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Category: Women in Diaspora

2 Jun

Baroness Shriti Vadera: British Investment Banker Advising Governments of Developing Nations

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Shriti Vadera, Baroness Vadera was born in Uganda, East Africa, to an Indian family on June 23, 1962. Her family owned and operated a small tea plantation until 1972, when they were exiled from Uganda, following President Idi Amin’s expulsion of Ugandan Asians from the country. Her family fled to India. A determined young lady, Vadera, at the age of only five, insisted that her family find the money to pay the school fees of her caregiver, who could not at the time afford to pay them herself. At 14 she went on hunger strike demanding to be sent to school in England. The family later relocated to the UK, where she studied at Northwood College before proceeding to gain her...
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12 May

La June Montgomery Tabron: Addressing Complex Issues of Race, Place and Income

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La June Montgomery Tabron is the president and CEO of The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), one of the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. The first African American to head the foundation in its 83 year history, Tabron 54, is a native of Detroit, United States. She was raised in a family of ten children in inner-city Detroit, and studied at the University of Michigan graduating with a business degree in business administration. She also has a Master’s degree in business administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University Tabron has a long history with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), having started her career there at the age of 24. She began as a financial controller and rose...
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3 Mar

Janice Bryant Howroyd: Leading effectively through passionate service

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Janice Bryant Howroyd is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The ACT-1 Group, the largest woman owned workforce Solutions Company founded in the U.S. She is an entrepreneur, educator, ambassador, businesswoman, author, and mentor. Howroyd was born on September 1, 1952 in Tarboro, North Carolina – USA, the fourth of eleven children in her family. She attended her town’s integrated High School in the Deep South end, where she had to deal with colour segregation. In a 2016 interview, Howroyd recalls her time enrolled in the school, when a teacher spoke about how blacks were well suited for slavery. She, recounted biting the inside of her jaw to avoid shedding tears, as she believed crying could depict accepting defeat. Howroyd eventually...
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20 Feb

Helene Gayle: Working towards an AIDS free world

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Helene D. Gayle, M.D., M.P.H., is CEO of McKinsey Social Initiative, a nonprofit organization that brings together stakeholders to address complex global and social challenges. Gayle was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. She earned a B.A. in psychology at Barnard College, an M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.P.H. at Johns Hopkins University. She is board certified in pediatrics, completing a residency in pediatric medicine at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Gayle is an expert on health, global development and humanitarian issues; with 20 years of service at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), she was appointed as the first director of the National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention, and achieved the rank of Rear...
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