Please see below the full list of speakers for the GODSU African Royalty Empower U Conference, happening August 14, 2020! Here’s the link to register for this amazing and transformational conference: Click HERE.
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H.E. Dakar Eubanks
H.E. Dakar Eubanks, Chaplain, is the MC for GODSUccess Teach-N-Pray, the registered branding & marketing agent and engineer for all of GODSU media outlets, and the CEO of Dakar Marketing Tools. Dakar Marketing Tools is an international Graphic and Printing Company providing the marketing needs to help companies grow! Their world-renowned services include providing marketing and consulting for small, medium and large companies for example Magazines, Banners, Flyers, Branded Golf Shirts, Branded Jackets, coaching, keynoting, promoting, public relations and Conference Planning. Dean of the Chaplaincy Program, Junior Ambassador Co-Director, and a GODSU Board Member, H.E. Dakar incorporates skill, charisma, intelligence, and grit to provide quality service to his clients, company and community.
H.E. Cairo Eubanks
Cairo is the Global Correspondent for Global Oved Dei Seminary and University (GODSU), an interfaith e-learning institution. In January 2018, Cairo left the United States for Tamil Nadu, India to work with a residential school that teaches marginalized children from 4 years old to 18 years old, as their mission is to break the cycle of poverty through education. A UN Civil Society Youth Representative through New Future Foundation, Cairo competed in her first pageant in March 2020 and won the title of Miss Broward County, becoming a Miss America Local Titleholder. Passionate about leadership development, she is a 2020 Fellow for the New Leaders Council is also an Internationally Certified Leadership Coach. CEO of CairoSpeaks/CairoWrites, she offers leadership coaching, executive editorial services, as well as has developed a 3-part youth leadership program called Personal and Professional Development for Future Global Leaders. Cairo was recently appointed as a Miramar Public Safety Council Member after Mayor Wayne Messam accepted President Obama’s Mayoral Pledge. The pledge calls for mayors to review our use of force policies with community stakeholders and make recommendations where necessary to help with preventing what has been an all too often occurrence of violence against unarmed African Americans.
Nigerian Ambassador: Jane Adams
Dr. Jane Adams is a career diplomat of 18 years of service and currently serves as Acting Ambassador in the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Washington DC. Ms. Adams served as the first female Spokesperson for Nigeria Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2016-2017. She holds a Master of Science (MSC) in Law of International Relations from China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU 2012) and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) French from the University of Calabar (1997), Cross River State in December 1997. Prior to serving as Acting Ambassador of Nigeria, she has served the Economic, Trade, and Investment desk to attract Foreign Direct Investment and Trade promotion to Nigeria as a Minister at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Washington, D.C. She has served different departments in the course of her career ranging from the following sectors: Economic, Consular, Political, and Administration. Consequently, she has held positions in various capacities as Acting Consul General and Chargé d’Affaires and Acting Deputy Head of Mission in Hong Kong, Niger, and Washington, D.C.
Ghanaian Ambassador: H.E. Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah
The ambassador to the United States from Ghana, Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, who previously served as Ghana’s ambassador to Japan, Australia, and three other countries, presented his credentials to President Donald Trump on July 21, 2017, succeeding Joseph Henry Smith, who represented Ghana in Washington since September 2014. Born December 15, 1942, in Kumasi, Ghana (then a British colony), Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah graduated Prempeh College in 1962. He went on to earn a B.A. in Geography at the University of Ghana – Legon in 1965, an M.S. in Geography at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 1968, and a PhD in Geography at Indiana University in 1972, with a dissertation entitled, “Socio-economic regions in the Louisville ghetto.” He also co-authored “Some comparative aspects of the West African Zongo and the Black American Ghetto.” A member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), which is Ghana’s center-right party, Adjei-Barwuah returned to Ghana in 2001, not long after his party’s candidate for the presidency, John Kufuor, won the December 2000 presidential election. Kufuor soon appointed Adjei-Barwuah to a plum diplomatic post—ambassador to Japan, with concurrent accreditation to Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Singapore. Adjei-Barwuah served seven years in the post before becoming Ambassador to the United States from Ghana. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah and his wife, Dinah Barfuor-Barwuah, have four children.
King Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II of Nigeria
Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, is a Nigerian monarch. He is the traditional ruler, or Ooni, of the Yoruba kingdom of Ile-Ife. He has held his title since 2015. Adeyeye Ogunwusi started his elementary education at Subuola Memorial Nursery and Primary School, Ibadan and Ibadan District Council, Akobo, Ibadan. He then proceeded to the prestigious Loyola College, Ibadan and later to St. Peters Secondary School, Ile-Ife, where he received his secondary school certificate (SSCE). He graduated as an accountant from The Polytechnic, Ibadan.
Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. He is also an Associate Accounting Technician. Oba Ogunwusi is a certified member of the Institute of Directors. He is also a member of the Global Real Estate Institute. He holds a number of honorary doctorate degrees: one in Public Administration from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and another in Law from Igbinedion University. Additionally, Oba Ogunwusi is the Chancellor at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi was selected from amongst several well to do indigenes of Ile-Ife who were also heirs to the throne on 26 October 2015. He received his staff of office on 7 December 2015. He has been described as an ‘astute entrepreneur driven by the need to turn impossibilities into possibilities. Oba Ogunwusi is the spiritual leader of the Yoruba people now saddled with the responsibility of making supplications to God and the Òrìṣà on behalf of his tribe and the world at large during annual festivals such as Olojo.
King Nana Obokese Ampah of Ghana
Nana Obokese Ampah is the Apagyehen of Asebu Traditional area of Central Region, Ghana. He is the Chief Executive Officer for a Year of Return Legacy Project, The Asebu Pan African Village Project. He is also the board chairman of the African Union Art Festival Foundation.
Nana Obokese Ampah is known in private life as Kojo Ampah Sahara and is Fordham University, New York- United States of America trained communications expert. He is a serial entrepreneur with interests in Agro and Food processing business, Entertainment, Hospitality and Tourism, Media/ Public Relations amongst others, the Cape Coast Development Company, national planning committee member of the Pan African Historical Theater Festival (PANAFEST) and AU Arts Festival Foundation. He serve as the Ambassador and High Commissioner of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League for Ghana.
Des. Dr. Charles Olawole
Charles Olawole is a seasoned senior network consultant with a twenty-year track record of excellence in network project management, design, and assessment, systems analysis, regulatory compliance solution and documentation. In the course of his professional career, he has consulted for industry leaders such as Verizon, AT&T, IDS, NCR, Bank of America, BGE, Concave Networks, NASA, NOAA, GSA, IRS, US Bureau of Census, Department for Homeland security (DHS) and, outside the shores of the United States, the Nigerian Fiscal Responsibility Commission. A keen sports enthusiast and a man of many parts, Charles Olawole veered into youth-mentoring and sports as an investor with the Minor Football League (MFL), an organization committed to providing a competitive platform for young athletes and footballers through talent-hunt and capacity building. In the year 2020, he became the President of Dripfusion-Africa, a subsidiary of Dripfusion Enterprises, Inc. the company that developed the FDA-approved Pro-IV; a safe, non-opioid, non-steroid, non-addictive solutions for chronic pain and acute concussion. Dripfusion is leading the Wakanda Village initiative for Africa; an initiative that partners with the African Union, the United Nations, the African Development Bank (AFDB), the United Nations Development Bank (UNDB) and the World Bank to build a 5-billion dollar smart-city projects in all the 55 nations of Africa using the green drug strategy for economic development, with each village projected to provide an estimated five thousand jobs.
Dr. Willis Eubanks
Dr. Willis Eubanks is Vice Chancellor of Global Oved Dei Seminary and University (GODSU). Along with his very talented Deans and Board Members, he educates and trains the world on Entrepreneurship, computers and financial services. Dr. Willis is a Public Trustee on Miramar’s Police Pension Board. He’s also a servant leader at his local PTA and SAC (School Advisor Committee). He mentors young people by serving as a Goodwill Ambassador for New Future Foundation Inc. and Jamaican Chapter UN NGO NFFI-JA. In 1985, he graduated as the First African American with a Biochemistry degree from Florida State University. Married for over 33 years, Diane and Willis, Jr. have three beautiful and talented children: Cairo, Dakar, and Sudan. In December of 2018, he was the recipient of The Made Man Distinguished Leader and Advocate for Change Award. He was among over 60 men who were nationally and internationally distinguished in their respective areas to receive such an award. The Made Man Initiative is a national multi-tiered 501(c)(3), corporate, and community engagement initiative designed to honor the extraordinary achievements of notable male figures. Currently, Dr. Willis is becoming a subject matter expert on cybersecurity, Teaching courses in the following areas: A+; Security+; and PenTest+. Careers in cybersecurity have increased due to a growing need for organization’s networks to be protected and defended from cyberattacks. The average salary for cybersecurity specialists is $75,000. For more information on our Cybersecurity courses, please contact Dr. Willis at 1-800-701-0954 ext. 117.
