Celebrate with Black Women on Inauguration Day

From: The Desk of President Barbara A. Perkins
Happy New Year! We hope you had a restful holiday break enjoying time with your loved ones and finding peace in year-end reflections.


We are excited to invite you to virtually celebrate with us this coming Wednesday, January 20th, 2021. We encourage you to post your pictures or record a video saluting our first Black Woman VP, Kamala Harris. See more details in our newsletter.


This month we observe National Mentoring Month, a time to give back to others to help them reach their full potential. As a women-led organization focused on empowering women and girls globally, we place a special emphasis on mentoring as a means of helping to transform lives.


During this month, make it a point to connect with your mentor or mentee to simply tell them you appreciate them. We all know the significant impact a mentor can play in one’s life and how small acts of kindness can follow an individual well beyond the time a mentorship lasts.


January is the perfect time to continue your journey to giving back and finding your path to greatness.


With gratitude,
Barbara A. Perkins

Salute VP-Elect Kamala Harris

Next Wednesday, we say hello to our first Black woman and first South Asian-American Vice President. To celebrate Kamala Harris and women breaking barriers in this administration, we invite you to join us for a salute! Post a picture or record a video of your toast. Use the hashtag #BlackWomenLeadAndVote.

We encourage you to clutch your pearls or rock your Chuck Taylors in your selfies! Here’s a sample post for you to share on Wednesday, January 20th.

Today join me and IBWPPI in celebrating Kamala Harris, our first Black woman VP. We salute her and all the women breaking barriers in this administration. #BlackWomenLeadandVote


Join us for a Celebratory Toast!

Recipes are courtesy of

The McBride Sisters Collection


Free Giveaway

Post your selfie video or photo on Inauguration Day using the hashtag #BlackWomenLeadAndVote for a chance to win a special prize to add to your art collection courtesy of artist Synthia Saint James. Please note that you must be a current paid member to be eligible for the giveaway.

Black Women’s Impact on the World

We salute all the Black women that are serving in the administration, Congress and other elected and appointed offices. See a partial list of the women who are shaping our nation and world’s future.

Chief Yogananda Pittman
Acting Chief of U.S. Capitol Police
Linda Thomas-Greenfield
U.S. Ambassador to the UN
Marcia Fudge
Housing and Urban Development Secretary
Marilyn Strickland
Congressmember from Washington
Nikema Williams
Congressmember from Georgia
Cori Bush
Congressmember from Missouri


DIH Academy: Faculty Spotlight

This month IBWPPI launched the Dorothy I. Height Leadership Academy. We thank our distinguished faculty members for their participation in this inaugural program.


Alicia M. Jacobs-Managing Partner, The Ajament Partners
As an executive coach and a career coach, Alicia M. Jacobs is sought after to facilitate, teach, and coach professionals seeking advancements within organizations nationally and internationally. Alicia is an adjunct associate professor within the Business Department at the University of Maryland, where she teaches business management and organizational leadership courses.  

Avis Jones DeWeever-CEO/President, Incite Unlimited, LLC and Founder of Exceptional Leadership Institute for Women
Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever is a Career Reinvention Strategist, Diversity Consultant, and Women’s Empowerment Expert. She’s the Founder of the Exceptional Leadership Institute for Women and the President of Incite Unlimited, a Washington, DC-based boutique consulting firm.

Barbara A. Perkins-Founder/President of Image Builders Etcetera, Sisters at the Well, Inc. and the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute
Barbara A. Perkins is an Author, Executive & Life Coach, Inspirational Speaker, Leader and Teacher with a relentless commitment to excellence. Her distinguished record and expertise in community engagement, public policy, and organizational leadership allow her to be a collaborative and valuable resource for individuals, corporate leaders and elected officials.  

Hon. Katherine Smith-Managing Director of the Disaster Reconstruction Authority
Katherine Smith currently serves as Managing Director of the Disaster Reconstruction Authority, a new authority established to lead the reconstruction efforts in the Northern Bahamas after the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. 

LaTosha Brown-Co-Founder, Black Voters Matter
As the Co-Founder of the Black Voters Matter Fund, LaTosha is adamant about ensuring that all human beings have access to quality education, safety, security, peace, love and happiness.

Lena Kennedy-CEO/President, L.L. Kennedy & Associates
Lena Kennedy is CEO/President of L.L. Kennedy & Associates, which provides consulting services on consensus-building strategies for political candidates, philanthropic organizations, corporations and individuals.

Maxine Attong-Executive Coach/Leadership Specialist
Maxine Attong is a Gestalt trained Certified Professional Facilitator, a PCC level Executive Coach and an Organizational Development/Leadership Specialist who leverages her 20+ years of organizational excellence as a Certified Management Accountant to serve the needs of leaders and their teams.

Monorvi Asampong-Founder, Centre for Executive Training & Development (CETAD)
Monorvi Asampong (Mono) is the Founder of CETAD, an educational consulting firm offering consulting services to government, corporations and individuals needing to match their corporate goals with executive education aligned to their personal aspirations. 

Norberta Noguera-Assistant Vice President, Transport Delivery Excellence
Norberta Noguera serves as Assistant Vice President of Transport Delivery Excellence. She previously served as Vice President of Security & Advanced Applications with AT&T, Norberta Noguera leads a team of 1400+ employees around the world.

Tina McKinnor-Founder/President, The McKinnor Group
Tina McKinnor is the founder and president of The McKinnor Group, which provides campaign management, event production, lobbying, public affairs, public relations and political treasury services to candidates and municipalities. 

Commemorating National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month,

The International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute (IBWPPI) abhors all forms of human trafficking and supports policy solutions that restore victim’s human rights. In the United States, there are more than 600,000 to 800,000 people being trafficked annually across international borders and 40% percent of sex trafficking victims in the United States are Black women and girls. 

 Call to Action

We encourage you to read our position paper and share how you envision using the information in your work.

Consider giving a donation to IBWPPI to support our ongoing work in the field or becoming a member to ensure we prevent our girls and young women from being exploited domestically and globally.


Human Trafficking Resources

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911.

If you believe you may have information about a trafficking situation:

Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline toll-free hotline at 1-888-373-7888

Anti-Trafficking Hotline Advocates are available 24/7 to take reports of potential human trafficking. 

Text the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 233733. Message and data rates may apply.

Chat the National Human Trafficking Hotline via www.humantraffickinghotline.org/chat

Start off the New Year by Becoming a Member of IBWPPI

As we continue to adjust to the new normal, we want IBWPPI to be a home for Black women who want to connect, heal and support one another. C onsider gifting yourself with a free membership and joining a network of global Black women. Become a member today by filling out the membership form here .

Why Join IBWPPI?

IBWPPI started 10 years ago in the spirit of global unity and sisterhood. Our mission is to connect and advocate for Black women globally through acts of kindness and public policy. We thank our members and ask that you continue your support of IBWPPI and ask others to join us.


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