While students at the Tisch School of Arts at New York University, Kisha Edwards-Gandsy and Keyanna Murrill set out on an entrepreneurial journey that has taken them on a magic carpet ride. It hasn’t been easy, but every failure has inspired wisdom and experience, and every success has inspired gratitude.
is an author and entrepreneur. She is the Co-Founder of NY City Explorers Group, a collective of family-focused childcare companies. For the past ten years, she has led her companies to marked growth which include the founding of Brooklyn Explorers Academy, a private preschool for young explorers, and Backpacks & Binoculars, a discovery and travel-based school-aged camp and afterschool program. She is a member of The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, The National Association for the Education of Young Children, and The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. Her professional highlights include professional presentations at the Young Child Expo and the World Forum for Early Childhood Education. She has been recently recognized as an Emerging Leader by the NYS Small Business Association and an Outstanding Woman in Business by the True Beauty Conference. Originally from rural Pelzer, SC, Kisha moved to NYC to study Dramatic Writing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and now resides in Brooklyn, NY. Self-published works include two books for young readers The Wall and A Chick for Christmas. You can follow her journey online at
is an entrepreneur, artist, and creative specialist. She co-founded and has been growing New York City Explorers, a creative collective of family focused companies located in Downtown Brooklyn, with her business partner, Kisha Edwards-Gandsy, since 2007. Keyanna has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater from New York University Tisch School of the Arts and is a member of SAG/AFTRA. As a creative specialist, she has used her talents to create enrichment classes to educate children, train childcare professionals in use of creative teaching methods, and development curriculum for her businesses and other organizations. Keyanna has been acting professionally since 1999 and spends her time working with national and international organizations as well as individuals to help educate and enrich the lives of children around the world. She does this by facilitating workshops, participating in youth and young adult development projects, developing enrichment classes to promote global awareness for children, and has assisted with providing electricity to an international preschool. Keyanna looks forward to the next adventure and is always exploring.