Accelerate with Google and Walker’s Legacy Partner to Celebrate Diversity of Women in Business
Walker’s Legacy, founded in 2009, is an organization named in honor of Madam C. J. Walker – the first self-made female millionaire in US history, that is designed to provide the support, resources and networks necessary to help enterprising women walk into their professional purpose. [space]
Women highlighted through the partnership range in age, profession, geography and ethnicity and represent two of the fastest growing entrepreneurial segments in the United States: African American and Hispanic women entrepreneurs. [space]
“We are excited to partner with Accelerate with Google to highlight the great strides that women make everyday in areas of business and entrepreneurship,” stated Natalie Madeira Cofield, Founder, Walker’s Legacy. “Their engagement in this initiative demonstrates Google’s commitment to inclusion and recognition of the growing role of women as leaders in business and beyond.” [space]
Our March 2014 Featured Business Women Include:
Holly Bass is a writer, performer, and director. A Cave Canem Fellow, her poems have appeared in Callaloo, nocturnes (re)view, Beltway, Role Call (Third World Press), and The Ringing Ear, an anthology of black southern poetry. Her pieces have been workshopped and presented at respected regional theaters and performance spaces such as the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, the Whitney Museum, and the Experience Music Project in Seattle. She is the Cullen Poet-in-Residence for Busboys & Poets (D.C.).
Adela Cepeda is the Founder of A.C. Advisory, Inc., a firm responsible for managing the structuring and execution of transactions in the capital markets for corporations and municipalities. Since 2005, the Firm has been one of the top 10 municipal financial advisors in the nation. In 2001, she was appointed to the board of The Chicago Community Trust, Chicago’s community foundation with over $1 billion in assets, as an executive committee member. Ms. Cepeda chaired the finance committee for five years completing her second term in 2011, and co-founded Nuestro Futuro, an endowment targeting Latino programs in the Chicago area.
Julieanna L. Richardson serves as the Founder and Executive Director of The HistoryMakers. The HistoryMakers is the largest African American oral video history archive in the world.
Sheila Brooks is founder, president and CEO of SRB Communications LLC. a full-service strategic communications agency and post-production facility in Washington, D.C. Shiela is also an Emmy Award-winning journalist, entrepreneur and dedicated advocate for minority and women’s issues and small businesses.
Towan Isom is President and CEO of Isom Global Strategies, where she is regarded for her expert management of government and private-industry projects, with demonstrated results in marketing, communications, event management, and meeting support. She is the author of Chasing Greatness: The Young Professional’s Guide to a Dynamic Life, published in early 2010.
Kimberly N. Foster is the publisher and editor-in-chief of For Harriet as well as other online media properties for women of color. She created the blog after she noticed the dearth of media outlets focused specifically on the political and social lives of women.
Tiara Whitfield, M.Ed. is a Non-profit Manager, Strategic Visionary, Human Capital Investor and future Dr. of Psychology specializing in African-American Depression. She was born and raised in the city of Pittsburgh and currently works as a Program Manager for Strong Women Strong Girls. Her favorite quote “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” by Maya Angelou is what she lives by and attempts to infuse all her SWSG programming by developing events and activities that connect women and girls on a deep and personal level.
Kelly Fair is the founder of the highly successful Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program, teaching young girls and women to be effective communicators, and career & community conscious leaders. She recently extended her mentoring base to include undergraduate college students! Staring with her new bi-weekly column, “The Yard”, featured on Jet Magazine Online. Kelly is very proud of her accomplishments and the recognition of her work, but perhaps one of the most meaningful endorsements came from the First Lady Michelle Obama after being introduced in 2011 by one of Kelly’s mentee’s. Kelly shares her unique experiences and lessons learned as a practitioner through her blog, www.kellyfairthementor.com.
Geraldine Moriba is Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for CNN Worldwide. Included in her role will be Chairing CNN’s Diversity Council, as well as offering strategic guidance on issues of diversity to the CNN Management team. Moriba is an Emmy-award winning producer, who led CNN’s “In America” documentary team in the creation of 11 documentaries in two years.
Indra Nooyi is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo. She has directed the company’s global strategy for more than a decade and led its restructuring, including the divestiture of its restaurants into the successful YUM! Brands, Inc., the acquisition of Tropicana and the merger with Quaker Oats that brought the vital Quaker and Gatorade businesses to PepsiCo, the merger with PepsiCo’s anchor bottlers, and the acquisition of Wimm-Bill-Dann, known as the largest international acquisition in PepsiCo’s history.
