April Brings Showers, May Blesses With Flowers

Barbara Perkins-Bronze and Black headshot | IBWPPI
From The Desk of President Barbara A. Perkins

Dear Members, Supporters and Friends,

I read that April comes from the Latin verb aperire, which means, “to open.” I love the month of April, for many reasons, one being that it is the beginning of Springtime when the flowers and trees are in full bloom. For that to happen seeds had to have been planted long before. That is the metaphor I will use for this month’s reflection on the rich tapestry of our organization’s history. It is important to recognize the pivotal moments that have shaped IBWPPI’s journey. One such moment occurred in 1991 when I met the esteemed Dr. Dorothy I. Height—a meeting that would leave an indelible mark on our collective story.

In 1991, 33 years ago, and coincidentally, I was a 33-year-old passionate advocate for social change and empowerment, my husband Stanley Perkins, introduced me to Dr. Height, a titan in the realm of civil rights and women's empowerment. Dr. Height's visionary leadership and unwavering dedication ignited a fire within me, inspiring me to embark on a transformative journey of service and community building.

Fast forward to today, our organization stands tall as a beacon of hope and progress, thanks to the guiding principles instilled by Dr. Height. As we celebrate our 17th year, it's imperative that we honor her legacy by continuing to champion the causes she held dear advocating for the rights and empowerment of black women worldwide.

In this spirit, we are reminded of the importance of sharing Dr. Height's history and legacy with the International Black Women's Public Policy Institute. As stewards of her vision, it is incumbent upon us to ensure that her story resonates with each member, inspiring us to carry forward the torch of progress and equality.

Let us recommit ourselves to the ideals of service, leadership, and community that Dr. Height exemplified. Together, we can honor her memory by continuing to build a world where every black woman's voice is heard, and every dream is within reach.

With gratitude and determination,

Barbara A. Perkins,

Co-Founder/President and CEO

Spring Also Brings Generosity

 

Spring Brings Generosity

 

There is something about having a generous spirit that spills over into the lives of others. I am so blessed to be in a community where women support women. I think of my dear friend, Deborah Scott, CEO of Georgia Stand Up. She is a master connector and person who is committed to the uplifting of others.

Georgia Stand-Up is committed to inspiring meaningful civic engagement and amplifying the voices of those affected by public policy. www.georgiastandup.org


Membership Updates And Announcements

 

Shelley Henderson

 

“It’s been a privilege and an honor to serve IBWPPI…” – Christina Cue

“My heart is filled with love everytime I engage with this organization…” – Crystal Bush

“Thank you, IBWPPI, for taking us out of our silos and bringing us together. There is so much power in our collaboration.”  – Sanquinetta Dover, 1st VP of Programs, National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Metro Atlanta Chapter

“President Perkins spreads her joy and her smile everywhere she goes…” – Marcia Melancon

These are just a few of the beautiful sentiments shared at our Volunteer Appreciation Celebration event. It was a wonderful time of friendship, fellowship, and fun. If you missed this one, be sure to join us at the next one!

 

MAY is MEMBERSHIP Month

During the month of May, ALL MEMBERSHIPS are 2 for the price of 1. Yes, buy one and get one FREE!!! All you have to do is purchase or renew your membership NOW through May and then send us the names of those you wish to gift a membership for FREE.

 

WELCOME our NEWEST MEMBERS!

Hon. Lydia Glaize

Agatha Mackey

Ntombi Newbern

Popoti Ntebe

Rhoda Nyadundu

Brianna Smith

Mathekiso Ts’ oeute

 

MEMBERSHIP HAS PRIVILEGES

Here are just a few of the exclusive BENEFITS available to IBWPPI MEMBERS:

 

Networking Opportunities

Membership provides access to a network of Black women professionals from around the world. This network offers opportunities for collaboration, mentorship, friendship, and support.

Domestic & International Travel

Our ‘People to People’ travel programs offer a unique blend of education, networking, advocacy, and cultural experiences that will enrich personal and professional growth. Whether attending conferences in different cities or participating in international exchanges, members gain a deeper appreciation for the world’s diversity and the interconnectedness of global issues.

Leadership Development

Our signature leadership program, the Dorothy I. Height Global Leadership Academy, prepares women for leadership in the public sphere. We provide additional leadership development opportunities through mentorship initiatives, committees, and leadership roles within the organization.

If you have questions about our exclusive MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS, please contact us at membership@ibwppi.org. We would be delighted to hear from you!

