Cultivating Better Tomorrows is a Woman, Black, and LGBTQ owned business with a passion for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the performing arts and arts & culture communities. With over 20 years of experience, our team has combined their wealth of knowledge to produce authentic and innovative programming for students, educators, administrators, and professionals. Our creative learning model provides a welcoming place for self-reflection and knowledge building, and has been impactful for a variety of organizations.
To advance positive change in learning
and working environments.
Learning and working environments become
places where everyone can thrive.
Erica Lynette Edwards (she/her) Founder and Lead Facilitator
Erica is an accomplished consultant and public speaker who champions change to advance social justice. With diversity, equity, and inclusion as the core foundation of her work, she transforms visions into reality. After a rewarding 15-year career as a ballerina at The Joffrey Ballet and five years as the Director of Community Engagement, she founded Cultivating Better Tomorrows. Through this consulting company Erica reshapes the dynamics of performing arts communities to produce environments where all can thrive. Highly skilled in delivering consistent success and effective change, she is passionate about facilitating results driven conversations and workshops focused on reflection and knowledge building. Her visionary leadership has earned her many honors and opportunities, including speaking on national panels, giving a TEDx talk, and being selected as a member of Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Under 40.” By developing shared understandings, Erica inspires communities to make the world a more just place.
Mauro Villanueva (he/him)
Director of Engagement and
Mauro has been working towards equitable spaces throughout his career. During his time as professional dancer, Mauro negotiated multiple collective bargaining agreements, fighting for equal and fair pay for his colleagues. While working in arts education, Mauro has updated policies and practices to further student wellness. As an Executive Board member of the San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Mauro works with local small businesses and corporations to build a stronger, more supportive community. Through the sharing of resources and ideas the San Antonio LGBT community is growing into one that competes in the global marketplace.
Kenny Borchard (he/him)
Director of Operations
Kenny Borchard is an alumni of Idyllwild Arts Academy and the University of Arizona. As a freelance professional dancer for 12 years he regularly navigated contract negotiations, managed extensive and detailed planning, and led innovative problem solving sessions that now contribute to the daily success of operating two businesses (The Joffrey Workshop and Cultivating Better Tomorrows). Whether he is leading student-centered dance classes, or coordinating and facilitating corporate trainings, his work is focused on creating spaces that are designed for its participants to thrive.
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