H.E. Dr. Michael V. Roberts
H.E. Dr. Michael V. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of the Roberts Companies, is the classic American entrepreneur. Born to middle class hard working parents and educated in the St. Louis public school system, he worked his way through college and law school to become one of St. Louis’ leading businessmen. Throughout his rise in business, Mr. Roberts maintained a strong commitment to the African-American community from which he came. Locating his headquarters in the heart of this community, his endeavors over the last forty years have created thousands of jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities, raised the level of economic activity, raised the level of economic activity, and enhanced the quality of life for the African-American community. Mr. Roberts is a nationally renowned speaker and has served as a guest speaker for the Harvard Business School Conference on Cooperative Economics and the Morehouse College Executive Lecture Series, among many others. Mr. Roberts is the author of Action Has No Season, Secrets and Strategies to Gaining Wealth and Authority. Book reviews have characterized his work as, “a must read for leaders and entrepreneurs,” “his book proves that Mike Roberts is a capitalist for his time…part existentialist, part-capitalist, he is building a legacy for his family and all aspiring African-Americans who want to participate in the American Dream.”
Dr. Emmanuel Irono
A strategic visionary with analytical ability, good judgment and strong operational focus, after completing his studies, Emmanuel Irono took a job working as a budget analyst for a federal contractor. Pursuing a life long dream of owning his own business, he bought out a small, struggling janitorial service company for $10,000 and turned it into a $50 million profit generator. He renamed the company Motir Services, Inc. in honor of his parents: Memory of Theresa Irono Romanus. As President and CEO of Motir, Emmanuel Irono is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the company and directs the Administration, Corporate Governance, Marketing, Finance, and contracts. He has traveled all over the world and has created a company of diversity that gives back to US-based charitable organizations and to his homeland through his non-profit organization, To Inspire Strong (TIS). TIS feeds, educates, and provides medical treatment for African children. Whether feeding the hungry and abandoned, supplying educational tools to rural area schoolchildren, or implementing an AIDS Awareness Program, Mr. Irono is taking local action, reaching global heights. With Motir, the future is still an ever-evolving globe of successful initiatives. Dr. Emmanuel Irono and D Dr. Ogay Irono co-sponsored, along with Global Oved Dei Seminary and University, the first-ever African trade and investment panel at the 2019 Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo.
Imam Dr. Talib Shareef
Imam Dr. Talib M. Shareef is President and Imam of the historic, Nation’sMosque, Masjid Muhammad, located at 1519 Islamic Way, (4th Street), NW, Washington, DC. He is a retired Chief Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force after 30 years, and holds a Masters of Business Administration from American Intercontinental University, a Diploma from the Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University. He is a student of the late Imam W.D. Mohammed, Muslim-American Spokesman for Humanity. Imam Shareef served as Imam in five U.S. cities and seven military locations around the world. Under the high patronage of His Majesty Mohammed VI, the King of Morocco, Imam Shareef received the Kingdom’s highest Royal Medal and honor for his outstanding interfaith leadership. He was the first Imam with military service to offer prayer at an opening session of the U.S. Congress. He led an interfaith delegation to Italy and met with the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Co-organized, spoke and led the historic Islamic congregational prayer at the Washington National Cathedral. He offered the opening prayer on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s March on Washington; the first Imam to speak at former President George H.W. Bush’s Points of Light Conference’s Faith Summit; Serves on council for the National Summit on Non-Violence; Spoke at the South African Embassy celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life; led historic delegation to and addressed over 500,000 in South Africa. Spoke at Sojourner Douglass College memorial honoring human rights activist, Coretta Scott King, and at the memorial service for former Mayor Marion Barry. He is featured in various news media speaking out against terrorism and in addressing countering violent extremism (CVE). He co-authored an educational guide and handbook on CVE. He established the first Islamic Dietary Nutrition site for elderly members of all faiths in D.C. He is on the Mayor’s Interfaith Council and is President of the Interfaith Conference based in D.C. Imam Shareef was honored to sit with and be recognized for his service by President Barack Obama at the White House Iftar in 2011; served as keynote speaker for the Pentagon and Homeland Security Iftars, and for the first Iftar hosted by the Israeli Ambassador to U.S. He co-founded the organization that led to the U.S. Military commissioning its first Islamic Chaplain.