With Warm Regards,

Shelley M. Henderson

Director

Membership Engagement, International Partnerships & Affiliates


Black Women’s Embassy

A Center for International Diplomatic Excellence

 

Mayor Teresa Thomas-Smith
Mayor Teresa Thomas-Smith

 

Mayor Teresa Thomas-Smith of Palmetto, GA, has been appointed Chair of the Mayor’s Council for the Black Women’s Embassy by the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute. Alongside President Perkins, she will co-lead a delegation of Black Women Mayors at the 2024 Annual Legislative Conference hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington, DC. Their mission is to amplify the collective efforts of mayors nationwide on public policies of mutual concern. For further details on the delegation, please contact Barbara@ibwppi.org and visit www.ibwppi.org. Join us as we strive to make history and empower Black women globally.

Welcome New Seed Growers of the Black Women’s Embassy

A campus where the voices and contributions of Black women are elevated and celebrated—IBWPPI is mobilizing support for the Embassy, beginning with the Seed Growers, the early supporters, and champions for the vision

The Black Women’s Embassy: A Center for International Diplomatic Excellence, Located in Clayton County, Georgia, a historically significant area housing the world’s busiest airport, will stand as a symbol of empowerment, pride, and solidarity. It will serve as a central hub for women’s organizations, hosting conferences, providing technical training programs, and facilitating art and cultural preservation activities. Moreover, it will feature international residential dormitories, fostering global exchange and collaboration with institutes of higher learning, health and Wellness, and technical advancement.

To realize this vision, IBWPPI has rallied a global coalition of women to join the cause. The project aims to engage 100 women, referred to as Seed Growers, each contributing $1,000 to kickstart the fundraising efforts. These Seed Growers, now numbering 47 women, are tasked with inviting others to join. Additionally, the coalition aims to garner support from 50,000 individuals who will sign a petition endorsing the Black Women’s Embassy.

Thank You, and Welcome to our newest Seed Growers:

  • Lisa Cagnolatti
  • Dr. Gloria Willingham
  • Ambassador Hilda Suka-Mafudze

Sign the Petition to Support the Black Women’s Embassy Project

Black Women’s Embassy 50,000 Signatures

Link: https://www.ibwppi.org/what-we-do/campaigns/black-womens-embassy-capital-campaign-project/


The Dorothy I. Height Global Leadership Academy

CELEBRATING LEADERSHIP:

EMPOWERING MINDS AND HONORING LEGACY

 

Celebrating Leadership: Cohort # 4 Graduation

Greetings from the Dorothy I. Height Global Leadership Academy. We are extremely excited to share the news of our planned in person graduation ceremony for the class of 2024 in Washington, D.C on Saturday, June 22nd at the prestigious African Union.

This is our fourth cohort, and we are so proud of the soon to be 70 graduates of the Dorothy I. Height Global Leadership Academy.

As we prepare for this momentous occasion, we count our blessings as we reflect on the incredible journey of resilience, growth, and sisterhood that led us here. This year, our cohort began with 18 women, each with their own dreams and aspirations for growth. We are extremely proud to recognize the accomplishments of the 16 women who completed the rigorous process that has led to their graduation.

We extend our appreciation to the faculty members and the amazing coaches who continue to dedicate their time to share knowledge and experiences that will support the candidates as they navigate the challenges within their professional and personal lives.

This graduation isn’t just a ceremony; it’s a testament to the power of community, mentorship, and unwavering determination. It’s a celebration of giving up weekends to attend six months of intensive sessions, participate in soul-stirring conversations, and bonds forged in the fires of shared experiences.


As we come together for this hybrid event, let us embrace the human stories behind the graduates. Let us honor the tears shed, the triumphs celebrated, and the many moments of growth that shaped our journey.Join in the celebration

Saturday, June 22nd, 2024, in Washington, DC. Or Virtually

DIH photo Art


Dean Monorvi Asampong
Dean Monorvi Asampong

 

Save the dates and join us for these enlightening experiences that represent IBWPPI’s values of empowerment, knowledge, and community. For more information and inquiries, please contact us at dean@ibwppi.org

Together, let us continue to inspire, educate, and elevate leaders who will construct a better future for future generations.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Save the Dates

Seat at The Table – June 21, 2024: Mark your calendars for an unforgettable event as we prepare to host “Seat at The Table” on June 21, 2024. This special event provides graduate students from our Leadership Academy with an invaluable opportunity to meet with high-ranking leaders and policymakers. It is a platform for exchanging ideas, broadening perspectives, and promoting constructive change on a worldwide scale.

