice and Happiness.
Born and raised on Long Island, Beatrice Hyppolite is currently a graduate student at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, working to get her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy & Management. Beatrice also just graduated from Stony Brook University with a Bachelor’s in Health Science. Before having Beatrice and her two sisters, Beatrice’s parents moved to the United States from Haiti.
Born in Nigeria, Happiness Daniel moved to the United States in 2015. She graduated from the University of Albany with her bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and a minor in Communications. In 2019 she attended the London School of Economics and Political Science in England where she received her Master’s in International Social and Public Policy. Happiness enjoys spending time at home with her younger eight siblings.
Before J Strategies, Beatrice was working with the New York State Contact Tracing Program as a Community Specialist. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Beatrice was addressing the needs of COVID-positive patients with anything from rent, food, baby supplies, and financial assistance to providing resources for mental health, and resources for veterans and families. Beatrice shares she feels as though this experience allowed her to gain a different kind of insight into her community, and the struggles people are facing. Beatrice has also worked in mental health services and has worked to increase awareness of HIV and AIDS among her fellow students at Stony Brook.
Also invested in helping her community, Happiness worked with young people with developmental disabilities and older individuals in the Albany community prior to J Strategies. Happiness would help these individuals travel to doctor appointments, pay their bills, and much more. As someone who works to help people, Happiness shares how the mission of J Strategies was one she “could get behind.” Happiness has also worked in finance, social media, and in the New York State Assembly as a Legislative Intern.
When asked what about J Strategies enticed our two fellows, Beatrice shared how it is evident that J Strategies stresses the importance of diversity and inclusion from the outside perspective. Additionally, both Beatrice and Happiness shared how inspired they felt while looking through the team members and the work J Strategies has done. For Happiness, the work done with the BFAIR2DIRECTCARE campaign struck a personal chord with her. In the BFAIR2DIRETCARE campaign, J Strategies worked to increase New York State funding for non-profit agencies assisting thousands of New Yorkers with developmental disabilities. Direct Support Professionals, the individuals supporting New Yorkers living with developmental disabilities, were making astonishing low wages despite their critical work prior to this campaign.
Happiness, a former Direct Support Professional herself, told J Strategies, “being a DSP, you don’t think anyone is fighting for you.” Both Beatrice and Happiness shared how they wanted to be a part of something that makes a difference, and they felt J Strategies was that place.
When asked what they are most excited about in this next year, both fellows shared how they cannot wait to soak up the knowledge from the team at J Strategies. Beatrice and Happiness also shared how they are very excited and honored to be working with team members like Francisca and Minda. Lastly, they are both thrilled at the opportunity to work with people as a way to make a positive difference.
Outside of work, you can find Beatrice spending time with family and friends, reading, and staying on top of fashion trends. You can find Happiness traveling all over the world while discovering and enjoying new foods.
From all of us here at J Strategies, welcome to the team, Beatrice and Happiness! We look forward to working with you both over the next year.