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Karen Alston is a multi-faceted, innovative creative with several endeavors. Karen utilizes her skills to bring about positive change and impact. 


Learn more about Karen's projects here.






Founded in 2015, The Spectrum Circle is a community of women. It is a development platform for women to share their career and personal experiences to inform about their life journey. The goal of The Spectrum Circle is to help women achieve gender parity with men in their careers and expand the lens of what is possible. The Spectrum Circle uses unique experiences, events, training and workforce development to expose women to a variety of stories and diverse learned experiences from leaders in numerous industries and backgrounds. The Spectrum Circle was created to solve the challenges around gender inequity for women in the workplace.

The Spectrum Circle utilizes diverse members of the community to share their life stories, experiences, authentic conversations and backgrounds to change perceptions, inform others and inspire to follow their unique paths to success.


A plethora of women who are makers, entrepreneurs, researchers, educators, creatives, executives, leaders, disrupters, innovators, drivers and influencers in business or industry are featured at The Spectrum Circle programs.

The Spectrum Circle brand is loosely based and homage to an African American female superhero named Spectrum (Marvel™) who uses the power of energy to change the world.

The Spectrum Circle community utilizes our events and experiences to search for mentors, job opportunities, career counseling, authentic stories, guidance, examples and assistance in understanding the roadmap of how to navigate their careers for optimal success and develop strategies to achieve personal goals and aspirations.

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For two decades, Cassandra S. Pinkney, one of the fearless founders of Eagle Academy Public Charter School, has been the heart and soul of this remarkable institution. Overcoming numerous obstacles as a young mother raising a child with special needs in urban America, Mrs. Pinkney emerged as one of Washington, D.C.’s most acclaimed educators. Her enduring legacy lies in her groundbreaking approach to high-quality early childhood education, focusing on both academic and emotional empowerment for her students.

On June 4, 2001, Mrs. Pinkney, along with Dr. Joe Smith and a diverse group of education, business, and medical leaders, submitted a proposal to the D.C. Public Charter School Board. Their aim was to create the first charter school for grades PK3 – K in the nation’s capital. In March 2003, the application was approved, and just five months later, Eagle Academy opened its doors in the sixth Ward of Washington, D.C.

Destiny Concealed is a powerful documentary that chronicles the experiences of those who helped turn Mrs. Pinkney’s visionary dream into reality. Through first-hand accounts, viewers witness the triumphs and tragedies that have shaped Eagle Academy into the extraordinary institution it is today.

As the saying goes, "it takes a village." This film pays homage to the dedicated students, staff, parents, and community members who have contributed to molding a generation of scholars over the past 20 years at Eagle Academy. Destiny Concealed is not just our story; it is a testament to the strength and resilience of a united community working toward a shared vision.


The Eagle Academy Public Charter School Story



Karen Alston, Executive Producer

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