Imam Dr. Salahuddin Muhammad
Imam Dr. Salahuddin M. Muhammad retired Chaplain, 28 years on the job, New York State Department of Corrections and Supervision, Beacon, NY; retired Senior Imam of Masjid Al Ikhlas 26 years on the job, Newburgh, NY; and retired contract chaplain, 17 years on the job at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, retired, Past President of the Alumni Council and Executive Board member of Hartford Seminary, in Hartford CT, presently, Past President of the Association of Muslim Chaplains (AMC), Associate Imam of As Salaam Islamic Center in Raleigh, NC. Vice President of the Muslim Endorsement Council. Imam Muhammad has a Doctoral Degree in Islamic Studies-Christian/Muslim relations, and a Graduate certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary. He is a member of the health and wellness Team at the Islamic Association of Raleigh. He is a certified relationship coach, and a pre-marital and marriage facilitator. An ardent student of the late Imam Warith Deen Mohammed. Areas of expertise: Islam, general Islamic studies, Islamic theology, Pre-marital and marital facilitating, A Motivational Speaker, Criminal Justice issues, Social Justice issues, as well as, inmate advocacy. Arthur of: Bridging the Divide between Immigrant and African American Muslims by Utilizing the Concept of Tawheed as the Catalyst. Imam Muhammad is married to Fonda Kitt, has five children and ten grandchildren, and two greatgrandchildren. www.imamsalahuddin.com
Professor Prince Ordu, PhD
Prince Ordu is currently employed as a Professor of Health Services Administration at Strayer University and Ashford University. He is also the Chief Operations Officer of Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Leadership (ETLL), a consulting firm owned by him and his wife. In this capacity, he develops effective strategies for the overall management and operation of the organization and consults with other organizations on health and human services. Previously, Dr. Ordu was Professor of Health Science/Head of Department at Novena University, Delta State, Nigeria. He was the Program Chair/Professor of Healthcare Management with American Intercontinental University, Atlanta Campus, Georgia, USA. Professor Ordu is a healthcare consultant, fundraiser, certified trainer/manager, HIV/AIDS instructor, motivational speaker and he also designs and conducts professional development workshops. He published a book entitled, Administrative Management Problems in Selected Hospitals in Rivers State, Nigeria in 2009 which is modeled after his doctoral dissertation. He has also published professional articles and book reviews. Professor Ordu frequently presents nationally and internationally at professional conferences. He has lectured extensively on healthcare, political management, leadership, and management development.
In addition, he is an award-winning scholar and educator. He is an award winner of the 1996 Who’s Who Among American Professionals award and the recipient of the “Professor Of The Year 2010” by Aladinma Association Ozuzu Etche Rivers State, Nigeria. Professor Ordu’s most recent presentations on the topic of health care: He was invited to present at the American Academy of Professional Coders Conference in Marietta, Georgia (March 2018). The presentation topic was Top Trends in Healthcare for the 21st Century. In addition, he recently provided a presentation on Human Trafficking at the Strayer University Public Policy Symposium in Morrow, Georgia the same year. He believes that “Every Encounter Is An Opportunity.”
Des. Dr. Charlene Day
Charlene Day has a versatile and extensive background as a business magnate with a concentrated focus of having a servant’s heart as an In-ternational Instructor, Best-Selling Author, Orator, Communication Strate-gist, Investor, Philanthropist for the markets and industries in which she oversees. She has facilitated tours, high-profile events, television and radio shows with reputable name brands. She is constantly pursued to share her triumphant journey of how she overcame life’s challenges. As Steward and Ambassador of one of the country’s best personal growth and development firms, KeLabe, LLC., whose National and International impact and exposure has constantly sought and birthed leaders. Charlene has built and implemented systems, programs, and workshops that have elevated and infiltrated the lives of men and women from fearful living to fearless transformational lifestyles by breaking down cross-cultural barriers. As an American Author of three best-selling novels, entitled, “Innovative Partnership Collaborate On Purpose”, “Uncuffed Living” and “Fear Goodbye”, Charlene created a 52-day provision of insights to help you walk in your destiny as you speak and tell Fear Goodbye. Charlene believes and stands firm that being in a relationship with anything that doesn’t edify you is a reason to wave it on. Charlene is also credited for creating the Ivy League Tour for 1st Generational and minority students who have a strong desire to aRend undergraduate and graduate schools at these institutions ensuring no soul is left behind. She works extensively with African American males, who have had rough beginnings in life to effectively start their own businesses and aligns them with positive male mentors across the globe. She was the campaign organizer for the Sit-in Movement Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina. She was key in developing the first Liberal Studies Program at an HBCU.