Commencement – June 22, 2024: Graduation is a significant milestone for our students as it culminates months of hard work and growth. Join us in celebrating their accomplishments and empowering them to face the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

 

 

Save the Date: Travel With Us

Exclusively for IBWPPI members, our annual People to People Travel Tour is scheduled from September 29th to October 6th, 2024. Join us for an exhilarating adventure, starting in the heart of Johannesburg for three electrifying days, before indulging in the splendor of Cape Town, a cosmopolitan marvel like no other. But hurry! With only 20 coveted spots available, this promises to be an extraordinary experience. Don’t miss out on the chance to join our community of seasoned travelers as we explore the rich tapestry of South African culture and history.

 

Secure your spot now by reaching out to Valarie@ibwppi.org Once confirmed, you’ll be invited to our first informational zoom meeting, where details of our trip will be shared. Get ready to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and sensations of

South Africa – it’s a voyage you won’t want to Miss!

#IBWPPIAdventures #DiscoverSouthAfrica #PeopletoPeople

Renew or Join our Membership

 

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Who Are We?

Our Vision is to connect and advocate for Black women globally through acts of kindness and public policy. Our Mission is to work in the US and internationally to convene hearings and discussions to evaluate the impact of current public policies and to initiate new policies that address the major threats to the well-being of Black women and our families.

Our programs reflect the policy work we are engaged in daily. We believe that our policy focus informs our programs.

Where can you see yourself?

The Birthing Initiative aims to reduce maternal deaths and address Period Poverty, ensuring girls can participate in daily activities without hindrance. Being strong advocates for birthing centers and birthing services in the rural south and on the continent of Africa.

The Boots on the Ground Initiative provides essential foot covering to communities affected by hurricanes and floods preventing waterborne diseases. Also, provide footwear for women who farm and provide food for their families. We also provide disaster relief and resources to families negatively impacted by natural disasters both at home in the US and abroad.

Women’s Economic Empowerment Micro Loan Program supports entrepreneurs in Haiti and Ghana, supporting local businesses and creating a sustainable system of economic empowerment for rural communities.

The Reading Room Initiative establishes spaces for children to read and dream, with centers in the Bahamas, Kumasi, Ghana, and Belize. We provide inspiring books, for example, Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” adapted for children, and introductory educational materials on Climate Change.

Dorothy I. Height Global Leadership Academy prepares the next generation of global leaders and advocates for their deployment into non-traditional spaces. The world needs prepared leaders more than ever and our six-month global leadership development program answers the call. In less than four years we have trained over sixty new international leaders and have facilitated their international engagement.

Want to be featured in IBWPPI’s monthly newsletter? We want to celebrate you! All members now have the opportunity to be highlighted, all you have to do is be financially active, and send us your short bio and a photo. Be on the lookout for your feature in future issues!

 

April Brings Showers, May Blesses With Flowers

Barbara Perkins-Bronze and Black headshot | IBWPPI
From The Desk of President Barbara A. Perkins

Dear Members, Supporters and Friends,

I read that April comes from the Latin verb aperire, which means, “to open.” I love the month of April, for many reasons, one being that it is the beginning of Springtime when the flowers and trees are in full bloom. For that to happen seeds had to have been planted long before. That is the metaphor I will use for this month’s reflection on the rich tapestry of our organization’s history. It is important to recognize the pivotal moments that have shaped IBWPPI’s journey. One such moment occurred in 1991 when I met the esteemed Dr. Dorothy I. Height—a meeting that would leave an indelible mark on our collective story.

In 1991, 33 years ago, and coincidentally, I was a 33-year-old passionate advocate for social change and empowerment, my husband Stanley Perkins, introduced me to Dr. Height, a titan in the realm of civil rights and women's empowerment. Dr. Height's visionary leadership and unwavering dedication ignited a fire within me, inspiring me to embark on a transformative journey of service and community building.

Fast forward to today, our organization stands tall as a beacon of hope and progress, thanks to the guiding principles instilled by Dr. Height. As we celebrate our 17th year, it's imperative that we honor her legacy by continuing to champion the causes she held dear advocating for the rights and empowerment of black women worldwide.

In this spirit, we are reminded of the importance of sharing Dr. Height's history and legacy with the International Black Women's Public Policy Institute. As stewards of her vision, it is incumbent upon us to ensure that her story resonates with each member, inspiring us to carry forward the torch of progress and equality.

Let us recommit ourselves to the ideals of service, leadership, and community that Dr. Height exemplified. Together, we can honor her memory by continuing to build a world where every black woman's voice is heard, and every dream is within reach.

With gratitude and determination,

Barbara A. Perkins,

Co-Founder/President and CEO

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