Folami Prescott-Adams, Ph.D. is President of HTI Catalysts, a collaborative network whose mission is to empower and grow organizations, leaders and the greater community through coaching, curriculum, and catalytic courses. Folami is best known for her effective style of facilitation, training, and group facilitation that offers a blend of theory, practice, the arts and insight in an engaging, interactive and relaxed setting.
Folami is a community psychologist with expertise in youth programming, leadership development and education reform. She spent ten years of her career founding and directing three independent schools in Atlanta. All three schools were committed to utilizing cultural heritage as a foundation from which to build student commitment to community building. She is the author of SETCLAE – http://africanamericanimages.com/setclaeinfo.htm, a self-esteem through culture curriculum and is currently promoting Come Be With Me – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/come-be-with-me/id82004901 http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sistafolami2, her latest CD compilation of her unique brand of Family Music.
Folami has made significant contributions to school reform and youth development initiatives working with Morehouse School of Medicine, 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Communities In Schools of Atlanta, Georgia State University, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools. She completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology of Education at Brown University, a Masters in Educational Administration from Temple University and a Ph.D. in Community Psychology from Georgia State University. She has four children (all graduates of Atlanta Public Schools) that constantly remind her all education begins at home.
1. What is your favorite destination?
The mountains! (I own 5 acres of mountain land in Turtle Town Tennessee (Polk County) and will be building a house and retreat center by 2020!)
2. What was your first car, any cool story behind getting it?
Mitsubishi Colt. It was one of the first square-shaped cars and I thought it was so cool. It was a gift from my husband.
3. What gets you excited about the day?
Knowing I will be working with people who care to make the world a better place, especially by meeting the needs and opening doors for those who are often left outside the door.
4. Who was your celebrity crush?
“Was” you ask? Well, I was crazy about Don Cheadle at one time. Loved when my hubby brought home Don Cheadle movies for my birthday. Right now I can’t get enough of Idris Elba, Donald Glover and Janelle Monae. But Ava Duvernay is my idol!
5. What’s your biggest passion?
FAMILY! At home and work.
6. Best advice you’ve ever gotten from your mom?
Be accepting of those who your loved ones love.
And on a practical tip: Always have a separate bank account from your spouse.
7. Kroger or Publix?
Kroger all day! Publix for Calypso cookies! Best. cookie. ever.
8. If you were a professor, what course what would you teach?
That’s easy. The Art and Science of Facilitation and Introduction to Community Psychology.
9. How do you relax after a long day?
My husband and I do a 10-mile bike ride on the west side of the Beltline trail. It is absolutely delightful. Meditative, in my neighborhood and keeps me physically active.
10. Do you have any hidden talent?
I’m a budding screenwriter and television producer. I also write and sing children’s music. Check it out here!
Bonus Question: What’s your favorite quote?
“We are what we sing.”