Chancellor Dr. Diane Moore-Eubanks
The Right Hon. H.E. Rev. Dr. Atty. Diane Moore-Eubanks is the Founder, Visionary, & Chancellor of Global Oved Dei Seminary & University (GODSU) and its seven pillars. As Chancellor, Dr. Diane provides leadership, teaching and strategic direction to further GODSU’s global interfaith and entrepreneurial missions. After graduating in 1986 as both a Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa recipient from Florida State University, she completed her Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown Law School, interned at BET as well as served as Assistant General Counsel, Dept of Navy, reporting to both the Pentagon & White House. In private law practice she conducted over 3,600 residential & commercial real estate transactions in 3 states. Since 2009 Dr. Diane has helped 10,000+ Nigerian & Ghanaian women start small businesses. In 2016 she was ordained as a Christian Pastoral Minister under Bishop Christopher Cox, Member of the Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops. In October 2019, she sponsored and co-hosted the 1st African Economic Panel at Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo with Broward County Mayor Hon. Dale Holness. She currently serves as the Director of Education for the UN NGO, NFFI—JA. In 2020 and is a 2020 Fellowship Recipient of the Jim Moran Non-Profit Executive Program. For over 20+ years she has been licensed in multiple States as a financial service advisor, now serving as a Senior Vice President with InVida Financial Network.
Dr. Cecilia Wilson Smith
In 1994, Cecilia Smith founded the Strong Sisters of Strength [ SOS] Ministries Inc. For over 25 years, she has enjoyed meeting the needs of hurting women. The SOS ministry is a place where women strengthen women through fellowship, prayer, worship, and outreach. The mission of SOS is to glorify and honor God through ministering to the emotional, spiritual, and physical wellbeing of women of all denominations in different phases of their spiritual journey. SOS is a safe place to come, sit at the Savior’s feet, be washed in the Word, and be encouraged to apply and walk in the fullness of God. The Lord has truly taken one’s misery and turned it into a ministry. Since this ministry has begun, 1000s of women have attended Quarterly Bible Study discussions as well as Annual Women Conferences. The discussions have included such themes as Women with Purpose and Women God Can Use. For 34 years, Cecilia remains a very active member of the Mount Olive Baptist where she serves as a Teacher, Women’s Conference Coordinator, Media Sales Director, and Evangelist Outreach Coordinator. For 33 years Cecilia has worked in various management positions for the Department of the Treasury. Cecilia continues to mentor women and young girls of all ages in Ministry and in the Marketplace.
Rev. Dr. Robert Spicer
Dr. Robert Spicer is the CEO of Restorative Strategies, LLC based in Chicago, IL. Restorative Strategies, LLC provides training and technical support to a variety of stakeholders throughout the country with a focus on eradicating the school to prison pipeline. Through the practices of Restorative Justice with an emphasis on teaching Social/Emotional Learning, Restorative Strategies, LLC focus is to build capacity around these practices and move away from criminalizing our most precious resource—our youth. Robert Spicer has received numerous awards and honors for his work of bringing Restorative Practices to schools and creating an “ecosystems of care”. Robert has spoken widely about the power of Restorative Justice on major news networks like CNN, National Public Radio, WTTW, Chicago Sun-Times and the Associated Press. Robert has received recognition for his work from numerous organizations and was recognized by the White House and received the President Obama’s National Volunteer Service Award in 2013. Robert is a sought after national conference speaker and motivational speaker on Restorative Practices and has been a featured speaker and workshop facilitator at numerous Colleges and Universities. They include John Jay College, NYU, University of California at Berkeley, University of Chicago Law School, University of Chicago School of Social Work, Loyola University and Northwestern Law School. Robert was invited by the Obama administration to the White House to be apart of a Department of Education and Department of Justice initiative called Rethink Discipline and was a featured speaker on a Webinar hosted by the Department of Education on this initiative.
