As part of our goals to promote Black people activities, Oh Afrika is proud to announce the speakers for the 2018 Pan-African Women Forum, the official kick-off event of the annual Pan-African Weekend taking place July 12-15 in New York City.
In its second year, the Pan-African Women Forum will provide the platform for influential, trailblazing women of African descent to engage in important dialogue about their journey, experiences, and how they are changing the narrative on women of African descent worldwide.
Set to take place on Thursday, July 12 at the Metropolitan West from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm, the PAWF will also provide the platform for attendees to engage and network with these groundbreaking and industrious speakers.
In its 7th year, the Pan-African Weekend is a prestigious annual event that celebrates, connects, and empowers the black diaspora community through networking, dialogue, culture, and more. For more information visit: panafricanweekend.com
Below, meet the distinguished speakers for the 2018 Pan-African Women Forum:
Sherrexcia “Rexy” Rolle (Bahamas)
Vice President, Western Air Limited – Bahamas
Rexy Rolle serves as Vice President of Operations and General Counsel at Western Air, the largest privately-owned airline in the Bahamas. At 29 years old, Rolle has made waves in the aviation industry by expanding her family’s airline business. Rolle spearheaded the opening of a private passenger terminal, inclusive of its own airport security screening department & maintenance facility in Freeport, Grand Bahama, the first of its kind in the Bahamas. As an Aviation & Business lawyer by trade, Rolle orchestrated the acquisition of two additional Saab 340A aircrafts and three Embraer 145LR Jets, slated for delivery in May 2018. Rolle oversees the day-to-day operations and all legal affairs; her stern leadership is credited for reinvigorating Western Air’s trademark on-time performance which resulted in market share growth.
Yodit Tewolde (TX)
TV Commentator, Legal Analyst, Attorney
Yodit Tewolde is a nationally renowned criminal defense attorney and legal analyst. As the founder/managing attorney of her firm, Yodit has built a practice focused on providing client-centered, aggressive legal representation of individuals facing criminal prosecution. Yodit has been a member of the Texas Bar since 2010. Since then, Yodit has dedicated her entire legal career to the practice of criminal law. Following several years of prosecuting cases in both the adult and juvenile systems, Yodit transitioned over to criminal defense work. It wasn’t long before Yodit was recognized as one of the nation’s top lawyers under 40 by the National Bar Association. With an established career as a trial attorney and staunch advocate for criminal justice reform, Yodit’s legal expertise has been an asset for media outlets. She frequently appears on networks such as CNN, MSNBC, Fox news and HLN to provide legal analysis on high-profile cases and hot-button issues. Yodit earned her juris doctorate from Southern University Law Center. While in law school, Yodit served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Race, Gender and Poverty. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and minor in Communications from Texas A&M University.
Tiffaney Malott (AZ)
Entrepreneur & Transformational Speaker
Tiffaney Malott is an accidental entrepreneur. After serving her country in the United States Air Force, she graduated from college with a bachelors in business. She spent the first five years of her career working as a manager in food manufacturing. Basically, she was a jelly maker. Feeling overworked and underpaid, she stumbled upon network marketing. With no experience in business or sales, she was able to walk away from her job after six months. She became a millionaire in her thirties and helped others achieve the life of their dreams all over the world. Now retired from the MLM profession, she is a high-performance coach helping others create lasting and lucrative change in business and life. She is a published author, philanthropist and highly sought after transformational speaker. Her most coveted title is that of mother to her daughter, Codi. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
Dr Yetunde Odugbesan-Omede (NY)
Educator & Author
Yetunde Odugbesan-Omede, Ph.D., is a Professor of Global Affairs and Politics where she teaches courses on Human Rights, Global Issues, Comparative Politics American Foreign Policy, Comparative Politics and Women in Comparative Political Development. She is the youngest faculty member in the Department of History, Geography and Politics at Farmingdale State College. Dr Yetunde is also the Founder of Young Woman’s Guide, an organization that provides leadership development and training to young women from all backgrounds.
Her organization has trained hundreds of young women in Nigeria, South Africa and throughout the United States. Dr Yetunde has worked with various stakeholders including Heads of States, global CSOs and private sector executives to build initiates that support youth populations globally. She is also the CEO of Yetunde Global Consulting, a consulting firm that provides global leadership training and human capital management. Dr Yetunde is also the author of the book Young Woman’s Guide and has her own column in the Guardian Newspaper that provides leadership, political analysis and personal development commentary.
Millen Happiness Magese (NY)
Model & Humanitarian
Millen Happiness Magese is a world-renowned fashion model and humble humanitarian. When she’s not prowling runways in Europe, the United States, Asia and Africa, the former Miss Tanzania can often be found giving her time, talents, and energy to making a difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate through her significant contributions to charities such as the Tanzania Education Trust, African Rainforest Conservancy, and the MacDella Cooper Foundation. She has also established the Millen Magese Foundation to empower women and girls of Tanzania.
As a model, Magese is currently signed with Ford Models in New York, NY and Ice Model Management in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has been featured on numerous magazine covers in collaboration with many of the world’s top designers and brands. Her passion to give back to her home country Tanzania inspired her to bring her work back home and start the Millen Magese Foundation. Millen’s personal struggle with endometriosis motivated her to begin the foundation, which strives to promote gender equality and empower women and girls in Tanzania through improving access to education and reproductive health services.
Tamika Stembridge, Esq. (NJ)
Executive Director of the dfree® Global Foundation
Tamika Stembridge, Esq. is an entertainment attorney, strategic consultant, and manager by trade, that works daily to turn dreams into reality. As an MBA-toting attorney, life-long lover of music, and business professional with experience that spans corporate, non-profit, and start-up organizations across a variety of industries including entertainment, education, and fashion; Tamika brings a wealth of skills, talents, and passion to any endeavour.
With a mind for all things creative, commercial, and community, Tamika now lends her talents beyond traditional entertainment and serves as the Executive Director of the dfree® Global Foundation. Her blend of leadership, vision, insight, follow-through, passion, personal commitment and unique ability to engage people at all levels is a prized catalyst for growth and service that dfree® requires to meet the needs of the community at large.
Before joining the dfree® Global Foundation in 2014, Tamika developed solid roots in the entertainment business at Primary Wave Talent Management, learning from and working directly with management heavyweights Michael “Blue” Williams (Manager for Outkast, CeeLo Green) and the recently deceased Chris Lighty (Manager for 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Diggy Simmons).