Dr. Helene Gayle dives headfirst into issues that affect women and girls around the world. As CEO of Care USA, Helene Gayle is overseer of the organization’s day-to-day business matters, championing the fight for global poverty by directing programs to tackle issues which help further global poverty: Such as malnutrition, maternal mortality, and AIDS.
Siza Mzimela is the first female Chief Executive Officer of South African Airways (SAA), having been appointed to the role in February 2010. She was the first woman to be appointed to the International Air Transport Association’s board of directors in 67 years.
Bridgette Radebe is the founder of Mmakau Mining specializing in gold, platinum, uranium, coal, chrome and exploration. Upon its founding, she became one of the first black woman in the country to establish her own mining company, overcoming racial and gender prejudice. Radebe started her career working in mines herself. Today, she is serves as the president of the South African Mining Development Association. She was the first black woman in the country to found her own mining company, overcoming racial and gender prejudice.
Adriana Barbosa is founder of Feira Preta, the largest major national fair and expo for Afro-Brazilans in the country. The organization originated after Barbosa founder herself unemployed at 23 year old and turned to the streets to earn her livelihood. She sold clothes on the streets of Sao Paulo and in street markets or ‘bazaars’ and recognized that there were no other black vendors. Today the event is one of the nation’s largest and generates roughly R $2.7 million with more than 85,000 visitors and hundreds of exhibitors.
Mable Ivory is the Principal for Ivory Global Advisors, a firm specializing in strategic business development, marketing, management and productions for non-profit and for-profit ventures. She is currently the International Representative for actress and singer, Tichina Arnold and is the only U.S. based Consultant for The Baobá Fund for Racial Equity, which was established by The Kellogg Foundation and is headquartered in Recife, Brazil.
Eliana Murillo is head of multicultural marketing at Google, Inc. She focuses on cross-product strategy to engage multicultural users and business owners. She founded the US Hispanic business development and community outreach team at Google, and has spearheaded programs that support diversity in entrepreneurship, education, and civic engagement with the use of technology.
Maria Castañón Moats is the Chief Diversity Officer for PriceWaterhouseCoopers. She is the first Latina woman to hold this post. Maria joined the firm in 1994 and became a partner in 2004. She is an Assurance partner who has worked in the National Professional Services Group (NPSG) in Florham Park, and several other PwC offices, including Dallas and El Paso.
Rosie Allen-Herring is the President & CEO of United Way of the National Capital Area (NCA). She is the first African American woman to hold this position. Rosie has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of strategic leadership, public and private partnership development, corporate philanthropy and community investment.
Christy Haubegger is the founder of Latina magazine and current CAA agent, Haubegger develops strategic enterprises for entrepreneurial clients like Salma Hayek and George Lopez.
Deborah Deras is an inspirational speaker, author and spokesperson. She is committed to empowering leaders with the strategies to be successful without compromising their health and well being. She co-authored a book, Confessions of an Adrenaline Addict that has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of “type A plus” personality types seeking answers to deal with overwhelm, frustration, anxiety and lack of overall fulfillment in their lives.
Ingrid Vanderveldt is an entrepreneur, investor and media personality that has made “Empowering a Billion Women by 2020”(EBW2020) her mission. By leveraging her business, policy, and media initiatives, Vanderveldt strives to guide motivated women to success and help make their visions a reality by providing the tools, technology & resources. Vandervelt is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence for Dell, Founder & CEO of the holding company, Ingrid Vanderveldt LLC, the CEO of VH2 Energy Investments & Green Girl Energy, and is the Founding Organizer of the GLASS Forum (Global Leadership & Sustainable Success) for women.
Ellen Malcolm is the founder and Chair of of the Board for Emily’s List. Malcolm has helped level the political playing field for women candidates; given women donors unprecedented influence in electoral politics; brought millions of women voters to the polls; and created a powerful movement dedicated to restoring progressive values to American government. Emily’s List stands for “Early Money Is Like Yeast” (because it “makes the dough rise”) and is a political network for Democratic women candidates that raises money to make women credible contenders, helps women build strong campaigns, and mobilizes women voters to go to the polls.