He is a national trainer in Restorative Practices and trains school districts and Community-based organization in Peace Building and Conflict resolution. Robert has served twenty years in a variety of leadership capacities in churches across the city of Chicago. Robert has been a trustee, a deacon, a chairman of the Deacons, and an Assistant pastor. He was installed as Senior Pastor at the Englewood Mennonite Church in Chicago where he served from 2007-2014. Robert is currently an Associate Minister at Shiloh MBC in Chicago IL where he received his ordination from Shiloh March 2017. Robert is married to Pastor Chandra Spicer and they are the parents of four lovely children-BreAnna, Robert Jr., Bethaney and Brea. Robert is working on a book to recount his experience and lessons learned as the first Culture and Climate Specialist in a U. S. public school.
Ms. Sudan Eubanks
GODSU Jr. Ambassador Sudan Alex-Rose Lizz Eubanks (S.A.L.E) is an entrepreneur and public speaking POWERHOUSE. The founder of the Jr. Ambassador Program, Chancellor Diane Moore-Eubanks inspired her to create SudanDolls at just 8yrs of age, a company which sells collectible male and female dolls of African-Caribbean descent. At 8yrs old she was looking for a doll in the big franchises, upon searching, she could NOT find any dolls that looked like her. However, upon visiting the Caribbean she realized the great diversity in dolls of every ethnicity, skin color, and hair type and had that “AHA moment”! This birthed SudanDolls. Sudan wants to provide an opportunity for everyone to be able to have a doll that looks like them, she ranges in shades from Vanilla, to Wakanda Chocolate! She has been speaking publicly since the age of 6 years young introducing famous business people, the exposure has made her an invaluable speaker domestically and internationally!
Sudan created the SudanAPPS in 2018. After two summers of coding at Gifting Camps she is coding at a 12th grade level and recently completed the GODSU APP. Sudan designed this mobile application to showcase the diverse offerings of Global Oved Dei Seminary and University (GODSU) to students in parts of Africa, the Caribbean and other parts of the world where cell phones with Wi-Fi are more accessible than computers.
Dr. Jennifer Jones Bryant
Dr. Jennifer Bryant’s passion is to help others find and grow their inner strength to accelerate to the next level in their career. She focuses on the key messages of reaching within yourself, making a difference, and being true to your core values and beliefs. Her 31-year career with the federal government spanned many functional areas, including budget and finance, human resources, procurement coordination, logistical support, strategic planning, and strategic communication. Within the public sector, she served on Women’s executive groups and a sub-committee supporting the White House Council on Women and Girls. Dr. Bryant traveled across the U.S. to mentor others in leadership and other professional development areas. She worked with U.S.AID, the State Department, and the U.S. Embassy to place resident advisors in Eastern Europe, the Former Soviet Union, and Haiti. In 2017, Dr. Bryant launched Reaching Within and Empowerment Journey LLC, a coaching company to help others overcome their personal and professional life challenges, and accelerate in their careers. As a best seller author, and speaker, she regularly receives speaking invitations from federal agencies, academia, and community organizations. She was featured in Speakers Magazine, Faith Heart, Glam CEO, Power 20, Women on the Verge, VoyATL, One Tribe, and UpWord global magazines, the Washington Post, Making Headlines News, Radio One, Great Day Washington WUSA, ThatAnitaLiveShow, and numerous Podcast interviews.
Physician Rev. Yemi Adedeji, PhD
Dr. Adeyemi A. Adedeji was born in Nigeria, West Africa. He came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior while a teenager and under the guidance of his mother, Pastor Comfort Adedeji, Yemi was given a new Gideon’s Bible in 1981 with the mandated to read this treasured possession as often as possible. With constant motherly motivation he completed the Bible within three years and in the space of six years he completed the entire Bible thrice, while still under 21 years of age. From 1984 Yemi Adedeji became actively involved in Church, received the baptism of the Holy Ghost, and eventually become one of the Youth leaders. On September 9th, 1989 Yemi Adedeji, having a passion to win souls and to see God’s children established firmly in the truth of the word, established the Peacemakers Evangelical Ministries (PEM) at Ibadan, Nigeria. The uniqueness of the historic event laid in the fact that even though many people were invited for the occasion, only nine people were gathered before the Lord on the ninth day of the ninth month of the year 1989. Those with an understanding of Biblical numerology equate the number “9” to represent the Holy Ghost.
