New Beginnings

From: The Desk of President Barbara A. Perkins

Because of you...

January is National Mentoring Month. I could not let this month pass without speaking the names of a few important women in my life. I also would like to invite you to take the time to reflect and acknowledge those in your life that have made a positive difference, whether in your professional life or personal life.

Growing up in the Bahamas as a young girl, I was silently included in the circle of women who shared a close bond of friendship and sisterhood. I was included because of my beloved Grand-Aunt Kathleen whom I lived with for ten years. It was just the two of us and therefore she brought me along wherever she went. This community of women, prayed together, solved community problems together, and provided wise counsel to any who sought out what they had to say about important matters. They were women of the wisdom circle. They were all my mentors, collectively and individually.

As an adult, I sought the counsel of women such as the women in the wisdom circle of my youth. I have been blessed to have spent quality time with Dr. Dorothy I. Height, Mother Rosa Parks, Queen Mother Moore, Hon. Yvonne Braithwaite-Burke, Mother Ida Kenny, Queen Susan L. Taylor, Great Mother Iyanla Vanzant, Mother Doris Crenshaw, Hon. Diane E. Watson, Hon. Paula Cox, Warrior Brenda Marsh Mitchell, Madam Dawn Sutherland, Elder Pat Etienne, and others. Having these extraordinary women speak into my life during various stages of my journey is the reason why I have been able to STAND.

Who are the Sheroes that contributed to you being who you are? Do they know how you feel about them? Does the world know how important of a role they played in your life? It’s not too late to call your own role model.

Finally, I want to say, Because of You, the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute has stood for fourteen years. Our future is bright. We have a strong Vision and Mission, but most of all we have YOU.


Barbara A. Perkins

Register Now! Black History Happy Hour



You are invited to come to share joy with us this Black History Month! Join us for our IBWPPI Black History Happy Hour by registering HERE.

On February 10, 2022 at 7pm EST, black women around the world will convene to celebrate our people together! Our theme for this gathering is JOY!

We will have an open mic, share opportunities to join IBWPPI, and connect with influential black women from around the globe. We are thrilled to have Artist and Healer, Thea Monyeè Winkler, LMFT as our special guest!

“Joy is an intentional state of mind. It seeks to emulate the essence of the highest spiritual power that resides deep within.”

– President Barbara A. Perkins.

Welcoming Our New Intern: Nyah Avan

Congratulations to Nyah Avan who has been selected to serve as IBWPPI’s 2022 Programs and Engagement Intern. Nyah is no stranger to IBWPPI, as she was introduced to the organization during her freshman year at Howard University, when she attended our Annual Policy Forum in Washington, DC, with her beloved mother and member of the Board, Director Michelle Avan. (deceased)

Nyah Avan is a junior at Howard University and a new addition to the IBWPPI family. She has leadership experience, from serving on the Black Student Union of her high school for three years, to serving on Howard’s College of Arts and Science Student Government board. IBWPPI is excited to have Nyah on our team!

We are grateful to Toyota for supporting our Professional Development and Leadership Development Programs and we look forward to having Nyah Avan, a future leader with us for a long time.

Dorothy I. Height Global Leadership Academy:

The Rhythm of DIH GLA

We are in full swing. The first session at the Academy was a complete success!
Session 1: Public Policy, Protocol and Ethical Leadership

Facilitators: Maxine Attong, Barbara Perkins, and Director Coralie Adderley

Advisory Board Spotlight:
Honorable Diane Watson

IBWPPI would like to salute the Honorable Diane E. Watson, our very own Advisory Board member!

Congresswoman Diane E. Watson, born in Los Angeles, is a lifetime resident of the California 33rd Congressional District. Re-elected four times, but retired after the end of the 111th Congress, in 2011.

In 1999, President William Jefferson Clinton appointed Congresswoman Watson to serve as the United States Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia. Watson served in this capacity until 2001 when she returned to California to run for Congress in a special election held on June 5, 2001, after the death of Congressman Julian Dixon. She was reelected on November 5, 2002, to a full two-year term and has served in each succeeding Congress.

As with all of our miraculous Advisory Board members, her Honor has made substantial contributions to the growth of IBWPPI and serves as an inspiration to young Black women in California and beyond.

Message from Membership

New Year, New Membership Subscription!

IBWPPI invites you to either join or renew your annual membership with us as we begin the New Year. Join as a new member or renew your membership online.

Even in the midst of a two-year Pandemic, IBWPPI has not faulted in our mission to connect and advocate for Black women globally through our programs and initiatives. We have continued our support of the Cordelia-Sutherland Birthing Center in Ghana, the Sunday Girls, the Reading Room Initiatives, and our Boots on the Ground projects. Your membership is vital to the success of all these programs and so much more.

I would like to personally invite you to renew your membership today.

Thanks from your Membership Director, Kathlyn Adams Seay

Why Join IBWPPI?

IBWPPI started in 2009 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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