Three friends and colleagues came together during the political and social unrest of compounded pandemics to merge their specialized frameworks into a collective organization for change within ourselves, our communities, and our society.
You know when you’re with someone, and they simply admire you for being you. They see your brilliance and expertise and instead of being threatened by it, there’s an invitation to co-create together and build something fresh, necessary, and experiential in partnership with one another.
Amanda, Jessica, and Franklin were like wonderful old friends and you felt so comfortable with all of them and you can just see the passion they have for this training and just for people.
Well, Franklin Ellis, Jessica Durivage, and Amanda Masterpaul embraced their big friendship and took inventory of their professional expertise and dreamt up a platform and curriculum for re-imagined thought leadership and professional development. They recognized that the current moment required processes and relationships that could be transformational and not transactional.
From there, Passion for the Possible was born to address spaces that are anti-resilient, anti-innovative, anti-meaningful, and relationship depleted which reinforce systems of institutional inequity.
As co-founders of Passion for the Possible, we blend our mastery into curating unique experiences which reflect our values of holistic equanimity.
We work to re-imagine the way in which daily interactions with self, colleagues, and community are impacted through transformative, relationship-centered leadership.
Jessica is an intuitive leader who focuses on relationship-centered strategies to inspire folks from the inside out to work together towards a common vision and goals.
She has over 20-years in the wellness industry from massage therapist and yoga teacher to Regional Spa Director for the Marriott. Jessica pioneered the podcasting age hosting Where is My Guru from 2009 – 2017, founded an online school, produced online courses and conferences for leaders and influencers from around the world. She has a keen understanding of wellness culture with a mission to uplift voices, dismantle oppression and make well-being accessible to all.
She is a devoted practitioner with a relentless desire to grow and expand her own understanding of how to best be of service to the collective. Through her teaching, she uses her humor, relatability, and a little flair for the dramatic to create meaningful and down to earth spaces for growth and transformation to occur. Jessica is a certified Yoga Teacher, Qoya Teacher, and Yoga Nidra Facilitator.
She oversees online programming for Kripalu, the largest yoga and retreat center in North America.
Dr. Ellis is a specialist in multicultural counseling with a concentration in demonstrating to non-Black/African Americans on how to serve Black/African Americans within the mental health system to aid in making the process more familiar and familial to encourage higher numbers of Blacks/African Americans to utilize mental health services.
Inclusion and social justice work are Dr. Ellis’ passion, he works diligently advocating for equality and equity for all individuals with institutionally marginalized identity through creating spaces that affirm those with institutionally marginalized identities while aiding in the learning of people in institutionally dominant identity.
Dr. Ellis is able to achieve this goal of providing exceptional Inclusion education workshops, relationship enhancement seminars and life/executive coaching through his consulting business Frank Interactions.
With 20+ years’ experience in academia, non-profit work, and business development, Amanda is a synergist and changemaker dedicated to co-creating visions and solutions embedded in community well-being, equity, and radical imagination.
As an artist-activist-educator, she has organized community-centered partnerships and civic engagement efforts addressing areas such as gender equity, LGBTQ+ia equality, racial justice, and housing security. As a Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner, Amanda is energized by meaningful and dynamic experiences, where community is centered. Her passion is to nurture processes where people cultivate their creative power by repurposing experiences of injustice and stewarding them towards collective action and liberation.
Amanda is co-founder of the Passion for the Possible Professional + Leadership Development team and is a Lecturer in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Coastal Carolina University. She currently serves on the Human Rights Commission for the City of Myrtle Beach and is on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.