And indeed the Holy Ghost was at work on that day and ever since in the life and ministry of Yemi Adedeji. Ever since then, his father, Bishop Joseph Adedeji has played a great role in the future guidance and direction for his ministry. Bishop Adedeji is the Patron Elect for PEM. Along with ministry, he was able to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a medical doctor when he graduated with an M.D. degree from Spartan Health Science University, St. Lucia, in 2001. Pastor Yemi Adedeji’s has preached before large and small congregations in several countries including different parts of Nigeria, St. Lucia, Ireland, South Africa, and in several States in the US. His passion remains getting the truth of God’s word in the heart of God’s people so that they may be established to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives. To accomplish this objective, Yemi Adedeji has authored books and magazines, produced Christian movies and along with his wife Shola, an anointed soloist, worship leader, songwriter, and recording artist, has produced gospel albums. They are happily married and blessed with children.
Physician Rhoda Makinde, MD
Rhoda Makinde was born on January 12th, 1979 in Lagos, Nigeria, the eldest child of five born to Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Odivbri. In her early school days; Rhoda had an encounter with God where her friend, Wunmi Disu introduced her to Christ at the age of 14 years. Since then, she had continued to have a passionate relationship with God. Rhoda believes in the gift of the Holy Spirit when she received the gift of speaking in tongues shortly after being born again in 1993. Rhoda Makinde started her early Christian life with Deeper Life Church, in Nigeria, and later joined the Redeemed Christian Church of God in 1998, until 2001 when God led her to fellowship with the Living Faith Church (Aka Winners’ chapel) in Sagamu, Ogun State. She’s currently worshipping at Call of Salvation and Deliverance Ministries, under the leadership of Apostle Philip Ilesanmi since 2017. Rhoda’s encounter with Apostle Philip Ilesanmi was as a result of divine intervention, and ever since then, her life has never been the same. Rhoda is a Medical Doctor and Director of Lifeline Health services in Maryland, United States. Rhoda had spent the last ten years developing and overseeing operational medical systems for the organization’s Home and Community based waiver services – a medical outpatient program. Highlights of her career included being able to develop and oversee her organization’s State Health Plan Initiative which is responsible for the recruitment of Medical beneficiaries in line with the State Health Plan philosophies as specified in the Department of Health Certificate of Need requirements. Rhoda Makinde is the founder of DROMI (Dr. Rhoda Makinde Initiative) in Nigeria. The Dr. Rhoda Makinde Initiative (DROMI) is a panacea to the disadvantaged position in which women have found themselves overtime in our society because of weak leadership structure and gender marginalization sustained by this arrangement. These societal relegations have undermined a lot of women from maximizing their full potential. DROMI is in the business of ensuring that women discover themselves, regain their sense of pride, become relevant and contribute their quota to the general development of their constituency. The platform is veritable for women to showcase themselves to society. DROMI vision is to transform thousands of lives through evidence-based programs that focus on expanding women’s economic opportunities, increasing women’s rights and security, and advancing women’s political participation through an integrated approach that promotes gender equality across the society.
Dr. Randall Pinkett
Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, author, scholar and community servant, and one of the leading voices for his generation in business and technology. He is the co-founder, chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar research, consulting, training, technology and analytics firm based in Newark, New Jersey. BCT Partners mission is to provide insights about diverse people that lead to equity. BCT works with corporations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations in the areas of housing and community development, economic development, children and families, health, education, diversity and inclusion, and energy. A partial list of BCT’s clients includes: Johnson & Johnson, Ford Foundation, Pfizer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Annie E. Casey Foundation, Citigroup, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Hewlett-Packard, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Facebook and Microsoft.
Dr. Pinkett holds five academic degrees including the following: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, that he completed with a 3.9 GPA while serving as President of MEET, the Rutgers Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Captain of the Rutgers University Varsity Men’s Track and Field team competing as a high jumper and long jumper; Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Computer Science from Oxford University, England as a Rhodes Scholar; Master of Science (S.M.) in Electrical Engineering from the MIT School of Engineering and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the MIT Sloan School of Management as a participant in the MIT Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Program; and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the MIT Media Laboratory. Most notably, Dr. Pinkett made history as the first African-American ever to receive a Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers University.
