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The Dorothy I. Height

Global Leadership

Academy

Where Global Leaders are Shaped

On June 26, 2021, the Academy was pleased to hold its first commencement for the 16 candidates of Cohort 1, who completed the program with excellence.

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Commencement Ceremony

1st Inaugural Cohort Commencement of the Dorothy I. Height Global Leadership Academy (DIHGLA) - June 26, 2021

DIHGLA 2021 Commencement Speaker Dorothy M. Davis
President of Dorothy M. Davis Consulting

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Dorothy M. Davis is President of Dorothy M. Davis Consulting, an international development communications consulting and project management firm that strategically and innovatively organizes complex issues into manageable and sustainable solutions. She credits her global and African diasporan perspective and multicultural affinity to having been born in Liberia to pioneering United States Foreign Service parents and raised in Tunisia, Nigeria, Switzerland, and the U.S.A. She currently serves as the founding Congressional Black Caucus Institute (CBCI) ECOSOC Representative responsible for shaping its ECOSOC Consultative status at the United Nations.

Reflections from our 2021 graduates

“The DIH GLA has gifted me with priceless relationships and connections to several dynamic, black women in leadership from around the globe and an opportunity for personal growth. I am forever grateful for the family I have gained through this program and for the safe space provided for me to learn, share and develop as a black woman in leadership.” 

Mekia Mason

Alumnae 2021 - The Bahamas

“I gained new friends and built strong connections with Black women globally. I learned my own leadership style, recognized and leveraged my power as an advocate and activist. I would recommend this program to any woman who wants to be a change maker globally.”

Chanelle Brown

Alumnae USA - Policy Fellow, 2020-21, IBWPPI

“I have learned to be present. To always be intentional in process, strategic in planning and executing goals. I have learned to respect other leaders’ perspectives and leadership styles. I am grateful for the experience with the class. I know that our paths will cross again in global spaces. I value everything that I am taking from this course.”

Tammilee Jules

Alumnae 2021 - Bahamas Poet-in-Residence, IBWPPI

“I have learned to be present and that you have a gift and a story. If you stand passionately in your power, you can accomplish anything.” 

Opal Enriquez

Alumnae 2021 - Belize

“From this academy I take away so much life lessons including practical tools how to be a leader in my space, community and in a global platform.”

Sine Luthuli

Alumnae 2021 - South Africa

Meet our 2021 graduates

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Carmin R. Brown
United States
Graduate of 2021
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Chanelle Brown
United States
Graduate of 2021
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Thai Buckman
United States
Graduate of 2021
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Marlissa Collier
United States
Graduate of 2021
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Opal Enriquez
Belize
Graduate of 2021
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Nikisha Evans
The Bahamas
Graduate of 2021
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Tammilee Jules
The Bahamas
Graduate of 2021
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Sinenhlanhla Luthuli
South Africa
Graduate of 2021
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Krysta A. Mason-Smith, LL.B, LL.M
The Bahamas
Graduate of 2021
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Mekia Mason
The Bahamas
Graduate of 2021
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Lindokuhle Matoti
South Africa
Graduate of 2021
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Channell Mellish
Jamaica
Graduate of 2021
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Mohammed Nurah
Ghana
Graduate of 2021
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Diara Newman
United States
Graduate of 2021
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Valarie Walker
United States
Graduate of 2021
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Dorothy M. Davis, President of Dorothy M. Davis Consulting

Dorothy M. Davis is President of Dorothy M. Davis Consulting, an international development communications consulting and project management firm that strategically and innovatively organizes complex issues into manageable and sustainable solutions. She credits her global and African diasporan perspective and multicultural affinity to having been born in Liberia to pioneering United States Foreign Service parents and raised in Tunisia, Nigeria, Switzerland, and the U.S.A. She currently serves as the founding Congressional Black Caucus Institute (CBCI) ECOSOC Representative responsible for shaping its ECOSOC Consultative status at the United Nations.

 

Ms. Davis’ unique career path thrives at the nexus of private, public and non-profit sectors. She is widely recognized for her trailblazing professional accomplishments and humanitarian leadership. She shapes global narratives, troubleshoots and provides strategic thinking for and in collaboration with the United Nations system, Heads of State and government, celebrities, civil society organizations and the private sector in the United States of America, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, China, and Japan.

 

The range of clients of Dorothy M. Davis Consulting are: The Andrew J. Young Foundation, Africa America Institute, Shared Interest, UN Office of South-South Cooperation, UN-OHRLLS, IFAD, WHO, UNECA, UN Women, UNDP, African Union, the Executive Office of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, African Women’s Development Fund and Femmes Africa Solidarite. Project partners have included: UN Secretariat, UNESCO, ILO, FAO, UNCTAD, UNIDO, UNEP, and the African Development Bank.

 

The impact of her work with the United Nations includes:

· creating the foundation of the African regional component (Africa UNiTE) for UNIFEM (now UN Women) of UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon’s global Campaign to End Violence Against Women

· initiating and managing an innovative partnership between the State of Louisiana and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation. The City of New Orleans and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival were the only American city showcased in the Creative Economy Corridor of the UN Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo

· creating and managing the Global Goodwill Ambassador Program of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as part of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s global celebrity advocacy campaign

 

Ms. Davis was a founding member of the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund of Liberia. It was named for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first elected female President of Liberia and in Africa in 2005. She also chaired SMWF’s International Board of Directors during the Ebola epidemic from 2014 until it transformed into the Sustainable Market Women’s Fund in 2017.

 

Ms. Davis is the recipient of several awards and accolades for her professional work and humanitarian efforts. In October 2020, she accepted the TBBCA Lifetime Achievement Impact Award presented posthumously to her father, Griffith J. Davis, in her capacity as President of Griffith J. Davis Photographs and Archives (www.griffdavis.com). In May 2015, Ms. Davis received the 21 Leaders of the 21st Century 2015 Award from Womens eNews in the category of Seven Who Interrupt Legacy Narratives as a Transcontinental Developer of African Economic Justice. In April 2014, she received the Global Poverty Award from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for the impact of her work with the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund.

 

Dorothy Davis recently became a member of the Board of Directors of UN Women-USA. She also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts (TBBCA) and the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs in St. Petersburg, Florida. Ms. Davis received her B.S. degree from Boston University College of Communication and M.S. degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.