Dr. Cheryl Wood
Cheryl Wood is an international empowerment speaker, leadership expert, best-selling author, and advocate for the economic empowerment of women globally through entrepreneurship. Her company, Personal Power Enterprises, LLC, is committed to equipping women with the tools to use their unique gifts to transform the lives of others, build a legacy, and create generational wealth. Wood has shared her message advocating for women to boldly face their fears, take big risks, and raise the bar on their own expectations in over 30 domestic states and abroad as far as South Africa, India, United Kingdom, France and The Bahamas. Her transformative work has been featured on ABC, Radio One, Forbes Magazine, Huffington Post, Essence, Black Enterprise, The Washington Informer, Good Morning Washington, Fox 5 News, The Baltimore Times and the Afro-American Newspaper, amongst many other media outlets. Wood’s work has equally impacted private, corporate and non-profit sectors as she has delivered riveting keynote presentations and training sessions for both small and large organizations, including the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), United States Department of Defense, United States Department of Agriculture, The United Nations, Verizon, Small Business Administration, Federally Employed Women, Blacks In Government, Congressional Black Caucus, National Association of Professional Women, National Association of Legal Professionals, Women’s Council of Realtors, Virginia Women In Public Finance and Women in eDiscovery, to name a few. She has delivered engaging power talks and workshops for large conferences including the FraserNet PowerNetworking Conference, Sistapreneur Conference, SUCCESS Women’s Conference, Get Radical Conference, Glambitious Essence Festival Conference, to name a few.
Dr. George Fraser
Dr. George Fraser is a Cleveland based author, entrepreneur and speaker focusing on improving networking skills, building wealth and improving diversity and inclusion. In 2011 Fraser was inducted into the Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum. He has been awarded over 350 awards and citations from around the world to include 3 Honorary Doctorates, a Chaplaincy and an Ambassadorship. He has put on the popular PowerNetworking Conference for the past 15 years…selected by Forbes Magazine in 2015 as one of “The Top 5 Conferences Not to be Missed by Entrepreneurs.” FraserNet, Inc. is an “award-winning” 32-year-old global leadership network of 91,000 Black professionals, business owners, and community leaders. The goals of FraserNet are to:
1. Help Black people build wealth that can be transferred inter-generationally.
2. Help Black people become the #1 employer of Black people in the 21st century
3. To facilitate building a global network of Africans throughout the diaspora whose focus is personal and business excellence and using it to build partnerships, joint ventures, and strategic alliances
To lead a global networking movement that brings together diverse human resources, to increase opportunities for people of African descent.
He is also the Dean of Self-Development at Global Oved Dei Seminary and University!
Princess Asie Naa Ocansey
Naa (Princess) Asie Ocansey is a member of the Ocansey Royal Family of Ada, Ghana.
She is a Woman of God, a Professional Engineer, a Philanthropist, a businesswoman, a songwriter, a mother for the motherless, a voice for the voiceless, a migration expert and radio show hostess. Naa co-founded the rural Nekotech Center of Excellence in her hometown-Ada, with the late USA mega entertainer, Mr. Isaac Hayes and co-founded the White House and Buckingham Palace recognized Save a Million Lives from HIV/AIDS Project with the African American National Medical Association and Student National Medical Association.
Having been educated at the prestigious Wesley Girls High School in Ghana and Rutgers University’s College of Engineering in the USA, Naa gained valuable working experience in the USA, working in Professional Engineering and Consulting positions with Fortune 500 USA companies, such as Pepsico and Johnson & Johnson, while working on UNDP and UNEP/ICT Consulting international assignments. Naa’s work has been recognized and acclaimed by many awards particularly for her impactful work in HIV/AIDS and Migration. Naa is clearly devoted to fighting for the voiceless and faceless poor by mobilizing global support to help them break generational cycles of poverty, illiteracy, and disease. She has been featured on several radio and TV shows in Ghana and overseas – such as CNN, BBC, ABC News Fox TV, CBS, Ghana’s GTV, TV3, TV Africa and Metro TV, as well as on TV’s in Canada for her humanitarian visits to sick children in BC and Alberta hospitals. She strives to live her life by reflecting Christ through 1 Cor 16 v 14 which asks us to …..”Do Everything in Love.” Princess Ocansey is a devoted mother to her daughter, Fumi Serwa, and several adopted sons and daughters.